Happiness Rules

Monday, February 6, 2012

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Test – with PVC,  hold your best possible Deadlift start position for 15 seconds
Hip Mobility on Box, 2 minutes each leg
Groiners, 1 minute each leg
Re-Test – with PVC,  hold your best possible Deadlift start position for 15 seconds

15 Strict Press with Barbell
15 Front Squats with Barbell
15 Jerks with Barbell, practice push OR split position
15 Hang Squat Cleans from below the knee with barbell
10 Clean and Jerks with moderate weight

Workout of the Day:
Clean and Jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps

Cool Down:
Row 1k for time

What a perfect workout to commemorate our second Sno-Rep trip to Mammoth Mountain this coming weekend!  We shot the above video almost a year ago exactly while on location for the first annual trip!  In the video, I referenced that if you don’t have any weight, these movements are still good to work with a broomstick or any bar you can get your hands on.  The idea is that moving properly first, instead of focusing on how much weight can be lifted is the cornerstone of what we teach at the gym.  Don’t be this guy.  If you are still struggling to understand the movement, the timing and proper body position, you should spend the entire time working with the barbell or very light weight.  We must reinforce good positioning and know that is the BEST way to spend the hour of class.  Spend a good chunk of time mobilizing at the beginning of class if you struggle getting into a good set up, rack or overhead position.   Olympic lifting is a great tool for developing overall athletic ability if we are performing the movement properly.

Perhaps you have heard me over the past couple weeks, talking giddily about my recent half day trip to Mt High like I went on a trip to Aspen for a week.  The above video is a compilation of a few clips we took while we were there.  We may not be pro-snowboarders, but this stuff is intense for me and I am always challenging myself to get better.  I love it!  I don’t expect everyone to love surfing and snowboarding like me, but everyone dreams of doing something!  Whether it is to hike the Alps, sail around the world or learn to dance, everything takes a certain amount of physical capacity, and not just that, but the more fit we are, the more we will enjoy these moments!

Over the course of this week, I plan to release some of the videos I have been sitting on from past gym events and discuss a variety of outside the gym activities.  Whether you are young, old, new to CrossFit or a veteran firebreather, train to improve your life and put yourself to the test regularly.

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