All posts by Jay

September 9 – 15

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

The No Excuses Challenge starts MONDAY, September 9. All classes will complete the baseline workout. Please show up a few minutes before class to take an InBody Scan.

Schedule Update:

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. will return to usual programming effective September 11. We will likely run specialty courses in the near future—stay tuned! Many thanks to all of you that showed up for the Summer of Skills classes! We had a blast. Please drop a note to heidi@crossfithale.com if you have any suggestions or feedback for next round.

Volunteer Opportunity with Berkeley Food Network:

The Berkeley Food Network is moving into a new space soon, and Sarah could use some hands and warm bodies to help with the transition! There are still slots available for September 14.

Here’s the link to sign up.

Outdoor WOD Saturday, September 21

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—PERFORM

“NXC Baseline 2019”

3 rounds for time
400-m run
40 squats
30 sit-ups
20 push-ups
10 pull-ups

20-min. hard cap

All body weight this year—move fast and keep pushing on each movement! You are TESTING today. We will re-do this in 6 weeks.

Tuesday—TRAIN

Open Workout 13.4

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes:
3 clean and jerks (135/95)
3 toes-to-bars
6 clean and jerks
6 toes-to-bars
9 clean and jerks
9 toes-to-bars
12 clean and jerks
12 toes-to-bars
15 clean and jerks
15 toes-to-bars
18 clean and jerks
18 toes-to-bars

This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

MissFit (95/65); knees-to-chest

Everything will be allllll good in the shorter rounds … and THEN! UH-OH! But—it’s only 7 minutes. Try to keep your composure for a solid, big set of toes-to-bars EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO! Go to failure here and see what happens—how quickly can you get back on the bar for 1-2 more reps?

You can look forward to 1 or so Open workouts each week as we prep for the FALL Open, which starts in October.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. 12-min AMRAP:
50′ bear crawl
3 candlestick roll to squat
20 mountain climbers

B. 5 rounds
2 min on, 2 min off:

200-m Run
AMRAP:
Rounds of Marguerita

1 burpee
1 push-up
1 jumping jack
1 sit-up
1 handstand

C. 2 min each:
Forearm smash w/barbell
Bicep smash w/barbell

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Back Squats
7-7-7
Working up toward 70-75% of 1RM from last week.

Back Squats
5-5-5-5-5 (on the 2:30)
at 75%

Heavy heavy funnnn! Take your sevens to practice getting tight between reps—these are warm-ups, but not easy sets.

B. “Dollar Fifty Dog Combo”

For time:
1-mile run

If you get to Costco, you’ve gone too far.

Farm Fun Friday—TRAIN

5-min AMRAP
50-m sled push
10 burpees

2-min rest

5-min AMRAP
10 atlas stones
100-m run

2-min rest

5-min AMRAP
10-cal bike/row
15 DB push press (35/25)

2-min rest

5-min AMRAP
20 double-unders
50-m farmers carry 53/35

Do work!

Saturday—TRAIN

For time:
21-18-15-9-6
Wall balls (20/14)
Broad jump
Ring push-up

Keep chipping away! Sets get smaller. Try to go unbroken on the wall balls and 2 sets or less on the push ups. Rx+ Ring dips 🙂

September 2 – 8

Announcements

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year.

The challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9 and run through Monday, October 21 (6 weeks!).

We’ll have a full informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 4.

For the 6 weeks, you’ll be accountable for the following:

  • A MINIMUM of 15 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
  • 7 hours of sleep per night, EVERY NIGHT.
  • 10 minutes of mobility/recovery EVERY DAY.
  • Eating according to plan (more to come).
  • Logging your success on the above EVERY DAY.

The challenge is for those of you who are starting from scratch and want accountability to make basic, healthy habits STICK. You’ll learn the following:

  • How to compose healthy meals (what types of food make you feel best?!).
  • How to nail down sustainable HABITS.
  • How to develop a mobility/recovery practice.

If you’ve done this before, you can expect to:

  • Re-visit those habits that always trip you up when “life” gets in the way.
  • Connect with your buddy and the crew and learn new skills and tweaks to make the habits easier.
  • Bring BACK the awareness of which of these habits make you feel your very best.

Cost is $89.

Sign up at the front desk.

No Excuses Challenge Info Meeting:

Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. Bring yourself, bring your questions! Get answers!

Schedule Update:

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. will return to usual programming effective September 11. We will likely run specialty courses in the near future—stay tuned! Many thanks to all of you that showed up for the Summer of Skills classes! We had a blast. Please drop a note to heidi@crossfithale.com if you have any suggestions or feedback for next round.

Holiday Schedule Monday, September 2

8-a.m. and 9-a.m. classes only!

Volunteer Opportunity with Berkeley Food Network:

The Berkeley Food Network is moving into a new space soon, and Sarah could use some hands and warm bodies to help with the transition! There are slots available for September 7 and 14. Coach Heidi will be there on the 7th after morning classes. Functional fitness for a good cause!

Here’s the link to sign up.

Guest Day Saturday, September 7

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—PERFORM

Team Series 17.1

9-15-21 reps for time of:
Thrusters
Bar-facing burpees

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

All reps are IN SYNC with partner–meet at top of every thruster and bottom of every burpee. This should be a fun challenge and a good push!

MissFit: 75/55

Tuesday—TRAIN

A. Tempo step-ups

5-5-5-5-5 per side

LATERAL step-ups. Choose a box that’s high enough to get your hip below parallel, but not so high you have to use a big heave to get up there.

“Tempo” will be:
Fast on way up
3-2-1 count on the way down
BONUS if you can pause for a breath at the bottom with foot off the ground.

These are a great way to build stability, strength, and positions for pistols. If these are too easy, descend with your “floating” leg forward of the box.

B. “Kriss Kross”

8 rounds, starting svery 3:00:
200-m run
8 burpees to 6″ target

EACH round is for time. Goal is to move FAST and not fall off the pace. 85-90% on the 200-m run, quick transition, and straight to burpees.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up:

Every minute on the minute for 12 mins (alternating)
Min 1: AMRAP: 3 squat thrusts + 3 KB swing
Min 2: 50-m farmers carry (1 arm, switch at half)

Focus on a nice, flat landing position with your feet. This will transfer over to awesome burpees down the line. Choose your standard KB weight–something you can swing without much concern 🙂

B. Get sweaty:

15 minutes for quality:
50-m sled push (90/50)
30-s L-Sit/tuck hang
10 inch worm + perfect push-ups

The sled will get your heart rate up. L-Sits are a “fun” skill to practice. Take your time on inchworm + push-up to make for perfect push-ups and a great stretch. 5 rounds would be a good goal today.

C. Mobility:

2 mins/side couch stretch
2 mins/side bone saw
2 mins/side LAX ball lats

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Deadlift for load:
3-3-3-1-1-1

Work up to a heavy single for the day. MAY be a new max, maybe not.

B. “Just Enough”

12-min AMRAP:
5 strict pull-ups
15 air squats
25 double-unders

Goal is to get some work on your pull-ups with JUUUUUST enough squats and dubs to get you sweaty!

Friday—TRAIN

A. Look (e)MOM, no HANDS(tands)!

Every minute on the minute for 12 minutes (alternating)
Min 1: 15-s hollow hold + 15-s arch
Min 2: 200-m run
Min 3: Handstand practice

Working on shapes! Open your shoulders, stack your ribs and hips and try to get a moment of balance in your handstands.

B. “Handlebars”

5 rounds for time:
Accumulate 1 minute in handstand
21 toes-to-bar
Rest 1:00

HS hold is cumulative, but call it when quality starts to suffer or you can’t compose yourself enough to feel like this is productive practice. Toes-to-bars will tax arms and midline even more, so finding a STACKED position is super important to minimize the amount of energy you put out.

