16.2 of the 2016 CrossFit Open has been announced and it is certainly one you will need a strategy for. The workout is a 4 min A.M.R.A.P with a twist. If you haven’t had a chance to see the 16.2 workout yet, check out the video below with all the information and movement standards. Have you planned out how you are going to approach the workout yet? Have you set yourself a target? In order to well in this workout it is crucially important to strategise. Don’t worry, as Ireland’s No.1 ranked CrossFitter (who is currently sitting at No.1 in Ireland after 16.1) and Chapter 2 Fitness Coach, Jamie Headon has shared his tips on how to take on 16.2. If you missed his tips on how to take on 16.1 and what he found tough, check out our blog here.
Jamie Headon 16.2 Tips and Strategies.
1. Open hand Grip on the Toes to Bar
You want to stay relaxed through the forearms. This will stop you from tightly griping and pulling on the bar and should help with a tighter swing where you can concentrate on breathing.
2: Move from the start
This is a fast workout and your heart rate will shoot up very early on in the WOD. Unless you think you will finish the workout I would not be overly concerned with pacing. Move with purpose and get as much time in the bank as possible for the later rounds.
3: Break up the T2B:
Don’t force reps. Hit comfortable sets but keep moving. No need to max out to do an unbroken round. This will only leave you messing up your double under’s or needing to rest before you even start them.
“The main thing, hit it pretty damn hard!”
4. Stay by the bar
Don’t let bad habits creep in. Drop the bar but stay by it, a couple of breaths and go again. Walking backward and forwards only wastes time and does nothing for recovery.
5 No Belts
Unless the weight is very heavy for you, don’t belt up. It is hard enough to breathe without a belt tightly wrapped around your abdomen. The process of taking it on and off will only waste time and cause you to rest longer than necessary.
6. Go Hard!
This one is straight forward Go Hard Or Go Home.
Check out the video below to see Jamie in action during 16.2 and his description of how to do your best.
You can find a full list of all all the different versions including scaled versions of 16.2 of the CrossFit Open here. Jamie took on 16.2 this morning and was happy with the results. Also don’t forget that if your taking part in the 2016 CrossFit Open you can’t miss Jamie’s blog on tips you can apply to the whole Open. Check out Jamie’s 5 key tips on doing your best in the Open.