Tuesday 240528

For time:

10-second L-sit
10 box jump-overs
20-second L-sit
10 box jump-overs
30-second L-sit
10 box jump-overs
40-second L-sit
10 box jump-overs
50-second L-sit
10 box jump-overs
60-second L-sit

♀ 24 inches
♂ 30 inches

Post time to comments.

Scaling:
Today’s workout is in the short-to-moderate time domain. If you can maintain bigger stretches on the L-sit holds and minimize breaks, you should be close to finishing at the 10-minute mark. To stay within that window, find a variation of the L-sit hold that allows you to consistently hold for 10 to 15+ seconds before breaking. If you can hold your option with ease for 45 seconds to 1 minute, try a more challenging option. The box should be a little taller than you want it to be on the jump-overs, and expect your fatigued hip flexors to make jumping a bit more difficult. Consider stepping down from the top of the box. This is not only a safety concern, it is one way to keep yourself moving at a steady pace.

Intermediate option:

For time:

10-second L-sit (bent legs)
10 box jump-overs
20-second L-sit (bent legs)
10 box jump-overs
30-second L-sit *(bent legs)
10 box jump-overs
40-second L-sit (bent legs)
10 box jump-overs
50-second L-sit (bent legs)
10 box jump-overs
60-second L-sit (bent legs)

♀ 20 inches
♂ 24 inches

Beginner option:

For time:

10-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises
10 box step-overs
20-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises
10 box step-overs
30-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises
10 box step-overs
40-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises
10 box step-overs
50-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises
10 box step-overs
60-second L-sit drill: seated leg raises

♀ 12 inches
♂ 20 inches

Resources:
The L-Sit
L-Sit Drills
CAP Demo: Box Jump-over Variations
CAP Demo: Box Step-overs

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Monday 240527

Murph

For time:
Run 1 mile
100 pull-ups
200 push-ups
300 air squats
Run 1 mile

*Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed.
*If you’ve got a 14/20-lb vest or body armor, wear it.

Or:

Hero workout of your choice

Review the list of Hero workouts and honor someone with an all-out effort.

Post your choice of workout and result to comments.

If you perform Murph, don’t forget to log your score in the Progress tab in the CrossFit app.

You can also support the Murph Challenge by officially registering at themurphchallenge.com or by donating directly to the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation at murphfoundation.org.

Today’s workout was created in 2005 in memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, New York, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. This workout was one of Mike’s favorites, and he’d named it “Body Armor.” It is now referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

Compare to 230529.

Scaling:
By design, most Hero workouts are meant to be extremely grueling, arduous, and mentally challenging. Many contain a very high volume of reps. Keep in mind that “challenging” is a relative term and athletes should adjust workouts to align with their physical and psychological tolerances. If you are performing Murph, partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Consider 20 sets of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats or 10 rounds of 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, and 30 air squats. If you have completed Murph previously, consider performing the pull-ups, push-ups, and air squats unpartitioned. Beginner athletes should reduce the work to a level that is attainable yet still challenging.

Intermediate option:
For time:
Run 1 mile
50 pull-ups
100 push-ups
150 air squats
Run 1 mile

*Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Head out for the second run no later than 25 minutes into your workout.

Or:

Hero workout of your choice.

Review the list of Hero workouts and honor someone with an all-out effort.

Beginner option: For time:
Run 800 meters

Then, 10 rounds of:
5 ring rows
10 push-ups with hands elevated on a box
15 air squats

Then, run 800 meters

*Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Head out for the second run no later than 20 minutes into your workout.

Or:

Hero workout of your choice.

Review the list of Hero workouts and honor someone with an all-out effort.

Resources:
The Kipping Pull-up
The Push-up
The Air Squat
Murph Hero Workout
Memorial Day Murph: An Origin Story
Fallen But Not Forgotten: How CrossFit’s Hero Workouts Honor Fallen Service Members
Download the CrossFit Games app

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Featured photo:
The Murph Challenge

Sunday 240526

Rest Day

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Saturday 240525

Every 1 minute complete:
12/15-calorie Echo bike
Complete as many rounds as possible until failure or until you reach 20 rounds.

