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Media Resources on Crossfit Based Endurance Training

July 27, 2012

We were asked recently if there are any non-Crossfit produced articles out there that, for lack of a better word, defend CFE as a  training regimen for endurance events. That is a wonderful question, I love it.

Before we get into some of articles out there, let’s be clear about what Crossfit based endurance training really is.

Crossfit Endurance is an endurance sports training program dedicated to improving performance, fitness and endurance sports potential. “Endurance @ CFD” is wholly based in Crossfit. The programming is structured and sport specific, but ultimately it is based upon an assumption that the “Endurance @ CFD” athlete is following Crossfit Defined’s programming 3 to 5 days per week.

“Endurance @ CFD” builds sport specific training upon the basic tenets of Crossfit – strength and conditioning through constantly varied movements including, olympic lifts, powerlifting, gymnastics movements, explosive activity and mobility-based support.

So let’s take that training a little further. “Endurance @ CFD” is designed to take the level of fitness developed from just Crossfit and make you ready to succeed in your endurance event. We don’t just want to survive that marathon, we want to feel good, get better or just totally crush it – and oh by the way, recover faster. It’s important to understand that the endurance programming at Crossfit Defined ALONE will not get us to our endurance goal.

Once the Crossfit athlete is developed, the “Endurance @ CFD” approach turns the traditional endurance programming on its head. We focus our attention on technique first, intensity second and quality volume third.

I am often asked, how can these three endurance workouts (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) prepare a person for a marathon. I quickly respond that they don’t, and I would never encourage someone to try it. However, we aren’t doing that at Crossfit Defined, we are doing three to five Crossfit WODs per week, with the addition of three Endurance workouts. Now that is a different conversation and a different program that I would wholeheartedly encourage someone to try as preparation for their marathon, etc.

That being said, I would encourage you to check out a few articles:

Crossfit Endurance: To hell and back, just faster – Triathlete Magazine

Go Inside One Triathlete’s Venture Into Crossfit Endurance – Posted to Triathlete Magazine

Totally fit – Runners’ World

Super Running: Is Crossfit Endurance The New Way To Train? – Competitor Magazine

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