My strength program: Kasper Hansen, deployed in Afghanistan

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Kasper Hansen is a Danish CrossFit athlete currently deployed in Afghanistan. He has participated in many CrossFit competitions, and is one of the 10 Danish athletes to be supported by PROGENEX.

Link to Kasper’s blog about swimming workouts:

1) Where did you get inspiration for your programming from?

Swimming on national team level for some years tought me some about strenght training, but i really started getting interrested in strenght development when i startet crossfitting. I use Jim Wendlers 5/3/1 for most of my lifts, but tend to do less volume in lifts like deadlift, because the last set of 5/3/1 usually kills my back. I also attended the CF powerlifting cert. and got a lot of inspiration from West Side Barbell as well.

At the moment I struggle to get a good structure on my training since i’m deployed in Afghanistan. Daily patroling in 40-50 degrees heat for 3-8 hours, kind of limits your energy level when back in the patrol base.

2) What is the main purpose of your program ?

Tends to be overall strenght, but for the oly lifting i focus more on technique, since i’m strong enough to lift heavy, but my technique is what enables me to perform according to my strength.

3) Do you still find time to do regular CrossFit WODs or do you focus only on strength training? 

Yes, i love doing CF workouts. I do more strength stuff now, than when i started doing CF. I’ve realized that getting stronger will enable me to perform even better on my WOD’s.

4) Is this your first strength training period, or have you tried other programs? What was the result then?

I’ve stuck to Wendler’s 5/3/1 for a year or so now and it fits me perfectly. I think you have to give your strength program some time to really work. You can’t just try it for a month or so and then try something different. You have to have some patience.


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