Since the first CrossFit Games, there have been certain trends that athletes have adopted to excel in the sport. There have always been those athletes who do well under the direction of a coach and others who might be more independent or even train with a group of fellow competitors.
But as the sport grows and coaching businesses grow with it, you’re starting to see a lot of athletes training under a training camp model. You’re even finding that many of the best athletes from years past are heading up these camps. But how many of the top performers at the CrossFit Games train at these camps?
Using training camps to facilitate competition in training has its advantages, but does the group aspect of the training get in the way of long-term development for athletes?
This week, we talk about the upsides and potential drawbacks of a group training model versus an individualised approach and discuss what the role and impact of a coach might be to higher-level athletes.

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Show Notes:

  • [0:30] Training camps in the US and Europe
  • [4:00] When athletes bounce around training camps and programmes
  • [5:00] How much do the interpersonal dynamics effect athletes staying on
  • [7:00] Balancing training environment, competitions and individual training needs
  • [9:30] Athletes getting paid to follow programmes
  • [13:00] What would yield the best results – unstructured group training or structured individualisation?
  • [16:30] Athletes not feeling good enough for a individualised programme
  • [19:40] Does coaching matter at the top level?
  • [22:30] What kind of impact can coach actually have on an athletes overall development