Workout of the Day
Four sets of:
Shoulder Press x 4-6 reps @ 20X1
Rest 90 seconds
Strict Pull-ups x 6-8 reps @ 21X0
Rest 90 seconds;
and then,
Three rounds for time of:
95/65 lb. Push Press x 10 reps
Ball Slams x 20 reps
Anchored Sit-ups x 30 reps

Optional Finisher – Turkish Get-ups x 3-5 each arm

The Best Shoe For Lifting?
Written by Calvin Sun

I am often asked about what type of shoe is ideal for weight training. And more often than not, my response is “it depends.” As in it depends on what type of lifting you are doing. What you should wear when you front squat or back squat might not be what you wear when you deadlift or shoulder press. For someone new to an olympic weightlifting program, or any performance-based fitness training, proper footwear can be a confusing subject. Just take a look around the gym and you’ll see there are numerous varieties of athletic footwear: Vibram, Inov8, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Converse, New Balance, and many others. There’s also the various brands of Olympic weightlifting shoes available on the market now: Rogue, VS Athletics, Do-win, Pendlay, and the various models made by Adidas.

A good shoe should allow you to perform lifts at maximum efficiency with minimal risk. Your shoe should serve as a safe, stable base of support for any lifting you might do. As a lifter, you will do the majority of your training on a rubber floor or on a wooden platform. Having said that, I do not recommend running shoes for any type of lifting. Running shoes are for running (and even that’s arguable). Seems logical enough doesn’t it? The soles are squishy, compressible, and unstable. Definitely not ideal for any situation where you are moving a heavy barbell.

Olympic weightlifting shoes have recently gained popularity as a training shoe. I think weightlifting shoes are great for the Olympic lifts, of course. Cleans, jerks, and snatches all benefit from the elevated heel and the added lateral support from the metatarsal straps. Additionally, these shoes are great for back squats, front squats, and any skill transfer exercises like snatch balances and push presses.

However, I don’t recommend weightlifting shoes for the deadlift. We see this commonly in the gym; athletes see deadlift on the program and instinctively grab for their weightlifting shoes. Some of you might disagree, but trust me, you don’t want an elevated heel for a big deadlift. Deadlifting in Olympic lifting shoes tends to result in a variety of issues like poor setup, inefficient pull mechanics, and diminished performance at loads close to maxes. The problem with an Olympic weightlifting shoe is that the added heel tends to put too much of your weight on the ball of your foot and it throws off the angle of your shin. When deadlifting heavy, this tends to result in the quadriceps doing too much of the work relative to the glutes and the hamstrings. Also, for deadlifts, you want to be as close to the ground as possible, an elevated shoe will result in longer distance you have to pull the bar.

Stick to something minimalist when deadlifting. Vibrams, Invo8’s, Chuck Taylors, and even going barefoot are all good options. Still not convinced? Just take a look at the best deadlifters in the world. Andy Bolton (video above) and Benedikt Magnusson (video below) have both deadlifted over 1,000 pounds in deadlift slippers (basically ballet shoes for powerlifters). If deadlifting in Olympic weightlifting shoes allowed you to move more weight, believe me, these guys would be doing it.

So, shed the shoes or go minimalist the next time you see deadlift on the agenda.

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Wow, strong guys! I certainly agree that any type of heel detracts from your ability to pull more weight by making it more difficult to get upright. I also think that any shoe in general would be a disadvantage because it prevents your foots from “widening” once you start placing he load on your body. A wider foot or base = more weight distribution and more stability for the lifter. The weightlifting shoe market is getting interesting with Risto making some really good shoes and now Reebok, Nike and Adidas all launching new models in early 2012. You can read… Read more »

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Awesome videos… I think they are wearing special gravity boots that decrease the pull towards the earth!! Heavy, heavy stuff!!

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George E

awesome post. thanks cal. what are your thoughts on tabi boots?

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.