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Old 11-10-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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Wod

What is the main goal of the WOD?

Meaning the intense part of the crossfit workouts?
I'm not a crossfitter, I'm an oly lifter, but I've been looking at some of the travel wods to do in the mornings at my place...
I often train with bodyweight circuits, but I'm looking at the wods just for a change and the I like the physiques of a lot of crossfitters!!

Is the WOD aimed toward hypertrophy/muscle growth?
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: Wod

Short answer is - it depends.
CrossFit is both strength and conditioning.
If it is task oriented: 5,5,3,3,1,1,1 it is strength.
If it is time based: complete "x" for time, then it is conditioning.

Sometimes it will also be to learn new skills - but you rarely see that on the mainpage anymore. Such as, spending 20 minutes to work on handstand walks, ring work, jump rope, etc.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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Re: Wod

So if I wake up in the morning and do a travel WOD (basically just with calisthenics) it's gona yield a bit of both?

Or should I hit some weighted dips/ pull-ups etc for say 5x5 first? Keeping in mind I don't wana start wasting energy used for my oly sessions later in the day
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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Re: Wod

Most of the "travel WODs" are bodyweight circuits that are mostly for conditioning and bodyweight strength. If you want extra conditioning, fine, do those.

Wouldn't the weighted dips/pullup fall under strength work that you'd usually be doing during your weightlifting sessions?
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Re: Wod

To be honest, I haven't checked out travel WOD in a while.
If you're an experienced lifter, it should be pretty evident what the goal of the workout is.
Use your best judgment as to what may overly tax you for your primary sport.
CrossFit is for GPP, not to be used for sport-specific improvement.
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Re: Wod

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Most of the "travel WODs" are bodyweight circuits that are mostly for conditioning and bodyweight strength. If you want extra conditioning, fine, do those.

Wouldn't the weighted dips/pullup fall under strength work that you'd usually be doing during your weightlifting sessions?
My current program doesn't have any body weight strength work, quite possibly because my coach knows that I'll still do that type of work in the mornings at home
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"Quite possibly?" Should you not ask your coach if you doing extra work is assumed? If you have a coach that programs for you, I would definitely stick to what he tells you to do and not slip in extra stuff. He is programming what he's programming for a reason.
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"Quite possibly?" Should you not ask your coach if you doing extra work is assumed? If you have a coach that programs for you, I would definitely stick to what he tells you to do and not slip in extra stuff. He is programming what he's programming for a reason.
Meh... He knows I do it, and it hasn't affected my training yet, if it did I wouldn't do it
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Re: Wod

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I often train with bodyweight circuits, but I'm looking at the wods just for a change and the I like the physiques of a lot of crossfitters!!
"Travel WODs" will not get you the physique of competitive CrossFitters. Genetics and diet are the two main drivers of that.

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Meh... He knows I do it, and it hasn't affected my training yet, if it did I wouldn't do it
You'd be surprised, but far from it for me to judge. If you care about your "oly" I would do what your coach suggests, but that's just my opinion. It's worked better for me that way thus far.
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