1) If you are an experienced football player and have had exposure to football training, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and speed work it is recommended that you begin with the strength training and the WOD (Workout of the Day). If our terminology or exercises are unfamiliar you can look for video clips (when they get uploaded) of the movements being performed in our Exercise and Demos section.
2) If many or most of the exercises are relatively or completely unknown to you, then we recommend that you begin learning the movements for a month or two until you can either perform our common exercises or have substitutions worked out for those movements under development. This is a great place to begin for anyone with little or no experience with strength and football training.
In any case it must be understood that the CrossFit Football workouts are extremely demanding and will tax the capacities of even the best players. You would be well advised to take on the Strength workout and WOD carefully, cautiously, and work first towards completing the workouts comfortably and consistently before "throwing" yourself at them 100%. The best results have come for those who've started at the beginning levels by reducing weights and poundages and not endeavoring impressive times for a month before turning up the heat. We counsel you to establish consistency with the Strength WOD and WOD before maximizing intensity.
You must remember Football is a rigorous game that places high demand on its athletes. The workouts must be done with some form of intensity to replicate these demands. With this in mind an athlete new to CrossFit Football must be smart and understand their own level of training and conditioning.
The Strength Training listed on the right of the page will have (3) three headings: Amateur, Collegiate and Professional. These levels depend on the amount of training an athlete has had and the level at which the player is playing.
While many will be tempted to do the Professional level, assuming this to be the most difficult, this is a mistake. The most important training comes from the Amateur and Collegiate levels. These are Linear Progression Programs, and provide the fastest progress for those athletes that can use them; this type of program will ask an athlete to increase the weights every workout or every week. The Professional level is reserved for athletes where progress has stopped and a more advanced program is needed to make gains.
The WOD (Workout of the Day) is listed for all levels. However, the weights will be maximal and should be scaled depending on the level of strength and conditioning of the player.