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Some people prefer heavy barbells in workouts and others prefer more gymnastics style movements. Workout 18.4 has BOTH of those things!

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Men’s Rx Workout

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Women’s Rx Workout

The workout begins with the CrossFit Benchmark “Diane,” which is 21-15-9 of deadlifts (225/155) and handstand push-ups. Then, it gets turned up to “11” and the deadlifts go to 315/205, while the handstand push-ups turn into handstand walks (50 feet each round).

The main thing to note, is that since there is a tie break after EACH set of deadlifts, athletes should have a clue about where they hope to end, and base the entire workout on getting there as quickly and safely as possible.

Deadlifts

A 225lb. deadlift isn’t that heavy for a lot of male athletes, and a 155lb deadlift isn’t that heavy for a lot of women, but Diane isn’t the primary focus of this workout. Going unbroken because “you can” is not a good idea. Please be sure to keep your chest up and pace yourself during these reps. The handstand push-ups will take a lot longer than usual for most people, so utilizing an alternating grip and trying to relax your arms as much as you can while keeping the bar close will save your shoulders a bit.

I’d recommend most athletes break up the deadlifts into at least 3 sets with short rests for the first half of the workout. If and when you make it to the second half, it’ll need to be a judgement call for how to go about the heavier deads. If you can safely brace and go through quick singles, that might make more sense than trying to hang on for larger sets, but needing to take longer rests.

Handstand Push-Ups

Souls are going to get crushed here today. Assuming judging is done properly, thousands of athletes are going to no-repped for not hitting the movement standards. I recommend having someone video a few of your reps before the workout starts. Play around with staying locked out on the wall and flexing and extending your ankles, seeing how that places your feet in relation to the line, and making sure you know what a “good rep” feels like. Once you get tired, it’s going to be a lot more challenging to get all the way up and over. It’ll almost be a “scap push-up” at the top of the rep for most athletes.

When considering pacing, the only thing athletes should be thinking about is not to burn out. For “regular” Diane, people will often get through the round of 21 in only a few sets, struggle through the round of 15, and then completely crash and burn on that final round of 9 reps. Take that feeling and multiply it by 100 for the feeling most people will likely have here. Small sets, listen to your judge to minimize no-reps, and don’t get frustrated! It’s better to take long rests between good attempts, than to keep getting no-repped over and over again.

Handstand Walks

If you make it to this part of the workout, congrats! That’s going to be a huge accomplishment for this workout. Shoulders will likely be pretty tired, so as long as the main focus is keeping your arms straight, locked out, and strong, athletes with handstand walks should at least be able to make the 5ft increments without too much difficulty. I don’t think it’s necessary to do all 25ft in a row if the likelihood of falling is high. Walk a bit, drop if you need to, shake out those arms, and get back up.

Scaled Version

The weight is lighter (135/95 for the first part, and 185/135 for the second) and the movements are less advanced. But that does not mean the workout is easy! Hand-release push-ups are the second movement in the first half, and bear crawls were introduced in the Open for the second part.

The name of the game for the Scaled version is to just keep moving! On the set of 21 deadlifts, quick sets of 7 should work for a lot of athletes. Remember, just because you can go unbroken on the set of 21, doesn’t mean you should. The weight gets quite a bit heavier for the second time through and you don’t want to blow up your lower back!

The short rest on the ground for hand-release push-ups should allow athletes to keep moving a little faster through those reps. Since the bear crawls will be less stress on the shoulders for the second half of the workout, I would recommend pushing a little bit faster than you might want to on the hand-release reps.

While only a few athletes will likely finish the Rx’d version of this workout, there will be a lot more who make it through the Scaled version. That means instead of viewing this as a “get as far as you can” workout, you should approach it with a “what’s the best way to pace this entire workout” mentality. Smaller sets, short rest, will be the way to control heart rate and relieve your lower back from being under tension for too long.

Just remember that this is supposed to be fun! Put a smile on your face, keep your core tight and chest up, and get after it. Only one more week to go!

Good luck, have fun, I believe in you!

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Back again for another great Monday at CrossFit Lakewood. Today we worked on Sumo Deadlifts for medium-to-heavy weights, then switched it back to regular deads for the workout of the day.

Workout of the Day

Strength:
Sumo Dead Lift 3×3 warm-up 10×1 @ 85-90%

WOD:
5 Rounds
15 Dead lifts (135#,95#) / 10 Box Jumps (24″,20″) / 5 Burpees

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Ben, just crushing the deadlifts

After an incredible weekend at Regionals, it was time to get back to the grind. First day back, and it was time to lift some heavy weights!

Workout of the Day:
Strength
Deadlift
3×3 warm-up then 10 x 1 @ 85% or add 10# to last time done
If you do not know your weight on this we will establish a max

WOD
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Power Snatch / Ball Slam

You’ve all seen posts where I talk about how strong CC is, but today I’m just going to show you the video. Yes, that really is 565 pounds on the bar. Amazing stuff.

Here’s the crew going through the workout of the day. Given that the snatch is a movement that is still very new to a lot of our athletes, I was very impressed with how solid form and technique were today!

Another incredible week with our competition team. It was so cool getting a chance to cheer each other on again. The best part, is that it’s only week 2 and we have 4 more weeks to do this!

A special thanks to Megan’s boyfriend for walking around with my piece of junk camera during the 2nd heat of the WOD today. Next week I’ll bring the nicer camera.

GREAT JOB, TEAM!!!

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I just wanted to remind everyone that the CrossFit Lakewood Competition Team will be completing the second WOD of the 2011 CrossFit Games Open at the gym at 11:00am on Saturday.

The workout is:
As many rounds and reps as possible in 15 minutes of:
9 Deadlifts (155lbs / 70kg) / 12 Push-ups / 15 Box jumps (24″)

Most of us have hit at least a few rounds of this already, and it’s a burner for sure.

Come on out and support the CFLW Team!

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