In seven short minutes, athletes will ascend a ladder of increasing reps of clean and jerks and toes-to-bar.
Open Workout 13.4 has been announced by Dave Castro live from CrossFit TNT in St. Charles, Mo.
Many were hoping the chest-to-bar Fran ladder would not show up in the Open this year. Well, it didn't. But, 13.4 is the same ladder sequence, just with clean and jerks and toes-to-bar.
For seven short minutes, athletes will ascend a ladder of increasing reps of clean and jerks and toes-to-bar. The weight of the barbell remains constant at a Grace weight, while the reps start with threes and go up by three each round. Once you get past the 12 reps of clean and jerks, you've completed the classic CrossFit workout Grace — 30 clean and jerks for time — on top of all those toes-to-bar.
The ascending ladder scheme creates a very different challenge from the more common descending rep schemes like 21-15-9 where the volume decreases as muscular stamina becomes a factor. Now, we have just the opposite. The volume increases as you fatigue. Go out too fast and forced rest will eat up the last few minutes of precious time.
This is the second to last event in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open. The battle for worldwide and regional rankings is fierce. Don't forget to submit your score by 5 p.m. PT Sunday, March 31. No exceptions will be made.
Good luck, and go hard!