Workout of the Day (WOD)

Tuesday 5/20/14

First:  There are new faces around the gym, be sure to introduce yourself to them, talk to them and make them feel welcome. Remember back when you started CrossFit? It was a bit overwhelming, maybe a little intimidating and everything was so new. Go out of your way and show them why so many people are addicted to CrossFit in addition to the workouts.

Second:  Congratulations to Jim C. for completing the Whidbey Island Half Marathon.  He finished in 24th place with a time of 1:31:53.  Jim said his training for this one was mostly Crossfit and a few extra runs sprinkled in. It was his second half marathon and he beat his first time by 11 minutes, see all of those wall balls paid off.

CFE:
Run:  2x1Mile 1:1 Work/Rest Ratio
Row:  2x2k 1:1 Work/Rest Ratio

Strength:  Back Squat
First work set 5 Reps @ 67% your 1RM
Second work set 3 Reps @ 76% your 1RM
Third work set max reps @ 85% your 1RM

WOD:
"Strict Nicole"
20 Minute AMRAP
Max Reps Strict Pull-Ups (once you come down from the bar, you're done and go for a run)
400m Run
*Your final score is the grand total of strict Pull-Ups completed.
**If you can't do strict pull-ups, use the smallest band possible to complete the strict pull-ups or do strict ring rows.

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Strength 2:
7x1 Hang Power Clean  You may shoot for a 1RM if you like. Newer athletes work on form and technique with no concern over loads used.  Move for quality!!!!!!

A great exercise you can do that will develop your ability to produce power and muscular size is the hang power clean (HPC). It'’s an explosive jump shrug, upright row and front squat all rolled up into one fully loaded movement.

According to research, the HPC produces more than four times as much power as the squat or deadlift and more than nine times that of the bench press. That'’s one hell of an exercise, right? And because the move is so jam-packed, it's extremely important to make certain that you have every phase perfected in order to avoid injury. The sooner it becomes second nature to you, the sooner you'll begin reaping the benefits in power, strength and resulting muscle growth.

How To Perform Correctly

1.  Grasp the bar with an overhand (pronated) grip with your hands just outside hip-width, and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, eyes focused forward. Wrap your thumbs around the bar for safety.

2.  Keeping your abs tight and back and arms straight, bend your knees and push your hips back, as if you were preparing to perform a vertical jump. Your shoulders should be slightly ahead of the bar.

3.  Once the bar reaches about mid-thigh, begin a jump shrug by quickly and explosively extending your legs and rising onto your toes, then shrug and pull the bar upward, keeping it very close to your body.

4.  Pull the bar explosively to your upper chest, keeping your elbows as high as possible and out to your sides.

5.  Immediately pull your body under the bar by quickly rotating your hands and elbows around it, "catching"” the bar with your hands and shoulders. As your elbows rotate around the bar, allow your hips to shift back and down slightly, as if you were sitting in a chair, as you absorb the weight of the bar.

6.  You'’re now in a front squat position, squeezing your legs and pressing through the floor. Note: Once you'’re under the bar, your elbows should point straight ahead, with the bar resting in your hands atop your front delts and upper chest.

7.  Keeping your back arched and chest up, press through your heels to extend your legs and return to a standing position.

8.  Once at the top, rotate your wrists and elbows around the bar and carefully lower the bar to the start position, keeping the bar very close to your body. Reset your feet and repeat for reps.

**** HPC Tip:  Don'’t pull with your arms first. Let your legs and hips initiate the movement, and use your arms to pull yourself under the bar.