Thursday, February 12, 2009

A new movement: Back squats X 5-5-5-5-5

Because of our limited space in the Blue Room, we were never able to do back squats because we didn't have racks. With the new facility, we now have the ability to do back squats thanks to our plethora of racks! Woot!

So, today was more an introductory day to back squatting than anything. It feels weird to not have to try to keep your torso completely upright as you're used to doing with the front squat, but it was neat to explore a new movement. Since we were all newbies at this movement, Jerry gave us very strict instructions. NO MAX EFFORTS! So, even though I was feeling pretty good after my first few tries, I cut myself off when I felt things start to get heavy and force me to work harder. My day looked like this.

35 X 5
55 X 5
75 X 5
95 X 5
105 X 5
115 X 5
125 X 5
135 X 5

135 still felt pretty easy, but I could feel myself getting tired, and also feel myself having to start working harder to get the reps up, so I decided to end there. My max single front squat last week was 170, so I figured I was getting close to my max for a 5 rep effort. I felt good with form, so it felt good to end on a good note. A new movement to work on, woot! Gotta love CF!


The Wigan Crossfitter said...

The new blue
It suits you!

Kurt T. Fuller said...

Katie -

Great job on the BS! That's one of my stronger suits.

But once you get the rings figured out (because I know you will) drop me a line. Because as of today, I have no idea.

Congrats on the new CFOT box! And now that you can BS, FS & OHS, you have no reason not to do so!


Robin said...

Hooray for Back Squats, now y'all can do the CrossFit Total!

My max is 165... just giving you something to beat.

Katie said...

LOL... I like that Steve, the new blue... :)

KTF, if I ever figure those blasted rings out, I'll be sure to let you know. ;) I can assure you that lately we have been squatting fools! :) I actually kind of like the back squat to be honest, but it feels counterintuitive. We spend so much time trying to stay upright with the front squat, that actually leaning a little forward with the back squat feels like you're doing something wrong! At least INHO. It also is weird because you have to have a wider stance. I'm so used to being told to go closer that I feel like a naughty schoolgirl! :P It's kind of fun... :)

Robin, I'll aim for it, but no promises.... :P