Clean & Jerks

Paul S

Jerk blocks provide an elevated surface to drop the weights back onto  when working on jerks. This way you don’t have to lower your weights back onto the rack position (a skill in itself) or to drop it down to the ground completely every rep.


+ Donny Shankle Barbell Complex – All Things Gym

My favorite tricep lockout accessories! In addition to Tate Presses, DB Rollback Extensions and the Dumbbell version of JM Presses are my favorites for building that lower part of the tricep, above the elbow, for a stronger lockout in any pressing movements. For more movements like these in a structured program, follow our Conjugate CrossFit or Powerlifting programming at Direct Message me for more information or a direct link to the program you are interested in! Conjugate CrossFit programming link in my Bio! 🎥: @wild1media @livelargefitness #Conjugate #WODFollow #CrossFit #Powerlifting #Fitness #Coach #ConjugateNation #CrossFitConjugate #SweattShop #livelarge @westsidebarbellofficial

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CrossFit WOD for Thursday 12/7

establish a heavy load for the following complex within 12 minutes: clean pull + 3 hang clean pulls + hang clean + jerk

rack jerk 6×2

3×20 dumbbell bench press
3×20 JM press
3×20 plyo pushups, challenging height every round

200 banded lat pulls, red/purple

HIIT WOD – 12pm

Long Interval

Every 5 mins for 25 mins

20 Cal Row
20 dbl db walking lunge steps
20 hanging knee raises
20 dbl db burpees

HIIT WOD – 5:30pm

Long Interval

Joint Mobility

Game: Partner crab races

1:15 Stations
-Wall Ball Situps
-Walking lunges
-Plank to Down Dog (add pushup for challenge)
-Step Ups with High Knees
-KB push presses
**Followed by Lap around the block and 45 seconds rest

50 KB Swings to finish

Competitive Exercise Sample

James S at the bottom of a handstand pushup (HSPU)

Today we sample one of our CompEx classes and see what it’s like: the goal of these classes is more on work, less on skill development. Completion of the standards is paramount, how you complete it is up to you. The volume involved means that you can potentially do a lot of work multiple times with little recovery in between efforts.


+ Russia Has Been Banned From the 2018 Winter Olympics – Ringer

CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 12/6

Skills warmup: pullups/dips, rope climbs, jump roping

AMRAP in 7 minutes:
35 double unders
7 double kettlebell overhead squats, 24/16kg

for time:
800m run
40 calorie row
20 burpee over rower

(11:00 time cap)

abs, biceps finisher

Kettlebell WOD

– Primal Mobility
– Shoulder stability
– Get up skills
– American swing discussion/practice
– Simple and Sinister finisher

SCI Holiday Program: Family K & Family X

‘Tis the season of extra giving! We have posted up the wish lists of the two families we are adopting this holiday season (via the Swedish Cancer Institute Holiday Families Program) with their corresponding boxes below. If you are able to, please sign up to donate an item from their list and bring it to the gym by 12/14. Please place a check mark next to your name & item(s) when you bring it in please!

Family K is a single mother of 4 children with breast cancer, now post-surgery and currently in radiation treatment. She has no local support & works full time to support her two youngest children & college expenses for her two eldest children. She is often very busy with her demanding work, daily radiation treatment & driving kids to activities. Her focus has been to get through treatment & support her children, but has struggled with finding time for herself. Family K could use some extra comfort this year during the holidays. Any help would be much appreciated.

Family X is diagnosed with stage III lung cancer. He has not been able to work for the past six months due to his medical treatment & unfortunately, his work does not provide vacation/sick hours so he has not been able to receive any income. He is receiving food stamps & recently lost the room he was renting for $500 that he shared with his two sons. He is looking into shelter housing at this time. Despite his situation, the patient continues to remain positive and upbeat about his treatment. He is a really humble guy and asked for very little items on his wish list. He shared that he would be grateful to receive any assistance.

“Monetary donations to the Holiday Family Project help keep this lovely tradition going. If you wish to financially support the program you can donate online at HERE or make a check payable to Swedish Medical Center Foundation, Indicating Holiday Families Program Donation in the memo. If choosing this option, we will gladly provide a Swedish Foundation envelope to you.”

Thanks in advance for helping us give back to families in need during this holiday season!


Rachael T

For a better snatch receiving position creating better mobility in the upper back, hips, and ankles is paramount!


