Coach Kelly emphasizes the importance of keeping the burpee as simple as possible and therefore more efficient.
Believe it or not, it is possible to make burpees more manageable. They do not have to be the bane of your bodyweight movement existence, whether they show up as part of a WOD or become your go-to movement when you are traveling sans equipment.
Coach Kelly Starrett of CrossFit San Francisco and Mr. MobilityWOD himself, with the help of his “pocket gymnast” Carl Paoli (Mr. GymnasticsWOD), give us some insight on how to prep properly for a burpee. This breaks down simply into three parts: prepping for hip flexion, hip extension, and overhead extension with the arms. Coach Kelly emphasizes the importance of keeping the burpee as simple as possible and therefore more efficient.
Part I: Getting to the Ground
Avoid the broken accordion body & rounded back when reaching for the ground.
As Coach Carl demonstrates the first part of the movement by essentially piking from his hips, Coach Kelly points out that “the more that Carl is missing hip flexion here, the more he’s going to have to round, the more he’s going to have to have his knees come forward” — and this makes getting to the ground less effective. (Avoid the broken accordion body!) How do you prep for this? Step into the band, pull it up into your groin area, and walk away from the pole. Bend forward at the hips to “floss,” and then bend the knees a bit to work the hamstrings as well; “keep your back straight” and work on “hingeing at the hip,” advises Coach.
Part II: Getting up from the Ground
Though you will not be able to keep your back straight throughout the entire movement, do keep your butt turned on to help you snap up quickly.
To get back up, Carl “has to load his hips because there’s no way he can keep his back straight” throughout the entire movement. The butt still has to be turned on in the bottom position in order to “open up the hip and snap to his feet.” Naturally, prepping for this portion of the burpee means opening up the hip. Step back into the band and pull it up into the groin area — this time facing the pole — and settle into a long lunge (Burgener stretch style) to work on”pure hip extension.” As always, “grind into the corners” and feel free to tie in one arm behind the head to increase extension and open up the abdominals.
Part III: Jumping & Overhead Extension
If getting your arms overhead becomes a struggle, “it gets expensive” because you start to break body position and set up poorly for the next burpee.
As you will recall for Open WOD 12.1, the standard for the burpee jump was to reach for a point 6″ above the tip of the fingers. Rather than jump from the “broken banana, sad overextended position,” you want to be able to send your arms overhead easily to prevent any missed reps. In addition to using the foam roller to open up the back, one-armed band stretches for the lats are ideal “so it becomes easy to put your arms overhead.” If getting your arms overhead becomes a struggle, “it gets expensive” because you start to break body position and set up poorly for the next burpee.
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Snatch deadlift + snatch pull + snatch
10 power cleans 185/125
20 burpee over bar
30 toe 2 bar
200ft farmers carry 55/35
30 toe 2 bar
20 burpee over bar
10 power cleans
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There is still space left to register for the Carl Paoli seminar at CrossFit Ridge Ave on September 20th from 9am-5pm.
The seminar is $295 with discounts offered for CF Level 1 Certified Trainers, Educators, Military/Fire/Police/Rescue and USA Gymnastics members!
This seminar is appropriate for coaches, trainers, and athletes of all levels who are familiar with CrossFit and/or training using functional movements. The main takeaway from this seminar is Coach Carl’s “Position-Movement-Purpose” framework with which you can analyze and dissect all movements, no…
What an awesome start to our Let's Move class on Saturday September 6! Remember this class is free every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 bring your kids and their friends! We can't wait to see the turn out for this Saturday!
We will have WODbody Sports Massage in house here at CrossFit RDU this coming Wednesday. Appointment slots will be available from 3pm-8pm in 30min sessions or more. There will be a sign up sheet on the whiteboard. Check them out and we may make it a permanent fixture!
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Hey Main Liners and R5ers! Good news...beginning this Thursday, 9.11 at 6:30pm we are bringing in a Chiropractor a couple days a week for your aches, pains and general fitness recovery needs to CFML. The wonderful, Dr. Katzen will be scheduling free consultations and following up with necessary treatments. We could all use a little adjustment. Call today to schedule your appointment at CFML- 610-664-8330 http://www.drkatzen.com/
Congratulations to Brandon M for passing his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and also Head Coaches Phil & Kelly for completing / passing their CrossFit Kettlebell Certification this weekend!
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This Wednesday, September 10th from 6:30-8:00pm Kyle will be holding a Nutrition Seminar. It is free and open to anyone who would like to attend (members or non-members). If you haven't attended one of Kyle's nutrition seminars definitely get in for this one!
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Hope everyone had a great weekend! Tomorrow is 6x6 back squats so rest up tonight! This week and next week will be the two hardest weeks of the squat cycle, so prepare yourself (mentally and physically!) and don't miss out. The squatting will take the majority of the class time, we want to make sure you get through your sets with enough rest and not too rushed. See you tomorrow!
What a great weekend at Revamped! The SuperFit competition couldn't have gone any better and we are so thankful to have had so many awesome volunteers and judges. We wouldn't have been able to do it without you guys. The judging was on point! So many great no reps! haha I am terrible. But really, you guys killed it and my equipment crew was crazy fast! All the heats were ready to rock and roll every event. The comp finished like 2 hours ahead of schedule with no hick ups throughout the day at all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much.
The Revamped athletes did amazing as always and we are super proud of you guys. Your training and hard work shined bright and you all showed a lot of heart all day.
Tomorrow's WOD (Simple and to the point!)
Back Squat 5x5 @ 80%
30 Clean & Jerks for time (185/115) C (155/95) (135/95) S