This is NOT the time to “banana” yourself up to the wall and wait it out. Learn something! Start with one solid set of toes-to-bar (if you’ve never tried to do 21 unbroken, give it a go!). Ideally, commit to a big set that you’re not sure you’ll hit. If you have a few T2B but not 21, scale back to 12 or knees to chest + T2B linked.

Scaling options:
Freestanding
HS walk attempts
Wall facing (wall walk)
Pull a foot or two off of wall

Saturday—TRAIN (Guest Day!)

In pairs:
As many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes:
20 lunge complex (rev lunge right, rev lunge left, ball slam) (25/15)
20 partner push-ups
200-m run with ball

Lunge complex should be a fun challenge today—carry the slam ball the entire time, and end each “rep” with a smash and catch. Split reps as needed.

Partner push-ups: Both push up and high-five at the top. Run together, but pass off ball as needed.

This one should be a consistently sweaty 20 minutes. Good fun!

Sunday—TRAIN

5 Rounds for time:

15/10 cal bike
10 burpees

Hit this one fast and hard. Get the RPMs on the bike up as high as possible and maintain a good clip on the burpees. GO!

August 26 – Sept. 1

Announcements

Summer of Skills:

8/28: Get a Deeper Squat With Coach Heidi
9/4: No Excuses Challenge Info Meeting

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year.

The challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9 and run through Monday, October 21 (6 weeks!).

We’ll have a full informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 4.

For the 6 weeks, you’ll be accountable for the following:

  • A MINIMUM of 15 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
  • 7 hours of sleep per night, EVERY NIGHT.
  • 10 minutes of mobility/recovery EVERY DAY.
  • Eating according to plan (more to come).
  • Logging your success on the above EVERY DAY.

The challenge is for those of you who are starting from scratch and want accountability to make basic, healthy habits STICK. You’ll learn the following:

  • How to compose healthy meals (what types of food make you feel best?!).
  • How to nail down sustainable HABITS.
  • How to develop a mobility/recovery practice.

If you’ve done this before, you can expect to:

  • Re-visit those habits that always trip you up when “life” gets in the way.
  • Connect with your buddy and the crew and learn new skills and tweaks to make the habits easier.
  • Bring BACK the awareness of which of these habits make you feel your very best.

Cost is $89.

Sign up at the front desk.

Holiday Schedule Monday, September 2

8-a.m. and 9-a.m. classes only!

Guest Day Saturday, September 7

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—TRAIN

A. Push jerk:

3-3-3-3-3

Start at a moderate weight and work up to a heavy, but not sketchy, set of 3. This is not the time to fail the first rep! Take a second stab at same weight or drop if form starts to go!

B. “Jack in the Box”

For time:
15-12-9 reps
Push jerk (135/95)
30 double-unders after each set

immediately into….

6-9-12 Reps
Push jerk (155/105)
30 double-unders after each set

How many Jack in the Box tacos can you get for the change in yo’ pocket? About as many as the number of jerks you’ll do today.

Upper body dynamic strength day + practice/stamina at heavier weights.

Goal is to hold on to the bar as long as possible—keep your movement SMOOTH and steady and try to keep each round to 1-2 sets, at most.

Tuesday—TRAIN

“Pringles”

For time:
750-m row
600-m run
50 slam balls

Rest 3:00, then:

50 slam balls
600-m run
750-m row

Monostructural fun day! Once you pop, you can’t stop!

Break the slam balls into 2-3 sets as needed; keep breathing throughout. You should push nearly to redline, but not to the point where you dog the rest of the movements. Slam balls should feel like 85-90% effort by the end … then just HOLD ON!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up:

12 minutes, alternating between:
Min 1: as many rounds as possible of 4 alternating lunges + 4 PERFECT push ups
Min 2: 150-m run/row or 40-s bike

B. Get Sweaty:

As many rounds and reps as possible in 15 minutes:
30-s hang from bar
15 parallette pass throughs
10 cossack squats

Use a plate, light KB, or light band on rig to balance the cossack squats. Remember: Hips back, and keep your full foot on the ground when you push your weight to that side!

Play with the pass throughs—try a higher set of boxes if it lets you kick forward and back without touching the ground. WEEE!

C. Mobility:

1:00/side pigeon
1:00/side saddle (half frog, other leg out)
1:00 child’s pose

2:00/side shoulder LAX ball smash or foam roll

Thursday—PERFORM/TRAIN

A. Back squat: –1RM

1-1-1-1-1

Work up to a new 1RM or something *really* heavy today! Aim for 5-10# over current max, if you know it! Rest 2:00 between sets.

Warming up to this:
5-5 moderate
3-3 moderately heavy

Start singles where you KNOW you can hit 3. Build some confidence in the setup and GO!

B. As many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes:
100-m run
5 DB push ups
10 DB walking lunges

DB push ups: Simply use the DBs instead of your hands on the ground! Chest touches down to bells.

Any rack for DB lunges: carry, front rack, anything goes.

Move quickly. Early sets should be 1 min or less!

Friday—TRAIN

“Food Coma”

For total time:

2 rounds:
15 deadlifts (135/95)
15 burpees over bar
200-m Run

–Rest 2:00–

2 rounds:
12 deadlifts (185/125)
12 burpees over bar
200-m run

–Rest 2:00–

2 rounds:
9 deadlifts (225/155)
9 burpees over bar
200-m run

MissFit:
(115/75)
(135/95)
(155/105)

Score is combined time, INCLUDING rest!

Sub 25:00 should be very doable if you move quickly through the burpees. You WILL get tired, but do not let yourself stay on the ground! Moving slowly through 2-3 reps is better than stopping. Take your breaths before picking up the barbell, but transition as quickly as possible through everything else!

Burpees are lateral over bar, not bar facing—stay low and move FAST.

Saturday—TRAIN

42-30-18 reps of each movement
Calorie row
Box jumps (24/20)
Pistols (total!)
Pull-ups

MissFit:
Box step-ups
Ring rows

This one is all about stamina! It’ll be hard to keep moving through the first and second rounds, but just keep moving!

Pistols and step-ups will really challenge your balance after the row and box jumps, so try to find a rhythm or flow to help. Big sets on pull-ups/ring rows. Try to get through a third or more (e.g., in the 42: 18-14-10; 30: 12-10-8; 18: 8-6-4)

Sunday—TRAIN

In Teams of 2, for total time:

Row 1000m (split as needed)

then,

“Karen”
150 Wallballs (20,14)

“Isabel”
30 power snatches (115/75)

“Grace”
30 Clean & Jerks (115/75)

800m run (split as needed)

Rx+: (135/95) BOTH row and run 2k/1mi

Out the door by 30 min, regardless of where you are 🙂 You go, I go. Keep moving with fast single reps as needed or small sets. While each workout is a sprint, you’ll have to keep a steady cadence to have “gas” at the end.

Feel Better. Look Better. Get Stronger.

It doesn’t matter whether you can run a mile or you haven’t run since childhood.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve lifted weights all your life or if you’ve never touched a barbell.

It doesn’t matter if you have an athletic background or if working out is new and scary.

We’ll meet you where you’re at—because you deserve a better life.


Announcements

Summer of Skills:

8/21: Get Your First Strict Pull-Up With Coach Wendy
8/28: Get a Deeper Squat With Coach Heidi
9/4: No Excuses Challenge Info Meeting

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year.

The challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9 and run through Monday, October 21 (6 weeks!).

We’ll have a full informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 4th.

