Pro Tip #34

We’d like to share some Pro Tips with y’all from time to time, and hopefully you find at least one of them beneficial.

The #34, by the way, is completely arbitrary, hahaha!

Anyway, here’s one of my most favorite Pro Tips that may help a lot of you in the workouts, and especially in the Open:

When breaking up a unit into smaller sets, make your first set the largest set, then the next set a little smaller, and any other sets following even smaller and smaller.

For example, the workout “Fran” consists of 21-15-9 reps of Thrusters and Pull ups.

So, maybe instead of doing it in repetitive sets, like 7-7-7, 5-5-5, and 3-3-3, try doing them in 10-7-4, 9-4-2, and 5-4. The big psychological aspect of this strategy is that you will be much more likely to rest less and go for it knowing you have a smaller set to complete in front of you. Whereas, knowing you have the same number over and over again, and yet you are getting more tired with each set, can be discouraging and downright frustrating, which then of course leads to longer resting!

It’s all a mind game! ;-)

Here’s another example:

3 RFT
400m Run
30 KBS
15 Box Jumps

Maybe tackle it by doing 15 KBS, then 10 KBS, and then 5. Or, maybe you can do 20 and 10. Or 15, then 9, then 6.

Now… When it’s a WOD like “Murph” where you have 100, 200, and 300 reps, it may actually be better to do consistent sets, like 10 x 10 of the pull ups. Or, maybe apply the same strategy like this: 5 x 10, then 5 x 6, and then 5 x 4 for the pull ups.

Bottom line - Think about your rep scheme and what will get you to move the fastest with the shortest amount of rest. Hope this helps!

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