If you’re a CrossFit, or strength and conditioning coach, you probably have had borderline cringe-inducing moments watching your athletes complete their accessory work.
Truth is, most athletes I’ve witnessed aren’t getting everything they could out of accessory work. The majority of them rush through it without any kind of detectable focus. And while it might seem like accessory exercises are the easy part of your training session, if it’s done correctly in a deliberate and calculated way, it’s is where many of the gains are made.
First, let’s talk about what accessory work is so we’re all on the same page:
It is (often) isolation movements that essentially supplement the other strength and skill work you’re doing. So basically, accessory work should help enhance the gains you’re already getting from the main lifts like squats, deadlifts and presses. It can also include both preparatory and rehabilitation exercises to help you fix any weak points and iron out muscle imbalances, again enhancing your performance and keeping you injury-free in the process.
Still confused. When you think of accessory work, think glute bridges, back extensions, lat pulldown, banded rows etc etc…
Take your accessory work seriously: It’s often where the biggest gains are made!