CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 5 Workout - Pt.4

We're coming close to the end of the CrossFit Games open, so here's the Workout 5 breakdown for that extra boost.  In this video Carl quickly reviews a couple of warm up drills for explosiveness and coordination to handle those wall balls.  Find your rhythm and go get it!

CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 5 Workout - Pt.5

We're coming close to the end of the CrossFit Games open, so here's the Workout 5 breakdown for that extra boost.  In this video Carl recaps the key points from this week's breakdown.

CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 6 Workout - Pt.1

You're tuned in once again to this week's CrossFit Games Workout 11.6!  Let's start off with a quick intro to this workout before we get down to business.

CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 6 Workout - Pt.2

You're tuned in once again to this week's CrossFit Games Workout 11.6! In this video we review the thursters warm-up drills to help you prep your front rack, shoulders, and hips. Your goal in this warm-up is to find where you can rest and breathe, because you'll need it in this 7-minute grinder.  If you have a strong overhead position, that may be your best bet to rest for a second - it may be easier to fill your lungs than when you're fatigued and compressed down at the bottom of your front squat.

CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 6 Workout - Pt.3

You're tuned in once again to this week's CrossFit Games Workout 11.6! In this video Carl breaks down the key cues to help you get your chest to the bar with those pull ups. POSITIONS: Keep your head neutral, shoulders on the shelf, pull your elbows all the way back. MOVEMENT: Explosive kip/kick and row back. PURPOSE: Chest slapping the bar for a PR party!

CrossFit Games Breakdown - Week 6 Workout - Pt.4

You're tuned in once again to this week's CrossFit Games Workout 11.6! In this video Carl reviews the key takeaways from the GWOD edition warm-up. Warm-up, practice, and get to know your positions well and you'll move swiftly between them to PR!

CrossFit Games Breakdown 12.1

Welcome back to the GymnasticsWOD CrossFit Games Breakdown for the 2012 season! In this video we'll talk about some warm-up, key positions, movement patterns, and strategies to get you peak performance for your 7 minute AMRAP Burpees for the CrossFit Games Open 12.1 WOD.

Warm-up: Work on those hips! Check MobilityWOD for the full warmup cycle.

The Efficient Burpee: We've covered this movement before in the Burpee Skill Transfer series in full detail, so check it HERE.

The Kip: You may be able to power and grind though 50 or more burpees with dirty push ups and then hopping... pulling... dragging your feet in, but things could quickly go down hill from there in the final minutes. If you recall your kipping skills on the bar and even your kipping Toes to Bar, think of doing those movements starting from your belly and really use your hip drive and hip closing to sweep your legs in and under you.

The Transition: If you've got the Kip working efficiently, you've essentially created plenty of useful tension and torque in your system that will do more than just sweep your feet in. Leverage the sweeping motion and push away from the ground at the same time to rotate and bring your chest up, similar to a gymnastics snapdown. Don't waste the explosiveness of the kip, it's like dry-firing a Shaman's Bow that is your body and you don't want to do that.

The Jump: The closer your feet are in together, the taller you'll stand and the less you'll need to jump to touch the target. With feet together you'll also wind up more tension in your hamstrings to make the kick out easier. When you're doing anything high-rep, consistency is key so always keep a check on your foot placement (not up at the target) and make your last rep look and pace like the first one.

CrossFit Games Breakdown 12.2

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games and we're going to break down 12.2! In this video we'll talk about some warm-up, key positions, movement patterns, and strategies to get you prepped and prime for high volume and high loads with your 10 minutes of Snatches.

Even for the stronger athletes, the key to this workout is getting the skill and technique down and keep it consistent throughout the whole workout. Strength may carry you through the first couple of steps in the ladder, but the weight jumps are big enough where if you don't have your skill nailed down the wall comes hard and fast.

  1. Watch KStar's 12.2 Movement Prep and Mechanics on MobilityWOD
  2. Shoulder Movement Prep:
    • Arm Circles, and add global extension when arms are at the top
    • Shoulder Passes with PVC pipe
    • Hang in the bottom of your Dip on P-Bars, and add swing at the bottom of your dip
  3. Hip Movement Prep:
  4. More Shoulder Movement Prep:
  5. More Hip Movement Prep:

Use these drills to get warm and really prime your shoulders and hips with a focus on the skill for the Snatch movement. Use the first step in the ladder to really exercise that skill so you can be confident to count on it when it gets heavy!