For the 6 weeks, you’ll be accountable for the following:

  • A MINIMUM of 15 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
  • 7 hours of sleep per night, EVERY NIGHT.
  • 10 minutes of mobility/recovery EVERY DAY.
  • Eating according to plan (more to come).
  • Logging your success on the above EVERY DAY.

For those of you that are starting from scratch and want accountability to make basic, healthy habits STICK. You’ll learn the following:

  • How to compose healthy meals (what types of food make you feel best?!)
  • Nail down sustainable HABITS.
  • Develop a mobility/recovery practice.

If you’ve done this before, you can expect to:

  • Re-visit those habits that always trip you up when “life” gets in the way
  • Connect with your buddy and the crew and learn new skills and tweaks to make the habits easier
  • Bring BACK the awareness of which of these habits make you feel your very best

Cost is $89.

Sign up at the front desk.

Holiday Schedule Monday, September 2

8-a.m. and 9-a.m. classes only!

Guest Day Saturday, September 7

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—TRAIN

A. Every minute on the minute for 6 rounds (12 mins total):
Min 1: 200/150-m row
Min 2: 12 KB goblet split squats (6/side)

Push through your legs! Little double leg power + single leg strength and coordination.

B. “Mini Nate”

As many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes:
4 pull-ups
6 hand-release push-ups
8 KB snatch (4 per side) (53/35)

Quick, spicy rounds. Hit the pull-ups unbroken and smoothly linked. Try to move through the push-ups as you fatigue. Find a smooth pace with the snatch.

Tuesday—TRAIN

A. Deficit deadlifts:
3-3-3-3-3

Work up to a strong, MODERATELY heavy weight today. Not a chance to max out, but a good way to feel positions.

ALL sets pulled as singles, with a full reset before each rep. Stand on two 25-lb. plates or a higher platform ONLY as form allows.

Goal is to feel strong and tight with the bar, pressing through full foot. You are trying to find a challenging or different way to feel your absolute best position.

If range of motion is limited, this is a great day to actually RAISE the bar off the ground, focusing on bracing and driving through the legs.

B. 3 rounds for time:
400-m run
15 body-weight deadlifts

This one is short, simple, and sweet. These do not have to be unbroken—in fact, 9-6 or similar breakup in later rounds may help you move better while remaining fast.

Weight should be no more than about 60% of your 1-RM deadlift. Scale accordingly!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up

3 Rounds:
45 s on/15 s off
Glute bridge-ups
Side plank left
Single-leg band DL left
Side plank right
Single-leg band DL right

Single side and core warm-up! You should be sweaty by the second round.

B. As many rounds and reps as possible in 15 minutes:
10-cal row
10 HIGH box jumps (30/24 or higher!)
50-m HEAVY farmers carry
50-foot bear crawl

Rest as needed between jumps and farmers carry. Goal is for each of those to feel HARD and slow you down just a bit, so this isn’t just a straight through grind.

C. Mobility

2 mins/side:
Butt smash (figure 4)
Legs on box—work around sacrum/low back
Lateral hip smash

Thursday—PERFORM

“The Ghost”

6 rounds of:
1 minute of rowing
1 minute of burpees
1 minute of double-unders
1 minute rest

Try for as many reps as possible of EACH exercise, not just total score. Bonus if you note/beat your scores for each movement, i.e., 15-cal row, 15 burpees, 50 doubles each round …

A minute of rest isn’t much here. You’re pushing your threshold but trying to stay somewhat in control. Start at a pace that feels aggressive but manageable and try to hold on. DO NOT hold back on burpees to protect the double unders—really push yourself to match or beat your early rounds. Sure, you could do 2 fewer burpees and easily make those up, but what’s the fun in that?!

Friday—TRAIN

A. Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
1 hang squat snatch
+
2 OHS

(The squat in the squat snatch does NOT count as OHS)

Start with PVC, then empty barbell until squats feel limber.

Add weight and rest between later sets as needed. Work up to a weight slightly OVER what you’ll do for the workout today.

B. Double AMRAP:

6 minutes, as many rounds and reps as possible:
1 hang squat snatch (115/75)
3 overhead squats
50-m run
–Rest 2 mins–

6 minutes, as many rounds and reps as possible:
1 hang squat snatch (75/55)
3 overhead squats
50-m run

MissFit (75/55; 45/35)
Rx+: (135/95; 95/75)

Once again, the squat in the hang squat snatch does NOT count toward the overhead squats! Goal of this is to feel smooth and steady with the barbell. A good “catch” with the snatch will help.

Weight decreases in the second round: You should be feeling “warm” finally and reps should feel smooth and breezy! Make it spicy!

Saturday—TRAIN

For time:
800-m run
40 pull-ups
40 walking lunges
800-m run
40 toes-to-bars
40 walking lunges
400-m run
20 pull-ups
20 walking lunges
400-m run
20 toes-to-bars
20 walking lunges
-30-minute time cap-

Fun little chipper today! The runs should be enough relief to let your grip recover JUUUUUST a bit! Try to hit the rounds of pull-ups/T2B in less than 3-4 sets and minimize transitions between movements. If you’re feeling beat, this would be a good WOD to tackle in pairs: Run together and split the reps. 🙂

Sunday—TRAIN (or RECOVER!)

“First Cuts” (from the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games)

4 rounds for time:
400-m run
3 rope climbs
7 squat snatches (95/65)

Rx+
3 legless rope climbs
7 squat snatches 135/95

RxINSANO: squat snatches at 185/130

Running Into a Burning Building

You’re walking through the lobby of your office …

You smell smoke …

You see people fleeing in a panic …

Do you run in to save your co-workers? Or turn tail and run out with them?

Depends on how much you like your co-workers, right?

You’d like to say that you’d run in and be a hero …

But the smart thing to do is to call the fire department …

Let firefighters like Larry or Aaron save the day. You can still get credit for ringing the alarm! 🙂

Most “scary” situations in life are not nearly as life-threatening as they seem.

But we THINK they are.

And we are conditioned as humans to run from them anyway.

For a majority of things in life, this works well.

It’s easier to avoid scary situations if they’re not relevant to your life.

But what if they are?

If something you WANT is on the other side of fear—how do you deal with it?

Do you rationalize it by deciding you don’t want it anymore?

Or do you overcome the fear and do it anyway?

We know how it is the first day you walk through the door at Hale.

No matter how friendly we are, how approachable our members are, how much we tailor the workouts to you …

It’s a strange environment …

Where you’re doing things you’ve never done before …

and everyone looks like they’ve been working out since they could walk …

It’s flipping SCARY!!!

We can talk you through it, put guardrails in place, and guide you to the path that works for you.

But at some point you have to decide …

Will you run away from that fear?

Or run toward it?

When we talked to Ann MaryKenny and Sarah on the podcast, they described how they felt that fear at the beginning …

They said:

“Damn, this is hard … I’d better keep doing it!”

They ran TOWARD the fire instead of away.

And it’s not like it got easier over time.

They still get scared … we all do!

Some days fear can stop anyone.

But by overcoming it most of the time, Ann Mary, Kenny and Sarah got stronger, felt better and lost over 180 lb. between the three of them.

Now THEY are the people that look like they’ve been working out since they could walk.

After 10 years of coaching, we believe the number-one indicator of success is not background or history …

It’s attitude.

You can start anywhere in your fitness journey …

Got 100 lb. to lose? Got a bad back? Haven’t worked out in 15 years?

Doesn’t matter.

If you have the attitude of running toward the fire instead of running away,

You WILL become an athlete.

Coach “fire brigade” Jay


Announcements

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, August 17th

All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. FREE! Workouts will be at the beach in Marina Bay at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Arrive 15 minutes early to park and walk from the end of Bayside Dr.

