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Back Squat

(E8/8) Max Effort

Today is the final exposure for Back Squats in this cycle.  On Saturday we're going to run a CrossFit Total so if you can make it then, we recommend some sub max heavy triples today. Your heaviest triple can inform your opening weight for the total.

5 Rounds for time of:
5 Snatches
100m Sprint, 50m out and back

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Chris A and David T hit the partner row workout.
Check out Chris' athletic bio here

Robb Wolf teaches the Kipping Pull-up on Again Faster

Part 1, Part 2

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Kids Can Downdog, Too!  Complimentary massages and parent/child Yoga at lululemon tomorrow

Reader Comments (20)

Awesome bio.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike W
Wow, nice bio. We're really packing in the distinguished athletes!
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamir Chopra
I wonder how fast Nick P, Chris A, Willie N and Katie M could get this car going:

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Osorio
Hey Everyone, we'll be committing to our headcount for ice cream and alcohol in the next few days so if you are planning to come to our wedding party (which everyone who is in town ought to be doing), please RSVP now!

Everyone is welcome, so feel free to bring along spouses, kids, significant others etc.


*if you don't drink and want to participate in doing pistols etc. spinning in place for a minute prior to competing is perfectly legit.

**apologies if you are tired of hearing about this... just want to be sure that we have enough tasty things and that everyone knows about it.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel
255x5x34:23 on the metcon (my lungs still feel weird)

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergabrus
Collected Training articles that we've posted on the blog are now up under the "Information" tab in the left column.

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Osorio
Back Squat Day.

WU: 45x5, 95x5. 115x5, 165x3, 185x2

Work: 200x5x3 (All of these felt pretty heavy but they went up).

A very satisfying back squat cycle comes to an end. I started at 165x5x3 and ended today at 200 - and got my depth issues sorted out (I think).

Snatch-Sprint burner: 3:10 with 35 lb DBs (should have done with it 40; would have still finished under the target 4:00 mark).
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamir Chopra
lovely noon class with margie.

good lifting with bjorn.

WU400m row5x3 droms5x3 inch worms5x3 squat to stand

LBBSQ(45x4 95x3 135x3 185x3)215x3 235x3 255x3

BURNER95lb barbell snatchsubbed run for box jumps. after 1st round had to do step ups calf tightening again!4:03

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter.DMG
Unsatisfying dr's appt today--unclear whether anything is broken in my foot, but either way there's not much they would do about it but wait. So I'll wait. And work on my pull-ups + dips!

Squats went fine, nice to work with Shawn.(45x5, 95x5, 135x5) 185x3, 205x3, 215x3

A special toe-less burner for me:5 rds: 6 ball slams + 12 1 pd KB swingsThought about Fox's article and pretty much blasted straight through w/o even little breaks. Glad I went light on it. 3:40.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie
Back squat:warmup: 45x5 95x5 135x3 185x2work: 200x1(PR) 210x1(PR) 215x1(PR)

Snatch/Sprint WOD:3:17 at 75#
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
today was pretty freakin infuriating. after not being able to squat what I thought I should, I found my ass pretty kicked by a super short (and light- 15lb db?! please!) metcon. I cursed those worthless ugly chucks every step of the sprints.

back squat: 120x2, 110x5x2.

snatch/sprint metcon: 3:37 with 15lb db.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichele
So good to finally be back in a class!

Warmup:-jog around the block-3 rounds NFT of: 5 dislocates, 5 inchworms, 5 sumo squat to stand

LBBSQ:(45x5, 85x5, 115x5, 135x3)155x3, 165x3, 175x3-haven't squatted in 2 weeks so I wasn't sure what I could hit. Lots ofgood coaching from Margie on my barbell positioning and bar path. Just a reminder that there's always something that I need to work on.

WOD:3:51@ 53lbs.First round felt good and fun but that excitement died quickly. Snatches didn't look all that pretty. The run was more like a jog and not a sprint. I just didn't want to run hard.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Rare midday class for me today, nice!

BSQ 215x3, 235x3, 245x3now that the weight is getting heavier the knee is caving in again. We'll see what the total holds on Saturday.

Acc Wod: 4:05 w/95 lbs.Snatches felt pretty easy. Running is hard.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBjorn
Never. Gets. Old...

as promised

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFox
great class today.thank you to margie for the encouragement.i thought that 130 was my max for backsquatting but then, when I was just doing one at a time for max weight, i got up to 175. and i feel i could go further. i had just set 130 in my head as what I could get to and I just stopped there. that is so weird. underestimation is like a lifestyle choice for me. the extra 45 pounds was the absence of fear.

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrian andrew zimbler
Michele, you say you were frustrated by the workout and it kicked your butt. Let me put on my detective hat and try to sleuth this one out.

You didn't by any chance complete an eight week intensive lifting program that culminated in an event where you set 1RM PR's in 3 lifts did you?

You did? What a lucky guess.

Normally someone in your position would take a week off, or at the very least be training at super low intensity as active recovery. It's unfortunate that nobody suggested this to you earlier.

Take the rest of the week off. Do the things that people who don't live in gyms (like us) do.


Also, if you show up at the Total on saturday and try to do anything more strenuous than cheering and perhaps making guacamole, then may god have mercy on your soul, for I surely will not.

Pass this along to your agent as well.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
Jerk (from the boxes!)90kgx1x4

Snatch/Sn Pulls to 60

Back Squat (tempo & drive):100x3x5

Curse you, R Train!!!!
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYoon
Back squat: 155x5x3felt hip, but it wasn't bad. definitely shifting to my right slightly as I stand up, which is frustrating.

WOD@73lbs 4:37 - this was a great workout. Like Jess, my sprints were jogs (although probably slower). I tried to keep moving the whole time but found that a few times I couldn't get enough air to keep moving and had to stop and gasp for a moment.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel
LBBS(45x5, 85x5, 105x3, 120x1)135x3, 140x3 F (on last rep), 140x3I'm not sure what happened on the Fail. It's like I decided to mentally check out for a second there.

Snatch/Sprint WOD4:16 @ 44lbs. This was fun, though I would like to have finished in under 4 min.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
WU: jog around the block

LBBS: (45x5 95x5 125x3 140x2) 160x5x3

WOD: #30 dumbbell snatches , 3 each side/rnd - 3:18

ACC: pullups 4 4 4 4 2
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames N.

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