The RX weight for Men is 155lbs, which is manageable during that first round, but somewhere in the second & beyond, time slows to a painful crawl and even seems to mock you (me) for the rest of the WOD.
There is a theory about people who habitually practice long, slow running … they get decent at running slow for long distances. This probably isn’t what motivates anyone to run, and the same theory applies to DT. Even if 155lbs doesn’t feel crazy heavy, you’ll never go fast unless you practice going fast.
For this type of training, I like to drop the weight a lot, and develop speed. Go at 65lbs, go at 75lbs, just go for speed in each round. If you can manage 27 reps at or near 30 seconds, it is time to move up in weight … but not before you hit your target time.
My target time is 30 seconds because the first time I tried this training modality, I hit sub-40 on all my attempts. But, I also videoed myself and noticed some inconsistencies in technique … which I’m betting will get me sub-30 per round with enough dedicated focus.
Sub-30 is just a guideline based on my experience of a round at lower than RX weight. Find your time and work with it.
We all want to be stronger, but the ability to move faster & with greater efficiency should totally align with our journey for Strength.