Smashby’s CF Games Open Strategy – WOD 16.5

Posted: March 24, 2016 in CrossFit, Training

Barf. That was the first thing I thought when #TDC told us that workout 16.5 would be a repeat of workout 16.4. The rep scheme is 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 of Thruster and Bar-Facing Burpee. While most CrossFit Games Open feature a time cap, AMRAP-style, workout, this one requires athletes to go until they finish all the work. So brutal.

The only real advice to give on this one is to PACE it and enjoy the suck. Just because an athlete can go unbroken, doesn’t mean they should. In fact, this is one where I challenge people to be able to turn on the pace at the round of 12 or 9, versus already being too crushed when they get to that point of the workout.

We know this is going to hurt. A lot. Just keep breathing under control, keep a steady rhythm on the Thrusters, and break them into smaller and manageable sets right out of the gate.


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