Me & Box Squats

Feel good after the rest day. Out in the garage around 1pm.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10/10 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 30s/30s Foam Roll Quads
  • 5 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)

Workout – Box Squats

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3x6x185

Ugh. I’ve never been strong with these. Weak hammies! This was heavy enough for a start. I didn’t want to get stuck on the box and risk bailing the weight back towards my car!

Conditioning

Warmed up jerks with:

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 10 Push Jerks (185#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Not sure what I was thinking but I stopped spinning my rope at 40 reps in the first round. Every other round was unbroken dubs. I used the jerk blocks and did all singles. Was expecting the jerks to get near failure a few rounds in, but I was able to get faster and faster. Round times were 2:04 – 2:03 – 1:55 – 1:46 – 1:36 to finish at 13:22. That was my jam. Found it in the heavy section of the BTWB Fitness Level workouts.

Active Life – Back Max

6 Rounds

  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 30s Plank (elbows)

Ended up with a nice upper ab burn starting in round 4. Finished in 5:57.

Run Twice

My back is better today. Shouldn’t even feel it in another day or two. Spent about 90 minutes last night pulling grass that starting growing inside the edges of the rocks around the house. That movement probably helped.

Run Every Day

Laced ’em up and was on the pavement after 7:30 on another chilly morning. Went 1.71 miles in 16:30. Averaged 176 steps/min, which is up again, and starting to feel more comfortable.

Went in for the 9am at Intuition.

Warm-up

  • 100 Walking Lunges
  • Zombie Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks

Strength

Box Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 8x3x195#

Sort of a half-ass version of box squats. I was using a wide stance but not super wide and I wasn’t really sitting back far enough or coming to a complete stop on the box. Was doing it more for the speed drive and just to keep a light load I guess.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 American KBS (53#)
  • 15 Ball Slams (20#)
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Unbroken swings and slams all the wall. Did the wall balls in 2 sets of 10 until going unbroken in the last round. Finished 5 rounds and got in 1 swing.

We ran a mile after some rest. Did it in about 8:37. Felt ok.

Explosive Training with Ryan Moody

Today Kevin and I went over to 989 CrossFit in Midland for The Explosive Seminar with 9-time world record holder, Ryan Moody.

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We learned a ton and hot a lot of fun. Can’t wait to put some of the stuff into practice and watch results. Here are some of my highlights from the day.

The seated box jump was huge for me. I’ve had this mental battle with high box jumps for quite some time. I fear getting injured even though I know I can jump plenty high enough for a lot more than I’ve done. Ryan taught us a cool mental technique to get out of our mind, which allowed me to get that 47.5″ on my first try when I’ve never been able to even attempt anything higher than 44″ from standing. The kneeling jump stuff was a lot of fun. Oh, by the way, I’ve never done a single seated box jump in my life before today.

box-jumping

I was feeling inspired from the day, so got in some good work in the garage.

Box Squats

I used one of my 12″ jerk blocks as the box. Warmed up with 5×45# and 5×135#.

E50S for 12 sets

  • 2 Box Squats for speed (155#)

E2M for 4 sets

  • 5 Good Mornings (175#)

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 5 GHR
  • 12 Russian Twists (53# KB)

I used the clock for everything, not as a form of intensity, but as a way to manage rest periods so that I wouldn’t take all day. Did the GHRs unweighted since I struggled with them so much on Monday with Kevin. These did plenty for me until I can build back up.

A New Deadlift

Shoulders and upper back are sore. Can’t believe my low back isn’t sore from the deadlifts. Not great sleep again, but in for the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • Leg Swings
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Hurdlers

Strength

Box Squats – Dynamic Effort (14″ box)

  • 3×45# + 20# KB hanging from bands on each side
  • 3×135# + 20# KB hanging from bands on each side
  • 8x3x185# + 20# KB hanging from bands on each side (~45s rest)

Damn near fell over when first trying with just the KBs on the empty bar. Adding weight helped with stabilization.

