The CrossFit opens comes to an with CrossFit Open Workout 20.5. What is the best way to slay this exercise beast?
Below is some sage advice from leading CrossFit coaches and athletes about 20.5.
A quick reminder of what CrossFit Open Workout 20.5 is:
For Time (20 Minute Cap) (Partitioned Any Way)
- 40 – Ring Muscle Ups
- 80 – Cal Row
- 120 – Wall-Ball Shots (Women 14lb Ball At 9ft/Men 20lb Ball At 10ft)
- Pull-up bar (Masters 55+ and scaled divisions only)
- Concept2 rower
- Medicine ball of appropriate weight for your division
Cole Sager — Don’t sleep on that Flywheel
Cole Sager goes into great detail on the movements of the CrossFit Open Workout 20.5. The devil is in the details as Sager harps on what can turn a good score into a great score. Sometimes the small details can make all the difference.
In addition, for the 80 calorie row, Sager wants you to hit the highest pace possible. After that, a few quick hard pulls in before getting settled may make the difference here.
Dan Bailey — Learn to partition
The good thing about Open Workout 20.5 is it lets you pick how you workout. For instance, Dan Bailey says there is a lot of ways to break up CrossFit Open Workout 20.5. Doing quick, smaller sets may be the way to go here.
However, the best thing about small sets is there is not a lot of rest time. Therefore, Bailey also suggests trying one set with a bigger weight, then smaller weight and see what fits your body the best.
Jacob Heppner — Do what you can, not what you should
Everybody is different which is part of what makes CrossFit so great. In other words, Jacob Heppner is a character so you knew he would have some interesting advice for 20.5. However, Heppner recommends being careful around unbroken movements. Unbroken movements means more fatigue, which can affect your overall time.