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Hope everyone had a great weekend- the weather was nice and mild during the days! Evenings are a different beast though.

PROGRAMMING

Monday 11/12 – Veteran’s Day (normal class schedule)

“DORK”

6 rounds for time:
60 double unders
30 perfectly-vertical kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
15 burpees

This is a HERO workout for a Boston Firefighter and CrossFit coach who gave his life in the line of duty. Cap is 25:00. Post time to whiteboard.

Tuesday 11/13

AMRAP in 9:00:
9 toes-to-bar
9 handstand pushups

then

E2MOM for 20:00
clean + front squat + 2 jerks

Post AMRAP score and complex load to whiteboard.

Wednesday 11/14

Complete two rounds for max total reps

:30 on, :30 off of
kettlebell jerk, 24/16kg (L)
chest-to-bar pullups
kettlebell jerk, 24/16kg (R)
pullups
kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull, 24/16kg
box jump overs, 24/20″
kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull, 24/16kg
step-ups, 24/20″

Post total reps to whiteboard.

Thursday 11/15

“ANNIE”

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
double unders
situps

then “KAREN”

150 wall ball shots (20/14lbs to 10/9′) for time

On a running clock “ANNIE” will go from 0:00 to 9:00. There will be a controlled rest of 2:00, then when the clock reads 11:00 begin “KAREN”. You may work until 21:00. Post times to whiteboard.

Friday 11/16

“BERT”

for time:
50 burpees
400m run
100 pushups
400m run
150 walking lunges
400m run
200 squats
400m run
150 walking lunges
400m run
100 pushups
400m run
50 burpees

Cardio and muscular stamina. Scale the exercises numbers down if you need to, but the goal is to run all of the 400s! Cap is 45:00.

Saturday 11/17

KINDA LIKE A TAILPIPE

6 rounds total, YGIG, for time:
500m row

Partner holds a pair of 24/16kg in a standing rack position while other partner rows. Post pairs and times to whiteboard!

Sunday 11/18

bench press 10 sets of 3, ascending in weight, then

AMRAP in 9:00
20 dumbbell push press, 2×50/35lbs
200m run

FOUNDATION BARBELL

+ Powerlifting, Week 4 PDF

+ Olympic Weightlifting, Week 4 PDF

ARTICLES

+ The WAG 2018 Holiday Nutrition and Habit Guide – Working Against Gravity
+ Alpha Winter Classic Weightlifting Meet – Alpha Barbell
+ NYC Rodents Are Getting Diabetes From Fast Food, Study Suggests – Patch.com
+ Hafthor Bjornsson Is Competing in Powerlifting, What Will He Total? – BarBend

Ah, daylight savings is here to screw with your internal clocks. Hope you made the best of your weekend!

PROGRAMMING

Monday 11/5

establish a weighted pullup 1RM

– then –

21-15-9 reps for time:
thruster, 43/29kg
bar-facing burpees

Tuesday 11/6

2 rounds for time:
1500m row
30 wall ball, 20/14# to 10/9′
20 ring dips

This workout is about improving your dips. Modify to 1200m run, 1500m ski, or 2mi air bike if you please.

Wednesday 11/7

establish a deadlift 1RM

– then –

1-to-12 for time
medicine ball clean
slam ball

Thursday 11/8

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
double unders
kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
kettlebell rack lunges

Skills and stabilization! The weight on the front rack should be light enough to move but enough to fire off stabilizer muscles so you don’t fall over.

Friday 11/9

“HOTSHOTS 19”

6 rounds for time:
30 air squats
19 power cleans, 61/43kg
7 strict pullups
400m run

Compare times here. Read more here.

Saturday 11/10

in teams of two for time:
400m run with 1 teammate carrying object, then

1 working/1 holding object overhead
200 ring row
200 jumping jacks
200 mountain climber
200 box step-ups, 24/20″

then 400m run with 1 teammate carrying object

Sunday 11/11

Foundation Barbell Programming: It’s the last cycle of the year!

Olympic Weightlifting Week 3
Powerlifting Week 3

ARTICLES

+ Arthritis: You’ve Got to Keep Moving – CrossFit Journal
+ A Four-Year Analysis of Incidence of Injuries Among CrossFit-Trained Participants –  Sage Journals
+ A Staggering Number of Troops Are Fat and Tired, Report Says – Military Times

HBD TONY!

This photo is from October 12th, 2008 at FCF 1.0 when Tony and I were both about 135lbs and cherry-picking all the bodyweight CrossFit workouts.

Also Dave took 3rd Place at the Brute vs Beauty Beatdown 2018 at CrossFit Chateau!

