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Tuesday 200728 Thrusters + Chipper

Some of you have noticed that we are not posting all athletes’ scores to our chalkboards regularly and leaving them up for a week… like we have done for the past 10.5 years. We decided on this to discourage everyone from strolling around the Hut. Trying to do what we can to keep people within their given station- writing scores up in the front room would make those scores available to only 2 people per class… so it was decided to stop the scoreboard for now.

NOW… that doesn’t in any way mean that we have changed our opinion on the importance of tracking workouts. In fact, just yesterday- Dr Jo and Dr Deb both had “compare to” scores from over 3 years ago and both of them set PRs… congrats… they have shown that they still are improving their fitness over their decade-long CrossFit journeys! This is the type of tangible evidence that is so great to have to prove that our training is STILL making us better.

So- keep bringing your journals to every class session. Write down all details of a given workout. IT is possible that you will repeat it again it in the future. I also believe that the mere action of recording something on paper- like the habit of journaling- is an act of reflection that  serves a greater purpose (that is a longer blogpost for another day!)

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session at 9am

Maria diligently records all data from a recent workout so she can track progress over time. 

Tuesday’s WOD at 7 and 9am, again at 4pm
Thruster (Build to a moderately heavy set of 7)
For Time Complete:
50 Wall Ball Shots (20/14#)
150 Double Unders
50 Wall Ball Shots
Record thruster load, WOD time and scaling

Intended Stimulus
Today the goal is to build to a moderately heavy thruster to ‘pre-load’ for our 100 wallball shots. The loading of the barbell should feel heavy, but there should be no chance of you missing, even the 6th or 7th rep! You’ll build up with a few warm-up sets and then get in 4 more building sets of 7 reps. If the weight feels heavy after 2 sets, then do the last 2 at the same load. The metcon is intended to go quickly. Think sets of 10 or so on the WBs with very short rests.

General Warm-up
After a minute of simon shuffle, drop into 10 slow air squats. Then let’s move through our standard hip mobility circuit… lizard lunge, pigeon, hamstring stretch, before getting in a set of 10 push-up down-dogs. On to the jump rope for a set of 50 singles and then a set of double unders. Grab a WB for a set of DL, then DL + shrug, then 10 shrug + pull unders, then 10 MB Cleans.

Specific Warm-up
Move over to the barbell for a 8 rep version of basic barbell. On your second time through basic barbell, combine the front squats and presses into 8 thrusters. Go for 2 warm-up sets of 5 before starting your sets of 7.

Workout Notes
The thrusters are a chance to work through some technique practice under moderate loading, so listen to cues and become more proficient at both squatting and pressing! On the WB-DU-WB, challenge yourself with some larger sets than usual and keep the rest bouts SHORT! Modify volume of double unders to something that you can do in under 3 minutes, or go for 450 (3x) singles.

Finish up with some calf massaging/stretching as well as a nice long pigeon or supine figure four on each side.

Monday 200727 Push Press and Row

CrossFit Malibu Down-winder Event- this coming Sunday Morning
We will do our first-ever flotilla paddle on Sunday August 2nd from roughly 7-11am. We will start out in West Malibu, and paddle eastbound along the shoreline, but outside the break- until we reach our destination. You probably can see that more clear details are to come. You will need a kayak, SUP, or something else to paddle. If you have a boat or board to loan then let us know and we will find a paddler for your craft. This will be for fun and not necessarily “for time” but you should know that we could be on the water for up to 3 hours. Logistics regarding rides to the “put-in” and stationing cars at the finish location need to be arranged. So let us know if you are interested. There also COULD be a mini-version with a group starting at Latigo Cove, for example, and just paddling the final 2.5 miles.

Afterwards, we lead you to lunch at Howdy’s Sonrisa Cafe… perhaps you’ve heard of it.

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session at 9am

Monday’s WOD at 7, 9, and 10am, and again at 4pm
Compare to 170519 and 141222
For time:
Push press, 21 reps (65/50kg)
500m row
Push press, 15 reps
750m row
Push press, 9 reps
1000m row
Post load and time to chalkboard/journal

Intended Stimulus
Push the pace today on the row… don’t treat the rowing like a warm up to some relatively heavy presses. And yes, these presses are heavy enough to need 2-3 sets per round. Once that barbell hits the ground after 21, 15, 9… get right into the seat, strap in and GO. Not as if you’re going to set a 500m PR… but as if every stroke counts. This couplet intentionally ends on a row. You KNOW you’re done and the idea is to really get after the pace on that final 1k!

