When I gathered with friends to watch the announcement of the 15.4 workout, I was a bit confused.
I knew I wasn’t going to be subjected to Handstand Push-Ups (HSPU), but I thought Dave Castro said scaled would do Push-ups. Many of my buddies thought they heard the same thing.
So we were a bit surprised when we saw the web page said Push Press, though we all agreed that Push Press made much more sense, since it employs the same muscles.
We all were amused by the prospect of the scoring too. There is a lot going on trying to judge these HSPU’s, head’s gotta hit the floor, body’s gotta lock-out, feet gotta go over the mark. And the rep scheme can get confusing in the heat of the moment.
So for a guy who can’t do a simple WOD without someone else to count my reps, I was pleased to see scaled athletes get a 10 and 10 Rep Scheme over the 8 minute period. That’s easier to wrap my head around, whether I am the victim, er, I mean, the athlete, or the judge.
For Men’s Masters 60+ my weight for Push Press is 65 pounds. For Cleans, it’s 75 pounds. I can handle those weights just fine. That makes me confident I can do the WOD.
What is the missing variable in my mind, is the effect of the reps over the 8 minute period. I believe I can knock out the first round reasonably well. The real test will be when I get back on the barbell for the second round of Push Presses. Then the third and fourth. I see the barbell starting to get rather heavy as the WOD grinds you down, and fatigue settles in.
I haven’t seen anyone posting Scaled Masters scores online yet, so I really cannot predict what is a reasonable expectation. Call me overly optimistic, but I am hoping to get through four full rounds. That’s 80 reps.
Is that even reasonable? Is it ridiculously high? Is it extremely conservative? I don’t know.
What I do know is that I already found the photo and added a caption, so I’ll stick with it. Let’s see what reality brings. 18 hours from now I’ll know.
Have fun with 15.4. Stay Defiant! Stay Well!