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Rest Day

Congratulations Stella Z. on her strict pull-ups!

CrossFit Total this Sunday!

This Sunday we'll be running a CrossFit Total!  The Total is a CrossFit style Powerlifting meet in which each athlete will have 3 attempts to find a 1-rep max in the Squat, Press and Deadlift.
Instead of regular classes we'll be running three 90-minute waves:

Block 1: 9:00AM-10:30AM
Block 2: 10:30PM-12PM
Block 3: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the wave you'd like to attend to do your own warm-up as we will start warming up with barbells almost immediately at the start of the wave.  In the interest of efficiency please come in with an idea of where you'd like to open each lift and what warm-up weights you intened to use to get there.  You can use this 1RM calculator to help give you an idea of what to shoot for.  Just make sure to add a few pounds since we've been doing 3x5 instead of 1x5. 

Novice athletes will do 3RMs instead of 1RM

Preparing to 1 Rep Max
By Coach Fox

        “What are you hoping to hit for the CrossFit Total?”. When your mate asks you this question you may exaggerate a bit but when it comes time to get under a bar you’d better have a plan. Here’s how.

1- Take it easy in the gym or rest completely for a day or two prior to doing a CFT. If you were going to total on a Saturday it would be a good idea to work at 70% or so effort on Thursday, rest completely on Friday (maybe some light mobility work or active recovery type stuff) and go for it on Saturday. Make sure your nutrition is in line with your goals. Do you want to perform well on the total? Do you think that boozing it up the night before and eating offensive (for you) foods will help, or hinder, that performance? If you take your training seriously and want to better yourself then act like it.

2- Have goals. Know what numbers you’d like to hit. You can take numbers that you’ve been working at recently and extrapolate 1RMs using a nifty 1 Rep Max Calculator. Preferably you will have some rep maxes in the 2-5 rep range since the further away you get from that the less reliable the predictions become. If you haven’t been training long and don’t yet have any 2-5 rep max then use the CF Total to establish those and wait until next time around to do 1RMs. There is still so much learning to do on the lifts and hence no sense hitting 1RMs with such little experience, ego be damned.

3- Have a plan. Map out your warm ups. Today is not the day to be doing a metric ton of warm up reps. Let’s take a hypothetical lifter with a previous 1RM of 355 hoping to establish a new 1RM on the squat of 365lbs, his or her time under the bar should look something like this.

45x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 275x3, 315x1, then

1st attempt - 335
2nd attempt - 355
3rd attempt - Set a new 1RM at 365

Establishing a new 1RM of 185 with a previous best of 177.5 might look like this.

45x5, 75x5, 105x5, 125x3, 145x1

1st attempt - 165
2nd attempt - 177.5
3rd attempt - 185

This is obviously subject to change depending on how the warm ups feel and how the 1st two attempts go. Maybe you have more in you than you and the 1RM calculator thought you did, but maybe you don’t. As Rip says “Don’t be pig-headed. If your first attempt tells you that you need to lower your second, do so, without a misplaced sense of diminished self-worth. It’s a test, and it’s designed to measure what’s there, not create something that’s not. That’s what training is for.” There is a world of difference between training and testing, but that is an entirely different topic. Just remember that today is a test day.

4- Realize that the press is a finicky lift. Gains made are often small and hard won. To go from a 1RM of 85 to 87 represents a 2.5% increase. If you have been training long enough you may (read should) be thankful for this type of increase. My point is to say that you should not be greedy with the press. Instead be frugal and take small rewards. Also, don’t overdo the warm ups as this lift fatigues quickly. Usings the example above of hoping to set a new 1RM of 87, here’s a possible warm up scheme.

33x5, 53x3, 63x2, 73x1, 77x1

1st attempt - 81
2nd attempt - 85
3rd attempt - 87

5- The deadlift will be largely warmed up by the squat and will not need a lot of warm up reps on it’s own. Here’s an example of the above 365 squatter hoping to establish a new 1RM of 405 with a previous best of 395

 135x5, 225x3, 315x1, 365x1

1st attempt - 385
2nd attempt - 405
3rd attempt - Go for it, it’s the last rep of the day!

6- You need to rest between attempts (possibly 3-5 minutes) and if you are doing the CrossFit Total in a group class, you also have time constraints. During the warm ups is not the time to dilly-dally and wonder what you should load on the bar next. Having a plan allows you and your rack mates to move smoothly through the warm ups and into the reps and allows time to rest between attempts. If you don’t have a plan you will also cost your rack mates valuable time...don’t be that guy or gal.

The CrossFit Total should be a fun day where you get to move some heavy weight around but that doesn’t mean don’t take it serious, too. Approach each lift with intent, unrack each squat from the uprights with authority and readiness, set up with a BIG BREATH for all your att

empts today. And if you don’t 1RM but gave your all, then celebrate that as well and live to lift another day. You’re a TFBA for showing up regardless.

