Carse workout

Carse Crossfit Workout

Overview of the Carse Workout

The Carse workout is named after U.S. Army Corporal Nathan B. Carse, who died in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. This workout was created in his honor and is often performed on Memorial Day. It involves a combination of running, weightlifting, and bodyweight exercises. The workout is known for its high level of difficulty and is often used in CrossFit competitions.

Carse Workout: Workout Description

  • 800-meter run
  • 50 back squats (135 pounds for men, 95 pounds for women)
  • 50 pull-ups
  • 50 shoulder-to-overheads (135 pounds for men, 95 pounds for women)
  • 50 sit-ups

The workout is scored by the total time it takes to complete all the movements.

Carse Workout: Workout Variations and Scaling Options

  • Reducing the weight of the back squats and shoulder-to-overheads
  • Using a resistance band or assisted pull-up machine for the pull-ups
  • Reducing the number of repetitions for each movement

It is important to choose a scaling option that still provides a challenge but allows for proper form and technique.

Carse Workout: Tips and Strategies

  • Start with a steady pace on the run to conserve energy for the weightlifting and bodyweight exercises.
  • Break up the back squats and shoulder-to-overheads into smaller sets to avoid burnout.
  • Use a kipping motion for the pull-ups to conserve energy and increase efficiency.
  • Take short breaks as needed during the sit-ups to avoid muscle fatigue.

It is also recommended to warm up properly before starting the workout and to cool down and stretch afterward.

Carse Workout: Athlete Performance

  • Beginner: 45-60 minutes
  • Intermediate: 35-45 minutes
  • Advanced: 25-35 minutes


The Carse workout is a challenging and intense workout that honors the sacrifice of a fallen soldier. While it may seem daunting, with proper scaling and pacing, anyone can complete this workout and reap the benefits of improved fitness and endurance.