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January 2, 2018

Skill

Front Squat

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Today we’re working up to a strong effort 4 rep front squat.  With the front squat we want to focus on keeping the elbows up and chest as upright as possible.  As with any kind of squatting you’ll want to practice keeping your knees out and tracking over your feet. Remember to release the grip on the bar a bit in the front squat and load the bar onto your torso which should help you keep your elbows and chest up. If you have a mobility problem holding you back from keeping your elbows up you can always try crossing your arms across the bar or modifying that in some way.  Feel free to choose one weight and work there for all sets rather than adding weight as you go.

WOD

AMRAP in 15 Minutes
20 Medicine ball squat cleans 20/14 lb
15 Medicine ball sit-ups 20/14 lb
10 Kettlebell Snatch 24/16 kg

Workout notes: Today’s workout is a time priority triplet with two very difficult movements. Spend some time practicing the medicine ball clean during your warm-up.  You’ll want to drive the hips fully open prior to dropping under the medicine ball to receive it in a full squat.  Make an effort to move your hands and arms around the ball keeping it from rotating. To practice this start with the laces facing out and make sure they stay there throughout the movement.  The kettlebell snatch is another tough movement that takes a bit of coordination to master. Save your wrists from kettlebell abuse by carefully rotating the the object around your arm and punching upward so there is only soft contact on the back of your arm.

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