CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit
Strict Handstand Push-Ups (1 × ME)
HSPU with no added assistance from a kip.
Re-test our Strict HSPU today.
The Chief (5 Rounds for reps)
5 Rounds of AMRAP 3:
3 Power Cleans (135/95)
9 Air Squats Rest
1:00 between each AMRAP.
Stimulus wise, we are looking for an unbroken barbell – throughout the duration. Let’s make this workout about our conditioning and stamina, and not about our olympic lifting strength. View this as a load that we could cycle for 21+ repetitions unbroken when fresh… if not more.
In pacing “The Chief”, we first tend to gravitate towards the pushups. Pushups are one of those movements that can disappear for us if we reach failure. Knowing where we stand in this movement is vital. These reps do not need to be unbroken, but we do want to strive towards consistency. It is not wrong to break this set up into two quick bursts. But, if we are breaking more than once per, we are losing the stimulus. Let’s choose a difficulty today that allows us to clear each set with at most, that single break.
Next are the air squats. This is the pacer of the workout. A chance to level our heart rate, and buy us a brief bit of recovery before our next transition through another round of cleans and pushups. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast here. And as we move through these, let’s respect the movement. The air squat is one that if we relax into, we’ll likely find some issues deeper into the workout. As in, our lower back. The combination of higher volume cleans and air squats can result in a gnarly back cramp if we are not disciplined with our technique. The most common pitfall in this workout will be lazy air squats. Where we dump our torso forward, placing a good amount of work on our posterior. These squats will be the grinder of the workout, but it doesn’t mean it’s alright to let our technique slide. That will do more harm than good here.
Lastly, circling back to the cleans. Again, we are looking for the unbroken barbell throughout here. And with that, we want to be mindful of our transitions. this is a workout where a second here and there between movements can creep in.