Improvement on the Road

I can definitely feel the sprinting in my hamstrings and glutes. Having fun this week without the weights, but I’ll be more than read to lift when I get home Saturday.

Hit the pavement by 8am…

  • 0.13 Mile Walk
  • 2 Mile Run
  • 0.4 Mile Walk

I mapped out this course before I took off using a service that uses Google Maps (, so I knew exactly where to turn around because it lined up perfectly with a side road. Back in April I ran a 15:58 and was very disappointed. I knew it was a terrible effort. Knocked it out in 14:34 today on a course with some small undulations and not really any warm-up! According to the RunKeeper log and the half mile audio cue I kept a consistent pace.

It took me a couple of seconds to get the stop button pressed on my watch, but I figured it would still make a cool picture.
It took me a couple of seconds to hit the stop button.

About an hour later I did DDP YRG Strength Builder.

Hump Day Sprints

Weather is still chilly. Might not even get into the lake all week! My mid-back is feeling sore this morning.

Did the DDP Yoga Fat Burner video this morning. I think I like the P90X yoga video a lot better, except for the fact it’s 90 minutes long, but maybe I’ll find the right video from the DDP series as I keep trying them.

A couple of hours later…

8 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Rocks
  • 15s Rest

Made it all the way through without having to take extra rest! Will work my way up to being able to do Tabata.

Everyone was heading in to Rogers City to watch Kennedy in the Kiddie Parade. I went in early so I could go to the track on my old high school. Jogged 600m and walked 300m to get warm. Then it was time for a few sprints.

  • 400m Run – 1:07
  • 600m Walk
  • 200m Run – 0:30
  • 300m Walk
  • 100m Run – 0:13.6
  • 300m Walk

Timing yourself in sprints is no easy task. I was wearing a watch, so had a little disadvantage with starts and had to try to look at the time as I crossed the finish line. Close enough I guess for some benchmarks.

Strapped the rings up on the goal post and tested a set of unbroken strict ring dips. Got 15! About a year and a half ago was the last time I tried a big set of ring dips and only got 16 kipping. Quite the difference, when not many of my other bodyweight things (other than muscle-ups) have improved during that time.

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 50m Run
  • 5 Ball Slams (15#)
  • 50m Run

Fun workout. I kept the reps low so I could keep moving. Did 8 rounds plus 5 ring rows, a run, and 2 slam balls.

Did backwards overhead throws to get the slam ball back. Took me 5 throws to cover 50+ meters. Great for hip extension!

E30S 10:00

  • 5 Ring Push-ups

I set the rings as low to the ground as I could, but being on the 10′ tall goal post, 10-12″ off ground was the best I could do. Did all 20 sets unbroken.

Got back to my parents and jumped on the Air Dyne (AD2) for 20:00.

  • 5:00 Sitting
  • 5:00 Standing
  • 5:00 Sitting
  • 3:00 Standing
  • 2:00 Sitting

Standing up for a long period of time is no easy task. First time I’ve tried it and it was a good way to mix things up. I kept my pace around 60 rpm for the entire 20 minutes, which is around the 55-60% range for me. Totaled 360 calories.


All of that work with the weight vest wore me out yesterday. Had to take a nap before making dinner for the family. Headed over to Hinks Elementary School before noon.


  • 400m run
  • 100 Band Pulls (red)
  • Shoulder stretching


MAX Unbroken Muscle-ups

Got 8! That doubles my previous of 4. About a month ago I got a set of 3 for the first time, so goes to show how much improvement you can make if you spend some time working on a weakness.


10 Rounds

  • 5 Toes through rings
  • 6 Pistols (alternating)
  • 30 DU

All toes through rings were unbroken. They are easier to keep going than toes to bars. Pistols could use some work on balancing. I think I got 6 or 7 rounds of double unders unbroken, which was pretty good considering I was on a playground with a mix of dirt, rocks, and mulch. Pretty consistent pacing throughout the rounds to finish in 11:25.

I drove over to Alpena High School to use the track, but that thing is all gated in and locked up. How dumb for a public school! So I stopped at a park that has a paved path/trail. Used RunKeeper to walk out a 400m route, but I’m sure it was off one way or the other.

4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 50 Air Squats

Ran the first 400 way too fast in about 1:30. All those air squats really sucked in between the runs. Doing 60 pistols probably didn’t help. Took me 13:05. I was out on the trail, so walked the 400m back.


50 Diamond Push-ups – 1:51

50 Bench Dips – 1:30

Blew up my triceps with this!


This weather is terrible for a vacation in Northern Michigan. I’m not sure if it’s really July or if it’s October!

E2M 20:00

  • 10 Weighted Burpees (20# vest)
  • 10 Weighted Sit-ups (20# vest)

So that was 100 reps of each. Did the two movements back to back and it took about 50 seconds each round. The burpees weren’t as bad as I expected and took me about 25 seconds. The sit-ups got really tough in the last few rounds.

