Join CrossFit Endurance coach John McBrien as he discusses programming for multiple-sport athletes, such as those who run, bike and swim or who are military athletes.
A week of CrossFit Endurance programming for multi-sport athletes differs from the single-sport supplement of two or three endurance workouts in addition to the four-to-six days of CrossFit programming. Multi-sport programming allows only four CrossFit workouts per week and supplements them with two sport-specific workouts per sport per week. Multi-sport programming also adds one-to-two stamina workouts (time trials or tempos) per week, rotating the sport each week. Just as with single-sport programming, progression and recovery are key.
“You get your recovery in the form of what you have between workouts and what you have between days,” McBrien says.
McBrien also discusses multi-sport bias training for athletes who need to focus on one sport more than the others. He says CrossFit trumps traditional “brick” training used to develop stamina.
“What mimics multi-modality movements more than anything else? CrossFit. So you really don’t need the amount of brick training you would necessarily under traditional approach. Why? Because you’re going to get it from CrossFit,” he says.
Additional reading: A Theoretical Template for CrossFit Endurance Programming by John McBrien, published Sept. 15, 2010.