CrossFit Open 18.4… Protect Ya Neck

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Workout 18.4

For Time (9 min cap)

Diane (21-15-9)
Deadlifts (225#)

Handstand Push-Ups

right into 21-15-9

Deadlifts (315#)

Handstand walks (25 ft. down, 25 ft. back)

85 reps. Welp, that workout did not go as well as I planned.

Mentally, I thought I’d have a shot at handstand walks, but my shoulders and lack of training handstand push-ups had other plans. Admittingly, I don’t work on handstand push as much as I should–it’s a movement I think has more risk than reward; I’ve seen too many friends injure their neck and back doing them, so it should have come as no surprise I struggled with them. I probably should have done smaller sets on the HSPUs to keep from burning out, but I think the result would have been the same. Once your shoulders go, there’s nothing you can do.

This is a workout I won’t be redoing, as much as I want to try a different approach. Even if I did better, it won’t mean much in the grand scheme of life and it’s not worth risking a neck injury from slamming down on my head. It’s time to be a responsible adult and put the ego to the side.

Enjoy the clips below from the workout…I made sure to include the failed reps and frustration at the end of the workout.

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