Strength – 8 minutes
From the rack, on the Minute for 8 minutes complete:
2 Pausing Front Squats (2 Seconds)
PAUSING FRONT SQUAT
* We’ll have a few minutes to get a light weight on the bar for the first set of Pausing Front Squats before we start the clock for 8 minutes
* Athletes grouped up together in a rack can go right after one another within each 1-minute window
* As you increase the weight, make sure to stick to the 2 second pause in the bottom
**“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” – James Clear**
If someone has 10 coins, are they rich? Let’s say no.
What if they have 100 coins. Probably not.
What about 1,000 coins?
There is a tipping point. A number where our answer changes to yes. It actually narrows down to a single coin where that takes place.
But… we know it wasn’t *just* the single coin. It was the culmination of the many before. We can apply this same logic to our identity. By itself, walking the shopping cart back to its home isn’t going to change who we are as an individual. By itself, picking up trash outside of the local school isn’t going to either. It’s the culmination, that will. These votes for who we are, seemingly small at the time, add up.
A pitfall in life is when we view instances throughout our day as insignificant. We tell ourselves, “this won’t make a difference”. Yet at the end of the day, just like the single coin, it’s all that matters.
Conditioning WOD – 18 minute cap
5 Rounds For Time:
10 Front Squats (155/105)
20/15 Calorie Machine
WORKOUT BRIEF [0:00 – 5:00]
* The intended time range for this workout is between 9-13 minutes [~1:40-2:30 Rounds]
* The barbell will come from the ground
* Choose a weight that is challenging, but one that you can complete in 1-2 sets throughout
* You are able to squat clean the first rep of each set
* Before completing the conditioning piece, we’ll spend some time getting under heavier loads
* This “On the Minute” strength piece will allow you to build up in weight and work on technique
* The 2 second pause in the bottom of each rep is there to help reinforce proper positioning
* With this being the first week back for many of us to strength/barbell movements, make quality of movement a priority over weight lifted
* Aim to start light and gradually build in weight over the 8 minutes of work
MOBILITY [12:00 – 15:00]
Warrior Squats: 45 Seconds
Couch Stretch: 45 Seconds Each Side
Elbows & Hands
Having a good hand position makes for a better elbow position. Rather than death gripping the bar, let the weight sit back into the fingertips. This allows for the elbows to stay high during the movement, which lets the bar to rest comfortably on the body. When the bar is too far down in the hands, it can elevate off the shoulders, which requires a lot more effort from the upper body to support the weight. Loose fingertips, high elbows.
We want the knees in during the row, but driving the knees out in the front squat can allow for better depth and muscle recruitment. How far you drive them out is determined by factors like height and flexibility. More important than actually driving the knees out is not letting the knees cave in at any time during them movement.
5 Pausing Front Squats (2 Seconds)
5 Front Squats
* Double Dumbbell Front Squats [Video](youtu.be/ZG0vp6l7t-A)
* Single Dumbbell Goblet Squats [Video](youtube.com/watch?v=bJWKhWkVmPA0)
* Jumping Air Squats [Video](youtu.be/_qVg-7q8OG0)
STRATEGY + WOD [40:00 – 60:00]
* A good theme for this workout is to “just start” the next station
* It can sometimes be overwhelming to think about the work that lies ahead
* The hardest thing is often the mental strain of getting your hands on the bar or getting your feet in the straps
* Walking up to bar and cleaning it right away or getting strapped into the rower quickly can help you feel like you are in control and making significant progress towards finishing that station
* If we had to pick one station to really go for it, let’s make it the front squats
* We can always move forward on the rower, but when the bar is on the ground, no work is happening
* In order to stay moving for the majority of the 5-rounds, see if you can hold on for unbroken squats
* 10 reps is just small enough where unbroken sets are very realistic
* Taking a short pause at the top of each rep can help you breathe and give the legs a little break before the next squat