Back Again

I did another hour of yard work yesterday afternoon to finish the leaf cleanup for the year. My upper body started getting sore from Friday. Headed out to the garage just after 7am for some cardio before watching the Masters.

Conditioning

  • 10:00 TrueForm Run (1.72km)
  • 10:00 SkiErg (2,180m)
  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,018m)
  • 10:00 Row (2,557m)

As I cooled down I did 10 minutes of breath counting meditation, which I’ve been doing daily since Thursday.

With our new training block, epic back days are making a return. Out in the garage at 3:30pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 DB Shrugs (40#)
    • 10 Kip Swings (wide grip)
    • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Rope Face Pull (49#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 External rotation pull down (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (blue)

It was good to be back to doing a long back day!

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 PVC Sit-ups (feet anchored)
  • 10 Strict Hanging Leg Lifts
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Didn’t expect the sit-ups to burn so much, but my upper abs were on fire! Finished in 7:21. This is another good one from Kristi.

Chest and Tris

Yesterday was a rest day, but I spent about 90 minutes cleaning up leaves. Got a full night of sleep.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (570m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Cuban Rotations (15#)
    • 10 Band Rear Delt Pull Apart (red)
    • 10 Air Squats

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (50-60-60-60#)
  • 10 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 60#)

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Pull Over (50-50-60-60#)
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (115-115-115-125#)

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Fly (35#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 40-20-20 and it burned!

Conditioning

4 Rounds (IGYG)

  • 18/12 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 30 Plyo Lunges

Started out way too hot on the bike and paid for it. For the lunges I went 16-14 and then 18-12 for the other three rounds. Brandi did Goblet squats because of a calf issue. We finished in 13:26. So much burn.

I walked two minutes on the TrueForm to try and flush out my legs a little.

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.

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#)

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)

Destroying Angie

My low back is a little tight from yesterday and my ankles are still tight from the broad jumps. In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,060m)
  • 20 PVC Passes

Conditioning

“Angie”

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

Been almost three years since I’ve done this workout. My best time was 20:40 from late 2014, at 1.5 miles above sea level in Colorado and I did 22:27 in January of 2018.

I was confident I could set a nice PR today by being more aggressive on the pull-ups and push-ups. I definitely work grips and shaved my calluses earlier. I started out doing a set of 10 pull-ups every 30 seconds and made it through 60. Then I did 5 more butterfly before switching to sets of 5 with a gymnastics kip, eventually dropping to 4s, to finish at 5:18, which was almost 2 minutes faster that when I set my PR. I did four sets of 10 push-ups and then all 5s to get done at 9:18, almost 4 minutes ahead of my PR pace! Sit-ups were kind of slow and were done at 13:03. Kept moving on the squats and was done at 16:10 for a 4:30 PR!!

Handstands

  • 2×5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (good leg)

Upper body was a bit tired so we didn’t do what was planned. This was enough. It’s hard being upside down and trying to balance when you’re tired!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20/20s Weighted Side Plank (30#)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)

No joke here!

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridge (2s pause)