Prescription part six “Recognizing that the breadth and depth of a program’s stimulus will determine the breadth and depth of the adaptation it elicits, our prescription of functionality and intensity is constantly varied”
A program can be designed with goals and progressions for a specific outcome. Looking at what a program has will tell what it can achieve. At the same time, it tells what a program has not (and will not) achieve. Deciding what is missing from a program can guide the process of choosing what to incorporate. This allows us to constantly work on new movements under a variety of demands. Working on a program is like trying to fill a sandbox evenly from corner to corner; once one corner has more sand, you move to a different corner to even it out. Keeping training balanced will ensure success in all areas.
In CrossFit the goal is fitness. Fitness can be lifesaving and can ensure happiness. If a program is only lifting with some accessories, the adaptation will for lifting will be great, but as soon as the demand reaches beyond that modalities, performance drops off. We call this “being as good as the margins of your experience.” This is like having a small sandbox and trying to push it wider and deeper. Someone with a bigger sandbox has more experience and can easily manage a smaller sandbox, but you place a person with very little sand into a large sandbox, they won't know what to do with themselves. This is your experience and fitness level. The goal of a general physical preparedness program would be to grow your overall fitness. This means you may not be able to repair or build it all on your own, but you know enough to get by and as your experience grows, so does your ability to manage even more.
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