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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:


“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.


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.


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
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


A. Back Squats
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!


For time:
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 🙂

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 45 – Coach Heidi Gets Real

In this episode, Hale coach Heidi shares her journey from athlete to overweight to CrossFit coach.

Coach Heidi Gets Real

Coach Heidi has been an athlete all her life: Dance. Biking. Baseball. Football. Rugby. Swimming. Volleyball. Basketball. Skiing. Snowboarding.

But that doesn’t mean she’s never struggled with her fitness.

Shortly before joining Hale in 2013, Heidi had reached her highest body weight ever: 200 lb. You might look at what she can do now and think, “No way. She doesn’t understand the struggle,” but we assure you, she does—even now.

“As a coach, unless you are being coached, it’s hard to get to that scary place sometimes. You can do just enough. I don’t always push,” she admitted.

That’s why even coaches need coaches.

Heidi described being inspired by Coach Wendy to track her macros more carefully; today, Heidi’s at the lowest body-fat percentage of the past three years.

That inspiration is one of the reasons she decided to become a coach herself.

“The things you can’t see in yourself that others can,” she said. “And this is a big part of why I love being a coach: You can see the faces people make, you can see the little glimmers of fear or hope or excitement or all of those things, and you are not always self-aware enough to see them in yourself.”

It’s not about perfection, she continued. It’s about effort.

“Find something you can nail down and be confident in,” she said. “Find momentum. Do one very simple thing and do it really well, until that feels easy. Then you can take off a bigger chunk.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How even coaches like Heidi struggle with their fitness.
  • How committing to precise nutrition and accountability helped Heidi take her fitness to the next level.
  • Why Coach Heidi thinks you should be a grizzly bear.

Links and resources for this episode:

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Living Better Podcast – Ep. 44 – Becoming Coach Dave

In this episode, Hale coach Dave shares how he went from member to coach and what he’s learned along the way.

Becoming Coach Dave

You’ve seen him at the front of class.

Maybe he’s cued you through a technical lift or high-fived you after a PR. Or maybe you’ve watched him overhead squat and wished you could move like that; be as athletic as him.

But he wasn’t always so at home in the gym.

“I’d walk in there and be very confused and scared of what to do,” he said of working out years ago in a conventional gym.

He was still intimidated when he joined Hale about four years ago, watching athletes do pull-ups and lift big weights while he could barely press 65 lb.

“I don’t want to be the weakest one,” he thought.

But he kept coming back. Soon, he realized everyone at Hale—coaches and members alike—was helpful and supportive.

Things started to click.

“Once it clicks, you realize the fun in it, and you’re accomplishing these things,” he said.

Today, Dave’s got a 175-lb. press—and even better, he’s the one helping others accomplish their goals.

“Give us a shot,” he said. “Check out CrossFit Hale, because (in) the environment here, I think you’d have a hard time not prospering.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why Dave kept training at Hale even though he was intimidated at first.
  • How he made piece with scaling workouts.
  • Why Dave continues to pursue tough challenges—like becoming a coach.

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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Living Better Podcast – Ep. 43 – Ann Mary’s Metamorphosis

In this episode, Hale member Ann Mary shares how she prioritized her nutrition and fitness to lose almost 100 lb. while also balancing a busy career as a lawyer.

Ann Mary’s Metamorphosis

Before starting CrossFit at Hale about a year ago, Ann Mary had been inactive for years. Though she was a distance runner in high school, law school and a demanding career as a lawyer took a toll on her health.

“I was very unhappy with my weight, with my overall fitness and how I was feeling physically,” she said.

Diet changes helped her lose 40 lb. in about a year, but it wasn’t until she started at Hale that she began to value what her body was capable of over what it weighed.

Though she was scared at first—her first workout called for double-unders but she hadn’t even jumped rope in two decades—she persisted, even after long days when all she wanted was to flop on the couch.

“One thing that was hard for me was learning that there are some days when you just have to show up and keep moving, and you have to consider that a successful workout,” she said. “The days that I least want to go to the gym … those are the days when I most need to go to the gym.”

Today, Ann Mary’s 95 lb. lighter than she was at her heaviest weight, can deadlift 265 lb. for a triple and has her sights set on a pull-up.

“On the whole I feel so much better,” she said. “I feel like I’m more focused, I have more mental clarity and I have more energy.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why Ann Mary ditched fad diets for a sustainable approach to nutrition.
  • How she learned to trust the process even when she wasn’t improving as quickly as she would have liked.
  • How she sets herself up for success by overcoming obstacles before they occur. 

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.

Do you have a burning question you want answered? Click here and share it with us!

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 …


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



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:


“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.


“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.


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

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 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


A. (as warm-up to main event)

Tempo Front Squat
3 s down
1 s pause

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!


“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.


“Dollar Fifty Dog Combo”

For time:
1-mile run

Straight into:
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.


Wall-balls (20/14)


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

“Hot Mess”


You had a long, stressful day at work. 

Traffic is terrible. You barely make it to the gym in time, and when you get there, everything feels wrong. Heavy. Slow. Confusing. 

Maybe you should just pack up and go home to your couch and comfy pants … or shouldn’t you?