GOAT DAY (2 options) Thursday 3/25/21


GOAT DAY (2 options) Thursday 3/25/21


  • Potential schedule for the 3 weeks of the CrossFit Open:
    • THURSDAY: Goat Days
    • FRIDAY: Open Workout and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! 6:30PM!
    • SATURDAY: Free to try/normal program
    • SUNDAY: Rest
    • MONDAY-WEDNESDAY: Normal Programming and Redo Open Workout for those that desire

* Class Notes For Friday’s Open Workout Will Aimed to Be Written Immediately Following the Announcement on Thursday

Please read about GOAT DAYS!

  • “Goat” is CrossFit slang for a movement that challenges us
  • Examples: Double Unders, Pull-ups, Overhead Squats, Handstand Push-ups, Olympic Weightlifting
  • These are the best days to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths
  • No better way to do that than today
  • We don’t improve our technique with a high heart rate – that’s what we refer to as “training”
  • Today is geared towards “practice,” dialing in our mechanics with a controlled heart rate
  • As an example, to improve the technique of double unders, we want to practice at a low-intensity where we can really focus on the mechanics of the hands and the timing of the jump
  • When we couple “training” with “practice” throughout the week in the right doses, we set ourselves on the fast track to results
  • Choose two “Goats” to work on, and we’ll alternate between them on each minute
  • Choose an appropriate rep scheme for each movement that keeps things in the practice intensity range
    *For the next few Thursdays during the Open, we will run these Goat Days
  • Since we do not know what movements will come out for Friday’s workout, this is an opportunity for athletes to choose what they would like to do as opposed to programming movements that may or may not show up tomorrow (Friday)
  • Athletes have the option to stick with the same movements each week or switch things up
  • There are pros and cons to both.
  • Sticking to the same movements and creating a “mini progression” can be very helpful
  • If the movement athletes are working on come up in the Open, they may want to switch to something that hasn’t come up yet to get prepared for that
  • No right or wrong answer here.
  • Knowing these Goat Days are coming, we can be proactive and get out ahead of things
  • Start brainstorming ideas on movements and rep schemes
  • This makes for a smoothly run class on the day of
  • There may be some of you who just want to come in and get a killer workout in
  • Turning these into more of a conditioning piece is also an option
  • Athletes can alternate between two cardio movements for 20 minutes if they’d like
  • To make things simple, we’ll provide an option for each week


Your choice on movements.
On the Minute x 20:
Odd: Movement 1
Even: Movement 2

  • Below are examples of a few different other options for Goat Days:

Practice Example 1:
On the Minute x 20:
Odd Minutes: 45 Seconds Double Under Practice
Even Minutes: 5-10 Handstand Push-ups

Practice Example 2:
On the Minute x 20:
Odd Minutes: 3-5 Ring Muscle-ups
Even Minutes: 30 Seconds Handstand Walk

Practice Example 3:
On the Minute x 20:
Odd Minutes: 7 Power Snatches (40%)
Even Minutes: 2 Rope Climbs

Cardio Example 1:
On the Minute x 20:
Odd Minutes: 1 Minute Bike
Even Minutes: 1 Minute Sit-ups

Cardio Example 2:
On the Minute x 20:
Odd Minutes: 12 Calorie Row
Even Minutes: 12 Burpees

GENERAL WARM-UP [5:00-12:00]
6 Minutes For Quality
1 Minute Machine
1 Minute Push-up to Down Dog Video
1 Minute Side Plank (30 Second Each) Video
1 Minute Single Leg Glute Bridges (30 Seconds Each) Video
1 Minute Sit-ups
1 Minute Wall Squats Video

MOBILITY [12:00-15:00]
Wall Twist: 1 Minute Each Side

MOVEMENT PREP [15:00 – 30:00]

  • Movement prep will be different for each athlete based on their movements
  • This is where athletes setup equipment if necessary and coaches can continue to assist with structure and coaching
  • Before the real thing, we can run through a quick practice round to ensure logistics

WOD [30:00 – 50:00]

  • No strategy for this, as today is more of a focused practice session
  • The only think to keep in mind is the why behind the day
  • Rather than competing or training hard, athletes can look to maintain a high focus and lower heart rate
  • With this day being lower intensity, the minutes will not likely be full of work
  • This allows for more teaching within the workout than most days

OPTION 2 – Conditioning WOD – 20 minutes

On the Minute x 20:
Minute 1: Max Hand Release Pushups *your score
Minute 2: 15/12 Cal Row or Ski, 12/9 Bike, OR 200 Meter Run

*To put some sure intensity on this workout, RX would be considered being able to complete all minutes with the machine or run in its entirety (without the minute lapping you) while still keeping solid form on the pushups
*If the minute laps you on the machine or run, regardless of pushup form, you will then slip into the scaled category.
*Your focus here you be to push hard on the machine, and while the pushups are your actual score, aim to recover some what so you can stay tough through the 20 minutes.