Warming Up With The Correct Bar

Apr 6th, 2012

Category: CrossFit

Warming Up With The Correct Bar

We are hosting a Level 1 CrossFit certification this weekend so there will not be any classes at the gym.  However, in light of the beautiful weather, we will be running outdoor workouts on Saturday morning.  Meet at Mokley park on Saturday at 9am, 10am and 11am class and bring a friend, non- CrossFit Southie members are welcome to come.

We have three kinds of barbells at CF Southie: The 45# standard bar that have black tape on them, the somewhat smaller 33# bar with the green tape, and the smallest bar with the orange tape on it that weights 15#. We have these three options so that everyone of all abilities have many options to choose from when choosing their scale for wods. Here is some advice for what bar to choose beyond just how much it weighs.
First of all, when we do our warmups, we often times have you grab bars to drill the lifts. This is the time to get used to the bar you are going to use for the lift as well as a time to get the blood flowing and really warm your body up. Using the orange 15# bars is fine if that is usually the scale you need to use, especially for the more advanced movements like the Overhead Squat and the Olympic Lifts. However, if you are working squats and deadlifts, or a lift that you are working over 75# with during your strength, you should be grabbing those black 45# bars for the warmup. I understand we all fall into a routine, and sometimes warmup is thought of as kind of a throw away, but we take the warmup period very seriously at CF Southie. We look at it as a time for the members to get a decent workout in before they even get to the platforms or the actual WOD, and a time to really drill the lifts and get muscle memory down. If you are using a bar that is way too light for you you won’t get all of that out of it and can even establish some bad habits if your repetitions of the lifts in warmups are no good. Challenge yourself with your bar choice in warmups and get something out of it.
Also keep in mind that when we are doing the oly lifts the bar is very important. The black and green bars spin at the ends because they are specifically made for olympic lifting. The orange tape bars don’t. This is why we call them “training bars”, because they are light enough for a newbie or someone that needs work on the movement to use them, but people beyond the “training” stage shouldn’t be using them. This is especially true if you are a regular in the All Levels classes.
Just trying to drop a little knowledge for you all!

Power Clean
5-4-3-2-1-1 (touch and go)
3 Rounds
500m Row
7 Clean and jerks (155,105)
14 pistols

L2 (135,80)
L1 (80, 45)


  1. Goose 04/06/2012 at 2:02 pm


  2. Alec 04/06/2012 at 1:48 pm

    Great way to start a Friday!

    237 Power clean (PR city- felt light too- 240/245 next on the chopping block)
    12:15 metcon

  3. Shree Mulay 04/06/2012 at 6:14 am

    quick question (I’m gonna’ be doing this at my box’s open gym, Gw):

    Power Clean
    5-4-3-2-1-1 (touch and go)

    What’s the touch and go mean? Does that mean 5 reps at a weight, then increase weight to do 4 reps at a weight, then increase weight to complete 3, so on and so forth – or something else?

    Also on the pistols -> Is that gonna’ be 7 per leg?

    • Goose 04/06/2012 at 9:15 am

      Touch and go means you can not let to of the bar between reps. There should be no rest at the bottom position. The bar should simply touch the ground between reps.

  4. Meg C 04/06/2012 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for the knowledge drop, Aaron. I’ve been wondering if I’m using too light of a bar (15#) for my warm-ups when I often find myself struggling between Level 1 and Level 2 with the WODs. I appreciate the guidance. Next time, I’ll challenge myself to grab a bar w/a green marking.