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Workout of the Day

Push Jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps

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Pyrros Dimas used the push jerk technique to clean & jerk 213 kg and win a gold medal in Atlanta in 1996

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  • David Hodges
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    I made up the 3-3-3-3-3 front squat workout last night:
    135-155-165-175×1,175×1,175×1-155
    I was hoping to tie Laura DeMarco’s 180×3 but failed miserably. I a debating whether to work out to-day since it’s Ash Wednesday and food intake will be nil. Who here has any experience with working out without eating? Should it be avoided, or is it all right every now and then?

  • Dan CFATL
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    Go ahead and workout w/o food. Starving hunter gatherer groups didn’t rest just because they missed a meal. Working out on an empty stomach, or working out on a stomach full of Chucky Cheese burgers, all fits into the CrossFit notion of constant variation, and preparation for the unknown and the unknowable.

  • Margaret
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    I have lots to say today.
    First to Queenie—I finally left the nutrition certification materials at the gym for you. Specifically, I left them in your spiral notebook on the table by the door. Now we can have lots of lame (Rob’s word) conversations about nutrition. Should be fun.
    Second, I had no idea it was Ash Wednesday, and the notion of fasting is totally foreign to me—that is, of course, until Jason told me fasting causes the release of HGH, but somehow, my reason for wanting to fast (youth, strength) seems far less noble. I admire your dedication, David.
    Third, my shoulders feel GREAT. I am only saying that because (a) I am afraid Marie might yell at me if I don’t, and (b) because I am hoping HQ actually reads this blog and decides to move on to a different body part as a result. How about butts, for instance?? Just a thought.
    Notwithstanding my pain jacket, I did PR today, at 45 kilos. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it once, subsequently failed several times, and then went back down to 40 to practice form. Previous PR was 36 kilos, so I am happy with that. I am looking forward to reading Bethanie’s post, which should read with weights in the 70’s, and I’ll save myself the embarassment of asking if it’s lbs this time.

  • Amber Thompson
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    i hate push jerk! ill give you another body part, my lower back is hurting alot.

  • Matthew Queen
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    Saw a fantastic movie last night on steroids called Bigger Faster Stronger*. One of the things the creators missed was Joe Biden. Biden led a freaking tirade on steroids in the Congressional hearings about baseball and roids. He said that it angered him because he played ball and never got to the bigs because he didn’t have enough “God given ability” and it sickened him that athletes were cheating.
    Really Biden? Really? Cheating sickens you? Then that face he sees in the mirror each day must cripple him with nausea:
    http://www.slate.com/id/2198543/
    Joe Biden was caught plagiarizing years ago. He’s the ultimate cheater. He copied 5-15 pages in a law review article he wrote years ago. And THIS guy was chastising baseball players for getting an edge on the juice?
    I would love to hear some people’s comments on steroids. Specifically, if you were super, super close to making the pros and the only real difference between you and the NFL/NHL/MLB/etc is steroids, would you do them?
    And for those of you who say that you wouldn’t, why do you say so? Where do you draw the line between a person taking supplements or doping and someone with preposterously high testerone or someone who just trains at a seriously high altitude?

  • Marie_CFATL
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    I thought it would be funny to say that last night on the biggest loser their challenge was to do 100 burpees- in about 6″ of mud. It looked like a lot of fun. They were all struggling bad.

  • VAS
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    Don’t forget that Ash Wednesday is for spiritual reasons, while Crossfit is for physical. So long as the are not at odds, don’t let fasting stop you. I once did a Fran at the end of a two day fast. It sucked as always.

  • VAS
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    If you are close to making a major league, you have to remember that the major league is your meal ticket, in this case. It’s not a decision of playing vs not, so much as it is providing for you and your family.
    That movie had a good exert about the Cincinati barbell club, where they set the world powerlifting records. They are open steroid users. My quetions is if steroids give you such an edge, and elite competitors all take them, then what determines the winner? Before it was easy to say: Michael Johnson beat Carl Lewis because he took steroids. But now it’s: Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis took steroids. How come Michael Johnson won and Carl Lewis didn’t?

  • David Hodges
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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I will give it a go and hope for the best.

