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Workout of the Day


12 minutes of stretching
12 minutes of L-sit practice
12 minutes of handstand practice
12 minutes of plank practice
12 minutes of scales practice

The Hyponatremia of Exercise, Part 7


Professor Tim Noakes highlights key moments in the evolution of official drinking guidelines from 1880 to 2007, focusing on various organizations’ departures from sound scientific practices in the 1980s and ‘90s. He reviews, in particular, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Position Stands of that era, as well as the U.S. military’s similar acceptance of the Zero-Percent Dehydration Doctrine despite the lack of scientific evidence supporting the associated drinking guidelines. As evidence of the danger of these recommendations mounted, the U.S. military began to revise its position. The sports drink industry, however, continued to overlook the risk of overhydration. As Noakes comments, “When commerce becomes involved in science, the rules of proper scientific conduct soon change.”

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Matthieu Dubreucq
January 2nd, 2020 at 1:17 pm
Commented on: Movement About Joints, Part 6: The Knee

Seeing that the knee rarely moves in a isolation way makes it obvious that it should be trained using functional movements that reproduce the functions the knee will have in life and sports.

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Matthieu Dubreucq
January 2nd, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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These article about hyponatremia of exercise are somewhat disturbing to me. It makes me want to go double check all the recommandation that we receive. And it is a good thing because we should understand by now that it is our own responsibility to go get the truth and to stay up to date with it.

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Manchild Manchild
June 14th, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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10 minutes of each, and did stretching last

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Kury Akin
May 26th, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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Yup. Great for focus.

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Kevin Miller
May 10th, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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Lots of balance work and I didn't expect my shoulders to get as much work as they did.

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Jeff Chalfant
May 9th, 2019 at 3:06 am
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Did L sits from the floor: 5x:15secondsEMOM, 5x:10secondsEMOM, 2x:10 seconds with :60 and :70 seconds rest.

Did handstands mostly back to wall for :20 EMOM with only momentary support from the wall. Some rounds went badly. Some rounds I attempted freestanding away from the wall or the forearm blocking drill outlined by Juan.

For planks I did mostly EMoM: 2 rounds of :30 regular plank, :25 1 round of rear plank

2 rounds of 1 leg tuck plank (one each leg) :30

1 round of rear plank :25

2 rounds of target touch plank :25

2 rounds of rear plank :25

2 rounds of 1 leg tuck plank :30

For scales I did:


:30 left back

:30 left front

:30 right back

:30 right front

:60 rest


extra :60 rest

:30 right back

:30 right front

:30 left back

:30 left front

Shoulders were on fire during scales!

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Shawn Hakimi
April 22nd, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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For l-sits, did 20 sec holds with 40 rest. Was able to hold a couple of 5 second l-sits near the final rounds.

For HSH, did 20 on, 40 seconds off.

For planks, did 30 seconds on 30 off, trying various types.

For scales, did 20 sec hold, 40 rest.

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Albert Kombe
April 20th, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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Claire Fiddian-Green
April 20th, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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Completed after doing 4/20 WOD.

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Shane Azizi
April 19th, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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Michael Arko
April 19th, 2019 at 2:01 am
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Forgot to comment yesterday. This was long and very tiring but felt so good. Improving on all skills - except L-sits, too fatigued from precious days to hold more than 10-15 secs per attempt.

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Danny Bostwick
April 18th, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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I'm not going to lie. This felt a little bit like a yoga session, it was relaxing, I was able to take some time and explore these positions and clear my head a little bit. I listened to an audiobook instead of music & thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it's the first Crossfit workout I have ever done that I haven't said, "Man, that hurt" when I got done. I won't go into what I did for each part of the workout because I honestly couldn't remember exactly what I did anyway, but I spent time exploring each movement and trying new positions and mostly went EMOM for about :30 of work, :30 of rest. Sometimes more. Sometimes less.

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Dave DeCoste
April 18th, 2019 at 11:08 am
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Jeffrey Howard
April 18th, 2019 at 2:57 am
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I always feel so gokd after these skill wods.

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Kisa Tiller
April 18th, 2019 at 12:37 am
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Didn’t have enough time this morning, knocked each down to 10 min. Definitely progressing from last time! I could get my butt above my head in the handstand practice! 😅

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Stacey Carpenter
April 17th, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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☑️12 each done

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Christopher Robertson
April 17th, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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Did Sat wod, posted there

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Mark Yates
April 17th, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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As Rx except did overhead static hold instead of handstand.

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Vincent Dahlqvist
April 17th, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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60 min done, great WOD

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Reymond Kiddoo
April 17th, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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All but scales completed

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Dezert Sky Kiddoo
April 17th, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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UNR Class wod:

4 rounds

1 min max double unders

1 min max DB alt snatch #45

1 min max aid squats

1 min max push ups

1 min rest

(238, 56, 99, 79)

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Stacey Thompkins
April 17th, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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Needed a short burner after last night shift so hit this little gem from @sherwood215


15 RKBS 70#

15 burpees


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Nicole Deaver
April 17th, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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✅ everything is getting better each time!