General Warm Up
Easy row for a few minutes. Focus on bringing yourself to a pace that you envision will be your 1k row pace in the final set. You are getting warmed up BUT also finding the groove and programming the mind-set so that you will be ready for the final stretch today. Move through some PVC “loaded” strict presses and then push presses… we will work today for a few minutes on nailing the basics.

Specific Warm Up
Same routine- but with empty barbell. Then we will do three rounds of: six reps push press and 6 reps barbell sumo deadlift with that empty barbell… working the timing and mechanics of the leg drive THEN the arm pull. Spend a few minutes loading up the bar and getting in a few reps at a time. Working up to your workout load.

Workout Notes
At your workout load, you should NOT be able to get more than 10-12 reps in a given set… while you are fresh! So you get the idea that the presses will be done in about 3 sets (most likely). Take the first few stokes on the row as you gain your composure and understand, truly, that you WILL die someday… but it won’t be as a result of pushing hard on today’s workout! Be brave. When you have about 100m remaining of the first 2 row sets- start to back off and get ready for the barbell work. On your final set of row- finish strong. Substitute the rows with 400, 600, 1000m run or .7, 1.0, 1.7 mile bike. Ski substitutions are the same as the row.

Walk out to the fence and back RIGHT when you finish. Then hang from your pull up bar for 1 minute. Pick up that PVC pipe and do some pass throughs.

Saturday Sessions

8am and 9am sessions with a few spaces available …sign up soon to guarantee attendance!

Friday 200724 HPClean and Jerks+

What am I going to do with all this fitness? Take it outside and try something new. Find a railing at the park and practice your balance by walking on it or just standing in place. Get back into pick up soccer- there is a game (supposedly) at Trancas park every Tues and Thurs in the evening (fairly competitive group). There is a long-standing ultimate frisbee group at Point Dume Elementary School every Sunday morning (ask Dr Jo about it) that meets at roughly 8am… there is a more competitive (read: aggressive!) group at 10am. Go for a trail or beach run. Rent a standup paddle board and take it out (or ask Mike for a lesson). There is SO much you can do. Ask a coach for some suggestions!

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session at 9am

Friday’s WOD at 7, 9, and 10am and again at 4pm
Hang Power Cleans (50/35kg)
Push Jerks
*=1 min high plank hold

Intended Stimulus
Today we move a moderately heavy barbell quite a few times. After each set of barbell work, you’ll drop down into a high plank and hold it for 60 seconds. If you drop before the minute is over, you’ll need to get back in plank and get the remaining seconds to make 60! Choose a load that you can move the round of 18 and 15 in no more than 3 sets.

General Warm-up
Go for a few minutes on the rower or bike before dropping into a 1 minute plank hold. Down dog for a minute and then go for 10 push-ups. Get in a set of unweighted good mornings and then do another 1 min plank.

Specific Warm-up
Move over to your barbell for a 5 rep set of basic barbell warm-up. Add a little weight and do that same 5 rep set of basic barbell. Put some more weight on the bar and go for 5 hang power cleans and 5 push jerks. Do a few more push-ups and a final set of 5 hang power cleans and 5 push jerks before resting a bit and starting!

Workout Notes
Really work the core to extremity patterning here. On the cleans it goes dip, hinge the bar 2/3 down the thigh, drive, shrug, and pull under. On the push jerks it does dip, drive, press and drop, lock it out, THEN stand to full extension. Again, a ‘1 minute plank’ mean accumulating 60 seconds in plank each round.

Finish with a minute of cobra or up-dog, and then get in some hanging from the pull-up bar (2 sets of 30-40 seconds).

Thursday 200723 CHiPPer

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session at 9am

Eric nails many multiples of chest to bar pull ups- check that height!

Thursday’s WOD at 7 and 9am and again at 4pm
For time complete:
1 mile Run
50 Strict Sit-ups
60 Alt DB Snatches
Record time, load, and any scaling

Intended Stimulus
Everybody loves chippers… Even ones that start with a one mile run! Run fast, but not like you’re trying to set a PR, then do 50 strict sit-ups. Be strategic about how you break those up. Getting to a point where you’re doing 2-3 strict sit-ups at a time is NOT the way to go today. After the sit-ups, do 60 alternating DB Snatches. Break these up into manageable chunks that help you feel accomplished after each set. Pretty simple today.

