Tag Archives: workout

Using Your Fitness

Flight to Toronto departs at 11:10.

It’s 11:03 … Coach Mike and I are standing in line at security.

He turns to me and says, “If they close the door, they are legally not allowed to open it again.”

Ugh …

11:04 – A sweet old woman taking her shoes off in slow motion in front of us.

11:05 – Filling up the tray.

11:06 – Putting our shoes, jackets and belts back on with the speed of a pit crew.

11:07 – Check the board, our plane is at the very last gate … 3 … 2 … 1 … GO!!!

11:10 – After a sprint through people, luggage, strollers, and those airport golf carts, we make it to the plane seconds before they close the door.

Any slower and we wouldn’t have made it.

“Good thing we work out.” <—— Coach Mike

….

It seems silly, but it’s absolutely true!

You have to use your fitness outside of the gym to appreciate it sometimes.

Last weekend, we had Halers doing a competition:

A workout at the track:

And swimming from Alcatraz to SF:

…..

You train hard at the gym so you can do things OUTSIDE of the gym.

What was the last thing you did that made you think, “I’m glad I work out!”?

Comment and let me know.

Coach “airport sprinter” Jay

P.S. – Shoutout to Kenny for his first “outside comp” in Antioch and our “Escape from Alcatraz” crew for surviving the sharks.

 


Announcements:

Saturday, October 5: Guest Day at Hale

All levels welcome. 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Please arrive early to sign a waiver if this is your first class!

October 10 – November 11: CrossFit Games Open

With the new format of the CrossFit Games, this will be the first time the Open is held in fall (these results lead to the 2020 season).

We will do the Open WOD in Friday class each week. The workouts will be announced on Thursday afternoons, and we may update the weekend’s programming to adjust!

Expect: a fun chance to THROW DOWN on a “Perform” WOD each Friday. One of these should be a repeat (re-TEST!) of one you’ve done in the past. We will not be tracking points with Early Birds versus Night Owls, but you will have a fun time competing with yourself and your swolemates. Get it!

Registration online is optional.

P.s.—There are a few skills we are likely to see in the Open:

  • Overhead squats!
  • Advanced gymnastics: bar muscle-ups, muscle-ups, chest-to-bar pull-ups, toes-to-bars.
  • Double-unders.
  • STRICT gymnastics: handstand push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

You’ll see some of these more frequently in the programming, but if you’re looking to brush up, now would be a great time to schedule a few skills sessions. Email wendy@crossfithale.com to set these up!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

A. Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
3 push jerks
(from the rack)

Note weight on last 3 sets.

This is NOT a max out. Add weight as you go. Aim is HEAVY but SOLID. Consider this a warm-up and prep for part B.

B. 3 rounds for time:
500-m row
15 push jerks 135/95

Classic couplet of a pull and push–legs will likely feel a little fatigued here. Do your best to stick the landing.

Push jerks should be done in no more than 2-3 sets—choose a weight you can move effectively and try to keep your composure! 15 is kind of a lot.
8 … OK, fine …
10 … this is starting to hurt …
15 … keep your head with it!

(Note: these will now be from the ground.)

Tuesday—TRAIN

A. Back squat: warm up to last week’s 5-rep weight.

Then,

Every 2 min for 10 rounds (20 mins!)
3 back squats at 75-80% of 1RM

This is a bit more volume than last week—aim to match or SLIGHTLY exceed the weight you used for the fives. An extra 5-10 lb. should do it!

B. Every minute on the minute for 10 minutes:
8 burpees
20 double-unders

You’ve gotta MOVE to hit this under a minute. You’ve gotta HOLD ON to make it through 10. If you miss a minute, take one off, then start again!

Score is # of minutes you make it through!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up:

3 rounds for time of:

Run 800 meters
Rest 2 minutes

Each effort should get faster. Start at conversational pace, take it up a notch, and then push the pace.

20-min. cap (leave for your last round by 15 min.)

B. 15 min. for quality:
1 strict muscle-up OR 3-5 strict pull-ups

–30-s rest–

5 strict DB press
OR 3 x STRICT HSPU
Or 3 negatives

30-s rest

C. Mobility

Shoulder rotator smash
Deltoid smash

Thursday—PERFORM

“Open Workout 11.2”

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 15 minutes of:

9 deadlifts (155/105)
12 push-ups
15 box jumps (24/20)

MissFit:
Deadlifts: (135/95)
Step-ups

Keep a steady cadence to start—build through the last 5 minutes if you have steam! The Open LOOOOOVES these painful 12-15-minute workouts. We’ve done this one a few times in the 12 days of CF, most recently on 12/3/18.

5/18/17 
6/30/15
2/26/15
3/25/14

You get it now … It’s my fav 🙂

Friday_TRAIN

“Tabata Partay”

Tabata dumbbell hang squat clean (40/25)

Rest 2 minutes

Tabata toes-to-bars

Rest 2 minutes

Tabata dumbbell thrusters

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight intervals. Tabata score is the LEAST number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals.

Rx+: 50/35

Saturday—TRAIN

5 rounds for time:
25 box jump-overs 24/20
25 kettlebell swings (53/35)
400-m run

This one is a long one! Track your splits and try to keep pace on both the box jump-overs and the run!

This should be doable in 20-25 minutes, no problem. If you need to scale back the run to something you can do without slowing down … do it! Goal is to have a little room to push in the last 2 rounds.

Sunday—TRAIN

“Dae Han”

Three rounds of:
Run 800 m with a 45/35-lb. plate
3 rope climbs
12 thrusters (135/95)

That burden run, tho! Gonna be a good one. Take your time with the other movements to minimize the number of times you pick up the bar 🙂

This is a hero WOD … we’re modifying JUST A BIT, because running with a barbell with telephone poles is … sketchy.

Pickin’ Up Rocks

Today’s workout calls for Atlas stones. Who’s Atlas? And why can’t he pick up his own stones?

According to Greek mythology, after the Titan Atlas went into battle against the Olympian gods for control of the heavens, Atlas was sentenced by Zeus to bear the weight of the heavens on his shoulders.

Thankfully, you won’t need to do that in today’s workout. You will, however, need to get a big, round object over your shoulder as many times as possible (among other things).

Here are some tips for how to do it efficiently.

Negative Self-Talk vs. Positive

What do you say to yourself in the morning when you look at the day’s workout?

Or as you start warming up? During the workout?

Negative self-talk will set you up for failure and disappointment—just imagine what postive self-talk could do.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

No Excuses Challenge

The summer’s over, the kids are back in school and there’s no better time to focus on improving YOURSELF!

From September 9 through October 21, we’ll be running the No Excuses Challenge, a six-week period in which we’ll eat better, move more and recover well.

In this challenge, you will learn how to:

  • Compose healthy meals.
  • Nail down sustainable habits.
  • Develop a mobility/recovery practice

We’ll measure progress with a before-and-after baseline workout as well as an InBody scan. The goal isn’t perfection but rather to learn which habits are most effective—or destructive—in helping you feel, look and perform your best.

Sign up at the front desk today!

Whether you’ve already registered or you’re still on the fence, we invite you to attend our kick-off meeting TODAY, Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. to get more details and ask questions.

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