Squats Are Getting Easier

In around 10 this morning and trained with Laura and Kinde. I came up with most of the programming for the day and Matt added the explosive work.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch


7:00 EMOM

  • 2 Sumo Deadlifts (Fast reps and reset at the bottom, no bouncing – 205#)
  • 2 Broad Jumps for distance

Was supposed to use 40% for the deadlifts, but I didn’t want to calculate so picked 205#. Should have been closer to 180# I guess, but these weren’t hard so heavier was better I think.


Finishing up week 4 of the squat program. The back squats were pretty brutal, but the front squats weren’t too bad. Lot’s of volume though. Warmed up a bit with 135#.

  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 4 @ 230#

Rested about 2 minutes between each set. I think this program is really paying off. The last two weeks look pretty brutal so we’ll see how it goes.

Olympic Lifting

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • Rest 90s

I started at 115# and went up 10# each set, ending at 175#. Wasn’t easy there at the end, but I felt like I was staying over the bar pretty well and getting decent hip extension.



  • Power Clean (155#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

I had to switch collars after about 5 reps because they kept popping open and flying all over the place. Smacked myself in the chin on a jerk about halfway through the round of 10. 155# didn’t feel too bad today. Finished in 9:20.


Tabata Air Dyne

This was pretty terrible after all the other work. I only managed to get 72 calories.

Fast Recovery

I’m feeling great after yesterday’s first big session. Very little soreness anywhere. Matt, Kevin, and I worked out at 2:30 today. I warmed up with 25 calories on the Air Dyne at an easy pace and then did some PVC work for my arms and shoulders. I came up with the programming for today’s training.

Olympic Technique

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • 90s Rest

I used 95, 115, 125, 135, 145, 165, and 175. Still focusing on hip extension, but also tried to start with my hips lower on the power clean from the ground.


14:00 E2M

  • 3 Power Cleans at 80% of 1RM Power Clean (195#)
  • 2 Broad Jump for distance (immediately after power cleans)

Figured it would be fun to try out a little XWOD action. The timing worked out pretty well so we had about 1:15 to rest before the next round.

WOD #1

3 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 20 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 20 T2B

I was planning for this to take about 12 minutes and I was just about right. I finished in 11:16. My T2B held up pretty well.

WOD #2

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 15 HR Push-ups & MAX Sit-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

This worked out better than I expected, considering it was completely made up and not based on anything I’ve done before. I was able to do each round of push-ups unbroken, although they did get progressively harder and that last round was a struggle. I actually got faster on them too until the last round. Managed 20-21-21-22-21 on the sit-ups for a 105 total. Abs were feeling pretty rocked after the T2B and the sit-ups.


I wasn’t going to go in today, but Matt posted the workout on Facebook and it wasn’t a super intense WOD, so I went in at noon. Really helped to loosen me up a bit after yesterday’s competition. Helps to recover from the hangover of last night’s Halloween party as well.


  • 100 Butt Kicks
  • 100 High Knees
  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 100 Arm Circles (50 forward, 50 backward)
  • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 30s Side Plank (each side)
  • 30s Zombie Kicks
  • 30s Lateral Hops (15s each side)

Strength WOD

3 Rounds

  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Strict Pull-ups
    • Broad Jumps for max distance
  • 100m Farmer’s Carry

We didn’t time this because the goal was for good quality reps. I concentrated on the hollow body position and active shoulders on all of my pull-ups. Did them all strict too, which is 45 in total. The broad jumps were slow and one at a time, but a sneaky form of cardio because it’s such an explosive movement. I wont over 8 feet on every one of the jumps. For the farmer’s carry I used a 39# and 40# KB is round 1, then a 62# and 71# KB in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, switching hands at 50m each time.


  • 6 x 150m Sprint

You may rest between each sprint, but only in the plank position. As soon as you can no longer hold a plank, start running…

I liked the plank as rest here. Really tried to max out my plank each round and give my lungs as much rest as possible so that I could run hard on each sprint. It was tough getting the legs going at the start of each sprint due to all of the broad jumps taking a toll on the hips.


Mobility WOD

I did some couch stretches on the wall and then tried a shoulder capsule movement to help with my overhead position. You lay on the ground with a band attached to something out from the top of your heard. The band then goes under your arm pit and you hold a KB straight up while fighting for a good position. It doesn’t look or sound that tough, but it really works your shoulder.

800 Meter Sandwich

Feeling pretty good this morning. My legs are fine and I wasn’t tired getting up at 5:20am. Went in to CrossFit Pacific Beach again for the 6am class.


  • 400m Run
  • 10 Samson Stretches
  • 10 Inchworms
  • 10 Zombie Kicks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Skater Plyos

We also did a little more stretching. I liked doing a bottom squat hold while putting all of the weight over one heel to stretch out that ankle and calf.


Ladder drills

These were quick but fun.

