Canadian CrossFit athlete Jeffrey Adler looks forward to his fifth consecutive CrossFit Games to challenge reigning champion Justin Medeiros to become the Fittest Man on Earth® in 2023. Adler finished fifth at the 2022 CrossFit Games and has had a dominant 2023 season, winning the 2023 CrossFit Open and the 2023 North American East Semifinal.
On July 7, 2023, Buttery Bros’ YouTube channel published a video of how Jeffrey Adler trains for the CrossFit Games. Watch their full training day below:
In the above video, Adler was six weeks away from the 2023 Games, so his workouts were more precise. He says he felt more relaxed during this preparation period than in the past.
Jeffrey Adler’s Pre-Workout Regimen
Adler’s training begins with gentle dynamic stretches. He uses the wall, the floor, and a small hard ball to loosen his muscles for a long workout ahead. Adler focuses on mobilizing his back and shoulders.
Adler explained his supplement stack, which includes Podium Fuse, an energy drink, in the morning before his workout. He also takes Podium Instantized BCAA Powder — Hydro and Salt — in the afternoons, which supplies electrolytes and essential amino acids to boost performance and help post-workout recovery. Citrulline and beta-alanine round out Adler’s stack.
Adler’s Full Day of Training
Below is a full breakdown of Alder’s CrossFit training.
Speed Bike Intervals
After 10-20 minutes of warming up on the stationary bike, Adler performs two timed interval rounds. The intervals range from two to four minutes to achieve between 150 and 400 watts. The 40-minute workout featured Adler reaching 292 watts on average. For context, the Buttery Bros were in the 170-190 watt range.
For this portion, Adler and the Buttery Bros performed three rounds for time of the following:
- Deadlifts: 315 pounds x five reps
- Burpee Muscle-Ups: five reps
- Burpee Bar Muscle-Ups: five reps
- Yoke Bar Muscle-Ups: five reps
- Deadlifts: 315 pounds x five reps
After the above circuit, they rested for two minutes. Adler logged a time of 2:22 on his third round. By the end of the workout, each athlete logged 45 muscle-ups.
For this third workout, Adler performs “every minute on the minute” — going through a round of movements at the top of each minute and using the remaining time as rest. The three exercises were:
- P. Bar Traverse: three reps
- Double-Under Crossovers: 15-20 reps
- Ski Erg — 60 seconds
The P. Bar is two sticks of pliable wood running parallel. The trick is to get from one end to the other (to “traverse” the P. Bar). Adler gets as much of his weight as possible on the stationary side while shimmying his other hand forward along the track.
For double-under crossovers, this super-fast jump rope exercise involves plenty of fast-twitch movement and stamina to stay in the air long enough. Finally, the Ski Erg machine mimics skiing, working the lats and the upper body. After 12 minutes – and a combined hour and a half into his workout – the group goes out for some French breakfast.
After refueling his muscle glycogen, Adler lifts weights, warming back up with 20 seated box jumps. He follows with nine rounds of box speed squats for three reps. He prioritized dynamic movement over lifting heavy, focusing on speed, technique, and accessory work. The rate was one round every 30 seconds.
Then, Adler performed speed deadlifts, focusing on how fast he could move lighter loads for another nine rounds of three reps. He closed with barbell single-leg accessory movements, such as step-ups, rear deadlifts, hanging leg raises, and supermans, finishing with single-leg glute-hamstring raises.
Jeffrey Adler’s Recovery
After more than two and a half hours of training, Adler enjoyed hot-cold therapy. His protocol is three to five minutes in the steam room, followed by three minutes in the cold plunge. This helps with heart rate variability and vasodilation and removes excess inflammation from his knees.
Featured image: @adlerjeff on Instagram