4 Ways CrossFit Improves Your 5K Time


CrossFit allows individuals to be efficient in many types of activities but for runners specifically it can be extremely beneficial towards increasing efficiency, improving times, and decreasing risk of injury.

  1. During CrossFit workouts you utilize your entire body rather than isolated muscle groups which builds a better body composition, making you a more efficient runner.
  2. The diverse level of training that CrossFit Progression  provides offers improvements to your fast-twitching muscles (used for sprinting) as well as your slow-twitching muscles (used for long distance).
  3. Endurance can be increased by lowering the amount of body fat you carry.  This can be achieved with met con types of WOD’s.
  4. CrossFit is constantly changing and sticking with it through the summer to supplement your extra curricular activities helps prevent the dreaded workout plateau.

If you’re training for a 5K, 10K, or a longer race CrossFit WOD “Barbara” is a great one to add to your training schedule.


Coach Micheal’s Mobility Tip for Runners:

Stick to dynamic stretches that target hamstrings, calves, and groin muscles.

Dynamic stretching is a form of stretching beneficial in sports utilizing momentum from form, and the momentum from static-active stretching strength, in an effort to propel the muscle into an extended range of motion not exceeding one’s static-passive stretching ability.

If you use CrossFit to supplement your summer running schedule here’s what you can expect to gain:

  • A better race performance.
  • Sustained mobility and range of motion.
  • Reduced risk of injury.
  • More power & speed.
  • Increased coordination.
  • Improved running performance while logging less actual running time, (aka junk miles).