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“Karen”

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CrossFit "Girl" Benchmark WOD

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  • For Time
  • 150 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb, 10/9 ft)

With a running clock, complete the 150 repetitions as fast as possible (for time). Rest as needed, either holding the ball or with the ball on the ground.

Score is the time it takes to complete all 150 repetitions.

Good Times for “Karen” (source)
– Beginner: 12-15 minutes
– Intermediate: 8-11 minutes
– Advanced: 6-7 minutes
– Elite: <5 minutes

Tips and Strategy

For most athletes, it will be important to bite off sets that are big enough to make progress, but not so big that you have to rest more than 10 seconds before picking up the ball again. The ideal set size is one that you can keep consistent the whole way through the workout.

Avoid opening with a huge set of 30 if you’re going to have to do 5’s with lots of rest between the rest of the way. Avoid doing any sets so large that you have to rest more than 10 seconds before picking up the ball again.

– Beginner: try 30 sets of 5 (target time 12-15 minutes)
– Intermediate: try 15 sets of 10 (target time 8-11 minutes)
– Advanced: try 5 sets of 30 (target time 6-7 minutes)
– Elite: <5 minutes (competitive athletes may be able to complete the workout in two sets of 75 or even unbroken, in a single set of 150 repetitions)

Intended Stimulus

“Karen” should feel light. You should be able to perform relatively large sets with minimal rest breaks. Your legs and lungs should be burning within a couple of minutes of “3…2…1…GO!” You’ll lose the intended stimulus of this benchmark WOD if your sets are small and your rest breaks are big, so scale the load and/or the volume accordingly.

Scaling

This classic benchmark contains a high volume of a light weightlifting movement. Choose a load that allows you to hang on for large sets. Pacing and strategic rest periods will be required in order to set your best time.

Intermediate
For time:
150 wall-ball shots

Men: 14-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
Women: 10-lb. ball to 9-ft. target

Beginner 
For time:
50 wall-ball shots

Men: 10-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
Women: 6-lb. ball to 9-ft. target

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Background: "Karen," one of CrossFit's classic "Girls" WODs is a simple and straightforward 150 repetitions of wall ball shots, as fast as possible.

This workout was first posted on the CrossFit Main Site as the workout of the day for Thursday, August 7, 2008 (080807).

See also: The CrossFit “Girls WODs”
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