+ Sugar Industry Downplayed Potential Harms of Sugar – NY Times

CrossFit WOD for Tuesday 12/5

every 90 seconds for 18 minutes: power snatch + push press + snatch


3 rounds for time:
6 bar muscle-ups
30 wall ball, 20/14lbs to 10/9′

Performance does 5 rounds for time.

Post time to whiteboard!

CompEx WOD

MFT #1338

HIIT WOD – 12pm

Short Interval

:45 work, :15 rest
– Assault Bike
– Rower
– Ladder: Two In, Two Out
– MB Stutter Bucket Throw

:40 work, :20 rest for 16:00
– farmer’s walk
– sandbag drag, pull
– waiter’s walk

calorie rows
banded lat pulldowns

HIIT WOD – 5:30pm

Short Interval

warm up #1 (4 min)
TABATA 20sec on/10sec off
1) push up w/ shoulder tap
2) jumping lunge + air squat

warm up #2 (4 min)
1) agility ladder left/right
2) sit up + russian twist

workout #1 (3 rounds) (approx 9 min)
1 – ramp sprint
5 – hanging knee tucks
9 – slam ball over bar
5 – slam ball sit ups
1 – burpee + slam ball

workout #2 (4 rounds) (30 sec on / 10 sec off) per station (approx 10 min)
station 1 (light dbs) – bent over db lat raise + db strict press
station 2 (medium dbs) – db swing
station 3 (heavy db) – db squat
station 4 – burpees


Rachael, Andrew, Ander, and Bri

The badasses featured above hit many personal records and got some competition experience under their belts. Foundation Barbell club has got a great 2018 in front of us!

If you haven’t been watching USA Weightlifting has been making a splash at the IWF World Championships this weekend.


+ Why You Should Eat More and Train Less This Christmas – Breaking Muscle

CrossFit WOD for Monday 12/4

Today is an example of what it’s like in a HIIT Class (Short Interval)

A – :20 on/:10 off x 4
– cross plank jacks
– squat jacks
– alternating side plank lateral raises, 2.5/1.5kg
– push-up jacks
– jumping lunge jacks

B – :30/:15 for 10:00
12 situp to hip up
9 medicine ball squat thrust + wall chest pass
6 shuttle runs, 20′
3 speed ladders

C – :45/:15 for 10:00
crush-grip squats
crush-grip deadlifts

– Rest 2-5 minutes between each workout.
– (B) and (C) simply “green light”/”red light” during the work/rest intervals
– Choose either 1in/3out or Icky Shuffle on the ladders
– Use kettlebells or sandbags for (C)

Kettlebell WOD


December’s Programming

Since December is known to be a funky month as far as everyone’s schedule goes, we wanted to make sure you felt prepared as you continue reaching for your goals. As a gift to our athletes here is the programming for December.

We also want the community to be able to take the other styles of classes we offer: HIIT (high-intensity interval training) class, Kettlebell class, Gymnastics Strength class, as well as Competitive Exercise (“CompEx”) classes. And yes, attending those specific days will count towards some of your December BINGO boxes.

Continue reading if you want an in-depth look at this. Avoid if you know you’re a cherry-picker!

Read more

Hang Cleans, Hang Snatches, Front Squats

Jeff P demonstrating the start of a hang clean

As promised here is a PDF of December’s programming overview! Be on the lookout tomorrow for a more in-depth look at it all.


+ Sounders vs. Dynamo, Recap: We’re Going Back – Sounder at Heart

CrossFit WOD for Friday 11/31

13 minute each:
– establish a heavy hang snatch
– establish a heavy hang clean
– establish a heavy 3-rep front squat

Post loads to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 4/4, Day 3/3

makeup SNATCH or CJ 60/3, 70/2, 78/2, 82/1, 86/1, 90/1, 93/1, …


Gymnastics Strength WOD

Muscle-Up Development:
– Crossover Symmetry IRON SCAP protocol
– hang check
– pull check
– gymnastics shoulder routine
– hang check
– pull check
– kipping drills

for 15 minutes:
1-2 banded muscle-up
3-4 pullups + hold
5-6 jumping muscle-ups

Kettlebell WOD

Abridged Primal Movement Warmup and Mobility

Rack and OH work

Shoulder and hip mobility

Swings, presses and squats.