CrossFit Games 2014 Workout Analysis: Team Workouts
The CrossFit Games are back! After a long hiatus, the CrossFit Games have returned with a vengeance and they’re bigger than ever.
There’s no doubt that there will be some new challenges for athletes to overcome, but it looks like the old favorites will still be around too.
So which workouts do you think are going to win?
Let us know in the comments section below!
What Is A “Team” Workout?
A team workout is one where multiple people perform exercises together. For example, if someone does pull ups and dips, then another person would do pushups and sit ups. These types of workouts are great because they allow for more variety in your training. You get to see different body parts being used in various ways and that’s always fun!
How Do I Choose Which Workout To Do?
There are several factors that go into choosing which workout to do. First, you need to decide what type of athlete you want to become. If you’re looking for a way to lose weight or gain muscle mass, then performing strength training workouts is probably not the best choice for you. However, if you’re looking to become a well-rounded athlete, then you need to start performing the strength training workouts.
After that, it’s best if you pick one of the four different conditioning types (endurance, strength, speed or agility) and focus on performing those types of workouts. For example, if your goal is to become a faster athlete, then you need to perform more interval training and rely less on low intensity cardio.
Lastly, you need to figure out who you are as an athlete. There are four basic types of competitors:
A Generalist: Someone who is equally good at everything. These types of competitors don’t have any glaring weaknesses and can pick up new skills quickly.
Mat Fraser and Eliza Cummings are good examples of Generalists.
A Specialist: These types of competitors excel at one particular skill. Unlike the Generalists, they aren’t good at everything.
Despite this weakness, their skill is good enough that it could be a potential winning factor. Let’s use 2014 Fittest Man Nathan Bramble as an example. While he’s not the best at any one particular thing, he’s good enough to win the CrossFit Games.
A Balanced Specialist: This type of competitor is good at many different things, but also has a particular skill they’ve focused on. It’s good enough that they could win competitions with it, but they lack the skill of the Specialists.
An example of this would be Channing Freeman. He’s good all-around, but his weakness is that his gymnastics scores aren’t high enough to win.
A Weak Specialist: This type of competitor is good at one thing, but their weakness is that they’re not even good enough to win with that one thing. These types of competitors should focus on fixing their weaknesses before even thinking about competing.
An example of this would be Laura Horst. She has incredible stamina, but lacks the strength to compete at a high level.
What Is The Best Workout Strategy For Me?
Now that you know what types of athletes there are, it’s best if you pick one to model your training after. Since everyone is different, what works for your favorite athlete might not work for you. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?
(Strength, Conditioning, Skill Work etc)
What is your weakest aspect of CrossFit?
Which athlete is your favorite and why?
If you can answer these three questions, then you’ll have a good idea of what type of training program will suit you best.
Take Away: While there isn’t a one size fits all training program, I’ve given you several options based on your goals and what you like in CrossFit. If you need more help than just asking yourself questions, feel free to email me and I’d be happy to help you out.
Also, if you’re confused on what each of the terms mean (i.e. assistance, activation, etc) then I suggest you read this article.
Use this information wisely and go kick some butt.
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