Post rounds and calories completed to comments.

Compare to 240119.

Scaling:
Today’s workout is a grind. How far into the pain cave do you want to venture? There are two ways to attack this workout: Sprint each effort and bank as much rest as possible before the next interval, or move at a moderate pace and aim to sneak by each minute. If you finish the round of 20, your workout is over. If you didn’t finish the round of 20 in your last attempt, aim to complete one more round than you did last time.

Intermediate option:
Every 1 minute complete:

9/12-calorie Echo bike
Complete as many rounds as possible until failure or until you reach 20 rounds.

Beginner option:
Every 1 minute complete:

6/9-calorie Echo bike
Complete as many rounds as possible until failure or until you reach 20 rounds.

Resources:
Annie Sakamoto vs. the Echo Bike

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Friday 240524

3 rounds for time of:

400-meter run
15 chest-to-wall handstand push-ups

Post time to comments.

Scaling:
Today’s workout is moderate in length and an opportunity to practice high-skill gymnastics with an elevated heart rate. Push the pace on each run. Allow no more than 3 minutes to accumulate handstand push-ups. Expect advanced athletes to perform larger, if not unbroken, sets of handstand push-ups. Advanced athletes can challenge themselves by performing strict chest-to-wall handstand push-ups.

Intermediate option:
3 rounds for time of:

400-meter run
15 handstand push-ups

Beginner option:
3 rounds for time of:

200-meter run
10 pike push-ups

Resources:
The Chest-to-wall Handstand Push-up
The Kipping Handstand Push-up

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Thursday 240523

Rest Day

CrossFit introduced Murph as an official Hero workout in 2005. But the phenomenon of Memorial Day Murph was born organically within the affiliate community.

Watch: “Memorial Day Murph: An Origin Story”

CrossFit is proud
to partner with The Murph Challenge as an official 2024 host. Find a CrossFit gym near you and sign up now for the Murph Challenge.

Wednesday 240522

10 rounds for time of:

4 deadlifts
3 hang power snatches
2 overhead squats

♀ 105 lb
♂ 155 lb

Post time to comments.

Scaling:
This is a sprint workout that should be a balanced challenge of metabolic and muscular fatigue. The goal is to hang on to the barbell and move through each round in as few sets as possible. The deadlifts should feel the easiest of the three movements. Your capacity with the hang power snatch and overhead squat will determine your load for the workout. Choose a weight that allows you to complete each round in under 1 minute and the entire workout in under 10 minutes.

Intermediate option:
10 rounds for time of:

4 deadlifts
3 hang power snatches
2 overhead squats

75 lb
115 lb

Beginner option:
10 rounds for time of:

4 deadlifts
3 hang power snatches
2 overhead squats

35 lb
45 lb

Resources:
The Deadlift
The Hang Power Snatch
The Overhead Squat

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Tuesday 240521

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:

30 knees-to-elbows
800/1,000-meter row

Post total rounds and reps to comments.

Scaling:
Today’s workout is a grind — consistency and pacing will be rewarded. Aim for at least 2+ rounds. Maintain a pace on the rower that allows you to get right to work on the knees-to-elbows — a blistering pace doesn’t do you any good if you are resting for a minute between movements. You should be able to perform at least 5-10 unbroken knees-to-elbows throughout the workout if you are completing the prescribed reps. If you can perform the prescribed range of motion but lack the volume tolerance, reduce the reps in each round to a number you can complete in 4 minutes or less rather than shortening the range of motion.

Intermediate option:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:

30 knees-to-armpits
800/1,000-meter row

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

20 hanging knee raises
600/750-meter row

Resources:
Rowing
The Strict Knees-to-elbows
Coaching Tips | Knees-to-elbows Progression

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Monday 240520

IGNITE Workout

With an 18-minute running clock, complete:
21-15-9 reps of:
Thrusters
Lateral burpees over the bar
Sit-ups

♀65 lb
♂95 lb

In the remaining time, establish a max weight of the complex:
1 power clean + 1 hang squat clean

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Post time of the triplet and max load to comments.

