27-21-15-9 reps for time of:
Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.
In 2015, CrossFit.com wrote an interesting analysis of The Open population and its performance in this workout.
You can read the article HERE.
Our favorite line, in describing the distribution of times across men and women, “Here’s the distribution of the Rx’d scores for men and women, 18-54 years old. Two smoothly-sloping mountains of suck.” (you can see the distribution in the chart pictured above).
While this workout is a doozy, a little effort in pacing can make it a “pace and fly” effort rather than a “fly and die” type workout.
Here’s a little bit of advice if you’re looking for a plan:
- Row the first 27 calories EASY. What do we mean by easy? Like talking pace. You should feel a little guilty about how slow you are rowing. Obviously this is relative to the individual, so talking pace/easy pace for YOU.
- Go for it on the thrusters. Know that if the barbell isn’t moving, no work is getting done. This is different than on the erg. As slow as you may row, work is still getting done. Put your efforts in getting those barbell-squat-to-overhead-movements-from-fitnes-hell out of the way as quickly as possible and sacrifice some time on the erg, where, at least you’re getting some work done.
- Row in-between sets of thrusters at a pace that lets you get your breath back and lets you say, “I’m going to get off this erg and mess up some damn thrusters.” If you row at a pace between sets of thrusters that gets you off the erg saying, “Oh geez, how in the hell am I going to pick up that bar, I’ll stand here, get some chalk, look at the clock, and stare at the barbell” – you rowed too fast. Unfortunately, you can’t abort if this happens, you’ll have to see it through. Good news is that any way you go after it, you’re fitter than when you started.
Yeah, “luckily” Shane caught it. Even more lucky is I came in today, making it four in a row for me, making tomorrow an obvious rest day, BOOM! 15.5 is pretty much the worst I’ve ever felt, the only time I ever gave serious thought to trying to sneak out the back door in the middle of the goddamned thing. Unfortunately for me, Gretchen finished up, and came over to cheer me on, and with an audience, out went my back door exit strategy. Just the worst, I tell you. And why? Because I did exactly the opposite of what you recommend here, Nicole. I crushed the rows, and would stagger over to the barbell each round just a hot mess. My plan has always been to do 15.5 exactly the way you recommend here, and I know I will not be able to avoid re-doing it forever, but it ain’t gonna be tomorrow. See you Saturday, suckas!
– Love, Googs
I was wondering where you were this morning! 🙂