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Old 06-08-2005, 05:37 PM   #1
Ross Hunt
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I posted here several weeks ago asking for suggestions for adapting Coach Rutherford's ME Black Box for OL (April Performance Menu). The results were excellent:

Total Body ME Exercise: Snatch Pull

195-pound 1RM, up 20 pounds from 175. 185-pound 3RM, up 20 pounds from 165.

Lower Body ME Exercise: Front Squat

225-pound 1RM. Previous 1RM unknown, but 225 is my best back squat...

My bodyweight is up from the high 160s to the mid to low 170s (@ ~6'), but the mirror and a couple-rep increase on kipping chins tell me that I haven't gained much bodyfat. My 'wind' is pretty good too; a move from sea level to 7k has thrown me a bit, but I set a Fran PR recently, so I'm guessing I certainly haven't lost any ground here either.

Coach Rutherford, thank you for an excellent program. After my last ME Upper Body workout I am repeating the cycle with back squats and clean pulls.
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Old 06-08-2005, 08:18 PM   #2
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Where is the "performance menu" where I can go to see the program? Looks interesting, besides anything called "black box" peaks my curiousity.

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Old 06-08-2005, 08:58 PM   #3
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the performance menu can be found at www.crossfitnorcal.com The April 2005 issue has the article about the ME black box.
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Old 06-08-2005, 09:08 PM   #4
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Thank you.

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Old 06-08-2005, 10:30 PM   #5
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Coach, I'd love to know what your thoughts are on the black box?
Is anyone doing a blackbox Gangliardi style ie as an extra workout? What are people's thoughts on this?
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:04 AM   #6
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Everyone recovers differently. I don’t know the details of Matt’s training, but I would say most people would die trying to mirror his efforts. His 2-3 x daily workouts are over the top for those who attempt to balance work, family and other social obligations. He is what some have called a RECOVERY GIANT. His body adapts quickly and completely.

Conversely, an athlete who is often injured has unexplainable muscle and tendon problems or has unexplainable viruses all the time is a RECOVERY MIDGET. Most of us are somewhere in the middle or more NORMAL.

You can have either more volume or more intensity with your training. The short duration, high intensity mixed model of training has proven superior. It’s a fine line between optimizing your training programming and doing too much.

From where I sit, attempting to duplicate Matt’s multiple training session approach would be realistic for only a very few.
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Old 06-11-2005, 01:41 PM   #7
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Is there any chance you could elaborate further on the scheduling beyond the first 24 days? (as illustrated in the Performance Menu)

My interpretation is to just repeat the cycle, but replace the foundation movement with the secondary foundation movement. Ramp up the weight to keep within 90% as needed. Accurate interpretation? Or do you discard the 5-5-5-3-3-3 days in favor of 3-3-3-1-1-1 once you're in the program?

You give hang cleans as the secondary foundation movement for the total body. Squat or power?

I figure these details are of minor importance relative to actually jumping in with the program (i.e. >90% days), but it's stuff I'm interested to know regardless...
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Old 06-11-2005, 03:23 PM   #8
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One more, on ME days, how much rest time between sets?
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Old 06-12-2005, 06:02 AM   #9
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Are you still making progress? If you are still making progress, you will be using greater loads on this rotation. As you stated you could/should decrease the volume and up the intensity with more singles or doubles if all systems are GO!

If you are not progressing then you need to evaluate multiple factors in your training and your lifestyle.

In my example the hang clean (hg) is caught in the power position. It is assumed that cleans from the deck are caught more in a squat position.

Since the objective on ME days is to use greater loads, the R.I. will likely range from 2-5 minutes.
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