From the trail, turn right onto the San Francisco Bay Trail then right again when it splits. Continue for 200 m or so, and you should see us on a long, sandy strip of beach. Maps available at the gym.

Oakland Tri/Classes Cancelled: Sunday, August 18th

If you’re free, please come support the Hale  athletes that are completing the Oakland Triathlon. Here is spectator information.

Jack London Square has a ton of fun options for post-race beer and lunch. 

Note: 8am class and Open Gym are cancelled for this Sunday!

Summer of Skills:

8/14: Shoulder Mobility with Coach Heidi (fix your overhead and front rack positions!)
8/21: Get Your First Strict Pull-Up With Coach Wendy

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year. Save the date to start your meal prep on Sunday, September 8th.

Challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9th. Stay tuned over the next two weeks for more details!

Workouts of the Week

Monday—TRAIN/PERFORM

A. Back squat for load:
5 sets of 1 rep

5 sets of the same weight, all at 85-90% of your one-rep max. We’re getting even heavier weight on your back today—goal is to gain some confidence under the bar so when we re-test, it’s not a huge jump.

GET IT!

MissFit: Scale to sets of 5 at a moderately heavy weight—again, working on confidence, but not under something that feels “crushing.”

B. PERFORM

12-min AMRAP:
9 deadlifts (155/105)
15 wall balls (20/14)
21 double-unders

MissFit:
Deadlifts (135/95)
42 single-unders

Just enough of each movement to feel the burn. Try to keep all movements unbroken and transitions reasonable. Count down in your head as you approach. 5-4-3-2-1, and GET IT!

Rx+: If you break up any of the movements, start the set fresh. (That is, do ALL of your double unders unbroken.)

Tuesday—TRAIN

For time, in pairs:
2,000-m row
120 burpees
1,000-m row
100 pull-ups
500-m row
80 KB snatch (44/26)
(35:00 hard cap)

MissFit:
Ring rows
KB 26/18

*Switch every 250 m on the row. Split other reps any way you want!

This one is a bit of an enduro workout—aim for big sets on the pull-ups to start, and quick transitions and communication between you and your partner.

KB snatch is a bit of skill work at the end. Scale to DB hang snatch if you feel like it’s sketchy.

Wednesday—RECOVER

Warm-up:

12 mins for Quality:
5/side prone twist
5 candlestick roll to squat
5 big arm circles backward/5 big arm circles forward
5/side lateral box step-ups
50-m jog

Get Sweaty:

15 minutes, as many rounds & reps as possible:
1 Turkish get-up per side
30 jump rope skips per leg (ONE LEG at a time! or 100 with both feet)
20 alternating V-ups

Choose a weight that’s challenging for the TGU, or consider moving up and trying another weight if it feels too easy!

Lots of single arm/leg stuff today. Find your balance!

Mobility:

2 mins/side couch stretch
2 mins/side delt smash (against wall)
2 mins/side tricep smash

Thursday—TRAIN

A. 10 minutes to build to a “heavy for today” SQUAT clean + jerk

Keep those great mechanics you’ve learned in the skills sessions—this is “heavy but feels good,” NOT “heaviest ever with sketchy footwork.”

If you need to, drop some weight if things get sketchy, then work back up.

B. For time:
30 squat clean + jerks
(155/105)

**Complete 5 burpees after each 5 reps of clean and jerk. Workout ENDS with 5 burpees as well.

Today is a TRAINING day—that means if your touch-and-go clean and jerks get scrappy, you’re better off setting up for a fast single each time and chasing good movement patterns than doing sketch reps!

MissFit: 115/75

Friday–TRAIN

A. Handstand Skill Work

Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
5 sit-ups
+ 10-20 s of handstand practice

Wall walk
-3 strict pull-ups
-Freestanding handstand
-Handstand walk

Take a minute off as needed. No score on this one; just practice good positions under some core fatigue!

B. CrossFit Games: “Ringer 1”

For time:
30-20-10
Cal bike/row
Toes-to-rings

We’ll run this one in heats with a HARD CAP at 10 minutes. Sub toes-to-bar or straight leg raises for T2R as needed.

Should be fast and spicy. Dig in on the bike and try to keep big sets on the T2R.

Saturday—GUEST DAY at the Beach!

In pairs:
25 minutes, as many rounds and reps as possible:
Run to end of beach and back (together)
30 “log” clean to shoulder
50 “log” lunges

Rx+: Carry log on run.

We’ll meet at the beach in Marina Bay for this one. Wear layers of clothes you don’t mind getting sandy. You’ll get a good, constant sweat by running together. Share the weight of the log movements.

Sunday—RECOVER

Take the day off! Come watch the Oakland Tri and hang out for post-race fun.

If you’re antsy to get moving:

5k run for time. Post time to SugarWOD 🙂

Learning From the Best

Did you watch the CrossFit Games?

We had it on in the gym. It’s always fun times.

We used to get more excited about it, but it’s gotten a little boring the last few years.

Maybe it’s because every year, it seems like a competition between people who look like this:

Back in the day, you used to feel like these guys were just fitter versions of yourself, doing the same types of things you do.

Now it feels more like comparing your shooting skills to Steph Curry.

It’s hard to relate.

But every so often, you see something like this at the Games, and it brings it all back:

This year CrossFit Inc. invited the fittest man and woman in each country to compete, so countries like Ecuador, Romania, and Saudi Arabia had representatives at the Games for the first time.

Many of these athletes have only been doing CrossFit for a couple years, so we got to see how more “normal” people would fare on these workouts.

They fell off the ropes, dropped the bars, and got cut from the competition early.

But we loved it.

It reminded us that everyone starts somewhere.

Most of these people considered “the Fittest on Earth” started at a gym just like Hale.

And when they walked in, they were scared and nervous that they would look stupid or finish last …

Which they probably did.

What you end up seeing at the Games is just years of hard work, dedication, and focus on improvement.

All laid out over one weekend.

When you pay close attention to the broadcast, you see that the biggest cheers aren’t for the winners, but for the people who put in the most effort.

The ones who fail their rope climbs and get back up to try again.

The ones who push to finish a workout before the cut-off.

The ones who keep trying even when the outcome doesn’t matter.

That’s worth tuning in for.

Your goal doesn’t have to be as lofty as the CrossFit Games. You might just want to look better, or climb a rope, or just stick to a routine.

But when you show up and keep trying, it inspires your coaches and the people around you to keep showing up and giving our best to you every day.

Keep up the good work.

Coach “inspired” Jay


Outdoor Workout: Saturday, August 17th

All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. FREE! Location TBD.

Summer of Skills:

8/7: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
8/14: TBD
8/21: Get Your First Strict Pull-Up With Coach Wendy

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required. Clinics are currently full, but email heidi@crossfithale.com to get on the waiting list.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim

Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Saturday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

A. Strict press

5-5-5-5-5

Alternated with: Strict pull-ups

3-3-3-3-3

After each set of presses:

Work up to a heavy 5 for the day. Make an early jump or two so the majority of the sets are challenging, but not max effort.

B. Downhill from Here!

As many rounds and reps as possible in 3 minutes:
10 push press (95/65)
10 box jumps (24/20)

3-min rest

As many rounds and reps as possible in 2 minutes:
8 push press
8 box jumps

2-min rest

As many rounds and reps as possible in 1 minute:
6 push press
6 box jumps

MissFit: 75/55

Short sets and short bursts! As you fatigue, try to keep movements snappy and unbroken with the barbell! Keep a steady pace on box jumps 🙂

Tuesday—PERFORM

8 rounds, alternating between “A” and “B”
2 minutes on, 2 minutes off

A. 15/12-cal bike
6 pull-ups
Max med-ball cleans in remaining time

B. 16 shuttle runs
6 pull-ups
Max med-ball cleans in remaining time

You’ll do four rounds of each triplet. Work HARD for two minutes, rest for 2, then repeat.

