Tony Budding’s latest creation is a client who is training hard to get to the CrossFit Games. The qualifier is coming up fast. What are the pitfalls? Compare your opinion with those of Andy Stumpf, Maggie Dabe and Lisa Ray.
Jenn has been doing CrossFit for just under a year. She has her heart set on competing in the CrossFit Games. Her qualifier is in five weeks. Jenn has tremendous gas and tons of heart. She’s extremely competitive.
At 28, Jenn is five-foot-seven and 140 pounds. Pull-ups are her self-proclaimed nemesis. She has a 275-pound deadlift, a 200-pound back squat, a 175-pound power clean and a 165-pound squat clean. Her max overhead squat is 120 pounds, but she can do 20 reps at 95 pounds. She can press 105, but her best jerk is 130.
Jenn comes in at least five times a week, and on several occasions she’s been forced to take a rest day after training nine days straight.
Her training so far this week:
Monday: Six 400-meter sprints with a timed 2-minute break. Her times (in seconds) were 72, 79, 74, 76, 73 (threw up), 96.
Tuesday: Three sets of overhead squats: max reps at 110 pounds, max reps at 88 pounds, max reps at 65 pounds. She got 6, 29 and 46 reps, respectively.
Wednesday: The pull-up ladder (1 pull-up in the first minute, 2 the second, etc., until you can’t complete the required number within 60 seconds). She failed at minute 11 but kept doing as many pull-ups as she could each minute. She went 25 minutes until she ripped her right palm badly. She left very frustrated.
Thursday: Ran 5 kilometers in 21:03.
The proposed workout on Friday: Cindy (max rounds in 20 minutes of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats).
Jenn showed up with her hands taped up, eager to break 20 rounds for the first time. What do you do?
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