Better By 7

Didn’t get any exercise on Saturday or Sunday since sleep was pretty poor. Central Regionals once again did not disappoint. Great weekend.


  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats any way you like. Twenty rounds of 5-10-15 (like “Cindy”) is the way to go.


It was just under 8 minutes on the clock when I started on my first pull-ups. Was cruising along pretty good, though slower than I’d like on the air squats; I should have pushed those harder. Push-ups really surprised me though, I did every round unbroken. I guess doing all of my push-ups chest-to-deck in other training pays off when I only have to get my tricep parallel to the ground.

2016-murph-runningWith 5 rounds to go I formed a nice blood blister under my left ring finger. I had tape on the lowest knuckle to protect a rip that I got last week doing snatches and I could feel the tape bunching up at the bottom and even pulling on my skin. Probably was adjusting my grip and pulling due to that and then caused the rep. So for the final 5 rounds I only gripped the bar with my fingers so I wouldn’t bust open the blister. Popped it when I got home.

When I took off out the door my watch said 29:00 so just about 21 minutes for the 600 reps. Damn air squats! Tried to settle down my breathing but kept a pretty decent pace through the first 800 meters. Fell off in that next quarter-mile and saw I really needed to push it on the last 400 meters to beat my 37:18 from last year. Made it by 7 seconds but that kick really hurt. So a new PR with 37:11. I had been working so hard all year to lean out and what do I do but gain about 3 pounds over the weekend. LOL

I actually was feeling fine all day after Murph, but played a ton of Slammo, so I’m sure I’ll feel all kinds of sore from that. I love that game though. So much fun! Got some hella sun today too.

Knocked out a much-needed 45 minute ROMWOD after not doing any for 3 days.

Heading to Regionals

My ass is sore from the split squats and the air squats probably contributed too.


  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Jump Rope
    • 10 Zombie Kicks
    • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 10 RDL (135#)


E2M – 6 Sets

  • 12 RDL (185#, standing on 55# competition plates)
  • 8 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20#)

My grip was starting to fail but I held on for every rep of every set. Have been doing them all with a double overhand to get in the extra grip work. Makes it extra hard when I add in the bonus sit-ups like this, but I had to get in my reps for the week with no other time left to do them.

And that’s a wrap on big strength sets! I enjoyed the lighter loads, but they got pretty nasty these final two weeks. I think we are going to do a little transition next week with our strength work due to Memorial Day and Murph being tough, but then we’ll start putting some weight back on the bar in our next cycle. Looking forward to some smaller sets and heavier weights!


20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Back Squats (115#, no rack)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Box Jumps (24″)

We hadn’t done much longer stuff in a couple of weeks so we changed the workout from what we had planned. It was a good grind. Kept moving, did all push-ups unbroken, and did all box jumps with step downs. Was able to pick up the pace in the last 3 minutes and finished with 11 rounds plus the 5 squats and 4 push-ups.

I’ll get in a little ROMWOD action before leaving town this afternoon. Heading to Columbus to watch the Central Regional! Then back Sunday evening in time for Memorial Day “Murph” on Monday.

Double Tabata

Don’t feel anything after yesterday’s workout.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Burpees
    • 20 Mountain Climbers
    • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5/5 Bulgarian Split Squats
  • 10 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 5/5 Split Squats (75#)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 12 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 Bulgarian Split Squats (95#)

Yuck! Close to failure on the last 3 sets of shoulder press. Did the split squats with the bar on my back again. Glad we are done with this cycle!


  • 8 Rounds (Tabata)
    • 20s Air Squats
    • 10s Rest
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8 Rounds (Tabata)
    • 20s Double Unders
    • 10s Rest

My goal was sets of 17 air squats and I managed, though had to speed up the last few on some rounds. 136 total squats. Thought the dubs were going to be horrible after the squats but I think it actually helped to relax my legs, which sounds kind of stupid to say. I only had one miss and it was to start round 2 or 3. Got 284 reps, just 2 shy of my 286 best. If I don’t have any misses and get an extra rep or two per round, that 300 might be possible. It’s hard to speed up dubs though because then you have a higher risk of missing.