The relief from the bike means you *should* be able to go HARD for each of those rounds and finish within about 45 seconds. Try to hold your pace! Take a deep breath as you transition and keep your pull-ups unbroken—this is great practice for workouts like Fran, where you’re LIT but have to pull off some bigger sets to keep moving!

No, really, you can do ANYTHING for 2 minutes! Go crush it!

Score is number of reps of med-ball cleans (do not count run, bike, or pull-ups in tally)

Rx+: C2B pull-ups

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up:

12 min as far as possible:

Casual 800-m run

When you get back, cycle through:
Bear crawl
20 crab rocks
25′ plate push

B. Tap, tap, tap it in:

20 mins for quality:
20 plank shoulder taps
200-m farmers carry
20 plank toe taps
20-cal row

Core fun!

Work shoulder stability with the shoulder taps. Toe taps from plank (elbows ok too!): Tap one foot out to the side, then back to center. Repeat.

C. Mobility:

2 mins/side high hammy smash on box
2 mins/side oblique/gut smash

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Rack It:

Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
8 KB front rack lunges

Work at a heavy weight for all sets. Keep torso stacked and tight!

B. Stack It:

Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
20-s handstand hold

Work on balance—wall facing (wall walk), pulling one leg off of wall, or freestanding.

If unable to handstand, sub planks or 20s/each of hollow and arch hold!

Score is: what you learned, a moment of success (i.e., freestanding for 3 seconds!) or comments on how it went.

C. (Don’t) Slack It:

Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
40 s of burpees

Work at an aggressive pace, but NOT all-out. Your score today will be the LOWEST number of burpees you get in a given minute, so don’t sandbag or slack in the early rounds. Pick a “scary” pace and force yourself to hold on!

This is about pace (and a bit of good suffering)

Friday—TRAIN

Party Like it’s Your Birthday

As many rounds and reps as possible in 20:19

33 double-unders
8 hang power cleans (115/75)
2 push jerks

34 air squats
8 strict pull-ups
7 ring push-ups

Rx+: (155/105)
8 muscle-ups
7 ring dips

MissFit:
(75/55)
Banded pull-ups/ring rows
Push-ups

Why THESE movements?! Why together?!

These are the ones we love/hate. The ones we enjoy AND the ones we struggle with. Throw down but still have a little lighthearted fun. Reps and numbers come from two of your coaches that blew out 30-something candles this past week.

Think of this one like a double scoop of ice cream: Two flavors. Two different beasts. Shift gears and keep moving!

Butter Pecan: heavy-ish barbell work, with two salty push jerks at the end
Strawberry Cheesecake: Fun gymnastics with just a little swirl of pain as the fast squats and push-ups start to feel tougher.

Somewhere in the range of 4 rounds should be doable!

Saturday—TRAIN

In pairs, for time:

400-m run

2 rounds:
20 toes-to-bars
40 wall balls
30 burpees to target

800-m run

2 rounds:
20 toes-to-bars
40 wall balls
30 burpees to target

1-mile run

Split the reps—aim to do unbroken sets (10 T2B, 20 WB EVERY round!). Then, run together. If you need a little relief, split the runs. Burpees: Choose a target six inches above your max standing reach and jump and touch with both hands each rep.

Push the pace but enjoy your time outside today!! This one is a good mix of endurance and stamina with a little leg fatigue playing a part today.

Sunday—TRAIN

2018 Granite Games Qualifier #6

For time:
150 double-unders
75-ft. front rack dumbbell walking lunge (50/35)
50 dumbbell thrusters (50/35)
75-ft. front rack dumbbell walking lunge (50/35)
150 double-unders

(20-minute hard cap)

MissFit: 35/25 and twice the number of single-unders

To scale back further, do this workout in pairs. The DB thrusters are the obvious burner here, but just try to chip away!

The Voice in Your Head

Pick up that bar mutha f***er!”

“Let’s go b**ch!”

˄ ˄ ˄ Things I’ve said out loud to myself during workouts.

It’s me trying encourage myself to stop being weak and keep going.

Have you ever listened to your own self-talk when you’re working out or before you’re about to try something difficult?

“I dunno about that … ”

“It’s a lot of weight … ”

“I can’t do that movement … ”

˄ ˄ ˄ Actual words we’ve heard around the gym.

Yikes!

We are SO mean to ourselves; SO negative.

We do it so often that we don’t even think it is negative. When I say it out loud, it’s in a joking or sarcastic tone, or sometimes in a drill-sergeant yell.

But it cuts so deep.

The words you use create the reality you live.

What’s worse is how your words affect the people around you.

When you say out loud “I can’t do that” or “jeez, that’s heavy,” the person next to you trying to pump themselves up to do the same thing loses confidence.

You can use the lightest, jokiest tone …

but the bottom line is …

You’re dragging them down!!!

Not cool.

Watch Wendy during a tough workout.

She suffers, it hurts, she wants to quit.

When she’s done, she goes outside and sits down with her head bowed.

You go to give her a fist bump and she barely lifts her arm.

Ask her two minutes later how it was and she says,

“It wasn’t too bad! I liked it.”

!!!!

Is she lying to herself? Is that how she really feels?

WHO CARES?!!!

This is what she tells herself every time and what keeps her coming back to do it again the next day.

Doing that every day has built her into one the best athletes in the gym.

But what do we do about it? 

We all have to work hard to eliminate that negative self-talk and start encouraging ourselves every day.

The best way I know to train myself to do something is by rewarding good behavior and having consequences for undesirable behavior.

So let’s try it!

This week, your coaches will be looking to promote positive self-talk.

Every time we hear you saying something positive out loud to yourself or someone else, we’ll be giving you high-fives or fist bumps.

Every time we hear something like “I can’t” or “that’s crazy” or similar things that don’t help you or the people around you believe you can succeed, we’ll be handing out 3 burpees.

These will be entirely at the coaches’ discretion, can be handed out at any time for any reason, and there will be no appeals.

You want to be in an environment where everyone is encouraging you to be your best ALL THE TIME.

Our job is to provide it.

Let’s do it together.

Coach “let’s go!” Jay

 

 


Announcements

Next Guest Day at Hale: Saturday, August 3

All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE! New guests, please arrive 10 minutes before class to sign a waiver.

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/31: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required. Clinics are currently full, but email heidi@crossfithale.com to get on the waiting list.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

Mark Freeman (of Freeman Technique, Cirque du Soleil, and Cal Gymnastics fame) will be running his clinics on Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Our regular 5:45-a.m. Group Coaching class will continue as scheduled.

Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim

Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Sunday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

 

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

A. Power snatch

1-2 reps per minute for 15 minutes:
Power snatch

Note your last 5 (hopefully BEST FIVE!)

Today’s your day to practice a great set-up and solid positions. Keep weight manageable for the first 8-10 minutes, then feel free to add if it feels GREAT.

GREAT snatches at a lower weight beat heavier but “janky” reps, all day, every day. Toe the line, but today is NOT PR-at-all-costs day.

B. 15 minutes: As many rounds and reps as possible:
3 power snatch (135/95)
10 wall balls (20/14)
100-m run

Fast singles will do the trick for power snatch. Unbroken wall balls. Keep your heart rate up with the run, but snatch under fatigue is the main event!

Tuesday—PERFORM

“Lynne”

5 rounds for reps of:
Bench press body weight (max reps)
Pull-ups (max reps)

This is a classic CrossFit benchmark. Choose body weight ONLY IF you can reliably do 3+ reps with this weight.

