“We want to program for work capacity,” says HQ trainer Chris Spealler. “And that’s going to happen through this form of general physical preparedness.”
“The more variance you have, the better off you are,” Spealler says.
But that doesn’t mean that we should follow the “hopper model” for programming. Random programming has its pitfalls.
“The reality is there’s probably going to be more similarities between those things than if we really had a well-thought-out plan of variance,” he says.
Spealler also cautions the trainers about programming for the Reebok CrossFit Games. While he says it’s important to fill holes in your fitness, you shouldn’t base all your programming on the events of the CrossFit Games.
Spealler says that his programming for his gym and for himself is more organic and never planned far in advance.
“What haven’t I done? What do I feel like I need to do? That’s where I go,” he says.
Additional reading: Theoretical Template for CrossFit’s Programming by Greg Glassman, published Feb. 1, 2003.