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How To: Program A Competition Simulation

January 4, 2024 by

3 Things to Consider...

(1) Who is a simulation best for / inappropriate for?

• best for athletes with a higher training age where practicing game day hygiene / rhythms will benefit them more than continuing with their traditional training cycle.

(2) When is the best timing for a simulation?

• 3-6 weeks from the competition, where any lingering fatigue from the simulation will be clear up prior to the athlete competing

(3) What should a simulation entail / not entail?

• Mimic the demands of the competition, from the number of events, common movement pairing, workout durations, time of day of tests, etc.

How to Program a CrossFit Competition Simulation? (5 Step Process)

(1) Research Your Competition.

• Compile all the past events in one place so you can visualize them

(2) Perform an Analysis.

• Do some statistical analysis on what you are most likely to see (identify organizers bias)

(3) Do a Cross Comparison.

• How does this competition compare to a "normal" CrossFit testing body?

(4) Bias Programming to Existing Events.

• Don't reinvent the wheel. Use past events in your simulation where it makes sense.

(5) Less is More.

• The goal is to build confidence and give the athlete a taste of competing, not to beat them down and leave them with lingering fatigue.

Related: Programming Explained [Video Series]

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