Thursday we’re looking for a one rep max back squat, but the style of back squat used is up to you. There’s more than one way to go about many of the lifts we practice in CrossFit. For example, the Olympic lifts can be executed from multiple starting positions, with several options for receiving positions. We want to try all of them, and get an idea of the weight we can handle in each, but if you’re looking for an absolute max for a particular lift you would use the method you’re most confident in.
Tomorrow you’ll be able to choose to use either a high or low bar technique. Obviously if you don’t have a great deal of experience with one or the other, and aren’t quite comfortable with it, you won’t get the full benefit and maximize the potential of that style. Good news, whatever you do, tomorrow is only a test of what you can lift now. It’s a starting point. See what you can do, and whether it’s supplemental work, or learning a new technique, figure out what needs to be done to get more next time.
February 2, 2011
Strength: Back Squat 5-5-3-3-1-1-1
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