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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
PANCHIK GUDMUNDSSON
2
MOVEMENT REPS TIME TIME/ROUND BREAKS TIME TIME/ROUND BREAKS
3
21 Deadlift @ 225 21 0:32 0:32 3 0:29 0:29 0
4
21 HSPU 42 1:10 0:38 0 0:59 0:30 0
5
15 Deadlift @ 225 57 1:38 0:28 2 1:28 0:29 0
6
15 HSPU 72 2:14 0:36 0 2:00 0:32 0
7
9 Deadlift @ 225 81 2:30 0:16 1 2:20 0:20 0
8
9 HSPU 90 2:54 0:24 0 2:44 0:24 0
9
Part 1 (Diane) 2:54 0:29 6 2:44 0:27 0
10
21 Deadlift @ 315 111 4:16 1:22 5 4:18 1:34 7
11
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
121 4:42 0:26 0 5:03 0:45 0
12
15 Deadlift @ 315 136 5:54 1:12 4 6:13 1:10 3
13
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
146 6:22 0:28 0 6:47 0:34 0
14
9 Deadlift @ 315 155 6:49 0:27 1 7:26 0:39 1
15
50 Ft. Handstand Walk
165 7:11 0:22 0 8:05 0:39 0
16
Part 2 4:17 0:43 10 5:21 0:54 11
17
TOTALS 165 7:11 0:36 16 8:05 0:40 11

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