Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups Superset*
1A) Front Rack Step-Ups
Perform 3 x 8-12 reps on each leg. Start the cycle light enough to make 12 reps on each leg without too much difficulty, and move up in weight week to week from there. Use your non-dominant leg to set the weight and only do as much weight and as many reps as that side can perform. The end goal by the end of the cycle is to perform 8-12 good reps on each leg with about 1/3 of your Back Squat 1-rep max. Use a height that allows you to be at full depth (hip crease below knee) when the working leg is on the box. Come to full standing using the working leg before the trail leg touches down for balance. Do not use the trail leg to help you stand up. Use the trail leg as little as possible to push off from, and use a tempo in which the down/eccentric phase of the movement is slower than the up/concentric phase. The barbell comes off the floor. Stop the set when you’re not sure you can do another rep or two (i.e., do not bail a bar on a box).
1B) Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows
Perform 4 sets of max reps. Once you can no longer clear your chin over the bar, your set is over. Each rep starts from a dead hang. Initiate the movement by pulling the shoulders down away from the ears and pull the elbows as far down and back as possible. If you can touch your chest to the bar on each rep, then do it. You should really be feeling these in your lats.
Perform 3 challenging (but submaximal) sets of 2-4 reps using bands or a small partner assist as needed to achieve full range of motion, followed by a 4th set for max reps. These should be tough sets in a low rep range with the goal of performing around 10-15 total reps. If you can do them unassisted but only 1 at a time, then pepper in as many singles as you can in between sets of Step-Ups during the lifting segment. Start and finish the superset with a set of Chins to get all 4 sets in.
*Superset means that you perform a set of exercise A (in this case the Press) and then after a short rest, 30 to 90 seconds, you perform a set of exercise B (in this case the Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows). You then rest a short period before returning to exercise A and continue in this fashion until all warm up and work sets are completed.
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Exposure 5 of 8
5 Rounds for Time:
5 Deadlifts 275/185
In the 2008 CrossFit Games, these prescribed loads were considered very heavy for a Deadlift metcon, but they’re now considered medium-heavy. They should be tough for you but unbroken on the fast end. As always, prioritize proper spinal mechanics.
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The CFSBK Coaching Staff: Lynsey Roddham
Editor’s note: We’re in the process of updating the bios on our Coaching Staff page. As we do so, we’ll be posting the new bios to the main blog as a way of reacquainting you with one of the main things that makes CFSBK a special gym: our wonderful, talented coaching staff! Last time, we gave you Coach Brett. Next, here’s a new member of our CrossFit Kids team, Coach Lynsey!
Lynsey is a new addition to the CFSBK staff, and she joins us with a background in dance and the performing arts. From a young age she trained in ballet, tap, and modern dance. Lynsey competed and performed regularly throughout her youth. Lynsey’s interest in dance styles developed over the years, and at the age of 17 she became an apprentice dancer and teacher for a professional dance company. She trained in contemporary dance and occasionally in street dance, African-Carribean, jazz, and salsa. She went on tour for 2 years with the company as both a performer and teacher.
In 2005 Lynsey studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance College in Leeds, England, graduating with a degree in Contemporary Dance. After graduating she worked as a dance artist for a number of years, leading contemporary and street dance classes for young people of all ages. Classes would typically build off of one another through technical training and choreography and would often culminate in a performance. She worked closely with various youth organizations, schools, and councils across England coordinating dance projects for theatres, festivals, and films.
Lynsey is now a qualified secondary school teacher having completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education at The Royal Academy of Dance in London. Before moving to New York, she worked as a dance teacher for students aged 11 to 18 and a Teacher of Health and Social Care for students aged 16 to 18. Never a fan of going to a regular gym, Lynsey was introduced to CrossFit back in 2015 and loves the class-based approach to fitness.
New and Notes
- Inside the Affiliate is back with “Why You Should Write Out the Core Values of Your CrossFit Gym.” It’s relevant to all of you, dear blog readers, since it spells out the core values of CFSBK!
- Wondering how Coach Noah is doing down in Austin? Beyond the Whiteboard just published Part 6 of his Starting a CrossFit Gym series. It’s about one of Noah’s favorite topics: gear!