This post was inspired by one of my readers. When you are so engrossed in a community you often forget what people, who are new to the community, know and don’t know. I would like to share some different websites that have to do with different crossfit programming. Not all the sites are directly affiliated with crossfit but it doesn’t change the style of programming or its effectiveness.
Here are the websites in Ascending order. Going from easiest programming to the most difficult.
CrossFit is the starting place for all new crossfitters. CrossFit itself has an unrivaled library of exercises demos and a wealth of knowledge unmatched by any other site I have seen. However, we are talking about programming complexity. CrossFit has some complex workouts sometimes, and not some other times. Depending on your level of fitness it is either a good supplement to your current routine or it is your routine. But I know a lot of guys who do multiple WODs from crossfit.com on the same day. I think it is kind of like the gateway programing that may lead you to some more pain as we go down the list.
Training: Metcons (Metabolic Conditioning)
CrossFit Football is a great website. It is for football players primarily. I used their programming for a while because of the heavy lifting that is involved, and that is why a lot of people use it. However, I was never 100% happy with their WODs and would have to remind myself that it is for football…Cool site, great for strength, decent WODs.
You do the SWOD (strength workout of the day) on the right side of the site, then you do the DWOD (daily workout of the day) in the middle of the page.
Training: Stength + Metcons
Gym Jones has some pretty crazy workouts. One problem. They charge to be a member and its kind of ridiculous on the price considering all of these other sites provide their programming for free.
BUT a good amount of their workouts are freely listed in their training section. You just can’t get a free workout everyday. They do a mixture of strength and endurance stuff. All really difficult training and seems to have a major emphasis on strength which is awesome. Strength programming is better than CFFBs and overall GREAT workouts.
Training: Strength/Power (and Power and Strength endurance) + Metcons
CrossFit Endurance has truly impressed me as their programming has developed. A great all around routine. Even if you are not an endurance athlete this site is amazing. It really hits fitness at every angle and does a good job at it too. If you like to lift heavy then just go a little bit heavier on their workouts. That is what I was doing for awhile and it worked out great. I normally did not wait the 3+ hours to do endurance. Probably should have but I would always just do it all at once. Great for any athlete looking for well rounded training.
Training: Strength + Metcons + Cardiovascular Endurance
Are you ready for Crazy?? Seal Fit WODs are freaking awesome but they are only for the advanced athlete. definitely not a starting place.
I’ve seen crossfitters where shirts that say “your workout is my warmup”. That’s funny and all but at Seal Fit they no shit do your crossfit workout as their warmup. It is made for advanced CrossFit athletes, first responders, and special operators. It is for the guys who will really need their body in some desperate situations. If you are in good enough shape I say just try one. You may be hooked. But if you are new definitely read their “New to SealFit?” Article because it will help you program their programming. Sounds crazy but you don’t want to overtrain so pay attention.
Training: Strength/Power (and Power and Strength endurance) + Metcons + Cardiovascular Endurance + Crazy
Good luck and go try something new today!!