PROGRAMMING

Going to try something new this week. Feedback is appreciated! Remember: whatever is on the whiteboard on the gym is the FINAL version of the workout of the day.

Monday 10/22

for time:
50 deadlifts, 84/59kg
50 box jumps, 24/20″
50 pullups
50 calorie row
50 tuck-ups

Do bigger sets, but try to use weights that you cannot do more than sets of 10 in unless at Rx loading. Be smart and prepare your hands for this work, whether shaving your calluses down or wearing protective wraps/tape/gloves/etc.

Post time to comments!

Tuesday 10/23

21-15-9-15-21 reps for time:
power snatch, 34/25kg
overhead squats, 34/25kg

* 35 double unders after each set

Be able to get into a groove with proper mechanics with high-cycling. Snatches are power dependent, OHS are mobility and stability dependent. High-skill cardio between rounds for practice.

Post time to whiteboard!

Wednesday 10/24

PILCHUCK

6 rounds for time:
10 front squats, 102/70kg
24 American kettlebell swings, 32/24kg
14 burpee box jump overs, 24/20″

It’s been four years since tragedy struck on the Marysville-Plichuck High School campus and we run this workout to remember the lives lost and to bring awareness for continued emotional support to the students and staff at MPHS. This is going to be hard.

Post time to whiteboard. Donate to the MPHS Fitness Facility here.

Thursday 10/25

AMRAP in 20 minutes:
400m run
8 dumbbell front lunges, 2×50/35lbs
12 bar muscle-ups

A classic cardio/weightlifting/bodyweight combo, today is about the muscle-up ability under fatigue. Scaled athletes will work on their respective pulling exercises. Push the pace hard on the run and lunges, then figure out how to further your capacity with the pulling at the end of each round.

Post total reps to whiteboard!

Friday 10/26

CGO 11.4

AMRAP in 10 minutes:
60 bar-facing burpees
30 overhead squat, 55/41kg
10 muscle-ups

If you happened to miss Thursday, you still have a chance at muscle-up practice here. Bar and ring muscle-ups are cool. Also like last week this will be a great retest for those who were here 7 years ago (!!!) and haven’t retested this workout since.

Post score to whiteboard!

Saturday 10/27

You Go, I Go

10 rounds (5 rounds each athlete)
10 calorie row
10 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg

Rest and recover then

10 rounds (5 rounds each athlete)
10 power snatch, 34/20kg
10 air squats

Another Saturday, another Team workout. Do your hips have stamina? Let’s find out.

Post team and both times to whiteboard!

Sunday 10/28

every 3:00 for 21:00 (7 rounds)
7 pullups
7 weighted step-ups
7 pushups

– then –

tabata hollow rock

Interval work and midline burner dessert. Mmmm. Upper body and lower body will be taxed. Hold the weights however you see fit: farmers, rack, goblet, overhead, or some other way.

Post attendance to whiteboard!

FOUNDATION BARBELL

Today we start the last blocks of the year- the next four weeks are dedicated to testing and improving your strength levels before we take a break until the new year.

Olympic Weightlifting, November Block, Week 1/4 PDF

Powerlifting, November Block, Week 1/4 PDF

ARTICLES

https://bringemback.com featuring a short film directed by our own Chris V!
+ Third Pregnancy Easier for Omaha Mom Who Stuck With CrossFit Workouts – Live Well Nebraska
+ ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration – NY Times
+ The Secret Betrayal That Sealed Nike’s Special Influence Over the University of Oregon – PS Mag
+ Millennials Are Doomed to Face An Existential Crisis That Will Define the Rest of Their Lives – Forbes
+ A Brief Jog Sharpens the Mind – British Psychology Society

RECOMMENDATIONS

I think the Reebok CrossFit Speed TR is the best “budget CrossFit shoe” out there for feet similar to mine. Check out AsManyReviewsAsPossible’s review video above if you haven’t already.

For those who tried mine at the gym the other day:

This is great at-home (or office) option for in bringing circulation and nerve stimulation to specific areas (just lay or stand on it for five minutes then take a walk- it’s so good!). I first heard about it from Tim Ferris and was hooked after I tried it.

Face it, gym gear gets nasty. Use these in your shoes, your gym bag, and your cubby at the gym if you have one (if you don’t have one, sign up on the clipboard in the back there!)

There “recharge” simply in the sun.