Compare to 230510.

Scaling:
The metabolic-conditioning portion of the workout is a sprint. Reduce the weight on the thrusters to perform at least 7-10 reps every time you pick up the barbell. If you can go unbroken through the entire set, do so. If you’re new to weightlifting, watch “The Power Clean” and “The Hang Squat Clean,” and start with an empty barbell on the complex. Only add weight if you’re able to maintain proper mechanics.

Intermediate option:
Same as Rx’d

Beginner option:
With an 18-minute running clock, complete:
21-15-9
Thrusters
Lateral burpees over the bar
Sit-ups

35 lb
45 lb

In the remaining time, practice the complex:
1 power clean + 1 hang squat clean

Resources:
Learn More About Ignite
The Thruster
The Burpee
The AbMat Sit-up
The Power Clean
The Hang Squat Clean

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Sunday 240519

Rest Day

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Saturday 240518

On a 6-minute clock, complete:

800-meter run
Max-reps GHD hip extensions in the remaining time

Post reps to comments.

Scaling:
Today’s workout is a sprint. The goal is to complete the run in 2:30-4:30. Expect your posterior chain to be lit up. Time is running out, so keep breaks brief — no more than a few breaths before getting back to work. Hold yourself accountable to range-of-motion standards on the GHD. Scaling is encouraged, but if you’re hitting this as prescribed, watch the video resource carefully to be sure your movement is sound.

Intermediate option:
On a 6-minute clock, complete:

600-meter run
Max-reps GHD hip extensions in the remaining time.

Beginner option:
On a 6-minute clock, complete:

400-meter run
Accumulate max time in a GHD Superman hold in the remaining time.

Resources:
The GHD Hip Extension
From the Archives: Running Technique

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Friday 240517

Every minute on the minute for as long as possible:

3 burpees
7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
11 wall-ball shots

♀ 14-lb ball to a 9-foot target
♂ 20-lb ball to a 10-foot target

Your workout is over when you fail to complete the work within the minute or at the 15-minute mark.

Post final minute completed successfully to comments.

Scaling:
Today is a mental grind. How deep are you willing to go into the pain cave? Can you keep moving even though your mind is telling you to quit? This workout will help you answer these questions. The goal is to finish all 21 reps in 40-59 seconds and hang on for as many rounds as possible. If you are unable to perform the required repetitions within the minute, your workout is over. If you can make it through 15 sets, congratulations, and do not go any further. Hitting this workout as prescribed is tempting, but consider scaling the movements to finish at least 7 sets. Stay mentally strong and good luck.

Intermediate option:
Every minute on the minute for as long as possible:

3 burpees
5 chin-over-bar pull-ups
11 wall-ball shots

10-lb ball to a 9-foot target
14-lb ball to a 10-foot target

Your workout is over when you fail to complete the work within the minute or at the 15-minute mark.

Beginner option:
Every minute on the minute for as long as possible:

3 burpees
5 ring rows
7 wall-ball shots

6-lb ball to a 9-foot target
10-lb ball to a 10-foot target

Your workout is over when you fail to complete the work within the minute or at the 10-minute mark.

Resources:
The Burpee
The Chest-to-bar Pull-up
The Wall-Ball Shot
The Kipping Pull-up
The Ring Row

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Semifinals Are Back!
The live CrossFit Semifinals are happening for the next three weekends. Read: "How To Watch the 2024 CrossFit Semifinals"

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Thursday 240516

Rest Day

Watch: "Jules King — Unstoppable With Parkinson’s and CrossFit"

With the community at CrossFit Pembrokeshire and her determination, King improved her confidence, strength, and body control, and has been able to live an independent life, watching her kids grow up.

“The reason I keep coming back to CrossFit is because I’m getting stronger each day, which enables me to hold my body up much easier, carry out daily tasks much easier, carry the shopping on my own, carry my cup of coffee without spilling it.”

