Our SINGLET SATURDAY CREW (minus a handful who couldn’t stay the entire session):

We want you super prepared to take on the volume and intensity (and soreness) that MURPH will bring next Monday, so we’re planning to start each class with some stretches so you know what we’re looking to accomplish as a post-workout treat.

On tap this week: weighted pullups, power snatches & double unders, Week 2 of our 5×5 back squats, tabata front squats, burpee box jumps, CHELSEA as a prep workout- see if your timing is on point, dumbbell thrusters & running, the TRIPLE 3, a “20” chipper, bench pressing, and a deadlift & step-up workout. Both the Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting MAY CYCLES also finish this week. You can register for the next series here.


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Anyone else spend part of their weekend watching people run on treadmills?!

CrossFit WOD for Monday 5/21

weighted pullup 5×2, then

15-25-35 reps for time:
power snatch, 35/25kg
4x double unders

1st round = 15 power snatches + 60 double unders. 2nd round = 25 power snatches + 100 double unders. 3rd round = 35 power snatches + 140 double unders. This workout contains the same volume of power snatches as the hero workout RANDY, but with double under “breaks”. Scale the double under multiplier (3x, 2x, 1x). If double unders are too difficult use single unders and stick with the original multiplier of four.

Post time to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 3/3, Day 1/3

hang snatch 50/3, 65/2, 75/2, 80/2, 85+/1 (3)
snatch pull 105+/3 (5)
pause back squat 85+/5 (3)

box jump + depth drop 6×3
GHDSU 3×15
barbell bicep curl 4×25
bonus: max banded plank

Powerlifting WOD – Week 1/3, Day 1/3

back squat 60/5, 75/5, 85/3, 95/1+

dip 5×15
chinup 5×10
bicep opener complex 5×5

Kettlebell WOD

Week 12 (last week): Deficit deadlift 10×1 @85-95% of 1RM
– should be as heavy as possible, but you should not fail during the sets
– rest 1:30-2 minutes between sets


For 15 minutes:

300m row
3 kb cleans
3 kb squats
3 kb push press
30 crunches

Summer competitions are coming! Test your CrossFit stuff in teams or as individuals. Look at the FCF Level 2 / Foundation Barbell group for news and updates.

“Handles” going overhead at last year’s Battle at the Ballpark


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CrossFit WOD for Friday 5/18


AMRAP in 20 minutes:
10 push presses, 52/38kg
10 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
10 box jumps, 24/20″

Post total reps completed to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 2/3, Day 3/3

hang snatches 80/3 (3)
hang cleans 80/3 (3)

GHR 3×12
ab-rollouts 3×12
lat flys 3×12
50 banded good mornings

Powerlifting WOD – Week 2/3, Day 3/3

deadlifts 90/3+

db chest press 5×12
db row 5×12
reverse hyper 5×12

Kettlebell WOD

A) Rack pull deadlifts 10×2 @ 85-90%

B) 50-40-30-20-10 reps ft:
goblet squats
kb swings

Get ready for some high-volume shenanigans!

David wearing a GoRuck ruck backwards during a Pregnant WOD

Today would be a great day to try some rounds wearing a weight vest or a ruck on your body if you plan to do MURPH with us on Memorial Day.


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CrossFit WOD for Thursday 5/17


5 rounds, for total time:
20 pullups
30 pushups
40 situps
50 squats

Rest precisely 3:00 between each round.

Post time to whiteboard!


Every 3 mins for 15 mins

15 cal row
15 burpees


Every 3 mins for 15 mins

15 cal air bike
15 1 arm db overhead lunge steps


Every 3 mins for 15 mins

1 gym length weighted rope pulls
1 gym length 1 arm front rack kb carry (right)
1 gym length 1 arm front rack kb carry (left)
1 gym length weighted rope pulls

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Rock yours at Safeco this summer

This Saturday we’ll be hosting our first SINGLET SATURDAY!

At 10am we’ll be covering a lesson on weightlifting, specifically the Weightlifting Technique Triad, then we’ll hit a complex for max weight, do some pulls or snatches, hit some accessories, then call it a day. It’d be nice to have all morning/afternoon/evening athletes mix and mingle and challenge each other to new levels of lifting. We’ll play some of the Pan Am Championships and we’ll prep for the last week of the May program.

It costs a class and is open to anyone confident in their own weightlifting skill set and limitations. We won’t be teaching basics, just sharpening the technique you already have.


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CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 5/16

overhead squat 5-5-5
snatch balance 3-3-3
hang (squat) snatch 1-1-1

Post heaviest loads to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 2/3, Day 2/3

hang clean 80/3 (3)
3 front squats + 1 jerk 83+/1 (2)
clean pull 105/3 (3)

good mornings 3×6
side bend 3×10/side
dips 3×15
bonus: banded tricep extensions 2xME

Powerlifting WOD – W2D2

bench press 90/3+

good morning 5×10
toes-to-bar 4×15
tricep openers 5×5

Kettlebell WOD

3 rounds
250m run
21 kb push presses
12 pull ups


Death by Kettlebell Swings
Minute 1, 1 swing
Minute 2, 2 swings
Minute 3, 3 swings . . . .

cool down & abs

I’ve been hearing your goals and suggestions so after some deliberation we’ll be starting a Tuesday back squat cycle. For the next 8 or so weeks we’ll back squat every week, building up in intensity, reps, and volume. The outcome should be stronger, more resilient athletes!



