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Monday- What CrossFit Really Is

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WOD- Monday 8/21/2017

Strength
Back Squat (3-3-3-3-3-3)
  -Build to a 3RM

Pre-MetCon

2 Sets;
-7 thrusters (establish MetCon weight)
-8 DB Snatch ” ”

Metcon
AMRAP 10;
-15 thrusters (65/95)
-15 Sit ups
-20 DB Snatch (35/50)

 

 


What CrossFit Really Is

It has been a couple of weeks since the CrossFit games have come and gone through our community.  No doubt, many folks from the community were able to watch these incredible specimens compete against one another either in person on live streaming.  The Games are an awesome spectator event for the larger community and it’s a ton of fun to watch the elites go at it.  

However, for the outsider, one might see the elites competing and think “wow, all CrossFitters are really that… jacked, strong, fast etc?”  The answer to that is obviously no.  The majority of people that do CrossFit (seriously 99.9%) are just general everyday folks that want to get a great workout in in an hour and go about their day.  Maybe some want to be a part of a community or something larger than themselves.  We all have different motivators.  Those motivators help our members remain accountable and stay in the gym so they continue to progress in their fitness.  

But this is not about differentiating the elites from the general population.  I believe most folks are slowly understanding that.  Those that do not are quickly and easily educated.  So what is the point here?  

I mean to discuss the point of CrossFit.   What was/is the original intent? The philosophy or goal of this type of training if you will.  

You see, as CrossFit has grown in popularity, so has certain fringe aspects of the program.  I’ll explain, but first let me address the original intent of CrossFit.  As in- what it is meant to look like from the beginning and not what some gyms have morphed into as well as what some elites are following as programming (for good reason).  

GPP= General Physical Preparedness.

CrossFit is a GPP regime. The idea here is to prepare the individual for almost literally anything at anytime.  This is one reason why many military, police, firefighters and first responders are smart to adopt the program.  These professionals never know what the day will ask of them, so they prepare themselves physically by being as well prepared for everything as possible.  

This same approach is a fantastic way to improve the “everyday man’s” general physical fitness and health.  One of many reason’s for CF’s exponential growth over the last 10-15 years- it will make you fitter.  Something about 85% of the human population wants and needs.  

In order to be ready for anything, one must practice and master everything fitness related.  I mean EVERYTHING.  Everything means: lifting, running, jumping, heavy, light, long endurance, short sprints and everything in between.

Our goal is to master (or improve upon) ALL 10 of the general physical skills;

  1. Accuracy
  2. Balance
  3. Power
  4. Flexibility
  5. Stamina
  6. Strength
  7. Cardiovascular Endurance
  8. Agility
  9. Speed
  10. Coordination

 

Finally Getting to the Point

My point here is this.  We at CFBD will ALWAYS prescribe and follow the original intent of CrossFit.  This is of GPP.  This means being well-rounded in all 10 skills, NOT being exceptional in 1 or 2 to the detriment of the others.  Solid in all 10.  

Going back to a previous statement, as CF has become larger and more gyms have popped up, we see many facilities focusing in 1 or 2 skills much more than others.  Barbell addicts know nothing is sexier than a big PR on the barbell.  Hell, it looks great on Instagram!  Endurance addicts love doing MetCon on MetCons or running miles on miles but can barely back squat their own body weight.  

Having a 400lb back squat is cool, but not if that’s the only thing you do well.  Running a 5 minute mile is cool, but not as cool as running a 6-minute mile and having a body weight clean AND having 10+ pull-ups, push-ups, double unders etc. This is exceptional general fitness and a recipe for success in the face of the unknown and unknowable.

These are just a few easy example of the traps that some gyms or athletes fall into.  We find the one thing that we’re naturally good at and put all of our focus into that to the detriment of the skill way maybe suck at.  

Our Goal

As stated above, our goal here at CFBD is to create athletes with above average GPP.  Our goal for you is that you are or become as well rounded in all of the physical skills and training domains possible to be thrown at you.  Our programming and coaching reflects this.  You’ll know you’ve arrived when you no longer look at any MetCon or WOD and think; “Oh shit, I suck at (insert any specific skill or domain).  

To be clear, I do not have a problem with those that want to specialize.  CF is still a great supplement to your strength or endurance program because of it’s ability to increase one’s general fitness- which will help you do everything.  If you want to specialize, fine, I get it.  I went through that myself for some time years ago.  Now, I just want to as physically fit in all areas as possible.  I find confidence in knowing I am prepared for any task asked of me and I believe you should too.  

