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“Oh No Curtis P”


Benchmark WOD

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  • For Time
  • 100 Curtis P's (105/70 lb)
  • One "Curtis P" complex is comprised of one Power Clean, one Lunge (each leg), and one Push Press.

With a running clock, perform 100 Curtis P’s as fast as possible (“For Time.”) Complete each complex unbroken, without letting go of the bar. Rest as needed between each complex.

Score is the time on the clock when the last Curtis P complex is completed.

Tips and Strategy

Pick a very steady pace for “Oh No Curtis P.” Prior to the start of the WOD, athletes should decide on how many unbroken reps they’ll perform, and how much rest between sets they’ll take. This is a workout where athletes should have a game plan—don’t wing this one.

Movement Standards 

A “Curtis P” is a complex comprised of 3 movements: 1 Power Clean, 1 Lunge (each leg), and one Push Press. Adhere to the individual movement standards for each part of the complex.

Intended Stimulus

This workout is all about muscular fatigue. The volume is high, and the barbell stays in the front rack position (a very taxing position) for the duration of the WOD. In short, “Oh No Curtis P” should feel pretty damn brutal. The load should feel light enough to where athletes can perform at least 3-5 reps in a row throughout the entire workout. Athletes may need a nap after this one.

Scaling Options

Scale the load on the barbell and/or the overall volume (total number of repetitions) as needed so the workout feels tough, but also doable. If an athlete has to stop for minutes at a time in order to recover, the load is too heavy and/or the volume is too high.

Intermediate (A)
100 Curtis P’s (95/65 lb)

Intermediate (B)
70 Curtis P’s (105/70 lb)

50 Curtis P’s (75/55 lb)

Another scaling option is to use Dumbbells instead of a Barbell because the front rack position with Dumbbells is less taxing than the front rack position with a Barbell.

Intermediate (Dumbbell Version)
100 Curtis P’s (2×35/2×25 lb)

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Background: This “Oh No Curtis P” benchmark workout was first given a name in a Facebook post by SEALFIT @sealfit on November 28, 2010. But it’s not clear who originated the workout. About three years prior in the CrossFit Forum, in a discussion on work capacity, Carl Amolat mentioned a similar 100 Curtis P’s workout, designed to be done in “under an hour.” That version of the workout, which he did not name, set the weight to 60% of the athlete’s body weight.

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