Row 2,000 m
Row 1,000 m
Row 500 m
STIMULUS: This is one where I think it’s really important to understand “movement factors.” These can include range of motion, speed, fatigue, volume, and competition. Any or all of these factors can be added to movements in an attempt to make it difficult for an athlete to hold the standard. I see this one using cardio/respiratory fatigue as a movement factor to test out the strict movements we’ve been practicing over and over and over and over and over and over since the new year. To preserve the stimulus, the only thing I would scale for most people is the row (or run, in our case). I think if you can make these an all-out effort (or close to it) on the row/run, it will expose a lot of things on the pull-up and push-up station. Use the same “strict” standard you’ve been doing for the past workouts and see how well you can hold yourself to it despite your lungs wanting to explode. If you’re really brave try 5-sec. tempo squats without stopping.
GROUP: On an individual level (and with a well-seasoned group) I like the descending row/ascending gymnastics reps. It serves a good purpose on both stations. For my group I might have like Jay and a few other seasoned kids do rx’d; the rest will probably be something along the lines of: 3 rounds, Run/15/30/45. This keeps the numbers the same and might keep confusion/checking the whiteboard down. Haven’t decided how I’ll do pull-ups yet. I am thinking about breaking out the rings on this one, but kind of want to keep with the bar hang/half range/strict kipping pull-ups we’ve been doing.
INJURY: The row/bike sub works for most people with issues on ground impact. Hollow hold/knees to elbows/sit-ups might be good for squats. One-arm presses and ring rows would not be a bad thing for arm injuries.
I’M SCALING THIS WELL IF: You’re questioning the meaning of life while approaching the second set of the triplet.
I’M SCALING THIS POORLY IF: Wait, what number am I on again?