WOD – 121114

Strength

This is the final month of our 5-3-1 program.  Add 5% to the numbers you were working off of last month.  Download the 5-3-1 Spreadsheet here.

This week:

5 @ 65%

5 @ 75%

5+ @ 85%

Strength/Conditioning

1a) 3 X 5 Push Jerk – Heavy – Rest 30 sec

1b) 3 X 8 Snatch Grip Deadlift – Heavy – Rest 30 sec

2a) 3 X 20 BB Lunge in Front Rack – Heavy – Rest 30 sec

2b) 3 X 10m OH Carry – Heavy – Rest 30 sec

Rage Leather Hand Grips are in!  Let me know if you need some.

Velocity and Force – a post from CrossFit Verve

Imagine a mountain bike for a moment.  On your bike, you have different gear ratios.  The lower the gear the faster you can pedal (velocity), because it is easy to push the pedal (force).  One the other hand, the higher the gear, the harder it is to cycle your pedal (force increases), but the RPM of the pedal declines (velocity decreases).

When it comes to working out, consider how velocity and force mesh with each other according to movement patterns:

1.) High force, low velocity (think of your 1RM deadlift or back squat).

2.) Moderate force, moderate velocity (Perhaps the thruster weight you would use  for “Fran.” You can move this weight moderately fast.)

3.) Low force, high velocity (imagine a pitcher throwing his best fastball).

Each of these force/velocity ratios listed can affect you in dramatic ways, providing that you give maximum effort.  Therefore, we try to train all three.  In doing so, we raise the level of all three.  We aren’t just able to deadlift or back squat more over time; we are also able to run a faster 100m dash, row faster, do “Fran” faster… you get the point.  The key is maximum effort.  A common adage is that the results we see from CrossFit are from: 1.) Intensity, and, 2.) Adaptation.  The different stimuli that comes from the force/velocity ratios listed above are certainly forms of exercise that force our body to adapt.  But without intensity, a low force, high velocity movement becomes a low force, low/moderate velocity movement.  It’s not as hard,  the stimulus lessens, the results come slower.  Why is performing with max intensity hard? Because it hurts!!  But after we see the results, and after seeing the amount of force and velocity that we can apply to various objects and exercises increase, it certainly makes it worth it.  So come one, come all.  Let’s suffer together.

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