PROGRAMMING

Foundation Barbell – Olympic Weightlifting, Week 4/4 PDF

Foundation Barbell – Powerlifting, Week 4/4 PDF

ARTICLES

+ CrossFit’s Greg Glassman Disrupted Fitness. Next, He’s Taking on Healthcare – Men’s Health
CrossFit Firms Up Games Changes, Announces Four New Sanctioned Events – Morning Chalk Up
+ A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety – Brain Pickings

RECOMMENDATIONS

Even though we had beautiful weather this past weekend, it’s going to turn gloomy at any moment. Be prepared for the cold and all the things that come with it in this week’s recs!

Getting sniffly? Need some nasal relief? Actually caught a cold? We need to open up and clean those nasal passages because we all take breathing well for granted. Enter saline solutions.

I used to use these packets and the bottle it came with while showering. Felt fantastic after.

Since becoming a father I’ve taken more of these bottles for personal use more than I would like to admit!

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this before, but I was asked again on two separate occasions this past week. “How do you keep your shoes so clean?”

1. I don’t- I just clean them up after.
2. I have enough shoes for a descent rotation.

While you probably don’t like owning so many shoes, it’s nice to be able to protect them, especially in the elements:

If you absolutely can’t, cleaning them up is pretty easy with this cleaner:

Sore from last week? Those situps and lunges got me!

PROGRAMMING

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Foundation Barbell: Powerlifting Cycle 3, October Block, Week 2 PDF

Foundation Barbell: Olympic Weightlifting Cycle 3, October Block, Week 2 PDF

ARTICLES

+ Why Eating Meat is Good For You – Chris Kresser
+ 16 CrossFit Athletes Over 50 Who Think Readers Digest is Full of Sh!t – Morning Chalk Up
+ Changes to 2019 Events, Publishes Quad Calendar – USA Weightlifting

RECOMMENDATIONS

Didn’t have any relevant conversations about stuff this week so here’s one I like

At home I enjoy making coffee through my AeroPress. It’s the closest thing to espresso (or cold brew) you can make if you have ground coffee/tea and hot water. No large machine necessary!

It’s superior to a french press for solo drinkers, and also fantastic for travel. The one thing I don’t like is that you use paper filters per use. Recently through Instagram I got to talking to one of the owners of Caffeine & Kilos and they mentioned that I should pickup a Fellow Prismo: it replaces the cap/filter portion of the AeroPress with a cleaner cap option and reusable stainless steel filter.

So good.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We’ll be sponsoring The OUTwod Power of Pride along with our friends at Rocket CrossFit, CrossFit LOFT, and FUELhouse Gym:

Check it out, save the date, call out a swole mate and register!

Robyn competed this past weekend at The 2018 Cascade Classic! Give her a high-five next time you bump into her.

PROGRAMMING

After the simplistic movements of last week, let’s reintroduce higher-level options with more opportunities and longer times to work.

This week also sees the beginning of a new programming block for both of our Foundation Barbell programs:

Olympic Weightlifting – Oct 2018 PDF

Powerlifting – Oct 2018 PDF

ARTICLES

+ A New World Marathon Record Almost Defies Description – The Atlantic
+ CrossFit Announces Four New Sanctioned Events, Expands Competition – Morning Chalk Up
+ Weightlifter Harrison Maurus’ 270kg Squat Is a Serious Nail Biter – BarBend

CFTS 18.1

CFTS 18.2

RECOMMENDATIONS

I rotate through a lot of different shoes and keeping them clean can sometimes be a challenge, especially in this line of work. I use Jason Markk cleaners, repellants, and even their insoles for many of my CrossFit shoes.

For those with weak/rehabbing wrists: you should wear supportive gear. I’m not a fan of the full fabric style (where you tension it by twisting) because it’s too aggressive on tightness. I’m also not a fan of the neoprene or Rogue-style wraps because they’re too flexible. Fortunately for me there’s a middle ground: the Rocktape Wrist Wraps. Co-developed by Jason Khalipa he devised a literal half-way between the two style I mentioned above. I use these only when my wrist isn’t feeling confident.

Calluses! They’re the one thing you’re going to have to go through here in CrossFit because we use our hands to hold onto many different things. That said you don’t have to live with rough hands if you take care of them. I was gifted a SandBar at the gym and it’s great because it emulates the pullup bar or a barbell, allowing you into the areas and corners of your hand a pumice stone or other “cheese-grater” types cannot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We’re sponsoring POWER OF PRIDE by OUTwod, Saturday, November 17th at FUELhouse in Fremont.It’s a partner competition to raise money for a LGBTQ+ organization. Click here or the picture for more details!

PROGRAMMING

Here’s the agenda for the week!