WOD #1

  • 800m Run
  • 40-30-20-10
    • KBS (53# KB)
    • Box Jumps (24″)
  • 800m Run

As you probably know, I love box jumps. I’m not used to doing that many American KBS, but I tried to keep to big sets and never did less than 10 in a row. Box jumps were nearly all unbroken. The last 800m sucked ass. I finished with a good time of 16:40.

Then it was back to the hotel to lead the last day of the Automattic Bootcamp at 7:30am.

Warm-up #2


  • High Knees
  • Bear Crawls
  • Zombie Kicks

WOD #2


  • 50 Broad Jumps
  • 80 HR Push-ups
  • 100 Lunges
  • 80 Tuck Jumps
  • 50 V-ups

I was kind of a 3rd partner in this, so it wasn’t bad. Seemed like people really liked the Bootcamp throughout the week.

Hero WOD “Brenton”

As mentioned in my plan this morning, I ended up going for a 2 mile trip in the kayak. I went each mile without stopping, just kept a steady pace and kept paddling. When I reached the halfway mark at a point on the lake, I took a swim and drank some water.

Since the rings were still up from the morning WOD, I decided to see if I could get a muscle-up. After a couple of scary attempts (I’m not sure how I didn’t dislocate both shoulders), I managed to get one! It wasn’t pretty, but it counts. I posted a video over on my main blog. Now I’ll have to concentrate on doing some drills to improve my technique.

After dinner settled, it was time to tackle “Brenton”. It didn’t look bad, so I decided to skip a warm-up and jump right into it.


5 rounds

  • 100 ft Bear Crawl
  • 100 ft Broad Jumps

* Every 5 broad jumps, do 3 burpees.

They did this WOD yesterday at Survival Fitness by doing 4 lengths of 25 feet for each 100 feet, so I did the same. My time was 10:16, but I grossly underestimated “Brenton”. I should know better than to think a Hero WOD would be easy. I think I did 9 burpees during each round, but it probably would have only been 6 if I was going 100 feet straight. Having to stop and start makes this WOD more difficult.


Death by Pull-ups, by 3s, on the rings

I got through the round of 12 plus 10 reps in the round of 15. Pretty disappointing since I’ve gotten through the round of 15 before, but my shoulders are absolutely wrecked. I’m guessing the few muscle-up attempts (particularly the failures) really took a toll. It could be the kayaking or push presses from either the WOD last night or this morning.

On Vacation!

I’m officially on vacation and not back to work until the 16th. Woohoo! I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months.

My lower back and legs are pretty sore from doing 135 reps of 155# deadlifts yesterday.


5 rounds (10 min cap)

  • 5 Vertical Jumps
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 5 Broad Jumps

I absolutely loved the jumps in this warm-up, but didn’t understand the need for squats when we had 250 con deck. For the vertical jumps I switched between reaching with my right and left hand and touched the 10 foot wall ball mark each time. I took the broad jumps nice and slow and jumped over one width of plywood plus one width of horse mat on each jump. We had plenty of time to finish so I wanted to make the most of each jump. Did I mention how much I loved the jumps?! 🙂


5 rounds

  • 50 Air squats
  • Rest as long as it took to complete the reps

5 rounds

  • 10 Strict Pull-ups
  • Rest 2x as long as it took to complete the reps

10 rounds

  • 100m Sprint (50m down and back)
  • Rest 1m

This was a long one. I finished in 36:20.

During the last 2 rounds of pull-ups I had to use the red band, which is almost no help at all, so they were still a struggle. Having to keep track of the time it takes to do a round and then do math on top of that, while you’re fatigued, is no joke. I understand the point is to give everyone appropriate rest times based on their work time, but I’d rather see set rest periods in a WOD. I was so gassed after this workout that when I filled up my water bottle, I went to take a drink without putting the top back on and dumped half of it down the front of me and all over the floor. Smooth!


3 rounds

  • 20 tuck jumps
  • 30s Handstand Hold

I was able to get in one round before Cari cut us off for the end of class. Going upside down at the end of such a grueling workout probably wasn’t the best idea, so I’m not too mad about missing out on 2 more rounds.

Tomorrow morning I head up north to Long Lake for 10 days of relaxation with my family. I’m taking workout equipment with me and I have WODs already planned out since I’ll have an endless supply of free time.

Can You Donate Some Dollars?

This Saturday is CrossFit for Hope, which is an event based around raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. CrossFitters around the world will be doing the “Hope” WOD and are taking donations and pledges. If you have a few spare bucks to donate, I have a big box over in the right sidebar linking to the page where you can sponsor me. St. Jude is a great cause and does a ton to advance cancer research. I’m trying to raise $300, so anything you can do is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It felt great to take a rest day yesterday. It was tough not doing anything, but I know it’s for the best.


Tabata Mash-up

  • Broad Jumps
  • Rock Climbers

Haven’t done either of these exercises in quite some time. Both are pretty taxing.


