When MMA athlete BJ Penn needed to up his conditioning for his fights he turned to CrossFit. Even though the coaching staff had never participated in the sport, they need what the demands of the sport were and created a format accordingly. They asked themselves rather than some footwork and feints what would it be like to actually work for the entirety of the 5:00-round?

After combining 5 different exercise stations and demanding maximum repetition throughout the CrossFit staff put BJ through the workout. At the end of it all they asked him how it felt. He said it was “like a fight gone bad“, and that’s where this staple workout protocol came from.

CONDITIONING for Wednesday 11/25/2020

3 rounds for max total reps:
1:00 thruster
1:00 burpee
1:00 push press
1:00 box jumps
1:00 SDHP
1:00 rest

3 rounds for max total reps:
1:00 thruster, 20/15/15kg
1:00 SDHP, 35/25/15kg
1:00 box jumps, 24/20/16″
1:00 push press, 35/25/15kg
1:00 row
1:00 rest

3 rounds for max total reps:
1:00 jumping squat
1:00 burpee
1:00 hand-release pushups
1:00 tuck jumps
1:00 prone snow angels
1:00 rest

Move through each 1:00 station accumulating as many repetitions as possible, resting when necessary. Score = total reps completed through 3 rounds. Modify equipment and movement as needed.

Post score to comments!

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CONDITIONING for Tuesday 11/24/2020

10 (kettlebell) swings every minute on the minute for 10:00, then

for total reps
2:00 max pushups
1:00 rest
2:00 max situps
1:00 rest
2:00 max air squats
1:00 rest

Repeat for total of two or three rounds. If you have some sort of loading feel free to use that for the squats and situps as well. Go FULL EFFORT for each two minute effort- don’t hold back or game the workout. Post results to comments.

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CONDITIONING for Monday 11/23/2020


AMRAP in 15:00
12 one-arm deadlift
9 one-arm hang power clean
6 one-arm shoulder-to-overhead

Alternate sides each round. This is basically a one-armed DT for 15:00, rather than with a heavy barbell. Since we can’t control what the loading is, the As Many Reps As Possible format works best to challenge everyone accordingly. Focus on the proper technique for each, staying as square as possible to not fire off the back during the deadlifts and cleans, and to ensure good shoulder mechanics in the s2o. If you can get through a set unbroken, do so, and take your breaks during the switching of sides.

Post score to comments.

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YOGA for Sunday 11/22/2020

Catch it on Zoom at 10am! RSVP on PushPress

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Podcast description:

We are getting conflicting messages regarding productivity in this time of chaos. Some are telling us to learn new skills, master sourdough making, and take online courses. Others are encouraging us to take it easy, watch a movie, do less. For athletes, who were mentally prepared to be working hard and staying focused before competitive seasons and training plans were derailed, the path forward is uncertain. Dr. Justin Tausig, a former pro fencer turned sports and performance psychologist, is encouraging athletes to stay productive during this crisis. Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t, and do at least one productive thing a day.

CONDITIONING for Champagne Friday 11/20/2020


10 rounds for time:
8 goblet squats
8 handstand/hand-release pushups

Do whichever version of the push you have. If you have any handstand pushups, try to do the first handful of reps (no more than three attempts) each round before turning them into hand-release. If you don’t have any HSPU then do T-pushups. Eight reps per movement shouldn’t be too hard, but localized fatigue in the shoulders and legs will occur so rest to recharge before going again.

25:00 time cap. Post times to comments.

It’s Friday- hit the work day hard, hit your workout harder, then hit that relaxation for the weekend the hardest.

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In our Zoom classes you’ll see WTD (weighted) and unWTD (unweighted aka bodyweight) listed. This informs you and the other athletes if you need something handy nearby- a kettlebell, a dumbbell, a medicine ball, a weighted backpack, bottle of tequila, etc. You can expect movements like this:

While preferred you can always use a weight to make bodyweight classes more difficult, and if you find yourself in a situation where you do not have any loading but can only attend a WTD class then just show up! You can do more challenging bodyweight movements by changing leverage or by increasing volume. This means a normal pushup could potentially become something more complex like this:

CONDITIONING for Thursday 11/19/2020


21-15-9 reps for time:
burpee box jumps
power cleans
weighted step-ups

Find a height that allows you to pop up immediately after getting upright from the burpee. Power cleans ideally would be heavy (we imagined a 61/43/29kg barbell), and the weighted step-ups would occur with your standard CFOpen weights of 50/25/10lbs to the same thing you were jumping onto. 20:00 time cap. Post times to comments!

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