Foundation Barbell – Powerlifting, Week 4: Realization Week PDF

Foundation Barbell – Olympic Weightlifting, Week 4: Max Week PDF

ARTICLES

+ From Work to Workout: The Best Gym Bags with Shoe Compartments – Carryology
+ Overhead Squat Ultimate Guide – BarBend
+ Peppercorn-Crusted Roast Beef – Crowd Cow

RECOMMENDATIONS

Weather is about to change! For some people in Seattle, that means getting warm prior to workouts might be more difficult. Knee sleeves do more than just heat up the knee joint: they act as shin protectors for deadlifts, pulls, and rope climbs!

Also with the cooling of the weather more people enjoy running outdoors in these milder temperatures. These insoles teach you to strike in the middle of the foot more often.

I’ve seen a similar product popping up in more circles in social media for those with tight ankles. Here’s the supplemental addition to your shoe to change up how you move!

The second-ever CrossFit Games champion, and fitness personality Jason Khalipa has released a book!

 

Click to embiggen!

Lots of fun ahead of you this week! The weather is turning so make sure you’re prepared with the appropriate clothes and footwear when coming in this week.

Powerlifting Week 3 PDF

Olympic Weightlifting Week 3 PDF

ARTICLES

+ The New Girls – CrossFit Journal
+ Why Sue Bird Stayed In Seattle – SB Nation
+ The Keto Diet is a Recipe for Disaster – The Outline

New CrossFit Games info:

I like it! Many more opportunities for athletes throughout the year- more events for us common folk to watch!

Part 4 (the finale) of the Brent Fikowski docuseries ALL IN:

RECOMMENDATIONS

Don’t have too much this week: someone asked me about weightlifting belts- you don’t need them at all. That said, if it’s been over a year and you’ve struggled to stay tight under lifts even after mastering the Valsalva Maneuver then maybe you could use some help. This one is very similar to the only brand and style of belts I’ll ever recommend for a CrossFitter: 2Pood Straight Belts!


Stop buying Harbinger!

With the change in weather (and the heat dissapearing) you won’t be able to dry out as quickly as you’d like, maybe leading to your gear having some gnarly odors. Adjust that real quick with some bamboo charcoal odor removing packets. I use these in my closet and gym bag and in my daughter’s diaper pail.

Katie, Stacey, Kelsey, and Zoe hitting a partner stretch

We hope your three-day weekend is great! Big thanks to everyone who came out and threw down for Saved By the Barbell yesterday.

LABOR DAY SCHEDULE:

– 9am CrossFit
– 9am Powerlifting
– 9am Olympic Weightlifting

– 10am CrossFit

– 11am CrossFit

RSVP for your classes!

This week is DELOAD WEEK! Take a gander at our plans for the following couple of days:

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Powerlifting: Week 2 PDF

Olympic Weightlifting: Week 2 PDF

ARTICLES

+ USA Weightlifting September 2018 Update – USA Weightlifting
+ CLB Hopes to Compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – BarBend
+ Dubai CrossFit Championship is First-Sanctioned CrossFit Event – Morning Chalk Up

RECOMMENDATIONS

This might be the better option for a mobility tool. The once-popular Black and Deckers aren’t as available anymore!

Although the weather isn’t as hot as it was, the wear and tear on your body (especially if you do more than one FCF class a day!) means you need to stave off the body breaking down your own muscle tissue between workouts. BCAA supplements may be beneficial to holding you over until you can get a nutritious meal in.

For those that follow me on social see that I record a lot of my workout sessions. I do this because I get to immediately see what I did right and wrong, make adjustments, and use instagram as a workout journal. Using a bunch of tips a tricks I can usually get some fun shots (and I definitely have my go-to-angles), but tripods always make it easier. I had one of these pocket tripods last year and used it often unless I misplaced it- but I just found it again so I’ve been pulling it out on the daily. Do yourself a favor and get some of your hard work out there! Don’t forget to hashtag #HYFRsquad (the general FCF hashtag) and #FoundationBarbell when appropriate!

Enjoy!It’s volume week so we’re taking some of the new skills we introduced (or reintroduced) last week and we’re going to hammer that technique in through some heavier volume and time under tension.

There are a number of new workout schemes coming so be mindful of how you execute your strategies to make sure you can last through the workout as intended.

FOUNDATION BARBELL – Cycle #2, Block 3

We’re at the beginning of a new four-week block for the barbell programs! We saw so many personal records smashed from the last block in both Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting cycles from those who were consistent and full of effort. Will you be that lifter?

Olympic Weightlifting: Cycle 2, Block 3 – Week 1 PDF

Powerlifting: Cycle 2, Block 3 – Week 1

Remember: these classes are now available to everyone who has access to our ongoing CrossFit classes. Registration not necessary, but encouraged (since we program based on feedback)