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 One-Arm Deadlifts Right
  • 50′ Suitcase Carry Right
  • 5 One-Arm Deadlifts Left
  • 50′ Suitcase Carry Left

Used a 70 pound kettlebell. We were outside and I have no idea how many rounds I did. Not speedy, but kept moving the entire time.

Went for a run before dinner. Hot out! Ran 2 miles in 16:17, which is 30 seconds faster than Saturday. Slowly speeding up. Started out way too fast or I think I would have been able to hold a better pace.

Will have time for ROMWOD yet later.

Go Unbroken

Yesterday walked the golf course and the app said I was close to 7 miles. I guess I spent more time than usual walking back and forth trying to find my ball. First time of the year where we really got to feel the heat of the back 9 at Sawmill when you get out there in the trees with no breeze. Drank a lot more water than I have been and wore my Oakley’s instead of cheap sunglasses. Seemed to help prevent getting one of those sun headaches I often have trouble with. Also did a 45 minute ROMWOD at night. My legs were feeling a little tired all day after the Sunday workout and run.


I was coaching this morning so got in early for my warm-up and snatches before class started.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (210#)


E2M – Squat Snatches

  • 4×45#
  • 4×75
  • 4×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×155
  • 6 sets of 2×175

I wanted to get in 10 total sets, so planned on 4 sets with 175#. Set the clock for 12 rounds just in case it was feeling good. It was, so I kept going. Of course then I rush the 2nd rep in the 5th set and don’t get it pulled into the slot. Stepped right back up and hit it though. That was the only miss. When I exaggerate those knuckles down it really helps me keep it close and feels so much more solid. I did power snatch the final rep, but then stood up and did an OHS with it. Feeling a lot more solid snatching lately.

With Class Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 20 Push-ups
  • 10 Band Pull Aparts (green)


  • Max Set – Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 sets
    • 50% of Max
    • 2:00 Rest

Regular kip again and wore the leather grips. I’m going to look for some new type of grips at Regionals this weekend. I knocked out 30 reps much easier than the 26 a couple weeks ago. That was good, so dropped off the bar; I’ll take the 4 rep PR. Did the 3 drop sets at 15 reps without any trouble. Really happy with how fast pull-ups came back. I think spending some time on ring rows when I was scaling helped out, not to mention more of the Pendlay and landmine rows lately. Wish I could butterfly though. 😦


4 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

Holy shit did I underestimate this one. Went out running fast thinking it would be a quick one. Goal was unbroken on the snatches every round and that jacked my heart rate sky high, making it difficult to push the runs. Really wanted to put the bar down in the last 2 sets but held on. Finished in 7:20 and I guess I ripped open a finger in the process. Dammit!

Cooled down and did Crossover Symmetry Plyo.

Out in the garage for a quick afternoon session to catch up on Monday’s strength work.


  • 3 Rounds
    • 1:00 Air Dyne
    • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Back Squat (45#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (45#)
  • 10 Back Squat (135#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (55#)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 12 Back Squats (185#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (65#)

It’s hot in the garage now that summer has finally arrived. This combo wasn’t easy today but not as hard as I was expecting.

Murph Work

7 Sets

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 30s Rest

Went 20-20-17-17-13-12-12 for 111 total with all reps being chest-to-deck. Might as well do the extra work now so it seems easy during Murph on Monday. Already had done 3×20 this morning too.

Need to ROMWOD tonight after all of that work.

Be a “Nancy”

Pancakes for PRs!

Worked last week so went with the pancakes again for breakfast topped with almond butter and maple syrup. These Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes are the bomb!


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Wall Squats


5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (95#)

Exactly 2 years ago, to the day, I did 16:58. At the time I hadn’t done any overhead squats in months when I was coming back from a shoulder impingement. I lost the bar on the 12th rep in the final set too.

Tried to start out fast on the run to buy some time and still push the other runs too. They did slow down though and then I picked it up in the final 200 meters. Didn’t want to have any drops with the bar that was for sure. I went right into a squat snatch on the first rep of every set. OHS felt really good, which I think has a lot to do with all of the shoulder and upper back work I’m doing. If I could improve my cycle time on the squats that’s where I could make up some more time. Wish I had worn my Garmin to be able to know round splits. Final time was 13:35, a PR by 3:23!! Run, run, run, run, run! Another monster running WOD PR.


