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Hang ’em high

by Meghann on January 30, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Lately we’ve been doing a lot of 3 RMs (rep max) and 5 RMs in CrossFit. Those are great and really have their place, but I can’t tell you how excited I was when I finally saw an opportunity for a 1 RM on the board today. I was itching to get down and dirty with some heavy weight and see what I could really do.


Unfortunately the 1 RM was for a hang clean (curses!). Cleans are not my friends. Give me a pure press or squat and I’m a good, but anything that involves a clean and we’re suddenly enemies. I haven’t exactly grasped the right technique for a good clean yet, but I’m working on it. Luckily it was just a hang clean and nothing beyond that.

I was really surprised how good I felt through the warm up. I started with one of the light bars but quickly realized I could add a good amount of weight and still keep going. Once I passed the warm up (2-3×3) we had 4 sets of 1s. I was instructed to start at about 80% for my first, move to 90% for my second, max on the third, then try to push it a teeny bit further on the last.

The beauty of 1 RM attempts is they go fast and you get plenty of rest in between. The downside is you typically feel just as burnt out after 1 RM attempt as you do after 3-5 RM attempts. It’s crazy how 1 rep can you leave you feeling so hurt.

I felt like I was on fire… until I jumped from 70 lbs to 75 lbs. Man, those additional 5 lbs get me every time! I tried (trust me, I tried!), but I couldn’t get it. After a couple of attempts, I admitted defeat and called 70lbs as my official 1RM. I’m proud of that number, simply because I know that’s truly my 1RM max. Plus, I can only build from there, right?

The WOD that followed was pretty straightforward.

  • 8 KB SDHP (I used 35lbs)
  • 12 Pistols (one legged squats <- killer!)
  • 24 DU or 60 singles (I went singles)
  • AMRAP in 12 minutes

A couple of notes here:

  1. Pistols hurt! They’re one-legged squats where you have one leg pointing forward as you squat down. It doesn’t sound bad in theory, but once I was trying to get down, I realized how hard those suckers truly are. We were allowed to do certain variations, so I chose to do them while holding onto a bar. It also helped to switch off legs each time.
  2. I’m still no where near getting a double under. I’ve been practicing during warm ups for months and the most I’ve gotten is one at a time, never two. Le sigh.
  3. I’m really good at pushing myself when I’m *this close* to completing a set and time is running out. I even surprised myself today how much I was able to push myself in that fifth round and still have enough will to push out 9 kettle bell lifts before time was called.


I made a killer breakfast afterwards.


Two eggs




And a peach.


A delicious complete meal.

Have a great Wednesday!

1 Allison January 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

Love eggs for bfast!
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2 Katie @ running4cupcakes January 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

So true. . . you can only continue to improve!!!
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3 Katie January 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

All your hard work at crossfit is paying off, I just looked at your wedding pictures and you look amazing and so tone!!

4 Maureen January 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

That peach looks so good! Keep up the good work with CF!
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5 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

Ha! That’s how I felt on my bench press today. I feel like the tiny weights on the ends look like birds 😛 But, I’m just getting back into the lift, and you’re right – only going up from here!
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6 Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

Where did you find the peach? I am jealous!!!!!

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7 Meghann January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

They actually had some decent looking ones at Publix on Sunday at a good price. It definitely wasn’t local, but it was actually pretty tasty.

8 Samantha Angela January 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

Way to really push it for your 1RM Meghann!
I love doing heavy weights for few reps. I love the power I feel when I can pump out something really heavy.
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9 amyt January 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

5’s will get you every time!

10 Socal Rachel January 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I’m with you on the cleans, they are not my friend. My wrists were really sore the first time I did a bunch and I’ve hit my collar bone. Those pistols are killer.

Great job on your WOD!
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11 Annette @FitnessPerks January 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I looooveee eggs for b-fast too.

And I agree–when we KNOW how much time we have left (and it’s a short amount) or how many reps we have left, we work harder. It’s actually proven in research that we do this 😉
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12 sara @ fitcupcaker January 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

yum, a peach sounds so good right now…and yours looks so fresh…I love crossfit, its just so expensive, so Im trying to figure out if I can afford it. Its such a good workout! Do you eat anything before crossfit?
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13 Meghann January 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Generally i have 1/2 a Clif Bar, that’s pretty standard before all my morning workouts.

14 Heather January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Beast! you are rocking crossfit, way to go!

15 Lauren J @ The Barn January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m officially on month three of Crossfit and I just worked up the courage to really work on determining some of my 1RM maxes. I got my power clean max, but was able to do the weight 2 reps on my deadlift so I know I need to revisit that max. I was so tired after working through that I didn’t know how on earth I was going to get through the WOD! But I did. Isn’t that the beauty of Crossfit haha!?
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16 Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer January 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

OMG. i hate pistols. they make my butt hurt for like weeks. also double unders are tough! I got my own jump rope to practice at home. One of my goals this year is to RX a workout with Double Unders. Bring it on, Annie!
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17 Gianna January 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

That peach looks just delicious! And good job on killing it in the workout! I love knowing that I did everything I could in one.
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18 Karen January 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Meghann… You are ROCKING CrossFit. I did it for 2 years… LOVED it… but then I got hurt… ugh.. Miss it. Do you have a thin Again Faster speed rope? It will get you to double unders really, really fast. If you don’t GET ONE… makes ALL the difference in DU!!
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19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Oh man! That peach!! Who knew that’d be the thing that caught my attention tonight? 🙂
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