Why We Cluster
Written by Michele Vieux

What is a “cluster” and why do we program them? Per Webster’s, a cluster is a group of similar things positioned together. In today’s workout, for example, we are doing clusters of cleans which looks like Clean x 1.1.1.1 when written out on the whiteboard. This type of set may look a little different to some of you so let me explain what the 1.1.1.1 means and why we like to use it.

Example Whiteboard:
Every 4 minutes, for 20 minutes (5 sets) of:
Clean x 1.1.1.1 (rest 10 seconds between singles)
Rest 30 seconds
Strict Handstand Push-Ups x max reps

As noted on the board,

CrossFit Open 20.4 Strategy & Tips
Videos by the Invictus Athlete Team

Check out all the different options below and remember, unless you are a Games hopeful, only do this workout once and give it your all the first time. Full effort is full victory!

Competitive CrossFitters

If you’ve been following the Invictus Competition program for some time or any of the other Invictus Athlete Programs, or if you have aspirations to make it to the CrossFit Games, check out the Tips for competitive athletes video from Invictus Athlete Coaches CJ Martin,

Bonnie, Piranhas, and Always Finishing Strong
Written by Kendall Kimball

No one was more terrifying than Bonnie. Her strawberry blonde hair, freckles, and petite 4-foot frame painted a picture of innocence, but the entire 3rd Grade class knew the truth. She was a tiny hellion who ruled the playground with an iron first.

There were three things that Bonnie loved: torturing her classmates, bragging about her pet piranhas, and running the 50-yard dash. And Bonnie was FAST. All that rage seemed to give her superhuman speed!

Every day –

Bonnie, Piranhas, and Always Finishing Strong
Written by Kendall Kimball

No one was more terrifying than Bonnie. Her strawberry blonde hair, freckles, and petite 4-foot frame painted a picture of innocence, but the entire 3rd Grade class knew the truth. She was a tiny hellion who ruled the playground with an iron first.

There were three things that Bonnie loved: torturing her classmates, bragging about her pet piranhas, and running the 50-yard dash. And Bonnie was FAST. All that rage seemed to give her superhuman speed!

Every day –

What Are Toes-to-Bar?
Contributing Authors: Brittany Weiss, Michele Vieux & Travis Ewart

A toes-to-bar is put together exactly how it is read. It’s pretty much the queen of all leg raises. You bring your toes to the bar while hanging of course! It’s not one of the highly technical movements you could see come up in a workout but there are some things you should keep in mind while trying to achieve your first one, all the way to stringing them together in workouts. Toes-to-bar is a great movement for developing full body strength.