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Reverse Pyramid Cycle – April 2020

Reverse Pyramid Cycle – April 2020

As the Powerbuilding cycle comes to a close, there should be increased strength, as well as a general sense of confidence with the heavier weight in the lower rep ranges. The Powerbuilding cycle had the lowest target reps for “repeating” movements of any Evolved cycle...

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The “DB only” Physique Program

The “DB only” Physique Program

The majority of the “at-home workouts” available during the COVID period are focused primarily on conditioning. That type of training will definitely make you sweat and get the endorphins going, but it won’t build any muscle. “Hypertrophy” (building muscle) requires...

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The Power Building Training Cycle

The Power Building Training Cycle

The concept of “Power Building” is super exciting, and has become increasingly popular as athletes attempt to build strength, power and create hypertrophy simultaneously. Programming Powerbuilding is actually quite nuanced, and must be programmed in a very specific...

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The Strength Phase on the Evolved Programs

The Strength Phase on the Evolved Programs

On the heels of the metabolite training block, we now embark on the strength phase. Any athlete who has been training with a high level of intensity and volume would benefit substantially from implementing this short-term change in protocol. Steve Hall coined this...

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Metabolite Training (Metabolic Stress)

Metabolite Training (Metabolic Stress)

Spring 2019 consisted of a 4-month hypertrophy phase in both Evolved programs. The steady focus on increasing intensity (original program) or volume (physique program) in 4-5 week mesocycles produced some really impressive adaptations. The proper way to finish a long...

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CrossFit Open WOD 19.5 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 19.5 Strategy Guide

This combo of Thrusters and CTB Pull-ups has been used many times by CrossFit throughout the years of the Open. The amount of total volume in this workout, for the general population, is similar to that of Open WOD 13.5 for the top level athletes. That workout...

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CrossFit Open WOD 19.4 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 19.4 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Games Open WOD 19.4 brings the unique aspect of work/rest intervals! I personally love this. I enjoy it in my training, and I really like it being used as part of an athletic test. For those that are elite in the sport, both workouts are dead sprints; 3 min...

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CrossFit Open WOD 19.3 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 19.3 Strategy Guide

While Games level athletes may finish Open WOD 19.3 within the 10-min cap, it is going to be extremely difficult to finish for the average Open participant. The majority of these athletes will get stuck somewhere in the handstand pushups. Strict HSPU are one of those...

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CrossFit Open WOD 19.2 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 19.2 Strategy Guide

OPEN WOD 19.2 My opinions and thoughts on this workout have not changed very much since it was released as 16.2. I have updated a couple thoughts in the document, but nothing that changes the game. Strong people everywhere are rejoicing that finally they get to lift...

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CrossFit Open WOD 19.1 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 19.1 Strategy Guide

OPEN WOD 19.1 The 2019 Open has begun, and the first workout is about as simple as they come. This is generally the case, as it’s all about creating community and getting as many people as possible signed up. All workouts are painful in the world of “AMRAP” and “for...

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Ramp-up Sets, RIR, and Proper Loading Procedure

Ramp-up Sets, RIR, and Proper Loading Procedure

Ramp-up Sets, RIR, and Proper Loading Procedure Ramp-up sets constitute the increasing weights that you lift prior to completing the “work sets.” These sets are meant to PRIME and PREPARE the body for the work ahead WITHOUT causing additional fatigue. It is also...

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The Mindset of Progress and Improvement

The Mindset of Progress and Improvement

The Mindset of Progress and Improvement You Don’t Always Have to Lift More Weight   When I write programs, I am a huge fan of Linear Progression. It’s probably the simplest form of progression to implement, which makes it extremely effective for the masses to...

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CrossFit Open WOD 18.5 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 18.5 Strategy Guide

OPEN WOD 18.5 We’ve made it to the last week in the Open! Today I am going to break down all the strategy and necessary considerations for Open WOD 18.5 / Open WOD 11.6 / Open WOD 12.5. I have completed this workout at least six times since it first came out in 2011,...

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CrossFit Open WOD 18.4 Strategy Guide

CrossFit Open WOD 18.4 Strategy Guide

OPEN WOD 18.4  A new standard for measuring the HSPU line is in effect for Open WOD 18.4. Oh, and there’s a new movement making its first appearance; Handstand Walks are now in the open. Deadlifts make another appearance, and the weights will increase. For Time (9 min...

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