Dave Castro is back with a group of top CrossFit athletes for a round-table discussion of training methodologies. Many of the athletes are preparing for the 2010 CrossFit Games.
In Part 1, the conversation turns toward the elusive subject of training volume, which proves to be a hot topic. Pat Barber defends the low-volume approach with a focus on intensity, while others in the crowd seem convinced that a strength-biased program is the best system. Chris Spealler, on the other hand, favors attacking his weaknesses as the best approach for rounding out his physical package.
In Part 2, the firebreathers talk about the people they choose to spend their gym time with. Some have regular workout partners, while others have small groups that get together to motivate each other.
In Part 3, the athletes discuss the desire to get in the gym and hit a workout hard. Every athlete involved in the discussion has occasional trouble with motivation, and each approach to that situation is as different as the athletes themselves. Many find the pressure of constant improvement crushing, while some find the repetition of testing and re-testing mundane. Find out how Rob Orlando keeps things fresh and what stresses out Chris Spealler.
Part 1: 9min 10sec
Part 2: 6min 38sec
Part 3: 9min 40sec
Additional reading: Balancing Act by Andy Petranek, published May 1, 2008.