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Old 03-19-2007, 03:22 PM   #1
Chris Frost
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I am wondering if there is a way to improve a workout like Cindy by going for staight rounds instead of going for time?

I have read in some of the rowing threads that to improve your 2K in 7 min you can go for just 7 minutes or go for 2 k and time yourself. I was wondering if Cindy could be approached in the same way. I am a new crossfitter and have made improvements each time I have done this workout. I have only made about 1 round improvement each time.
For example: instead of going for as many in 20min, would I make improvements by going for 15 rounds and time myself to see how long it takes?

I may be overanalyzing this. I may also be a little impatient. Either way, please let me know what you think.

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Old 03-19-2007, 06:15 PM   #2
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Sounds good. "...Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense."

On the other hand, I find that I get a little boost when time starts running short- I push myself a little harder when I know the end is in sight. Working an "unlimited" endurance exercise like you describe has always been hard for me.

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Old 04-12-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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Pull-ups, push-ups and squats appear so often that I see little need for extra practice on the specific elements of Cindy. I would think that simply following the WOD would be your best plan unless you are thinking of becoming a Cindy specialist.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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I see your point but I think the idea behind Cindy is cumulative fatigue. As time ticks, the exercises take a little longer, effectively reducing the rest between sets. EX: (I am shooting for 20 rds)1st round takes 30 sec and 30 sec rest before the start of round 2. Trying to keep the sets on the minute but by round 15 I am down to only 10 seconds rest. Now a gut check to see if I can blaze non stop to round 20 with little to no rest. Your example gives you a jump start but then you just level off to complete 15 rds. If you are looking to improve your score, maybe use 2 ten minute intervals and really break it off. If you post some scores and times you might get some help finding your weakness. Keep it up.
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:04 PM   #5
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Improvements come in a suprising way .I believe that there is no need to specifically work on one particular wod.I started Crossfit 2 years ago and do Cindy when it comes up.Without specializing on Cindy I have gone from struggling with 14 rounds to a regular 18-20.
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