Thursday, May 23

Starting the day with weightlifting - pausing front squats and a build to a heavy hang squat clean. This will lead us into our conditioning for the day, and a short-range sprint effort at that. 3 rounds of hang squat cleans and lateral burpees over the bar. Body Armor to finish our day, combining the bench, with glute bridges and hip extensions. ACTIVATION 3:00 Tempo Bike 1st minute slow, 2nd minute moderate, 3rd minute moderate/fast. 1 Round: 6 Cossack Squats 12 Hollow Rocks 6 Pausing Air Squats (3 each side) 12 Superman Rocks 3:00 Tempo Bike 1st minute slow, 2nd minute moderate, 3rd minute moderate/fast. Barbell Warmup (empty BB): 5 Good Mornings 5 Back Squats 5 Elbow Rotations 5 Strict Presses 5 Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 5 Front Squats

Paused Front Squat (5 x 2)

5 Sets of 2 Pausing Front Squats 3s pause in the bottom of each rep. Set #1 - 65% of 1RM Front Squat Set #2 - 70% Sets #3+4+5 - Build to a heavy double. All reps are taken from the rack. Positioning is what we are after today. In the bottom of each squat, check in on the big three of the front squat. Positioning - Bar on shoulders, not on wrists. Maintaining tension in the arms is only going to help us with stability, unless it's causing our elbows to drop into a disadvantageous position. Midline - Not just our mid-section, but our upper back. As we all have felt, the front squat can pull us forward. Shoulders back, and "be big" beneath the bar as well as tightening down the rib cage. Heels - It's not uncommon for athletes to loose heel contact with the ground at the bottom of our squat. Not in an egregious, highly obvious way, but more so in a slight shift in weight. When the ankle rolls in, and we can see movement of the outside of the heel caving in just slightly… we are losing our connection to the floor. Have a friend, or a video, assist us here to check in on how we're doing.

Hang Squat Clean (Emom 5)

On the Minute x 5: 2 Hang Squat Cleans @ 60% 2 Hang Squat Cleans @ 65% 2 Hang Squat Cleans @ 70% 1 Hang Squat Clean @ 75% 1 Hang Squat Clean @ 80% Rest 1:00 On the Minute x 5: 1 Hang Squat Clean, building in load. Record the final single.

Dirt Nap (Time)

3 Rounds: 15 Hang Squat Cleans (115/85) 15 Lateral Barbell Burpees In "Dirt Nap", we have a short-range sprint effort. On the hang squat cleans, we are looking for a load we are very confident we could complete 15+ reps with unbroken when fresh. Today is a day that we are looking to hold onto the barbell for larger rep counts, versus smaller sets. Another way to look at this is that we are looking for a load that we feel confident we could complete the 15 with one break or less in each round. On the burpees, these are lateral to the barbell. That is, we are completing the burpee parallel to the barbell. A two foot jump over the barbell is Rx, with a burpee step-up still counting as Rx. Pacing wise, although a mid-range sprint, we still need to pace the burpees relative to our conditioning. What is more important than cycling the burpees quicker is the need for large sets on the barbell. We aren't going to stop on the burpees, but we absolutely can stop on the barbell. With one break (or less) being the goal on the barbell per round, let's then increase the pace our burpees.


Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds)

4 Giant Sets: 7 Bench Presses (70%) 14 Glute Bridges 21 Hip Extensions Rest 2:00 between sets. On the bench press reps, we are looking to move our our estimated 1RM bench press. Fully recognizing that this is not something that we max often, an educated estimate is completely fair. On the glute bridges and hip extensions, athletes choice if we would like to weight these. Stimulus wise however, we are looking for the "giant set"… one large consecutive piece, without breaks inside any of the movements. Free to build in load after the first set as seen fit.

-------------- "You can easily judge the character of a person by how they treat those who can do nothing for them." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Cue, craving, response, reward. In "Atomic Habits", by James Clear, this is the loop process that determines many of our actions. A large part of the above is the final piece - the reward. We can be reward oriented creatures. Which in all reality is not a bad thing. We find ourselves in trouble however, when it is the *only* thing. The quote above gives us something to think about. Sometime today, we’ll come across the individual who can offer us the least. Potentially even, "do nothing for us". We’ll know who it is when we see them. How we act inside that moment is the reality of our character.

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