Busy professionals often tell me the biggest reason they do not work out or exercise is they do not have the time. I am going to help show how CrossFit and the CrossFit Endurance marathon training schedule can fit into anyone’s schedule.
The greatest part of CrossFit workouts is they do not take much time at all. There is no reason you cannot be in and out of the gym in 20-30 minutes. And with the high intensity workouts just 2-3 times a week will get you and keep you in shape if also combined with a good diet.
Earlier this year I announced I was going to try and use the CrossFit Endurance philosophy and their marathon training schedule to run a marathon with minimal training time. I was going to avoid the one hour run 2-3 days a week and the long 2-3 hour runs on the weekend. The problem? I tried to do it on my own without the real knowledge of what a CrossFit Endurance program should really contain.
Well now that I get my regular CrossFit workouts from CrossFit Foreverstrong in Chandler , I am ready to take the challenge again.
With 13 weeks to go before the Phoenix Rock-N-Roll Marathon, the gym is launching an organized CrossFit Endurance marathon training schedule for anyone who wants to give it a whirl.
What makes a CrossFit Endurance marathon schedule special or different? It is the time and effort required to complete the program. We will be running 3-4 days a week, and we will probably never run more than 10-13 miles for our long run before the race. For marathoners who are used to a standard marathon training program this sounds insane, but it has proven to work for thousands of people.
The biggest difference for a CrossFit Endurance marathon training schedule vs. a traditional marathon training program is most of my training will be anaerobic training not aerobic exercise.
Studies demonstrate that the adaptations caused by anaerobic training are similar to high volume endurance training, however, this adaptation comes at much lower training volumes! (Similar metabolic adaptations during exercise after low volume sprint interval and traditional endurance training in humans. J Physiol. 2008 Jan 1;586(1):151-60. Epub 2007 Nov 8. )
Yes, you can get a good aerobic workout with CrossFit Endurance by taxing you anaerobic system. So instead of putting miles and miles on my legs and body, I will be doing a lot more sprinting and CrossFit strength training.
Also, if you want to follow my CrossFit Endurance training program more closely it will be update here on my ” Productive Marathon Training ” page which can be found in the navigation bar above.
Here is the FAQ from CrossFit Endurance if you want to learn more.