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Old 04-19-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
Mike Groth
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Could someone explain to me what Black Box ME is? I tried to do a search and found alot of people talking about it but couldnt figure out what it meant. Thanks guys.
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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I had trouble finding the source, but then this thread popped a few days ago:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/21/40023.html
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:05 AM   #3
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Black box ME worked great with CF when it was developed, about 2 years ago. The CF workouts have morphed over the last 2 years to almost incorporate a black box ME approach. Back in the day CF workouts had a much heavier emphasis on metcon, with few 1, 3, or 5 RM lifts. Now a Black Box ME approach is integrated within the WODs. Because of this, I think it is harder to overlay a Black Box ME approach into the WODs, and possibly, not necessary. I'm at the point where if i believe someone has a strength deficit, i would recommend a three week or four block of the Starting Strength 1 or 2 program. if they had a power deficit, a three or four week block of Mike's Gym WODs.
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:55 AM   #4
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Yeah, I have to agree with Larry. When I was starting out I was real concerned with possible strength loss on maximum effort lifts. I figured out a whole black box ME scheme, and then found myself doing almost the same thing just following the regular WOD.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:06 PM   #5
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Roark- Curious to know if you have found that the WOD has kept up your strength levels well? If so, over what period of time?
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:31 AM   #6
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Reece- I've only been on crossfit for ~2 months. I've seen boardwide gains, in almost everything, except of course isolation lifts, which I no longer do. Most of my gains have been due to form improvement. The other huge thing is that crossfit defines pretty broad performance goals that are more exciting/challenging than increasing my max lift numbers, which I'm pretty happy with. I think I'll just have to wait and see how things go in the future...
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