Workout of the Day
Take 12-15 minutes to build to a heavy, but not max effort, 3-rep Overhead Squat;
and then,
Seven rounds for time of:
7 Overhead Squats (115/75 lbs.)
7 Burpees

An Old-Fashioned Barn Raising at CrossFit Invictus
Written by C.J. Martin

We had the modern-day equivalent of an old-fashioned barn raising at CrossFit Invictus last weekend.  We had great support from good friends and our amazing members to help us put together our new squat racks, renovate our office and kids play area, and maintain a lot of our equipment.  We accomplished over the course of 48 hours what it would have taken the Invictus staff alone weeks to finish.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who came out and helped, but particularly to Pops, Krazy K, George, Michele, Gary, Jen, Matt B., Shane, Ben, Pat S., Bassem, Brent, Sean, Sarah the Human, Calvin, Sage, Veronica, and of course, Grandma!  (I undoubtedly forgot several people who made a tremendous difference with their hard work, and I apologize for that, but I assure you that it is unintentional and your efforts will be remembered and I will be reminded within moments after this post is published.)

This Weekend’s Activities at Invictus
There are several very cool activities going on this weekend at Invictus.  First, many of our members are running the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge on Saturday.  If you would like to carpool over with folks from the gym, please be at the gym at or slightly before 7:00 a.m.  And please wear your green “Team Invictus” shirts!

The second event is the OPT Big Dawg Challenge!  The Challenge will begin at 11:30 a.m., but competitors are asked to arrive at 11:00 a.m. to begin warming up, receive their heat assignments, and help support their fellow competitors.  I STRONGLY encourage a large group of spectators.  If you want to see some phenomenal athletes giving their all in a workout, come down to the gym and give these guys and gals some support.  It is going to be a great time and will build on the spirit of camaraderie that makes Invictus, and OPT such special communities.

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Superb writing. Can’t wait to read more.


I did this WOD at work today since I missed it last night. Deceptively rough–as most of the ones with short descriptions tend to be. 145 OH squat x 3, WOD at 95lbs 12:15.

Jim Martin
Jim Martin

Hey Rey

Your post hit the blog so late a couple of days ago, that I don’t know if anyone saw it. If you are interested in more info on the challenge, or anything else we do around here send just send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Robert & Kristi of CrossFit RFM
Robert & Kristi of CrossFit RFM


That set-up is SICK!!! I’m totally jealous. The San Diego road trip definitely just got pumped up to priority status! Say hi to everyone for us.

(now if we can only convince Bill @ Rogue to give us free shipping on a set-up like that. Ha!)



The bar/rack apparatus looks great! Can’t wait to check ’em out next time I’m home. Miss you guys!


Oh no! I forgot Nichole! Nichole was amazing and was responsible for much of the fabulous organization that has made everything lol so tidy. Thanks Nichole!


Sorry Dre! How could I forget that you were diligently cleaning our balls? Sorry about that buddy.

Thom, yes we will have our normally scheduled 8:30 and 10:00 am sessions on Saturday. The OPT Big Dawg Challenge will begin after those sessions.



Will there be an 830 or 1000 session on saturday?


Yes CJ, you forgot my contribution…YEs, I was there for any hour but my prego wife demanded my presence. You don’t want to make a 7 1/2 month pregnant women Angry, you won’t like her when she’s angry. LOL… But hey, I cleaned up those medicine balls really good.

FAQ - Workout of the Day (WOD)

What does WOD mean in CrossFit?

WOD stands for Workout of the Day. Most CrossFit gyms post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete. Invictus currently offers THREE free programmed WODs each day (shown above)... and even more personalized and online supplemental programs through Invictus Athlete.

Which program is right for me? Can I move between them?

One thing that sets Invictus apart from other CrossFit gyms and online training programs is that we recognize everyone has different fitness goals, abilities and needs. Be sure to pick which programming is right for you so you can get a great workout that meets your needs.

What does 30X0 mean? (How to read the WOD)

Another thing you might notice that’s different about our programming is that we use ‘tempo training’ - almost always in the Fitness programming and in various cycles for the Performance and Competition programs. Those extra numbers (ex: @30X0) might seem confusing at first glance but you’ll totally get how it works and why we like to use it after reading this. Trust us, you’ll soon witness the many benefits firsthand. Learn more about tempo training.

