30 Muscle-ups!!

Another frigid day in Michigan. Left the house for the first time in about 43 hours by going to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 15 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Groiners
    • 10/10 Arm Circles (Front/Back)
    • 10 OHS (15#)
    • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 3 Sets (45-75-75#)
    • 1 Snatch Deadlift
    • 2 Hang Power Snatch
    • 1 OHS
    • 1 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 5 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Snatch Pull (75#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Overhead Squats (75#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Snatches (75#)

NCFit programming really likes the extended warm-ups!

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 Hang Squat Snatches (95#)
  • 25 Sit-ups
  • 15 cal Row

Felt really good again. I took the bar back down to my knees in the hang on each rep instead of trying to bounce because I like to hit my hips on the snatch. Took about 25 seconds each round. I was getting my sit-ups done in about 39 seconds, which seems much faster than I’ve ever done them. Might have to test 100 reps for time and/or Annie soon. I tried to stay around 1,500 cal/hour for the first four rounds and then went all out at 2,000+ for the last one.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left in the hour, but I planned to stay and get in volume work anyway.

E45S – 10 Sets

  • 3 Muscle-ups

After how good the eight sets of four felt in Sunday’s workout I was hopeful I could make it through all 10 sets. I’ve only ever done a 10 minute EMOM of 3 reps and it always got challenging near the end. Made every round unbroken and finished with 35 seconds left on that last round, so that’s a 30 muscle-ups time of 6:55. I’m pumped!! I think this is another example of how some things are much easier weighing 20 pounds less.

This is where the fitness level rankings on BTWB fail though. It gives me a level 68 for this effort because it’s only comparing my time to everyone who has entered a score for the workout. There are twice as many Rx scores as modified on BTWB, which is nowhere near representative of the CrossFit population. I bet less than 10% of CrossFitters can complete 30 muscle-ups, so the level should be up in the 90s, not a bullshit 68. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Recovery Row

My legs got really heavy last night from the workout but seem pretty good today. Yesterday’s workout was so similar to “Kelly” that I looked it up and was surprised to see I was actually counting macros for 5 months when I last did it. My goals back then were 270g of carbs, 90g of fat, and 200g of protein, compared to the 220-70-200 I’m doing now. That’s a big difference of 380 calories a day. I must have been basing my goals on a higher level of activity from the first edition of Renaissance Diet.

Just before 1pm I jumped on the rower.

Active Recovery

30:00 Row

At around the 20 minute mark I started to feel my ass, so I can’t imagine sitting in that seat for a marathon row. Did 6,863 meters. Always feels good to get negative splits.

Thirties

Now it’s brutally cold after getting all of the snow. Plows came through a few hours before I had to leave for the gym so I was able to get out and go to the 4pm class. My forearms are tight today from holding the handles on the snow blower!

Warm-up

“Roxanne” by The Police

  • On “Roxanne” do an air squat
  • On “Red light” do a burpee

It turned into air squat burpees during two long stretches of the song and you couldn’t keep up.

8:00 AMRAP

  • Duck Walk (30′)
  • 20 Groiners
  • 10 Box Step-ups (24″)

Didn’t really need another warm-up after the first part and surely didn’t need to tax the legs more with plenty to come. Got through 2 rounds, the walk and the groiners.

Strength

I did a set of 6×95# before starting. No reason to get crazy when we were supposed to take the first five minutes to work up and then stick to a weight for the last five minutes.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Back Squats
    • 135#
    • 155
    • 175
    • 185
    • 195
    • 5 sets 205

Felt ok and was plenty with so much leg volume coming up. Didn’t wear a belt at all.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

I’ve been asking for punishment by choosing the bike lately, especially in a leg dominant workout like this. My goal was to keep every set of wall balls unbroken. That’s not something I have ever tried for sets this large during my CrossFit history that I can remember. Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all. I think I’ve found a relaxing pace on wall balls. I was money on hitting at/above the target today too. First round on the bike was around 62 RPM and the next two were around 58. People on the rowers were obviously kicking my ass. I never stopped on the box jumps and in the third round I jumped down (no rebound) instead of stepping down. Finished in 16:26.

I’m feeling good lately! Is it the weight I’ve lost, the macro counting, the increased water, or some combination?

Gymnastics

Stayed after for some volume and skill work.

6:00 EMOM

  • 10 T2B

I put on my grips and chalked them up. I did five rounds of 10 unbroken and then 7-1-1-1.

10-15:00

  • HS Walk Practice

My shoulders were pretty shot from the wall balls and toes to bars, but I felt really good with my balance and keeping my feet off the wall went I got up to it. Didn’t have much room with the class back squatting to work on many steps in to the wall.

