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Combining Persist Tracks: What if I want to do more than one track?
Combining Persist Tracks: What if I want to do more than one track?

How can I best combine the Persist Tracks offered to me to fit my training needs?

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Written by Cliff
Updated over a week ago

Program hopping and mixing Persist training tracks is a question we get often. Our general stance is that you should stick to a particular training method and not complicate it with other methods if you want to see results and avoid burning out.

This is mostly in reference to mixing an FBB Program like Persist with CrossFit Classes and Olympic Weightlifting Training Cycles. This is too many competing programming methods.

But, inside of FBB, you can mix Persist program tracks without taking a massive departure from our methodology.

So when is it right to combine Persist tracks?

First let's ask a question: Which camp do you feel you fall into more?

  1. I am extremely outcome-driven. I am very connected to my training progress and I want to feel confident that I'm on a path towards improvement. Progression matters to me deeply and if I have too many options I can get distracted. I enjoy variety but I will sacrifice some variety if it means more focus and linear results.

  2. I care about training results, however, I am more connected to long-term consistency and progress. My goals are more about a feeling and a look I want to have as a result of my training and lifestyle and less about performance metrics or specific amounts of muscle I can pack on. Variety is a key variable to my fitness fulfillment.

For those that fall more into category #1: We would encourage you to stick to a single training track for at least 1-2 cycles at any given time.

In Persist, training cycles are generally 6 weeks in length. Each training track builds on itself and you will get a chance to fully experience a progressive overload cycle IF you stay inside one training track. The likelihood of training progress is far greater when each day of your week, as well as subsequent weeks, are designed and performed together.

For those that fall more into category #2: We agree. Mixing training tracks is a good idea.

Mixing training tracks will give you exposure to different styles of FBB training and add to your variety. It will allow you to pick and choose what feels best on your body for a given day.

Here are some things to consider when you mix training tracks:

  • Avoid movement pattern overload. Not all training tracks follow the same movement patterns each day. If you jump from PUMP LIFT or PUMP CONDITION to PERFORM within a week, just be careful you aren't hitting 3-4 days of the same movements/body parts.

  • Feeling a little tired or under recovered? This can be a good time to choose a different track that is less intense. Opt for PILLARS or PUMP LIFT on these days and lighten up the weights.

  • If you combine Persist tracks it is still advisable to choose one that will be your ANCHOR track. For example, you do PUMP LIFT or PUMP CONDITION 3-4 Days a week and mix in 1-2 days of PERFORM or PILLARS. In this example PUMP LIFT or PUMP CONDITION is your anchor track that guides most of your training.

Olympic Lifting: One more note about combining Persist tracks. Olympic lifts don’t show up in any track besides PERFORM (formerly called Classic). However, many of you love Olympic lifts. We have several clients that we program PUMP/Body Composition style training for and mix in Olympic lifts two days a week. We would encourage you to take the Olympic lifting segments from the PERFORM workouts and place those part B segments into the corresponding day in Body Composition if you wish.

MINIMALIST: The MINIMALIST track can be used any time. A typical MINIMALIST training week will include some workouts that are Classic style and some more Body Composition. If you choose to add MINIMALIST to your combined tracks just keep the above points in mind around movement balance when you’re selecting a workout for the day.

Cardio: For more guidance on mixing in added cardio to your sessions see the Bonus 30/30 Cardio Ebook or Aerobic 40 eBook in the Additional Resources section of ATOM.

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