10 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold (20# vest)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Plank (20# vest)
  • 15s Rest

Doing weighted squat holds was a new one for me. Planks weren’t too bad, even after all of the sit-ups.

Did DDP Yoga Energy! with my sister in the afternoon. I need to start doing this stuff regularly.

In the afternoon I put the weight vest back on and went for a 2 mile walk. As soon as I got back I did some air squats.

  • 50 Air Squats (20# vest)

Leg burn! Took me 1:08.


Got up to Long Lake yesterday for a week with the family. The only thing I did all day was:

MAX Reps Push-ups – 52

Beats the 42 I did two years ago, which surprised me!

This morning I got up and went for a run:

  • 5:00 Warm-up
  • 14x
    • 0:15 @ 85-90%
    • 1:45 slow
  • Cool down until 4 miles total
  • Walk about 0.5 miles


5×100 Band pulls (red)

8 Rounds (Reverse Tabata)

  • 10s Push-ups
  • 20s Rest

Scored 10-10-10-10-10-8-7-7 for a total of 72. Need to be able to do all 10s.


Started a vacation today; 10 days off!

My back is a little tight from the deadlifts and all of the pulling in the muscle-ups yesterday. Walked 27 holes of golf today and then headed to CFi around 5:30. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation. I was planning on doing some heavy snatches and front squats, but after grabbing the bar I felt it wasn’t going to be a good day. So I did the WOD with the group.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 DB Snatches (40#)
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 50 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Finished 1 round, plus the handstand push-ups, pull-ups, snatches, and 35 of the sit-ups. Should have tried to do my first 20 pull-ups unbroken.

Push Press

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×155#
  • 3×175#
  • 3×185#
  • 3×195#
  • 3×205#

Thought about doing shoulder presses, but after a shoulder intense workout, figured it would be good to switch things up with some push presses since I haven’t done them in a long time.

Pretty happy about hitting that weight. Gets me back to the old 3RM I hit on blocks, dropping each rep at that time. So to hit it today, after the workout, from a rack, was a big step. After vacation I’m going to hit another Smolov cycle for shoulder presses.

10 Too Much?

Wasn’t very sore yesterday, so I guess on Tuesday my legs were still feeling the thruster work from Saturday. Walked 18 holes of golf yesterday. Didn’t get my usual fill of sleep last night due to watching the OHS event of the CrossFit Games. Still in for the 9am at CFi though.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Box Shoulder Stretches
  • 15# Good Mornings
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Arm Circles

Strength & Skill

  • 5×155# Deadlift
  • 3×245# Deadlift
  • 3×315# Deadlift
  • 3×365# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×385# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×395# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 2×405# Deadlift
  • 3 MU
  • 3×365# Deadlift
  • 3 MU

Ugh, I had to try and go for 405# on the last two sets. Felt it in my back after the 2nd rep. Dropped weight and did 3 slow singles trying to keep a perfect back on the end. It was only an extra 10#, but maybe the same thing would have happened if I had stayed at 395# for that set. Who knows. Can’t change it now.

New PR for muscle-ups in one day with 8 sets of 3! Getting more and more comfortable with them every time I do them. This combination was pretty brutal though. I was sweating my ass off and completely out of breath.



  • T2B
  • Burpee over the Box Jumps (30″)

Damn near biffed it on the first jump to the box. Did all of the toes to bar unbroken and finished in 4:57. My burpees were slow.


100 Russian Twists

Grabbed the 35# KB with the goal of getting some big sets. Did it in 60-40.

Guess what, another afternoon break session in the garage! Did Crossover Symmetry Activation to get my shoulders ready.

Bear Complexes

If you don’t know what a bear complex is…

  • Clean
  • Front Squat
  • SH to OH
  • Back Squat
  • SH to OH

Usually condensed down into…

  • Squat Clean Thruster
  • Back Squat Thruster

I warmed up with some “bears”:

  • 5×45#
  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#

E45S for 8 Rounds

  • 2 Bear Complex 155#

My original (ambitious) plan was 16 rounds. Haha!! I wanted to quit after 4! Pushed through to 8. Dropping to my back was starting to get sketchy and I could barely get the bar locked out overhead. Good time to take a breather. I think I made it through the first 2 (maybe 3) rounds without dropping the bar in between each complex.

Rested about 5:00.

E45S for 8 Rounds

  • 2 Bear Complex 115#

Never had to drop the bar in any round. Too easy.


  • 10:00 @ 2:30-2:40/500m

Nice cool down and recovery pace. Made it 1,909 meters.

Finished up with CS Iron Scap.

