Why we row hard and rest
A keystone of our strength and conditioning program is sprint interval training. Most coaches call this kind of training SIT (sprint interval training.)
We love SIT for its ability to make us stronger, faster and more powerful. Anyone who's trained with us has experienced the brutal elegance of 10 rounds of 2 min max effort row, bike or run with a prescribed rest after each effort.
Newbies always want to shorten the rest. Don't fall for it.
THE REST IS WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS.
I know that might seem strange coming from a fitness coach. We coaches have a saying, you don't get stronger from your efforts, you get stronger from recovering from your efforts. This holds true for a sprint workout just as much as for a strength workout.
The rest between intervals is what determines your power output. Power output is what determines the stimulus of the workout and the training adaptation.
Today we are only "working" for about 12 minutes total and because we are doing it in intervals, our power output will be much higher than if we had a sustained 12 min effort.
You have certainly experienced this. Go for a 10 min run and measure your heart rate. Now, break that 10 mins up into 5 x 2 min intervals with 2 mins rest and go as fast as you can for each interval. Measure your heart rate now. Which one was harder? Which one required more power output?
Can you guess which type of workout will get you in shape faster?
Yep, the 5 x 2min intervals. Every. Time.
Sprint interval training is what Olympians and we, mere mortals at TSCF, use to get in shape and become fitter, faster and more powerful.
Sure we also program longer sustained training and we program strength days. It's the combination of all of these things that gets our folks in such good condition.
So let's get after our SIT today! Have some fun and great ready to show us your power!
Happy Halloween! Thanks so everyone who attended our Night of the Living Deadlifts on Saturday. It was SO. MUCH. FUN!
The Halloween tricks and treats are in full force today as your take on a partner MONSTER MASH from CrossFit Linchpin. We do this every Halloween. ENJOY!
WHOOOOOO! BOO! It's #foodiefriday and we're excited for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADLIFTS tomorrow night! Remember to bring $5 for our deadlift cash kitty. We will be awarding big lifters with some cold, hard cash. You will compete based on your age and weight so it's a fair playing field for everyone!
Have some Halloween fun with this paleo riff on an old classic. You will NEVER believe what is the key ingredient for this version. Go ahead, click on the image for the recipe from Primal Palate. I dare you.
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