Sport-specific training is the future of CrossFit.
It’s obvious that the sport of CrossFit has arrived. From a few dozen guys and gals playing in the sand in Aromas, California to a fully-sponsored weekend event at the Home Depot Center, no one can question the sport of CrossFit. We’re here and we’re growing. But what about the other side?
Aside from the sport, small CrossFit gyms have been growing rapidly, changing the lives of sport hobbyists, moms and the average Joe. There’s no stopping that movement, either. However, there’s an opportunity that must not be missed: CrossFit for teams.
The future of CrossFit is in the strength & conditioning (S&C) gyms of high schools, colleges and professional sports. Take a look at how we train and how it can be tweaked slightly to create faster, stronger and more agile sport athletes. You see this with CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Striking and so on. Even Tennessee Tech and Knowshon Moreno are getting in on the program.
There was a time when Olympic Lifting was strictly a sport until strength & conditioning coaches saw the power it could bring to their players and athletes. Now, it’s considered pivotal in the S&C of football players. CrossFit will do the same thing to S&C programs in the coming years because of it’s phenomenal results, lack of injuries and the ability to bond teams together off the field, track and court.
Along with CrossFit’s power to improve a player’s athletic ability, people will follow the money. There’s much more cash in teams that don’t have players directly paying for training. Whether it be from alumni boosters or straight from staff funds, it’s easier to get paid from an organization seeking the best for their athletes than to rally a team of 10-30 to pay for the same dedicated coaching.
But, most of all, CrossFit will eventually become the standard S&C program for athletic teams for one reason: It works.
Rich Vos is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Hustle and has been a strength & conditioning coach using CrossFit for football teams at the high school, semi-pro, and professional level.