I need help with some standard movements and warm-up ideas!

Whether you’re new to CrossFit or have lots of experience with the WOD, our coaches will help you get the most out of every workout. It doesn’t matter if you struggle with a particular movement or if your goals are pushing you toward the higher skilled and more elusive movements, our professional coaches support everyone with advice and feedback.

They have worked with all athlete levels and know what it takes to get people moving to the best of their abilities. Whether it’s burpees, double-unders, muscle-ups, or tips for the Assault Bike - we’ve got a coach who can help you.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your warm-ups covered, too. Our coaches are constantly learning from other modalities and love to use what they learn in innovative warm-ups focused on both preparing for the workout at hand and maintaining the body for a pain free life. Check out this full body routine to keep your joints functioning and free of inflammation. We also post warm-up suggestions in the Workout of the Day for each of the programs that are tailored to that day’s movements.

Workout on your own and don’t have much time for your warm-up? Here’s a couple of quick and simple ones for your shoulders, squat day, deadlifts, and everyone’s problem area, the thoracic spine.

What if I can’t lift the weight or do the movement as prescribed?

Scaling is part of the beauty of CrossFit because it enables workouts and programming to be tailored to anyone’s ability. When it comes to weight, you can and should ALWAYS scale the weight down if it is unsafe for you to lift it, or if it changes the intended stimulus of the workout.

Here are some rules of thumb for scaling weight in metcons (lifting for time). For gymnastics movements, there are some simple scaling solutions as well. If you are unsure, reach out to your Invictus coach! We are here to make sure you get the safest and best workout possible - proper scaling allows for that.

How many days per week should I train? / How many rest days should I take?

At Invictus, we offer programming 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday and we realize not everyone’s schedule - or training needs - are the same and therefore, you must use your best judgement and listen to your body when it comes to deciding how often to take a rest day.

If you have been doing CrossFit for a while now, you recognize that our program excels due to the high intensity component. With that being said, one thing you have to keep in mind is that you can’t sustain that high intensity every single day; otherwise your body ends up breaking down.

You can learn more about how often someone should take a rest day in this article.

What does EMOM stand for?

EMOM stands for Every Minute on the Minute. When you see that come up in a workout, you have up to one minute to complete the exercise required. Normally what’s prescribed won’t take the entire minute so you also have whatever is left of the time to rest until the next minute starts and you do the next set of prescribed work. And so on.

What does AMRAP mean?

AMRAP means “As Many Rounds (and Reps) as Possible” in a certain time period. For example, the workout might say...

AMRAP in 10 minutes of:

30 Double-Unders
20 Pull-Ups
10 Thrusters

So you would keep going through the cycle of those three exercises until the 10 minutes is up. Your score is the number of complete rounds plus any extra reps you did. So if you did four complete rounds plus 15 Double-Unders in the fifth round, your score would be 4+15.

What does OTM mean?

OTM stands for “On the Minute” and is the same thing as an EMOM. When you see that come up in a workout, you have up to one minute to complete the exercise required. Normally what’s prescribed won’t take the entire minute so you also have whatever is left of the time to rest until the next minute starts and you do the next set of prescribed work. And so on.

What does NFT mean?

NFT stands for “Not for Time” and means that you shouldn’t rush or try to go fast, but instead, focus on technique, skill, form or whatever you are working on for that movement.

How heavy should my first set be?

You might also be wondering where to start your first set if, for example, the workout of the day calls for 5 sets of Deadlift x 5 reps. Is the first set a warm-up or is that the first working set? Here’s our recommendation for how to properly build to your starting weight and what we consider warm-up sets and working sets.

How can I figure out my 1RM?

We frequently use percentage references in prescribing the number of reps to perform, so it’s essential that you have a good idea on most of your maxes.

Let’s say it’s been awhile since you have attempted a 1RM; maybe you had an injury a few months ago, or maybe you just somehow keep missing the 1-RM test days, or maybe you just forgot to write it down in your log book. If you have a multiple-rep max, you’re in luck. There’s actually a simple equation you can use to calculate an estimated 1RM based on the max number of reps you can do at a given weight.