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Old 10-04-2007, 01:50 PM   #11
Brandon Oto
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Re: Fran

I seem to have started a trend with stats in signatures

Bear in mind that the only way you're going to have a coherent idea of how to structure a set/rest plan of attack is by having a good knowledge of the workout, or at least similar workouts. If you're not super experienced, that may mean burning up one attempt at it just to see how it treats you, then coming around next time with an intelligent scheme.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:25 PM   #12
Derek Maffett
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Re: Fran

That was you that started it? Oh well, it's a cool trend. What else would I put in the signature, anyways?

For my Fran attempt, I used a large amount of rest, but kept it controlled. Seven thrusters, 15 seconds off, seven thrusters, 15 seconds off ...

Exact time varied of course, but I got a fairly good time and wasn't too burnt out at the end. Pull ups were starting to hit failure frequently, but when I got down to 9 thrusters, I threw out six and then three, instead of the planned 3-3-3.

I'm quite proud of that attempt not only because it was finally a reasonable time, but I wasn't slacking either. Structuring the workout allowed me to plow through at a constant pace, not allowing for more than a few seconds of "But I don't want to pick up the weight again!"

If just starting to use a structured WOD, I'd say you should just calculate it at first, determine exactly how you are going to do the workout, and then probably err on the side of more rest then necessary. Perhaps your times won't be as good as if you had really attacked it all out, but the structured method would allow you to simply adjust rest times as needed in order to increase time, versus blasting through with no real strategy and counting on pain tolerance and good conditioning to get you through.
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