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What are are your opening numbers for the CF Total? Even if you aren't participating in this weekend's total what is your perceived 1RM and how would you approach finding 1RMs in the three lifts?
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Reader Comments (24)

Hey peeps,
I have a don't have anymore Again Faster Ropes, I needed 11 people and now I have them... Sorry.

Thanks for getting back to me everyone!

Earl and Traci can you send me an email I have some info to send you

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterJoshua Martinez

Rolando: in response to your post yesterday, I monitor my HR. What makes you think yours is too high?

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Thanks for the shoutout! Chinups have been conquered, next stop on this train will be one strict pullup.

I'm doing the Total with the other strength cycle folks in a couple of weeks (and it will be my first time testing my 1RMs on these lifts), so I refuse to answer the question of the day until I pick Jeremy's brain some more :)

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

STELLAAAAA!!!!! bad. ass.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryosh

Hells to the yeah, Stella! Badass indeed!

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris A.

This blew my mind, check it out..

Pavement Drawings

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterJoshua Martinez

2 videos with that song Sail in 2 days and now its seriously stuck in my head. I'm walking around my office, randomly screaming


at people. Not going over well.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

STELLA! Congratulations!!!! Sweet Chin Music!

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

So much math!! ::brains explode everywhere::

Here are the numbers I just did at work (without my CF notebook to consult for the most accurate numbers)

WU - 65x5, 110x3, 130x2, 140x1,145x1

1st attempt - 150
2nd attempt - 155
3rd attempt - 160

WU - 45x5, 75x3, 95x2, 115x1,120x1

1st attempt - 125
2nd attempt - 130
3rd attempt - 135

Press: (with my weak ass arms)
WU - 22x5, 26x3, 30x2, 34x1, 36x1

1st attempt - 38
2nd attempt - 40
3rd attempt - 41

Also, the DogFit video was cracking me the hell up (Jeff and I joke about DogFit on a fairly regular basis)

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLana

P.S. Stella that pull up was inspirational! Can't wait til I can bang out one of those!

P.P.S. I did my first non-modified push up on Monday :) I know it's kinda lame, but I was pret-tay excited! (though, I'm not totally sure that my chest went down far enough...)

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLana

great job stella! i love seeing ladies make progress on pull ups and chin ups. it's a big deal.

looking forward to watching everyone at the total on sunday and gaining inspiration for tough titsday lifting in two weeks.

last but not least, good luck to the sexy beasts competing in hoboken tomorrow. SAIL!

December 9, 2011 | Registered Commenterellie june

Yes Stella!!! That is rad cubed!

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargie

Go Stella Go!!! :D

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBethany B.

Lana, it wasn't that long ago that I got my first strict pushup. You are well on your way to stronger arms!

You are also on your way to DO making you do strict burpees in workouts. Just wait...you'll be cursing the day you ever did a strict pushup in front of him. ;)

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

pushups and pullups and chinups, oh my!

go go go!

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichele

"NO REP!" :P

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

FYI peeps: article from Outside (that I don't think was posted here already) about explosive growth of races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, etc. CrossFit is of course mentioned in passing: American Gladiators

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan L

7am class. Did yesterday's WOD of AMRAP in 15 of: DLs(72#)/PU's(modified knees to floor)/15 BoxJumps (16"). 5 Rounds. For some reason the deadlifts were the most difficult for me on this one.

Yay for Stella! And lol at the DogFit video and "Sail" comments...

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTraci T.

My life is 300% better now that I've found this...I give you...

The Ronnie Coleman Soundboard

Yeah. Buddy.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoah
December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

Bench: Failed second time in a row to get my fifth rep on my first set of 180, so as Margie suggested, I dropped back to 165.

180x4 (5th rep fail), then 165x5x3

Weighted Chins @35lbs = 5, 5, 6
Weighted Dips @30lbs = 5,5,5

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamir Chopra

such a nice night in the gym!

strength cycle week 4.3

squat: 235x5x3
still in my deload, but this is 5 pounds off my PR. definitely the best 235 i've ever squatted. i'm really trying to focus on depth, and not being afraid of depth. i love not hating my squats.

bench press:135x4, 135x5, 135x4
a whole plate! sort of. i'm pretty sure i have 135 in me, i just have to really focus and keep my movement organized, particularly at the beginning of the set. gonna retry this weight next time we bench. and i'm gonna get it.

power clean: 150x3x3
these felt great. heavy enough that it made me work, but not so heavy my form fell apart. i could be catching these an inch lower, i think, and that would help. gotta work on that speed. but so far all my clean drills have been helping.

overally a pretty good night for me.

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterNick Angiolillo

Sail video is awesome!

I am sore as f*ck.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFox

squat: new 5-RM for me tonight, but i was scared as hell. only pride kept me from walking away before i even picked it up.


nice lifting with the very strong Kahrin and seeing Rob get *his* new 5-RM too!

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichele

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