GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM
“I WAS SITTING HERE, EATING MY MUFFIN AND DRINKING MY COFFEE AND REPLAYING THE INCIDENT IN MY HEAD, WHEN I HAD WHAT ALCOHOLICS REFER TO AS A MOMENT OF CLARITY.” ~Jules
Ok really, I was programming and thinking about how much CrossFit has changed since CFR’s inception in 2007. Mainly, in regards to programming, and more specifically, our gym, we started using
BEYOND THE WHITEBOARD on July 6, 2010 which allows us to look back at CrossFit Redding’s early programming. As I sit in Maxwell’s on a quiet Sunday drinking a beer, daydreaming, and programming I start writing in my notebook what I would like to see accomplished for June 2015. Knowing more about the art of programming than I did five years ago and how it defines our facility the realization quickly hits me; this might take more than one pint.
I program with an intent. My intent is to make all of you better athletes and as safe as possible. When I put the pencil to the paper I like to take into consideration the best athlete and the newest athlete in the gym and find a way to challenge them both, physically and mentally. It’s easy to program a run and burpees on Monday and push-ups and pull-ups on Tuesday. There are thousands of way to get sweaty. The trick is first and foremost, before sweaty – safety!
CrossFit believes form/technique, function and consistency should be mastered first and then introduce intensity. If I was to program air squats daily and PVC push press our strength component would quickly diminish. Four years ago, programming an rx 225lbs clean, muscle-up, rope climb or even double unders saw just a few Rx’s; now, it has become the norm to see CFR athletes taking the next step in challenging themselves.
1: It’s challenging. Programming for a week, a month and a season with athlete goals in mind and making it effective, safe, stimulating and fun takes time, patience, research and lots of thought.
2: But even better is when you take my most challenging, what I thought would be a 20 minute WOD, and CRUSH it right down to 7 minutes!
I enjoy the strength programs and watching you guys squat 300plus pounds I like watching the women, who 3years ago never thought a pull-up was within their reach, cranking out butterflies. I absolutely love watching someone snatching or cleaning, who, prior to coming to CrossFit Redding had never touched a barbell.
I pride myself on programming constantly varied, functional fitness executed at high intensity- which defines CrossFit. So many gyms have moved away from that model. As CrossFit Redding grows, rest assured that our programming and community will continue to stay true to that which defines CrossFit. CrossFit Redding’s programming is directly from my brain… (Scary thought) I’ve never bought another coaches programming, I like the benchmarks, I enjoy and welcome constructive criticism and more importantly want all of you to continue challenging me to write effective and fun workouts.
“TIME!!!… Rest and Recover”~ Bryan