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Wednesday 240515

CrossFit Total

For load:
Back squat, 1 rep
Shoulder press, 1 rep
Deadlift, 1 rep

Post loads to comments.

Compare to 220810.

Scaling:
Today is an opportunity to go heavy relative to your capacity. The loads today should require all of your attention and focus. The load is not heavy if you can carry on a conversation mid-lift. Advanced and intermediate athletes may attempt max-effort lifts for each movement and shoot for a personal record if the “iron” is hot. Newer athletes should treat today as an opportunity to practice technique and get comfortable with heavy lifts.

Intermediate option:
Same as Rx’d

Beginner option:
For load:
Back squat 3-3-1-1 reps
Shoulder press 3-3-1-1 reps
Deadlift 3-3-1-1 reps

Resources:
The Back Squat
The Shoulder Press
The Deadlift

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Semifinals Are Back!
The live CrossFit Games Semifinals are happening for the next three weekends. Read: "How To Watch the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals"

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Tuesday 240514

10 sets, each for time:

50-meter swim
Rest 1 minute between sets.

Post your fastest and slowest time to comments.

Scaling:
Today we are performing 10 sprint-style efforts. Each set should take no more than 1 minute to complete. If you do not have access to a pool or open water, use the substitutions listed below. Intermediate athletes can do this workout as prescribed. Beginner athletes should reduce the distance of each effort.

Modifications: 150/200-meter ski erg, 150/200-meter row, 300/400-meter C2 bike.

Intermediate option:
Same as Rx’d

Beginner option:
10 sets, each for time:

25-meter swim
Rest 1 minute between sets.

Resources:
Swimming Tips for CrossFit Athletes Part 1 With Chris Michelmore

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Featured photo:
Taken by FLSportsGuy Photography at the 2023 WheelWOD Games.

Monday 240513

Freestanding handstand push-up practice

Spend 15-20 minutes practicing the following progression:

  • Headstand

  • Headstand with knees to chest

  • From the headstand position, kick upward to a handstand and hold

  • Kick to a handstand, hold, and lower back to a headstand

  • Multiple freestanding handstand push-ups

Rest at least 10 minutes, then perform:

As many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
35 double-unders
5 freestanding handstand push-ups

Post rounds and reps to comments.

Scaling:
The goal today is to build confidence in a gymnastics movement and develop a better understanding of your body in space. This is an opportunity to practice complex skills in a low-intensity environment.

Setup and execution:

*Perform all stages of the progression about 1 foot off a wall. Consider using an AbMat for your head. Even though the wall is there, the goal is to use it only if you lose balance or control. Remember, we are working on a freestanding handstand and handstand push-up.

Headstand | Start in a frog stand and extend both legs above your body. Your head and hands will still be on the ground in the tripod position.

Headstand with knees to chest | While in a headstand, slowly bring your knees to your chest and then extend them back above your body.

Kick to a handstand | While in a headstand, bring your knees toward your chest in a controlled fashion. While extending your legs, think about driving your heels to the sky — this will build momentum. Then press with your arms to complete the freestanding handstand.

Kick to a handstand, hold, and lower back to headstand | If you cannot yet hold a freestanding handstand, use the wall for assistance. Once you kick up, hold for a second or two, then slowly bring your head back down to a headstand. Achieve this by bringing your head in front of your hands, and allow the feet/legs to have a slight backward lean to counterbalance. This can be completed with one or both legs on the wall for assistance.

Multiple freestanding handstand push-ups | Once you have successfully made it back to the headstand, attempt another rep.

Modifications:

Go as far as you can in the progression and stop when it becomes challenging. Over time, progress to the full movement as you develop the skills.

Intermediate option:
Spend 15-20 minutes practicing the following progression:

  • Headstand

  • Headstand with knees to chest

  • From the headstand position, kick upward to a handstand and hold

  • Kick to a handstand, hold, and lower back to a headstand

  • Multiple handstand push-ups

Rest at least 10 minutes, then perform:

As many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
35 double-unders
5 handstand push-ups

*Perform all stages of the progression a few inches off a wall. Consider using an AbMat for your head. The goal is to kick up and back to a headstand against the wall. If you are confident with this, try the freestanding variation.

