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Workout of the day for Wednesday 17th Jan – Gymnastics Skill Work

The Double Under

The double under is quite possible one of the most frustrating movements in CrossFit and many of you have the whip marks to prove it, nothing sparks awkward questions like walking into the office after a big double under session!

But why are double unders so hard to learn?

Double unders require us to develop co-ordination and accuracy and these are two traits we can only improve by practice…regular and consistent practice.

Anything that requires these traits (shooting an arrow at a target, hitting a golf ball towards the hole, delicately performing heart surgery) NEEDS to be practiced if our brain is to build the neuromuscular pathways for improvement.

So if you have a goal to get your first double unders aim to spend 5 minutes before/after class each time you train and spend time on the rope.

Double under tips
– Is your rope too long or to short? Stand on the rope with one foot and pull the handles up, they should reach around armpit height.
– Hold the hands just in-front of the hips. When looking straight ahead you should able to see your hands in your periphery
– Keep your torso upright and body straight
– Spin from the wrists, not the arms

If you have more time take a watch of this video from Again Faster…


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Skill Development

This is a gymnastics skill day with a focus on mindful and dedicated practice.

200 Double Unders (in as few sets as possible)
20 Muscle Ups
100 Double Unders
30 HSPU

Workout of the Day – Weightlifting Club

A) Clean + Hang clean: 6 x 1+1 @ 70-75%
B) Strict press: 3 x 4 @ 70-75%
C) Push press: 3 x 2 @ 70-75%
D) Romanian deadlifts: 4 x 6 @ by feel

Workout of the day for Thursday 11th January – Barbell Cycling

Barbell cycling is found in CrossFit when we have to move barbells for multiple reps, in particular the snatch or clean & jerk.

It can be very tricky to learn, especially when you have so much other stuff to think about with the olympic lifts! The focus today is to practice bar control, positions and to build in mechanics and consistency when cycling through reps.

Here are some key tips…

On the ascent:
– Keep the bar close to the body
– Aggressive turn over to ensure a strong lock out overhead (punch the bar up!)
– Slight push-back of the hips to reach a quicker power position

On the descent:
– Shoot the hips back
– Get the elbows over the top of the barbell quickly and the keep the bar close to the body.
– Clear the knees, keeping almost vertical shins.
– Stay back on the heels, especially as fatigue begins to set in.

Touch Points on the descent

You will need to understand how many “touch points” the bar will have on the descent and also learn how different weights will influence this.

If you are comfortable going straight down while maintaining good positions and bar control (and having no contact with the bar at hip/thigh) then this is a faster way to cycle reps.

However as weight increases you may be required to have a touch point at the hips or thigh in order to help control the weight back to the floor without being pulled out of position.

Check out the video below of two CrossFit Games Champions going head to head on a 50 rep version of “Isabel“. In the video you will see Sam Briggs (in the black vest) touch the bar at the thighs during the decent, while Annie (in the red vest) went straight down with no touch point.


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of power snatch

*Start light and add load with each round. MUST BE UNBROKEN!
*Focus will be on cycling the movement well and building confidence moving the barbell with higher rep schemes.

B) Midline and stability work
3-5 rounds for quality:
45 seconds left side plank
45 seconds right side plank
10 Scap push-ups (use a band if needed)
2 Lengths bottom up kettlebell carry

Workout of the Day – MetCon

Every minute, until failure, alternate between:
1) 14/18 Calorie row
2) 1 Round of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air squats)
*40 minute cap

Kick a football to improve your muscle-ups

Are you struggling with the swing on your muscle-ups?

Do you find your legs and feet flail about all over the place when you attempt to make the transition?

Well try this drill, it’s just like kicking a football!

When you kick a football your toes are pointed, your quads and glutes are working hard and you form a nice hollow shape with your body. Pretending to kick a ball can help cue you to snap those legs forward while holding a tight hollow body position.

Try it out with todays workout….


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Gymnastic Strength
Pull ups: 6 x 4
Ring dips: 6 x 6
*Add weight as needed

B) 12 minute AMRAP
2 Muscle-ups
20 Unbroken wall ball shots 9/6kg
200m Row