Paying Off

I’m very surprised that my legs work today. Usually after doing “Karen” I can barely walk for 3 days, so was sure that the 260 training bar thrusters would be worse. In for the 9am class at CFi. I didn’t really warm up much today other than a 2:00 squat hold.


  • 10×45# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 5×135# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 5×185# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×225# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×235# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×245# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×255# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×265# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups
  • 6×275# Back Squats
  • 5 Push-Ups

Taking it easy so I don’t tweak my back again. Focused on not bottoming out with a butt wink. Did nice and controlled descents on the push-ups with an explode up, trying to keep a vertical forearm.



  • Sit-ups
  • Russian Twists (35# KB)

Not for time, but all done unbroken.



  • Deadlifts (225#)
  • Over the Bar Burpees

Did my deadlifts in 12-9, 9-6, and 9. Didn’t stop on the burpees and had a little let to push on the last round. Finished in 4:41. If I were to do it again I think I’d go for the round of 15 unbroken.

Jumped on the rower for an easy 10 minutes and covered 2,045 meters.

Hit the garage in the afternoon to use the Ski Erg. Warmed up with 1,000 meters in 4:52 and then I hit the interval workout I did on the first day I got the machine, which wasn’t much more than a month ago. I didn’t just beat my times on everything, I destroyed them.

Max effort intervals

  • 60m (0:12)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 60m (0:12)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 100m (0:19.7)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 100m (0:19.3)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 150m (0:29)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 150m (0:28.4)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 150m (0:28.2)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 200m (0:37.2)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 500m (1:45)

Although this is programmed as a continuous series of intervals, it really should be treated as 2 sections. The 1st 3 intervals (2×60, 2×100, 1×150) and the 2nd 3 intervals (1×150, 1×200, 1×500). The 1st intervals are short and very explosive efforts that will recruit your fast twitch muscle fibers. The 2nd 3 intervals are all gearing up to that final 500m max effort. The final 3 intervals are focused on creating endurance while your fast twitch fibers are fatigued.

Set PRs on every interval and if the distance repeated, I beat it again! I’ll keep track of the 100, 200, and 500 on the PR page. The first time I did this, it absolutely smoked my arms, but I didn’t get any of that today. Hopefully the improvement is a combination of hard work over the last month and improved technique, not just the latter. Walked a half mile to cool down.

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Nick Momrik

I'm searching for the perfect golf swing and my first hole-in-one. I'm addicted to CrossFit. I work for Automattic.

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