Beginner option:
Spend 15-20 minutes practicing the following progression:

  • Inchworm

  • Pike headstand

  • Pike handstand hold

  • Pike push-up negative

  • Multiple pike push-ups

Rest at least 10 minutes, then perform:

As many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
35 single-unders
5 pike push-ups

*Perform all stages of the progression in the middle of an open floor. Consider using an AbMat for your head. To make the pike position easier, keep your feet away from your hands. The closer the feet are to the hands, the more difficult the movement will be. The goal is to practice loading as much bodyweight as possible onto the hands, and to build confidence getting upside down. If you are confident with this progression, try the intermediate variation.

Resources:
The Freestanding Handstand Push-up
The Handstand
The Kipping Handstand Push-up
Handstand Push-up Variations
The Double-under

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Sunday 240512

Rest Day

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Saturday 240511

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
5 power cleans
3 shoulder-to-overheads
1 rope climb

♀ 125 lb, 15 feet
♂ 185 lb, 15 feet

Post total rounds and reps to comments.

Scaling:
In today’s workout, we have hinging, pushing, pulling, and a moderately weighted barbell.

The load, rep range, and time domain for this AMRAP should encourage people to complete quick singles on the power cleans (bonus: singles save your grip for the rope climbs). If you can, hold on to the last power clean and go right into the shoulder-to-overheads before moving on to the rope. Use a load that allows you to perform push jerks and cycle reps.

The best athletes can aim to consistently hit sub-1 minute rounds, with a goal of 10+ total rounds. For the majority, set a goal of 6 rounds, and ensure load and scaling options allow you to achieve this volume.

Enjoy!

Intermediate option:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
5 power cleans
3 shoulder-to-overheads
1 rope climb

95 lb, 15 feet
135 lb, 15 feet

Beginner option:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
5 power cleans
3 shoulder-to-overheads
3 lying to standing on the rope

35 lb
45 lb

Resources:
A New Way To Rope Climb
The Power Clean
The Push Jerk
The Rope Climb (Basket)
The Rope Climb (Wrapping)
Learn More About Guest Programming

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Friday 240510

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

5 sets for max reps:

On a 3-minute clock, complete:
400/500-meter row
8 burpees over rower

In the remaining time, perform:
Max-reps alternating dumbbell snatches
Rest 3 minutes between sets.

♀ 35 lb
♂ 50 lb

Post total reps to comments.

Scaling:
This interval workout is about pushing hard for 3 minutes, then maximizing your recovery to maintain your output across all sets. The goal is to finish the row around 2 minutes, with some pushing closer to 1:45 or under. Once the 8 burpees are complete, you should have 45 seconds to 1 minute to accumulate dumbbell snatches.

There are a couple of goals for this workout:

  • Find the maximum pace on the rower that allows you to get off and get straight to work on the burpees.

  • Practice fast transitions between movements.

  • Build capacity toward bigger sets of alternating dumbbell snatches.

  • Focus on recovery each round. With the 1:1 work-to-rest ratio, aim to maintain your output across all the rounds.

With the forced rest, push hard today and dare to hold on to the dumbbell until you hear the clock!

Intermediate option:
5 sets for max reps:

On a 3-minute clock, complete:
350/400-meter row
8 burpees over rower

In the remaining time, perform:
Max-reps alternating dumbbell snatches
Rest 3 minutes between sets.

20 lb
35 lb

Beginner option:
4 sets for max reps:

On a 3-minute clock, complete:
200/250-meter row
8 burpees

In the remaining time, perform:
Max-reps alternating dumbbell snatches
Rest 3 minutes between sets.

10 lb
15 lb

Resources:
Rowing
The Burpee
The Dumbbell Power Snatch
Learn More About Guest Programming

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Featured photo:
Taken by Charlotte Foerschler at Drop Box CrossFit in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Thursday 240509

Rest Day

Recommended read: “How Often Should I Do CrossFit?

