“Angie”

I did “Angie” on Tuesday morning this week.

“Angie” is the first and most basic of the original “benchmark” workouts (aka “The Girls”) used in CrossFit (see CrossFit Journal Sep. 2003).

“Angie” is composed entirely of callisthenic exercises. It consists of one round of

100 pull ups, followed by
100 sit ups, followed by
100 push ups, followed by
100 squats

In that order. Do the entire number of reps in each exercise before moving on to the next. Break into sets as necessary to complete. Record total time.

I did this workout using a medium weight rubber band on the pull-ups, and did the other exercises unassisted of course. My total time was 33 min 34 seconds.

My time was relatively slow by “CrossFit” standards.

Besides offering opportunities for training and conditioning, the benchmark workouts are utilized by individual athletes to track progress over time, and as a means for comparing “intensity” between athletes. Intensity is defined as “power output” using the formula power = (work X distance) / time.

The fastest time at our affiliate was coach Corey, who completed “Angie” in just over 14 minutes. (!) Although Corey and I are different in height and weight, and he didn’t use a rubber-band assist on his pull ups, we can still compare our Angie times and get a quick idea of the difference in power output (intensity) between our respective workouts. That’s because the element of time has the greatest effect on the value of “power output,” whereas height and weight affect the work and distance numbers a bit, but not too much. Discounting height and weight difference, his intensity (power output) was close to DOUBLE mine. I also note that he is in his late 20’s, and I am 40, but the formula doesn’t take age into account.

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