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Living Better Podcast – Ep. 42 – Coach Larry, Man of Mystery

In this episode, Hale coach Larry shares how he found CrossFit, why he loves coaching and what he’s working on outside the gym. 

Man of Mystery

You know him as Coach Larry, one of your Hale trainers dedicated to making you better one cue, one no-rep, one high-five at a time. Coach Jay calls him the “Man of Mystery.”

But mystery no more! 

In today’s episode of the Living Better Podcast, Coach Larry shares his first CrossFit experience, 50 wall-ball shots for time—”After wall ball number five I felt like I was gonna die already,” he said—his career as a scientist outside of the gym, and why he loves coaching. 

“I just wanted to give back; seeing how the program changes lives and improves lives, and I wanted to sort of share that with others and be that somebody who changes somebody’s life for the better and improves them.”

Listen to the rest of Coach Larry’s story in Episode 42 of the Living Better Podcast.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How CrossFit helps Coach Larry try and conquer new things in and outside the gym.
  • Why he decided to become a coach, despite having another full-time job.
  • The secret to the six-pack abs in the movie “300.”

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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.

The Hale Case Study Project: Week 3

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” as the saying goes. But you know what? New bricks were laid each day—and the same goes for fitness progress. 

Today, we check in for Week 3 of the Hale Case Study project, in which we’re following 12 athletes for 12 weeks to see what happens if they commit to fitness, good nutrition and an overall holistic lifestyle.

And our participants have been doing work.

– Jon gave up coffee so he could get more sleep. He feels more energized at work and recently PR’d his clean at 215 lb.

– Lilly’s learning to tolerate veggies and PR’d her workout streak at 5 days in a row.

– Ron got his pull-ups back.

– Jay lost 3 percent body fat and stabilized his energy level.

– Kim learned to prioritize her workouts—even when she felt pressured to stay late at work.

– Heidi increased her sleep from 6 hours a night to 7 and learned to save indulgences for when they matter most.

That’s not to say our participants haven’t had struggles. There have been slip-ups. Workouts were missed, tortilla chips were eaten.

But the point is that even after those slip-ups, our athletes get up the next day and lay the next brick. 

And with time, we’ll have a colosseum on our hands.

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 41 – Steph’s First Steps

In this episode, we get to know new Hale athlete and staff member Steph.

Steph’s First Steps

Have you met Steph yet? 

She joined the Hale family a few weeks ago, both as an athlete and a staff member working the front desk at the gym.

Though she played soccer as a kid and young adult, she’d been relatively inactive before CrossFit. But after enduring an ectopic pregnancy, she heard the three words she never thought she’d hear: “You almost died.”

“At 24 you don’t ever think that you would hear those three words,” she said. 

Steph wants to be here for the long haul and to be able to keep up with her now 2-year-old son. So she joined CrossFit Hale. Even though she was “terrified” in her first class and sore for a week after, she came back. 

“I felt good; I felt amazing,” she said. “The environment’s super, super welcoming.” 

Listen to the rest of Steph’s story in Episode 40 of the Living Better Podcast. And don’t forget to introduce yourself if you haven’t met her already!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why the busy mom of a toddler decided to prioritize her health.
  • How Steph went from terrified and intimidated in her first CrossFit workout to happy and confident.
  • The secret to conquering fear: Just show up. 

Links and resources for this episode:

Thank you for listening!

Thank you so much for checking out our podcast!

Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below, or email us.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.

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What Is a Class Like at Hale?

Have you ever driven by CrossFit Hale and wondered what goes on inside?

Maybe you’ve seen friends post their workouts online in what looks like a foreign language and thought, “That’s way too complicated for me.”

Or maybe you’ve seen pictures of muscly men and women lifting barbells bigger than your sofa and assumed you wouldn’t fit in. It’d be too hard, too intense, too crazy for you.

But what would you say if we told you you’d hear more laughter than grunts in a class at Hale? 

That you don’t have to understand all the weird numbers on the board or how to do an exercise because our coaches are there to guide you every step of the way? 

That when we use barbells, everyone uses the weight that’s just right for them, whether that’s 10 lb. or 200?

Consider this our official invitation.

Check out what a class at Hale is like in the video above and stop wondering today. 

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 40 – Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.”

In this episode, Dee shares how CrossFit helped her get mentally and physically stronger after her mother’s death.

Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.”

Dee had been a cardio fanatic all her life, but when her mother passed away in 2013, she needed something different to distract her and help her process the loss. 

So she joined CrossFit Hale, despite never having picked up a weight before. 

“The first time you told me to jump on a box I looked at you like, ‘What?!’” she said to Coach Jay.

She’s faced many more challenges since then, from her first Murph to competing in the 2019 NorCal Masters competition, and says she’s only gotten better for it. 