General Warm-up
Get in a 400m run. Get in a set of push-up down dogs. Hold down dog for a while before rolling over and getting 15 abmat sit-ups. Hang from your bar for a bit. Do 10 air squats and then 10 jumping squats. We’ll then do some stationary running specific warm-up in our zones.

Specific Warm-up
Grab a DB and do basic DB complex on each arm (10 DL, 10 Hang Clean, 10 Goblet Squat, 10 Push Press). Then, do 6 Alt DB Snatches from the hang and 6 from the ground. Grab a heavier DB and get in 5/5 DL and then 10 Alt DB Snatches. Lastly, go down to the abmat for 10 strict sit-ups. No momentum from the arms here!

Workout Notes
Be extra cautious on the run course (out the yard, right on civic center way, then right on Stuart Ranch Rd, turn around at the mark on the ground about 50m up-it is an infinity sign spray painted on the asphalt). On each and every snatch. lowed the DB to the ground with control and a neutral spine. Both heads of the DB need to touch the ground. Feel the hips do the work for you here! This one will take some mental toughness!

Hold supine figure four for a minute or longer on each side and then childs pose for 2-3 minutes.

Wednesday 200722 Front Squat Volume +

Should we change our name from “The Hut” to the “Do It Center”?!

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session

Wednesday’s classes at 7, 9, 10am and again at 4pm. ZOOM at 9am.
Front Squat
5-5-5-5-5 (for volume)
5 min AMRAP:
10 Burpees
15 Air Squats
50 Plank Shoulder Taps

Intended Stimulus
Today we go for a volume set of Front Squats followed by a ultra fast 5 minute AMRAP finisher. The intent is to get to about 80% of 1RM on the Front Squat and hold it for all 5 sets of 5 reps. Keep in mind that if you have not been lifting heavy recently, it may not be the best idea to shoot for 80%. Be smart and listen to your coaches on this one. The finisher is an all out sprint for 5 minutes. Start fast and see what happens!

General Warm-up
Get in a nice long cardio warm-up. We’re talking 4-5 minutes on a rower or bike. Then move into 10 lizard lunges, 10 pigeon steps, and a nice long bottom of squat hold. Walk out into plank and hold for a minute. Feel the body find the perfect position, not saggy, not piked. Go for 10 pushups. On number 10 pop right up into 5 burpees. Lastly, get a full round of the AMRAP finisher.

Specific Warmup
Here we focus on the heavy squatting. Take your bar off the rack and get in 10 elbow punches. Now do 10 pausing empty barbell front squats. Drive the elbows up throughout the entire squat. That will help keep the torso upright. Put some weight on and do a set of 5. Get in 10 more lizard lunges before taking 2 or so more sets to get around 80% 1RM. Get in 5 sets of 5 at this load.

Workout Notes
Tinkering with the load is fine, but you should not be making large jumps in these 5 sets. Rest 3 full minutes between these working sets. The last few reps of the last few sets should be tough. Think, knees out, elbows up! The finisher is simple. Burpee fast, squat to depth and stand all the way up, and don’t rock side to side on those shoulder taps. Start fast, end fast.

2 min couch stretch on each side. 2 minutes of pancake.

Tuesday 200721 KB Plus

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session at 9am

Plenty of jumping around outside yesterday… good double under practice for many!

Tuesday’s WOD at 7 and 9am, and 4pm
6 rounds for time of:
25 KB Swings (24/16kg)
200m Run/250m Row/0.3mi Bike/200m Ski
Post time, load, and scaling.

Intended Stimulus
Today we go for a 6 rounder of KB Swings (USA) and the mono-structural movement of your choice. The intent is that you would push hard on each and every mono-structural piece and then go for only 1 rest on each set of swings. This will be a fast and furious burner that takes 10-14 minutes.

General Warm-Up
Go for 3 minutes on a row/run/ski/bike. Do a nice long set of lizard lunges and then some air squats and pushups. Hang from the bar a bit before getting in a set of 10 broad jumps (going for more powerful hip extension each rep). Hope back on the cardio equipment you started on and go for another 2 min.