Otherwise:
(185/125)
MissFit (115/75)

Kipping pull-ups are the way to roll. Rest as needed between rounds, but do one set nearly to failure!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up

3 Rounds:
Skip around the gym
Bear crawl around the gym
1-min plank
30s/side side plank

B. Get Sweaty

15 minutes for QUALITY:
15 good mornings (empty barbell)
15 lunge + lunge + box jumps
10 half get-ups (right)
10 half get-ups (left)

HALF Turkish Get-up (just sit-up portion).

Butts and guts!

C. Mobility

2 mins/side: pec smash
2 mins/side: lateral hip smash
2 mins/side: glute smash

Thursday—TRAIN

Against a running clock:
at 0:00: 1000-m row
at 8:00: 800-m run
at 16:00: 500-m row
at 20:00: 400-m run
at 24:00: 250-m row
at 26:00: 200-m run

Track times for all of your splits—your pace should be getting FASTER as you go!! Use what you’ve learned for efficiency, cadence and breathing to hold it together!

Friday—TRAIN

A. Back squat for load:

5 sets of 3 reps

All sets are performed at 80% of 1RM. Brace between each rep.

B. 3 Rounds for time:
40 double unders
3 rope climbs
20 burpees

Shoulder things in all of the directions: Side, up top, in front!

The bigger issue here will be maintaining composure for rope climbs (breathe through the dubs!) and keeping the number of pulls down.

If you manage to go unbroken and with fast transitions, this one should be doable in under 10 minutes.

Saturday—Guest Day!!

As many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes:
14 slam balls
7 box jump-overs
7 sit-ups

3 minutes rest

As many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes:
10 slam balls
5 box jump-overs
5 sit-ups

2 minutes rest:

As many rounds and reps as possible in 3 minutes:
6 slam balls
3 box jump-overs
3 sit-ups

Guest Day! Each interval gets shorter (as do reps!), so it should feel like a fun build-up to a sprint by the end. Kind of like the beat drop in your favorite song.

Build your pace with each round!

Sunday—TRAIN

2 rounds for time:
24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge (1 DB, switch at half way)
24 alternating arm DB snatches
24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge
24 toes-to-bars
24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge
24 alternating arm DB snatches

Partner up on this one if you’re feeling like you need an easier day! It’ll be a good one to just get sweaty at lighter weights—or a shoulder and leg burner a bit heavier.

Scaling: Larrysano (50/35)
Rx: (35/25)

Look Good, Feel Good or Perform Well?

Lately I’ve been messing around with my nutrition and I realized something.

Any good fitness program will help you improve the way you look, feel and perform.

But when deciding which program or diet to follow, you have to pick one of those goals to prioritize.

Of course, you want them all.

But when it comes down to it, which one are you willing to sacrifice for?

If performance is your priority, you need to push harder in training, eat to focus on performance and spend extra time working on skills.

If your priority is to look good, you have to make diet sacrifices, train for aesthetics and take a lot of selfies.

If your goal is to FEEL better …

Hmm.

That’s an interesting one. Because if your goal is to feel better, you can achieve that pretty quickly.

You’re only one meal and one workout away from feeling better.

Eat well and get to the gym, and you will be fired up.

Whereas you can’t change the way you look and perform much in one day, you CAN change the way you feel in just a few hours.

The best part is if you eat well and train for several days in a row, you feel better even if you skip a day or have cake at that party.

Feeling good becomes a motivator for you to keep training and eating well, which helps improve the way you look AND perform.

So really, the focus of your fitness program should first be to FEEL GOOD, then to look good and perform well.

Eat well, train hard, feel good.

Coach Jay

 


Announcements

Next Guest Day at Hale: Saturday, August 3

All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE! New guests, please arrive 10 minutes before class to sign a waiver.

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/24: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*
7/31: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required and space will be limited. Please sign up here or in person at the front whiteboard.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

Mark Freeman (of Freeman Technique, Cirque du Soleil, and Cal Gymnastics fame) will be running his clinics on Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Our regular 5:45-a.m. Group Coaching class will continue as scheduled.

Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim

Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Sunday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—TRAIN

“NOT Pressed for Time”

4 rounds for quality:
5 deadlifts
10 strict handstand push-ups or DB strict press
20 sit-ups

Strength day! Upper-body press + deadlifts. Add weight to deadlift through the rounds—5 reps here must be unbroken, and aim to work up to something heavy for the day. Pick a challenging scaling for HSPU or DB press and work on strength and good positions.

Tuesday—TRAIN

“PCP” (Posterior Chain Pump)

16-min EMOM:
15/12-cal row
14 alternating DB lunges (50/35)
40 double-unders/80 singles
14 DB hang power cleans

MissFit: 40/25# DB

Score is total number of minutes you “made,” or completed. Scale back row/singles as needed. You should be working about 40-45s.

Fun with EMOM! You won’t have a TON of rest between each movement. Move quickly on the DB movements to save your grip. Shoulders will burn! Try to to control your breathing through the dubs and rowing to hold it together.

Finisher:

3 rounds:
10 slider pike ups/crunch ups
10 slider hamstring curls
30-s hollow hold

Wednesday—RECOVER (+Snatch Clinic,  6:30 p.m.)

A. Warm-up

Rowling:
Each partner, 3 rounds
200-m row

Other partner:
Round 1: holds plank
Round 2: holds squat
Round 3: holds 25-lb. plate overhead.

You BOTH do 1 burpee for each meter over/under 200!

Score is total number of burpees you do!

B. Get Sweaty

15-min AMRAP:
10 DB plank rows
10 AMERICAN KB Swings
10 parallette pass-throughs

Rx+: Dabble with pass-throughs (on boxes, as needed) without feet touching the ground at the front.

C. Mobility

2 min. kitchen sink stretch
2 min/side barbell trap/1st rib smash
2 min/side barbell tricep smash

Thursday—PERFORM

A. (as warm-up to main event)

Tempo Front Squat
3-3-3
3 s down
1 s pause
UP

Working on nailing down nice vertical position and drive out of the hole in prep for the 5 x 5 front squats!

B. Front Squat for load:
5 x 5

Working up to a heavy 5 for today–maybe a PR!

C. “Legs on Fiyah”

Every 5 min. for 3 rounds:
12 burpee over bar
12 front squats (135/95)
400-m run

Be safe but move FAST. Burpees are lateral over the bar—stay low and quick. Unbroken front squats and aggressive (but not all-out) pace on the run.

Keep track of your splits. Match or BEAT your time from the previous round!

Friday—TRAIN

“Farmhand Friday”

30-min AMRAP in teams of 3:
25 heavy ball toss
50-cal bike/row
150-m sled push
400-m farmers carry (53/35)

This should be a good chance to get outside and work with moderate weights and SIMPLE movements. No need to rush between stations—just a day to get work done. Stay in control of breathing and work hard when it’s your turn.

Saturday—TRAIN

“Dollar Fifty Dog Combo”

For time:
1-mile run

Straight into:
50-40-30
Pull-ups
Hand-release push-ups

MissFit: Jumping pull-ups

Hit the mile at a good clip—75-80%. Scale back as needed to keep run UNDER 10 min.

The bigger sets of pull-ups and push-ups will get nasty—this one is about stamina! Take the mile at a good clip and start chipping away!

If you get to Costco, you’ve run too far.

Aim for sub 20. Hard cap at 25 min.

Sunday—TRAIN

20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2
Wall-balls (20/14)

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Toes-to-bars

Descending reps in this one will help improve the mental battle—try to go unbroken on the wall-balls and minimize transition time. I know you don’t WANT to pick up the ball, but do it! You may have to chip away at T2B in 2 sets to start. Your goal is SUB 12 minutes!

