So this lift will be exciting to talk about because I know my blog has some heavy lifters for sure and people who implement this workout on a more daily basis, but if you aren’t someone who has done this particular exercise, don’t fret, today is your lucky day to learn! The above video shows Scott Herman demonstrating it with the barbell, but it can be done with dumbbells (will be discussed in separate post) so, if you don’t have a barbell, this is one of those versatile exercises. The ONE thing to keep in mind is to ALWAYS do this exercise using the correct form and technique or you will end up injured or with unnecessary soreness. I know I always tell you guys to watch for form and technique, but this one of those exercises it is extremely important because many people do not do this exercise correctly. If you are like me, you should be putting most of the effort in your legs and not so much your back – although you will use your back muscles as well. Pay attention to the above video and the step by step directions.
How to perform the movement:
- Using a barbell, hold it at hip level, with a pronated grip (palms facing down). Shoulders back, back arched, and knees slightly bent. Starting position.
- Lower the bar by moving your butt back as far as you can, keep the bar close to your body, head looking forward and your shoulders are back. Should end up just below the knee.
- Return to starting position by driving the hips forward and standing up tall.
- Repeat for the recommended repetitions.
Now this exercise is easier said than done, pay attention to your full ROM and making sure you aren’t compensating in any way that could cause injury. I obviously recommend for beginners, using the bar only and if the 45 lb bar is too heavy, try using the 35 lb bars or using a body bar.
- hip flexors
- back muscles
- abdominal muscles help keep you from folding in half
So for those of you who do this deadlift, what is your max?
P.S I have actually spoken to Scott Herman on Instagram! lol
I call these WOMAN MAKERS! 😀
It is probably obvious why I call them “Woman makers” instead, basically because I am female and I am cool like that; but don’t get offended men, because they are formally called “man-makers”.
Now the majority of you are probably thinking “WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS THIS” and I don’t blame you because in ordinary gyms, you don’t normally see this workout being performed BUT in a CrossFit gym, oh yeah this workout is being done like no tomorrow baby, lol. I would know.. just ask me how 🙂
If none of you have tried this particular exercise, look out because it is no joke and no easy movement and imagine having to do this timed (having to get so many done in under a certain time) – yes I was THAT person. I however, used about 20-25 lb dumbbells .. so that didn’t make my job any easier and some people use heavier than that and others go lighter – doesn’t matter because this workout isn’t easy. I will start by saying that this workout is performed differently depending on the CrossFit box and who is teaching you, so don’t be alarmed by the video up top, some people perform it this way and others add other things to it but this video will give you an idea on how to perform the movement, good luck 🙂
How Do You Perform A ‘Man-Maker’:
- Start with positioning a pair of dumbbells (that you know will be easy for you to do with this movement) in front of you, parallel to each other. You will want to keep your back flat, bend forward, and squad down grasping the dumbbells.
- Initiate the movement by kicking one leg back and the other so that you are in the push up position while holding onto the dumbbells. You will do a one-arm row on each side (bring the elbow up as high as you can)
- Hop with your weight forward and rise up by cleaning the weights (bring dumbbells up to shoulder level), descend into a squat, and explosively rise up, then press weights overheard to full arm extension.
- you will lower the dumbbells back to shoulders, then bend over as you squat down to return the weights back to the floor in front of you
- Repeat for the recommended repetitions
As you can tell this movement can be highly difficult for beginners and with few steps, there is still a technique involved so that you minimize injury. The important part not choosing too heavy of dumbbells to do this movement because that can be the DIFFERENCE between hurting yourself and making it all the way through.
- obliques – to a lesser degree
- middle back
- lower back
- hip flexors
- and outer thighs
As you can tell it targets a lot of the body and muscles – because this exercise is considered a total body exercise and calisthenics workout. You really will feel this exercise throughout the body and while I don’t recommend beginners to do this exercise without first trying it with very low weight, I do recommend implementing it to your workout for those who need a good total body day!
A good challenge with these is to see how many you can do in under 1 minute or under 2 minutes if you feel like a warrior 🙂 I had to do them within 2-3 minute ranges and on a bad day, sometimes 4-5 minutes intertwined with other workouts.
