3 Days On, 1 Day Off Traditional CrossFit Program Still Working for Jeff Adler

August 31, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Samuel Bériault (instagram.com/sam_beriault)

Constantly varied functional movements done at a high intensity: It’s the foundational definition of CrossFit as laid out by founder Greg Glassman in What is Fitness in 2002. 

But almost 20 years later, when you dig into how CrossFit Games athletes are training today, training can be described more as highly-periodized training made up of functional, but also less functional movements and skills, done with highly-controlled variability, at specifically-prescribed and varying intensities.

Elite level CrossFit athletes today tend to train like any other elite athlete: Their programs are made up of macrocycles, mesocycles and microcycles, and they follow highly-individualized programs designed to help them peak at the CrossFit Games. (Read the first two pieces about Michele Letendre and Justin Cotler).

But such is not the case for three-time Games athlete Jeff Adler, 13th at the recent CrossFit Games. Adler doesn’t follow a periodized program and he rarely does percentage-based strength work. In fact, his program doesn’t even really include traditional strength or gymnastics cycles.

Adler follows the more traditional, generalized CrossFit prescription of training three days on, one day off, and primarily focused on constantly varied, functional movements with intensity. 

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