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Ken Engberg 03-29-2009 02:55 AM

Patterns in Crossfit WODs?
Hey guys this is my first post. I've been Crossfitting for about a month now and I have to say I am having a great time with it. It is really whooping me up pretty good.

My question deals with whether or not there is some kind of long term pattern used to determine the WOD each day. Most typical weight lifting programs have some kind of pattern used throughout the week (push-pull, body part split, etc.). Crossfit is obviously not a typical weight lifting program and a weekly pattern does not seem to be present. The only pattern I've noticed is the obvious 3 on, 1 off.

It seems to me like one week you will get hammered with pullups, and another week your legs get smoked. Is there any kind of pattern established for the long term?

Thanks in advance.

Scott Spencer 03-29-2009 04:33 AM

Re: Patterns in Crossfit WODs?
No there is no patter except 3on/1off. Thats done on purpose.

Brian Bedell 03-29-2009 05:31 AM

Re: Patterns in Crossfit WODs?
I don't think that is accurate. Search "programming" and read the cfjournals on that topic. THis has been discussed many times.

Brian Solar 03-29-2009 06:18 AM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
This gives us an idea. (wfs)

Ken DaSilva 03-31-2009 04:45 PM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
It's like the Matrix, if you look closely enough, you can almost see a pattern! :eek:

My advice, take the red pill, it's kool-aid flavor! :pepper:

Ken DaSilva 03-31-2009 06:09 PM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
Here's a link to the CFJ: "A Theoretical Template for CrossFit’s Programming" wfs


Scott Ponte 04-01-2009 12:01 AM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?

Originally Posted by Scott Spencer (Post 553676)
No there is no patter except 3on/1off. Thats done on purpose.

There is a specific pattern. Not with the workouts themselves but with their result or "activities".

Max Effort

I forgot what the programming was like, but you combined the activities to create a type of programming that meets the required criteria for the day.

I know that's a really broad answer, but the CF Journal doesn't load well for me in Uganda and that's all I remember from memory.

Ken Engberg 04-04-2009 10:03 AM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
Thanks for the replies. The CFJ article is very helpful in describing it. The method definitely makes more sense now. It was interesting to read that it is certainly possible to not ever repeat a three day set of WODs during a lifetime of CF.

Steven Low 04-04-2009 10:05 AM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
Search dude.

Lewis Dunn 04-04-2009 11:06 AM

Re: Patterns in CrossFit WODs?
I would suggest that, if one want to know if there is a pattern, one should look at the mainpage WODS over time and see if you can find one. That is the only place to answer the question, and a far better place to look than a now quite old CFJ article that included the word "theoretical" in the title.

IMO there is no meaningful pattern. Or, if there is one, it is frequently abandoned for one reason or another (as an example, 3 consecutive days of 5x5 ME WODs). One of the oft-quoted CF mantras includes the phrase "varied, if not random." I've always thought that the random nature of WOD programming isn't given the acknowledgment it deserves.

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