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“Mary”

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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 crossfit.com 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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