When I stepped into the gym last Saturday to watch the showdown of athletes I didn't know what to expect. I had seen the 18.2 workout posted on the CrossFit website, and I knew it wasn't going to be easy; but until I actually witnessed the struggle and determination on the athletes' faces I had no idea just how difficult it was. Check out the video HERE
The 18.2 took it from 0-100 real fast. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 of dumbbell squats to over the bar burpees, for time. Once you finish that, you go for a one rep max clean. You have all of 12 minutes to complete this. Meaning it's in your best interest to complete the first portion as fast as you can, without burning yourself out too much, so that you can have more time to get a higher weight on the clean. The scoring is based on how quickly the 1-10 is finished as well as the max weight that is cleaned. All pretty crazy if you ask me.
Normally, the mentality behind hitting a 1RM is to be as fresh as possible. No pump, rested, steady breathing, calm and collected. And you normally don't do much volume before hitting a 1RM. You want save as much energy and have as much endurance as possible to put into it. There is also typically a very organized progression leading up to the 1RM. The 18.2 breaks all these norms.
The 18.2 aims to exhaust your cardio endurance and pump up your legs before that 1RM. By the end of the 1-10 your legs are shaking, your heart is beating out of your chest, you're breathing heavy, and it's all you can do to fight off the endorphin high preventing you from focusing on getting that bar off the ground. It truly is a game of will. You almost have to switch your brain off and on again to continue. It was incredible to witness. The current 2018 CrossFit Games Leaderboard can be found HERE.