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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

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press rock

Workout of the Day
Mobility/Warm-up
– Lax ball/Foam roll hips/piriformis – 1 min/side
– Wall hip flexor stretch – get your shin to the wall! – 1min/side

PVC drilling –
Push press – x6
Squat jerk – x6 – drive through the heels, get the pvc stretched back!
Split jerk – x3/side

Strength
Overhead work! 7-8/10 effort for each
Lvl 1 – Push press – 8×2 total sets
Lvl 2 – Squat jerk – 1×4 – empty bar only, then 8×2 Split jerk

Assistance
Alternate between exercises
Hanging Scapular Retractions – 4×10
One leg RDL – 4×5/side – Use dumbbells in each hand. Go heavy.

Conditioning
For Time
Partner up! Teams of 2-3
One person wall balls, the remaining teammates stay in the top of a pushup position during that time. Dropped pushup position = 5 jumping jacks for all team members. Switch wall baller whenever you’d like.
Two person teams – 80 total wall balls
Three person teams – 120 total wall balls

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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grand-openingFOGGY BOTTOM GRAND OPENING THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

We are having a grand opening for the general gym! (CrossFit is already open and rocking, of course!)
We’ll have free special classes, and cocktails!!
All info here: http://balancegym.com/foggy-bottom-grand-opening

Workout of the Day

Warm-up/ Mobility
Jump rope/double under practice ~2-3 min
Lvl 1 – single jumps
Lvl 2 – super jumps
Lvl 3 – throwing double-under to the side
Lvl 4 – double unders

Pvc drills
Dislocates – x5
Overhead squats – x5
Snatch balance – x5
Snatch from power position – x5
Shift from above knees to power position – x5

Strength
Snatch work – 8×2 total sets – 7-8/10 on effort
Lvl 1 – Overhead squat
Lvl 2 – Snatch balance
Lvl 3 – Snatch from power position
Lvl 4 – Snatch from above knees
Lvl 5 – Snatch from ground

Assistance work
Muscle-up work – 4×5 – pulling through the transition
Lvl 1 – Feet on ground
Lvl 2 – Feet behind on a box
Lvl 3 – Teammate assist

Conditioning
For Time – 10 min cap
Deadlift – x30 (185/135)
Explosive Pushups – Lift up hands at bottom of each pushup – x30
Dumbbell Cleans  – x30 (50’s/30’s)
Jump rope – x30 double-unders/x60 regular jumps

Post Snatch Weight and Met-con Time to comments!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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Proper-SquatSquats today!
#3 is a high squat, #4 is a proper parallel squat
Squat as low as you safely can. Your squat should not get shallower with more weight.

First order of business! Register for Classes!
Registering for classes ahead of time helps us provide the best coaching experience for YOU!

1Click here to bring up our MindBody Login Screen.
2. Click on “Forgot Password?” in the upper right hand side of the screen.
3. Enter and submit the email address that you registered with us. If you are not sure, please email me so I can check.
4. Go back to the login screen. User name is your email. Enter the password you just set.
5. Click on the “CrossFit Classes” tab and sign up for the appropriate class. Done!

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Workout of the Day
Warm-up/Mobility

Samson stretch – short court and back
Mountain climbers – 10/side
Spiderman stretch – 5/side
Lacrosse ball or Foam Roller – Triceps/Teres Major – 1min/side
– With this rolling, we are looking to dig into the area right behind the armpit to help our shoulders get into proper position during the squat
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Strength
Squats! – 8×3 total sets  – 7-8/10 on effort on top sets – looking to go heavier than last week
Lvl 1 – Front Squats
Lvl 2 – Back Squats
Feel free to switch back and forth between the two levels, as usual.

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Assistance work
3x through
One leg squat – (x5/side) – as big a range of motion as possible!
Lvl 1 – use a squat rack, secured by your teammate, for assistance
Lvl 2 – regular, no assistance
Lvl 3 – grab a single 20-50 lb dumbbell
Chin-up work – (x8) – full range of motion!
Lvl 1 – banded chin-up
Lvl 2 – chin-up negative with increasing pull (x1)
Lvl 3 – chest to bar (use a band if needed)
Lvl 4 – Grip-intensive chin-ups (beast bar, hangboard, fat grips, globe gripz, etc)

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Conditioning
3 rounds through – 0:30 work/0:15 rest
Box Dips – use feet if needed
Dumbbell Swings (50#/30#)
Jumping Jacks

Keep a running rep count. Score is total completed reps of all exercises.


Post squat weight and met-con score to comments!

