Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Why you need to have real instruction

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of places where you can get free or cheap programming. We even give our programs away for free (see below). With all of this free information around, why do we still have full classes and people paying to come to see us?

Randy often talks about how coaching and programming are so tied together that one without the other is worthless. Doing a program on your own or having a coach that buys their programming elsewhere only solves half the problem. He has a great rant about this brewing, so I'm not going to steal his thunder. I have a second rant that's a little different and inspired by a conversation that Amy had with one of our members.

One of our runners was talking about his training years ago when he got his programming from running magazines. Magazines used to be a major source of training information and were taken as seriously as internet-famous coaches and athletes are today. There was a famous runner who published some programs in a running magazine, and all of the amateurs copied it and did on their own.

Later, our member met this famous athlete and asked about the program that he was following. It turns out that the program was simply made up because the runner was a pro who didn't want to give away his training secrets.

Even if you could perfectly execute a program you got off of the internet, how do you even know that it's even a real program? How many people just sit down and write something simply to get another article published or to keep their real programming secret? Coaches who write their own programming have a vested interest in its effectiveness.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


front squat 5-3-3-3x3


2 TGUs between strength sets

Group Workout

EMOM 20:00
3 very heavy KB clean and jerks

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