CF Barbending – CrossFit
Open mobility (No Measure)
10 min of coaches choice
Bring up your lagging muscles with giant sets that target agonist muscle groups. As a reminder, giant sets are where you do three exercises in a row for the same muscle using minimal rest between the movements.
But let’s add a twist by using the 6-12-25 format. Here’s how it looks:
First Exercise – Mechanical Tension: Use a heavier weight for 6 reps for submaximal strength.
Second Exercise – Muscle Damage: Use a moderate weight for 12 reps for hypertrophy.
Third Exercise – Metabolic Stress: Use a lighter weight for 25 reps for strength-endurance.
The late Charles Poliquin recommended taking these sets to near failure, but I’m a firm believer in keeping 2-3 reps in reserve (RIR) as research has shown that 2-3 reps in the tank is all that’s needed to induce muscular hypertrophy. It’s also far more sustainable.
weighted pull-up (build to a heavy 8)
scale to 4 x 8 assisted pull-up variation that is athlete appropriate
Close-grip bench (3 x 6; rest :10 then superset with)
dumbbell rollback (3 x 12; rest :10 then giant set with)
giant set with banded pushdowns 3 x 25
*rest 3:00 & repeat 2x *