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Old 04-28-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
Eric Machus
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Thruster Advice Requested

My workout facility is substandard for max effort lifting. No barbells except for a smith machine. There are dumbbells but the heaviest are only 60 lbs. Not a bad place for generic cardio and some lifting but not really sufficient for crossfitting.

My question what is the best way to structure this WOD for the equipment I have? (i.e. 60 lb dumbbells or a Smith Machine) Just do multiple reps to failure with the 60 lb dumbbells or use the smith machine?

I can probably squat 275 - 300 lbs and press maybe 135 lbs, certainly more with the thruster boost. Something else? I really question the Smith Machine b/c it is so rigid, no core usage really.

I'm sorry if this is the wrong forum to ask. But I know how to do a thruster, I'm just not sure what to do to get closest to the intent of this workout.

Thanks in advance for your insight.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

I'd go for the DBs unless they're just waaay below your max effort.

There are no other heavy weight options beyond the Smith?

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

That is what I was leaning towards myself. I view this WOD as basically Fran training, although I am sure there are myriad other endocrine and muscular development theories percolating beneath the surface of the WOD schedule.

I think I need a lot of form work on my thrusters too. Warming up to 60 and going hard should be excellent. My pullups have gotten significantly better so I am expecting/hoping for big improvements on my next Fran. Although I do dread it a bit too ;>

I just did my first Fran a few weeks ago and the thrusters caught up to me fast! First 10 I was on easy street, by 15 they had my full attention and by 21 I was wrecked.

Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

Use the dumbbells. It's not worth it to use the smith machine.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:05 AM   #5
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

Are you paying to use this place? Consider investing in your own equipment, a little at a time, and eventually you can stop paying dues to just be frustrated when you can't even do what you want.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

Find another gym. A quick google search for your area turned up some half decent choices. Even if it's just a day pass, it will be worth it.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:32 PM   #7
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Re: Thruster Advice Requested

Hey, what if you use the Smith machine as a total object and lift the whole thing and use it to do thrusters?

You get manly points for it! Just a thought.
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