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Why Specificity Matters

At TREBEL, we work to improve 10 different physical skills in route to a healthier, better life. Those 10 skills are cardiorespiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, balance, coordination, agility, and accuracy. The best way we have found to develop the physical competency to live a great life is by getting better at those 10 skills. And, the best way we have found to get better at those 10 is by improving our weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.

The methods we use to improve your fitness are not new, but they are often misunderstood. While we want to develop 10 skills, we understand that the best way is not to work on all 10 and combine them into a single workout every single day, day in and day out These skills take time to develop and deserve a more narrow focus.

Our schedule reflects that. You will notice specific classes like Barbell, Gymnastics, Metabolic Conditioning, and Olympic Weightlifting, in addition to CrossFit. While only going to CrossFit classes will absolutely improve your overall fitness, those results begin to slow down once you develop a certain level of fitness.

One of the ways that we insure improvements in the 10 physical skills over the long haul is to spend time focusing on Gymnastics, Barbell, Metabolic Conditioning, and Weightlifting separately. This belief is reflected in the way we bring new clients into the gym, as Barbell and Gymnastics classes are the first classes we recommend.

But the benefits of specializing do not just extend to those that are new to fitness training. Instead, these principles can and should be applied to the most seasoned competitors. We have found that it is best to develop those aspects individually, and “test” your fitness by bringing them all together regularly. We just want to make sure that the "testing" is done in the correct dose.

For example, my ideal schedule for a brand new client would be the following: Barbell 1x/wk, Gymnastics 1x/wk, CrossFit 1x/wk.

My ideal schedule for a more experienced client (1-2 years) would be the following: Olympic Weightlifting 1x/wk, Gymnastics 1x/wk, Metabolic Conditioning 1x/wk, CrossFit 1x/wk.

These are just a few of the mainly “ideal” training schedules. However, everyone is different and requires individual adjustments. So take what I have said with a grain of salt.

In closing, if you feel “stagnant” with your training it may be time to get back to basics and make a few adjustments to your schedule. When you allow the necessary time to develop complex skills, the results speak for themselves. Contact your Coach for Life to develop a plan to be successful for the long haul.

Group Class Programming for Monday, March 12th, 2018:

For 8 minutes perform:

1 Deadlift,
+1 Handstand Push-up (Deadlift should be HEAVY)

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