“Amanda on the Run”
Squat snatch (135#/95#)
800m run between each round
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Odd Objects: It Doesn’t Always Have To Be Barbells & Kettlebells
In CrossFit we get some folks to go out of their comfort zone by lifting weights using barbells. Many new members come in with little to no weightlifting experience, so putting a barbell or kettlebell in their hands feels odd. Very quickly they start to develop strength they didn’t know they were capable of. As people get more steeped in this they start looking for other ways to further develop strength and one great way to do that is through lifting odd objects (think strongman training).
Now, the only “odd objects” we have at KCF are our stack of tires and the two atlas stones that were brought in by a member. That doesn’t mean that you’re only limited to that. An odd object can almost literally be any heavy object that you choose to lift from a log to a big rock or even a duffel bag. Here’s an excerpt from an article from the Art of Manliness blog on Odd Object Training:
Odd object training is nothing new, but it has once again started to regain popularity. Odd object training was once done out of necessity. People did not have the means to procure state of the art training equipment, or it just wasn’t invented yet. Instead of having fancy gym machines, these people would find or make heavy objects and lift them! The result from this training was outstanding!
Over the years, the fitness industry has turned out a great deal of quality fitness equipment…and a lot of crap as well. It is time to take a look at some of the old school methods and see how we can blend them with some of the quality equipment that has been created. I prefer using odd objects in conjunction with my other strength equipment in order to compensate for one of the pitfalls of odd object training – muscular imbalances.
Odd objects can’t always be perfectly balanced. Take a log for instance. If one side is slightly larger in diameter, that end will be heavier. If you lift with that same log, in the same pattern, week after week, then some imbalances may occur. However, the benefits can be maximized if you intelligently use these objects.
You can read the full object by clicking here: Odd Object Training Primer