Short Answer: It depends. Age, fitness level, and experience are important factors to consider. As a starting point, less is more and you can ramp up from there. The good news: CrossFit is easily adapted to meet the goals, needs, tolerances, and schedule of any individual at any age or fitness level.

Continue reading →

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Wednesday 240508

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

For time:
50 dumbbell push presses
50 box jumps
50 dumbbell front squats
50 GHD sit-ups
50 dumbbell thrusters

♀ 35-lb dumbbells, 20-inch box
♂ 50-lb dumbbells, 24-inch box

Post time to comments.

Scaling:
In this workout, we deconstruct the dumbbell thruster into the push press and the front squat before combining them again — all paired with a test of leg and core stamina in the box jumps and GHD sit-ups.

This dumbbell chipper starts fast and gets a bit sticky in the front squats. In order to finish in sub-15 minutes, you will need to keep moving on the thrusters, stringing together big sets.

The accumulation of work becomes evident when you start your first couple of thrusters. Dig in and go big for the finish!

The goal is to be done around the 20-minute mark.

Intermediate option:
For time:
35 dumbbell push presses
35 box jumps
35 dumbbell front squats
35 GHD sit-ups to parallel
35 dumbbell thrusters

20-lb dumbbells, 20-inch box
35-lb dumbbells, 24-inch box

Beginner option:
For time:
25 dumbbell push presses
25 box step-ups
25 dumbbell front squats
25 hollow rocks
25 dumbbell thrusters

10-lb dumbbells, 12-inch box
15-lb dumbbells, 20-inch box

Resources:
The Dumbbell Push Press
The Dumbbell Front Squat
The Dumbbell Thruster
The Box Jump
The GHD Sit-up
Learn More About Guest Programming

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Featured photo:
Taken at Camelback CrossFit in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Tuesday 240507

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

For time:
800-meter run
30 burpee bar muscle-ups
800-meter run

Post time to comments.

Scaling:
Thirty bar muscle-ups for time is a well-known benchmark. Today, we’ll add a burpee to each bar muscle-up and sandwich them between 800-meter runs. This is a nice progression from the burpee pull-ups we saw on 240430.

The burpee bar muscle-up is a forgotten tool when developing bar muscle-up capacity because effectively, you’re doing 30 single bar muscle-ups. The first bar muscle-up of a set is arguably the hardest, as when you come down from the top of the first rep, you can naturally generate more swing and a bigger kip into consecutive reps. Today, the goal is to make that first bar muscle-up a little easier by practicing it 30 times.

The first 800-meter run should raise the heart rate, and the burpee will cause core fatigue and pushing redundancy with the bar muscle-up, so this workout does get grimy. The burpee quickly becomes a mental test of making sure you keep moving. Finishing with the run means we can let loose and push the pace — aim to finish the last 800 meters faster than the first.

A great goal is to complete this workout in sub-15 minutes, and those who really want to push can aim for the 10-minute mark.

Intermediate option:
For time:
600-meter run
30 burpee jumping bar muscle-ups
600-meter run
*Use a pull-up bar that is elbow height when your arms are overhead.

Beginner option:
For time:
400-meter run
20 burpee low-ring muscle-up transitions
400-meter run
*Perform a burpee, and then a single low-ring muscle-up transition.

Resources:
The Burpee
The Kipping Bar Muscle-up
Burpee Bar Muscle-ups With Heber Cannon
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Monday 240506

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

For load:
Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5 reps

Finisher:
On a 10-minute clock, build to a heavy Turkish get-up.

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Scaling:
Today we’re hitting 5 heavy sets of 5 deadlifts. Allocate a decent amount of time to build up to 80-85% of your 1-rep-max, and then start the heavy sets. If you are moving well, increase the weight each round and aim to hit a new PR around set 4 or 5. You may also stick to the same weight across the board or pyramid up and down in load. Remember, the stimulus is to lift heavy, safely, and have fun doing so!

The Turkish get-up is a great tool to build core strength and shoulder stability. The movement will be a great bit of accessory work to finish off a strength-focused day. Complete this movement with a dumbbell, kettlebell, or even a barbell (most challenging).