Dimel Deadlifts

  • 8×135#
  • 8×165#
  • 8×185#
  • 8×215#
  • 8×245#

Had never heard of these. Seems it’s similar work to doing good mornings with a quick hip pop. Almost lost grip on the last set.

Conditioning

10->1

  • Power Snatches (115#)
  • OTB Burpees

Started out 4-3-3 and then singles the rest of the way. Should have started with singles right away because all it did was raise the heart rate quickly. Finished in 11:32. Walked a lap around the parking lot to cool down.

Midline

Did this when I got home.

5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups (20# vest)
  • 10 Hip Extensions (20# vest)

Tried to really be explosive on every rep.

Did Crossover Symmetry Recovery and stepped it up a notch with the bands on the rest of the moves. Rest day tomorrow to go golfing.

No Golf Monday

Not enough guys to golf this morning, so was able to get to the 9am class. No issues with the shoulder after the 180 one-arm snatches yesterday, so that’s good.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation (at home)
  • Leg Swings
  • Hurdlers
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Strength

Box Squats (14″ box)

  • 10×45#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×245#
  • 3×255#
  • 3×265#
  • 3×275#
  • 3×285#

I don’t think I’ve ever done these right before today, which is why I always felt so much knee pressure with the wide stance. Matt corrected me right away today and it was completely different. I was afraid I was going to miss the box though.

Accessory

KB Drag – 84 feet

  • 2×88#
  • 3×108# (53# + 55#)

I was sweating like I’d done a 10 minute metcon already!

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target)
  • 20 Pistols
  • 25 Banded Good Mornings (black)
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

Pistols felt extremely tough today. No rhythm. I broke up the GMs into 10-10-5, 15-10, 15-10. Didn’t do any rebounding on the box jumps. Finished in 17:13. Didn’t feel like pushing too hard for some reason.

Walked a lap, did a bottom squat hold, and then did Crossover Symmetry Recovery when I got home.

My new wrist wraps from 321 Wraps
My new wrist wraps from 321 Wraps

Lower Body Beatdown

Legs, butt, and abs are a little sore from the squats. Chest still sore from a couple of days ago. Back to the 9am class this morning.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation (at home)
  • Couch stretch
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Band Pulls
  • Leg Swings

Strength

Box Squats with ~30s rest between the 10 sets @ 55%. Speed reps!

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 10x2x175#

Right at 50% for me, but I was ok with that since it let me keep up the speed and I squatted enough yesterday.

2014-05-22-sumo-deadlift-395Sumo Deadlifts

  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 2×305#
  • 2×345#
  • 2×375#
  • 2x2x395#

Felt better than I was expecting. Didn’t have any desire to go up to 90% though, especially based off my old PR.

Conditioning

“Nancy” – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS @ 95#

I’d only done this one with 85# before and it took me exactly 15 minutes. Wasn’t sure how it would go today since I haven’t done any OHS in 3 months. My goal was to finish every round of OHS unbroken, but I couldn’t keep it stable in the last round and lost the bar during my 12th rep. Took me 16:58 to finish. My legs have really been taking a beating lately.

Did CS Recovery when I got home.

Dynamic Effort Speed Squats

Took a rest day today, because I was feeling pretty beat up last night. Did do a round of dynamic effort box squats which I haven’t done in a month or two. Kept it light due to all of the squatting we’ve done at Survival Fitness this week.

  • 2×2 @ 45#
  • 1×2 @ 95#
  • 1×2 @ 115#
  • 8×2 @ 145#

Tried to keep rest time to about a minute between each set. Definitely started to feel it towards the end.

Have a bunch of stuff planned for open gym tomorrow, so it should be fun with a recovered body.

Licorice Legs

In for the 9am today.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 15 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 30 Russian Twists (35# KB)

Strength

5 Sets

  • 3 Low Box Squats (12″ box, wide stance)
  • 10 RDLs
  • 2-3m Rest

For the squats I used 135#, 165#, 185#, 205#, and 215#. For the RDLs I used 135#, 155#, 185#, 205#, and 235#. Had another 10# in me for the box squats, but they felt good. Went a lot heavier than I ever have on the RDLs and they felt good too.

