“CrossFit makes you fit. CrossFit Endurance is a sports-specific supplement that makes you that much better,” says John McBrien, a CrossFit Endurance coach. Join McBrien as he discusses programming for single-sport athletes.
CrossFit Endurance supplements traditional CrossFit programming (four to six times a week) by adding in two or three endurance workouts per week: two interval sessions and one stamina session. Stamina workouts are time trials or tempos at 85-95 percent of maximal effort and are only performed on CrossFit rest days. Perhaps even more important than the workout prescription is the prescription for strength-and-conditioning recovery following an endurance cycle.
“Recovery is why you get better, not more training,” McBrien says. “We’re not actually going to see the results of that until we go out of the gym, eat well, sleep well and actually take care of ourselves.”
Finally, starting a CrossFit Endurance program requires progression. McBrien suggests slowly adding CrossFit Endurance workouts into your training routine, taking into account weekly energy needs. He says there is no one-size-fits-all programming for single-sport athletes.
Additional reading: A Theoretical Template for CrossFit Endurance Programming by John McBrien, published Sept. 15, 2010.