20 wall balls/10 T2B
18 wall balls/9 T2B
16 wall balls/8 T2B
Etc.

Groundhog Day

One of my favorite movies ever is Groundhog Day.

You’ve seen it, right?

(If not, close this email/web page and find it and watch it; it’s awesome!)

The main guy, Phil (played by Bill Murray), lives the same day over and over again in a small town, but he’s the only one who knows it.

He goes through all sorts of emotions: It’s confusing at first, then kinda cool, then depressing, then completely awesome!

One of the main things he tries to do is “get the girl” by finding out everything she likes and trying to “stage” the perfect day so she’ll fall madly in love with him.

He learns her favorite ice cream, her goals in life, and even recites some French poetry to try and impress her.

It works to get her attention, but he always falls short of the “madly in love” part (eventually leading to the depression).

At some point, he stops caring about her and focuses on helping people and improving himself, learning the piano, helping a homeless guy, saving someone from choking, etc.

The part that fascinated me about the movie were the piano scenes.

He signs up for piano lessons, and his first one was terrible. He had no idea how to play.

After living the same day over and over again and doing the “first lesson” over and over again … he begins to crush it.

One day while he’s playing Bach while chewing gum and looking totally relaxed, the piano teacher says to him,

“Wow, you say this is your FIRST lesson?”

There’s something about that scene that just gets me.

How good could you be at something if you just did it over and over again, every day … without fear that you’re getting too old, or “wasting time”?

What if you were able to let go of pretense, relax, and enjoy the process?

What if you had all the time in the world?

(This is the premise of the movie, btw … it was even in the trailer.)

I think about this often … and it’s why I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times.

People say life is short, but the truth is, life is LONG.

Every 10 years represents 3,600 days of life. You can master anything if you spend a few hours a day on it for 10 years.

If you don’t want to master something, you can be GOOD at it with focused practice in 12 months.

And if you just want to acquire a basic skill? Three months or less.

In three months, you can learn how to swim, train for and run a half marathon, lose 40 lb. or even learn the basics of piano.

But you have to be willing to start, and you have to be willing to be TERRIBLE for a while.

I see a lot of people walk into the gym and expect to be good at things on their first day.

When they aren’t, it’s a big hit to the ego.

“Why am I finishing last?”

“Why can’t I do this movement?”

“Why is everything so HARD?”

This leads people to quit because they just don’t get it, it’s too hard, or they can’t handle the ego hit.

Why would you expect something to be easy if you’ve NEVER DONE IT BEFORE?!?

The thing that makes Hale special is that it’s NOT EASY to do this stuff.

And because it’s not easy, it’s more than just a workout you do every day, day in and day out (like Groundhog Day).

It’s a set of SKILLS you have to acquire over time by PRACTICING them.

Phil found meaning in his life when he focused on improvement on a daily basis, not just having everything he wanted.

This brought progress and joy to his otherwise mundane days.

And it ultimately led to him escaping the loop.

Look at your workouts as skills you’re developing, rather than just goals you’re achieving.

Focus on getting better every day, and you’ll break out of the “Groundhog Day” mentality.

Coach “Punxatawny” Jay

 


Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*
7/24: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
7/31: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required and space will be limited. Please sign up here or in person at the front whiteboard.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

Mark Freeman (of Freeman Technique, Cirque du Soleil, and Cal Gymnastics fame) will be running his clinics on Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Our regular 5:45-a.m. Group Coaching class will continue as scheduled.

Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim

Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Sunday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, July 20

All athletes and guests welcome, no CrossFit experience required. We’ll meet at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—PERFORM

5 rounds, E3MOM:
9 deadlifts
5 squat cleans
3 thrusters

(You MUST stand up the 5th squat clean before you begin the thrusters. If you drop the barbell after 5, you may squat clean into your 1st thruster).

Heavy barbell work today. This does not have to be done unbroken—today, we are going for load. You should aim to finish the reps in 2 mins or less to allow for some rest before your next set.

Start with a heavy-ish working weight and add as you are able. All 5 rounds should feel like hard work, ending in one round at your top weight. Thrusters will likely be the limiter here!

Tuesday—TRAIN

500-m run—moderate (60% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
400-m run—fast (65% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
300m—faster (70% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
200m—fastest (75% effort)
**rest 2 mins**

500m run—moderate (75% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
400m run—fast (80% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
300m—faster (85% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
200m—fastest (90% effort)
**rest 2 mins**

(30 min cap)

Goal today is to work on PACING, not necessarily get the fastest time. You should actually feel a difference between your exertion levels on each run.

Control your breathing and cadence, control your workout! You should feel like each effort is ACCELERATING relative to the last one—not just holding on to go hard the whole time!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm Up:

15 mins for quality:
50 single skips + 20 on each leg
3 inchworm + push-up
(get a great calf/hammy stretch!)
5 box OH stretch to hollow

B. 5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds DB OH (2x 25/15)
P2: 1 round:
**Mini Cindy**
2 ring rows
4 push-ups
6 air squats
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Rest 2 mins

5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds active squat
P2 1 round Mini Cindy
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Rest 2 mins

5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds plank
P2 1 round Mini Cindy
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Score is combined rounds + reps for each round. Mini Cindy may only be completed while other partner is holding position.

Move fast, and hold. Work on positions (this = active mobility!) and focus on breathing in position to lock it in.

C. Mobility:

2 mins/side LAX ball delt smash
2 mins/side pec smash
2 mins/side puppy dog/child’s pose

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Max set strict pull-ups

Test it! Just once!

B. Every 90 s for 5 rounds:
3 strict pull-ups

If this is too easy, add weight! Note scaling (i.e. bands/negatives) or heaviest weighted load you worked up to.

C. 3 RFT:
500-m row
15 hang power cleans (115/75)
10 T2B

Training your row (and grip) for a long Viking journey. Focus on EFFICIENCY (LEGS!) in the row and smooth, even strokes.

Barbell cycling will be key to maintaining your grip on the cleans—DO NOT go to failure!

Lastly … T2B. Kind of rude, but this is your test to link them together. PRACTICE linking under fatigue, and you’ll be better off for workouts in the future. 6 + 4; 5 + 3 + 2 … whatever you need to do!

Friday—TRAIN

For time:
50 wall balls (20/14 to 10/9′)
50 alternating DB snatches (50/35)
50 alternating pistols
50 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Rx+ 70/50 DB
MissFit: 14/10; 35/25; lateral step-ups; jumping C2B

Single leg and single arm movements! You’re only as good as your weakest link. This one also alternates upper/lower body, but it’s likely everything will burn. Working on power, stamina, and pacing today.

Have a strategy to keep moving smoothly. Try to string together a few bigger sets of C2B to start, even if it means resting a little. PRACTICE these tougher skills under fatigue!

Saturday—TRAIN (& Guest Day at Albany MS)

Outdoor workout today! Meet at Albany Middle School track at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. Guests welcome!

20-min AMRAP in pairs! (One person works at a time.)

Buy-in:
200-m burpee broad jumps

With remaining time:
AMRAP:
10 med-ball chest passes
20 MB Russian twists
10 MB over-the-back throws
20 MB fast feet

Get sweaty, work together. Note, try to “fall forward” on burpees, versus kicking legs back (kind of like an inchworm). Should be a fun burner!

Finisher:

In pairs, for time:

400-m walking lunge

Sunday—TRAIN

Take the day off OR pop in for Larry’s Legendary WOD.

This is a Granite Games 2018 qualifier WOD. Scale as needed!

