“I’m a meathead,” says strength and powerlifting expert Dave Tate of Elite FTS. “I have to do what I like. I want to make (my clients) stronger.”
Tate may be focused on the kind of strength that can produce an 800-lb. deadlift, but he understands that the average client wants to be good at everything, not great at anything in particular. Elite athletes, on the other hand, sacrifice competence in some fitness domains for high performance in others.
When training the average person, Tate recommends shooting for moderate levels of competence in all fitness domains. Aim too high and you’re going to risk training-related injuries. Aim too low and you risk injuries due to deconditioning.
Tate, for his part, finds that type of training boring. He’d far rather focus on one element of fitness and take an athlete from good to great.
Additional reading: CrossFit Strength Bias by Jeff Martin and Darrell White, published Feb. 7, 2009.