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Old 08-24-2003, 10:26 AM   #2
Ryan Atkins
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I think you'll find that modifying the workouts to suit individual needs is common, otherwise the WOD would be impossible for some of us (Last week's WOD calls for thrusters w/95#. Because of my injury, I used 10# dumbbells (whoopee!). I know it's not much, but it's still a crossfit-style workout).

In the specific example you give, the way you should proceed would (I think) depend on the context of the workout. If the Clean & Jerk was being performed in a circuit with another exercise(s) for rounds then I would choose a weight you could comfortably handle at 15 reps - for the first round, but not the second and subsequent rounds, where you would need to break the 15 reps into chunks. If, on the other hand, the exercise is the only the modality being worked on that day (i.e. Clean & Jerk 15-12-9), then I would try to choose a weight that allows for staying within that rep scheme. If you check out the February issue of the Crossfit Journal, you'll understand some of the reasons I do this.

David Wood has also contributed his thoughts on this subject in a previous post at
I think the part that's most relevant to your question is torwards the bottom.

Hope this was helpful

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