 

 

Saturday May 11th, and Sunday May 12th, 2013 – Weekend Update!

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May 11-2013Another Foundations Class kills it this past Saturday!
Give them a warm welcome when you see them in class this week!

With the new wave of athletes, I want everyone to register to class whenever possible! This allows us to plan for busy classes and lets all of you see where there is space in class.

How to register?

1Click here to bring up our MindBody Login Screen.
2. Click on “Forgot Password?” in the upper right hand side of the screen.
3. Enter and submit the email address that you registered with us. If you are not sure, please email me so I can check.
4. Go back to the login screen. User name is your email. Enter the password you just set.
5. Click on the “CrossFit Classes” tab and sign up for the appropriate class. Done!

FOGGY BOTTOM GRAND OPENING THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!!

We are holding a grand opening for the entire gym this Friday and Saturday. Classes, events, and refreshments abound!

Info here: http://balancegym.com/foggy-bottom-grand-opening

I will see you there!!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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funny-captions-moving-dayDeadlifting!

Warm-up
3x
Dumbbell swings – x10 – light, easy weight
Bear Crawls – 1/2 long court and back

Mobility
Piriformis roll on lax ball or foam roller

Strength
Deadlifts! – 8×3 total sets – 7/10 on effort – Heavier than April 12th

Assistance
4x through
Toes to bar/Knees to elbows – x10
Bent over barbell rows – x10 – pick a manageable weight (~1/4 deadlift weight to start)
only the arms should move. No body english.

Conditioning –
“Crawl, Clean, Carry”
AMRAP 8 minutes
Bear Crawl – Long court and back
– Alternately, you can lunge 1/2 long court and back, and 10 pushups
One Arm Clean and Push/Push Press/Split Jerk – 5/side – (50#/30#)
– Control the dumbbells when you put them down!
Single Plate Pinch Carry in Front of body – Long court and back
Pinch from the top with two hands, the heaviest bumper you can. Hold it in front of you as you walk.

Post Deadlift weights and number of rounds through the Met-con!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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HandstandWeddingHandstand walking. What else did you expect?

Warm-up
PVC dislocates – x10
Wrist stretching ~1min

Skill work – Handstands
Crow pose or split off wall. Practice balancing for 5+ minutes. Grab a spot each time.

Warm-up #2
Jump rope – 3 minutes

Mobility
Ankle mobilization –  drive knee to wall, 10/side
ankle mob
Spiderman stretch – 10/side
Quick drop to squat – x10 – stand with feet together, then shuffle feet out and drop quickly into a squat.

Strength

Clean drill work
4×1 – Straight arm pull from power position, then immediately reset and clean from power position, that constitutes one rep/set. Work up to light to medium weight.

Clean work – 6×2 total sets – work up to 7/10 on perceived effort – Start from the power position, above the knees, or the ground.

Assistance work
Chin-up negative – 4×1
or
Chin-up negative with increasing pull – 4×1 – lower yourself down 1 inch, pull back up, lower down 2 inches, pull back up, etc. Continue until you can’t pull back up, then complete the negative.
or
One arm assisted chin-up – 4×2/side – Assisting hand palm down, use the bar as little as possible to pull yourself up.

Conditioning

Handstand holds – feet on ground, box, or wall
3 x 60 seconds
Any remaining time not held in the handstand should be held in the squat position
Rest 30 sec – 1 min between rounds

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Wednesday, May 8th

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Warm up/Mobility – 3-5 min – foam roll/lax ball any sore areas from the past two days whether it be legs, shoulders, back, or all three.  Then 2 times through – 15 jumping jacks, 10 med ball cleans, 5 inch worms pausing at the bottom for 3 push ups

STRENGTH! – Shoulder to Overhead – 6 sets of 4 with an effort level of 7/10

Lv1 – Strict Press from a split position – Switch which leg is in front for each set of 4

Lv2 – Push Press with a 2 second pause at the top

Lv3 – Split Jerk, alternating legs with each rep, starting with your weaker side

Work on keeping a nice tight set up regardless of which level you choose.  Keep you butt, trunk, and back super tight.  For push press and jerks, make sure you keep that weight back and use that hip drive!  Keep your focus for each rep in each set and really commit to punching that bar up.

Accessory work  to be completed once all sets of shoulder to overhead are done – Hanging scapular retractions – 3 x 10

Conditioning – 3 attempts at a max effort 500M row – work to rest ratio will depend on the class size and number of rowers.  Ideally we are looking for 1:1 so if you row your first 500M in 1:45, rest 1:45 before your second attempt.  All out effort!

Post weights and row times to comments!