A note about programming……
As a gym we are constantly striving to improve in every aspect of everything we do. Programming is no different. There is always room for improvement and going forward we are going to be programming a little differently. For quite some time now Chris, Alyssa, and I have been rotating programming on the conditioning aspect of the daily workouts. The rotation in the metcon programming is great for creating variability because the three of us are very different and approach programming in different ways. Overall this introduces tons of variability and greatly helps the overall gym population with general physical preparedness (GPP). However, the constant rotation doesn’t necessarily allow the gym as a whole to focus on specific things (time domains, energy systems, movements, etc.) within the metcons. This is problematic as improvement takes time and specific performance increases do not occur overnight.
Therefore, going forward we will be programming the metcons in specific blocks similar to the strength cycles. MetCon blocks will focus on various things that we are trying to get the gym as a whole to improve on.
For the month of August our programming block will focus on the following:
Directly from Chris (the first programming block in August is his)
1.) Heavier loads for basic lifts inside the Metcons (back squats, power cleans, and deadlifts). there is the ongoing thought that the weight always has to be light and that sheer volume is the only way to make a workout difficult. I won’t always use weight prescriptions I will assign it as “load a heavy 3” the clients need to learn to push past their comfort zone a bit as far as loading goes and not always do the F weight or P weight because they cannot complete the remainder of the workout at that same level.
2.) Assualt bike. No one likes it. They duck it and they complain. It is an awesome tool that we have the privilege to use on a daily basis bc many gyms do not. Assualt bike components will be in every single week sometimes as in interval, sometimes as a buy in, and sometimes as a single modality event.
There you have it….lets get to work!