BRING A FRIEND FRIDAY PARTNER WOD
Friday partner WODs may seem fun, but you may not realize there’s an important secret sauce to the programming. Not only does the accountability to another teammate tend to push you a wee bit harder, it is a very deliberate form of interval conditioning requiring quick bursts of effort followed by brief periods of rest. This allows you to push hard, expend massive amounts of energy in a short period and then recover. They key benefits to this kind of training are both anaerobic AND aerobic. While there is a method to the madness, the best part about it them is that they do feel “fun”! Who knew?!
Here are some of the key benefits that we get from this kind of workout:
Studies show that the short, high intensity workouts, mixed with rest periods may rapidly increase endurance. This increase should improve your performance in most workouts, especially those involving a lot of cardio exercises like rowing and running. In fact, Police training programs in Florida have found that CrossFit produced better distance run times than prior programs comprised largely of distance runs.
Increased muscle strength and toning.
Interval training can be vital in increasing strength and muscle tone. Including it into any standard strength routine can actually increase the speed of muscle development.
Ahh, the famous “after burn”! The increase of post-exercise oxygen consumption means you should metabolize your food a lot faster.
Good for your heart.
Interval training can reduce your resting pulse rate. This means less strain on your heart and an increase in your overall health.
Increases your overall well-being.
Interval training can lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, reduce the chance of osteoporosis and increasing your immune system. It can also help you sleep better, improve the appearance of your skin and increase the level of endorphins flowing through your body.
So, given all of this… we hope to see you ALL at the partner WOD Friday!
And if you’re not sold on partner WODs already… there’s also the fact that it is FRIDAY and you can chill with your partner (or make some new friends!) afterwards…