  • 250m Run
  • 50 Tuck Jumps
  • 50 Plank Push-ups
  • 250m Run
  • 40 Lunges
  • 40 Prayer Crunches
  • 250m Run
  • 30 SDLHP (71# KB)
  • 30 K2E
  • 250m Run
  • 20 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Ring Rows
  • 250m Run
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Curtis P’s (40# DBs)
  • 250m Run

I’d never done plank push-ups or Curtis P’s before and to be honest, I won’t be mad if I never have to do them again. Haha! Both were tough on me. My time was 24:48.

Ab Finisher

  • 1m Side Plank (R)
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1m Side Plank (L)
  • 10 V-ups
  • 45s Side Plank (R)
  • 11 V-ups
  • 45s Side Plank (L)
  • 11 V-ups
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 12 V-ups
  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 12 V-ups
  • 15s Side Plank (R)
  • 13 V-ups
  • 15s Side Plank (L)
  • 13 V-ups

My tailbone and the surrounding areas still have some issues, so the V-ups were pretty brutal, not to mention there was a total of 90 of them. I got through them though.

Today was a great WOD and finisher that hit a lot of areas.

Reebok hasn’t shipped my CrossFit Nano 2.0 shoes yet. I wonder what the hold-up is. I did call Zappos to check on the status of the Inov-8s I had to return and they are actually crediting my credit card for them. I figured they were giving me a credit to use on another pair of shoes. I love Zappos!

My Poor Feet

Stayed with the night class routine I’ve been doing this week.


5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1:00 Jumping Jacks

Not too bad, but coming up out of the squat hold after a minute is a little rough. Quads and knees felt a bit locked up each time.


20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Suit Case Deadlifts (each side)
  • 10 Burpee Broad jumps
  • 15 Box Jumps

I used an 88# KB for the suit case deadlifts. Not a big fan of those because it’s hard to keep a good position. Burpee broad jumps and box jumps were fine. I used a 24 inch box as usual. I think I got 6 full rounds. It may have been 7, but I’m leaning towards 6. Matt our trainer kept track and I forgot to look at the board after the workout. In addition to the complete rounds I finished the 5 suit case deadlifts on each side and 8 of the broad jump burpees.


Jingle Jangles

These are short sprints. Starting off with 3 lengths in the first minute and then rest for the remaining time. Jump up by 3 sprint lengths every minute until you fail to complete the number of sprints. So each minute you are doing more running and getting less recovery. I got through 21, but thought I was one short one of the girls was a bit ahead of me and went another length, so I didn’t get to go up to 24, which started almost immediately.

I am not wearing my Inov-8 Bare-XF 210’s anymore until after the move to the new location. We did the entire workout outside on the pavement and it was brutal on my feet with all of the pounding. The broad jumps were especially bad so I had to shorten them up. Doing the sprints on the pavement with these shoes was no walk in the park either.

Kipping Pull-ups Without a Hand Rip

My shoulders and wrists are pretty sore from doing OH squats yesterday. Everything else is feeling good though. My hand is healing faster than the last time I ripped, but this one wasn’t as deep either.


2 Rounds

  • 20 Band walks (each direction)
  • 15 Band Presses
  • 15s Rhomboid Stretch
  • 15s Samson Stretch
  • 3 Hand Walks


4 Sets

  • 4-6 Shoulder Presses, 1-1-X-1 tempo
  • 90s Rest
  • 20 DB Walking Lunges
  • 90s Rest

I wasn’t sure how the shoulder presses would go since I just did a bunch of OHS yesterday. Warmed up with the bar and then did 6 reps each at 95#, 105#, and 115#. I had previously done 123# twice, but got 3 reps in today. The sets really felt good. For the walking lunges I used 40# DBs.


5 Rounds

  • MAX Pull-ups
  • TBD Broad Jumps

Complete 30 total reps each round. So, if you do 20 pull-ups on your first set, you must do 10 broad jumps before returning to the pull-up bar.If you can easily perform more than 30 consecutive pull-ups, drop on 29 and do your 1 broad jump before returning to the bar for your second round of max reps pull-ups.

I used tape grips on my hands and tried to grip the bar more in my fingers instead of my palms. It worked because I don’t have any new rips. I do have a little blister that formed under the knuckle on my left ring finger. My rounds of pull-ups came out to be 11, 9, 7, 8, and 8. Eleven is a new kipping PR! If I don’t kick my legs back so far when I get tired I think I could string together more. After the first round of pull-ups I’m 95% sure I started counting broad jumps from 0 so I did 30 of them. I was wondering why everyone finished so far ahead of me on that set. My total time for the WOD was 6:22.

After class I started to get an understanding of how to do a muscle-up, but I was dead from the pull-ups so there was no chance of it happening. When I got back home I pulled out the jump rope for a few quick attempts at DUs. Easily was stringing together some small streaks. Just wanted to make sure I don’t lose it.