The only way to achieve this, however, is to attack your weaknesses at every possible opportunity.  Running from workouts that highlight a weakness is a recipe for disaster.  That means no cherry-picking WODs.  Or if you do have to pick and choose because of schedule, responsibilities etc- you always choose to come to the WODs that exploit your weaknesses.  This is what kills weaknesses and no weaknesses = elite fitness.

What’s YOUR weakness?  How can you work to make your weakness a strength?  Let us know in the comments and, as always, let your coaches know so we can help you kill your weaknesses.

 

Make it a great day!

Saturday- Happy Birthday CFBD!!!

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WOD- Saturday 8/19/2017

Skill Session
A. “DT” Complex (27-27-27-27)
  -12 Deadlift + 9 Hang Power Clean + 6 STOH
B. D-Ball Carry (200-200-200-200M)
C. Hollow Rocker (30-30-30-30)
Metcon
With a Partner!

For Time;
-200M burden carry (50/75)
-40 D-ball Front squats (50/75)
-40 DB Snatch (35/50)
-40 Burpees/ sprawls
-40 DB Snatch
-40 D-ball Front Squats
-200M burden carry (50/75)

 

Tuesday 8/15/2017

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WOD- Tuesday 8/15/2017

Strength
Back Squat (5-5-5)
  -Goal: perform 3 sets of 5 at last weeks 5RM

Pre-MetCon

2 Sets;
-8 Wall Balls
-10 KB swings

Metcon
4 Rounds for time;
-20 Wall Balls (14/20)
-15 KB swings (35/50)
-20 Sit ups 

Time cap: 12
R+ (20/30; 50/70)

 

 


Master the Kettlebell Swing

A perfect kettlebell swing will work your posterior chain muscles (back, abs, butt, hamstrings) and combat all the ill-effects of our anterior dominant Western Society.

It is, in fact, a hinge and NOT a squat movement. A hip hinge – like a deadlift movement – forces you to use those posterior chain muscles to move the kettlebell.

It will allow you to loosen your tight hips and strengthen your butt so that you’ll develop the rear end of an athlete. It will bulletproof your low back by creating an armored brace around your midsection. And the kettlebell swing will force you to use all the muscles in your upper back, thus opening up your chest and forcing you out of the slouchy shoulder look that screams insecurity.

Take Action: 4 Easy Cues

  1. Hike
  2. Hinge
  3. Root
  4. Float

 

  1. Hike

As opposed to starting your set of swings from the standing position, the hike pass allows you to pre-stretch your lats – a powerful muscle in your upper body with a direct relationship with your glutes – and get more “juice” out of your swing.

Set your kettlebell up about 12-18 inches in front of you. Push your hips back keeping your butt high and bend your knees slightly. Gripping the kettlebell with both hands, pull your shoulders into their sockets and fire your lats – the kettlebell will tilt towards you.

Always making sure your shoulders stay above the level of your hips, “hike pass” the kettlebell through your knees by contracting your lats. This is how you start your swing.

  1. Hinge

Unlike a squat which is knee dominant, the HINGE movement is dominated by the hips. When you push your hips back keeping your butt high and your shins vertical, you are hingeing.

When you hinge, you stretch and activate your hamstrings and glute muscles. This is good because most people today are hip flexor and quad dominant (your anterior muscles), so learning how to load and use your posterior chain creates a natural balance between front and back that will help in preventing knee and hip issues.

  1. Root

The ROOT is the finish of the swing. Think of the root as a standing plank where you are tightening every muscle in your body from your shoulders down.

Imagine that you are growing roots through your feet and grab the ground with your entire foot. Squeeze your glutes like you’ve got a $100 bill between your butt cheeks and someone is trying to yank it out. Brace your abs like you’re about to take a punch.  And pull your shoulders as far from your ears as possible contracting your lats. This is your ROOT position and this is your goal.

DO NOT– ‘lean back’ at the top of your swing.  Doing so hyperextends the spine and puts it in a compromised position that will lead to unnecessary wear and tear.  Just stand straight up.

  1. Float

The FLOAT is what happens to the kettlebell when you do the swing correctly. It ensures that your energy is focused on your glutes and not on your trying to “muscle” the kettlebell up to a certain height.

When you go from HINGE to ROOT, the harder you contract your glutes, the higher the kettlebell will FLOAT.

The higher the FLOAT of the kettlebell, the more rest you get between reps FLOAT is what the kettlebell will do while the rest of your body is in the ROOT.