“It was hard but it set off a trigger, I took it as a challenge,” she said of her first impression of CrossFit. “This is different and it’s difficult, but I want to learn how to do it.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How embracing difficult things has made Dee better.
  • How CrossFit has helped her improve her mental health and focus.
  • The best piece of advice she’s ever received: “Suck it up and drive on.”

Links and resources for this episode:

Thank you for listening!

Thank you so much for checking out our podcast!

Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below, or email us.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.

Subscribe via iTunes.

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Hale Summer Reading List

You don’t really appreciate the value of learning until you’re out of school.

Essays and exams kinda take the fun out of it.

Now that summer is finally here, we want to give you a list of our favorite books about fitness and life, with a couple of cool stories sprinkled in.

Atomic Habits” by James Clear: The best book about habits ever written. It goes through the psychology and processes that hide behind all of our regular habits. If you struggle with consistency or procrastination, you gotta read this one.

Grit” by Angela Duckworth: Talks about how developing grit (discipline) starts at an early age and how it impacts your life throughout your development. Also discusses how to develop it if you DON’T have it.

Solve for Happy” by Mo Gawdot: Mo breaks down the story of his son’s death—the result of a medical mistake during a routine procedure—in a way that makes you relate to the pain while embracing hope. He reads the audiobook, and the emotion is palpable. I can’t recommend this book highly enough if you’ve suffered a recent loss.

Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown: True story of a rowing team’s quest to make the 1936 Olympics. I’ve never been a rower, but this gets you inside one of the most team-oriented and mentally challenging sports in the world. The story is so well written that it feels like fiction. I won’t spoil the ending here, but suffice to say it’s the perfect summer read.

Guilty pleasures fiction: 

Wayward Pines” by Blake Crouch and “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan: Not all reading has to be educational or thought-provoking. These two (and their sequels) are page turning, read-it-in-one sitting types of books. For me, these are the MOST satisfying type of fiction.

Wayward Pines is so good I don’t want to spoil it, but it starts with a secret service agent who wakes up in a small town not remembering who he is or where he came from … it goes NUTS from there.

Crazy Rich Asians is pretty much what is written on the cover … but the book is a great deal more detailed and interesting than the movie.

Reading is one of my great joys in life, both with Audible and on physical paper… I hope this list brings you some joy.

Do you have any great books you recommend?

Email me at jay@crossfithale.com and tell me!

Coach “Bookworm” Jay


Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/3: (off for Hero Challenge)
7/10: Running Skills with Jenny Maier*
7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*
7/24: Oly Skills (TBD) with Nathan Loe*

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.

Hero Challenge: July 1-4

We’ll complete 4 Hero workouts in 4 days. It’ll be like the 12 Days of CrossFit, but shorter, sunnier, and perhaps a little heavier!

Check out the workouts below!

Guest Day at Hale: Saturday, July 6

All athletes welcome, no CrossFit experience required. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—PERFORM:

“DUNN”
Complete as many rounds as possible in 19 minutes of:
3 muscle-ups
1 shuttle sprint, 5 yards, 10 yards, 15 yards
6 burpee box jump-overs (20 in.)

On the burpees, jump over the box without touching it.

WHAT!? New skill! This one will be heavy on the midline and POWER. Practice landing OVER the box with good footwork.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kielin Dunn, 19, of Chesapeake, Virginia, died on Feb. 18, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Dunn was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

His friends remember him for his passion and enthusiasm, which extended to athletic activities such as CrossFit and break dancing.

He is survived by his parents, Terri Dunn Campbell and Gary Campbell; sister, Nicole Campbell; and brother, Jonathan Campbell.

Tuesday—PERFORM

“DG”

Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
8 toes-to-bars
8 DB thrusters (35/25)
12 DB walking lunges (35/25)

We’ve done this one before! Simple, quick, and dirty.

U.S. Air Force Major Walter David Gray, 38, of Conyers, GA, assigned to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, based in Fort Carson, CO, died on August 8, 2012, from injuries suffered during a suicide bomb attack in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife Heather, daughters Nyah and Ava, and son Garrett.

The “DG” Hero WOD was first posted on CrossFit.com as the Workout of the Day for Thursday, December 26, 2013 (131226).

Wednesday–PERFORM

“Lumberjack 20”

For time:
20 deadlifts (275/185)
Run 400 m
20 KB swings (70/53)
Run 400 m
20 overhead squats (115/75)
Run 400 m
20 burpees
Run 400 m
20 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Run 400 m
20 box jumps (24/20″)
Run 400 m
20 DB squat cleans (45/35)
Run 400 m

This is a LONG chipper. If needed, pair up to take this one on! Just keep swimming!

On November 5, 2009, at 1:34 p.m., a terrorist named Major Nidal Hasan attacked fellow soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, TX. He killed 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounded 43 others.

