10 Weakness Destroying AMRAP Workouts for CrossFit Scaled and Foundations Athletes

Eliminate your weaknesses with these challenging CrossFit workouts.


AMRAP in 20 minutes

Pull a random card and perform the number of reps of the corresponding movement for that card.

  • Hearts = Push-Ups
  • Spades = Jump Lunges
  • Diamonds = Sit-Ups
  • Clubs = Air Squats
  • Jokers = 15 Burpees


  • Aces = 1 rep
  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13 reps

Start a 20-minute clock and immediately pull a random card from the deck. Perform the number of reps of the corresponding movement for that card. For example, if you draw 7 of Spades, perform 7 Jump Lunges. Draw another card and perform the corresponding movements as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.

Score is the total number of repetitions completed before the 20-minute clock expires.


Five 3-minute AMRAPs in 19 minutes

AMRAP in 3 minutes

  • 3 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)
  • 6 Push-Ups
  • 9 Air Squats

Then Rest 1 minute

  • Repeat 5 times

Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible (AMRAP) in 3 minutes of the prescribed work in the order written, then rest 1 minute. Repeat five times.

– Official scoring: After each 3-minute cycle, start over. Record the score (rounds+reps) individually for each of the five AMRAPs.*
– Common scoring: After each 3-minute cycle, start where you left off at the end of the previous cycle. Record total rounds and reps completed.

Good Scores for “The Chief” (common method)
– Beginner: 11-15 rounds
– Intermediate: 16-21 rounds
– Advanced: 22-27 rounds
– Elite: 28+ rounds

*For the ‘official’ scoring method, @beyondthewhiteboard shared how they calculate and compare scores by converting each round’s score to a fraction. For example: 1 round = (3/3 PC’s + 6/6 PU’s + 9/9 Squats)/3. If you got 2 rounds on the first cycle, but on cycle 2 you only got through 1 round + (3/3 PC’s + 6/6 PU’s + 4/9 Squats)/3, you did 1.815 rounds for the second cycle. Total score would be sum of the scores from each AMRAP.

Tips and Strategy

Go fast and hard in round 1 (around 85-90% of your max speed) and note your total rounds/reps. Commit to getting the same score in rounds 2-5 as you do in round 1. Go unbroken on the Power Cleans. Take big breaths during the Rest period to slow your heart rate down.

If you can, have someone keep your score. There are a lot of rounds and reps and clocks to mind in this workout–having someone keep track of the score/clock allows you to focus on the workout.

Intended Stimulus

“The Chief” is meant to feel really uncomfortable. Almost anytime there is built-in rest in a workout Interval style, it means that the “working portion” is meant to be done fast. And since the rounds in this benchmark WOD are only 3 minutes long, you’ve got to go hard and ideally unbroken. At the end of this workout, everything in your body should be burning–“The Chief” hits the lower body, upper body, core, and lungs.

Scaling Options

“The Chief” is meant to be performed fast. This WOD has built-in rest so athletes can push hard during the work phase. The load should feel moderate. Scale the load, the volume, or the skill level (see: Push-Up Scaling) so you can perform unbroken sets throughout the workout.


Five 3-Minute AMRAPs in 19 minutes
3 Power Cleans (75/55 lb)
6 Incline Push-Ups
9 Air Squats

Rest 1 minute. Repeat 5 times.

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