Today I went to my friend’s gym and did 18.2! 18.2 is the second work out for the Crossfit Open, so those hoping to advance try to get the beat scores with these work outs so they can advance. I’m not doing the open but I wanted to work out with my friend and it just so happens to be the Open, so I got to do the WOD!

There are 2 parts to this work out. The first part is a ladder of reps, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 dumbbell squats and bar facing burpees. This means you do a squat, then burpee facing a barbell, 2 squats, 2 burpees facing the bar (with a jump over the bar), and so on. The prescribed weight for the squats was 50 lbs for the men, 35 for the women. There is a 12 minute time cap to do all the rounds, so for the second part of the work out, whatever time you have left, you try and get a Max weight clean with the bar.

Now, I squat with the 35 lb dumbbells at home, so I thought this would be no problem. I was so wrong.

There is a huge difference between just doing a straight set of something, resting, and then picking the weight back up and going at it for another set, and doing a couple reps, doing burpees, and then doing another set. It kicked my butt!!!

I knew that it would get harder with each set, but after a couple, I really wish I scaled and got lighter dumbbells. They just seemed to get heavier and heavier. I had to set them down and pick them back up during my sets, which if course took up time and energy. Then I had to do the burpees.

I didn’t finish. I barely got in the set of 8 in the 12 minutes. I was a little frustrated with myself for not thinking things through when I decided to used the 35 lb dumbbells, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. It’s not like I was competing, so I have nothing to worry about! I still felt like I did awesome!

The trainer gave us a couple extra minutes at the end if we wanted to try our Max clean. Since I didn’t get to that part of the WOD, I was interested to see how I would do, especially with tired arms and legs. I haven’t touched a bar in almost a year, much less cleaned with one so I was really curious to see how I would do.

I didn’t keep very good track of how much weight I actually lifted, but I think I did pretty well! At this gym they do the weight in kilos instead of pounds, so I have no idea how many pounds I cleaned, but I felt like it was a pretty decent weight for not having done it in so long!

Anyway, that was my experience with 18.2! For those of you who have yet to so it, good luck! It’s one of those that at first you look at and think “It’s not so bad!” But when you’re doing it, it really hits you!


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