2016 CrossFit Open: 16.2

In my last post I mentioned how I generally underestimate the difficulty CrossFit workouts, however upon the release of Open Workout 16.2 I did not under estimate this workout at all! I was genuinely scared of this beast of a workout.


4 minutes to complete

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

15 Squat Cleans at 135 lb

If you complete the above in 4 min you earn an extra 4 minutes to complete

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

13 Squat Cleans, 185 lb

If you complete the above in 8 min you earn an extra 4 minutes to complete

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

11 Squat Cleans, 225 lb

If you complete the above in 12 min you earn an extra 4 minutes to complete

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

9 Squat Cleans, 275 lb

If you complete the above in 16 min you earn an extra 4 minutes to complete25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

7 Squat Cleans, 315 lb

Stop the at 20 minutes


Even just completing the first round in 4 minutes was an incredibly daunting task. For a while I seriously considered doing the scaled version of the workout (knees to air, singles, and cleans starting at 95 lbs and maxing at 185), that is until I got called out from a few other gym members (#DBAP) who reminded me that the purpose of the Open is to test yourself and improve on your abilities. The Open pushes you to try things you normally wouldn’t and shows you what you are truly capable of. So after a little convincing I decided to do the workout has prescribed.

Going into this workout I’ve never strung together two reps of toes to bar in a row. Whenever Toes to Bar were in a normal WOD I’d always try a few, mess up, get frustrated and scale down to toes to air. So I was legitimately concerned that I may end up being stuck on Toes to Bar for 4 minutes and never even make it to the Squat Cleans. However while warming up I somehow managed to string together 3 reps and 5 reps, giving me a tiny bit of confidence heading into this workout.

I knew I wasn’t going to make it very far into this workout, therefore I tried to set myself a realistic goal. My goal was to complete the 1st round and if I could manage that then I hoped to get at least one Squat Cleans in the 2nd round. In order to achieve this goal I knew I had to go has hard and has fast as I could right out of the gates. Pacing wasn’t an option for me because I knew completing the first round in under 4 minutes would be tight.

I began the workout doing much better than I anticipated. I did 10 Toes to Bar in a row and I felt pretty damn good about that! I completed my 25 Toes to Bar and was already feeling the strains of the workout. I completed my 50 Double Unders, messing up a few times and moved on to the Squat Cleans. The 135 lb bar is not that heavy for me but doing 15 reps is a ton! Reps 10-15 were extremely tough. I remember looking up at the clock and seeing 3:50 (10 seconds left in the workout)  and I had 1 Squat Clean left to go before completing round 1 and earning another 4 minutes and proceeding onto round 2. I reached down heaved that bar off the ground and completed my final rep at 3:57!

Heading straight back to the toes to bar my heart felt like it was in my head and throat, everything was pulsing with each heartbeat. I was breathing heavily and I found it difficult to get my breathing under control while doing the Toes to Bar. Every time I brought my feet to the bar it felt like all the air was being pushed out of me and I struggled to get any of it back in. In the second round I was only able to manage singles for all 25 reps of Toes to Bar. This took a whole lot of time however I was able to complete them. I then had roughly a minute left in the workout for the 50 Double Unders and as many Squat Cleans as I could get. Messing up a couple times during the Double Under I finished all 50 reps at 7:57, leaving no time left for any Squat Cleans. My final score for the workout was 165 reps.

This workout was extremely tough and really escalated quickly. It was a sprint to complete the first round and then I just tried to hang on the best I could and keep moving in the second round. And as always I was absolutely exhausted after the 8 minutes having pushed my body to its limits.

Although I did not quite reach my goal of getting at least one Squat Clean at 185 lbs, I am still very proud of my performance. I managed to get past round 1 and more importantly I now know that I am capable of doing toes to bar! That’s what’s great about The Open, it really pushes you and shows you what you are capable of. Now the next time I see Toes to Bar in a workout, I will no longer shy away from them but instead I’ll attack them.


  1. Thanks for posting this . . . I’ve been doing crossfit for about a year now, and this is my first Open.
    I’ve been telling people about the experience, but it was super cool to relive your experience through this.

    1. You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked it! I’ll be making posts for the coming works, so be sure to come back for more!

      1. I’m utterly stoked to see your post for 16.3 I managed to kick out 10 snatches in 40 seconds . . . and then I hung on the bar for 6 minutes and 20 seconds attempting my first muscle up. (insert sad trombone here)

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