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The CrossFit Total
Back Squat: 15 minutes to build up to a 1RM
Strict Press: 15 minutes to build up to a 1RM
Deadlift: 15 minutes to build up to a 1RM (do not drop your bar at the top of the movement)
The CrossFit Total is the sum of the best of three attempts at the squat, the press, and the deadlift. All three lifts are done while standing on the floor. They are not technique-dependent to the extent of the Olympic lifts, yet they require technical proficiency beyond mere passing familiarity.
Anyone in a position to attempt a legitimate CrossFit Total should be familiar enough with their capabilities on the lifts to have a fairly good idea of just what might be possible for a one-rep max (1RM). This number is what you warm up intending to do. A meet situation will involve three attempts, and this is a good way to determine a true 1RM.
The first attempt would be a weight you know you can do for a heavy set of three. The second attempt would be a weight you know without any doubt that you could do for a single, having just done the first attempt. And the third attempt is the weight you want to do, based on your performance on the previous two attempts.
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