Specific Warm-up
Grab your KB and go for 10 deadlifts, 10 SDHP, 10 goblet squats, and lastly, 10 Russian swings. 10 more broad jumps and then 10 USA Swings. Grab a heavier bell and work through the same complex. Do 10 USA Swings.

Workout Notes
The swings need to be challenging enough that you want to set them down. Maybe you decide to go for 15+10 to make your 25? And then PUSH the pace on all 6 cardio pieces. Pretty straight forward. Make sure that KB is stable overhead every rep and that we are hinging at the hip, not squatting it down!

Wrap things up with a long supine figure four on each leg. Prop up the hips with a foamie to incorporate some low back decompression. Go on mind body and sign up for Friday.


Monday 200720 Step, Push, Bounce

Let me ask you… what do YOU think is the “favorite” warm up movement at the Hut? Of course, we use many different dynamic range of motion activities to prep the body for more specific movement. Here is a challenge: choose ONE SINGLE movement/activity that fits the following criteria for warming up…

  • Involves no equipment whatsoever,
  • can be done by just about anyone, with very little-to-no explanation at all,
  • gets the blood flowing, circulation moving, and heart rate steadily climbing,
  • requires very little focus/concentration (at least the more basic aspects of it),
  • is one of our coaches’ GO TO activities for getting people ready to move

Now, take a minute to come up with an actual answer to the question before moving on
…MY ANSWER is hidden below the picture of an upside-down Dr Jo…

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Session alongside the LIVE class at 9am

Dr Jo nails the handstand portion of the “Static Holds WOD” last week… outside at play!

The answer is… the Simon Shuffle… which will be a good way to get ready for today’s WOD.

Monday’s WOD at 7, 9 and 10am and again at 4pm
Every 3 minutes for 6 rounds complete:
24 Box Step-ups (24/20″)
12 Deficit Push-ups (Hands on DBs)
Max Repetition Double Unders to the 2:00 min mark
-rest exactly 1 minute-
Post total # of double unders and any scaling

Intended Stimulus
Today we do some interval work. 2 minutes of work followed by 1 minute of rest all for max rep double unders. You will move steadily though the 24 box step-ups and get right into your 12 deficit push-ups before grabbing your jump rope and using the remainder of the 2 minutes to accumulate double unders. We’ll rest a minute before going again. 6 times through total. Ideally you’ll have about 45 seconds each round to jump.
General Warm-up
Go for a 500m row or a 400m run. When you get back we will simon shuffle before getting in some arm swings and leg swings. Do 10 bootstrapper squats. How are the legs after yesterday!? Let’s spend a full minute in downward dog before getting 10 alternating step lunges. We’ll finish the general warm-up with a set of 10 inch worms with a pushup on each rep and 50 single unders.
Specific Warm-up
Head over to your box for a set of 10 step-ups on the right side and 10 on the left. Driving through the heel each time. Back to the jump rope for a set of 25 doubles or singles. Get 5 push-ups, chest to the ground on every rep. Now grab a pair of DBs and go for 5-10 deficit push-ups. Time for a heart rate spike of: 10 step-ups, 7 deficit push-ups, and 30 double unders.
Workout Notes
The step-ups need to be done FAST and without stopping today, and that should be doable for everyone. On the push-ups decide how you will break up the 12 reps before the WOD starts and try to stick with it for all 6 rounds. Think ahead to what 12 push-ups will feel like on round 4 and 5 when you make your plan. After the push-ups, take a few deep breaths, settle yourself, grab your rope, relax the shoulders and go for as many double unders and you can get before the clock says 2:00. Rest 1 minute. We’ll do that same thing 5 more times. Your score is total completed double unders. I like scaling to plate jumps today over single unders. A max cal row or bike will also be fine.
Once finished, get in some calf massage and come couch stretch.

Saturday Sessions

Have a great weekend everyone!