Intermediate option:
Same as Rx’d

Beginner option:
Same as Rx’d

Resources:
The Deadlift
What is a Deadlift?
The Dumbbell Turkish Get-up
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Sunday 240505

Rest Day

Recommended read: “Reigniting the Fire: How the CrossFit Community Helped Taylor Heim Take Back Her Life”

If it weren’t for the endless supportive text messages from the members at Tarheel CrossFit, Taylor Heim would still weigh over 350 pounds. If it weren’t for the coaches grabbing her by the hand and guiding her through recovery, Heim would still be fighting depression and an eating disorder. “CrossFit genuinely saved my life.” -Taylor Heim

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Saturday 240504

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

For time:
21-18-15-12-9-6-3
Kettlebell swings
3-6-9-12-15-18-21
Toes-to-bars

♀ 53 lb
♂ 70 lb

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Scaling:
This workout is all about the midline, and the descending/ascending rep schemes will require some strategy on how to manage your rest.

The two movements in this workout should complement each other nicely — hip extension using the posterior chain in the swings and hip flexion using the anterior side of the body with the toes-to-bars — but with this volume, it will be a great test of your midline.

Aim to finish in around 15 minutes. More experienced athletes can aim closer to 10 minutes. Everyone should be done in sub-20 minutes.

Be efficient by driving through the heels and keeping the back flat in the kettlebell swings, and apply good mechanics to your kip swings in the toes-to-bars. Don’t underestimate the potential for grip fatigue in this workout. Have a plan for when you want to break each movement to allow you to keep working instead of taking big rest periods because your grip blows up.

Reduce the kettlebell weight and maintain volume to start, then reduce volume if needed. To scale the toes-to-bars, first reduce the volume, then perform kipping knee raises or keep the legs straight and try to get the feet as high as possible while maintaining the rhythm and integrity of the kip swing. If unable to hang from the bar, substitute with lying leg raises, bending the knees if needed.

Intermediate option:
For time:
21-18-15-12-9-6-3
Kettlebell swings
2-4-6-8-10-12-14
Toes-to-bars

35 lb
53 lb

Beginner option:
For time:
21-15-9-3
Kettlebell swings
3-9-15-21
Lying leg raises

26 lb
35 lb

Resources:
The Kettlebell Swing
The Kipping Toes-to-bar
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Friday 240503

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:

Minutes 1-5, use a light weight to complete:
1 snatch pull
1 hang power snatch
1 overhead squat

Minutes 6-10, use a light weight to complete:
1 snatch pull
1 low-hang snatch

Minutes 11-20, increase the load if movement is sound and complete:
1 snatch pull
1 squat snatch

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Scaling:
The goal today is to build confidence in the snatch.

Every minute starts with a snatch pull to practice:
- A solid setup position.
- Hips and shoulders rising at the same time.
- Reaching full hip and knee extension before shrugging.

In minutes 1-5, concentrate on full hip extension. We are receiving the barbell high in the power snatch position (as opposed to the squat snatch), and then practicing a deeper receiving position with the overhead squat. The goal is for the skills of this complex to transfer over to the later minutes in this workout.

In minutes 6-10, start from the low hang and try to receive the bar in a squat. We may add a little weight, but stick to the same weight for the full 5 minutes; the opportunity to increase weight will come in the next 10 minutes. Focus on being patient, keeping the chest/shoulders on top of the bar, and jumping before using the arms to pull under.

In minutes 11-20, snatch from the floor. Focus on a sound setup position, and hips and shoulders rising at the same time before accelerating and extending the hips when the bar reaches mid-thigh — patience will be necessary to stay over the bar to reach this position. All the coaching points and practice from the previous work comes together to finish with a full squat snatch.

If you’re moving well, add weight through the last 10 minutes, but the goal is to have no missed lifts. Do not sacrifice form for load.

