Hits Harder

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists

Leg Conditioning

3 Sets

  • 140m TrueForm Run
  • 16 Glute Bridges

3 Sets

  • 16 Air Squats
  • 8 Broad Jumps

3 Sets

  • 250m Standing BikeErg
  • 14 DB Step-ups (20″, 40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Duck Walk in Place (12# weight vest)
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges (12# weight vest)

With it being around 65° it hit a bit harder today.

Stretching

  • 2:00/2:00 Pigeon Stretch
  • 2:00/2:00 Couch Stretch
  • 8/8 Full ROM Side Plank Dips

Double Yoga on Monday

On Monday we did day 6 and day 7 from the yoga series and they were about 23 minutes each. Day 6 was a really good core burner.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists

Leg Conditioning

3 Sets

  • 140/120m TrueForm Run
  • 16 Glute Bridges

I scaled back from the 12 DB RDLs.

3 Sets

  • 16 Air Squats
  • 8 Broad Jumps

Scaled here as well instead of 8 back squats.

3 Sets

  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg
  • 14 DB Step-ups (20″, 40# DBs)

Dropped to lower dumbbells this time

3 Sets

  • 10 Duck Walk in Place (12# weight vest)
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges (12# weight vest)

Wearing the weight vest was a nice change and still manageable. Trying to be careful with may back, especially with flights this week. Took us 32:24.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30s Leg Lifts over MB
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s MB Plank Mountain Climbers
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Russian Twists (20#)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s MB Plank Knee to Elbow (cross body)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Sit-up + MB Sit-up (20#)
  • 15s Rest

Duckin’ Out

Yesterday we did day 3 of MOVE – A 30 Day Yoga Journey, which was 24 minutes long. My chest is still sore from the ring dips.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • 8 Back Squats (35#)
  • 6 Step-ups (20”, 40# DBs)
  • 6 DB RDLs (20# DBs)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 140/120m TrueForm Run
  • 12 Double DB RDLs (40#)

3 Sets

  • 8 Back Squats (65#)
  • 8 Broad Jumps

3 Sets

  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg
  • 14 DB Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Duck Walk in Place (Half squat down to kneeling and back up to half squat)
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges

We did this alternating rounds like we have been on leg day and it took us 30:34. This was money for the first week of a new cycle. The run felt really good today (maybe because it was first) and I could feel my hamstrings lighting up on the RDLs in the second set. Those step-ups were so terrible. Might try wearing a weight vest for the last superset next week.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30s Dead Bugs
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank Twist (on elbow)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank Twist
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Bear Crawl (forward/back over 6′)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Lateral Plank Walk
  • 10s Rest

This really elevates the heart rate for being a core workout.

Hold for a Gold Star

My back is a little tight and my shoulders and elbows still feel pretty beat each morning. Didn’t get out of bed until 8, which is extremely rare these days. Workout at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,925m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

4 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90° Hover
  • 16 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Really nasty combo after yesterday.

Conditioning

To warm up my bench I did 10×45, 10×95, and 5×135.

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 15/10 cal BikeErg
  • 12 Broad Jumps

After two tough days I wanted something that wouldn’t be crushing. I picked up the pace on the machines each round, which got me a good sweat. Bench was easy to start but I think I would have been failing at the end if I’d done 10 more pounds.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (70#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (70#)
  • 10s Rest

Back in January I could not hold a star plank and I was able to every singe one today without falling. I really like the glue activation in those.

A Track Sunday

My back felt much better through the night and this morning. Went the the track at 10am. Ideal weather this morning for it.

Warm-up

  • 400m Walk
  • 400m Run

Speed / Explosive

E2M – 10 Sets

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 100m Sprint

Was taking me about 35-37 seconds.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 400m Run
  • 30 Push-ups

I missed once on the rope after 47 reps in round four. Went out too fast on the first run, but settled in after that. I did 8-8-7-7 push-ups each round and maybe could have done 3×10. Finished in 16:57.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Raises
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

All while wearing five pound ankle weights. I went unbroken everywhere, which was really tough on the flutter kicks.

Almost a Complete Set

I scored pairs of 5 and 40 pound dumbbells at the Alpena Meijer this morning and was able to order 45s on Amazon, but they don’t know when those will ship. Now all I really need to find is 8s, which hopefully I can get at a Meijer. Worked out at about 12:15.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 20#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 20#)

Not that bad so I did four sets instead of three I had planned.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces
  • 20 Shotguns
  • 30 Russian Twists
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I forgot how potent the shotguns are! Put my sister through a scaled version of this.

Conditioning

“Brenton” – 5 Rounds

  • 100′ Bear crawl
  • 100′ Broad Jumps

*Do 3 burpees after every 5 broad jumps.

This is one of my go to workouts for summer vacation and it’s actually a CrossFit Hero workout. My best was 8:17 in 2015. At the cottage I can do a straight 100 feet, which make a big difference in this workout because I only had to do two sets of burpees each round. I got a nice PR with a time of 7:40. Turns out that AirPods are not very good with burpees and they kept falling out, so I ditched them after two rounds.

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. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Sandbag It

My glutes and hamstrings have still been sore, but not terrible. Definitely feeling those dumbbell bench presses though. Open gym at noon.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210

Far from the 245 pounds I did last summer.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 40s Sandbag Cleans (100#)
  • 40s C2B Pull-ups
  • 40s Broad Jumps
  • 40s Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Basically got about 30 seconds of work for each movement. I started out with my gymnastics grips on, but I wasn’t using the Speal bar, so I was having a hard time keeping my grip. I took them off after the 2nd round and did much better. Averaged 7-8 pullups and 13 sit-ups, but no idea on the other moves. It was hard to get in good broad jumps under fatigue.

Back Over 3

My calves aren’t sore yet, knock on wood. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 10 Pause Squat + Broad Jump
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

I think I did 5-3 on every set of chin-ups.

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Deadlifts
    • 2 Sets 255#
    • 2 Sets 275
    • 2 Sets 285
    • 2 Sets 295
    • 2 Sets 305

It’s been almost a year since I pulled 300+. Felt ok.

Conditioning

24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 200m Row
  • 15 American KBS (24kg)
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups

Much worse than it looks. I did all singles for the pull-ups and kept the swings and thrusters unbroken.

Seemed Minor

Sore from the pull-ups yesterday. Last hot day. Hopefully. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dad Hang
  • 9:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 100m Run
    • 10 Glute Bridges (w/ pause)
    • 15 Hollow Rocks + 20s Hollow Hold

Strength – RDL

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 5x10x185

I put on the belt for the sets with 185 just to be extra safe. On rep 7 in the final set I felt a little something.

Warmed up with 6×45#, 6×95, and 3×135 cleans.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 Cleans (165#)

I felt my back on the first two broad jumps, but then was fine through the workout. Made sure not to get sloppy with the cleans. I was 1 clean shy of finishing the 14th round.

Jumped back on the Reverse Hyper for another 3x10x140#. I better feel good to golf tomorrow!