Getting Dirty


Getting Dirty


Thursday we will preform the CrossFit chipper known as the Filthy 50.  Below is my write up on the workout from 2013.  We will give a 40 minute cap.  That’s on the long end of a workout.  In the 1 hour class period, ed that only allows for a quick warm up, stuff a review of the movements, pharm maybe a super quick bathroom break and 3-2-1 go.

The 50 is tough because it’s long.  There is nothing overly technical or heavy.  Fast athletes will finish in the 15-20 minute range.  Obviously, this can take longer than 20 minutes, so we will cap it at 40 minutes.

For fit athletes, the 50 is all about pacing.  HINT – the secret of the 50 lies in the final piece.  The Wallball/Burpee combo at the end is…memorable.  You will hit those WB fatigued, and it will make the burpees feel like you’re moving in sand.

I would suggest going out a little slower than sprint, like 85% of Rate Perceived of Exertion (RPE).  This doesn’t mean you can’t/shouldn’t go unbroken on early movements – you should, if possible.  Try to find a relaxed pace to perform the jumping movements.  If you find you are grinding early (like to get through the swings) you may want to take a break.

If you are confident, and want to push your pace early, you can try to blast through the jumping pullups, the swings, the lunges, push press and back extensions.

I would suggest methodical box jumps, working the KTE in planned sets – just like TTB.  Usually the KTE feel alike you are moving incredibly slow once you have blazed through the opening movements.  Try to stick to a plan, and use the clock for for rest breaks.


I would definitely have a plan for Wallballs.  If you can do 20 or more straight here, you are a machine.  I suggest planned sets of 15 or 10, but I have found this tough to maintain in the past.  Wallballs are weird for me, and there are different strategies.  I prefer manageable sets, as the lactic acid builds quickly in my legs and shoulders.  AJ Zambruno has told me that picking up the ball and standing around wears him out, and he would rather blast through whatever set is ahead.  We employed many strategies on WB in the Open, liking pinching the ball against the wall and resting so you don’t have to pick it up again.  That may be appropriate here.


Once you get here, just go and keep going.  You can always do 1 more burpee.  I am going to fight like hell to maintain a tight midline and do my gymnastic style of burpee.  Last time, that fell apart at like, 3 in.  But hey, you gotta try, right?


I say all the time that if you want to be good at something at CrossFit, you have to be good at it exhausted.  Well, here you go.  If you have good doubleunders, you will just have to maintain composure and get them done.  If you struggle with DU, you may find them harder than normal, as you’re sucking for air and your heart rate is jacked.  The end is nigh, but you’re not done.  Slow down, take the extra time to gather your composure and knock these out in big sets.


It’s hard to actually scale the movements in this WOD – they are already scaled down versions of stuff we do all the time, but there are still things we can do.  We can lower the height of the Box Jump.  You could scale the Knees to Elbows to Knees up from the hang, or even sit ups.  Doubleunders can be scaled to attempts or singles.

More than scaling the movement, you should think about scaling the reps.  Scaling to 30 of everything is an excellent way to reduce the likelihood that you will get bogged down on 1 thing.  If you are brand new, I would consider scaling down to 20 reps.  The Dirty 30 or the Terrible 20 stills sounds like…fun???

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Workout of the Day

“Filthy 50”

For time:

50 Box jump, 24/20

50 Jumping pull-ups

50 Kettlebell swings, 35/25

Walking Lunge, 50 steps

50 Knees to elbows

50 Push press, 45 pounds

50 Back extensions (Supermans)

50 Wall ball shots, 20/14

50 Burpees

50 Double unders