Monday 8/14/2017

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WOD- Monday 8/14/2017

Skill Session
EMOM x 15;
-1: Handstand Push-ups (5 x 4-8 UB)
  *Scale: 30s HS hold
-2: Strict Pull Ups (5 x 5+ )
  *Goal is max reps UB each set, but you should get at LEAST 5, scale accordingly
-3: Double-Unders (30-30-30-30-30)
  *Scale: 30s. of work
Metcon
AMRAP 7;
-10 Pullups/Ring rows
-15 Pushups
-30 Double Unders/ 60 Single Unders

 

 


Common Faults in the Handstand Position

Achieving and maintaining a freestanding or wall supported handstand properly is a difficult thing to do.  Between research online with other coaches and observing every day athletes here at CFBD I have come up with the 3 most common faults when attempting to achieve the proper handstand position;

  1. Hands too far from Front Foot When Kicking Up.
  2. Poor Shoulder Mobility
  3. Improper Body Position

The first step is identifying which issues you have.  From there we can begin to make corrections in order to become more efficient and achieve higher levels of awesomeness.

  1. If you have a hard time just kicking up into the handstand (either free or wall supported) then this is probably your issue.  What happens is you are placing your hands down on the ground too far away from your front foot.  The physics of the act of kicking up make this much harder to get you legs over the “tipping point” to get you upside down.  You want to pick you hand placement on the floor to be close to your front foot(2-3 ft.) and when you do go to kick up listen for the sound of your hands hitting the ground.  Your hands should be “quiet” on the ground.  If you can hear your palms smacking the mat as you go into your kick up, it is a dead give away that you are too far away from your front foot.

  2. If you have poor shoulder mobility then your time spent in the handstand is just going to be harder than that of the mobile individual.  I do not just accept poor mobility as the one size fits all trump card so to speak as to why you cannot perform the movement efficiently.  This excuse is used all too often.  A lot of times an athlete can simply work harder to get into a better position to achieve an optimum position.  Understandably this is hard for some folks.  An air squat should be easy right?  Should be, but the bottom line is if it isn’t then work your ass off to achieve the correct position no matter how hard it is.  Don’t just say “mobility sucks” and accept your crappy positions as unchangeable because they are correctable.

  3. Body positioning is the key to maintaining balance in the handstand.  In your handstand, you want to maintain the “hollow body” position.  We go over this concept all the time, but just to review one more time the hollow midline looks like;
    • Butt and Abs “active” and tight
    • Pull the bellybutton in toward your spine
    • Shoulders are shrugged up towards your ears
    • Body is in a perfectly straight line from fingers to toes

 

Give these main points a crack!

Saturday 8/12/2017

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WOD- Saturday 8/12/2017

Skill Session
A. Dumbbell Bench Press (12-12-12-12)
  -If you get 15 reps UB, go up in weight next round.
B. Ring Rows (10-10-10-10)
C. D-Ball Carry (150-150-150-150)
Metcon
With a Partner!

10 Rounds for Time;
-10 strict pullups/ ring rows
-20 Pushups
-30 D-ball front squats (50/75)

Time cap: 16

 

Friday 8/11/2017

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WOD- Friday 8/11/2017

Skill Session
A. Pull-ups (5-5-5-5)
B. Clean Complex (PC+FS) (6-6-6-6)
  -3 Power Cleans + 3 Front Squats (UB)

C. Handstand Push-ups (4-4-4-4)
“3 Strong Women” (AMRAP – Reps)
“Jo” AMRAP 4;
-4 Front Squats (95/135)
-4 HSPU/ 8 HRPU
*Rest 1 minute

“Jen” AMRAP 4;
-4 Power Cleans (95/135)
-4 Pullups

*Rest 1 minute
“Carly Jo” AMRAP 4;
-15 Wall Balls (14/20)
-20 DU/ 40 SU


“3 Strong Women”

Today’s WOD is a HERO WOD in my book.  These 3 ladies, Jo, Jen and Carly Jo, are staples of or community here at CFBD.  They are amazing, strong and inspiring human beings who are all cancer survivors.

They set the curve when it comes to grace and toughness and we are honored to get to call them members and friends.

In typical Hero WOD fashion, today is a day to be grateful for the gifts and capabilities that the good lord has given us.  These WODs are some serious burners.  There WILL be a point today where you want to take your foot off the gas and take a breather.

When you hit the point of fatigue you must keep moving and remember that no matter the level of discomfort or pain you are feeling from this workout, it is NOTHING compared to the pain that these women have all gone through.  Give this WOD your absolute best effort for them.

Thank you ladies for setting the standard of grace and inspiration for the rest of us.  We love you!