14-MIN TIME CAP
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg
40/30-calorie row
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg
40/30-calorie row
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg

In the remaining time…

Establish a 1-RM snatch

Quick scale:
10 burpees over rower
30/20-cal row
Find max snatch OR complete one rep at moderate weight every 30 s.

Note snatch weight in comments

A successful workout today means:

1. You aggressively push the pace on the burpees/row just over the line you think you can sustain. Try to hold pace on row #2! Do not stop on the burpees!

2. You take a few attempts working up to a heavy-ish snatch with good technique. Allow yourself some time to cool off, load your bar, etc., before you take a crack at it. If you have time, start lighter than you think to get a few SOLID reps in, then take a few jumps.

Go-To Summer Snacks

I received a great question from one of our favorite people last week:

“Do you or any of the other coaches have some recommendations for snacks? With summer here, I’m looking for suggestions of things that are easy to grab on the go, take with me places, etc.”

We polled the coaches and pulled together a nice list we thought we’d share with you.

 

Epic low-fat pork rinds. I eat these a LOT. You can eat a whole bag and it has no carbs, 55 g of protein and 12 g of fat. They’re tasty and crunchy!

–Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries. No fat; not even very high in carbs. I like to mix them up when they’re in season and eat them by the cupful.

–Frozen mixed berries. Put a cup of them in a bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave for 30-60 seconds. Makes for an amazing treat!

–Pure protein bars. I don’t like to overdo it with the bars ’cause they’re essentially healthy candy bars … but who doesn’t like CANDY BARS??? These have a good macro ratio (better than most) with 20 g of protein and 17 g of carbs.

–Popcorn. I like to make it at home. I use avocado oil from Costco and put about 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the microwave (in a measuring cup like this one). It’s one of our go-to Saturday (and Sunday) treats that I always look forward to. If you want it done for you, get some individual-serving-size bags to keep you from overeating.

–Treats. I like to finish the day with some sort of treat after dinner. Usually, it’s two pieces of Dave’s Killer Bread (thin sliced) with Skippy on it. Sometimes if I really want to go wild, I’ll do one of these Justin’s peanut butter single packs in different flavors.

–Mind the macros. I’m always conscious of hitting my macronutrient numbers, which usually starts with protein. So I make sure I keep some high protein/low-fat options around like Sprouts pastrami, “Ascent” protein powder or the pork rinds above.

–If I need a quick and dirty source of fat, I take some liquid fish oil or macadamia nuts.

–For pure carbs, most fruit or dried fruit will do. Dried fruit is very dangerous, though—one handful can equal 3 apples.

–For the kids, I always keep little packs of apple sauce, lots of fruit, deli meat (Tiger loves salami), and a mixed-veggie tray we get from Costco.

–Go-to snacks: Epic jerky sticks or pork bags, Greek yogurt with fruit, avocado and balsamic vinegar. I always keep hard boiled eggs around and top with mayo and salt (also makes a cheap trip to Whole Foods instead of the hot bar). Celery and natural almond butter. For “purse snacks” for the family, I always keep Epic sticks and Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s pn hand, and Jeffrey likes Rx bars. We keep pork rinds in the glove compartment!

Snacks don’t have to mean junk food, and healthy snacks don’t have to be boring. 

Try some of our coaches’ suggestions above and let us know what you think!

Coach Jay

 

Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/10: Running Skills with Jenny Maier*
7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*
7/24: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
7/31: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required and space will be limited. Please sign up here.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.com.

Mark Freeman (of Freeman Technique, Cirque du Soleil, and Cal Gymnastics fame) will be running his clinics on Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Our regular 5:45-a.m. Group Coaching class will continue as scheduled.

Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim

Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Sunday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, July 20

All athletes welcome, no CrossFit experience required. We’ll meet at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

“Rannie”
50-40-30-20-10
Double-unders
Sit-ups
400-m run after each round

A bit longer than the traditional Annie sprint, you’ll have to pace this to keep your double-unders together! This is a test of coordination and stamina. You should (hopefully) feel like this is all downhill after the 30s!

Tuesday—TRAIN/PERFORM

A. Back squat waves (TRAIN)
(on the 2:00)
8-6-4
65-70-75%

8-6-4
70-75-80%

You’re working up to something moderately heavy … backing off … then working up a bit heavier. Get tight and grease the groove in the early sets. Stick with these sets—the last 4 should be tough!

B. “Ballin’ Outta Control” (PERFORM)

2 Rounds:
50 wall balls (20/14)
25/20-cal row
at 10 min, start again.

10-burpee penalty on the spot each time you break the set of wall balls. TWO scores today—one for each round.

Staminaaaaa! Big test of muscle endurance, breathing, and efficiency. The more you wobble as you get tired, the worse this will get. Dig deep into the pain cave on this one and try to go unbroken on the wall balls for both rounds.

Let’s not use too much strategy here. Go for as many as you can. Let’s see what’s possible.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. 3 Rounds:
40 s on/20 s rest
Row
T Push-ups
Walking lunges
Plank up-downs

B. 15-min AMRAP:
1 turkish get-up/side
Side shuffle 50′ right/50′ left
5 T2B

Work on stability in the TGU and scale T2B to something you can do in one set. Goal is to learn LINKING or practice these so you could do them in a workout.

C. Mobility

2 mins/side monkey bars of death
3 mins/side: scap scrub with LAX ball and slam ball or 25-lb. plate

Thursday—TRAIN

5 Rounds
1 min on, 1 min off
50-m farmers carry (53/35 per side)
Max plate hops in remaining time

2 mins to rest/reset

5 Rounds:
1 min on, 1 min off:
50-m sled push (sprint! Light)
Max slam balls (15/10) in remaining time

2 mins to rest/reset

5 Rounds:
1 min on, 1 min off
10/8 cal bike
Max burpees in remaining time

This one will be SPICY. Get the first part done AS FAST AS POSSIBLE (we are working on speed!) and push for a few reps of the slams, burpees or hops in the last few seconds. Sprint, rest, repeat.

Friday—TRAIN

A. Push press for load:
5 x 5 with 1-second PAUSE at top

Working on the lockout and the “reload” of the push press—that is, PAUSE for a breath at the top, control the position and the dip down. NOT a 5-RM, but a heavy, successful reload. This will help with solid barbell cycling under fatigue!

B. 15-min AMRAP:
10 pistols
15 push press (75/55)
200-m run

WOO WOO pistol practice!! We don’t get these often, and there aren’t a ton of them. Rest as needed before picking up the barbell to keep the 15 push press unbroken.

MissFit: Lateral box step-ups w/heel tap + 45/35 lb.

Saturday—TRAIN

In pairs, for time:
80 burpees

5 Rounds:
30 med-ball cleans
400-m run
30-cal row
30 KB swings

Cash Out: 80 Burpees

This is a fun little sandwich. Buy in with burpees, cash out with burpees. COMMUNICATE with your partner to make transitions fast. You do not have to split work evenly!! Perhaps alternate who rows/runs. Consider sets of 10-15 on med-ball cleans when fresh, and break them up more as rounds go.

Cap: 45 mins

Sunday—TRAIN (or REST DAY)

NorCal Classic Online Qualifier:

10-min AMRAP:
30 double-unders
10 snatches

*Add weight after each successful round.

Rx: (45/35) (65/45) (75/55) (95/65) (115/75) (135/95)
RX Insano: (75/55) (95/65) (135/95) (155/105) (185/125) (205/135)
MissFit: 15/20/25/30/35 # alternating DB power snatch; 60 single-unders

Another fun one from Larry Legend! Find a cadence with snatches when weights are light and try to stick with smooth, steady reps. Weights should start to get heavy in rounds 3-4, possibly taking you down to 2-3 sets to get through the 10. Stick with it! Should be fun!