Intermediate option:
Same as Rx’d

Beginner option:
Same as Rx’d

Resources:
The Snatch
The Hang Power Snatch
The Overhead Squat
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Wednesday 240501

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

For time:
Designated calories on the Echo bike (see below)
9-6-3
Sandbag ground-to-shoulders

♀ 18-12-7 calories, 100 lb
♂ 21-15-9 calories, 150 lb

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Scaling:
Today’s workout is a short sprint of pure grunt work. The calories on the bike are meant to be completed as fast as possible with the first set taking no more than 90 seconds. The sandbag should be moderately heavy. If you don’t have a sandbag, substitute a heavy D-ball or a barbell power clean (125/185 lb). The goal is to finish between 5-7 minutes, while some may push for sub-5 minutes. This workout will test the lungs and legs.

Intermediate option:
For time:
15-12-9
Calorie Echo bike
9-6-3
Sandbag ground-to-shoulders

70 lb
100 lb

Beginner option:
For time: 12-9-6
Calorie Echo bike
7-5-3
Sandbag ground-to-shoulders

35 lb
50 lb

Resources:
Annie Sakamoto vs. the Echo Bike
Sandbag Training
Shop: Rogue Echo Bike

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Tuesday 240430

Guest Programmer – Rob Lawson
April 30-May 12, 2024

10 rounds for time:
10 handstand push-ups
5 burpee pull-ups*
*Bar 6 inches above fingertips with arms extended overhead.

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Scaling:
After yesterday, the goal today is to give the legs a rest as we focus on an upper-body push-and-pull couplet.

The handstand push-up volume today is substantial, and even though we have pull-ups to break things up, the burpee element brings in some pushing redundancy which starts to bite in later rounds.

Many will aim to complete a round every minute. For the majority, a great finishing goal is 12-15 minutes.

If needed, pick a modification for the handstand push-ups that allows you to hit the first 4-5 rounds unbroken, and a modification for the burpee pull-ups that allows you to complete 5 in 30-40 seconds each round.

Intermediate option:
10 rounds for time:
6 handstand push-ups
3 burpee pull-ups*
*Bar at the fingertips with arms overhead.

Beginner option:
10 rounds for time:
6 dumbbell shoulder presses
3 burpee jumping pull-ups*
*Bar at the middle of the forearms with arms overhead.

15-lb dumbbells
20-lb dumbbells

Resources:
The Kipping Handstand Push-up
The Burpee Pull-up With Greg Amundson
The Dumbbell Press
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Monday 240429

Manion

7 rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
29 back squats

♀ 95 lb
♂ 135 lb

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Compare to 220429

Scaling:
Today’s Hero workout recognizes 1st Lt. Travis Manion. This workout is long, with a high volume of running and squats. The loading of the barbell should be relatively light, but expect the volume to add up across the workout. Scale load to enable you to perform a few rounds of squats unbroken and perform all rounds in 2 sets or less. Less-experienced athletes should reduce the rounds and load to keep the workout under 40 minutes.

1st Lt. Travis Manion, 26, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, was killed by sniper fire on April 29, 2007, while fighting against an enemy ambush in Anbar Province, Iraq. He is survived by his father, Col. Tom Manion, mother Janet Manion, and sister Ryan Borek.

Intermediate option:
5 rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
29 back squats

75 lb
115 lb

Beginner option:
4 rounds for time of:
Jog 400 meters
29 back squats

35 lb
45 lb

Resources:
The Back Squat
If Not Me, Then Who? — Honoring the Legacy of Travis Manion
The Travis Manion Foundation

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Sunday 240428

Rest Day

Recommended read: “If Not Me, Then Who?” — Honoring the Legacy of Travis Manion

In 2007, with a second deployment to Iraq on the horizon, United States Marine Corps 1st Lt. Travis Manion’s family questioned why he had to go back to war. His answer exuded character and bravery: “If not me, then who?”

Registration for the Manion WOD is open now, and you can check out this page for a list of CrossFit gyms and additional locations hosting the event in the coming weeks. You may also join virtually and complete the Manion WOD in your home or garage gym. If you’re a gym owner, you can sign up to host a Manion WOD at your gym.

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