The Importance of Non-Scored Days, “Field Days”, and “Strength Only Days”


As humans, we are creatures of habit. Often times, when there is a break in the “routine,” people get uncomfortable. As gym owners, the same goes for giving our clients programming that goes completely against the grain. With that said, providing your athletes with non-scored days, field days, and strength only days is important for a number of reasons; but if we aren’t able to effectively build value in these types of training days and know “the why,” then our athletes may push back. Here’s the logic:


Non-scored Training

  • Provides a mental break from always having to compare scores against their peers. 
  • Allows your athletes to focus on perfecting their technique and NOT their score.
  • Allows your athletes to listen to their body, and not push when their body may be telling them to slow down.
  • Your athletes will have the ability to decide more freely if it’s a day they should push hard or ease back on the gas pedal.
  • In CrossFit, the recording of one’s scores, weights, and times is constantly being talked about. To some, this may become overwhelming, so taking a break every now and again is good for their psyche.


Field Days

  • Community Building
  • Allows us to perform testing, but can break up the week and allow us to transition into our next microcycle (training week).
  • Breaks up the monotony of same “partner Saturday” workouts.
  • Prevents the chance of overtraining after an arduous week of training
  • Gives your athletes a break from the barbell.


Strength Days

  • Allows us to focus on technique vs. load.
  • Allows us to perform dedicated accessory work to primary movers.
  • Gives us the ability to provide more individual coaching.
  • Easier to fit in more in 60 minutes.
  • Gives athletes more time to perform 1-rep maxes where longer rest intervals is needed.
  • Breaks up the monotony.


In short, the goal with these types of days is to challenge your athletes in a new way, whether it be single element type training with strength only work, field day testing, or a non-scored workout where your athletes are forced to focus on their technique. Overall, it’s incredibly important to build value in these days as we build these types of training days into our microcycles in order to keep our athletes healthy and progressing, both mentally and physically.

Credit goes to writer: James Brown