CrossFit Open 18.2 and 18.2A…Done!

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Workout 18.2 and 18.2A

For time (12-minute time cap):

18.2 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Dumbbell squats (2 50# dumbells)

Bar-Facing burpees

Complete 1 dumbbell squat, then 1 bar-facing burpee, 2 and 2, and so on….


1-rep max clean

With Silas under the weather, I delayed my first attempt at 18.2 and 18.2A until this morning. The workout is designed to get your heart rate up and lungs and legs burning. As you can see above, there are two components to this workout which both need to be completed in the 12-minute time cap. This is a new twist; in past Opens, you’d have the remaining time in the 12-minute time cap to rest and then complete the 1-rep max lift. Not this year though.

The goal is to get through the dumbbell squats and burpees as fast as possible and then lift your heaviest clean before 12 minutes is up. So much strategy for this one. If you go too fast in the first part, you risk tiring out your legs and lifting less on the clean. If you go slow in order to try and get a heavier clean, you risk a lower score because of the time for part one. What’s an athlete to do?

I’m not a fan of burpees. As a taller athlete, I get to use the excuse of having more ground to cover during the up and down movement of the burpees; in addition to that, I have more ground to cover on the up and down on the squats–compared to shorter athletes. Not only is my height working against me, but I’m also not interested in pushing myself past my limits to get a little faster time anymore–I’m not puking after a workout (those days have passed).

I think 18.2 and 18.2A will be a one-and-done for me. I got 7:46 (my goal was sub 8:00) for the first part and 255 pounds on the second part (my goal was 245). I don’t see myself pushing to go much faster and maybe I could get 260 (you’ll see I was close), but I’m happy with 255. So, I’ll probably roll with those scores and get ready for week 3.

Check out the video for the final round and the cleans–even the misses!

On to week 18.3…



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