I’ve already done this workout once, and I will share my personal advice on how to approach it. I would love your feedback as to whether or not you guys find this input valuable or not! If you think it’s helpful to hear how someone walks up to one of these workouts, let me know. If not, let me know, too!

First, my final score on the workout was: 9 full rounds + 1 power clean

Power Cleans (145lbs):
I don’t know how some people said this didn’t hurt their grip. By round 6 or 7, I was having a hard time getting power cleans 4 and 5 off of the ground without losing control of the bar. The final round I dropped the bar for a second, but aside from that, was able to do these unbroken.

Toes to Bar:
I made it through, I think, the first 7 rounds unbroken on these. But then on the final round, I did singles. Definitely not a deal-breaker, but I can’t break them up that much, even if I am le tired.

Wall Balls:
Shut up and pick up the ball. Seriously. We all want to stop tossing that thing because it hurts, but really, this station is the “break”. I missed probably 6 or 7 reps by not hitting the target, and that just frustrated me. Then, on my last round I dropped the ball.. on the last rep! In the words of GOB Bluth…


Overall Verdict: GRIP KILLER

Strategy for next time:
Bigger Jump and more effective Power Cleans (warm up the wrists a bit more)
Toes to Bar just need to fight and spend less time BETWEEN sets if I need to break it up. Get back up on the bar!
Wall Balls “must” be unbroken. Like I said before… I need to shut up and keep going. Rest after #15.

Then Pat Barber was at it again, sharing his pre- and post- workout advice for CrossFit Games Open WOD 11.5. Check it out:

  1. JimmyJames says:

    4.21.11 Added to my bucket list: own a $6300 suit

    btw, the toes to bar workout is insane, i don’t think tony horton could even do those

  2. Joe says:

    How about “be in really good shape” as advice for that workout?

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