March 6, 2018


Back Squat

Today we’re performing 3 sets of 10 Squats working up to a heavy set. This rep range is probably unfamiliar territory so spend some time thinking about how you would perform a large set of heavy squats. The best strategy is to take a moment to take a few slow and deep breaths at the top of every rep to allow some recovery before you start your next rep.  This will help you to avoid hitting failure. A weight that is in the 70% range would be appropriate for more experience lifters.  Start light with an an empty bar and make sure you are performing all of your reps to your full range of motion.  We do this not only to warm each joint through it’s entire range but to reinforce proper mechanics.  Maintain an upright and rigid torso through each rep.   You should NOT be hitting failure on this but just in case be sure to review how to ditch a back squat and use spotters when needed. Please respect other lifters during their sets by waiting rather than walking in front or behind them.


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Alternating dumbbell snatch 50/35 lb
Box jump 24/20″

Workout notes

Today’s workout is a time priority couplet. The workout will be front loaded with dumbbell snatches and will end with a large number of box jumps. Make sure to land with your chest up and knees over your toes on the box before standing tall to complete the rep.  If needed scale the box height so that you can maintain jumping through the entire workout rather than switching to step-ups.  If you plan to choose step-ups as a scaling option from the start feel free to go with the prescribed height.  For the dumbbell snatch make sure to choose a weight that you can knock out large sets with without stopping to rest. The dumbbell weight here is not meant to be so heavy that you need to rest between each rep.  The dumbbell will return to the ground between each rep and should move from the ground to overhead in one smooth motion.  A good goal today would be to be able to move at close to the same pace throughout the entire workout as set sizes decrease for the snatches and increase for the box jumps.

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