I did handstands against the walk removing both feet to try to stay up unassisted & tried freestanding without the wall too.

Took a 2 mile leisurely walk first to warm up.

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John Clarke
April 17th, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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10 minutes stretching

10 minutes planks

10 minutes handstands

10 minutes KTE (:30 on, :30 off)

For handstands worked on unassisted. I find its much easier, and is easier to lower myself, if I "grip" the floor vs. just pressing into it.

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Rajat Samanta
April 17th, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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60min workout done!

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Jim Rix
April 17th, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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Did this one last night, varying between 5-9 minutes on each movement. I know they're good for me, and the coach's notes below are really good, but they're just so damn boring for me.

Today: 4 rounds, alternating back squat and single arm DB bent over row, 10 rep sets


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Sebastien Fitzpatrick
April 17th, 2019 at 10:44 am
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- 1min each arm of standing banded internal shoulder rotation

- 1min each arm of banded rig overhead stretch

- 2min peanut thoracic opening

- 2min prayer stretch on a bench

- 2min each leg of couch stretch

L-sit: 12 rounds

- 5sec l-sit

- 5sec single leg extension each leg

- 5sec tuck hold

- rest 40sec

* I was near failure on the last few minutes

Handstand: 12min EMOM

- Max time balance facing wall.

- Max time balance facing away.

* I’m getting better

Plank: Kinda hap hazard.

I did all the variations shown between this workout and last plank practice. Held between 15-30 sec each pose taking from no rest to 30sec between minutes. I made it hurt.

Scales: 6 rounds

- 15sec right front scale

- 15sec left back scale

- 15sec left front scale

- 15sec right back scale

- rest one min

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Mike Andridge
April 17th, 2019 at 10:42 am
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15 min stretching

10 min L sit practice

10 min scale practice

will make up HS and plank

practice this afternoon

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Katina Thornton
April 17th, 2019 at 2:25 am
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I find it interesting that we would allow the abandonment of biological thirst for a water-intake prescription. Humans just keep letting themselves be outsmarted under the guise of science but for the benefit of commerce.

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Timothy Noakes
May 25th, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Too true, Katina. The longer I have been in medicine and in science, the more disturbed I have become by the prevailing attitude in health care. The primary desired professional outcome seems to be a beneficial financial outcome. In this series I have tried to show how the sports drink industry is a prime example of this approach.

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Eric O'Connor
April 17th, 2019 at 1:50 am
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Stretching: When prescribing the stretching elements, I will look back at the demands from yesterday’s workout as well as the other movements in today’s skill session. I will prescribe 1-2 stretches for the shoulders/wrists due to the demand from yesterday’s pull-ups/push-ups as well as to prepare for the handstand demands. In addition, 1-2 stretches will also be prescribed for the hamstrings to meet the demands of the L-sits.

L-sits: The goal will be to attempt to complete 6-8 sets, of a 10-20 second hold, utilizing one of the following variations: A tuck L-sit, an L-sit with one leg extended, or an L-sit with straight legs. If athletes demonstrate a high-level of competency with the movement, attempts can be made with hands on the floor instead of parallettes or boxes. I may also challenge these athletes by having them attempt L-sit flutter kicks for 1-2 of the sets. Regardless of the variation being completed, the primary focus will still be on optimal positions being achieved.

Handstands- The goal for today will be to provide a handstand variation that most closely replicates a freestanding hold, based on the skill-level of each athlete. Another goal will be to progress athletes in duration of the holds or to progress the athletes to a more difficult movement modification from what they completed on the last handstand skill session. I will have athletes attempt 6-10 efforts. The first, and easiest, scaling option will be to have athletes hold a piked handstand with feet on the box or even feet on the ground. Increasing the difficulty would be performing a wall-walk into a handstand hold, facing the wall. If athletes have shown competency facing the wall, I will have them kick up against a wall and hold a sound handstand. To further progress towards a freestanding hold, I can have athletes try to reach their heels away from the wall and/or utilize a spotter in a freestanding environment.

If I have an athlete that cannot get inverted, I will likely have them perform a mix of incline position drills and overhead plate holds.

Planks: The main focal point will be on maintaining an active shoulder and a stable midline for a designated time frame. I will have athletes perform this movement with straight arms and vary the duration of the holds per their individual capabilities. For athletes that can routinely handle holds of 1-minute or longer, the movement can be made more difficult by adding load or raising one arm or leg off the ground. Check out the graphic associated with the workout of the day from 190409 to get a visual of some plank variations to utilize.

