A big CONGRATS to our beloved intern, “Scotty the Intern” who dead-lifted 358lbs last night, setting a PR and shattering any existing intern gym record.
Considering that he’s 6’0″ and weighs 150lbs soaking wet in canvas clothes, that’s a bad ass dead lift!
W00t! I love to see my students kick butt like that!
We love getting traveling CrossFitters in our box. We never charge for a drop in unless you’re going to be in town for a substantial amount of time.
Anyhoo, yesterday evening we had an avid CrossFitter, who is an agent for DHS drop by and train.
He’s one of those people that you read about in Clancy books. The complete badass. Chiseled. Athletic. Methodical (consulted his WOD notes frequently). I wish we could have talked more.
Here’s what he had to say…
Once again, thanks and I love what you are doing with young athletes.
What: Free Saturday Class!
Where: CrossFit Sacramento, 2420 Butano Dr. Suite 102
Sacramento, CA 95825
Here’s how it works:
- Give us a shout. Phone us. Email Us.
- Show up fifteen minutes early.
- When you come in — we’ll do the whole meet and greet thing and get to know each other a little better.
- You’ll sign a waiver
- When class starts:
- We’ll talk about CrossFit on a high level.
- Warm up
- One or Two foundational movements will be taught
- You’ll get to do a CrossFit WOD (workout of the day) scaled to your ability.
- You get three free classes. After that you have to make a decision and get on a plan.
The Ball Slam is a fantastic exercise and shows up in a plethora of workouts. Like most of the exercises we employ, it’s a “core to extremity” one.
- Hold a bounce resistant D-Ball with both hands overhead. Keep your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent and toes facing forwards. Try doing a slow, simulated version of the movement during which you keep your back straight and end up with your hand by your thighs.
- Slam! In one explosive movement, drop from your hips and slight incline your trunk forward. Keep your back solid and your hands outstretched, and slam the ball against the ground. The inner edge of the ball should contact the ground right in line with your toes. Keeping your back solid with square shoulders, catch the ball as quickly as possible and stand up into the beginning position.
- Add intensity once you’ve mastered the movement. Start by increasing the weight of the ball you’re using.
Here’s a quick comparison between two ball slams. The first is one of our great high school kids, Steph, going through the slams in “21 the Hard Way”. The second is a “this is the way to do it” ball slam sequence example from CrossFit.com. Lets take a look:
Steph in the middle of 21 Ball Slams during 21 the hard way
CrossFit.com Ball Slam example
Obviously there are a few differences here.
- Overhead position: For the most part, new athletes tend to be a bit shallow with their extension overhead. More experienced folks get the ball overhead with full extension akin to a decent press. Very experienced CrossFitters will get to the “reverse C” extension shown in the bottom photo sequence above.
Basic Goal: Strive for active shoulders at the top to start off the proper full range of motion execution of the exercise.
- Stance / Posture: The proper stance is your air squat stance. The recommended stance is heels at about shoulder width apart, toes pointed out at about 30 degrees. Stance is a very individual thing, and will vary with hip width, hip ligament tightness, femur and tibia length and proportion, adductor and hamstring flexibility, knee joint alignment and ankle flexibility.
Whew! A LOT comes into play! Who knew?
In Steph’s sequence, she’s got a bit of a wider stance than the CrossFit.com model, and her toes are pointed out more. Tight hips are the issue here. However – the wider stance allows her to get to a wickedly deep squat. Nice!! This in itself will cause the problem to correct itself and allow her to, in short time, assume a more useful narrower stance like the model has. One minor cue would be for her to shove her knees out a little when she hits the bottom.
- Bottom: The bottom position is a proper squat position with a straight back and squared shoulders.
Steph has slammed her med-ball ball a bit in front of her. So she’s reaching for it. And since it’s a mushy med-ball with absolutely no bounce, she has to drop to a deeper squat to get it. It’s Oly Squat clean depth for sure! Huzzah!
It’s also important to note that she decided to use a 30 lb medicine ball. That’s a lot of weight! Way to challenge yourself, Steph!
- Final Thought: Naturally, with a larger load in an exercise smack in the middle of a long WOD, one can expect form to falter. In fact, we want it to. Accuracy goes to heck (ball winds up in front a little) and the upper body fatigues (extension at the top gets shallower.
Steph’s form was solid and admirable throughout the WOD and she attacked it with good intensity. The camera happened to catch a few reps that weren’t 100% perfect, but provided a good “teaching moment”
Good effort Steph! CrossFit Sacramento says “Keep It Up!”
Metabolic Conditioning (aka: Met-Con) is the base of the CrossFit exercise program. The only thing that trumps it is nutrition.
BTW – did you know that fifty percent of your athletic performance is based on your nutrition?
Met-Con is hard. Met-Con can suck, especially when you start to explore your limits. At that point you either wade out deeper and deeper and get comfortable with being uncomfortable or you back off and, as Jon Gilson from Again Faster has said, train yourself into mediocrity.
The choice is yours. It’s always there.
This is Chelsea starting the swings in the 3rd round of Helen.
Chelsea getting after Helen - Two Rounds In.
Excellent work! No doubt she’s not training for mediocrity. Performance gains in the gym, in sport and in life are headed her way.
How can I say that? Simple enough — the metabolic duress a typical CF workout can put you through is character building. Every WOD gives you the opportunity to push yourself. You make that choice. You keep making the right one and the hard work translates itself into all other facets of life: work, family, loss, play, sport.
A CrossFit you is a you ready for anything.
A CrossFit you is a you who won’t pack it in when the chips are down.
A CrossFit you is a you that embraces challenges and new experiences.
A CrossFit you is a you that realizes it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.
Nice Turnout For Frelen!
Just finished “Frelen” on a Sunday morning with the Boston Red Sox #1 Prospect Lars Anderson (center, blue shorts)
A big GOOD JOB goes out to the Loretto HS athletes that trained today!
For starters they got a shock when their usual 400m warm up kick-off run turned into two 400m intervals and an 800m capper (nice second wind shown by Kelsey Magana ) that led directly into core work for about 15 minutes. Awesome improvement was shown by everyone in their plank and side plank positions. Everyone is looking better and holding the positions longer. Nice!
Seeing as the WOD for the day was (and still is) Nicole – we went through a kipping progression and then set them loose on the 400M run Max Pull Ups WOD. Some athletes used the opportunity to keep working on the kipping progression while others headed for jumping pullups or bands or the two Gravitrons always on staff.
While everyone did really well – it just has to be mentioned that Vilma Gonzalez got kipping pull ups today! We are so proud of you Vilma!
Lynette Sandoval and Kyla McCormick aren’t too far behind and should be kipping away with Vilma in no time. Same goes for newcomer Rachel Stevens who brings a gymnastics background to the group.
Keep up the good effort everyone!
Melissa Flores, one of our athletes from St. Francis H.S., set a back squat PR of 170lbs yesterday. This puts her squarely in the “Advanced” category in the Squat Strength charts for her bodyweight and trending toward “Elite” status. Given her committment to increasing her performance – it’ll be no surprise for her to hit that mark in the not too distant future.
Way to go Melissa!
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cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power,
coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
Member Mike Frazer doing Karen (150 WallBall Shots For Time). Great job on the first time through!
The movement begins as a front squat and follows through to a push press/shove that sends the ball up and forward to the target from which it rebounds back to the throwers outstretched arms where it is “absorbed” back into the squat. In its entirety the wall-ball is quite simply a throw.
When perfected, each shot looks identical to the one before, and the ball’s contact and departure are gentle and smooth.
Functionality & Wall Ball by Greg Glassman – CrossFit Journal RePrint
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