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Many of us predicted that the third week of the 2018 CrossFit Games Open would separate an incredibly high number of athletes from one another on the leaderboard. We were correct. This week’s torture includes up to 800 double-unders… yes, you read that correctly… eight hundred!!! There are also overhead squats, dumbbell snatches, and muscle-ups. What’s that? You’d like to know if the muscle-ups are bar or ring? This week, you have to do BOTH!

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Strategy

For those who can’t complete a particular movement, my advice is to sprint as much as you can to get to that movement as quickly as possible. For those who can physically do everything, pace the double-unders however you need to in order to not burn-out, and break up every other movement prior to failure. While the goal is to get through as much of the workout as you can, if you burn out on any one movement early on, everything else is going to suffer because of it.

The most important set of double-unders will always be the last one that you’ll be able to complete. Get through the final 100 wherever you are to the best of your ability, so you don’t miss hitting that final tie-breaker time for yourself.

In terms of choosing which version of this workout to complete, if you care about your ranking, I think you should 100% do as much of it Rx’d as you can. If that means getting to the Ring Muscle-Ups in an absolute sprint and spending the rest of the workout staring at the rings, that’s what I’d recommend doing. Thousands of places will separate those who get stuck at a movement, but got to it faster than others.

After you get as far as you can and get stuck, you can redo the workout “for fun” with the Scaled options and see how far you can get. In my mind though, if you care about your ranking, doing even three double-unders in 14 minutes makes more sense than going scaled because you’re scared of overhead squats.

Double-Unders

The majority of the workout is spent here. You need to know yourself and understand what makes the most sense for you. If these are legitimately a really easy movement for you and you consider them the “rest,” then you should be really excited. Very few people are going to be able to get through these unbroken. Unfortunately, a lot of people are going to TRY to get through them unbroken because they think they can do three or four sets without stopping. A lot of those people are going to get so tired about halfway through the workout, that every other movement of theirs is going to suffer.

Be smart, rest on your own terms, keep your heart rate down and shoulders as relaxed as you can, and try your best to view these as your time to recover and regroup. Since there’s a tie-breaker after each set of double-unders, I think athletes should push hard and redline on their final set of jumps! Again, there will be THOUSANDS of athletes separated by tie-break times before the following movement. If you don’t have ring muscle-ups, I think the workout needs to be an absolute SPRINT to get to that movement. Finish the jumps as fast as possible, then spend the remainder of the workout trying your best to get one, or as many as you can. Same thing applies if you don’t have bar muscle-ups yet.

If time is potentially going to run out during a set of your double-unders, that’s also a time to absolutely go for it. I don’t care how tired your shoulders are, if you can complete that full set of 100 before the clock runs out, do EVERYTHING in your power to complete them before the buzzer. Otherwise, rest as needed and mess up as little as possible. Being able to complete nearly one hundred reps more than someone else in less than a minute will bump you up big time on the leaderboard. Also, have a second “back-up” rope nearby just in case.

Overhead Squats

If the weight is manageable for you, try to complete slower and comfortable reps and not drop the bar. Consider resting the bar on your back if you need a break if you can, just be sure to completely lock out the bar overhead before continuing onto your next rep. Eyes straight ahead, core tight, and reach that bar up to the sky. If the weight is heavy for you, don’t try to go unbroken, just complete smart sets with short rest between them. Only consider squat-snatching the first rep if you’re confident you’ll be able to catch it controlled and balanced. Otherwise, just power snatch, get set, and then start.

Dumbbell Snatches

Slow and steady wins the race here. If you can keep your heart rate down, and not fatigue the shoulders, just keep it moving. Aim to set the dumbbell down back between your legs a bit, so you can use your hammies and glutes to “swing” the weight overhead rather then pulling it straight up using your arms. Be sure to switch hands BELOW the top of your head to avoid any no-reps, and that both heads of the dumbbells touch the ground each rep. These will be more of a break than any other movement for a lot of people.