Scales: When working on the front and back scales, I will have my athletes continue to build from their prior efforts with these movements. This could simply be done by performing the same variation with higher quality, increasing the duration of the holds, or progressing to a more difficult variation of the movement. For example, not utilizing a support beam for balance or attempting to raise the lifted leg to a higher position. For more details on popular scale variations, feel free to look at my post from 190401.

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Shawn Brehm
April 17th, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for that information Eric. It will be helpful with scaling things for my wife.

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Eric O'Connor
April 17th, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Shawn!

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Juan Acevedo
April 17th, 2019 at 1:24 am
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Play day! We tend to overvalue structure and numbers. It seems to us that if there is a number of sets and reps, then there is science behind it, therefore it must work. On the same token we believe that if there is not, then it will not work. But CrossFit has proved us something, we don't really need linear templates and rigidity. We do need work, practice, virtuosity, repetition, commitment to the fundamentals and so on. But we don't necessarily need rigid patterns to progress. When it comes to skill development this is particularly true. Skill time should be play time! This does not mean it's not intentional or that you are not working on particular and thoughtful drills. It just means you can just go by feel, exploring the limits of your capacity. Trust yourself: you will work hard, you will make it productive. Today try to just play!

However, for all my OCD's out there I added a training option, reluctantly.


1. Start with PowerMonkeyFitness "Warm Up Sample Wrist Sequence" on youtube.

2. Do 2:00 of the "Overhead Opener" by zlongdpt on youtube.

3. Do 2:00 of the "Corner Stretch", the T-Nation guys have a good video (I know, bruh).

4. Do 2:00 of the "Couch Stretch" per side, check episode 29 of mobilityWOD, this should be a historic CrossFit video.


EMOM for 12

10-15 seconds L-Sit Hold or Tuck Hold

Rotate through boxes, rings, bar, and parallettes. One each minute.


Rotating through all variations

EMOM for 12

15-25 seconds of a handstand variation

Rotate through the following

Option 1: reach, bench, free, wall

Option 2: box, facing wall, facing away from wall, floating on the wall


Rotating through all variations

EMOM for 12

25-35 seconds of a plank variation

Rotate through the following

Option 1: variations proposed on 190409 on

Option 2: variations proposed on 190417 on


4 sets

30 seconds back scale right

30 seconds front scale right

30 seconds back scale left

30 seconds front scale left

rest 1:00

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Nathan Michael King
April 19th, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Did Juan’s workout from above.

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Chris Sinagoga
April 17th, 2019 at 1:11 am
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Champions Club Scaling Notes


One of the best ways to practice strength is holding still. This, my friends, is a lot of holding still. Every bit as valuable as a max effort deadlift workout with a much smaller feeling of accomplishment after. Nothing like a slice of humble pie!

I SHOULD TRY THIS RX’D IF: I am in the mood for a For Quality workout


Strength — honestly this is about as good as you will get

Stamina — the fact that it’s 12 minutes in a row of each means stamina plays a major role. Maybe shorter sets with shorter rest between

Endurance — rotate between each exercise. So best L-sit, then best handstand, then best scale, then best plank, then start back from the top. Stretch at the beginning or end.

Flexibility — add a brief stretching piece before each set you do of an exercise to emphasize the new range of motion


Coordination — so static poses really emphasize coordination in the sense that it’s really hard to hold completely still. Like, stand up and try not to let one millimeter of your body or extremities move. Really freaking hard. So the coordination here is no have no involuntary movement.

Accuracy — hit the same poses set after set

Agility — unless you’re doing the endurance version, I don’t see this one applying here, though strength plays a big role in agility for longevity

Balance — feet off wall for handstand/descents, rings on l-sits and planks, focus on arches for scales


Since you’ve probably scaled the running in the last few workouts, I’d do a 28-minute team workout, one partner does a 200m run while other practices holds in these shapes (switch positions at each 7-minute mark)


Use today to practice things you suck at, with the exception of always add jump ropes in because you should always add jump ropes in.

GENERAL FEAR LEVEL (1=REST DAY, 10=PR-DRIVEN FGB): 2. Not a rest day, could be bad if you really push and let quality go, but For Quality means you’ll need to rest.

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Sebastian Chiriboga
April 17th, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Chris. I always read your rants before doing a workout and really appreciate the time you take on writing them. Quick question, why always jump Rope?

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Steven Thunander
April 17th, 2019 at 12:30 am
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Globo Scale... Not much has to be said here. L Sits: Can be done from rings, on boxes, parallets, dip bars, from the floor, on the arms of a chair, or hanging from rings or a pullup bar. Handstands: Walls, free standing, piked from a box or bench; handstand walks/handstand walk obstacle course, holding dumbbells at lockout position.

Planks and scales: Self explanatory.

Stretching: Can sub a yoga session, or ROMWOD/MWOD.

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Scott Crabtree
April 18th, 2019 at 10:47 am

Sorry, what are scales?

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Melanie Hansen
April 18th, 2019 at 4:39 pm

I would also like to know what scales are:)

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