It’s Not the Program. It’s Your Behavior.

Pat Barber Coaching, Competitions, GPP

This one’s for the WOD addicts, the fitness junkies, the two-a-dayers who never stop.

You’re probably not going to like what I have to say, but I’m saying it anyway with as much kindness as I can muster. Because someone needs to hold you accountable and to remind you to take responsibility for your own life.

If you’re burnt out, don’t jump to blaming CrossFit or your program before you self-reflect on your behavior.

Was a coach or program what truly led to burn out?

Or was it a series of choices and actions that you made?

Why do you feel like you need so much volume? What void are you trying to fill with fitness?

Just something to think about as we head into competition season.

When a Member Says “There’s Not Enough Strength Work”

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

Are you hearing complaints from members that your program doesn’t spend enough time on strength training?

This video is for non-biased programmers and facilities who have members who want a strength-biased program.

For coaches of WUWO or fellow GPP programs: We go into much more detail about why we’re a non-biased program and how to handle common criticisms (especially when switching from a strength + metcon model) on this page: Why We’re a Non-Biased Program.

This is a topic we’re particularly passionate about, which you’ll probably pick up on while reading our other blog posts on GPP programming.

When a Member Says “The Warmup is Too Long”

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

Sometimes members don’t understand the intention behind the warmup section of a GPP program. They can get bored. This video tackles delivery of the warmup, education, purpose and how to have conversations with members about the warmup and GPP (which is especially important when a facility has transitioned from a strength + metcon model).

Additional Reading:

Don’t Waste the Warmup — The CrossFit Journal

When a Member Says “The Workouts Are Not Intense Enough”

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

This is for coaches and trainers who are hearing things like “the workouts are not intense or hard enough” or “the workouts are too short.”

Coaches of WUWO or other GPP programs, we go into much more detail about why we’re a GPP program and how to handle common complaints (when switching from a strength + metcon model) on this page: Why We’re a Non-Biased Program

We also have an intensity test you can use when people complain that the workouts are too easy.

We hope these resources lead to more productive conversations with your members!

What Are Their Goals?

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

If given a choice, most human beings will choose the type of training they need the least.

Cardio people love those metcons.

Barbell lovers want that strength piece.

It happens on a more micro level as well with certain movements.

To identify your deficiencies, think about when in a workout you rest or hold back. That’s your weakness.

You go hard on what you’re good at and then relax a little on that next movement because you don’t feel safe or confident enough to maintain intensity.

It’s important to think about this because when members complain about a workout or a program, what they’re often complaining about is working on their weaknesses.

They want more of what they love.

And what they love isn’t necessarily what’s going to get them more fit.

That, of course, requires a conversation between coach and client.

Ultimately, it’s about the goals of the individual.

Are they in the gym to get as fit as they can be?

Are they in the gym because they’re interested in lifelong fitness?

Are they in the gym to have fun?

Are they in the gym to get crushed? Do they want you to give them the hardest workout you can put them through?

What are their goals?

Now, look at how they want to train.

Is what they want to do going to get them where they want to be?

Because, in our experience, the answer is often no.

Some people want to touch the barbell as much as possible. It’s fun. It’s Instagrammable.

But when you look at their longterm goals, giving them more volume isn’t what they truly need.

They need to work on their weaknesses. They need to practice other skills. They need better mechanics (and you don’t need constant exposure or redundancies to get this, in our experience).

Above all, they need to understand intensity. This lack of understanding is often the root of a lot of complaints and concerns. Here’s a quick and easy intensity test to try with your members today.

We’re not saying we’ve got this all figure out. No one does.

We do know, however, that talking about goals and explaining intensity can often lead to much more productive conversations about why an individual doesn’t think the programming is working for them.

Work On Your Weaknesses

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

If given a choice, most human beings will choose the type of training they need the least.

Cardio people love those metcons.

Barbell lovers want that strength piece.

But it happens on a more micro level as well with certain movements.

To identify your deficiencies, think about when in a workout you rest or hold back. That’s your weakness.

You go hard on what you’re good at and then relax a little on that next movement because you don’t feel safe or confident enough to maintain intensity.

So, when do you rest? When do you pull back?

And when you recognize a client doing this, how do you coach them through it? How often do you have members flip the script so they push harder during their weaknesses and catch their breath during their favorite movements?

By choosing to attack what we suck at, our rate of growth will generally be quicker across the board.

99% of Your Members Don’t Need Extra Volume

Pat Barber Coaching, GPP

If your members want to get fitter, stronger and healthier, they don’t need a strength-biased program.

They will get plenty strong with a GPP program.

The only three groups of people who need a strength-biased program, or extra volume, are:
1) People who want to lift more often (because they enjoy lifting, regardless of what it does to their overall fitness),
2) Power/Oly lifter competitors,
3) CrossFit competitors.

And even then, a strength + metcon formula still isn’t the only way to get that extra strength work.⠀

Most people — the 99% of your gym and potential members — just need to get to the gym and workout hard, with good coaching. They need constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity, coupled with meats, veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar. Not a strength cycle.⠀

If you want the nitty gritty details of why we believe in a GPP program, read this page. We hit every concern people have when they’re switching away from a strength-biased program to a GPP program.⠀