E2M – 5 Sets

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (145#, normal grip)
  • 6 Good Mornings (145#)


  • 4 Tabata Rounds
    • 20s L-hang
    • 10s Rest
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 4 Tabata Rounds
    • 20s HS Hold (facing)
    • 10s Rest

Was on the rings for a L-sit in the first round but it was hurting my shoulder so switched to L-hangs. All done with bent knees up. Cart-wheeled up to the handstand holds since I did them facing the wall. Not much rest other than to quickly shake out the arms, but it kept me feeling fresh.  I felt really solid in the hollow with just my toes on the wall an my nose right up close.

Murph Training Bonus

8 Round Tabata

  • 20s Bottom to Bottom Air Squats
  • 10s Rest

I did 11 reps for the first 6 rounds and took the extra rest, which wasn’t much extra by the 6th time through. Then went faster with 13 and 14 reps in the final 2 rounds. 93 total for a 6 rep PR. I don’t know of anything else that gives this kind of burn in the legs. This little 4 minute grind is starting to grow on me.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap since I had skipped it a couple of times this week already.


With golf tomorrow and feeling good, I ran in the evening with a single goal of going at least 30 minutes and keeping it close to a 10 minute per mile pace. When I finished up, it was 3.26 miles in 32:37, which Runkeper says is exactly a 10:00/mile pace! I never got much slower than that overall either, so maybe I’m starting to get the hang of run pacing for once in my life. Doubt it though.

Will ROMWOD yet tonight.

Another PR Double

My hamstrings seemed to feel those RDLs when I woke up, but by the time I got to the gym at 9 I wasn’t feeling it. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation before heading to the platform.

Clean & Jerk

  • 2x5x20kg
  • 2x3x40
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×90
  • 2×95
  • 2×100
  • 2×105
  • 2×110
  • 2×115
  • 2×120 (PR)

I think 115 was a PR double as well and maybe even 110. My jerk is sloppy from not lifting heavy lately. The shoulder work I’ve been doing allowed me to hang on and stabilize several reps though. Became a real mental battle on the second rep after 100kg. That is multiple PRs on both my snatch and C&J doubles this week.


“Reverse Kalsu”

  • 100 Burpees
  • EMOM – do 5 Thrusters (75#)
    • We used ~30% of our max

Yes, you start with thrusters! No free minutes to make your time look better. :-p Got 13 burpees in the first minute, settled in to 11 for the next 7 rounds and then a final set of 10 to finish in 8:49. This was really all about finding the correct pace.

Had thought about doing Rowing Kalsu today but figured I should probably do this, which was programmed yesterday for classes. No 🍒 picking!


5 Rounds

  • 18 GHD Sit-ups
  • 12 Russian Twists (55# plate)
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35#)

Not timed, but moved without resting much between movements. Been doing weighted GHDs for weeks so unweighted was a nice change.

Recovered with some pizza.


After mowing the lawn I took off for a 2 mile run, which took 16:47. Times keep coming down without feeling like I’m pushing. I think the main this is I’m getting more comfortable running at higher heart rates. Garmin reports an average of 146 beats per minute for today’s run. I’m also trying to improve my breathing and cadence.

Pace by week

I’ll ROMWOD at some point.

“Cindy” Cycles

Walked 18 holes yesterday and did a long ROMWOD. I think I was feeling those Bulgarian Split Squats in my legs and hips.

Out in the garage today before lunch to get in some work I missed yesterday at the gym.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 1:00 Air Dyne
    • 10 OHS (45#, close grip)

Amazing how much easier those close grip overhead squats get after the initial set. My shoulders really open up.


6 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP – “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:30 Rest

6-cindy-3min-cyclesEach cycle starts fresh with the pull-ups.

Still no butterfly pull-ups for me so all regular kips. All go in the first 3 minutes with quick squat cycling. Squats slowed a bit in cycle 2, and then push-ups also started to slow mid 3rd cycle. Scores were 4+5, 4+1, 3+26, 3+17, 3+15, and 3+15. Comes to a total of 126 pull-ups, 240 push-ups, and 313 squats. #volume

I got a little blood blister on my left hand near the crease of the pinky and it popped. Didn’t even noticed until a rest period when I felt blood dripping down my fingers. Was no issue continuing since it wasn’t a rip and wasn’t going to get any worse; just meant I kept leaving blood on the bar. Whoops!


