CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Exercises
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Exercises Movements, technique & proper execution

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
Vic McQuaide
Member Vic McQuaide is offline
 
Vic McQuaide's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Lakeside  CA
Posts: 1,106
95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

Hello all,
I am sure that this has been covered in depth. I have a painful wrist injury that keeps me away from thruster with a barbell. What do you think is the equivalent of a 95# thruster with dumbells?

I can clean and jerk 235#-250 and with the dumbbells I can only do 80# each hand so a total of 160# so in that area the dumbbells are way harder.

I would imagine that 35#-45# would be the equivalent of the 95# barbell?

Would be interested in others who know more about this to chime in.

I am practicing for 14.5 or the 13.5 workout that is coming for sure.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
Jeff Enge
Banned Jeff Enge is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Collinsville  IL
Posts: 5,542
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

I doubt this really has been gone over in detail.

Why don't you test it out and see what feels right and let us know? It certainly doesn't have to be a "perfect" sub, does it?
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
Greg Whitekettle
Member Greg Whitekettle is offline
 
Greg Whitekettle's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver  WA
Posts: 80
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

Hey Vic,

I broke my wrist years ago and also can't do barbell thrusters. I use kettlebells whenever there are thrusters in workouts. This is by no means scientific and is based on some information I read on various message boards but I use about 75% of the prescribed weight.

So Fran for instance is 95lb thrusters so I use two 35lb kettlebells which is 70lb total and just about 74%.

Hope that gives you a starting point.

Greg
__________________
www.crossfitcamas.com

Last edited by Greg Whitekettle : 12-18-2013 at 01:14 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 05:32 AM   #4
Brendan McNamar
Affiliate Brendan McNamar is offline
 
Brendan McNamar's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Glendale  AZ
Posts: 2,216
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

Dumbbell thrusters suck even more then regular thrusters. #35 or #40 will be plenty.
__________________
Nomadic CrossFit Coach
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
Patrick Rushbrook
Member Patrick Rushbrook is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Grayson  KY
Posts: 339
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

I agree. 40lbs tops.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
Mark E. Wallace
Member Mark E. Wallace is offline
 
Mark E. Wallace's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cedar Park  TX
Posts: 3,869
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brendan McNamar View Post
Dumbbell thrusters suck even more then regular thrusters. #35 or #40 will be plenty.
Agreed.

- Mark
__________________
"Ima champ Still pushin Strong, Remember You only get what you train FOR>"
Snarky answers -- Free of charge.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 04:56 PM   #7
Andrew Wiemken
Member Andrew Wiemken is offline
 
Andrew Wiemken's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia  PA
Posts: 85
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

Yeah the DB's allow that nice neutral grip, just make sure that you don't come across any unforeseen form challenges that put the wrists at risk. The DB's are of course a lot less stable and predictable. I hope you're doing what you can to rehab the wrist too. Make sure you're not pushing your WOD's at the expense of being able to heal properly, you'll regret it. Just putting it out there. This is CF after all.

On an editorial note, thrusters are the most humbling exercise I've done, from a conditioning standpoint. I chose thrusters, willy-nilly, as a conditioning finisher to my workout the other day, and I quickly realized it was going to define my session. I use stair sprints, barbell complexes, double unders, farmer's walks, anything and everything mix and match for metcon, and I generally have decent gas. Nothing has kicked my @ss like thrusters. I can't imagine supersetting them with kipped pullups. Many many props to you CF people for that work capacity. Yallz is crazy
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #8
Vic McQuaide
Member Vic McQuaide is offline
 
Vic McQuaide's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Lakeside  CA
Posts: 1,106
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

40# agreed.

Mobility on wrist..

Heat all of the time. Ice right after work.

Have some acupuncture going on..

Thank you.. I thought that 35's were a little too good to be true. Will run with the 40's for the sup for 95# thrusters.

Cheers and Merry Xmas!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
Michael Cook
Member Michael Cook is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Portland  OR
Posts: 597
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

I'm sure we will see some thruster+C2B wod in the 2014 open.

DB thrusters are even more sucky than barbell thrusters. Holding the dumbells in the rack position is especially tiring on the shoulders.

Also, in the 2012 and 2013 Open, the thrusters were 100lbs, not 95.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
Dakota Base
Member Dakota Base is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Wichita  KS
Posts: 394
Re: 95# thruster vs how much for dumbells

I went through a cycle of "Rushfit" for something different to do a few years ago, he uses "Dumbbell Pistons", which is basically a thruster with DB's. I've never done a thruster max, nor a Piston max, but I know I play somewhere in the 70-80% ballpark usually when I substitute the DB's in for the BB. I usually use 50's or 55's for pistons, rather than 135 on the barbell, which is just nasty in any volume. I use 45's instead of 95lb barbell, so I guess that's more than 80%, but I don't usually do 95lb barbell loads either.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster Mark Dong Exercises 4 07-19-2012 09:04 AM
Dumbells for affiliate Joe Waguespack Equipment 1 02-09-2008 07:49 AM
Dumbells? Abdulrahman Aref Exercises 3 11-14-2007 09:29 AM
Do I Need Dumbells? Jeff Mouland Equipment 11 10-02-2007 11:20 AM
Dumbells Jeff Reiser Exercises 7 02-22-2003 10:19 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.