1. 01/21/2019

    Complete For Time

    21-15-9

    Shoulder To Overhead (95/65)(135/95)

    Box Jumps (24″/20″)

    For your shoulder to overhead, pick a weight that if fresh you could complete a minimum of 15 unbroken reps.  This should be a sprint WOD where you use the box jumps to help the shoulders recover from the pressing.   Rest breaks should be minimal on this one so consider using transitions as your rest.  If you need to rest on the box jumps, take your recovery breath on top of the box.  You will take shorter rest breaks on top of the box than you will standing on the floor.   Keeping intensity high today is the goal so pick loads and heights that will allow that.

  2. Week In Review

    This week we will see a broad range of movements as well as a continuation of the squat progression.

    The RED track is getting heavy this week with set a set of 5 at 75% a set of 3 at 85% and a set at 1+ reps at 95%.  The BLUE track as also getting heavier at 3 x 6 @ 65%.  For these days, our WODS will be quick with light weight and low volume.  We want you warm, but not over fatigued going into these heavier squats.

    For our WODS, you are going to see a classic 21-15-9 rep, a 10 t0 1 descending rep scheme, a 3 x 5:00 Minute Interval with work to rest ratio, an EMOM and an OPEN WOD from 2017.

    Barbell movements this week will be S2OH, Deadlift, and Snatch (in addition to the front and back squats).

    As you consider your week, think about your WHY for each of these daily WODS and get the most out of them by working at YOUR intensity.  Remember: Intensity is what yields results.  We are here to guide you so you get the most out of each of these WODS.

  3. 01/19/2019

    *Reminder: Competitors Class is at 8 am

    0-10 Minutes

    2-4-6-8-10…etc

    DB Snatch (50/35)

    Deficit HSPU (4″/2″)

    Rest 5 Min

    15-30 Minutes

    15 min AMRAP

    25 Cal Row

    25 Foot HS Walk

    25 Foot DB Walking Lunge (50/35)

    Rest 5 Minutes

    21-15-9

    Goblet Squats (70/53)

    KB Swings (70/53)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  4. 01/18/2018

    Strength:

    Wendler Front Squats *if you didn’t complete them yesterday

    Conditioning:

    10 Rounds

    3 Squat Clean @70%

    3 Power Clean @ 70%

    Rest 1 Min Between Rounds

  5. 01/18/2019

    CrossFit Games Open WOD 15.1 & 15.1A

    With a 15 Minute Clock

    9 Minute AMRAP
    15 toes-to-bars
    10 deadlifts (115 / 75 lb.)
    5 snatches (115 / 75 lb.)

    WORKOUT 15.1a

    1-rep-max clean and jerk
    6-minute time cap

    WOD 15.1 will start with the clock set at 15 Minutes.  You will have 9 minutes to complete as many rounds and reps as possible of the T2B, Deadlift, and Snatches.  Once the 9 Minutes are up, you will have 6 minutes to establish a 1 rep max clean & jerk.  (can be a squat clean or power clean).

    Be thinking about this one in terms of how many lifts you can get in 6 minutes.  Realistic goal is 3-4, so you will need to start with a weight close (about 85%) to what your estimated 1 reps max is.  For those that have done this WOD, you will recall your grip was shot after the AMRAP.  But…despite that, we had a lot of PR’s on the C&J.

    Workout 15.1 Variations

    Scaled ALL MEN AND WOMEN UNDER AGE 55
    15 hanging knee raises
    10 deadlifts (85 / 55 lb.)
    5 snatches* (85 / 55 lb.)
    *ground-to-overhead allowed

    Masters
    (Masters Men 55-59, Masters Men 60+, Masters Women 55-59, Masters Women 60+)
    Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
    15 toes-to-bars
    10 deadlifts (85 / 55 lb.)
    5 snatches (85 / 55 lb.)

    Masters Scaled
    (Scaled Masters Men 55-59, Scaled Masters Men 60+, Scaled Masters Women 55-59, Scaled Masters Women 60+)
    Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
    15 sit-ups
    10 deadlifts (65 / 45 lb.)
    5 snatches* (65 / 45 lb.)
    *ground-to-overhead allowed

    Teens
    (Teen Boys 14-15, Teen Boys 16-17, Teen Girls 14-15, Teen Girls 16-17)
    Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
    15 toes-to-bars
    10 deadlifts (85 / 55 lb.)
    5 snatches (85 / 55 lb.)