E2M – 6 Sets

  • 11 RDL (185#, standing on 55# competition plates)

My back was feeling pretty tight after these so decided to skip the GHD work I had planned. I’ll get in some midline tomorrow. That was enough reps for one day anyway!

ROMWOD tonight.

Unhook the Piano

Not much sleep since I was up playing around with a little home network server project.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Thrusters (45#)
    • 10 PVC pass-thrus
    • 20 Mountain Climbers


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 11 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 Bulgarian Split Squats (95#)

Didn’t even need any extra warm-up after those thrusters. The presses were getting rough in the 3rd set! Hope it was just the lack of sleep and early morning. First time trying split squats with a bar on my back. Worked well.


Every 30 second Death By 2 MB Cleans (20#)

  • 1st 30 seconds – 2 reps and rest with what it left
  • 2nd – 4 reps
  • 3rd – 6
  • … adding 2 reps each 30 seconds until failing to hit the assigned number of reps

Wasn’t bad until 10 and then you’re basically going with no rest. I finished the set of 12 and got 12 of 14. All sets unbroken because you have to; no time to waste in 30 seconds.

1 Mile Run

Been a long time since I tried to push a mile. Wanted sub-7, but only managed a 7:08. I’m so bad at pacing. Should have paid closer attention to the pace on my watch. I would love to get this under 6 by the end of the summer.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and will ROMWOD tonight.

More Running

Forgot I had a chiro appointment or I would have went to the gym in the evening and saved a drive out that way (it’s night by the gym). After finishing up with work I decided to head out for a run. Maybe I just needed to learn what it feels like to run again because the paces are getting so much easier every week and I don’t even realize I’m going faster until I check the watch. Went 2.66 miles in 24:10, which is just over 9 minute miles. It’s night and day to compare how that run felt compared to the 11 minute miles I started with 3 weeks ago. Average HR of 144 (bit inflated due to a bad reading for 90 seconds around 1 mile in) is higher, but it felt fine.

Vary Your Pull-ups

Morning 8am session in the garage to catch up on some of the Monday programming.


2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 10 Back Squats (45-135#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (45-55#)
  • 20s L-hang (supinated grip)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 11 Back Squats (185#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (65#)

Yuck! One more week with sets of 12. I’m having to focus less on recruiting the other muscle groups in my squats as it’s starting to become automatic. Noticing a lot more explosiveness out of the hole late in the sets as I fatigue. I really like these rows a lot more than Krocs, which are easier to cheat.


6 Sets

  • 20s Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

Did them all with a regular kip and felt like I had a much better rhythm than in the half Cindy last week. Didn’t wear any grips because I need to get these hands conditioned again. My first four sets were 11 unbroken, then 7-2, and 6-3 for 62 total reps. Being forced to do a regular kip instead of always doing butterfly once you can do them is a good reminder to vary your movements.

Rested to catch my breath and then did Crossover Symmetry Plyo.

Went to the 5:30 class at CrossFit Intuition.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Goblet Squats (44#)
    • 15 Hollow Rocks
    • 150m Row


2 Snatch 3-Position Deadlifts + 2 Snatches + 2 OHS

  • 45#
  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#


  • 2×135#
  • 2×145#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×165#
  • 2×175#
  • 2×185#
  • 2×195#

All snatches to a full squat. The warm-up complex was done without dropping the bar. Drop and reset after each rep with the doubles. Was programmed for 6 sets so my goal was 185. It was feeling good, so I went for one more set. Huge save on the final rep with the bar way out in front of me on the left side. Shoulder work must be paying off because I never really save anything that heavy and I was able to pull it in, be patient to stabilize it, and stand it up. I think the 185 and 195 are both PRs for a squat double, but I don’t keep track of those that close so not sure.


  • Max Diamond Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 sets
    • @ 50% of max
    • 2:00 Rest

Got 40 and did drop sets with 20. All reps with chest touching diamond.


  • 10-8-6-4-2 Burpees
  • 400m Run

Did the burpees outside which makes the run a little short. Took me 10:07.

Of course I’m going to ROMWOD. 🙂