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Is Your Current CrossFit Programming Addressing Your Strengths and Weaknesses? – EPISODE 63

To learn why you need to consider individualized programming in the increasingly more competitive world of CrossFit we interviewed Max El-Hag from Optimum Performance Training. Max shares how individualized programming will change the way you perform as an athlete. You’ll learn the most important aspects of programming design and how it impacts your fitness.

Max El-Hag Background (1:53) Max’s # of Clients, Coaching (5:42) Individualized Programming OPT (8:18) Training Phases (11:35) Most Helpful Books (12:58) OPT Course Design (16:03) Program Design Coarse (17:55) Beginner Coach & Endless Knowledge (21:25) Essence of Athlete: Jaguars & Buffalo (23:33) Training Differently For Different Animals (29:00) Remote Coaching Technique (34:45) Nutrition, Paleo (36:48) Body Fat & Being Lean (40:23) Progenex Commercial (44:02) Technique WOD (44:35) Biosignature & Supplement Help (50:52) Testing vs. Training (57:41) Regional/Competition Athletes (1:04:15) Athlete Prototype, Competition Statistics (1:07:45) Programming For At Random Competition (1:09:46) Measuring Progress (1:12:02) Gym/Group Training Programming vs. Individualized (1:16:10) Physical Therapy, Achy Joints (1:25:19) Efficient Movement, Mobility (1:28:08) Programming Mobility (1:32:53) Airdyne & Intervals (1:34:15) Many Variables To Improve (1:39:07) Functional Movement & Health in Crossfit (1:41:01) Sleep & Weight Gaining (1:44:50) Pick & Choose Clients (1:46:54) OPT Remote Coaches (1:48:27)


Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?

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