Journey to the Games: 13.3 with Gemma

In a matter of weeks, I have gone from knowing nothing about CrossFit to being an avid follower of Gemma’s journey and others that I come across on Facebook and Twitter. Part of me is intrigued by what look like very difficult / technical moves which I would like to attempt, and another part of me wants to run screaming for the hills at the thought of it! Lets catch up with Gemma and Workout 13.3 as well as finding out what’s in store next week with 13.4!

…First up…lets get acquainted with these moves…

What is a double under?
A double under is a popular exercise done on a jump rope in which the rope makes two passes per jump instead of just one. It is significantly more effective than a single rope pass in that it allows for higher work capacity.

What is a muscle up?
The muscle-up is a basic gymnastic skill, done on gymnastics rings or a pullup bar, where one executes a powerful pullup followed by a transition directly into a dip.

13.3 was released on the Thursday; Gemma used this day as a rest day as well as an opportunity to plan a strategy! The rest of her weekend looked like this:

Friday 22nd
Muscle up progression, kip practice and double unders for time, as quickly as possible

Gemma’s broken rope- that’s how hard she worked it!

Saturday 23rd
After teaching a very cold Burgess Park Nike Training Club class, I spent the afternoon preparing for the workout, foam rolling, muscle up progression and gained some very bruised arms. As they say, no pain, no gain!!!

Sunday 24th
1st attempt with a 16lb ball not ideal got through 121 wall balls
2nd attempt with a 14lb ball completed all 150 and moved onto the double unders and got to 90 but only had seconds to go with no muscle ups.
After I made mycompetition submission I tried again just to push myself and I managed 3 muscle ups at the end. Even though this didn’t count, it gives me self satisfaction and more determination for 13.4!

This workout doesn’t look hard compared to the others but throwing a ball the size of a baby 9ft in the air 150 times tests your arm strength.

You can follow Gemma’s progress via twitter (@GoodtoTone) or Facebook. She’ll be sharing tips and video techniques to help you master pull ups, kip pull ups and the muscle up.

Before we leave you…here’s a preview of what’s lined up for workout 13.4:

Until next week…

Elle 😉



  1. Justine Currie
    March 31, 2013 / 21:02

    LOVE this. Makes me want to get properly back into Crossfit. p.s. Your blog design is looking brill xx

    • Elle Linton
      April 2, 2013 / 11:08

      You're telling me! As insane as all of these moves are I still wanna give it a go! If you decide to go…let me know, I'd love to come with! I'm back for the last two weeks of April! …and thanks 😉 I had a little tidy up! Xxx

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