Pausing Overhead Squat
Moderate Set of 2
400 Meter Run
15 Overhead Squats (95/65)
“Nancy” is one of the many well known CrossFit main-site benchmark workouts. When you think of some of the most effective workouts lout there, they tend to be fairly simple. The benchmark workouts like Fran, Diane, and Nancy are all couplets performed for time that allow athletes to measure their fitness through repeated testing over time. In order to hit the correct stimulus, athletes should choose a light weight that they could complete 20+ repetitions when fresh, and within 1-2 sets each round during the workout without a doubt. It is better to go too light on the overhead squat and keep moving quickly than being limited by the weight on the barbell.
For athletes who struggle with overhead squats, using a PVC pipe, a band, or empty barbell will be the best option to improve their mechanics. While the weight will be lighter, these athletes can create amazing intensity by pushing the runs hard. We will have an opportunity to dial in the overhead squat by building to a moderate set of 2 with a pause to start things out. If unable to run, complete a 500/400 Meter Row.