“During the workout, when I’m cuing, I’m looking to keep it as simple ... as possible,” says HQ trainer Miranda Oldroyd. “Unless it’s a safety thing, during the workout I don’t want to slow down their power output, so I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.”
Join Oldroyd to see how she manages the group and keeps them on task to prepare for a workout. For an AMRAP of clean and jerks, pull-ups and high wall-ball shots, Oldroyd circles up the class to start with med-ball clean drills. Her first cue is to start with the ball right between the feet.
“Remember, the further it gets away from you, the heavier it is,” she says.
From there, she drills the jerk with the med-ball. She cues her athletes to squeeze their butts when they jump for full hip extension.
“If you squeeze your butt, you have to open your hip all the way. If you’re broken at your hip, you can’t squeeze your butt.”
After the drills, her class warms up to their workout weights, scaling as needed so everyone should be in a close range with the rounds they can complete in 20 minutes.
Additional reading: Skill-Based Warmups for Groups by Tony Budding, published Sept. 1, 2006.