CrossFit Games Breakdown 12.3

We're half way through the 2012 CrossFit Games Open with 12.3, and in this video we'll talk more about warm-up, key positions, movement patterns, and strategies to get you working at high intensity and high volumes of Box Jumps, Push Presses, and Toes to Bar.

We've seen all of these movements before common to CrossFit WODs and even in last year's Open, so take a few minutes to review our tips from last year:

1. GWOD Breakdown for 2011 CrossFit Games for Toes to Bar

2. GWOD Breakdown for 2011 CrossFit Games for Box Jumps

Follow that with new information from KStar/MobilityWOD and Coach Carl:

1. MWOD Games Open 12.3 Prep and Mechanics

2. CrossFit Journal - Perfecting the Box Jump

Now to the real business - here are some tips and cues to get you through the 18 minutes of grind.  Double knot your shoe laces, it's about to go fast.

1. Box Jumps - Warm up your calves so you're not destroyed during or after the workout.  Work on the landing, and keep your feet together to make use of the rebound; the best resting spot is on top of the box.  Practice foot positions and hip flexion/extension with a couple of Burpee kick-outs and snap-ins.  Use your shoulders as your wings to guide the movement get some extra pop and keep your chest up, and find a rhythm with small arm circles as you would for connecting Butterfly Pull Ups.

2. Push Presses - Really work on stretching and opening up your shoulders so you get full range of motion for the lockout.  Warming up and finding a good setup is key to a strong finish, so spend a couple of minutes with Skin the Cat and Handstand or Bridge Up against the wall to get those shoulders open.  When working, focus on a strong and high front rack, chin in, to pop the bar up to full lockout.

3. Toes to Bar - Last years tips really tell it all, so pay attention to that 12 minute video.  Something that we always get asked is "is it ok to close your shoudlers to shorten your leg swing up to the bar?"  Sure, but this is really to compensate a lack of range with your hamstrings, which means your shoulders are doing some more work and your body is moving less efficiently.  So try the barbell test on the ground to find your range where you still have shoulder stability without breaking your hollow position, and that will be you limit as to how much you need to close your shoulder with your kip and swing for your Toes to Bar.  Stay consistent with that movement and don't break your position, even if it means using your shoulders to compensate when you need to.

CrossFit Games Breakdown 12.4

We're at the second last workout for the 2012 CrossFit Games Open and things just got a whole lot more interesting! Muscle Ups are my specialty, so we are going to give you this Breakdown raw and uncut! And it may not be obvious right away - but all those efficient Burpees you did in 12.1 actually primed you for the Muscle Up transition. Read on.

To get through this workout we really have to think about using a lot of skill to save yourself for the three different movements, and maybe even get a little recovering in for your shoulders during the Double Unders if we plan and prioritize properly.

1. Wall Balls - Check out KStar's 12.4 Prep and Mechanics video on MobilityWOD for proper positioning and mechanics to get through the 150 reps of Wall Balls.

2. Double Unders - Review our entire series on Jump Rope Double Unders on GymnasticsWOD ([]=29&field_tags_apparatus_tid[]=71). If you focus on good positioning while you are able to keep your upper body relaxed, this is where you can recover a bit to prep for some Muscle Up work. Have your wrists take care of the rhythm with the rope, and practice it with a folded rope until you get that skill nailed down.

3. Muscle Ups - This movement does require a lot of upper body strength to pull up and then to press out of the dip, but you do have an opportunity to use your hips and apply a lot of skill as the assistance to transition and even with the dip. As your warm-up, practice the 5 progressions demonstrated in the video and get the motor pattern down: 1) Hollow Body to Hip Extension, 2) Global Extension to Sit Up, 3) Dip Balance, 4) Hollow Body to Forward Roll, 5) Kipping Dip.

If you are having trouble with the Hip Extension and snap to Sit Up, go back to our 12.1 Breakdown minute 6 ( - what does that efficient Burpee look like? Yes - it's the same movement we're doing for the Muscle Up transition on the rings. For the efficient Burpee we're just doing it on the ground where we start with the hip extension, then hip drive to snap the feet in. Same thing on the rings - arm straight, global extension with butt on, then transition by snapping the hips close and bringing your nose over the rings to your toes. Try a few reps of efficient Burpee again, get to know how that feels and what the motor pattern is, and then try it on the rings on you've pulled and/or swing up to the right height.