CrossFit New England Benchmark WOD
- Alternating Minutes for 15 Rounds in 30 minutes
- Even Minutes: 15/12 Calorie Row
- Odd Minutes: 15 Burpees
Athletes alternate between calories on the rower and burpees each minute, every minute on the minute (EMOM). They will have the whole first minute to complete a 15/12 Calorie Row, then rest until the top of the next minute. Then they have the whole next minute to complete 15 burpees.
Tips and Strategy
Finding a steady pace to stick to for the majority of this workout is the name of the game. The difficulty will undoubtedly increase in the later rounds, but being able to stay calm and keep the heart rate down in the earlier rounds will better guarantee success in the second half of this thirty minute effort. Quick transitions to and from the rower gain back precious seconds and allow athletes to work for the full minute each round. Fast is smooth, smooth is fast.
These numbers are meant to be challenging, but ideally something that athletes can complete between 45-50 seconds each round. Some modification options would be to bring the rep numbers down to somewhere between 10-15, to make each minute :45 seconds on and :15 seconds off, or to bring down the total number of rounds. It is better to pick a modification from the beginning and stick to it than it is to modify in the middle of the workout.
About the wod
Later versions of "Fortitude" prescribed different numbers of calories and burpees, with the most recent version using the prescribed (Rx) counts you see at the top of this page.
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