A Deft Dose of Volume

By James Hobart

In Coaching, Competition

March 18, 2016

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More isn’t always better: James Hobart explains how certain experienced athletes can add training volume to increase work capacity.

CrossFit programming thrives upon intensity, not volume.

This focus on intensity is a cornerstone of the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 curricula, and it is also one of the reasons many like CrossFit: fitness in an hour or less. Intensity is also a foundational piece of CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman’s “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”: “Keep workouts short and intense.”

For years we’ve trusted in and consistently witnessed the benefits of less-is-more high-intensity workouts. Any affiliate owner will tell you athletes of all ages and abilities reap fitness benefits from 60 minutes of training that include a warm-up, one workout and a cool-down.

Glassman has also said, “Be impressed by intensity, not volume,” and, “Past one hour, more is not better.”

If all that’s true, why do we see so many athletes adding training volume to gain a competitive edge, and how do they do it appropriately to maximize fitness? We aren’t recommending more training volume, but we do believe some approaches are better than others when athletes are ready for additional work.

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3 Comments on “A Deft Dose of Volume”

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Nice article, and timely as well. I was just about to add more volume to my usual regimen for next month but this gave some insights on how to do it properly.

Cheers from NZ!

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replied to comment from Jonnel Mamauag

Is there a competitive athlete that does purely CrossFit (1 hour class)? I'm just curious

Awesome article btw.

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replied to comment from Josh Nieva

Valerie Voboril on the women's side is an elementary school teacher and only does 1 workout per day for an hour. She has been to the games I believe 5 times and even finished 3rd a few years ago.

Julie Foucher has just this year gone to more of a 1 hour a day 5 days a week approach to fitness as well; however, she is not really trying to compete. She still just made top 10 in her region in the open, so she has still managed to qualify for regionals with that type of workout system.

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