In the first episode of the show, I’m in the car with Wes Piatt, a CrossFit Games competitor, programmer and affiliate owner (of Coast Range CrossFit in Gilroy, Ca). Wes and I cruise around Santa Cruz — looking for waves — as we answer a few questions from the WUWO community.
Question #1 (2:45)
In the Open workouts, when should an athlete opt for the scale?
“We have seen in 16.1 that a lot of athletes just did 18 reps without even attempting, or not having a proper C2b pull-up, just to be ahead on the leaderboard. And in 16.3 we saw lot of 10 rep Rx scores from the snatches only. What’s your take on this as a coach and as an athlete?”
Question #2 (6:03)
How do you manage clients who want more cardio? I need to keep my Barbell Betty’s happy while also managing the Cardio Queens who don’t want to get bulky.
“How do you manage clients that say ‘I want more cardio!’ or ask ‘Why can’t we do two 20 min wods everyday? I need to sweat and I don’t care about barbells!’ This is something I have to deal with and have lost clients over… Keeping the barbell Betty’s happy while managing the ‘I-don’t-wan’t-to-get-bulky’ Cardio Queens… Help me Pat… Have they not heard about constantly varied?”
Question #3 (13:30)
How do I explain to the “average” Crossfitter that’s been doing this for 6-12 months that GPP is really the best, most complete solution for the masses? Members keep asking for more 30-min grinders; how do I get them to perform shorter workouts with higher intensity so that they feel like the workout is hard enough?
“We love the WUWO program. We’ve been customers for a little over 2 months now and we’ve seen our coaching staff really kick it up a notch with their membership focus as a result of not having to worry about how to construct their own session plans. Much to our surprise though, we’ve had members complain that the programming “isn’t challenging enough”… Anyone that has been in the CrossFit game for a while knows that this is pure B.S. and that anything done with the proper intensity can be hard (if you make it hard).
I feel like we are constantly having discussions with our members trying to justify why GPP is the way to go. I also feel like they want to see the super “sexy” grinder style WODs like you see on CompTrain or MisFits every single day. Our higher level athletes love WUWO. We have very few that can consistently do the workouts as Rx+.
But how do I explain to the “average” Crossfitter that’s been doing this for 6-12 months that there isn’t a “magic formula” for programming and GPP is really the best, most complete solution for the masses?”
At 28:06 Wes shares how he and his team graph athletes’ intensity and power output (and track it over time). He has a really great system for doing this that is very simple to implement, so definitely give it a listen.
If you’re wondering about Wes’ shoulder, we’ve just learned that he has an 80% tear of the Supraspinatus in his left shoulder, which means he’s bowing out of the 2016 Open to have surgery and heal. It’s a tough break that I can understand (my 2014 Open was ended by appendicitis and emergency surgery). So join me in sending good vibes his way and hoping he has a speedy recovery.
A little heads up — The video is a bit shaky in the beginning because of the bumpy roads, but we eventually moved the camera so motion sickness wouldn’t be the only thing you got out of the show. :) We’re still figuring this stuff out, so thank you in advance for your patience.
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