CFMR training philosophy when it comes to Programming -
Ben and Nicole both have Health Degrees and have been working in the Health and Fitness sector for many years. Check out more here. We have also spent thousands of dollars on short fitness / nutrition courses too. For Example just to name a few; CrossFit Level 1, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics, Certificate III and Certificate IV in fitness, Poliquin Foundations of Periodization & Program Design, Eat to Perform Coach, Level 1 Kettlebell course etc.
Programming is something we are very passionate about at CrossFit Margaret River and we are constantly revising our delivery to ensure our athletes are getting fitter, faster, stronger - sooner. There is no “CrossFit programming bible” and we adjust our group sessions uniquely to the athletes we have in each class so that you are getting individual attention within a group setting. We program at CrossFit Margaret River drawing from a culmination of expertise gained through short and long courses, practical application, observation, competition experience and countless hours of reading. We believe that we have found the right balance between the technical aspects of training while still being fun!
Here are some of the things that we consider when programming for our athletes:
Training vs. Sport: At CrossFit Margaret River we believe that CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program first and a sport second. What this means is the primary focus of our training is to develop a solid foundation of strength, movement quality and conditioning for each of our athletes. We then supplement the training of our members who are specifically focused on the sport of CrossFit with a greater overall volume of work and exercise selection that is more appropriate to their goals. We encourage our athletes to enter competitions but we are well aware that competing needs to come from a solid base.
Strict before kipping: We coach our athletes to perform bodyweight movements with strict form before we introduce dynamic form. An athlete with the ability to perform movements like the pull-up, dip and handstand push-up with strict form generally exhibits the stability in the core and upper body to be able to handle the dynamic movement equivalent.
Strength Development: While CrossFit aims to develop all ten physical skills (balance, accuracy, coordination, strength, endurance, power, speed, stamina, flexibility, agility), we have a large focus on strength development. Why? Strength takes longer to develop than most other skills, strong people develop conditioning (cardio) more easily, they are less injury prone and generally find life easier. Please note that our goal is to develop functional strength – not body mass. Don’t assume that strong automatically means big – think gymnast strong. However we can help you achieve bulk too, if that is what you are looking for.
More is not better: Put simply, exercise is a stress that causes your body to adapt. Too little stress and there will be no change; too much stress and there will be a negative effect. We are mindful of the fact that most people don’t need to do hundreds of repetitions of the same exercise to achieve a positive effect and pay particular consideration to the volume of work we prescribe for the sake of safety and continued positive adaptation.
Resiliency:At CrossFit Margaret River we call this the 11th general skill. It is the ability to bounce back and we use some simple methods in our training to help you return to ensure your continued success. Consistency is the key to success in any program - a perfect program you don't regularly attend, will not get results.