CrossFit New England designed a training camp for individuals heading to the Northeast Regionals. Kevin Daigle says the sessions turned competition into camaraderie.
Many of us aspire to become the insane, WOD-shredding, rampaging beasts we see day in and day out on CrossFit.com and Youtube, in the CrossFit Journal, and elsewhere. There are also a great many of us who have achieved a high level but are struggling to make it to the regional and CrossFit Games level. Ask 10 top trainers how to get there, and you’ll get answers as numerous, convoluted and—in some cases—terrifying as my boyhood fantasies about Kathy Ireland.
Up to this point though, we have seen a common thread in the way many of these athletes have been preparing for top-level competition—or at least how that training has been presented in the media. Often we’ll see a video of Jason Khalipa, Josh Everett, Tanya Wagner or others on the main site and notice that the athletes are usually training on their own.
That’s not to say these athletes always train alone or in small groups, but we frequently see videos of top athletes and a coach, sometimes with onlookers, sometimes with one or two other people in a WOD. And perhaps they do train alone most of the time due to schedule, specific needs and goals, and availability of suitable training partners. If they do take the lone-wolf approach, I postulate that the way forward for these athletes may be training in groups—precisely the way most of us train.
So what would top athletes be capable of if we could get these people together to push each other in workouts? Being the crafty, inquisitive mofos that we are, we put together a training camp to find out.