Ah “Helen”… the last time we did “Helen” I didn’t Rx the KB swings and it took me just under 13 min. This time around, we started with a challenging warm up (our warm up is YOUR workout, right?) which was 3 rounds of:

  • 30 double unders
  • 10 push ups
  • 1 min hand stand hold

We then went to “Helen”. At the request of one of the coaches (the cutest one, by far), I started off with the 2 pood big boy. If you don’t know what “Helen” is, it is 3 rounds of:

  • 400m run
  • 21 KB Swings (2 pood RX+ (1 round), 1.5 pood Rx (2 rounds))
  • 12 pull ups

My time this go round was 17:44.

After this, we did a strength WOD of:

  • 5 – 5 – 5 push press

My weights were 95#, 135#, and finally 155#.

The good.

I did a little bit better at the double unders than I thought I would. I also did all minutes of the hand stands without breaking. The push presses went pretty well. I would have liked to have tried 165#, but I was really just done by the time we got there.

The bad.

“Helen” was rough. By the time I swung the 2 pood 21 times, I pretty much felt like I was DONE. After that first round, I went down to the 1.5 pood, but still came in just about 5 minutes longer than my previous “Helen” time. Suck.


I felt really good up until I finished those 21 KB swings. After that, I was mentally finished. I am not sure how, I even finished the WOD.

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