Crossfit for Triathletes?

Crossfit has grown by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. If you haven’t heard about crossfit, it is best described by their website; “Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.” In other words, it is excellent at building all around fitness from endurance to raw strength and power to flexibility.

 

There have been many articles in major triathlon publications in the past year or so that address the very question of whether or not it is beneficial for triathletes and endurance athletes to participate in crossfit. My own point of view is that it is a tremendous way to spend the offseason. Not only is it a great mental break from the swim bike and run day in and day out, but it will build explosive total body power and strength.

The group training environment that is present in most crossfit classes lends itself to our competitive instincts as triathletes and naturally makes us compete harder and therefore benefit from a much more productive workout than we would have otherwise accomplished if left to our own strength training routine at the gym. For additional sources of reference, I’ve provided a few links to recent articles that I came across.
Triathlete magazine
Crossfit Journal