    Teens Scaled
    (Scaled Teen Boys 14-15, Scaled Teen Boys 16-17, Scaled Teen Girls 14-15, Scaled Teen Girls 16-17)
    Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
    15 hanging knee raises
    10 deadlifts (65 / 45 lb.)
    5 snatches* (65 / 45 lb.)
    *ground-to-overhead allowed

    Workout 15.1a
    (All Divisions)
    1-rep-max clean and jerk
    6-minute time cap

  6. 01/17/2019

    4 Minute AMRAP

    10 Front Squats (75/55)

    8 Pull Ups

    Rest 3 Minutes

    4 Minute AMRAP

    8 Front Squats (95/65)

    6 Chest To Bar

    Rest 5 Minutes

    Front Squat Cycle

    Red Track (all percents are based off of 90% of your 1RM)

    Set 1=70% x 3

    Set 2=80% x 3

    Set 3=90% x 3+

    Blue Track

    3×8 @ 60% of 1RM

    2×20 @ 50% of 90% of your 1RM

    For our 4 Minute AMRAPS, think of these as being somewhat like FRAN in terms the lung and grip burn as well as muscle fatigue.  Our goal here is to push as much volume as possible in a short time frame so we want fast transitions and quick rest breaks.  You can do anything for 4 minutes….

    If you missed the first week of our squat program, please see below for your numbers to start from today.

    For those that want to work at heavier load:  We will call this the Red Track

    Estimate your 1 Rep Max and use 90% of that number to calculate your loads.  (Example: 300# Back Squat x .90 =270) Use 270 as your basis to calculate the working set percentages.

    First set is 5 reps at 65%

    Second set is 5 reps at 75%

    Third set is 5+ reps at 85% (the “+” means shoot for as many reps over 5 as you can get)

    For those that want to work lighter load with a bit more volume:  We will call this the Blue Track

    Using 55% of your 1 Rep Max

    3 set of 10

    Then

    2 x 20 at 50% of 90% of your Estimated 1 Rep Max

     

  7. 01/16/2019

    Strength:

    Wendler Strict Press

    Conditioning:

    Row 5K

    *21,000 meters rowed

  8. 01/16/2019

    Complete For Time:

    30 OHS (75/55)

    50/75 Double Unders

    20 OHS (95/65)

    50/75 Double Unders

    15 OHS (115/75)

    50/75 Double Unders

    10 OHS (135/95)

    50/75 Double Unders

    For our OHS, we are looking for a weight we can cycle with a maximum of two sets for each.  The first two weights in this should be on the lighter side for you while the third and fourth weights might be a little more challenging.  Consider breaking the double unders from the start if this is a skill you are not proficient at.  This will save a little on your grip which is likely to be taxed on the tail end of this one.

    Quick tip, if you are comfortable in the OHS position, one thing you can consider to save a little on your grip is letting go of your hook grip and go with a thumb over the top grip while you do your OHS.  Letting the bar rest in the palm area will allow for some relief on the forearms.  

     

  9. Why 5/3/1?

    Here is a quick article that will give you an idea as to why we chose to do a liner progression for our lifting.  Although this article talks specifically about the 5/3/1 program (our Red Track) the same principles apply to the 10/8/6 – 2×20 program (our Blue Track).  These programs have been tested for years and produce results.  We also like it because we can incorporate strength training AND conditioning for EVERYONE with the hour timeline we have for a class.  

    5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength
    by Jim Wendler | 07/07/09
    5-3-1-how-to-build-pure-strength
    Tags: Powerlifting & Strength

    Here’s what you need to know…
    Getting good at the core lifts will have a huge carryover into everything else. Start light, progress slowly, and leave out the ego in order to bust PRs.

    Use a specific percentage of your one-rep max to lift 5 reps, then 3 reps, then 1 rep. These percentages are based on 90% of your 1RM.
    Complement 5/3/1 training with assistance work to build muscle, prevent injury, and create a balanced physique. Options include chin-ups, dips, lunges, and back extensions.

    Look, arguing about strength training theory is stupid. And the reason I came up with 5/3/1 was that I wanted a program that eliminated stupid thoughts from my head and just let me go into the weight room and get stuff done.

    I’ve been training for 20 years, and this is what I’ve learned.

    A Powerlifter’s Progress
    My best powerlifting accomplishment in the 275-pound weight class was a 1,000-pound squat, 675-pound bench press, 700-pound deadlift, and a 2,375 total. No, I wasn’t strong at all! Sure, I could waddle up to the monolift and squat, but I couldn’t do anything else. Really, all I could do was squat, bench, and deadlift.

    Today I have different aspirations. I want to be able to do a bunch of different activities and still kick ass in the weight room. I want to be as mobile, flexible, strong, and in as good a condition as I possibly can. That’s how I came up with 5/3/1.

