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“Chad (2006)”


The Grinder, CrossFit Operations Order #1

25.2K 145
  • For Time (in a Team of 4)
  • 400 meter Weighted Walk/Run (190 lb) (together)
  • 25 Deadlifts (100 lb) (each)
  • 400 meter Weighted Walk/Run (190 lb) (together)
  • 25 Thrusters (45 lb) (each)
  • 400 meter Weighted Walk/Run (190 lb) (together)
  • 25 Sandbag Front Squats (50 lb) (each)
  • 400 meter Weighted Walk/Run (190 lb) (together)
  • 25 Push Presses (45 lb) (each)
  • 400 meter Weighted Walk/Run (190 lb) (together)

This workout requires four team members to perform the prescribed work together. If performing the workout with gym equipment, use barbells and other available equipment. But this workout was was designed for military units, so it was originally intended to be done with stretcher, a water jerry filled with water (45 lbs.), two .50-cal ammo cans filled with sand (50 lbs. each), a sandbag (50 lbs.), and a rock (45 lbs.).

As originally written, the team will load the sandbag, water jerry, rock, and one .50-cal ammo can onto the stretcher (total weight 190 lb) and run/walk 400m carrying the stretcher (if using gym equipment, load a single barbell with 190 lb). When they return to the start point, each member of the team will secure a piece of equipment and do the next specific exercise for 25 reps. The exercises are: deadlift, the two .50-cal ammo cans (one in each hand) for 25 reps, perform thrusters with the rock for 25 reps, front squat with the sandbag for 25 reps, and push press the water jerry for 25 reps. Once each member of the team has completed the 25 reps, they load the equipment back on the stretcher and complete another 400m run/walk. When they return to the start position again, each member will conduct 25 reps of another exercise with a different piece of equipment. This rotation will carry on until each member of the team has done all four exercises. Upon completion, each team member will have done 25 reps of deadlifts, thrusters, push presses, and front squats and run a total of 2km.

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Background: The "Chad" benchmark workout was first published on the CrossFit Journal on July 1, 2006 by Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, as part of "The Grinder: CrossFit Operations" series. "The Grinder was a direct result of the requests generated addressing platoon and squat combat fitness training from a wide range of military units in the United States and around the world." The name of the workout, "Chad," is the name of the mission to be accomplished by the team.

"The purpose of the series is to produce group workouts that utilize the equipment commonly found within a military unit. The workouts address both garrison and austere training protocols for platoons, squads, and fire teams. They are scalable and flexible to allow for a wide range of utilization—to include troops conducting basic training through to elite combat operators."

See also: "Chad Wilkinson" Memorial WOD
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