New Invictus Competition Training Cycle Begins Monday!
Written by C.J. Martin
Every year following the CrossFit Games I get a surge of excitement for the upcoming season. I love the Games, but it’s the preparation and journey of helping athletes get there that is the most rewarding part of my job.
The off-season is now upon us, and I am extremely excited to start preparing athletes for the 2016 season. Our new Invictus Competition training cycle begins on Monday, August 3rd and will focus on developing the strength and aerobic foundation athletes will need to build upon over the next several months of training. Our off-season program will be built to allow for small peaks along the way for major competitions, with the overarching goal of having all of our athletes peaking for the 2016 CrossFit Open.
Our initial phase of post-Games training will be a 6-week cycle focused on developing maximal strength, Olympic weightlifting technique, upper body pressing strength and aerobic base. We will have touches on short, lactic threshold training, but the main focus will be on establishing the foundation upon which we can build our athletes over the next 6-9 months – which means getting you all strong, healthy, mechanically sound and tolerant to volume.
Our initial 6-week training cycle wraps up to coincide with the Kill Cliff Granite Games – September 11-13, 2015. Whether you are competing at the Granite Games or not, that will be a good weekend to push your limits before we launch into our second post-Games training cycle the following week.
Our weekly template for this cycle will be as follows:
Monday – Single Training Session
Tuesday – Single Training Session PLUS Optional Additional Conditioning Session*
Wednesday – Single Training Session…the return of the Wednesday EMOMs 🙂
Thursday – Swimming Technique Work by Heidi Fearon and Active Recovery
Friday – Single Training Session
Saturday – Single Training Session PLUS Additional Running-Intensive Conditioning Session*
Sunday – Full Recovery and Meal Preparation
*The optional conditioning sessions on Tuesday and Saturday are highly recommended for those who are not 100% confident in their aerobic base.
If you have questions about the upcoming cycle, please post them to comments and I will answer reasonable questions to the best of my ability.
Whether you have been a long-time follower of our program, or you’re just hearing about it now, please make a concerted effort to log your results on a daily basis. We have a team of coaches, including myself, who will review the results throughout the day to provide feedback and answer questions, and we’ve created a very supportive community that will help give you some comparisons by which you can push yourself each day of training. We love our online community and it only gets better as it grows, so please help us spread the word and encourage your friends to join you in this new Invictus training cycle.
Update: The Invictus Olympic Weightlifting Program is now available, too!