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Not to failure?

October 1, 2010

0530 Garage Gym Rx. The calm before the storm. Focus is on training our bodies and minds to go 100%, recover and then go 100%.

10-01-10 SICFIT:

A. Mobility: Quadriceps, hip flexor, psoas.

B. Run North Loop and back . Rest 3 minutes. x3.

C. 10 pushups, 10 thrusters (95#/75#), 10 pullups. Rest 1 minute. x5.

Check out OPT’s most recent blog on a study that shows that sub-maximal efforts on an 8-week linear periodized training program result in higher power output and better endurance when compared with training to failure. Thoughts?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Chardonnay permalink
    October 2, 2010 1:24 am

    I really enjoyed the workout today!! I’m glad I came!

  2. October 5, 2010 4:22 pm

    Training your lifts with submaximal efforts allows for maximal velocity, if and you must apply as much force as possible. Louie and Mel Siff preach this for explosive strength and increasing your force output. As for endurance, since you can sustain your efforts longer, endurance will increase. But Im curious to what percentage range endurance activities should be done in. I am going to read OPT’s piece now, thanks for the link.

    • October 6, 2010 2:36 pm

      Joe – we agree! Louie Simmons and Dave Tate are big proponents of this way of training. Training sub-maximally during an 8 week cycle and testing at the end of said 8 week cycle have shown great results in sports such as track and field and weightlifting. As CrossFitters, we are in the gym day after day, crushing WOD’s with fast, heavy met-cons and heavy lifting. We have found that this will improve performance to a point, and then that performance starts to wane due to lack of proper recovery. Much is demanded of athletes training at a high caliber, and we have been playing with different training models, cycles and modes of recovery to see where our athlete’s can go.

      Thanks for checking in and keep me posted on things at your box!


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