Wednesday, May 8
ACTIVATION 1 Round: :20s Jump Rope + 10 Slow Air Squats :20s Jump Rope + :30s Alternating Warrior Squats :20s Jump Rope + 10 Light Russian Kettlebell Swings :20s Jump Rope + 5 Inchworms 1 Round: 6 Cossack Squats 12 Hollow Rocks 6 Pausing Waiter Squats (3 each side) 12 Superman Rocks Barbell Warmup (empty BB): 5 Good Mornings 5 Back Squats 5 Elbow Rotations 5 Strict Presses 5 Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 5 Front Squats
Split Jerk (3x3,4x2,5x1)
3 Sets of 3 - Tall Jerk 4 Sets of 2 - Pausing Split Jerk 5 Sets of 1 - Split Jerk Our first two movements are primers for the third, where we will be building to a heavy single for the day. All repetitions are taken from the rack, or blocks. On the Tall Jerk, our aim both speed and positioning beneath the bar. Pressing the bar to just above forehead level, we are about halfway to lockout. From here, the goal is not to elevate the bar any higher, and to instead press our body beneath the bar. The speed to lockout is just as much of a factor as our positioning. Our ability to move our feet accurately into our split receiving position can be refined here. For loadings, stay on the very light side, as speed and technique is the focus. If the weight is too heavy, we end up muscling our way through. Start with an empty barbell, and build steadily to somewhere between 30-40% (based on your estimated 1RM Split Jerk) for our 3x3. On the Pausing Split Jerk, we have a two-second pause in two separate positions. The dip, and the catch. This allows us to refine our positions further, now under load. On the dip, focus on the full foot being glued to the floor, but with the weight back towards the heel. And on thje catch, our stability with the raised heel of the back foot. Set #1 - 50% of 1RM Split Jerk Set #2 - 55% Set #3 - 60% Set #4 - 65% Split Jerk. From here, take 10:00 to build to 5 Sets of 1 Heavy Single.
Jack Squat (Time)
21 Front Squats, 21 KB Swings, 400m Run 15 Front Squats, 15 KB Swings, 400m Run 9 Front Squats, 9 KB Swings, 400m Run Rx Barbell – 135/95 Rx Kettlebell – 70/50 Rx+ Wear 20 lb vest
Stimulus wise, we are looking for a loading that we are very confident we can complete that first round unbroken on. If our personal strategy calls for a break in the 21’s, we can do so, but if we had to, we are confident we could complete it unbroken. We are looking for all athletes to complete all sets with at most, a single break. This will preserve the conditioning stimulus. In "Jack Squat", we are again looking to complete all sets with at the absolute most, a single break per set. Modifying the loading to ensure that stimulus is met will bring about a conditioning-based 21-15-9 that we are after today. Let’s make this about our lungs and stamina, versus our absolute strength. From a macro-level, we recognize that "stopping" is the last place we want to be in this workout. Stoppages will take place as we break on the barbell, or if a transition stops. To mitigate those, our first controller would be the runs. With only three 400’s, we naturally want to push our pace here, but not at the expense of stoppages. In other words, if we push the runs to the point where we need to break the round of 15 front squats due to metabolic reasons, we will likely be mismanaging our effort. We are looking at the runs as the "pacer" to ensure we have large, if not unbroken sets on the squats and swings. Once we have those sets dialed (stoppages minimized, or even eliminated), then we look to push the runs. For a rough starting point on where this running pace should be, let’s start by visualizing what our 2 mile time trial run would pace like. It’s an aggressive pace, but one that allows us to continue to move inside the gym on the squats and swings.
Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds)
3 Giant Sets: Max Dumbbell Bench Press (70's/50's) 12 Chest Supported Rows Dumbbell Rows 12 Lateral Box Step-Ups (6/side) Rest 2:00 between.
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