Accessory Work: Which One Is Right For Me?

Strength camp is quickly approaching and one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been hearing are “what does the extra accessory work consist of?” and “which track is best for me?” 

This fall’s four-week Strength course will feature two class workouts a week, one upper body and one lower body. Participants will then also be able to choose an additional accessory track: arms, shoulders, glutes, or core. The purpose of these workouts is to allow athletes to choose a certain muscle group that they feel needs a little extra TLC. 

In class, we will be targeting our “prime movers” or our bigger muscle groups. The accessory muscles are the smaller muscle groups that aid our prime movers in performing compound movements. It is important to add the smaller groups, in order to paint the whole picture. 

Whether it’s an area of weakness, something you just want to pump up a little extra, or a muscle group you’d just like to learn a little more about training, deciding which one can be tough! 

So how do you choose an accessory training track? Here are a few things to consider…

  • In my day to day workouts, is there a specific muscle/muscle group that tends to fatigue first?
  • When I “fail” at my squat/snatch/clean/overhead press/etc., where do I find myself failing? Which muscle would help me get through that failure?
  • What movement(s) am I not quite as good at and what muscle group supports those movement(s)?
  • Do I have a joint that I feel is at a higher risk for injury? What smaller muscle group supports that joint and will decrease my risk?
  • Are there certain movements where my form falters during WODS or high-intensity work? (for example, if my form isn’t tight on my deadlift, perhaps my core needs some extra work… Or my shoulders don’t feel stable on my push press, they might benefit from some more attention)

Take a walk through these questions. If one muscle group seems to be the answer for a majority, then that’s the one you’ll want the extra accessory work for. If you have questions about the best choice for you, feel free to send an email to [email protected]. She’d be more than happy to talk you through deciding which accessory program would be right for you!

And don’t forget, Strength Camp is only ONE WEEK AWAY and there are only a couple of spots left! If you’re still considering signing up, don’t wait!

WHEN: November 26th – December 21st

Tuesday’s 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Saturday’s 10:00 – 11:00 am


Tier 1: $120 (1 30-minute session)

Tier 2: $160 (2 30-minute sessions)

Tier 3: $240 (4 30-minute sessions)


YES! This course is designed to accommodate and progress both beginner and advanced athletes. If you are someone looking to improve strength that will benefit your basic lifts, Olympic lifts, and gymnastic movements, this course is for you!