SPC Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, TN, PFC Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, UT, PFC Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, IL, and SPC Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, MN, along with eleven of the wounded were active CrossFitters in the 20th Engineer Battalion, home to Lumberjack CrossFit.

The “Lumberjack 20” Hero WOD was first posted on crossfit.com as the Workout of the Day for December 5, 2009 (091205).

Thursday—PERFORM

“Tommy V”

For time:
21 thrusters (115/75)
12 rope climbs
15 thrusters
9 rope climbs
9 thrusters
6 rope climbs

In honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas J. Valentine, 37, of Ham Lake, MN, who died in a training accident in Arizona on February 13, 2008.

The “Tommy V” Hero WOD was first posted on crossfit.com as the Workout of the Day for Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (080312).

Friday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up

15 mins for QUALITY:
50 single skips
30s/side box pigeon
10/side calf stretch
15 air squats

Hello, legs! Let’s recover from the last four days. Get ’em going!

B. Get Sweaty

15 min AMRAP:
50-m run
2 KB deadlifts
50-m run
4 KB deadlifts
50-m run
6 KB deadlifts

Etc.

Just moving today! Score is rounds completed (i.e. 8) + any additional reps (i.e. 57 for 50-m run + 7 reps).

Use this as recovery from the Hero Challenge. If this is your first day back, scale up to KB swings and move FAST!

C. Mobility

3 mins gut smash
2 mins/side glute smash
2 mins/side quad smash

Saturday—Guest Day

In pairs:
20-min AMRAP:
50 double-unders
20 MB weighted sit-ups
20 MB step-ups
20 partner push-ups

Share the work! Partner push-ups and sit-ups are done in tandem. For step-ups and dubs, one person works at a time. Simple, sweaty fun!

Sunday—TRAIN

Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:
50-foot walking lunge
Max set of strict pull-ups
Max set of strict ring dips

Score is the number of pull-ups + ring dips.

Scale back to a TOUGH ring row (no more than 8-10 reps when fresh). Working on some strict strength today. Make each set count!

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 39 – Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut

How Kenny lost 35 lb., gained a 450-lb. deadlift and stopped running from the camera.

Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut

Kenny had been in great shape all of his life. He played football in high school and baseball in college.

But once he joined the working world, his fitness took a turn for the worse.

“Once I started working, I just started eating everything in sight, and I just lost control,” he said.

He’d make half-hearted attempts to hit the gym, but would usually pack up and go home after 10 or 15 minutes. He needed something more interesting than the treadmill.

Enter CrossFit. 

His first day at CrossFit Hale, Kenny watched someone doing double-unders. 

“‘Is the rope coming around twice?’” he asked himself. “I thought I was seeing things.” 

It wasn’t always easy, but he committed to training—even when he felt like he didn’t know what he was doing or when he finished a workout dead last.

Three and a half years later, Kenny’s the one rocking out the doubles—and a few other skills, too—and is down 35 lb. 

“Be patient, it will come,” he advised. “All you have to do is show up.”

Listen to the rest of Kenny’s story in Episode 39 of the Living Better Podcast.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Kenny lost 35 lb. after joining CrossFit Hale.
  • How he found balance with his diet.
  • How fitness has transformed Kenny’s life in and out of the gym.

Links and resources for this episode:

Thank you for listening!

Thank you so much for checking out our podcast!

Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below, or email us.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.

Subscribe via iTunes.

Subscribe via Stitcher.

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No Pain, MORE Gainz

Human bodies are like cars: If you don’t move them enough, they get stiff, creaky, and develop lots of problems.

But even the best-cared-for car—or body—hits some bumps in the road. We get a few dings here and there, and with age and use, some parts need a little more TLC.

That’s where we come in.

Whether you’ve been sedentary for too long and have stiff, achy joints or you’re an active CrossFitter with the tight shoulders and hamstrings to prove it, a little mobility work goes a long way.

3 Ways to Relieve Lower-Back Pain

Relieve lower-back pain in less than 10 minutes per day with these 3 simple drills.

3 Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

Here are 3 simple drills you can use to help relieve knee pain and improve your performance.

3 Ways to Fix Your Shoulder

Our top 3 tips you can use to fix shoulder problems. Relieve pain and improve performance in just 10 minutes or less per day!

Warm Up Your Wrist—a Simple Way to Reduce Wrist Pain

Prepare your wrists for movement with these simple, 2-minute drills. If you have any wrist pain, this will get you ready, improve your mobility, and begin to resolve the long-term problem.

Keep On Trucking

If you’ve got just two minutes every day to do one or more of these drills, you’ll be well on your way to relieving pain, preventing injury and keeping yourself on the road for a long time to come.


Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

6/26: Improve Your Ring Skills with Wendy
7/3: (off for Hero Challenge)
7/10: Running Skills with Jenny Maier*
7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*

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.

