The CrossFit Open 16.2 strategy

So I have to make this snappy since I have my final level 3 exam tomorrow, but my ears definitely perked up when I heard the CrossFit.com unveiling for 16.2 this morning.

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16.2 essentials

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image from purewod.comAfter speaking to a few people who completed the workout this evening, I realised that 16.2 isn’t for the faint hearted.

And while I was initially excited, I soon was brought back to reality.

I love a good oly-lifting workout. But with 16.2, in order to make it to the squat clean portion, there are two big hurdles in my way: toes-to- bars and double-unders. I am just starting to string together 10 double-unders at a time and my TTB kips still have a ways to go. uhoh.

My goal? I will be ecstatic if I manage to finish the first round tomorrow.

Anyways, whether you are scaling or RX’ing, I picked up a few strategies from those that completed it at my box. Don’t remember the full 16.2 workout? Scroll to the bottom and check it out.

  1. Toes to bar: The first thing everyone said was
    break.up.the.toes.to.bar.Use pull-up grips. I try to avoid them and to take care of my calluses, but I too often end up having to stop mid pull-up session due to the pain in my palms.
  2. Double-Unders: Get em done.
  3. Squat Cleans:  We saw Dan Bailey break up the squat cleans and this will be the only way forward if you have the strength to make it to the cleans portion of each workout. Also, ensure you engage your core throughout 16.2 and don’t compromise your form for a heavy clean.

Thanks for the helpful tips as well, purewod.com!

Good luck tomorrow everyone!

The workout:
Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

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