Is linear-progression strength training optimal for CrossFitters? Chris Mason doesn’t think so and offers up a different method for building strength.
Linear progression is a system utilized by many CrossFit practitioners for the strength-training component of their overall regimen. Linear progression as it relates to resistance training involves the progressive increase of loads in a straightforward manner, hence the name “linear.” In other words, for a given exercise and prescribed number of sets and repetitions, the trainee will strive to regularly increase the loads used for his or her work sets.
Linear training is a proven and effective method to increase one’s strength, but is it the most effective method, and in particular, is it the most effective method for CrossFitters?
The short answer is no, and the balance of this article will address why and offer an alternative system for optimized strength-training results.