For the last few years, we’ve done the 12 Days of Christmas workout at CrossFit Continuum in the days before Xmas. Sometimes it’s on Christmas Eve. Sometimes it’s a day or two before that. But since at least 2015 it’s been part of the tradition.
This year it was just me from our clan heading to the box to do the deed a few days before Xmas, but I went in — just like we did in 2015, 2016, and 2017… My girls were sleeping in to recover from crazy weeks at the end of their respective semesters. My wife was working. And I was definitely not alone in the madness. Much of our CrossFit family was there with me. 🙂
Drea & Jimmy, Nick & Lisa, Lara & Jordan, Larry, Caleb & Megan, Megan F, Clara, Heather, John, Marino, Aileen, Emily, Shaun & Stacy, and more… we had people all over the place. 🙂 As Jimmy put it, it was a bit of “controlled chaos” — emphasis on the chaos! Plus — we started with sunshine and ended with a snowstorm. It was definitely one of the first days of winter!
We did a little warm-up and divvied up into halves… one half of the gym was mostly the “Naughty” workout and the other was “Nice.” We both got our butts kicked. 🙂
Caleb and I sort of shared an area. This wasn’t a team workout, but we shared equipment and space due to the crazy number of bodies. We had some space on the wall for wall balls, two bars (one 135# and one 95#), and just kind of went for it.
My version of the Naughty workout (scaled) went like this:
- 12 Days of Christmas
- 1 Deadlift 135#
- 2 Pike Push-ups
- 3 Front Squats 95#
- 4 Pull-ups (kipping)
- 5 Shoulder-to-overhead 95#
- 6 Wall Balls 20#
- 7 Back Squats 95#
- 8 Sit-ups
- 9 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 95#
- 10 Push-ups
- 11 Thrusters 95# (I dropped to 11 Front Squats during “Day 12” because I couldn’t get my arms over my head at this point)
- 12 1200m “run” (really I walked all but about 200m of the whole thing)
It took me 49 minutes to complete this year. And I really debated just giving up after the run (in the snow that was just starting to fall at that point) — I was struggling with both shoulders by then. But after I did the front squats, things started to loosen up again and I was able to get my shoulders moving again.
We had a fun time as always and my time was about the same as always for this workout (though it changes every year):
- 2018 – 49:00 (scaled to 95#)
- 2017 – 44:00 (scaled to 95#)
- 2016 – 58:34 (went heavier with 115#)
- 2015 – DNF (over an hour)
I think figuring out I should scale in 2017 made this workout much more fun in the long run. And I kept moving much better this year than I have some years — so maybe this old Grinch is learning something. 🙂
Great work everybody! Y’all “sleighed” it. 😀