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Old 09-19-2006, 11:01 AM   #1
Tyler Fainstat
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Hello- Just a quick question regarding the performace of Reps often explained in the WOD. For example if the WOD describes a given excercise to be performed as 3-3-3-3-3 this obviously means 5 sets of 3, but does this mean that one ought to adjust the weight of the excercise so that they are maxing out at three each time ie. could not do a fourth. My confusion is that, if the logic of Crossfit is to try to complete the workouts as quickly as possible, why are the WODs often split up into small sets? Why would the above example not simply state, one set of 15, at a given weight which would then be split up into smaller sets to be completely as quickly as possible?

I have been doing CrossFit for 2 months now, and love it.

Many thanks to anyone who can help me clear up my confusion.


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Old 09-19-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
Anthony Bainbridge
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Not all the workouts are done as fast as possible. The ones that are "for time" will usually say so.

The 3-3-3-3-3 example is a max effort triple. The goal is to gradually build up to a weight you can do for 3 reps, but not 4. Take as much rest as you need between sets - it's not a race.

Hope that makes sense!
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