Row out the Storm

Big storm dumping up to a foot of snow on us today. Good time to use my new rower, which I posted about over on nick.blog.

Conditioning

img_219815:00 AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 25 Push-ups

Picked this from the BTWB bodyweight fitness level workouts and thought it seemed familiar. Turns out back in October 2013 I saw it on CrossFit.com and did it, getting 6 rounds plus 126 meters.

I looked at my 5k record pace and thought it would be good to hold something slightly faster, so I wanted to be around 1:50/500m. That was no problem, so I started picking it up in the last 2-3 rounds. All of my push-ups were 5×5 except for an unbroken set at the end. Crushed my old score by getting 7 rounds, the row, and 14 push-ups today.

Midline

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest

Started with 20 for two rounds, then stopped the next five rounds at 15 reps, and held on for 17 at the end. Burn! 132 total reps. Didn’t realize it, but that’s a PR by 13 reps!

32 on the Rings

Had a blast at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park yesterday and managed to stay injury free except for a few dings on my hand from the obstacle course. Legs seem fine from all of the jumping too.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×115
  • 8×135
  • 8×155
  • 8×175
  • 8×185
  • 8×195

That was 10 pounds heavier than a month or so ago. Might have been able to go up one more set.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 8 Muscle-ups
  • 50 Air Squats

Went infinitely better than I expected; I thought for sure I’d end doing singles in the 3rd or 4th round. I was able to do 2×4 every round with 20-30 seconds of rest! Dips got tough at the end. I held a controlled and steady pace for the first three rounds of squats, knowing I couldn’t jack up my heart rate for the rings. First round was done a little bit under 3:00 on the clock and slowly drifted off that pace for the next two rounds. Then I pushed the pace on the last 50 air squats to make up a lot of time and finish at 11:46.

Maybe there is something to the power of the Sunday pancakes!

Midline

  • 50 V-ups
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Twisting Crunches
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Lemon Squeezes
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Twisting Weighted Sit-ups

Pretty terrible with the high reps. I did all of the hangs in two sets of 15 seconds they were so bad after the V-ups that kicked it off. Took around 12 minutes.

Heading out to buy a used Concept 2 rower I found for $500. I’ve been keeping my eye out for a long time, but they rarely ever get listed for sale and even more rarely under $700.

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More Tabata Gymnastics

My neck has been a little kinked all week after the wall balls on Monday and the HSPU on Tuesday. Legs and ass are still a little sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

6:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 6 Samson Lunges
  • 6 Box Step-ups (16″)
  • 6/6 Walking Single Leg RDL

Strength

Deadlift

  • 6×135#
  • 5×205
  • 4×255
  • 3×295
  • 3×325
  • 3×355
  • 3×385

Slowly getting that deadlift back and haven’t pulled heavy in over a month when I did the single with 405. This was a good max triple for now.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1,200m Assault Bike
  • 12 Deadlifts (195#)
  • 21 Box Jumps (20″)

It was bodyweight deadlifts, so I was glad to weight in at under 197 this morning so I could round down to the 195. That bike is a dream destroyer. Started out feeling good at 75 RRM but the burn kicked in by the end of the first ride and slowed a bit. Fought just to keep above 60 RPM in the other two rounds. Deadlifts felt so light after the strength work and were no problem unbroken. Having the shorter box programmed was nice because it was a chore for those first couple jumps after the bike and deadlifts. I got faster each round of my jumps and started jumping down part way through the 2nd round. Didn’t rebound, but it seemed faster than stepping down. Ending round one around 3:30, two around 7:00, and finished at 10:22. Enjoyed that one!

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s C2B Pull-ups
  • 10s Rest

Did this extra work instead of the hamstring stretching that was programmed. Was wearing grips on my hands and my grip started giving out due to all the deadlifting. My plan was to do 5-3 butterfly as long as I could. Starting feeling nasty in round three. Made it through four rounds of 5-3 and the next set of five. In the set of three I started struggling and didn’t come off the bar, but was kind of resetting each rep to get through the three. It was all singles from there, getting 5-4-5. So I totaled 54 reps. I’ll take that!

I’m going to keep trying to get in pull-ups and toes to bars like this leading in to the Open because we know those movements always show up in high volume.

This week was really leg dominant in the programming. Wonder what next week will bring.

