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Training vs. Practice


As we approach the CrossFit Open in late February, I want to plant a seed in your heads about training vs. practice. The reason for bringing up the CrossFit Open is because every year they are putting more and more complex movements in the their workouts. These complex movements are about skill not necessarily strength.

As we approach the CrossFit Open in late February, I want to plant a seed in your heads about training vs. practice. The reason for bringing up the CrossFit Open is because every year they are putting more and more complex movements in the their workouts. These complex movements are about skill not necessarily strength. I will contradict this statement by saying that you do have to have strength in the transition in certain movements but you can also build strength by practicing…

Example: The Bar Muscle Up. Our minds were blown when CrossFit HQ decided to throw that movement in an Open workout last year. Honestly how many of you have ever tried to attempt one prior? Not many of us, including myself! It’s a cool party trick, it just wasn’t a goal of mine personally at the time. But now you can bet your sweet ass I have them in my tool box from here on out. It took straight bar rows in set of 5 by 10 reps, lat pull downs, Chest to bar pull ups, even attempting the bar muscle up with the band gave me a sense of how the hips are more involved in the transition, not just the pull. These are all things that don’t get to happen in training.

So how do we prepare for the unknown and the unknowable? We practice those things. We don’t train those things. Training is slamming or slogging through a workout to say we did it, to finish, to get our heart rate up, to be sore, to feel accomplished.

Practice takes time and finesse to master new skills. So if you are looking for new party tricks or a new tool for your CrossFit tool belt start practicing. Not sure where to start ask your coaches, we know a lot of stuff.

Check out this PodCast if you don’t believe me when we say there is a difference between training vs. practice. This is Ben Bergeron, he is the best CrossFit Coach in the world currently and we like how he thinks and explains things.

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