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CrossFit WOD for Tuesday 5/15

back squat 5x5x65-70%

CGO 12.1
max 6″ target burpees in 7 minutes

Post score to whiteboard!


EMOM for 10:00
– 6 pushups + 8 opposite down dog toe touch
– 8 jumping lunges + 6 goblet cossack squats

5 rounds, 1:00 on/:30 active recovery
– elevated mountain climbers
– box squat jumps
– dumbbell complex (row in plank + deadlift + power clean + overhead, alternating)
– swipes
– box jumps

1-to-10 ladder
shuttle sprint & burpee

1:00 stations
– frog pumps
– crunch
– bicycle
– frog pumps
– reverse crunch
– russian twist
– flutter kicks
– frog pumps
– v-ups

Gymnastics Strength WOD

still rings and headstands

Here’s a recap of how Crystal, Andrew, and Johnrey did this past weekend at the LOFT SPRING FLING weightlifting meet:

This was Crystal’s first meet and while she’s used to being on stage as a stand-up, she was a bit nervous getting on stage to lift. She over-powered her first two snatches, then eked out her last snatch BUT she dropped it early because she didn’t think her technique was on point. What she didn’t remember is that these weightlifting meets aren’t based on the merits of your technique. These are based on work! Did you get the bar from the ground to overhead without pressing out? The judges gave it to her and so now she was on the board. Next up were her clean & jerks and she wrecked all three of them, no problem. Solid timing upward, great setting, then big punches and solid landings. A lot of the nervous stress had left at that point, leaving her to get the job done like she’s done many times training at Foundation CrossFit. Her first meet was done.

Then the dudes were next and this wasn’t their first rodeo. Unsurprising there was still a little nervousness involved. I did my best to mitigate the made-up tension there. We had Andrew come out and then HE DID THE SAME as Crystal and over-powered his first snatch. Instead of up, he pushed back. He adjusted then got his second to get on the board. Unfortunately he slightly kicked the bar outward for his last snatch and couldn’t hold it. Johnrey was next and he felt like he was missing out on the fun that Crystal and Andrew had- so he decided to lose the bar back over his head too! Later in the back we made a pact to never do that again. John still had to get a score on the board and he almost lost his second snatch backward, but he took a step back to save it and stood up to control. Bam. Had a good chase on the third, but couldn’t save it. Finally the guys had their clean & jerks left. Like Crystal before them, they’re both really efficient at these. Andrew missed his last jerk by pushing it away, even though the lockout was fast. Johnrey was challenged in the receiving position of the jerks. He missed his last clean as trajectory was off.

All in all, what a great time! CrossFit Loft did a great job with hosting their first weightlifting meet. Some hiccups along the way, but the competition finished in a nice amount of time. We ate at Ma’ono after! Big shout out to Paul S for coming out to watch.

So next time you see them tell them how proud you are!

THIS WEEK: Get ready for another quadruple, the start of a TUESDAY back squat cycle (linear), overhead squat/snatch balance/hang (squat) snatch and technique development, BARBARA, JACK, walking lunges, and the brand new MMMOKAYBRO complex.


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CrossFit WOD for Monday 5/14

25-minutes, as many reps as possible:
20-calorie row
15 swinging high-pull
10 kettlebell clean & jerk, 24/16kg
5 handstand pushups

Post score to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 2/3, Day 1/3

HANG SNATCH 80/3 (3)
SNATCH PULL 105/3 (3)

box jump + depth drop 5×3
GHDSU 3×12
barbell bicep curl 4×25
bonus: band hammer curl 2x burnout

Powerlifting WOD – W2/3, D1/3


dips 5×12
chinups 5×10
bicep opener complex 5×5
bonus: band hammer curl 2x burnout

Kettlebell WOD

Week 11 Deadlift 3×5, then

“21”: goblet squats + double kb push press

Tomorrow, Saturday 5/12, three of our own will be competing at the LOFT SPRING FLING Weightlifting Meet at CrossFit Loft in West Seattle.

There are two sessions: Session A is at 1:30pm and Session B is at 3:30pm.

Crystal B will be competing in Session A and Johnrey M and Andrew S will be competing in Session B.

Come and support the team! I’ll be there judging and coaching.


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CrossFit WOD for Champagne Friday 5/11


Tabata Row
Tabata Squat
Tabata Pull-up
Tabata Push-up
Tabata Sit-up

Rest 1 minute between exercises.

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals. Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals. Unit for the row is “calories”. In 2010 future CrossFit Games Champion Kristen Clever scored 4, 25, 10, 15, 18 (= 72)

Post all five scores to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 1/3, Day 3/3

75/3 (3). 2:00 rests.

75/2 (3). 2:00 rests.

PAUSE BACK SQUATS (only 1x/week athletes)
75/5 (5)

Powerlifting WOD – Week 1, Day 3

deadlift 85/5+
dumbbell chest press 5×15
dumbbell row 5×15
reverse hyper 5×10

Gymnastics Strength WOD

still rings and headstands


CrossFit WOD for Saturday 5/12

1-to-10 reps of:
hang squat clean, 35/25kg

then 1RM snatch

12:00 to complete as much as possible

CrossFit WOD for Sunday 5/13

for time:
25 weighted stepup, 50/35lbs to 24/20″
20 dumbbell snatches, 50/35lbs
15 burpee toes-to-bar
10 muscle-ups
15 burpee toes-to-bar
20 dumbbell snatches, 50/35lbs
25 box jump overs, 24/20″