I am a fan of the methodology that is in place with functional fitness. I can appreciate the idea of being ready for everything and anything. With that being said, it doesn’t mean that my training has to be completely random. In order to be prepared does not mean you need to do everything every day. Being prepared is a result of smart training that is balanced across everything. It means recognizing the weaknesses that we have within ourselves and working on those, while not losing too much (you might lose some) ground on our strengths.
Right now, my wife and I are in a four month preparation phase for a Spartan Race. She has her weaknesses and her goals…so I have developed a program that focuses on those. This program is designed for effectiveness, not for randomness or craziness. She needs to reach some gymnastic milestones and we are going to get there. So her programming focuses on those things and then we supplement with the things she already excels at.
I have a different set of needs in my training, but the philosophy is still the same. I have developed a program for myself that centers around building up my work capacity and I am doing it with as few movements as possible. My strength and gymnastic skill work will all be supplemental to being able to do more work in less time or working hard for a longer period of time.
The problem I see when I look around the world of fitness and what is going on, is that everyone is trying to do everything and getting no where. And they are getting no where fast. One of the best pieces of advice I could ever give to a coach is:
“Don’t make something hard for the sake of it being hard”
I don’t know who said it first, but it is the truth. If the reason that you design a workout is simply so that at the end you feel like someone ran over you with a truck…what are you gaining? There is a time and a place for these types of workout, but they should be thought of as a test, not the training itself. And they do not happen everyday.
So keep it simple, get results, the test those results in a new way. Find your weaknesses, re-evaluate, design a plan, stick with it…re-test! It can really be that simple.