What makes rowing popular with elite athletes and CrossFitters is exactly what many in the general fitness population dislike about it: your weaknesses cannot be hidden on the rowing machine. It is a human polygraph of physical and mental performance. Stroke for stroke, you are provided with feedback that both reveals any weak spots and very visibly demonstrates the relationship between performance and proper technique. —Angela Hart, "Rowing Technique," CFJWatch
♀ 35 lb ♂ 45 lb
If your Jackie time is greater than 8 minutes, or you’ve never completed the workout, perform it as written above. If you do have a fast time on record, consider scaling up the thruster and pull-ups to something similar to the Games finale.
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The benchmark Jackie is meant to be performed at very high intensity. Reduce the distance of the row and the weight of the bar to ensure you can push the pace. Modify the pull-ups so you can crank out large sets that test your conditioning.
♀ 22 lb ♂ 35 lb
20 assisted pull-ups
♀ 12 lb ♂ 22 lb