16.2 - Strap yourself in!

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Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:

  25 toes to bar
  50 double unders
  15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
  25 toes to bar
  50 double unders
  13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
  25 toes to bar
  50 double unders
  11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
  25 toes to bar
  50 double under
  9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
  25 toes to bar
  50 double unders
  7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

Strap yourself in! This one is a doozy! The devil is in the details, never mind the progressively heavier cleans which gets everyone's attention at first glance - just to get there you need to get through 25, yes 25 toes to bar, followed by those 50 double unders. So lets it break down:

Toes to bar:

Just like the pull up from last week's 16.1, have a plan to break them up early to ensure you're working smart. Here is a guide in relation to your max toes to bar:

If you have 25+ unbroken reps = break them into 15 + 10.

If you have 15 – 25 unbroken reps = break them into 10 + 8 + 7.

If you have 10 – 15 unbroken reps = aim for 5 sets of 5 reps.

If you have under 10 reps unbroken = aim for sets of 3 – 5 reps at a time.

You need to set a reasonable pace and keep moving. Beware, if you go hard too hard in the toes to bar your hips are going to fatigue and cause some real issues later on in the workout during the cleans. Keep your sets manageable with short breaks in between. Be methodical here.

Double unders:

If you have them, these are the most straight forward part of the workout. 50 reps is manageable even if you haven’t got the greatest double unders in the world. If you make a mistake/trip on the rope, stay relaxed and jump straight back in with minimal breaks, you can afford to push the tempo a little here if need be. Remember the tie break is taken from the end of the double unders, so push to get through them in a good time. Every second counts, don't spend time getting frustrated or swearing at your rope!

The cleans:

These will be tough after all the work you've just gotten through. Stick to singles from the start and move consistently, dump the barbell (under control) from the top of each rep to conserve your energy.

Overall thoughts on 16.2 as a whole:

The difference with this workout compared to other workouts with capped rounds, is that you don’t have to wait for the time to roll over to begin the next round (as we've previously seen in past Open WODs). This means that setting a good consistent pace from the start will give you additional time that you will need towards the end of the workout to take a bit more calculated rest and get that one extra heavy clean at a time and avoid missing reps.

Good luck, pace well, and let us know how you go!

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