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Old 09-09-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
Jeremy Stecker
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Park workout ideas for non-members

For those of you that have done park workouts for non-members, for those that are on different levels of fitness, how do you approach it?

Also, which workouts have worked well for you, which maybe not so well? How do you come up with the workouts and know that it will work well.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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Re: Park workout ideas for non-members

Dude, "universally scaleable"

Don't break people up, don't stop people from getting after it, have workouts that you can scale easily and equipment that allows for that.

I have found that team wods that have a total countdown for the team works well. I.E. break into 4 person teams and complete the following: 400 Squats, run 400, 300 Push Ups, run 400, 200 pull ups, run 400 for time (most parks have a swing set, monkey bar structure, but really pull ups was an example)
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:40 PM   #3
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Re: Park workout ideas for non-members

I agree with John..."Universal Scalability". We don't change the program or seperate participants from the workout. Everyone is included...no one is left behind. We modify & scale the workout according to their level of fitness. We bring a trailer full of "toys" to train with for our outdoor workouts. There is plenty of variety for everyone...from the deconditioned to the elite athlete! We emphasize this to our participants..."Remember, this is YOUR workout...Have FUN with it!...Challenge yourself...You may be surprised what you CAN do, rather than what you CAN'T do....Enjoy the commaraderie...we're FAMILY.

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Old 09-09-2008, 03:02 PM   #4
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Re: Park workout ideas for non-members

I agree with John and Ray concerning scaling, and thus not watering down CF. That being said, some WODs are self-scaled while others are not, and when dealing with new athletes (some of whom may be severely de-conditioned), especially in large groups, it may be easier for you to include more of the self-scaling WODs than not. Specifically, WODs that involve AMRAP in x minutes inherently scale themselves to the individual's abilities. Nicole, Cindy, and Tabata Something Else come to mind. I've done a variation of Nicole subbing in push-ups for the pull-ups, and it worked well. Those capable of running hard for the full 20 did so, while many had to walk some or all of the 400s. Everyone worked hard. This set-up has the added advantage of everyone starting and stopping at the same time, which can improve time-flow. Now imagine the WOD was 5 rounds of 400m and 20 push-ups - a different story.

Of course, easy isn't always better, CF is rarely easy, and effectively coaching CF will require you adapt to as many circumstances as possible.
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