Mayhem Affiliate Bodybuilding 3/22/2023


Mayhem Affiliate Bodybuilding 3/22/2023

CrossFit Natomas – Open Gym


Bodybuilding RPE Scale

RPE 1-3 || This should be a weight that an athlete can move with ease throughout the intended rep range.

RPE 4-5 || This is a weight that provides a moderate amount of resistance but the athlete feels like they could double the intended rep range with the weight they chose

RPE 6-7 || This is a moderate-moderate/heavy weight for the athletes. This should provide a challenge for the intended rep range but should not be something that they are worried of failing. The rest needed between sets should be minimal.

RPE 8-9 || This is a near maximal effort for the intended rep range. Athletes should need and want adequate amount of rest between the sets at this RPE.

RPE 10 || This is a max effort for the intended rep range. The athlete should be fully taxed at the end of each set.

Leg Day Warm-up (Checkmark)

Hip Halo Activation


3 rounds

15/12 Bike Erg

5 Cossack Squats (each side)

10 Kang Squats (empty barbell)

Back Squat (4 sets: 4 reps @ Challenging Weight for 4 reps – RPE 8-9)

*Rest 2:00-2:30 b/t sets

Focus: High bar position. Controlled speed down and up. Stop just before full lockout at the top of each rep for added time under tension on legs.

Mechanical Drop Set (4 Rounds for reps)

4 sets:

10 DB Box Step Ups (each side)

10 DB Stepback Lunges (each side)

Max Set DB Squats

*Rest 2:00 – 2:30 between sets

How many max reps you of the Dumbbell Squats


Our target is a bigger set for MDS. We are not looking to go forever but failure between the 15-20 mark is a good objective.

Mechanical Drop Sets (MDS)

MDS should start with a somewhat strict movement and progressively get easier due to subsequent movements utilizing better mechanical advantage as fatigue sets in on the current exercise. The same weight should be used throughout. Loading should allow the athlete to work the current movement until fatigue begins to affect form, at which point the athlete immediately goes into the next movement, goes to the beginnings of form breakdown, and then repeats with the final movement. A classic example of this is shoulder press into push press into push jerk.

Demo Videos & Focus

DB Box Step-Ups

Focus: With a DB in each hand or racked on the shoulders and a 20” box, step up on top of the box to full extension. Repeat on the opposite side. Taking a breath in and breathing out as the step is completed will assist in stability and core engagement.

DB Stepback Lunges

Focus: Dumbbells can be held in any style. Use a weight that control can be shown stepping back and stepping up. Touch the back knee to the floor for full range of motion and return to full extension when standing. Athlete should focus on a strong contraction of the glute on the working side when standing.

DB Squats

Focus: Without setting the dumbbells down, perform max reps of a double dumbbell squats immediately following the step ups and lunges.

Standing Barbell Calf Raise (4 sets: 15-20 reps – RPE 8)

*Rest 1:00-1:30 b/t sets

*Build to a moderate weight; stay the same or build across sets

Focus: Elevate feet so that you can pass below parallel to the floor with the heels. Drive through the big toe at extension. If needed, use rig to guide bar through movement so you don’t lose your balance. *Make sure that platform you are standing on will not flip when standing on edge

Standing Barbell Calf Raise

Cooldown/Mobility (Checkmark)

1 min Couch Stretch (each side)

1 min Quad Smash (each side)

1 min Forward Fold (straight legs)

1 min Calf Stretch on Wall (each side)

2 min Foam Roll all of Lower Body