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Old 03-14-2014, 08:41 AM   #21
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

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Boom, and there you have it - nice catch, Jayme.
In the early rounds the tie breaker doesn't matter. Changing the plates first may keep you fresh going into the later rounds. When you know you may reach your final full round of box jumps change the weights after jumping.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:44 AM   #22
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

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In the early rounds the tie breaker doesn't matter. Changing the plates first may keep you fresh going into the later rounds. When you know you may reach your final full round of box jumps change the weights after jumping.
This was my thought too, at least for the first two rounds.

I've seen one site recommending that you keep some 1lb plates nearby to roll the bar onto in order to make loading/unloading the bar easier. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:50 AM   #23
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This was my thought too, at least for the first two rounds.

I've seen one site recommending that you keep some 1lb plates nearby to roll the bar onto in order to make loading/unloading the bar easier. Any thoughts on that?
This was also my plan before I considered 25lb steel plates. With those, going from 185 to 225 and 275 to 315 should be the only possible issue.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #24
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

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In the early rounds the tie breaker doesn't matter. Changing the plates first may keep you fresh going into the later rounds. When you know you may reach your final full round of box jumps change the weights after jumping.
But therein lies the dilemma. Which deadlift round is going to be the one to really start to tax you, and make it uncertain you'll get back to the box? For me, it's the 275# DL that worries me. So that means, after my 225# DL third round), I'm going right to the box and, therefore, it's only the first two rounds I may be 'saving' myself something from my suggestion. Seems like a real splitting of hairs then.

EDIT: too late!! But, I was going to say...! :-) Oh, but I did hear a good tip: a friend of mine kept a 5# plate on the ground on each side, to roll the innermost weight up onto, to elevate it just enough to make sliding plates off easier. I think that's a no-brainer; always sucks yanking on a bumper only to have it keep "skipping" on the mat.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:55 AM   #25
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

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This was my thought too, at least for the first two rounds.

I've seen one site recommending that you keep some 1lb plates nearby to roll the bar onto in order to make loading/unloading the bar easier. Any thoughts on that?
I did that. Helped me out.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:56 AM   #26
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

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This was also my plan before I considered 25lb steel plates. With those, going from 185 to 225 and 275 to 315 should be the only possible issue.
Same here. I was going to do that but I think it would be easier just using the smaller 25lb steel ones.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:01 AM   #27
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This is about where I'm at. I'm fine with a few singles at 275 and calling it good. I compare this one to 13.3(?) last year. I did jumps and step ups last year and step ups are by far the easiest way to go. You can keep moving the whole time and don't burn out the hammies for the DL's.

Question: how many of you are corner jumpers/steppers vs. being straight on?
Yeah 13.3 I was the only one in my heat who did step-ups. There were some people who were practically coming back to the box for round 2 as I finished round 1. I kept my pace and eventually finished with the most reps in the heat. I'm gonna take the same approach with this one
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:08 AM   #28
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

I'd think going with steel plates for both the 25s and the 45s is the way to go if your box has them. The diameter is usually just a bit smaller for the steel than bumpers in my experience and are a lot easier to load. Use a 45# bumper for the first, then all steel after that.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:14 AM   #29
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

Is it going to be harder for the elite athletes to distance themselves from the pack on this one?
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:24 AM   #30
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Re: 14.3 tips and strageties. Jump or step?

After watching folks do it this morning, I agree with what is being said.

Would add that once you get to a weight where you feel you won't be going beyond it, slip on the collars so you don't have to worry about the weights sliding off. Personally, I would not want to have to mess with the weights once I am near the end of my rope.

To comment on the changing of weights prior to jumping. Not a bad idea early on. I did this last year on the burpee/Snatch ladder. Once I finished 75lbs, I changed the bar to 135lbs and then did my burps. Once done with burpees, I was able to walk back to the bar and gather myself while standing vs. messing with the weights and fumbling around.
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