Quad Squad

My body is yelling at my for going off schedule and not taking a rest day yesterday. Quads and hamstrings are sore. In for the 9am class at CFi.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Various shoulder stretching
  • Shoulder Presses
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×115#


  • 5-5-5-5-5-5 Shoulder Press (132.5#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1 Explosive Movement
    • 2s: Burpee Broad Jump
    • 1s: Broad Jump to Height

Final rep on the last 2 sets of shoulder presses was a fight, so I’m glad I added the 2.5#. Turned out perfectly.


8 Rounds

  • 1:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 Wall Balls
  • 30s Rest

* Continue each 1:00 AMRAP where you left off.

After 2 AMRAPs I had exactly 3 rounds and nearly kept up that same pace. Finished with 11 rounds plus 5 burpees and 1 wall ball, so was only 9 reps shy of getting 3 rounds every 2 AMRAPs.

5 Rounds

  • 25m High Prowler Sprint (90# + 45#)
  • 25m Low Prowler Sprint (90# + 45#)
  • Rest until 2 other people cycle through

Those low pushes really burn the legs. Good finish to the workout. Been far too long since touching a prowler.

My legs were telling me no, but I wanted to get in some OLY work so headed back to CFi for an afternoon session since tomorrow is going to be a golfing day.


  • 2x3x50kg
  • 3x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 2x80kg
  • 2x90kg
  • 2x95kg
  • 1x100kg
  • 1x105kg
  • 5x1x108kg

Worked with Alex, so it was kilo plates and ends up being more volume on the way up than I was planning. My goal was 5 singles with 235#, so made it about 238# in the conversion. Made every lift, which is huge for how rough my legs feel. Getting so much more comfortable with the heavy cleans.

Split Jerk

  • 3×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2x2x135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×175#
  • 3x2x185#

Trying to work on speed under the bar and footwork. Felt ok, but shoulders are pretty wiped out from the last couple of days so didn’t push it far or heavy. I held a bunch of the 2nd reps overhead for an extra 5 seconds to work on stability.


5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups (10# bumper on chest)
  • 10 Back Extensions (10# bumper behind head)

Show Up

Went to the CFi 9am, but I should have stayed in bed! Didn’t wake up until almost 7:30, which is pretty rare, so I’m a little beat up. But I’m glad I got in for the workout and I’m going to push it a little this week since I’ll be away on vacation next week with a break from weights.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Sumo Bottom Squat Holds
  • Hip opener stretches


Back Squats

  • 5×135#
  • 4×205#
  • 3×245#
  • 6x6x265#

A struggle!


  • 10 Shoulder Presses
  • 15 OHS
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

Kevin asked me to come up with something and I had planned on doing this one over the weekend, so figured why not. It’s a lunch time workout done by the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff, which I did over a year ago in 14:03. Rx is 115/75#. I was definitely not feeling it today, but pushed through for a PR in 13:34. The overhead stuff all killed me and I was absolutely dying. Way too much rest between sets of the pressing movements. Front squats were 10-9-6 and I did the back squats without dropping the bar.

I jumped on the rower after catching my breath and did a 2k at a slow pace in 9:52 to flush out my legs.

Some days you just have to show up and do work.

Afternoon break in the garage…

10 Rounds

  • 150m @ recovery pace (~2:53/500m)
  • 150m @ 100%
  • 30s Rest

Total work time was 14:12.5 for the 3,000 meters. Not a terrible workout, which is probably good since I was beat this morning.

Plus One Muscle-up

My hamstrings are spicy! Thrusters always seem to get me. Headed over to Bay City Survival Fitness at 1pm and started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


  • 45# Positions
  • 3×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 2x1x175#
  • 1-F-1 x185#

Was only planning on 4 singles with 175, but the first two felt good so I went for 185. I’ll take 2/3 over 90%.

E2M 10:00

  • 4 MU

Four unbroken is a new PR and I did it 5 times!

A few hours later I headed out to the garage. Hit the CS Activation again to prep my shoulders for 200 reps.


  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 100 Sit-ups
  • 100 Air Squats

I hadn’t done this benchmark in over 2 years and I can always use the bodyweight work. It sucked, but I managed a 59 second PR with a time of 22:42 at a bodyweight 17 pounds heavier. Started out doing 5 pull-ups at a time and resting 10 seconds, but couldn’t keep that up and had to switch to alternating between 3s and 2s. Got through the pull-ups in about 8 and a half minutes. Push-ups pretty much went the same way except I wasn’t looking at the clock for pacing early on. I think it took me about 7 minutes (give or take) to knock out the push-ups. Sit-ups were slow, but didn’t stop. The air squats were so much harder than I was expecting. Every time I tried to speed up and knock out some fast ones I got a horrible burn in my quads. Even at the end, in the last 10 reps, I couldn’t speed through them. So nasty!

I hope Kevin doesn’t program anything pull-up related after 59 C2B, 20 muscle-ups, and 100 pull-ups this weekend.

Took about 10 minutes to catch my breath then got on the Air Dyne (AD2) for 15:00 at about 55%. Got 220 calories. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.