21 Aug ONLINE FEATURE: Why Periodization Doesn’t Work in CrossFit (And How You Should Prepare Instead)
Editor’ss Note: We are pleased to present this guest post by Fergus Connolly, the Performance & Operations Director for University of Michigan Football. Prior to joining UM, Connolly spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers as Director of Elite Performance. Connolly has also worked as a performance consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Knicks, and multiple English Premier League, Australian Rules, and professional rugby teams. He also served as sports science director with the Welsh Rugby Union Â and was strength and conditioning coach for the Bolton Wanderers FC. His first book “Game Changer” is available from Amazon.
Traditionally, individual performers and sports teams have tried to use periodization in an effort to â€œpeakâ€ for a single event, so they plan out training and recovery blocks looking forward to this.
There are multiple issues with utilizing such an approach in CrossFit. A major one is that teams and individual competitors in CrossFit need to be continually improving, getting a little better each day as the sport is advancing so rapidly and the bar is constantly being raised. Second, there are multiple â€œgame daysâ€ on the competitive CrossFit calendar, and these occur every year, not once every four years like in the events for which Leonid Matveyev first created periodization.