WOD

  • 10:00 EMOTM – 8 Front Squats (135#)
  • Death by Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target, by 2s)

It took everything I had to finish the last few rounds of squats, but I did each minute without putting the bar down. Thought about going 115#, but glad I Rx’d it and made it challenging. We didn’t have any real break between the 2 portions of the WOD, although starting out with 2 wall balls in the first minute gives you a lot of break. I got through 20 and then 15 of 22.

My legs are shot. Time to do some rumble rolling.

Moving Some Weight

I got a hot stone massage today from Cora because my back was pretty tight from the competition. Planned to take the day off, but was feeling good, so I went in for the 5:30pm.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 15s Jumping Jacks
  • 15s Air Squats
  • 15s Mountain Climbers
  • 15s Jump Squats

Strength

5×5 Low Box Squats

We went extra low with a 12″ box for the guys, compared to the 14″ we had used in the last cycle. It felt like we were never going to get low enough to reach the box. It felt soooo much harder. I went 135#, 155#, 175#, 185#, and 195#. But compare that to 5×5 on the 14″ box from 3 weeks ago when I went 135#, 155#, and then 175# for the last 3 sets. Up 20# today with a lower box. BOOM!

WOD

21-15-9

  • Sandbag Get-ups
  • Burpee Deadlifts (25# DBs, jump on 25# plate)

Doesn’t seem bad when you look at it, but it’s a gasser. I had a few misses on my get-ups and fell right back on my ass. I had only done deadlift burpees once before and used a much heavier weight so knew how bad they could be. Having to jump on the plate at the end was even harder. Finished in 9:12.

Finisher

10:00 EMOTM

  • Evens: 10 RDLs (135# in rounds 1-3, 165# in rounds 4-5)
  • Odds: 10 Goblet Squats (62# KB)

It’s been ages since I did RDLs and I don’t think I ever used more than 155#, but my regular deadlift is almost 100# more than it was then. This was a fun finisher, which took about 20-23 seconds of work each minute for me.

Lot’s of weight being moved today. My back held up great too!

Flippin’ Tires

Up for the 9am today. I was thinking about just doing some rowing, but I have 48 hours to recover before the competition on Saturday, so I’ll be fine. Not feeling too bad after doing “DT” yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 1m DUs
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 20 Reach to the sky and then down to the toes
  • 20 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 1m DUs

In the second minute of DUs I knocked off 78 unbroken, a new PR. That’s 3 PRs this week on my DUs, up from 44!

Strength

5×20 Weighted Sit-ups

I used 20# KBs, a 45# KB, a 60# DB, 30# DBs, and a 62# KB. Crazy how tough these get and how much you can sweat from doing sit-ups

WOD

42-30-18

  • Thrusters (45# empty bar)
  • HR Push-ups

Holy shoulder burner! I knocked out the first 42 thrusters unbroken, but that may have been a bad idea for the rest of the workout. I did 10 push-ups to start, but then it was pretty much 5 at a time for the rest of the workout with a few streaks of 4s or 6s in there. In the second round of thrusters I broke it down into 10-12-8 and then 10-8 in the final round. Finished in 11:13.

Finisher

10 Rounds

  • Tire Flip
  • 100y Sprint (50y down and back)

After doing CrossFit for nearly a year, these were the first tire flips I’ve ever done. Really liked this finisher.

Extra Strength

After I got home I went out to the garage for some dynamic low box squats. In order to keep my body guessing, I went with lower weights than I’ve been using for these, which also let me have faster reps. My legs were pretty tired from all of the thrusters anyway.

  • 2×2 @ 45#
  • 1×2 @ 75#
  • 1×2 @ 95#
  • 1×2 @ 115#
  • 8×2 @ 135#

Now I rest until Saturday.