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“Leger”

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The Grinder, CrossFit Operations Order #11

1.7K 38
  • For Time (in a team of 6)
  • 400 meter Run
  • 21 Thrusters (70/50 lb)
  • 30 Pull-Ups
  • 800 meter Run
  • 30 Pull-Ups
  • 21 Thrusters (70/50 lb)
  • 400 meter Run

This workout requires six 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 designed for military units, so it was originally intended to be done with two .25mm ammo cans for thrusters and two pull-up bars or two sets of rings for pull-ups.

Once each athlete has completed the first 400-meter run, he will begin the thrusters. After completing the required reps of thrusters, he will transition to pull-ups. Each exercise must be completed before moving on the next one—i.e., you must finish all 21 thrusters before starting the 30 pull-ups. However, each exercise may be broken up into sets as desired—e.g., three sets of 7 thrusters to complete the required 21, or two sets of 15 for the 30 pull-ups. If an athlete is unable to complete 30 pull-ups on his own, spotting will be permitted.

However, spotting will be executed by supporting the back of the athlete doing pull-ups, not by supporting his feet, and only by a team member who is also conducting pull-ups. If an athlete is in the midst of his own set of thrusters, he is not permitted to spot another team member doing pull-ups.


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Background: The “Leger” benchmark workout was first published on the CrossFit Journal on June 1, 2007 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, “Leger,” 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.”

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