Every 2 Minutes for 16 Minutes (8 sets):
3-Position Hang Snatch (Hip + Knee + Low [1″] Hang Snatch)
Pause for a 2 count at each Hang position before the Snatch. Focus on staying balanced and finishing your pulls vertically by extending the knees and shrugging the shoulders. The time that you’ll be hanging on to the bar and maintaining tension for this complex will limit the load. Build to a point that feels heavy but allows for perfect execution.
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Exposure 6 of 8
Russian Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg
Sprint pace again today. Aim to move at an uncomfortable pace throughout. If the Burpees will slow you down considerably, scale the volume to 15-9-6 or sub Jumping Pull-Ups.
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The Subway Series at CFSBK: A Recap from Coaches Jess and Whit
Event 1 of the 2018 Subway Series was a huge success! Thanks again to the organizers, volunteers, competitors, and everyone who came out to cheer. Today we’re happy to bring you recaps from the winners of the Female Rx’d Division, our own Coaches Whitney Hubbard and Jess Fox! Their team name? The Whitty Foxes. You saw them on the podium, but let’s get the details straight from the source…
I had a great time competing in the first event of the Subway Series this past weekend. A huge part of this is that Coach Jess is an incredible partner. She’s an intelligent, fierce athlete who keeps her head on straight and knows how to push when the time is right. She’s also really good at Thrusters, so a wash of dread came over my body when the first workout was announced (a total of 200 Double-Unders and 70 Thrusters), and I realized I’d have to get quite uncomfortable to keep up with the blistering pace she would set!
For each workout, we sorted out our game plan in advance based on our own capacities, committed to sticking it out, and decided to enjoy the day no matter the outcome. I honestly think we executed pretty seamlessly. We might have close to 20 years of CrossFit experience between the two of us at this point, so there’s a lot to be said for just knowing yourself and staying calm under pressure.
On the physical front, I was personally happy to have this as a testing day. Over the past few months, I’ve been less focused on conditioning and more so on building strength, particularly in my long term goal of evening out significant left to right imbalances. Yesterday showed me that I’m headed in a good direction. My legs kept up on those Thrusters, though I did have to get on the assault bike immediately to flush them out for 15 minutes! And I got through the barbell complex at close to 90% of my 1-rep max Clean and Jerk.
Despite a persistent low level cold, I managed to hold on through that final AMRAP as Jess and I settled into our little Burpee Box Jump rhythm! Competing is such a good reminder that we can only ever plan for success and do our best with what we have on that day. I was pretty anxious at the beginning of it, but I’m glad I took the leap to push my edge a bit further and break outside my comfort zone again. Congrats to everyone who competed, and thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers and judges!
The Subway Series is always such a fun time, and this past Sunday was no exception! I’ve been lucky to be a part of it since it’s inception 8 years ago and have tried to participate in at least one event each year. And while it’s gone through different iterations of individual and team events, it’s always been such a supportive, fun, and beginner-friendly event! Sure, it’s fun to see a top team finish first or lift the most weight, but I love seeing the whole gym cheer for the last teams to finish even more. That’s the spirit of CrossFit.
This year, I was lucky to partner up with fellow TFBA Coach Whit. I’d say we were excited but nervous when the workouts were announced. Excited to see the Thruster/Double-Under workout but knew that it would hurt because it would be fast. The barbell complex looked fun, but knew it would be much harder than expected. The partner AMRAP looked great but was clearly 8 minutes too long.
After meeting to talk strategy and testing some of the workouts, we came up with a pretty solid game plan. We factored in each other’s strengths so that we could try to do the best we possible could. But we were also completely open to calling an audible and adjusting things if needed. For example, while warming up for Event 1, I decided to try Whit’s jumprope thinking that it would save us a bit of transition time. I’ve NEVER used someone else’s jump rope in a competition but figured why not. After tripping up in the first round after 3 Dubs, I thought it was a bad mistake. But I shook it off, refocused and got back on track. And hey, we ended up finishing 1st there!
The barbell complex was definitely much harder than I expected. If you saw me smiling and laughing during one of my attempts, it’s because I almost forgot to do the Front Squats and was only reminded by Whit yelling, “Uou gotta squat Jess!” Ha! And then there was Whit’s face during the Jerks. Such beautiful Jerks, such squirrelly faces. 😉
The workout that I’m most proud of is the Synchro AMRAP. We had an idea of our calorie splits on the erg and practiced the timing of the Burpee Box Jumps and the Snatches, but things really clicked for us during that workout. There’s just something about having another person by your side to push you just a bit harder. I didn’t expect to win that workout, but we stayed steady and calm and in tune with each other and just eeked past Katie and Sarah. It was a fun race to the finish!
Thanks to all those who came out to support all of us, to the CFSBK dream team that ran such a smooth event, and to all of the volunteers. I had so much fun and can’t wait to do another. If you’ve never competed or are on the fence about it, I suggest finding a partner and signing up for a future Subway Series event!
News and Notes
- 9 days left to sign up for Fight Gone Bad 2018! Go HERE to get in on the fun!
- Sunday’s 12pm Pilates class with Karina is cancelled.
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