Congrats to Patrick on 2 full years of CrossFit Malibu- his big commitment has yielded  big results. Here’s to the next 5 years! #outdoorwodsarebest

Saturday’s WOD at 8 and 9am
25 rounds for time of:
3 toes to bar
2 deadlifts (80/55kg- same load as 200707)
1 box jump (30/24″)
Post time, load, and scaling

Intended Stimulus
This WOD is all about multitasking… it has SO SO many transitions that the focus today is moving quickly from one task to another. It matters A LOT how you set up your station- so do a good job of keeping things close by and transitioning fast. ONLY 3 toes to bar should go unbroken for a long long time, then a light deadlift using the same workout load as July 7th. The box jump should be high enough to demand attention- but no hesitation at all. Big jump and then back on the pull up bar. Come up with a method of keeping track of rounds… that will be the second most difficult task today.

General Warm Up
Simon shuffle for 1 minute, then 3 rounds x (5 reps each of air squat, 5 step lunges, burpees) followed by a full minute of pull up bar hanging. After that do 5 rounds x (1 standing broad jump, 2 KB deadlifts and 3 sit ups).

Specific Warm Up
Empty barbell deadlifts followed by 3 load increases while you deadlift a handful of reps or so. This lift is going to go so fast BUT you will have 50 total reps- so you need to use something that is light… no more than 50% of 1RM deadlift. Do a few TTB and decide on your scaling… these should be a breeeze as there are 75 of them today! Then go get a box… the height should be easy to decide on.

Workout Notes
25 rounds… you’ll really need to come up with a round-keeping process. GO out of the gate fast and try to keep the pedal to the metal all morning. As stated above- set up your station in a way to keep the transition time down to zero. In terms of mechanics- don’t be lazy in your deadlift set up just to go fast.

Take a little jog and shake it off… your nerves are doing to be bit frazzled. Then get on a foam roller to do some low back decompression.

Friday 200718 Strict Nicole

Today’s WOD is a CrossFit Benchmark workout… though it has been altered in a significant way, in that the pull ups are meant to be done strict. That means scaling and modifications are all still perfectly fine; you can use a band, do ring rows, or otherwise alter the movement based on injury or inability to do strict pull ups. However, if you want to do this one “Rx”- it needs to be done with strict, rather than kipping pull ups.

Another interesting aspect about this WOD is that it is one of the “GIRL WODs” that is actually named after a female employee of CrossFit Headquarters, Nicole Carroll. Simply put- she is a bada$$ in many ways. In my opinion, one of her personal attributes that make her such an amazing person is that she is the co-director of CrossFit Training, the wing of CFHq that runs the Level 1 and 2 seminars as well as the Level 3 and 4 certifications. She is an incredible leader of our staff on the seminar training crew. Here is an excerpt of one of her introduction speeches for the Trainer Summit a few years ago. (Rated R for language- not work/family safe)

CrossFit Malibu, Virtually- ZOOM Class Session 9am

Friday’s WOD at 7, 9, 10am and again at 4pm
Strict Nicole
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
400m run
Max repetition strict pull ups
Post number of complete rounds AND total number of pull ups completed

Intended Stimulus
Run fast and do lots of pull ups. Keep MOST of your 400m run fast- specifically the straight-away along Cross Creek Road. In and out of the Yard please make sure you play it safe and watch for traffic; then once you KNOW that you have some free and clear space- run fast. The pull ups should be max rep… until you cannot do any more on EACH set. Try to max it out. IF you get rounds of 10-10-10-10 for example… that is evident you are planning your sets. Grit it out for one or 2 more each set!

General Warm Up
Run the course- get an idea where you will turn around based on where your pull up station is and then do some hanging from your bar. On your return run, get in some shuffle, carioca and skipping style runs. Do some shoulder warm up with PVC pass throughs and push ups.

Specific Warm Up
After getting in enough pull ups to determine any pull up scaling… you are ready for the workout. You don’t need to use up any more pull ups than necessary… you’ll need them later 🙂 Save some time for the cool down.

Workout Notes
Those of you outside- run all the way to the opposite curb as usual. Those of you in the front room, turn around at the gutter BEFORE the curb, those of you in the big room, turn around at the Anawalt Lumber sign after you pass their driveway. Once again- BE AWARE, WATCH FOR CARS! Pull up difficulty level should be “set” so that you can do at least 8-10 repetitions in the first rounds. If not, use a band. The rule is- if you drop from the bar, you go for another run. After any break (touching the ground) you run a 400m lap. Those doing this WOD at home might substitute push ups or bent over rows if you don’t have a pull up bar.

Take some time to roll out the shoulder blades and the quads. You can also get some quad stretch and calf stretches- it’ll feel good after the running.

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