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Old 03-14-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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14.3 Rules Clarification

I just want to make sure this won't be an invalid attempt.

14. 3 for women starts as

95lb DL x 10
Box Jump x 15
135lb DL x 15
Box Jump x 15


Is it legal to just begin with 135lbs on the bar and do it as:

135 x 10
15BJ
135 x 15
15 BJ


I don't see anything specific prohibiting this in the 14.3 demo, it just states the athlete is responsible for loading their own bar.

Rulebook states:

iv. Required amount of weight
a. All weights will be released in pounds

b. It is the Athlete’s sole responsibility to use at least the exact poundage (i.e., if using kilogram plates, the Athlete will need to
use appropriate combinations of plates to achieve the correct poundage).

c. For the purpose of CrossFit competitions, 15 kg weightlifting bars will be considered to be 35 pounds, and 20 kg bars will be
considered to be 45 pounds.



Has anyone seen this question asked or answered anywhere? As far as I can tell it's fine.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Why would you want to use a heavier weight?
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Because after doing some timing on plate changes it's going to take approx 16 seconds +/-3 to take a 25lb plate off and replace it with a 45.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Ah ha. I see. Interesting idea. I wonder if using heavier weight the first round will exhaust energy for the later rounds, thus cancelling the 16 second advantage.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:20 AM   #5
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Having seen and judged multiple workouts, I'd suggest you just take advantage of the lower weight of 95 lbs. on the first set of deadlifts and spend the time changing the weight. Your back will be smoked by the end of this workout. Every single person I've seen has gone through box jumps or step ups just fine and with good speed. It is the low back and posterior chain getting wasted during the heavier deadlifts that determines their score. The weight at which people get hung up and have to rest differs for everyone, but it has always been the dead lifts--and having to rest--that slows people down.
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Thanks but not looking for advice, just if it is permissible or not.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:31 AM   #7
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

You did right to look it up in the rulebook. If there is nothing specifically forbidding it (as it seems), then go for it.

I think the "at least" rule is aimed at those using kilos, but the way I read it, it also applies to your question.

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Old 03-15-2014, 12:38 PM   #8
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

I'd say permissible. I know you're not looking for advice. But here's some anyway. Had you thought about doing the 95# lift, use no clips, and when at top of 10th rep, do a tip-tip to dump the plates. Even set the plates wide. It might make the transition a bit faster.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #9
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

I would say doing this would be seen in the same light as doing a 25" box jump, hight than a chest to bar pull up, a 11 foot wall ball, or an extra rep.
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Re: 14.3 Rules Clarification

Given the wording you quoted, I would say the answer is not clear and you are at risk of having the workout invalidated. It is arguable and I can see both sides. The allowance for something different, through the use of the phrase "at least the exact poundage," may be merely to allow those folks with kg plates to do the workout without having to buy new equipment.

I wouldn't leave it to chance. If the workout calls for 95# for set 1, do 95# or as close to it as possible without fiddling with the weight scheme. The transitions are part of the workout.
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