Friday 160909

Back Squat
1 x 10 at 60% of 1 rep max
1 x 8 at 70% of 1 rep max
1 x 6 at 75% of 1 rep max
1 x 4 at 80% of 1 rep max
Front Squat
1 x 5 at 60% of 1 rep max
3 x 5 at 70% of 1 rep max

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Nobody tells Joannie which way she faces!

Nobody tells Joannie which way she faces!

We have so many new faces at the gym and some may wonder what they should bring with them on a daily basis to avoid those *face palm* moments in which you forget socks for rope climbs or tape for lifting days.

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG? – reposted from 9/5/14

We sure do love accessories in CrossFit- shoes, wrist wraps, belts, hair ties, lotions, potions, and so much more.  I know I have seen some bags come into the gym weighing upwards of 40 lbs and the size of a large child!  Being prepared for anything including a long weekend locked in the gym is a great game plan, but it has its drawbacks. We also see some people take a minimalist approach and walk into the gym with just their car keys, which has its drawbacks as well.  Finding the balance between lugging a large bag from your car to the gym and breaking a sweat and flying by the seat of your pants and hoping nothing unexpected happens during the workout is important.

The benefits of being overly prepared include never having to ask to “borrow” tape, always ready for rope climbs, several options to ensure that hair will be securely tied back, and wrists will never go undecorated via wraps or tape.  The drawbacks to being overly prepared are that you carry around a small child in the form of a gym bag, and the inside of that gym bag looks like a small bomb went off making the contents very hard to find in a pinch.

The benefits of the minimalist approach are, well, minimal.  You hope a gym-mate has a pair of socks or a knee wrap to borrow for rope climbs or you WILL leave some of your shin behind.  You see 100 pull-ups in the workout, realize you need to make some tape grips and no one will let you borrow tape!! Don’t worry, there is a happy medium between lugging around a small child-like bag and not being prepared properly for the workout.  Here is a list of essentials to throw in your CrossFit satchel that you can leave in your car:

#1 – ATHLETIC TAPE – We never know when we are going to rip, or shoes need wrapping, or wrists need some support.  Just keep one roll and I am sure you will need it at some point.  Verve does have goat tape available for purchase and can be rang in through the Square system.

#2 – WATER BOTTLE – While going to the water fountain during a WOD is a great excuse for rest:)  Staying hydrated throughout the class is important so having a water bottle on hand at all times is key.

#3 – A PAIR OF HIGH SOCKS or some other sort of creative shin protection for rope climbs! Some of us sit up at night waiting for the workout to post, hitting refresh at least 15 times around 9pm while others just go with the flow (I am not familiar with that feeling).  If you are a go-with-the-flow kind of person, always have socks in your bag just in case we sprinkle in some rope climbs to the workouts or skill work.

#4 – A PLAN FOR POST WOD NUTRITION – Whether it is a shake or actual food, at minimum have a plan.  We have approximetly a 30 minute window after working out to get some nutrients into the body to start the rebuilding process.  If you live more than 10 minutes away from the gym, I would bring something with you.

#5 – NON-BEADED JUMP ROPE – We have all forgotten our jump rope from time to time and had to use the trusty noodle ropes and vowed to never forget again!  While the noodle ropes have a good place in training, they can be challenging to use on a regular basis and finding someone else that is the EXACT same height to use their rope never seems to works out.

Those are just some very basic suggestions that will fit into a petite bag that easily sits in your backseat until needed.  What do you keep in your bag that you couldn’t live without?

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