This concept is so fundamental to physical development and training but it has gotten lost over the years. Kids used to play every sport, trading out a mit for ice skates for a swim suit and goggles every season, around sessions of playing in the neighborhood climbing things or doing chores around the farm, much in the way we train at CrossFit.
Unfortunately, misinformed adults, and even worse..trainers, have pressured or programmed kids into specializing at younger ages, to their detriment, increasing the likelihood of over use injuries, uneven development, and terrible muscular imbalances. When in doubt about how you should be training think about what would increase your health, athleticism and work capacity first… and once you are at suitable, balanced levels of output across that spectrum of measurements we focus on, then and only then should you begin to specialize if you’d like or is necessary to smash a new PR! Athlete first. Specialist second.
WOD: Deadlift 3/3/3/3/3
Kang Squats 5/5/5 and RDL 5/5/5