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Old 02-14-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
Kevin Burns
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I am currently not at the level of being able to do most of the reps indicated on a workout like barbara so I have 2 options. Do less reps per rounds and get more rounds or do more reps per round and get less rounds.

What is everyone's opinion on this ?
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:14 AM   #2
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I'd go with the option that gets you moving more.

If that means halving the reps per round I'd say that's better than taking a lot of time to get through all the reps in a round as rx'ed.

For example:
Barbara
5 Rounds

20 Pull ups
30 Push ups
40 Sit up
50 Squats

And say the 20 pullups per round is your hangup. Then you could try it like this:

5 rounds

10 Pull ups
15 Push ups
20 Sit up
25 Squats

And try it like that once, if you can do that without too much problem, next time you can either up the reps per round or add another round while keeping your reps the same. So next time 6 rounds of your scaled version. It's an assumption that within time you'll be improving so you can then figure out if you want to up the reps or up the rounds.

When I first started Xfit I made the mistake of not scaling correctly and I'd be stuck forever on one part (i.e. pullups in my case and then I'd be resting 1-2 minutes every time I hit my limit to finish the pullups).

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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your right pull ups are my hang-up. last night i realized that substituting with jumping pullups was soo much harder. what is it about jumping pullups that hurts so bad ??

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Old 02-14-2007, 08:19 PM   #4
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Kevin, regarding improving PUs, I found that negatives helped A LOT in improving my ability to do these - also just throwing up a few PUs now and then whenever I saw something I could grab onto.
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