CrossFit and the bodybuilding world collided recently. Rich Froning took on a bodybuilding workout designed by none other than Dr Mike Israetel. Check it out.
It is interesting when you don’t need to introduce a person because they are incredibly famous for what they do. Kind of like the “My Guest Needs No Introduction” with David Letterman. Although Rich Froning and Mike Israetel are well respected in their field of expertise and have worked together in the past, a fan of one might not know the other.
Rich Froning is considered by many in the CrossFit community to be the GOAT, the greatest of all time. He certainly deserves to be the talk of the town as he is the person who won the CrossFit Games the most. Ever. He has won individually 4x in a row (2011 to 2014) and 6x as the head of his team since 2015.
Dr Mike Israetel has a PhD in Sport Physiology and is the co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, a YouTube channel focused on hypertrophy. He is the person many bodybuilders turn to when it comes to anything related to building muscle.
And this is the result of a leg day workout designed by Israetel for CrossFit champion Rich Froning.
Leg Workout – Rich Froning and Mike Israetel
Israetel explains his crazy idea of doing “a whole lot of high-rep squats and a whole lot of high-rep lungs superset summarily to high-rep squats.”
Here is the workout they programmed:
- Paused Squats – 5 sets (15-25 reps)
- Lunge to Squat Superset with Weighted Vest – 4 supersets (40 lunges, 20 squats)
The paused squats use a low descent phase, hold for three seconds at the bottom, and explode going up. Israetel explains that, since Froning is a CrossFittter, his endurance is on point so his lungs were not a crippling factor for this exercise, but rather his glutes and quads did.
The lunges focus on quality instead of quantity. Step nice and long, within reason, and keep your body upright during the movement. Do 40 steps of the lunges then 20 squats with no rest at the top – if you need to rest, then rest at the bottom of the movement.
Click on the video below to see Rich Froning tackling a bodybuilding leg workout designed by Dr Mike Israetel.
Rich Froning and Mike Israetel Leg Workout Video
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