Strict Strength For years, people have demanded strength tests in the CrossFit Games Open, but my guess is the calls most often came from the barbell crew, not the gymnasts. Heavy deadlifts or a max squat would likely please that crowd. But instead we got a straight-up test of upper-body strength in 19.3—which is fine with me. The handstand push-up—”headstand push-up” to gymnasts—is actually just an inverted partial-range-of-motion body-weight barbell press. It requires a significant degree of strength, and the actual amount depends on your body weight. With that in mind, it might be tempting to say the workout favoured smaller athletes, but I don’t think any short people enjoyed the box step-ups very much. If anything, I think shorter athletes had to perform more lunges and disadvantaged step-ups until they got to make up some ground at the wall. Most didn’t get past that, so the handstand walk is irrelevant. Overall, I think the workout actually favoured athletes with balanced levels of strength and conditioning. All-around athletes. Sounds like a pretty good CrossFit workout, right? Read “19.Too Strong”
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Strict Strength: CrossFit Games Workout 19.3 Analysis
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