Use these 20 conditioning CrossFit workouts to build an unstoppable engine!
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In conversation with Chris Hinshaw, top endurance Coach in the CrossFit world.
BOXROX: Do you every see any correlation between an increase in endurance training at the expense of strength?
Chris: So this was a number 1 concern for me when I first started.
‘Most weightlifters recognise that in between their reps, a developed aerobic system will help them in their recovery.’
CROSSFIT WORKOUTS: COACHING RICH FRONING
Rich Froning went from a 6 minute mile to a 5:41 mile over the first 12 weeks that we worked together. During that time his Back Squat went up. In his own words ‘all of my numbers continued to climb.’
CROSSFIT WORKOUTS: COACHING MAT FRASER
He was the one that concerned me the most because here is a very experienced weightlifter, and what if my endurance training had a negative impact effect on his strength and it went down?
I had this great moment, Mat Fraser was doing a workout of mine, it was 3 rounds of 3 x 600m for a total of 5400m. He was running a 6-minute mile pace. Three hours later he hit a 170kg (375 lb) PR in his Clean and Jerk. That to me was super exciting.
The key is moderation. You can’t train a Crossfit athlete like a triathlete and my athletes don’t put in a lot of volume, but what they are doing is targeting muscle groups that are neglected. That’s where I focus my time.
In triathlons you train for set distances in different disciplines, how do you train your Crossfit athletes for the unknown?
I come from an endurance background. I understand endurance science. I train my athletes very traditionally from what I’ve learned from my career of competing in long distance triathlons. Crossfit is substantially different from that. We are not targeting one specific distance to be good at. We want to be good at a broad range of distances and so we must train and be prepared for exactly that.
Its always important to develop an arsenal of gears for your running. I test and work around the following time and distances, which are all important for Crossfitters.
- Recovery jog pace (90 minute pace)
- 10k (40 minute time domain)
- 5km (20 minute time domain)
- 1mile (5 – 6 minute time domain)
- 400 m speed in Crossfit is critical!