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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.

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!

 

 

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. 

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!

Coaches’ Secrets

Have you ever looked at your trainer flying on the rings or back-squatting your PR for reps and thought, “They are superhuman. I’ll never be able to do that.”

Well, guess what? They’re plain old regular human, just like you.

Did you know Coach Wendy “gets in her head” while weightlifting? Or that Coach Heidi spent her first six months of training falling on her butt trying to learn the overhead squat?

It might seem like they can do it all, but each and every one of them has a goal he or she wants to accomplish. In fact, one of the reasons CrossFit Hale coaches are so excellent is that they’re constantly learning and striving to better themselves.

Watch the video above to learn all about how your trainers deal with struggles, set goals and work on their own fitness—just like you.

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

Meet Your Coaches!

They teach you to move.

They high-five you when you succeed and hug you when you struggle.

They make you do burpees.

They’re your coaches—but did you know that they’re human, too?

Many of them played sports before CrossFit, but not all. One is a scientist; two are former theatre geeks. One of your coaches once ate an entire large pizza by themselves.

Most were scared to try CrossFit at first—just like you might have been or might be right now—and every single one of them is passionate about helping people change their lives.

Check out the “Meet Your Coach” series on our YouTube channel to learn a little bit more about the people helping you get fitter every day.