I watched the CrossFit Football programming for about 3 weeks, and then I decided to start it today.
I think that a lot of the users on this site would benefit from doing the workouts. I'm really impressed by the program
I'm not going to tell the elite powerlifters here what to do, but for the people here that care a little bit about being in shape, and also care about being physically strong all the way through, these workouts are perfect.
They're also perfect for Rugby and Football players.
The programming is basically conjugate training with a twist. There's always heavy work (1-5 reps) every week. (Additionally, the "Pro" lifters also get Dynamic Effort work). Then, for the rep work, you are doing it as a cardio, but it's still heavy. You get both the benefits. And, I have seen a lot of people respond to this training with very significant strength gains. For whatever reason, when your body is deprived of oxygen and you are training with a high "intensity" (defined colloquially), if the weight is at least relatively heavy, you respond really well. I don't know what the reason for it is, but I have seen some significant jumps that have really surprised me (including, after just doing a 30-snatch-for-time workout, my snatch, which I do weekly, just jumped 10kg all of a sudden).
Because this takes a tole on the body, there is more variety in the exercises, so that your body can recover. The benefit of this is that you end up getting strong in a lot of compound movements, instead of just 3.
The people behind the programming are NFL players, along with John Welbourn and Max Mormount.
John is a former lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs and is simply in all-around unbelievable shape.
Max (who works with the whole SoCal crew, i.e. Mike Burgener) can do 15 reps of clean & jerk with 224 pounds without re-gripping, and he's also a top CrossFit competitor. His profile is on the front page (as of now) on http://www.crossfitgames.com
If anyone has any questions, let me know. I'm doing "Collegiate" and the daily WOD pretty much as prescribed every day. You can see my times/weights under comments.
(The basic deal is they tell you what to do every day based on your training level. On the right you see the strength workout. Do that, then get warmed up for the metcon if you have one that day. It's the top post on the front page. Be intense.)