Performance: Medium Intensity, 75-80% x 5 x 4
Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Add a few pounds to last week
Work up to one heavy set of 3 reps
Go heavier than last week.
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5 Rounds Not For Time or 18 minutes:
5-10 Strict Dips
5-10 Strict Chins
5ea Side Turkish Get Up Sit Ups, as heavy as possible
Perform the dips on rings or a Matador. If you can not perform 5 strict bodyweight dips then work up to a heavy set of 5 on the Dumbbell Bench Press. Use bands or 5 negatives if you can not perform the strict chins. A TGUSU is simply the first step of the TGU. These are great for shoulder health and for training the obliques which don’t see a lot of action in CrossFit. Start with a medium load and go up each set. Let your weaker side determine how heavy it gets.
Check out this how-to video about Kettlebell “Get Up” Sit Ups.
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Not a True Novice Anymore: Failing, Resetting, and Transitioning
By Chris Fox
Getting strong is simply and entirely about maintaining stress and recovery. Unfortunately, what most magazine articles and Internet coaches tell you (sell you?) is either hogwash, like “30 DAYS TO RIPPED ARMS/WASHBOARD ABS/BEST BOOTY!” or too advanced, creating too much stress for a novice, like ”TRAIN LIKE THE CHAMP RICH FRONING!” A novice, as defined by Wikipedia, is “a person or creature who is new to a field or activity.” If you haven’t performed systematic barbell training before or if you’ve had a significant lapse in your training, then you’re considered a novice. Let’s discuss what a novice’s training looks like at CrossFit South Brooklyn (CFSBK), and when to consider moving on to an intermediate program.
At CFSBK we use linear progression (LP) on the slow lifts (squat, press, deadlift, and bench press) as the barbell training program with all of our novice or detrained athletes. We like the 3 sets of 5 (3×5) protocol as recommended in Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. This is generally what Fitness strength programming looks like at CFSBK. The basic idea is to start light and slowly and incrementally add weight to the movement each lifting session, which for us would be one to two times each week depending on the lift and on the training cycle. Novice lifters require relatively little training stimulus (stress) to invoke an adaptation response (recovery), and as such can lift progressively heavier weights each and every training session for quite some time. If this were to continue indefinitely however, we’d all be able to squat 1,000 pounds eventually, if only we would consistently perform the lift week-in and week-out adding weight each time we did it. While that sounds like an amazing world to live in, it doesn’t work like that and this method eventually runs out, unfortunately.
Let’s look at an example lifter below…
On Jessica’s first back squat exposure with us, she squats 3 sets of 5 reps at 65 lbs (65x5x3). It feels very light for her but since she’s never back squatted before it will be enough of a stimulus to produce a training response. Jessica eats, sleeps, and recovers and the next time she squats, she’s able to do 70 lbs for 3 sets of 5 (70x5x3), then 75, then 80, and so it goes for quite some time. Eventually after 4 months or so she’s squatted 145 for 3 sets of 5 (145x5x3). The next week she fails the 4th rep on her last set. What is Jessica to do? At this point in her training she’s still a novice (4 months in) and thus would still benefit from a novice program like the LP she’s been following. We’d probably instruct Jessica to try 150 again next week and see if she can’t make all 15 of her reps. Maybe she was out late the night before and had a few cocktails that left her hungover, or maybe she just wasn’t feeling 100% since she was coming down with a cold. Either way the best case scenario is that next week she’d squat 150, make all 15 reps, and continue along the LP for a while longer, possibly making smaller increases each week of 2.5 lbs instead of the 5 lbs she’s been using.
Eventually though, it starts feeling very heavy and two months later she fails her 5th rep on her first set at 175 lbs, then can only do 3 on her next set and struggles on an ugly 3rd squat on her third set. At this point (6-7 months lifting experience), Jessica would probably still benefit from a novice program, but she was feeling good that day and wound up failing early on in the sets. Jessica now should back off the weight a bit (which we call “resetting”), and build back up. We’d have her go back to somewhere between 5 and 10% lighter (so between 155 and 165), which we already know she can do. She would then get back to that 175 and probably passed it before failing again.
Eventually, after a few resets, Jessica will simply no longer be able to make strength gains on an LP since she can’t recover from this type of approach, and thus will benefit from transitioning to an intermediate type of program, aka Performance programming. This will happen to us all assuming that training and recovery are consistent for anywhere from 6-12 months in.
AT CFSBK, we employ a few different types of rep/set schemes for our intermediate population. Intermediate trainees need more training stimulus (stress) and hence require more time to adapt (recover). The point of this article isn’t to outline the many (many, many, many…) viable options when it comes to intermediate strength training programs. It’s to say that if you’ve been running up against a wall and keep missing at or around the same weights on a few lifts in your strength training, then it’s probably time to move on to the Performance side of things for those lifts. You may not be able to do the ring muscle-ups and handstand push-ups in the WOD portion of class, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t progress your slow lifts into new territory. It’s perfectly acceptable and expected for many of you to be doing Performance squats/presses/deadlifts and then jump into the fitness version of the WOD. Our programing and timestamps for every class make this possible.
If this is you and since many intermediate programs use percentages of a 1RM to prescribe load, then it would be prudent to test some maxes at the end of a cycle. We usually test between a 1RM and 3RM at the end of a cycle so you can use those numbers going forward. You can pretty reliably extrapolate a theoretical 1RM from a 3RM, anything much larger than that get less and less reliable. If it’s not programmed and you fit the bill of someone ending a novice LP then go ahead and tell a coach you’d like to test.
I’d be remiss not to mention that failing lifts may be due to factors other than your training age. I’m fond of telling my Foundations groups that “fitness doesn’t happen in a vacuum.” If other stressors like work or relationship stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, disease, etc. are present, then you can expect to not recover as well from training as if you were eating well and sleeping 8 solid hours a night. If that’s your case then either work on being better in those lacking areas or be humble and make smaller increases in weight each week so as to ride out the novice gains a bit longer. You’d probably benefit from frequent and moderate resets as well, aiming to finish each cycle only a few pounds heavier than the previous one.
As always, if you’re unsure of what tract you should be on then ask a coach and we’ll point you in the right direction! Three Cheers to Happy and Effective Lifting!
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When and why did you first decide to follow programming other than a linear progression (if you have)?