  • kba_cfatl
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    I fasted sunrise to sunset for about 30 days, no food or fluids. I worked out right before I broke my fast at sunset, or right after I broke my fast. Depending on you and whether the workout is strength or metcon, one or the other is better. For metcon, I would try before breaking the fast, or if I did it after the fast, I had just fluid and very little food (you do not want to feel nauseous and tired). Strength workout should be ok either way, and you could have a little more food.
    Hope that helps

  • Bethanie
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    Margaret: I’m not so sure what I did to deserve all your praise but if you want me to remain humble and modest you should probably stop.
    I, for reasons that I cannot mention here, will not be doing push jerks this evening. If it makes you feel any better my one rep max 2 months ago was 47kg. As I’ve told you before…give it time and you’ll catch up!

  • VAS
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    Harvard Health Publications has published a new book, “Healthy Eating: A guide to the new nutrition,” which tries to spread the word about how some fat is good while some is bad, some carbs are good while some are bad and how no one really knows anything about protein.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/special_health_reports/healthy_eating
    From the exert provided, they cite the 2006 Women’s Health Initiative to show that lower dietary fat did not lead to lower CVD rates. Then they go on to say that saturated fat is bad and unsaturated is good, forgetting to mention anything in support of this. That same 2006 study showed that women with a higher dietary saturated fat content had lower occurance of cancer, all other factors accounted for.
    Maybe in another 40 years saturated fat will be vindicated. Grains, on the other hand, will never be publically descriminated against.

  • Marie_CFATL
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    Gosh- I didn’t realize people took my post as so mean. I really didn’t intend to be mean. Just to get the point across that people shouldn’t complain, instead just rest. Plus- that post was me on little sleep stressed out before a test which is probably why I sounded so bitter. So I am sorry about that.
    Bethanie- I am impressed with your patience on your elbow. It’s really frustrating to have to modify your training because of injuries. You should join me on my squat-of-death program (created by Chandler).

  • Chandler Alford
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    Geez! I hate it when Dan posts YouTube videos of me on the front page. I get so embarrassed.

  • roy
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    as to the training without eating issue….Ive started training with an empty stomach and while my energy was slightly less at first ive adapted and also dropped about 18 lbs….hey thumbelina

  • Bethanie
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    haha. Marie, don’t worry about it. We will forgive you but you have to be prepared to take some shit talking about it. I’ve said so many dumb things but I am more than willing to embrace the shit-talking. My parents always told me that people make fun of me because people are “comfortable around me”…and my parents wouldn’t lie to me, would they?
    Thanks for the encouragement, it sucks. As long as it’s not OHS I’m in.

  • DHall
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    I have went without food for multiple days in the military. It sucked and if I don’t have to I will eat every day. Can’t imagine how a religion can tell you when and when not to eat…The body is the temple….
    Whoever came up with that 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 workout, thanks! It was tough but one of the best workouts I have done in a while. Oh by the way, thank you for all the get well cards for my shoulder all. It is much better now… 🙂

  • Marie_CFATL
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    Well it isn’t that the religions (at least the ones I have come across that promote fasting) are attempting to starve you. It is more of a test of will power and faith in the religions’ eyes. Trying to shift your focus from indulging in foods to focusing on faith.
    My mom is very big into it. In the Russian orthodox faith you are giving up some type of food for more than 1/3 of the year. Some of the time it is just meat for a couple of weeks while other times (like before easter) its pretty much completely vegan for 2 months.

  • DHall(new and improved)
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    Ya, I also get to see the homeless practice fasting and limited food and calorie intake too… I have always thought it novel that we should only eat when hungry…

  • BMW-CFATL
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    How long are you gonna use that excuse!?!? Get over it and quit being such a whimp! Frankly I’m getting tired of it!
    🙂

  • Heidi_CFATL
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    I do Intermittent Fasting every few days on Brent’s advice! It is for weight loss reasons, primal hunting and gathering reasons and raising the HGH levels. No religious crap for me!
    Our ancestors didn’t always have food available, it’s good to keep your body “on it’s toes”.

  • VAS
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    I wouldn’t call it crap

  • Heidi_CFATL
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    personal opinion. Most religious stuff to me is crap though 🙂 Wasn’t intended to be offensive, just noting that those were not my reasons.
    I’m not a religious person…

  • Marie_CFATL
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    Push Jerks
    45k-50-55-60-65-70-75
    PRed big. Definitely surprised myself today.

