CrossFit Journal Article:
This is a video of Test #1 350lb Bench Press & 35 Pull-ups = 12,250
I didn't have much time so only did test once. I feel I could get a 360lb bench and 40 pull-ups. My pull-up bar is low so I had to keep my knees bent while pulling up.
Test 1: Bench Press 1 rep followed by max set of Pull-ups
Performance: Ramp up to a one-rep max and within 30 seconds of racking the lift begin the pull-ups. Any grip is allowed on the pull-ups as long as the range of motion is complete - all the way up and down.
Scoring: Multiply the bench press load in pounds by the number of pull-ups completed.
Modifications: Where needed use an assisted pull-up device such as a “Gravitron.”
Character: This tests the upper body for both absolute and relative strength and stamina.
Workout: This test can be practiced as a workout of three to five repetitions of the
test, resting between efforts as needed.
Test 2: Clean and Jerk 15 Reps
Performance: There is no time limit, but the weight cannot be rested on the ground. Resting at the hang, rack, or overhead is O.K. At the ground, the athlete must touch and go. Technique is otherwise not critical.
Scoring: The score is exactly the load lifted.
Modifications: There are no modifications needed for this test.
Character: This classic movement is traditionally an excellent test of overall strength, but when performed at 15 reps becomes an extraordinary metabolic challenge as evidenced by max heart and respiratory rate.
Workout: This test can be practiced as a workout by completing the test and then repeating at twelve and nine reps with the same load, resting between efforts as needed.
Test 3: Tabata Squat followed by 4 minutes of Muscle-ups
Performance: After the eighth Tabata Squat interval the athlete gets ten more seconds of rest and then has 4 minutes to complete as many muscle-ups as possible. The muscle-ups need not be consecutive, i.e., without rest. All squats must be from below parallel to full extension of the hip and leg.
Scoring: The test score is the Tabata Squat score (weakest number of squats in each of eight intervals of twenty seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest) multiplied by the number of muscle-ups completed within four minutes. Total time for test: 8 minutes.
Modifications: With regard to the muscle-up, there are two possibilities for adaptation. One is to assist manually - someone pushing the athlete up. The other is to replace the muscle-up with four minutes of pull-ups and dips.
Character: The Tabata Squat is a CrossFit classic testing both athletic hip function as well as aerobic and anaerobic capacity. The muscle-up is arguably the single best upper body exercise. This combination alone is suggestive of an athlete’s total fitness.
Workout: This test can be practiced as a workout by completing the test and then repeating after an extended rest.
Test 4: Deadlift 1 RM followed by a max set of Handstand Push-ups
Performance: Ramp up to a one-rep max and within 30 seconds of completing the deadlift begin the handstand push-ups. The handstand push-ups must bring the ears below the hands so they needs to be done on parallel bars, parallettes, or some other raised platform like chairs or books. Using the wall for balance is O.K.
Scoring: Multiply the deadlift load in pounds by the number of handstand push-ups completed.
Modifications: There are two options for modification of this test. The first is to provide manual assistance to the handstand push-ups. Typically, this is done by lifting the athlete by the calves or ankles. Alternately, where even the handstand is a challenge, the substitute exercise is a shoulder press.
Character: This duo represents a reasonable estimate of an athlete’s total strength - relative and absolute, upper and lower body.
Workout: This test can be practiced as a workout of three to five repetitions of the test, resting in between efforts as needed.
Test 5: Run 800 meters, Thrusters 75 lbs x 21 reps, “L” Pull-ups 21 reps
Performance: The thruster must originate from a full squat each rep. The “L” pull-ups are pull-ups with the legs extended straight out in front of the athlete. Any pull-up where the heels fall below the butt or the legs bend other than slightly is disallowed. The thruster and “L” pull-ups need not be performed consecutively, i.e. without breaking. Any grip is O.K. for the pull-up, but the range of motion must be complete.
Scoring: The entire effort is timed from the start of the run to the last pull-up. A time is returned in minutes and seconds.
Modifications: Where necessary, the load for the thrusters may be reduced and the “L” pull-ups can be assisted by gently lifting the heels or allowing a “sloppy L.” For those not able to perform a pull-up, an assisted pull-up device may be used.
Character: This test is classic CrossFit. The combination of a monostructural metabolic exercise (running) combined with a high demand weightlifting movement (Thruster: front squat/push press), and a super demanding bodyweight movement (“L” pull-up), all for time, is distinctly CrossFit and is directly indicative of an athlete’s total capacity.
Workout: This test can be practiced as a workout by performing the test and repeating after an extended rest.