Rings AND Bar Muscle-Ups

For the most part, you’ll either have these, or you won’t. In my opinion, the worst thing to do is miss reps on either of these. Hop down from the rings or bar BEFORE you reach failure on either variation.

I can’t say this enough: “If you know that you won’t make it through either of these stations, GET TO THIS MOVEMENT AS FAST AS YOU CAN.” There will be THOUSANDS of people who get TO the muscle-ups, but complete zero (or only a few) of them. The faster you can get here, the faster your tie-break time will be, and the higher you’ll be ranked. And finally, just because you might be able to do a large set of these out of the gate, remember that there’s a lot of work left afterwards. Doing smaller sets with short rest will likely conserve more of your energy to keep you more fresh for everything else.

Good luck, have fun, I believe in you!

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Lindsey Smith is amazing.

Yeah, that’s the thought of the day.

Ok, fine… the real thought is about dedication. I can promise you Lindsey wasn’t able to just walk in the door of her CrossFit gym on day one and complete this movement. In fact, I’d like to guess that MOST CrossFitters aren’t able to do what she just did. Not only a single strict muscle-up, but THREE in a row!

Dedication comes in many ways in regards to CrossFit.
~ How often and how smart you’re willing to train your BODY
~ How often and how smart you’re willing to train your MIND
~ Your willingness to focus the necessary time on flexibility and mobility work
~ Taking your diet into account and realizing that food can (should?) be used as FUEL
~ Resting when necessary so your body can recover and come back even stronger
~ the list goes on…

Like I say, CrossFit can be more than just 1 hour of working out a few times a week. How important is it for you to continually improve?

Today, CrossFit Lakewood went after the 4th workout of the 2011 CrossFit Games Open. With a 10 minute cap on the workout, that means a lot of people out there wouldn’t even get close to completing one round. This one requires a LARGE amount of work to be done in not a lot of time, so the goal is basically to get through as much as you can.

Workout of the Day:
Strength
Learn the Zercher Squat
Work up to a good 3 Rep Max

CrossFit, CrossFit Lakewood, Smashby Training, Zercher Squat, Alon Crushing the Zercher Squat

Alon looking STRONG! (Bent bar, too!)

WOD
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of
60 Bar-facing burpees
30 Overhead squats (120lbs / 55kg)
10 Muscle-ups

The pace everyone kept throughout all 60 Burpees was really impressive!

As CrossFitters, we also tend to enjoy watching people suffer. Here is your chance to watch me struggle through my first attempt at this workout. The Overhead Squats just KILLED me. Hopefully I can get through 1 full round on Saturday. (Always open to critique of form / No-reps, etc)

HQ released the next workout of the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, and a lot of people in the CrossFit Community let out a collective groan.

Without further ado, here is Workout 11.4:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
60 Bar-facing burpees / 30 Overhead squats (120lbs / 90lbs) / 10 Muscle-ups

For those of you who may be wondering what a Muscle-Up is, it’s a movement done primarily on gymnastics rings that consists of a pull-up transitioning into a dip! The video here will show you exactly what it looks like and give some pointers!

Achieving the Muscle-up from Patrick Cummings on Vimeo.

In my opinion, it’s going to be a lot like the last workout where some people simply won’t be able to complete parts of it. During the first two workouts, most people were able to handle the weight and reps in some form or another, so the differences in scores were simply how many rounds people were able to complete.

Last week, some male athletes simply couldn’t get 165 pounds into a Squat Clean and Jerk. This week’s biggest challenges will fall in one of two categories; either 120 pounds for men (or 90 pounds for women) will be too heavy for some athletes to Overhead Squat 30 times, or they’ll get through them and get stuck on the Muscle-Ups.

The exciting part about involving such a challenging movement in this workout, though, is that there will be HUNDREDS of people out there who will get their first-EVER Muscle-Up during this workout! I hope that CFHQ puts together a video of all of the first MU’s caught on tape from this week’s workout 🙂

The video below is from HQ showing the official range of motion requirements for the movements.

GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!