  • David Hodges
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    Hmmm. So if you fast for the purpose of maintaining the body, which will perish and turn to dust, it’s all good and great, but if you fast to save your immortal soul, it’s crap. Good to know. :-/
    OK, I decided to do a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 clean and jerk workout instead of just push jerks:
    125
    135
    145
    155 [PR!]
    160 [Fail]
    145
    145
    I was pretty happy finally to clean and jerk more than my body weight, which hovers around 150 these days. Fun workout. I will be happy to eat a small breakfast to-morrow. I will also be counting down the days until Easter.

  • David Hodges
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    Yes Kulsoom that’s very helpful. I will keep this things in mind for Black Friday as well.

  • David Hodges
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    Yes, the body is the temple. And sometimes it needs cleaning out, fumigating, general maintenance, and other such things. It also may be good to focus on the One who made the temple for a while as a means to appreciate the temple more. Food for thought (pun intended).

  • kba_cfatl
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    Since I realized was not going to PR or meet my previous PR for push jerks, I decided to do another workout. I did not do so great on that one either, but I finished.
    21,15,19 OHS, BS, FS 29:something
    I started with 65# then dropped to 55# in the 2nd round 10th rep of OHS. I am definitely taking a rest day tomorrow. Thanks to all for the encouragement for me to finish and opening the garage door so we could get some air.

  • Jonathan H CFATL
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    Push jerks:
    80/85/90/95/100/105(f)/105(pr)/107(f)
    Pretty happy with that. Thanks to all who stayed and motivated me!

  • RIEP Crossfit Atlanta
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    D Hall…I go that workour from Kath on CF North Atlanta and she got t from Freddy C from One World. Elizabeth, Sara and I did it on our rest day…they smoked me.

  • Heidi_CFATL
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    Geez guys, stop getting your panties in a wad. I used to word ‘crap’ as an expression! Lighten up. Guess I should have used the word “religious stuff or reasons”.
    I respect other people beliefs, however I do no not do it for those reasons. Again, I am not religious therefore my reasons are different, which I simply stated…not everyone believes in the immortal soul.

  • DHall(new and improved)
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    The human body was never ever designed to have it cleaned out… Marketing in the USA has sold the people on cleansing… Here is my challenge to whomever or whoever wants this one:
    Get dropped in a desert and expect to get picked up in a day and make that day turn into 9 days with a 3 day food supply. Then enjoy the fun… Hell I am not being a MoMo but unless you have gone without food for lack of not being able to find it, kill it or steal it, then in my humble opinion fasting or any other conscious decision to go without food is your choice and not one of a higher authority…

  • Marie_CFATL
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    David- I was a little confused by this post. I didn’t say (nor did I see anyone else say) that people who fast for religious purposes are doing so because ‘god says so’ and he is the ultimate authority figure. Fasting is completely a conscious decision- always. Going without food unwillingly is not the definition of fasting. So yes, I agree that fasting is a conscious decision but I don’t think you quite understand the idea behind fasting for religious purposes. Which is fine, but I just don’t want to see you form such an extreme opinion about it when you don’t really know all that much about it.

  • David Hodges
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    “The human body was never ever designed to have it cleaned out… Marketing in the USA has sold the people on cleansing.”
    Marketing in the USA? People have been doing cleansing fasts for all of recorded history. Marketing in the USA is not responsible for ancient oriental fasting practises.
    Also, as a Buddhist, you should realise that the founder of that particular philosophy (as well as the founders of almost all religions) disagree heavily with that statement. But what I meant when I referenced the temple above was that cleansing of the body outwardly is as important as cleansing it inwardly. And by inwardly, I didn’t mean your gastrointestinal tract. I guess it was a metaphor fail.
    “fasting or any other conscious decision to go without food is your choice and not one of a higher authority.”
    Of course it is. Fasting is precisely beneficial for that reason: because it is self-imposed and not forced. It requires discipline and effort and is not something that is easy – especially for those accustomed to eating as soon as they get the first pangs of hunger. Not eating because you can’t isn’t the same thing at all. I’ve done both, and they’re drastically different.

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