Originally Posted by Steve Forman
Aren't you saying the same thing here with both statements. Doing more work faster in training gives me more athletic capacity so the work I do everyday is easier. Especially when I have to go to a fire.
I thought that was the point of work capacity? at least the need to increase it.
I'm thinking along the lines of Fran, or last week's video "What is CrossFit" video in the journal where he talks about using the Olympic Lifts and lifting sandbags into a truck:
In both cases you are doing the work faster, and are able to do more work in a time frame, but that doesn't necessarily mean the task itself is easier. Is a 3:00 Fran easier than a 5:00 Fran? You have greater work capacity in the 3:00, but it's certainly not easier... I recall being more wiped out after a 3:00 Fran the 1st time I did it, than a the first time I performed a 5:00 Fran. Talking about complete devastation with full forearm cramps and no energy to move with. But I had greater work capacity... + being totally wrecked. I also recall training through Fran and other General Physical Preparedness workouts and them having little effect on my front squat strength, vertical jump, clean and jerk, 400m time, 800m time, 1500m time, and I still couldn't jump out of a 3ft pool... (
haha) ..... I could sustain and survive the effort because of the conditioning, but overall speed and power wasn't benefiting (these ^ are what I mean by athletic capacity).
Comparing with an 8wk program then at the end perform Fran with ATG thrusters as a general unknown task:
8wks of highly diverse, if not random workouts based on functional movements.
8wks of a decathlon like training with diverse sets in distances of 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 600m, 800m and tabata track workouts coupled with olympic weightlifting
I'd gamble an athlete that followed the bottom training would have an easier experience performing the unknown task, because they are the better prepared athlete with a stronger progressive development in leg, hip, and overhead arm extension power and more controlled CV adaptation. A GPP may perform the task faster, but the other would likely had an easier effort because they are stronger and more powerful, had more focus in specific energy system training, and also because of these, are more likely to perform another unknown task after it.