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CrossFit for Athletic Performance: Part 2 by Chip Pugh and Rich Froning Jr. - CrossFit Journal

CrossFit for Athletic Performance: Part 2

By Chip Pugh and Rich Froning Jr.

In Coaching, Sports Applications, Videos

August 19, 2011

Video Article

For the past four years, Tennessee Tech University has been using CrossFit to train many of its athletes. Chip Pugh, director of athletic performance, and CrossFit Games champ Rich Froning Jr., assistant strength coach, turn CrossFit into a sports-specific training tool for their athletes. This series provides an overview of the workouts these coaches use in season and out of season to condition their athletes.

In Part 1, Pugh took us on a tour of off-season CrossFit workouts for the football team. In Part 2, the team is just about to enter its summer training camp. Despite the fact that athletes were given a training assignment for the first part of the summer, Pugh says he doesn’t expect everyone followed it, so he programs the next training cycle with that in mind.

“Every day in our training, like we’ve talked about before, we prioritize a speed component, a strength component and then the intensity component,” he says.

From warm-up to strength work to “The Red Zone,” their CrossFit workout, the athletes train hard for their upcoming season.

“The greatest thing you see is when they’re done and you see them out there on the field of play, and you can see the confidence in their eye and know that they’ve been through things that are really tough, and that’s gonna help them out there on the field,” Pugh says.

10min 55sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 107 by Justin Judkins, published Feb. 17, 2010.

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2 Comments on “CrossFit for Athletic Performance: Part 2”


wrote …

Great video. i love seeing "Crossfit" incorporated into a college athletics setting. I happened across a link to an article today called Death by Prowler by Mark Reynolds that was on the Starting Strength website and I found it to be an excellent article except for the anti-crossfit bias. I still don't understand why people have to throw in little quips about how they think the kipping pull-up is ruining their livelihood. The reason I bring this up and the reason I put "crossfit" in quotations is because it seems like these guys get it that crossfit is a GPP program that compliments athletics and the conditioning of their athletes. Thanks for showing us that high level athletes can benefit from crossfit and GPP.


Joy Byxbee wrote …

I loved watching this and saw many training techniques that would work for fighters as well-we run too (interval sprints) but what they were doing looked a lot more fun.

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