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Why IoTA?

Our difference at CrossFit IoTA and IoTA Endurance, from other CrossFit boxes is in our passion, effort and pledge to our clients. We truly believe in what we are striving to create and accomplish.  You can feel it in our box and community, and with each of our athletes on a daily basis. We don’t just provide a workout each day and a place to do it in, we support and provide the structure for you as an individual to use your physical strengths and your mental strengths in undertaking new skills and challenges may have never thought possible.  Our coaches will support you with the training and techniques needed for you to excel in your fitness goals, leading you to a better mind, body and attitude to live life to its fullest.  In short we hold group classes, give individual attention, nutritional advice and get results!

Why should you train with IoTA Endurance?  An increasing amount of research is being done which shows that training Long Slow Distance (L.S.D.) over long periods of time does not make you faster. Olympic caliber performers, and even many competitive high school and college athletes, rely less on clocking obscene amounts of mileage and more on fast, harsh, varied interval training. The facts are, you receive little added benefit to your Cardio-Respiratory Endurance from running more than 10 kilometers, while running more than 13.1 miles will actually negatively impact your training. Overemphasizing “training long” (oxidative) simply beats your body up without adequately allowing you to recover.

A new approach to endurance methodology has been gaining ground in the last few years. Anaerobic Endurance is a program based on biomechanics, efficient movement, and variation in metabolic conditioning. It operates on the belief that endurance sports involve technique-driven skills which are learned and performed under intense duress and then applied over longer outputs–perform right, perform faster, perform longer. The beauty of this methodology: train less, go faster.

How does it work? You engage in a functional fitness program (i.e. CrossFit) —a functional, varied interval training program which runs the gamut from Olympic weight lifting to gymnastics to calisthenics—4 to 6 times per week which builds a functional strength foundation through mid-line, core, and trunk development. Functional fitness also has the added benefit of training metabolic pathways (specifically, the phosphogen and glycolitic) often under-emphasized in traditional endurance programs. All of this translates into endurance performance by providing strength, power, and balance to more efficiently engage in long, intense exertion.

In addition to the functional fitness program, you then supplement your specific endurance sport 2 to 3 times a week with an emphasis on technique and speed training. You will achieve a greater level of overall fitness and still make staggering endurance performance gains, all while staying warm!

Athletes who combine a functional fitness program and Anaerobic Endurance are reducing their sport-specific training time to less than 10 hours per week during peak training weeks. More importantly, they are consistently setting Personal Records. This is performance training with performance results!

At IoTA Endurance, our philosophy is, “learn the skill of your sport.” If you aren’t willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary for learning said skills, then find another program or find another sport. Our workouts are designed to be supplemented with a functional fitness program like Crossfit; either the CrossFit Main Site WOD, your affiliate workout, or a workout of your own devising. However, if you are creating your own workout, be aware that nothing will set you back faster, in terms of skills and conditioning, than poor programming. Follow the directions for each workout and, if you aren’t recovering and hitting the times that you should, take a rest day. Or two! Remember, without recovery, there can be no improvement!

So just how do you mix Anareobioc Endurance and a functional fitness program? With progression! You’ll need to do the functional fitness program, as prescribed, four to six days per week; we do not recommend how you do this either 3 days on 1 day off or 2 on and 1 off, you find out what works best for you. Add AE by choosing one sport (per day) on the AE site and completing the WOD. Single-sport athletes will only complete two or three AE workouts per week; multi-sport athletes will complete no more than two AE workouts per sport, per week. PERIOD! Deviate, and you are not following the program correctly. A training cycle will typically consist of one interval workout, one tempo/stamina workout, and then another interval workout. The cycle should be spaced throughout the week.

Yes we know this is contrary to what everyone else is telling you… We aren’t everyone.

At IoTA Endurance we provide the personalized coaching and training program necessary for you to reach your goals and to be prepared for your race(s).  We focus on the skill of running and take a personalized approach with your training for endurance events as well as your overall fitness using the CrossFit methodology.  We know that if you are willing to put in the work, the results will come.  Stop training long slow distances for endurance sports/events and get in the best shape of your life. (Here you can also read a post entitled “Why do I need a coach?”)

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