INT/ADV Workout : Elephants

This workout is for the Intermediate/Advanced group. If you've just started with PATHFINDER but have a solid fitness base, feel free to go for it though.

I'm going to talk about the Elephant first. The run. "WTF AMY? I JOINED PF TO NOT RUN." If you have legitimate running issues - bad knees, hips or lower backs, screws in your feet - whatever - ruck the distance instead. If you ruck, speed is important. Your heart rate needs to be up as though you were running. Build +/or keep your cardio endurance.

For you BA's who want to run with your ruck because you saw it on the CrossFit games that one time...no. Just no. Our knees, hips and joints need to last us into old age, and running under heavy rucks over time is a sure-fire way to destroy your joints and bring about injuries. Be smart. Shuffling with a ruck is FINE. Running with a ruck is DUMB. Run slick, or ruck heavy. 

What exercises do I need to know?

Ruck Snatches Everything should be familiar except maybe those ruck snatches. Now, you might think you're familiar with what a ruck snatch is... but let's talk about what a ruck snatch ISN'T first. It isn't a limp armed movement with barely a hint of elbow bend. Bad form won't get you strong, and may even get you injured. I might have a "thing" about crappy snatches.

We are looking for a fluid movement that begins with a slight squat as you lift the ruck up off the ground, and into a fluid clean. From that clean, with a good bent elbow, you transfer into a punch up. Snatches are tough movements and are often done incorrectly. Do yourself a favor and watch Julie Foucher of CrossFit show how they're done right (with a dumbell) here: https://youtu.be/9520DJiFmvE. I almost teared up, they're so beautiful.

START HERE

Do a 3-5 minute series of: jogs, high knees, butt kicks, hip openers like opening and closed gate swings, frog jumps or mountain climbers. Just get your body warm for injury prevention.

THE WORK

  • 400M run (slick, or fast ruck if knees preclude a run)
  • 3-5 x Rounds
  • 15 x Hand-Release Push-Ups
  • 15 x Ruck Swings
  • 15 x Ruck Sumo Squats
  • 400M run
  • 3-5 x Rounds
  • 15 x Ruck Snatches
  • 15 x Ruck Overhead Squats
  • 15 x Burpees w Ruck Jump
  • 400M run

3 comments

  • @Steve – For the ruck swings, I grab the top handle, set a wide enough stance for the ruck to swing through legs, then swing up to eye level, straight arm (more russian KB swing style). Slim chance to hit face. I think it’d be very difficult to do American KB swing style and bring the ruck overhead.

    chris
  • don’t waste money buying different gear. just run what you have and make it work. save the money for important things like beer.

    josh
  • How do you do this with a ruck without hitting yourself in the face? I’ve done 1,000s with a kettlebell, and would try it 2 handed with a sandbag, but flipping the rucksack seems a little…
    I’ve done swings, but even they seem clumsy, e.g. not hitting a leg, compared to a kettlebell.

    Also, I have been using an old 26l GR1 I purchased on eBay, with the sternum strap and hip belt. I’m tight for cash, but I can afford decent equipment if it’s worth it. Would I be better off selling my GR1 and getting a 26l Rucker 3.0, or should I just send the GR1 to goruck and have handles sewn on the sides and bottom?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    Steve Gabriel

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