Workout of the Day
Six sets of:
Deadlift @ 2111
(Sets 1 = 3 reps, set 2 = 2, set 3 = 1, then repeat – 3, 2, 1)
(Must maintain PERFECT posture and mechanics or the rep will be considered a failed attempt.)
Rest 2 minutes
L-Sit x Max Hold (or elapsed time of 45-60 seconds)
Rest 2 minutes;
and then,
In teams of three, row as many meters as possible in 12 minutes:
Set the Concept 2 erg for 500 meter intervals with 20 seconds of rest between intervals, and switch partners every 500 meters.

Meal of Champions – LGFGPG Reigning Champ Dan the Man’s Meal of Choice
Recipe by Lil’ Katie Niiiice! and Introduced by C.J. Martin

Our reigning Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good champ is Dan “The Man” Tandon.  But as he revealed in this post, Dan had a lot of help from his lovely wife, Lil’ Katie Niiice. Her amazing food preparation (and patience with his occasional grumpiness) set him up for success.  Kate and Dan were kind enough to share one of the staples of their diet during the last Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good Challenge – and having tried this dish myself, I can tell you that it is delicious!

Poulet Provencal (Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives)

I’ve found that using a thermometer makes a huge difference with this dish. With an accurate reading of 170 degrees the chicken is juicy and surprisingly delicious, but if I over shoot or don’t use a thermometer, even the little bit of dryness that ensues makes the chicken just okay as opposed to super yummy.

We serve this with a bit of cauliflower rice to catch the juices from the chicken.

1 pound of tomatoes cut into wedges
1 large onion cut into wedges leaving the root ends intact
1/2 cup kalamata olives (pitted preferably)
5 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence, divided
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 whole chicken
salt (omit if you don’t do salt on your Paleo nutrition plan)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle.

Toss together tomatoes, onion, olives, 4 teaspoons of garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence, the fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Place in a shallow baking dish and push the vegetables to the sides to make room for the chicken.

Stir together remaining 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, remaining 1 teaspoon of herbes de Provence, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Remove excess fat from chicken and pat dry, then rub the inside and out with the seasoning mixture.

Put the chicken in the baking dish and roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 170 degrees (about 75 minutes).


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YUM! That looks really really really good. I think Dan should bring enough for our noon Oly class someday!

I found this crockpot recipe and tried it this week. BEST CHICKEN EVER. Better than oven-roasted, I think! Easy to throw in the crockpot before work and come home to a delicious dinner.


Shove a lemon or a small orange (put a few slits in the citrus first) in that poulet and dryness will not be a problem.

Nuno Costa
Nuno Costa

That looks absolutely devine!!! YUM

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.