Zach Even-Esh, owner of the affiliate Underground Strength Gym, has found success training young athletes. His programming is tailored to help sport-specific young athletes step up their game.
In Part 2 of the series, Even-Esh describes a typical day’s programming. The training session begins with a stand-alone lift, but one programmed with young athletes in mind.
“We can’t give these kids too much down time,” he says.
In addition to losing concentration and growing bored while waiting, the kids won’t develop the traits Even-Esh seeks to cultivate if they’re standing around.
“We want strength-endurance, power-endurance. We want what CrossFit does. We want heightened work capacity,” he says.
On this full-body training day, the next task is pulling, including mixed body-weight pulling using different grips, equipment and variations. For movements like pulling, Even-Esh emphasizes sub-maximal effort, which he says “keeps the technique in check.” He also focuses on mobility during the training session and keeps recovery in mind with his choice of movements.
Next, Even-Esh includes movements to attack an athlete’s weaknesses, such as unilateral leg work. After a challenging final element like a kettlebell complex, the end of the workout is open for independent extra work.
“There’s like a mental edge that these kids get by doing extra,” he says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 149 by Justin Judkins, originally aired Dec. 8, 2010.