Hopefully all of you are feeling extra adventurous and if so, I want to hear how many you did under that 1 minute or 2 minute 🙂
Wednesday Injury/health condition chats. This one might sound familiar to some of you. Have you heard of athlete’s foot? I first heard of it in middle school when a coach of mine was talking to a fellow classmate about it, but to say I have had it, would be a lie but luckily after doing research during college and learning some things, I am now more understanding of what this is. Hopefully this post will be helpful to you as well.
A fungal infection that effects the skin on the feet and is considered contagious.
Just an Fyi, it has been known to spread to hands and toenails.
There are more mild cases and some that are very severe – I shown a picture that wasn’t severe, but feel free to look at some of the more severe cases, they can be very scary.
- Direct contact from someone who has it
- touching surfaces contaminated with it
- Can be found in locker rooms, around swimming pools and in warm & damp areas
- Visiting public places barefoot
- Sharing socks, shoes or towels with an infected person
- wearing tight fitted , closed-toed shoes
- sweaty feet
- Minor skin or nail injury on your foot
- keeping the feet wet for prolonged periods of time
- itching, stinging and burning between the toes
- itching, stinging and burning on the soles of the foot
- Blisters on the feet that itch
- cracking and peeling skin on the feet
- dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
- discolored, thick and crumbling toenails
- toenails that pull away from the nail bed
Most doctor’s will diagnose this infection by doing a skin test or from the symptoms described
- OTC medications (over the counter)
- Prescription medications
- home care – soaking feet in salt water or diluted vinegar to dry up the blisters
Something to keep in mind about Athlete’s foot, is that it can lead to more severe cases if someone is allergic to the fungus or if it goes untreated it can cause other issues with worse consequences. There are other alternatives to ridding of athlete’s foot but the above listed are some of the more popular ways. Be sure to consult with your doctor.
When in doubt .. cream it out..
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The above video is me demonstrating how to properly do box jumps. Now as simple as they may come, there is a technique to them that can prevent injury. In this blog post, I will go over some key notes to take away from this workout and like all workouts, give you some informative information about the particular exercise.
I personally enjoy doing box jumps, and for more advanced athletes, they are usually using boxes higher than myself (but I had to use what resources I had) – and for the beginners, I would highly recommend a much lower height to get the hang of things. I started box jumps years ago as an athlete in high school, so this was nothing new to me, but it wasn’t until I started CrossFit that I was doing them more often & now I implement them in my regular workouts too. For those of you who do box jumps, feel free to add your own insight in the comment section and/or achievements of what heights you use for your box jumps, and for those of you who haven’t yet tried this, give it a go and let me know what you think afterwards in the comment section.
How to perform box jumps:
- Choose a box of an appropriate height (beginners lower heights, more advanced athletes, higher ones) 1-2 feet in front of you, feet should be shoulder width apart and this will be the starting position.
- perform a short squat in preparing for the jump, making sure to swing your arms behind you.
- “Rebound” out of this position, extending through the hips, knees and ankles. Make sure to jump as high as possible while swinging your arms forward and up.
- You will land on the box with the knees bent, the impact will be absorbed through the legs, the step down and start again.
Some key points I want you to keep in mind:
- You want to land as quietly as possible. There is no need to be obnoxious and loud when landing on the platform.
- make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear
- use a safe platform to jump on
- Jump high
- Do not land with the knees caved in – land with them out
- jump at a height that both feet can make it on the platform
- landing on the platform in a deep squat position usually means the height of the platform might be too high for you; you should be landing at half a squat
Now personally I land on my toes while doing box jumps and make sure my heel touches last, but I have heard of athletes saying their coaches tell them to land on their heels and toes touch last and my opinion of that is .. it is awkward and I feel as though I will injure myself doing so and I was always taught toes first then heels. I would suggest my way but if you are being taught a different way then.. I won’t argue with you.
Many athletes will have their heels half off the box when jumping because it is semi quicker than having the whole foot on the box, in my demonstration my whole foot is on the platform, not just half of it. Depending on who is coaching you and their tactics, it could be interchangeable. Some coaches care and others do not.
What muscles are effected by the BOX JUMP?
- Hip Flexors
Now this isn’t an exercise you need to implement daily, but it is always good to implement some form of plyos in your workouts, even when training as a runner. The box jump will focus on increasing your strength and muscle tone, builds upper body and lower body and when used as a form of cardio, it is beneficial to burning calories. Hopefully all of you will share your love for box jumps and be sure to leave comments, like, follow and share. Thanks for reading.