Sandbag It

My hamstrings were getting sore yesterday too. My quads, hammies, and glutes are all still sore today.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 40 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Elbow Punches
    • 20 Alt. V-ups
    • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 7 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 7 Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Clean
  • 5 Back Racks (45#)
  • E90S
    • 8 Hang Power Cleans + 8 Back Squats (65#)
    • 6 Hang Power Cleans + 6 Back Squats (95#)
    • 4 Hang Power Cleans + 4 Back Squats (125#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (155#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (175#)

Quickly decided I didn’t want to try 155# for the workout.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Run around gym
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Back Squats (135#)

Since we’re obviously not running outside we did a minute run around in the gym instead of 200 meters. Generally I don’t like when a cardio movement is subbed in as a timed piece, because there is no real incentive (other than improving your running) to run faster because a minute will always take a minute. I’m really good at sandbagging runs. 🙂 I’d rather work on my endurance with the barbell anyway since the Open has never had any type of running.

I did eight hang power cleans, dropped it, did the other two and transferred it to my back for all ten squats. Wore my belt the entire time, so was tightening and loosening it. Got through 6 rounds, the run, and the cleans.

Midline & Skill

5 Sets

  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • HS Walk Practice

Got some good tips from another member. My hands are too wide, probably from being used to wider stance for HSPU. Need to keep practicing with the Open coming up.

Slop Shoveling

Last night my quads started to feel more sore. In case I forgot, my ass is letting me know I lunged yesterday. Out in the garage in the late afternoon for some active recovery.

15 Rounds
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  • 1:30 cal Ski Erg
  • 1:30 cal Airdyne (AD2)

There was about 10 seconds of transition time between machines, especially writing down my ski calories. I totaled 314 there (each round shown in the picture) and 520 on the Airdyne. I really enjoyed that actually and it’s refreshing to do cardio like that in the cold garage; I haven’t been heating it up for these sessions.

Headed outside after and shoveled the sloppy driveway after 3″ of snow last night and rain during the day.

Slammin’

Last night I started getting a headache before bed and then felt it when I woke up several times through the night. It was gone this morning. This has started happening as I’ve pushed hard in some workouts.

I’m still excited about how the wall balls felt yesterday. After losing 15 pounds last year, I could feel a huge difference in burpees, but hadn’t really thought about wall balls or maybe just hadn’t done enough large numbers of them. Makes sense though; being 20 pounds lighter per rep really adds up when doing 100+.

Thought I’d be feeling my quads more today, but not too bad so far. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 5 Inch Worms + Down Dog
  • 10 Double DB RDL (20# DBs)
  • 5/5 Single Arm Half Kneeling Strict Press (20#)

Skill

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • HS Walk Practice
  • Assault Bike

Can tell I haven’t practiced in weeks. Need to get back on it before the Open.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 60 Walking Lunges
  • 40 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 20 HSPU

The lunges started to burn in the first round and the ball slams were tougher than I expected. Went 7-7-6 on the handstand push-ups each round. Finished in 15:39.

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s T2B
  • 10s Rest

Stayed after class for a little extra credit. My goal was to hold sets of eight for as long as I could. I made five rounds, then did a set of five and three singles. Only four singles in round 7, but came back with five singles to close. 57 total toes-to-bars, which ties my best from 2014.

Finish with Isabel

Last night my legs felt heavy going up and down stairs. Today my upper and middle abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2x – 3 Wall Balls + 3 Burpees
  • Row
  • 2x – 3 Snatch DL + 3 Muscle Snatch (45#)

Then I did 3×95# and 3×115# power snatches.

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Power Snatch (135#)

Started with three sets of 25 and was feeling good. Planned to go to 15s next, but got math screwed up in my head and stopped after 10 reps at 85. So then I did 15 to get to 100 and looked at the clock. Took an extra breath knowing I would have to hold on to the buzzer. Got through 17 more for 117 total wall balls. I might have been able to keep going with a fourth set of 25. Makes a big difference being 20 pounds lighter than when I last did Karen almost 2 years ago. I definitely need to clean up the height on some of my throws though.

I thought I’d be able to hold a pace better on the rower, but after starting out > 1,100 cal/hour I slowly drifted down to around 950, before picking it back up in the final minute. Racked up 83 calories.

I thought it would be pretty cool if I could do “Isabel” after the other 10 minutes of work. Even though I was seeing stars with every rep through the first five I was on a good pace through 10 reps. The weight was getting heavy, but I kept picking it back up and really tried to generate power through my hips. Definitely did singles the entire way. With about a minute remaining I realized I still had a shot, but I had to really get back on the bar after each rep in the final 40 seconds. Got number 30 with about three seconds to spare and collapsed to the floor. I immediately got the taste of blood in my mouth, which I don’t ever remember before.

230 total reps!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Glute Bridges