FAQ: Joining an Online Program

Answers to your most popular questions can be found here!

Q. How long is each cycle (Mesocycle)?

A. Length depends on the team that you have joined!

  • California Strength Starter - Four Week Cycles
  • California Strength Club - Six Week Cycles
  • California Strength Elite - Six Week Cycles
  • California Strength Women's Program - Four Week Cycles
  • Barbell WOD or Barbell WOD Plus - Four Week Cycles

Q. If I joined in the middle of a cycle, do I work back at the beginning or start with the rest of the team in the training calendar?

A. It's almost always best to treat the week that you join any of our programs as WEEK One, meaning that you will follow the prescribed % of 1RM for your work set numbers, then follow the linear weight progression in each week afterwards.  You will catch up with the team and benefit most from long-term adherence to the program that you chose!

Q. What is a work set?

A. Each program whether it be California Strength or Barbell WOD, are written using the same format that has been proven to bring consistent and impressive results to every athlete who has committed to adhering to the numbers as prescribed.  You will only see the prescribed work sets listed in TrainHeroic, there will not be warm up sets listed.  This means that you will need to complete warm up sets on your own, often to reach your prescribed "work set" number of the day.

Q. The workouts prescribed seem to only provide boxes for entering the weight used for 'Work Sets' and not warm up sets, does this mean that I should start at the percentage prescribed without warm ups?

A. There are only boxes available for recording your Work Sets and Drop Sets.  This means that you SHOULD still plan on taking warm up sets before reaching your prescribed work set number.

Q. Let's say I do not have the piece of equipment required to complete a particular exercise, where can I go for scaling or substitution questions?

A. The California Strength and Barbell WOD programs were built on the foundation of 'Low Tech, High Concept' with the intention that every workout should be completable using the bare minimum in equipment requirements.  

Equipment Required: Barbell, bumper plates, squat stand or rack, set of dumbbells or kettlebells and a pull up station. 

If you need a substitution for an exercise, please email scotte@californiastrength.com directly or post to the TrainHeroic Feed!

Using the TrainHeroic Mobile Application

(It's free, you should download it!)

Q. Where can I find a demonstration video for the exercises prescribed?

A. Next to each exercise prescribed, you will find a button labeled TIPS.  Click through to view a detailed exercise demonstration video and helpful points of performance.

Q. What is the Feed?

A. The Feed is an amazing feature added by our friends at TrainHeroic to provide a place where you can post training questions, updates and training videos!  Posting on the Feed is the easiest way to receive feedback on your technique, either from a California Strength Coach or one of your online training partners!

Q. What is the leaderboard and what does it have to do with the Trophy Icon listed at the bottom of particular exercises?

A. The leaderboard is a feature built to highlight your progress and show how you stack up against the rest of your online teammates.  In order to submit a result to the leaderboard, you will be asked to record a weight or time where the TROPHY icon is present.  Please see the example below.


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