The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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Rich Froning Jr. and Austin Malleolo Discuss Training Volume
The Benefits of High-Volume Training for Elite CrossFitters
Rich Froning Jr. and Austin Malleolo are two of the most competitive CrossFit athletes. Rich came in a close second in the 2010 Crossfit Games, and Austin came in sixth. Beyond the Games, both athletes regularly set a high standard on the CrossFit.com WOD's and competed in the Rogue vs. Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown.
Rich and Austin do not see a contradiction between volume and intensity. In fact, they think that their higher volume of training helps them to maintain intensity.
Being relatively new to CrossFit, multiple workouts in one day give Austin more practice and confidence with movements that he is less experienced with. Even though he sometimes has to train workouts when he's tired, Austin knows that when he competes he will have the extra energy that comes from being fresh.
Some CrossFitters are concerned about recovering from such a high volume of training. In contrast, Rich feels that his multiple workouts even help him with his recovery. While so much training may sometimes make an athlete feel worn down, that is helpful for someone training for the Games.
Rich and Austin agree that amount of training isn't for all athletes. Chris Spealler, who finished third in 2010, usually only trains once a day. Austin advises that CrossFitters who are still making progress with their current training protocol should not feel like they have to increase their volume. For those who want to train with higher volume, Austin warns that gradually increasing volume is necessary.