Specialty Courses Come Full Circle

Yesterday marked the end of the first round of DEUCE Gym’s Specialty Courses. These uber specific courses delve into the nitty gritty details of a modality as a complement to our General Physical Preparedness (GPP) program. Students have the option of enrolling in an eight week long comprehensive course in weightlifting, general strength, strongman, or endurance.

Each course offers a deliberate curriculum to guide students through a beginning, middle, and an end-like experience that covers their modality from the ground up. Given that these are DEUCE Gym programs, they are governed by performance. Without a purpose driven by performance, each program wouldn’t hold up to our standards. And in that way, each specialty course begins and ends with an observable, repeatable, testable indicator of performance.

For example, students enrolled in DEUCE Strength tested and retested their one rep maxes in the back squat, deadlift, and press. DEUCEndurance students measured their progress with a 5K time trial. Strongman 101, too, saw a 100% improvement rate in it’s sixty second stone to shoulder test, while Barbell Performance saw similar results in the clean and jerk and the snatch.

This week, students squatted, snatched, lifted, and ran their way to performances that weren’t possible eight weeks ago. And, in our culture, that’s a job worth celebrating. Congratulations to each and every specialty course student. Your commitment to eight weeks of focus now has a tangible reward, and you’ve earned it.


Logan Gelbrich

9/13/13 WOD

Find 1RM Clean

Then, in 6 Minutes:

Run 800M

Max Cleans @ 60% 1RM