L-Sit Progression on Floor for Intermediate Athletes and Festivus Feats of Strength
Video by Michele Vieux

This progression toward a L-Sit is great to use for those of you who aren’t quite strong enough to hold yourself up on parallettes and even for those who don’t have parallettes handy. It can be incorporated into your gymnastics-based warm-up, workout in place of L-Sits or hollow holds, TV watching and travel workouts to help you strengthen your lower abs and hip flexors while fine-tuning your body control.

To perform this movement:

1) Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you and your hands placed next to your pockets.

Pro Tip: How to Hike a Kettlebell into Your First Swing
Video by Michele Vieux

In order to avoid having to pendulum your kettlebell into its first full swing, try this hiking technique instead so you can move straight into your first rep.

Set the kettlebell in front of you, just within reach.

Hinge at the hip and keep your chest up while you reach for the kettlebell.

Pull the kettlebell back between your legs to use momentum to start your first swing.

Happy swinging!

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See You at the 2017 California Regional! 
Written by Michele Vieux

The 2017 California Regional starts tomorrow and we are sending a RECORD three teams and six individuals who are hopeful to qualify for a spot at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, August 3rd – 6th. This record number of competitors is not only a record for Invictus, but for any affiliate in the history of CrossFit. It’s a huge feat and something we are extremely proud of.

There is another first as well. This is the first year that the Games have not been hosted in California,

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Performance or Fitness? Which is More Challenging?
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I get this question a lot and usually the thought is that Performance is the “harder” track but I politely beg to differ about the idea that the Fitness workouts are less challenging.

If you push your limits with the weights and reps, you are actually doing much more in each session as far as number of exercises, reps and also with time under tension (where you get #gainz).