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Why Doing Diane Unbroken in 18.4 is Not Faster

March 15, 2018 by
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Conventional box wisdom suggests that going unbroken equates to a faster time. On single modality workouts like Karen — 150 wall balls for time — that is definitely true. But in workouts with multiple movements across several rounds, it’s the work:rest ratio which actually equates to a faster time or higher score.

During the 18.4 live announcement, Bjorgvin Gudmundsson beat Scott Panchik on part 1 of 18.4 by doing Diane unbroken, but only by 10 seconds. Panchik on the other hand, broke up the deadlifts six times in part 1, then another 10 times in part 2. By doing so he conserved energy, increased his work:rest ratio and ultimately beat Gudmundsson by 54 seconds.

Parts 1 and 2 of 18.4 are not scored separately so going unbroken on Diane is more likely to hurt you total score in the end.

1
PANCHIKGUDMUNDSSON
2
MOVEMENTREPSTIMETIME/ROUNDBREAKSTIMETIME/ROUNDBREAKS
3
21 Deadlift @ 225210:320:3230:290:290
4
21 HSPU421:100:3800:590:300
5
15 Deadlift @ 225571:380:2821:280:290
6
15 HSPU722:140:3602:000:320
7
9 Deadlift @ 225812:300:1612:200:200
8
9 HSPU902:540:2402:440:240
9
Part 1 (Diane)2:540:2962:440:270
10
21 Deadlift @ 3151114:161:2254:181:347
11
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
1214:420:2605:030:450
12
15 Deadlift @ 3151365:541:1246:131:103
13
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
1466:220:2806:470:340
14
9 Deadlift @ 3151556:490:2717:260:391
15
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
1657:110:2208:050:390
16
Part 24:170:43105:210:5411
17
TOTALS1657:110:36168:050:4011

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