Many members of the EAD / CFAH / CFAX Community have taken time over the past few weeks to share feedback regarding the training program changes implemented September 6. We received feedback in a variety of ways ranging from athletes grabbing a performance coach before or after class, by email, on Facebook, or in response to a written request we issued to a random group of athletes. We truly appreciate the feedback and thought you might be interested in a summary of the input, and changes we’ve made as a result. Have additional thoughts? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Class Programming.
Overall, feedback regarding the new MetCon, Strength & Power, and Mobility & Recovery classes has been positive. Athletes acknowledged that the concept of change was challenging (“everything is just so comfortable to me”), but that they quickly adapted. They told us they understand and appreciate how the new class structure will benefit their development over the long run, and that they are willing to trust in the new programming.
“At first, I was a little nervous with the changes. But I like that it is taking me out of my comfort zone. It is pushing me to be better, try new things, get stronger. I still hesitate at times, but this year has been such a transformation for me another push in the right direction can’t hurt. I will admit the MetCon’s are a bit harder than the boot camps and I find myself intimidated, but I am working my way through.”
“I am often not a person who takes well to change….any change. However, in this case I was very excited about the new class format when announced.”
“I had some trepidation at first …however, I like the way the specific emphases of the classes allows me to vary the training experience in a comfortable way.”
“Change is good!”
“… I have seen tremendous results from the CrossFit model and even more through the incorporation of Elite’s philosophy and culture. I guess there is a tremendous amount of trust in Jim, Karen, Josh, Becky, Rory, and the other coaches. I was confident they wouldn’t steer me in the wrong direction.”
“Honestly I was a bit surprised and a little confused by the new classes the first couple of days. After going to the (3-2-1 Goal! ™ ) class the other day I understood much better what your intention is at EAD. The last couple of Strength & Power classes were really great. I never would’ve thought I could do any of the things I used to see the CrossFit class do.”
“I LOVE the new classes! The workouts have been very empowering and have given me the confidence that I can hang with the ‘Big Boys!’ After each workout I feel such a great sense of accomplishment and pride and look forward to the next one. Thank you for always thinking what is best for your athletes and changing things up!”
“The 6:30 p.m. CrossFit Women class worked great during the summer when the kids were home. But now that they’re back in school, it’s pretty stressful for me to get them to or from where they need to be and make it to class on time.”
“It would be great if there were more Strength & Power options available at CrossFit Axis.”
“Thank you for adding Mobility & Recovery. When you get into a routine of continuously taking on new challenges, we forget how important it is to work on Mobility & Recovery. It really does play a vital role to improving performance. You are making us aware of balance on how working on Strength & Power helps performance proven with the MetCon challenges. The Mobility & Recovery allows are bodies to be rewarded for all its hard work (Do I dare compare it to a massage?).”
“(You’ve) quickly responded to the initial feedback and tweaked the schedule to allow people access to the spectrum of classes.”
Athlete feedback since September 6 has inspired a few changes to the class schedule. The revised schedule is posted (Online Class Registration), and a “Print & Go” copy of the new class schedule is also available at the Class Schedule tab of the website. Schedule changes include the following class additions and / or new start times.
Elite Athletic Development North – CrossFit Arlington Heights
- Movement Essentials Expedited, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. (read on for more info)
- CrossFit Women, 7 p.m., Monday & Wednesday
- Mobility & Recovery, 7:30 p.m. Thursday & 9:30 a.m. Friday
Elite Athletic Development Downtown – CrossFit Axis
- Strength & Power, Noon, Thursday
- Strength & Power, 9:30 a.m., Friday
The Learning Curve.
“My only suggestion for improvement is the amount of time from warm up to starting the actual work out. Since we are incorporating some who are not as familiar with the movements … there is some lag time.”
“I’m really excited about the new classes, but I must admit I feel a bit intimidated. I always used to look over at the CrossFit classes and wonder if I could do what they were doing. After a few weeks doing the MetCon and Strength & Power classes I realize that I can. But it would be nice if I could get additional instruction, especially on the barbell stuff.”
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., existing athletes less familiar with traditional CrossFit movements are invited to join Coach Karen for an expedited Movement Essentials™ class. During this class, athletes will have an opportunity to take a deep-dive into a variety of CrossFit movements. Existing athletes are also encouraged to attend the regularly scheduled, three-class Movement Essentials™ at 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Wednesday & Thursday classes — Movement Essentials™ 2 & Movement Essentials™ 3, respectively – would be beneficial to transitioning athletes. Wonder if you would benefit from attending Movement Essentials™? See a performance coach or email email@example.com
3-2-1 Goal! ™
“I am huge fan of the goal setting and quarterly measurements against those goals. In many ways, it has reinvigorated my focus and approach to get better through each class. I have even found I can manage the types of classes I want to attend when I want to attend them.”
“I found that as soon as I set a goal for the quarter, my training took on an entirely new intensity. It’s really cool to be working towards something, and to always have that in my mind on the days when I’m too tired, or the WOD is something really challenging for me.”
It was standing room only at almost every 3-2-1 Goal™ Workshop September 12 – 14, and we’ve fielded lots of great questions from athletes defining, refining and creating the class mix / training schedule to support their October – November – December goals. The 3-2-1 Goal™ Workshop for January-February-March goals is scheduled for December 5, 6 & 7. Watch for details coming soon.