Workout: CrossFit Total

Wednesday we did the CrossFit Total.  Here’s a rundown of what the CrossFit total is from the CrossFit Journal.  To read the entire article, just click the link.

The CrossFit Total is the sum of the best of three attempts at the squat, the press, and the deadlift. All three lifts are done while standing on the floor. They require minimal and inexpensive equipment. They are not technique- dependent to the extent of the Olympic lifts, yet they require technical proficiency beyond mere passing familiarity. They are safe when performed correctly, since they can all be performed without spotters—alone in a garage if necessary.

via The CrossFit Total by Mark Rippetoe – CrossFit Journal.

Soo…last Wednesday it was:

CrossFit Total

Find your 1 Rep Max in:
Back Squat
Shoulder Press

You find your “total” by adding all three maxes together.

via CrossFit Denton County.

I had to do this alone because I made it up.  We were supposed to do this on Tuesday but I didn’t get my lazy butt out of bed to go to the workout.  My last CFT was 390#.  A PR (personal record) by FAR.  I hoped this CFT would get me some higher numbers.  I didn’t expect much, but I at least expected to stay the same.  Unfortunately, I went down…way down…in my numbers.  My CFT this time was 350#.  ~waaahhh waaahhhh~!

Back Squats were first.  I know the problem on this one.  I didn’t do enough warm up sets and I went too heavy too fast. In fact, on my first attempt at 10# under my last 1RM (1 rep max), I had to bail out of the lift.  That was disheartening.  Matt came over and put my bar back up on the racks so I could try again.  I went down to 110 and tried again.  Then my third attempt was at 135 and that was really tough.  Like.  really.

Shoulder press I didn’t expect much from and I certainly didn’t get much from.  My first max on this one was 60# and my last one was 65#.  This time I started at 45 (the bar) and worked my way up 5# at a time.  I got to 65 and had to actually make the attempt twice in order to get it.  So I almost went down on this one too!  At least I stayed the same though, right?

Deadlifts are my favorite lift in CrossFit.  I get a little giddy inside when I see them on the board.  Skill, Strength, WOD…whatever.  I like them.  I was super proud of my last 1RM at 170# and I really thought I would have no problem matching that and probably exceeding it by 10 or so.  Boy was I wrong.  My warm up sets proved to be a lot harder than I had originally intended.  I ended at 150#…down 20#

So, that puts my entire CFT down 40#.  What a bummer.  But at the same time, its a wake up call. I have not been as dedicated or as consistent as I should be since the last time we did a total.  I guess everyone needs a little wake up once and a while!

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3 thoughts on “Workout: CrossFit Total

  1. I just discovered your blog! It is great! I actually am Paleo, but have yet to join Crossfit–I think the process usually goes the other way! Haha! I move around so much that I am always weary to join any gym. Also, I am a distance runner and I fear I will have to give it up! Maybe your blog will talk me into it! 🙂

    1. You should try to find a gym that has a CrossFit Endurance program (! Our gym just started one for our Tri athletes! They train in all three events in addition to CrossFit workouts. YOu could also follwo the workouts on the website. If you send Brian a video of you running, he’s really good at providing feedback on your form and ho to improve. I would encourage you to find a gym you like and just attend 3 days/week and then train in your distance running the other days. I promise you, it can only help you and you will love it! I’ll keep up the posts on some of my more memorable workouts. You can also follow me on WODstack 🙂 You just sign up (its free) and then search for “jlautry” and that’s me! I post all my workouts there. I update it with all my workouts about once every few weeks. 🙂 I post the benchmark workouts here on my blog as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!!! Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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