Learning Curve

My ass is pretty sore already and my hamstrings are a bit. My scaps are also feeling that stuff from yesterday. I got a freight delivery today!!

It’s the TrueForm Trainer, which I ordered at the beginning of October with 6 week delayed shipping to save $2,000.

Out in the garage at 4:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (530m)
  • Eagle Arms
  • Butcher’s Block
  • Back to Wall Shoulder Opener
  • Dead Hang Partner Push

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 300m TrueForm Run
  • 20 Squat Jumps
  • 24/16 cal Row
  • 20 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 24/16 cal Ski
  • 20 1-Arm DB Push Jerks (50#)

That runner is something else. Doesn’t feel like any other type of running and having to control the pace yourself is an odd feeling after having treadmills do it all of my life. I went 10/10 on the jerks every round and most of them were push presses. Finished 4 + 15m.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 Lying Leg raise to DB (30#)
  • 20 Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 Overhead DB Sit-ups (30#)
  • 20 alt Hip Dips
  • 10/10 Plank Toe touch + knee to elbow + knee cross body
  • 1:00 Rest

We got this one from Kristi and it was a gnarly one. When I looked at the clock after round 1 it was 4:57!. I got quicker after that, with round times of 4:23 and 4:16 for a total of 15:26.

New Block

Start of a new training block today! After taking four weeks away from a big focus on strength/accessory work and putting more time in metcons, we’re flipping back around with 3 strength based days per week. 4pm in the garage.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,456m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Scap Shrugs (on all 4s)
    • 5/5 Calf Raises (on step)
  • 10 alt Back rack reverse lunges 45#

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunge (115-115-125#)
  • 20 alt Cossack Squats

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Step Downs (15″, 50#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (70#)

Shoulders

3 Sets

These came from some things I’m reading about correcting an arched back in a handstand hold. Brandi and I both thought we’d never used some of these muscles before with these variations.

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (75/50#)

Designed to be and felt like an Open style workout. I got through 7+14.

Beautiful Weather

Another beautiful day out. Went to the park at noon. Most likely the last park workout of 2020.

Warm-up

  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10/10 Lunge Pulses
  • Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

5-5-5-4-4-4-3-3-3-2-2-2-1-1-1 (each, IGYG rounds)

  • Muscle-ups / Ring Pull-ups
  • Sandbag Cleans (100/65#)

Didn’t even run a timer today.

Midline / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 50/50m Single Arm OH Walk (50#)
  • 50/50m Suitcase Carry (50#)
  • 20 Overhead Crunches (50#)
  • 15/15 Side Plank Pulses

2 Months of Handstands

Decided to fully rest yesterday after not getting much sleep Thursday night watching the election results (or lack of haha). I did get in a 75 minute nap though. Stayed up even later last night. Workout at noon today, to take advantage of the weather.

Warm-up

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,410m)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 4 Sets
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

That ends phase 2 of our handstand work, which was a solid 8 weeks. Shoulders need some recovery! Will probably transition to just kick-ups because all the other stuff has our shoulders beat.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 French Press (60# DB)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Pulldown (red)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 Push-ups

I did the first run in about 1:45 and think I kept the others under 2:00. Running felt good. My back felt pretty tight throughout the squats. I did three rounds of 10-10 push-ups and then finished all 20 unbroken in round 4; probably should have tried unbroken ever round. Finished in 12:46. Such a nice day out!

More Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (15#)
  • Wrist Roller (5#)

Balance with Hand Swaps

Can’t wait to see a result of this damn election so it can stop affecting my sleep. Workout at 4pm today.

Handstands

  • Wrists
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold
  • 3×20 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (balance)

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225

Conditioning

5 Rounds (each) – I Go You Go

  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 5 C&J (135#)

I went 2×5 every round of ring dips. Cycling the barbell didn’t feel the greatest and I was cautious with the way my back has been feeling this week. Did them all unbroken though. I went first and Brandi finished at 15:45.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest

For the single leg balances, we kept swapping the kettlebell between hands during the hold. Definitely more difficult.

Simple, Effective, Deceiving

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,070m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 1:00 Wall Walk
  • 4×5 Kick-ups (balance)

I did my kick-up near the wall today. I kind of wonder if the floor is more level there too. I should check it.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 Strict Chin-ups
  • 25 Banded Curls (blue, burnout)

This was a challenge.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 40 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Burpees

I really wanted to break the lunges in round two, but did every round unbroken. Kept a pretty consistent pace on the first two rounds of burpees and then was able to turn the gas on for the final round to finish in 5:56. Looks simple on paper, but this was a very deceiving combo.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I don’t why I keep bringing this one back. It’s horrible. I started out way too quick and I know better. Took me 11:09, which is over 2 minutes slower than in August!

Election Day

I was exhausted after the workout on Sunday and had a lazy day, even with a nap. I did mow up leaves in the yard yesterday, but otherwise took a rest day. Out in the garage at 4pm today with the garage door open and close to 60° out.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 alt Cossack Squats
  • 4/4 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45# +45)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45# + 90)
  • 20 alt Cossack Squats

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 2:00 cal Row
  • 2:00 cal BikeErg
  • ~1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 cal SkiErg
  • 2:00 Box Step Overs (20″)
  • ~1:00 Rest

Went a full two minutes at each station, so rests were shorter than a minute, going on a 5:00 interval clock. I did kind of a side-step over the box and found a nice rhythm there. I tallied 40-37-37-39 on the rower, 40-37-38-40 on the bike, 31-29-30-32 on the ski, and 40-44-44-44 on the box. It was a nice aerobic sweat session.

Chipper Sunday

I’m feeling good after those Devil Presses yesterday, though my lats are still pretty sore. I thought the time change was tonight for some reason, so after getting out of bed and seeing my phone I was a little shocked. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 5 DB Push Jerks (35#)
  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (35#)
  • 20 H2H KBS (30#)

Handstands

  • 4×2 Handstand Split to Stacked
  • 5×5 Kick-ups (balance)

Conditioning

  • 100 cal BikeErg
  • 50 DB Push Jerks (50#)
  • 100 Air Squats
  • 50 HR Push-ups
  • 100 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 50 alt Renegade Rows (50#)
  • 100 cal Row

I was done with the bike in about 4:50 and then went 12-11-10-9-8 on the jerks around 8:20-ish. Didn’t stop on the Air squats, which took about 4 minutes. The push-ups were hard and I struggled through 10×5. I went 50-30-20 on the swings and 14-14-12-10 or the rows. The row was slower than I’d like, taking almost 5:20 to finish at 27:55.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Weighted Single Arm Cross Body V-up (20# DB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Single Arm Cross Body V-up (20# DB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Hollow Body Tuck-up / Jack Knife (25# KB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Pike-up and Over
  • 50s Rest

This was a good core workout. Came from DLB, though we have different names for the movements.

9 Years

I started CrossFit 9 years ago!

I’ve been really sore and beat from going three days in a row during the week, with my lats being the worst after 100 pull-ups and 68 toes to bars over two days. Took a complete rest day yesterday to recover. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,318m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,158m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,662m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×6 alt Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

I did my best freestanding hold ever. Getting close to that 10 seconds!

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 30 Double Under
  • 10 Devil Press (30/20# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

I missed a double under in rounds one, two, and seven. Felt good in this one, with times of 1:13 – 1:13 – 1:08 – 1:08 – 1:06 – 1:04 – 1:02 – 1:01.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 20 alt DB Curls (35#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (71#)
  • 8-12 Inverted Bar Rows (supinated)