While you may think being biased is a bad thing, in CrossFit , it could be the secret to getting you fitter. The word bias is used to address the emphasis or priority that a program has towards a particular element of your training. This becomes important when we are trying to work on our weaknesses or correct imbalances in our GPP. The constantly varied aspect of CrossFit is what makes it so potent but for most of us there are certain elements that need more work than others. The bias we choose may shift along with our abilities and our goals. The analogy I like to use is that you may have a number of pots cooking on the stove at the same time but most are simmering in the back while one is boiling on the front burner. The goal is to maintain or even slowly improve most aspects of our fitness while attempting to dramatically improve one element. At CFCC we will occasionally program toward a bias for a certain period of time to help our clients to improve across all modal domains.
The most common bias you will hear mentioned in CrossFit is a strength bias, simply because for most of us, strength is the hardest skill to get and the most challenging to learn.
1. Strength Bias: the program emphasizes shorter to mid range workouts and Compound lifts
2. Gymnastics Bias: the program will emphasize bodyweight movements and skills
3. Endurance Bias: the program will tend to be lighter weight and longer workouts to build aerobic capacity
4. Power Bias: the program will primarily emphasize short workouts and utilize Olympic lifting to develop power
5. Health and Longevity Bias: program is scaled back in all areas and emphasizes maintenance and mobility over performance or progress
IF you have a particular goal outside of CrossFit or if you and your coaches think that some aspect of your fitness training is holding you back, then we can easily shift your training to suit those goals without conflicting with your GPP.