RX or not RX?

The workouts at Black Hills CrossFit are designed to challenge everyone who walks into the gym, including our best and fittest athletes. Sometimes the WOD will be so difficult (in terms of weight or complexity of movements, or both) that only a few people can do it as prescribed. That is as it should be. It makes more sense to scale workouts down, rather than to force advanced athletes to scale them up. Plus, the athletes who are able to complete difficult WODs as prescribed show us what we are all capable of. It’s inspirational.

Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to RX it. You should still be able to get a great workout, even if you aren’t able to do every part of it as prescribed. Everyone is at different points on the path toward elite fitness.

It’s important to always challenge yourself to do the best you are able to do. But it’s even more important to be aware of your limitations. Check your ego at the door. There are times when all of us, for any number of reasons, should admit that today just isn’t the day to go for the RX. You know better than anyone when that time is; don’t rely on someone else to tell you.

In the end, the RX really doesn’t matter that much. As long as you’re doing your best, you’re doing the workout as prescribed.


WOD Monday Nov 7, 2011

Wallballs (20/14 to 10′ line)
Chest-to-Bar Pullups


Do regular pullups rather than chest-to-bar if you are scaling this workout.

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WOD Friday Nov 4, 2011

9 deadlifts (155/100)
12 hand-release pushups
15 box jumps

AMRAP in 15 minutes

This is Workout #2 from the CrossFit Games 2011 Open.

For those who competed in the Open, your scores are still available on the CF Games website, which is linked to above.


“The Craziest Exercise Ever”

That’s what Men’s Health calls the kipping pullup. But fortunately they are being tongue-in-cheek. This is actually a fair and accurate article. How refreshing. Check it out.

If you watched the CrossFit Games on ESPN2 or have ever visited a CrossFit gym, you’ve probably seen a kipping pullup. The move combines a hip drive, kick, and arm pull to build momentum that helps raise your chin over the bar.

In short, it looks like a flailing mess—albeit an impressive one.

We wondered: Is the kipping pullup just cheating? Or could this crazy flailing thing actually have a purpose?

“I don’t consider kipping pullups cheating because I don’t even consider them a pullup,” says Men’s Health Power Training author Robert Dos Remedios, C.S.C.S., who we should mention is not affiliated with CrossFit. “They’re in their own category.”

Your standard dead-hang pullup uses your vertical pulling muscles, Dos Remedios explains. Those usually aren’t very strong, especially compared to your horizontal pulling muscles—the ones you use when doing an inverted row, for example.

With a kipping pullup, though, you swing your body back, putting your torso at an angle to the bar instead of directly below it. “Because of your body position, it’s a little bit of a vertical pull and little bit of a horizontal pull, so it’s easier than doing a dead-hang pullup,” Dos Remedios explains. “You’re just stronger at that angle.”

Dos Remedios, for example, says he can do about 15 traditional pullups, but 30 kipping ones.

So just how is that not cheating?

If your plan calls for a regular pullup, then it is. “If you’re aiming to do a vertical pulling exercise, it should be some sort of a pullup or chinup variation rather than a kip,” says Dos Remedios. “Otherwise you’re really not using the muscles that are meant to vertically pull.”

But don’t write off the kip completely. “We use it in complexes—exercises that pair two or more moves sequentially with the same weight—where you’re going to get really gassed for a metabolic effect. With these workouts, you’re trying to move as fast as possible, so I use a kipping pullup,” Dos Remedios explains. (Click here to watch Dos Remedios teach you one with kipping pullups, explosive dive-bombers, and sumo burpees.)


WOD Wednesday Nov 2, 2011

5 tasks

1500m row
100 walking lunges (total)
50 knees to elbows
50 kb clean and press (55/35) (total — 25 per arm)
25 ghd situps

For RX tasks may be done in any order but must be completed in their entirety before moving on to next task.

If not going for RX you can break this workout up into rounds.

If you haven’t done GHD situps before, consider scaling both the reps and the range of motion. GHD situps are no joke. Even doing just 25 can punish you if you’ve never done them before. Especially when you are doing knees to elbows in the same workout. 10 would probably be a good number to start with.

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WOD Tuesday Nov 1, 2011

Part 1: WOD

30 double unders
15 barbell ground-to-overhead (75/55)

AMRAP in 10 minutes

This is Workout #1 from the CrossFit Games 2011 Open. Let’s see if we got any better.

The barbell portion is ground to overhead any way you want, snatch or clean and jerk.

Part 2: MobilityWOD #12


How to Hang Clean

Thanks to Bryan Kemper for this excellent article…

There’s propaganda floating around that the Hang Clean is so crazy-complicated that you probably shouldn’t bother with it at all. Many coaches will avoid teaching it for this reason leaving literally hundreds of thousands of athletes in this country under-powered as a result.

Don’t believe the hype. Hang cleans are hard, but they ain’t THAT hard. Anyone can learn to do a decent hang clean – Anyone. And what’s better is that you only need to know three steps to do it!

Click here for the rest of the article.

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100 Pounds

Ed Dunning is one of the many new faces to appear at Black Hills CrossFit in the last few months. Ed came to CrossFit with the goal of losing 100 pounds, and he started a blog to document his journey. Check it out if you get a chance.

Ed’s a good writer, and it’s an ambitious and awesome goal that he’s set for himself. The neat thing is, I’m 100% certain that he can accomplish it. There’s no better way than CrossFit.

Good luck, Ed. We’ll all be rooting for you.

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WOD Thursday Oct 27, 2011

50 situps
50 parallette jumps
5 laps
40 situps
40 parallette jumps
4 laps
30 situps
30 parallette jumps
3 laps
20 situps
20 parallette jumps
2 laps
10 situps
10 parallette jumps
1 lap


WOD Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

50 deadlifts (135/95)
50 wallballs
50 pullups
50 burpees
50 kb swings (70/45)
500m row

For RX must be done in one round. If not going for RX you may split it up into rounds, for instance 5 rounds of 10 reps per exercise, or however you wish.

Did someone say something about no barbells? CrossFit prepares you for the unknown and unknowable, both mentally and physically. But really, no barbells on Thursday. I swear.


WOD Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

10 cleans (135/95)
20 pushups (hands come off the floor at the bottom)

5 rounds

Remember the review from a few days ago on what a “clean” is.

Also, after Tuesday there will be no more barbells for a few days. We promise. Maybe.


WOD Friday Oct 21, 2011

Partner WOD

4 tasks

3000m row
6 laps farmer walk (70/45)
6 mins plank with 45/25 on your back
6 laps run

The tasks must be accomplished by the team, not individually. In other words, the two athletes must row 3000m combined, not 3000m each.

Both members of the team can be working at the same time, on the same or different tasks. So both members can row 1500m at the same time and be done with the row task.

The tasks can be broken up in any way the team wishes. For instance, one athlete can do all the rowing while the other is working on other stuff.

The trainer will not put the weight on your back for the plank. The team is responsible for that. If you can get a different team to do it for you, though, more power to you.