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CrossFit "Girl" Benchmark WOD

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  • AMRAP in 20 minutes
  • 5 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 10 Pistols (alternating legs)
  • 15 Pull-Ups

On a 20-minute clock, complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible (AMRAP) of the prescribed work in the order written: 5 Handstand Push-Ups followed by 10 Pistols followed by 15 Pull-Ups.

Score is the total number of rounds and repetitions completed before the 20-minute clock stops.

Good Scores for “Mary” (source)
– Beginner: 7-8 rounds
– Intermediate: 9-12 rounds
– Advanced: 14-16 rounds
– Elite: 16+ rounds

Scaling Options

“Mary” is a WOD that requires above-average gymnastics skills: Handstand Push-Ups, Pistols, and Pull-Ups. Scale the skill level of these movements (see: Handstand Push-Up Scaling | Pistol Scaling | Pull-Up Scaling) so you can move smoothly throughout this WO. You’ll lose the intended stimulus of “Mary” if you treat the workout like a skill session.

Intermediate Option
20 Minute AMRAP
2 Handstand Push-Ups
6 Pistols (alternating legs)
10 Pull-Ups

Beginner Option
20 Minute AMRAP
5 Push-Ups 
10 Alternating Stationary Lunges 
15 Ring Rows 

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Background: "Mary," one of CrossFit's classic "Girls" workouts, was first posted on as the workout of the day (along with "Cindy") for Saturday, May 14, 2005.

Interestingly, although "Mary" was named in a 2010 CrossFit Journal article as one of the official "Girls" WODs, "Cindy" was not.

See also (variants): "Easy Mary," "Special Mary," "Mary XXX," "Cindy," "Cindy XXX," "Chelsea," "Candy," "Maggie."
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