Open WOD 12.5

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below:

3 Barbell Thrusters (100/65)
3 Chest to bar Pull-ups
6 Barbell Thrusters
6 Chest to bar Pull-ups
9 Barbell Thrusters
9 Chest to bar Pull-ups
12 Barbell Thrusters
12 Chest to bar Pull-ups
15 Barbell Thrusters
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
18 Barbell Thrusters
18 Chest to bar Pull-ups
21 Barbell Thrusters
21 Chest to bar Pull-ups…
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 21, go on to 24. If you complete 24, go on to 27, etc.

This is the final WOD of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open.  It’s been a fun five weeks, and I’ve really enjoyed watching people battle through these workouts.  We only had a handful of people officially signed up for the Open this year, but everyone hit the WODs hard.  I can’t wait to see people’s continued progress, and hopefully next year we’ll have even more people signed up for the Open.

And now for a personal reflection…

For me competing in the Open this year was not only a lot of fun, but also a great way to push myself harder and see my progress.  It’s been so fun to see all of our members at CrossFit Hyannis getting better, but I think it’s also important to recognize progress in yourself as well.  This WOD (Open WOD 12.5) is the same WOD that was used in the Open last year.  This time last year I could not do a single pull up.  As you all know, I still struggle with pull ups and they are certainly my “goat.”  That being said, when this workout was posted I couldn’t help but remember last year when I got three reps, but could not manage even one regular pullup, never mind a chest to bar pullup- and fully aware of the fact that as of Wednesday night I had still never done a chest to bar pullup before.  I decided that wasn’t going to hold me back and I was going to tackle this WOD with a positive attitude and go hard after it.  I managed to get through 54 reps, completing 24 chest to bar pullups in the process.  This certainly isn’t a great score, but I felt better after this WOD then I do after WODs that I fare much better in.  Why?  Because I could clearly see how much progress I have made in the past year and how despite my continued frustrations with pullups, the work I have put in has paid off.  I still have so much room for improvement, but that’s part of what makes CrossFit fun- there’s always something to work on and get better at.  No matter where you are in your CrossFit journey, there will always be those moments when you realize that when you work hard progress happens. As you continue with CrossFit, take time to enjoy those moments where you see progress.  Maybe it’s your first double under, a new PR, or finishing a WOD prescribed for the first time.  Embrace your progress, set goals, and know that if you work hard now and stick with it, this time next year you’ll be doing things you never thought you could.

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