Crossfit Helen

by Kilo on January 3, 2011

If you’re not familiar with Crossfit, most of the workouts have Girl’s names. Meaning, the workout in the video of is Crossfit Helen. When Helen is the workout of the day (WOD), most of the people following Crossfit will do the same workout that day, scaled as needed.

Here is what Helen actually is:

  • Three rounds for time:
  • Run 400 meters

The guy in the video above does all of that in fewer than seven minutes. I am not saying that he isn’t fit or strong. I spent two years watching people do CF workouts nearly every day at the gym where I was a kettlebell instructor.I’ve done all the WODs.

But I still want nothing to do with Helen Crossfit. It just doesn’t match up with my own goals. But I can admire the athletes.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Gee February 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Pullups questionable. Best part was kbs. What weight?


Kilo February 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Not sure Gee, but we agree about the kbs.


BAFH March 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

KB swings were 24kg – approx 53lbs. Pullups aren’t questionable. Crossfit pullups prescribed are dead hang, kipping or butterfly. What ever works for you. In fact Crossfittes prefer kipping or butterfly because it is more of a full body workout. The work performed is the same. From arms fully extended to chin over the bar (unless chest to bar is prescribed). Dead hang is more of an isolation exercise and isolation exercises are a no-no in crossfit. Don’t serve the overall fitness requirements. Plus, the purpose of this workout, just like Fran, is to bust it as fast as you can. Hence there are no “heavy” weights…


SNSHN July 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Whoever wrote this clearly has no idea what CrossFit is all about. I challenge you to try this workout and then decide how fit/strong the guy in the video is. If you do decide to try Helen, don’t rest between reps or rounds. Do the whole thing “balls to the wall”. I guarantee you, you’re entire body will be smoked.


Kilo July 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

You could not be more wrong.

I watched Crossfit workouts every single day for two years in the gym where I was teaching kettlebell classes. I’ve tried all of the workouts and know they are excruciatingly difficult. I have watched athletes prepare themselves for the Regionals and Nationals and I know what they put into it.

CF does not match up with any of my personal goals, so I don’t do it.

Did someone say that doing the workout wouldn’t “smoke” them? I sure didn’t.


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