Gant, on 21 February 2012 - 04:15 PM, said:
Meaning that they floundered about with non-specific training, got very tired, sat in a pool of sweat, lost some weight, and concluded that they became fitter.
CF "specializes" in not specializing. It is a GPP "sport." Judo is a sport that looks and "feels" GPP to untrained observer. Very different.
CF, done properly, with good form, and, for the most part, without the stupid clock, can be fine for developing GPP--which covers many tools in the judoka's toolbox--for the recreational judoka. Off-the-shelf CF for the competitive judoka is not optimal. One could argue that CF methods can be applied for judo training. And one could respond that those methods worthy of sport development have been around for decades.
If you want to do some worthwhile CF, take workouts from 2006-2008 and do them without the clock (2-3 days a week), reducing the weight as necessary.
Ha! That was what *I* thought was likely but I wanted to see if they'd given any rational beyond, "Do CF, bro!". ;)
I was talking about this thread w. my friends that do CF over the weekend and about the quantifying training effects on sports. They told me I was "obsessed" and then followed up with, "You guys should start doing Crossfit!".
I've thought for a while that the earlier WODs and some of the named workouts are all fine for building anaerobic power and capacity, but I've also read the general ability to improve those traits is fairly limited and can be done (and then maintained) with a great deal less volume. So then why "CF" workouts as opposed to, as you imply, just 'workouts' designed to effect\enhance certain training parameters?
I also think that CF at present does a lot more SPP work, in effect, skill training, across a wide wide variety of movements, such that performing well in some WODs is much more about SPP (ie, if you are good at 'the Ranger hitch' climbing ropes is a lot easier than if you're doing it all upper body, snatch + double-under workouts are much easier\possible if you have those two skills) than GPP. But I don't do "CF" so what do I know?
Mostly tho just wondering if the prior posters instructors had reasons for recommending CF. :)