TrainFTW was born out of the desire to create a programming solution for gyms and competitors to be able to train side by side while optimizing their fitness potential. We were athletes that trained alone in the gym during off hours, while the general population of the gym did an entirely different program. We are parents, students, trainers, and business owners struggling to find enough time in the day to complete all the tasks required to stay afloat. We were spread thin and everything was suffering. TrainFTW is our solution.
Eric O'Connor and Matt Chan are the founders of TrainFTW. They have 20+ years combined experience training athletes and a lifetime of experimentation training themselves. Together with Chris Spealler, they are co-authors of the CrossFit Competitor Trainer Course and have spend over 10+ years on CrossFit's Seminar Staff. They spent countless hours refining their presentation of how to prepare CrossFit Athletes for the rigors of competition, whether local or international. Topics such as addressing strengths and weaknesses, controlling volume to maximize intensity, and integrating a competitive program with general population CrossFit classes. They concluded that its their calling to put these concepts into practice by programming for competitive athletes and gyms alike.
They decided to take a unique approach by offering three different programs, each specifically designed to address the broad weaknesses of the competitive athlete. They wanted to bring all athletes together in a positive training environment. TrainFTW achieves this by programming each day for all three teams to follow the same base workouts, yet specifically targeting the individual athlete's area of improvement.
At TrainFTW we strongly believe in optimizing a training session to fall within a 90 minute window by maximizing training economy. Volume for the sake of volume sacrifices training intensity and compromises longevity. TrainFTW is intended to be a year long training program that develops capacities that require more training time, earlier in the year. As the CrossFit Open approaches, conditioning is refined, as are skills anticipated to be incorporated into the competition.
Additionally, TrainFTW's coaches draw from over 20+ years of combined experience coaching at CrossFit Affiliates. The Affiliate Program is intended for the general population that wants to improve their fitness. It's designed to share programming similar, if not identical, to parts of our Competitive Programs in order to maintain the community gym owners have worked hard to create. It provides a class plan, timeline, teaching progressions, warm-up and cool-down exercises, and of course... the workout with accessory work. This program is designed for a 60 minute class structure and is observed weekly for efficiency and areas for improvement.
TrainFTW strives to hit their objectives to assist you in fostering a training environment that is fun and builds teamwork. Join us as we build our online training community and share in the fun!
- Matt Chan