19.2 Strategy & Tips
19.2 is…16.2. I remember it like it was yesterday! The core is shot, the body is completely on fire, and the weight on the bar feels way heavier than it says it is. By the time you finish this one you are completely spent, and most likely in a puddle of mush on the floor flopping around like a fish out of water. Here are a few strategical tips that can help you do your best whether this is your first time trying this workout out or it is a repeat workout for you.
This workout has two very high level skills involved and an increasing weight on a squat clean. Understanding where you are at as an athlete, and what your strength levels are will be very important. On the toes to bar unless you are a very elite level athlete you will be breaking these up early. You will NEED to know what your capacity level is on these. Do not cross the threshold of no return on these because once you do they will be gone, and you will be stuck doing singles which will be very inefficient and slow you down. Remember there is a time component to this workout that you have to beat. Some of you may be able to maintain 15/10, some of you may have to go for something like 9/8/8, and some of you may need to do something like 5/5/5/5/5. If your capacity is even less do not be afraid to do 8 sets of 3 from the beginning. Double unders will be the next conquest. If you fall into the category of “you love double unders” just do them all unbroken, or the only time you break is if you miss. For those of you who do not fall into this category you will need to remain calm first and foremost. Double unders can be one of the most frustrating moves in all of fitness. Getting worked up will only make it worse. Focus and execute on sets that are doable for you. Again, this is where you need to know yourself as an athlete. 10 at a time, 5 at a time, half and half, it doesn’t matter how you get it done just stay calm! When you get to the bar, understand your abilities. If you can continuously move the bar then do quick singles. Don’t do touch and go reps, you will need to save your grip for toes to bar and it is already being taxed more on double unders. Follow the bar down and immediately pick it back up. If the weight is a bit heavier for you then take calculated rests between each rep so you never fail one. Push the pace when you absolutely have to. Once you are done, make sure you have someone to change the weights for you so you can go straight to work on toes to bar again. Make sure to remember to breathe through the whole workout, and have fun!
Good luck to everyone, and here is to hopefully being fitter than you were in 2016!