In certain bodybuilding circles, there are some words you simply don’t use. And CrossFit is one of them—right? Actually, a large and growing number of bodybuilders are more exhausted with beefing with CrossFit than they are with CrossFit itself. And honestly, it’s very hard not to respect what athletes like Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, the newly crowned winners of the 2018 CrossFit Games, are capable of.
We’re all lifters, so let’s just lift, and respect each other! And let’s face it: While there are plenty of things that happen in a box that no bodybuilder is up for, there are a number of WODs that are that special bad kind of fun that every diehard lifter can dig in and enjoy.
Ready to bury the hatchet? Do it by giving these five popular WODs (Workout of the Day) a try. They all bridge the divide between aesthetics and functionality, and honestly, may actually help with your gains.
There won’t be any prescribed weight ranges for these workouts—just a few recommendations. Really, just do each exercise to the best of your strength and endurance abilities, and use the form you know how to do—this is not the time to learn a brand new technique!
Don’t let the feminine title fool you; CrossFit’s lady-named workouts are notoriously nasty. You actually might have heard of a routine like this one in the bodybuilding universe. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a tendency to superset chest and back a lot, and these two exercises were his favorites.
If you need to use light weight for the bench and an assistant for pull-ups, that’s fine. Just choose a version of the exercise that’s challenging, but still allows you to get a lot of reps.