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December 07, 2012

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CrossFit Football really focuses on the power athlete, John Welbourn explains in this CrossFit Football Trainer Course.

The goal, he adds, is big, strong, fast athletes who have capacity. Welbourn’s preferred method as a coach, he says, is working backward from the athlete’s goal.

“There has to be some real goal. There has to be some stress on movement. Is that guy a good mover? Is he a good athlete? Are we doing an athletic style of training?” Welbourn asks.

The proof, he adds, will be in on-field performance.

“If you are training specific for a sport, what is really your only feedback on whether or not your training was good?” Welbourn asks. “As a coach, the only mark that you have for whether or not you were successful … is the way that your athletes perform.”

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Additional reading: Giant Heart by Julie Buehler, published March 5, 2012.



10 Comments on “CrossFit Football: Power Athlete”


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

BIG JW in the house!!!


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Nice presentation John. I just slightly disagree with the final thoughts (and only slightly.) I think sports is a proving ground for our training up to a certain level. Here's an example from my own experience:

Brian Hassler (who comments on here frequently) and myself both coach the track team at a local high school. We train a lot of kids in the off-season through CrossFit and the results of the track are very good. Numerous individual regional championships, state qualifications, and one state champion.

Situation #2: In two consecutive years, we trained the best players on the football team and we saw improvement in every aspect of strength and conditioning and their football game. Only problem was the coach all but benched them and they did not have the season they were hoping for.

I think sports can be a proving ground if the coach (for their sport) is on board. If their coach is an idiot, then the proof may have to come from elsewhere. Also, I learned the hard way that CrossFit does not make you better in basketball. Playing basketball makes you better in basketball. But, doing CrossFit gave me the physical tools to be a good player, then I just practiced a lot.

I'm sure I could've worded it better, but hopefully you get the idea. Interesting conversation for sure. Thanks for sharing John!


wrote …

I agree with John. I wish the rest of this video was posted. I would realy like to hear the whole thing...


replied to comment from Chris Sinagoga

I agree that the proving ground is on the field. After all, that is the reason for the training right? However, it can't always be tied to wins and losses. You are triying to improve performance on the field - and ultimately win games - but if you are getting your athletes bigger, stronger, and faster and improving their physical performance then you are doing your job well. The FB coaches have to do the rest on the field. Also, there is the limiting factor of genetics. Like John said, there are some athletes who don't train and go to the league. Does that make their strength coaches better?


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More of this please !!


wrote …

John is a thoughtful guy with a lot of good training insight -- I'd love to see more. I was very impressed with him in Every Second Counts, especially as he toughed it out on the hill runs. Oh, and CFFB's The Volkswagen is one of my all-time favorite workouts!


replied to comment from Chris Sinagoga

Great stuff John! CFFootball just keeps getting better!!


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Thanks, John, that's right on target!


replied to comment from Chris Sinagoga

I think the coach being on board with the program is implicit. It's tough to make a boat move when the other person is rowing in the opposite direction. So all parties must be in agreement.

I don't think John was suggesting that you abandon practicing at your sport in favor of CFFB. I think people would agree that CF can be an excellent supplement to your sport but definitely practicing your sport makes you better at it. In the off-season you can focus more on developing capacity & strength but still do all the running and agility drills needed to be quick. When your season starts, you focus more on the skills needed to get better. I've watched clips on the way NFL athletes train in their 'off-season'. Truthfully at that level, there is no real off-season. They do footwork ladder drills, cone drills for agility, endless sprints and run hills in addition to all kinds of strength and conditioning workouts. The same goes for basketball players. Those elite athletes know what it takes to stay sharp because they are always thinking about 'what the other guy is doing.'


Michael Saveth wrote …

Great Seminar! Thanks!

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