Many of the images that come to mind when people think of CrossFit are of athletes lying on the ground in pools of their own sweat, gasping for air and trying to “get right.” It’s a powerful image, to be sure. Usually, these collapsed athletes have just completed a session high on intensity and metabolic demand. Many falsely assume that CrossFit is primarily a cardio-based workout program that requires people to only use light weights and bodyweight-only conditioning exercises.
While a triplet – a combination of three exercise usually involving a weightlifting move, a gymnastics move, and a conditioning exercise – may not involve a tremendous amount of heavy weight, if you are weak on the weight-based move, you will suffer through the workout the whole time. I learned this the hard way.
If you think you can get away with having a moderate strength base when doing CrossFit type workouts, you are in for a big surprise. Here are three lessons I learned from CrossFit about strength that you can apply to your fitness program, no matter how you train.