    Philosophy 5/3/1
    The core philosophy behind 5/3/1 revolves around the basic tenets of strength training that have stood the test of time.

    Basic Multi-Joint Lifts
    The bench press, parallel squat, deadlift, and standing press have been the staples of any strong man’s repertoire. Those who ignore these lifts are generally the people who suck at them. If you get good at those, you’ll get good at other stuff, as they have such a huge carryover.

    Starting Light
    While it may seem counterintuitive to take weight off the bar when the goal is to add weight to it, starting lighter allows you more room to progress forward. This is a very hard pill to swallow for most lifters. They want to start heavy and they want to start now.

    This is nothing more than ego, and nothing will destroy a lifter faster, or for longer, than ego.

    Progress Slowly
    This ties in with starting light, and it keeps lifters who want to get big and strong yesterday from sabotaging their own progress.

    People want a program that will add 40 pounds to their bench in eight weeks. When I ask how much their bench went up in the last year, they hang their heads in shame.

    Break Personal Records
    5/3/1 is set up to allow you to break a variety of repetition records throughout the year. Notice that it’s “rep records” and not “one-rep max.” Most people live and die by their one-rep max. To me, this is foolish and short sighted.

    If your squat goes from 225 x 6 to 225 x 9, you’ve gotten stronger.

    After you finish the first cycle, you add five pounds to your 1RM calculations for the two upper-body lifts and 10 pounds to your 1RM for the squat and deadlift.

    One Goal Per Workout
    With 5/3/1, you accomplish a goal every workout. Some programs have no progression from one day to the other.

    Another unique feature is that final all-out set in each workout. You don’t have to go beyond the prescribed reps if you don’t feel like it, but there are real benefits to doing so.

    I’ve always thought of doing the prescribed reps as simply testing your strength. Anything over and above that builds strength, muscle, and character.

    Yes, that last set is the one that puts hair on your chest, but the system doesn’t work without the sets that precede it. I tried cutting those out but I got smaller and weaker. There might be only one really hard set, but the other sets are still quality work.

    Assistance Work
    Along with the bench press, squat, shoulder press, and deadlift, 5/3/1 includes assistance exercises to build muscle, prevent injury, and create a balanced physique. My favorites are strength-training staples like chin-ups, dips, lunges, and back extensions.

    5/3/1 and Discontents
    I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from lifters who used 5/3/1 to overcome plateaus in strength and size development. And it’s not just from advanced guys. I received a thank-you from a guy who went from 135 for 1 rep on the bench to 135 for 17.

    The program has also received criticism from lifters on two fronts: that lifters are told to start too light and build too slow.

    “Start too light” refers to my insistence that the prescribed loads are calculated off of 90% of the lifter’s 1RM. If your 1RM in the bench is 315, why calculate loads off a 1RM of 285?

    My response? People who freak out about the 90% thing are usually weak in the first place. You don’t need to operate at your max to increase your max. Why people get so bent out of shape about taking two steps back if it means they’ll be taking 10 steps forward is beyond me.

    Then there’s the “disconnected from reality” problem. Few lifters are willing to acknowledge their true 1RM.

    At one time, I did a seminar every week. Every time, without fail, when I asked someone what their one-rep max was, I’d get this: “Well, about three years ago I hit 365 for a triple, but that was when I was training heavier…” Most guys just don’t have a clue.

    By using the 90%, I account for this BS. By using weights they can actually handle, guys are building muscle, avoiding burnout, and most importantly, making progress every workout.

    None of this is exactly revolutionary. I learned this in my freshman year. I’ve always made my best gains when I left just a bit in the tank.

    As for the “build too slow” criticism, people tell me that they don’t want to take three months to build up their strength. Where are you going to be in a year? Forget that, where are you going to be in five years, when you’re still benching 205 with your ass halfway off the bench?

    The pursuit of strength is not a six-month or one-year pursuit. It’s a 30-year pursuit for me. You’ve got to be smart about it. But everyone wants everything right now.

    Here are the keys to making it work:

    Start with a realistic idea of your one-rep max, and follow my instructions to base all training weights on 90% of that max. You can make it really easy on yourself by spending a couple of workouts working up to a four-rep-max set of each of the four core lifts.

    Your 3RM should be about 90% of your 1RM. Once you have that 3RM, you can skip a step in your calculations and just use it for all your subsequent percentages.

    The final set of your core lift in each workout is the one that produces mass and strength, so give it everything you have, and get as many reps as you can with that weight.

    The exceptions are the deloading workouts in Week 4. You’re giving your muscles a break, not trying to establish new PRs.