Hero Challenge: July 1-4

We’ll complete 4 Hero workouts in 4 days. It’ll be like the 12 Days of CrossFit, but shorter, sunnier, and perhaps a little heavier!

Pace yourself a little more on this week’s training days. Be deliberate about practicing your skills. You’ll need ’em!

Guest Day at Hale: Saturday, July 6

All athletes welcome, no CrossFit experience required. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—TRAIN

A. Back squat 5×5

All sets at 80%. Just getting under some heavy weight. Focus on form and driving up into the bar each rep.

B. For time:
100 burpees
EMOM: 4 wall balls (20/14)

Find a strategy and stick to it.

Options:
GO SO HARD in the first 3 minutes (think 18-20 burpees), and then try to hold on …

OR

Maintain a steady pace and try to hit 12-15 per round and keep your breathing under control.

Either way, LEARN something about yourself today! Don’t let this be mindless suffering.

Tuesday—TRAIN

6 rounds for time:
15 deadlifts (135/95)
100-m run
-rest 30 s-
25 air squats
100-m run
-rest 30 s-

Rx+ (185/135)
MissFit (95/65)

Lift, run, rest. Squat, run, rest. Try to maintain intensity on your sets, and keep transitions short! Use your rest to catch your breath. This will be a big test of stamina. Plan to use a weight for deadlifts you can do unbroken for most, if not all, rounds.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. 8 mins to get moving!
100-m jog
20-s side plank/side
10 bent-over KB row
Lizard walk

10 mins: Rope-climb skills

B. 15 min for QUALITY:
1 Rope Climb
3 Ring Dips
5-cal bike (AFAP)
Rest as needed to hit next round skill.

MissFit: Ring push-ups

Goal today is to work on rope climbs and dips under fatigue. Choose a scaling on one (not both) that’s DIFFICULT for you. If rope climbs, give yourself a target (legless, only 2 pulls, halfway attempt) that makes you FOCUS before hitting the rep. Bike cals and reps are low. GO HARD. Get RPMs as high as possible.

If you’re fresh from earlier this week, scale calories up to 10 and try for as many rounds and reps as possible

C. Quad Smash: 2 mins/side
Hip Flexor Stretch: 2 mins/side
Pec/Shoulder Smash: 2 mins/side

Thursday—PERFORM

A. 5-min EMOM:
3 power snatch—empty bar/PVC
–Stick your landing!!

B. 10 min EMOM:
2 power snatch

Work up to something heavy for the day. Take this part as “training.” Re-set on the ground between reps.

Make a few early, bigger jumps. As you near your max for the day, feel free to take a minute off before your next attempt.

C. “Randy”
For time:
75 Power snatches (75/55)

In honor of Randy Simmons, 51, a 27-year LAPD veteran and SWAT team member who was killed in the line of duty February 6, 2008.

The “Randy” Hero WOD was first posted on crossfit.com as the Workout of the Day for Wednesday, February 13, 2008 (080213).

Good technique will be rewarded-—the more efficient you are with footwork, the bigger dent you’ll put in the reps early on. Here are some options to break it up.

21-18-15-12-9
5 sets of 15
5 sets of 10, 8-8-7

Friday—TRAIN

For time, in partners:
200 double-unders
150 walking lunges
100-cal row
75 toes-to-bars
50 box jumps (24/20)
25 man-makers

HARD CAP at 40 mins.

It’s a long chipper today!! Little bit of grip and a tough finish with the man makers (Push-up, row, row, burpee, cluster). One partner works at a time. Again, take a skills focus into today. Scrappy, sloppy reps will NOT help you next week. Heavy on the “power” and midline. Get it!

Saturday—TRAIN

15-12-9
DB hang clean & jerks (45/35)
C2B pull-ups

MissFit: (35/20 + jumping pull-ups)

Bust out your tank tops. This is a QUICK, grippy sprint. Choose a weight for your DBs that you can put overhead 10 times when fresh. NO MORE than 2-3 sets as you work through these, and make rests FAST.

If not unbroken, aim for:
9-6
7-5
6-3 (or 9!)

Sunday—RECOVER

No Larry Special this week. RECOVER for the Hero Challenge!

A. 10 min for quality:
10 cal-row
5 breaths/side in Scorpion
Crab walk
20-s hang from bar

B. 5 rounds on the 3-minute mark:
200-m row
1 wall walk/10 plank shoulder taps
10 slam balls (25/15)

Remember, 40-50% effort today! You should have at least 30s-1-min rest between rounds, even at a casual pace. Goal is just to get moving and shake it out before the Hero Challenge.

Tomorrow, we throw down! Score is # of hrs of sleep you’ll get tonight! (Hint: 7 or more!! do it!)

C. 2 mins: barbell shoulder smash/internal rotation
2 mins/side: PVC/LAX ball first rib
2 mins: kitchen sink stretch

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