Man Down in the Third

Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,058m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Did the monster walks around my ankles it’s a whole different ball game.


5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95-115-125-135-145#)
  • 16 Kossack Squats

Felt good. I loosen up so much after two sets of the Kossack squats.


3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups (20# MB)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (20# DB)

That was tough, especially the parter stuff!


2 Rounds

  • 10-8-6
    • Thruster (95/65#)
    • Burpee Pull-ups (normal height)
  • Rest 3:00

I warmed up with five empty bar thrusters. Went out a little too hot on the burpees and it took some getting used to them. Settled in on a mostly step up and down method. The thrusters felt good. My times were 3:54 and 3:45. It was actually supposed to be three rounds, but two thrusters in to the third I tweaked my back. FML!! Hopefully it’s just minor because after about five minutes in the reset position, I was moving around pretty well. I’m setting here with ice on my back as I type this.


This shoulder impingement is really starting to piss me off. Felt pretty good last night and today after the 40 minute workout. Went in at 10am.


  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 10×45# Deadlift
  • 6×135# Deadlift


“Rankel” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 7 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 10 American KBS (62#)
  • 200m Run

Scaled the deadlift back from the 225# and we don’t have a 2 pood (71#) kettlebell, so I used the heaviest we had. My legs felt heavy on the run from yesterday’s workout. Finished 6+18.

I’m AMRAP’d out for awhile. 25, 40, and 20 minute AMRAPs in the last 4 days!

Accessory – 4 Sets

  • 200m Farmers Carry
  • 45s HS Hold

I held a 25# and a 15# bumper plate, switching at the turn-around. On the last set I held the handstand for 1:30.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 6 Day 5

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. Alex came over to lift at 11.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 45# Shoulder Presses and Snatch Presses
  • 95# Shoulder Presses

Split Press

  • 3×120#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×130#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×140#


  • 2×100#
  • 2×120#
  • 2×140#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×160#
  • 1×170#
  • 3x1x180#

Missed the first 180#, was way up on my left toes in the bottom of the 2nd, but saved it, and the 3rd felt pretty solid and easy.

Clean & Jerk

  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×180#
  • 1×190#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×215#
  • 2x1x230#
  • 1×235#

I can’t believe how much better my jerks feel in the last week and a half. Work jerk of the day was on the last rep and I’ve had much worse attempts at lighter weight even just 2-3 weeks ago. Decided to add the extra 5# on the last rep since it’ll probably be the last heavy day like this until the week after next.

Back Squat

  • 2×205#
  • 2×240#
  • 2×270#
  • 2×290#
  • 2x2x305#

Felt pretty good on the way up, but those doubles at 305# were rough today.

Snatch Deadlift

  • 7x3x205#

These may have been the most surprisingly hard part of the day. Focused on pushing through the floor and tried to keep a solid back angle, without my hips rising up first. Felt a lot different in my legs than I’m used to.

Finished the session with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Rested up and did conditioning at 8pm.


10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 5 Plyo Push-ups
  • Evens: 2 Broad Jumps (for distance)


3 Rounds

  • 20 Burpee C2B Pull-ups
  • 20 Over the box jumps (24″)
  • 1:1 Work:Rest

Regular burpee pull-ups are the way to go with this, but the pull-up bar on my rig is lower than my reach, so I essentially did jumping chest to bar pull-ups. My round times were 2:51, 2:51, and 2:49 with over the box jumps getting better each round. Knowing the burpee portion could really wipe me out, I took a steady pace with them on the 2nd and 3rd round, allowing me to push a little harder through the box jumps.

That was a fun workout. On to rest day!


Sweat & Steel 2013

Went down to CrossFit Deviate in Rochester for a 6 person team competition with Casey, Kevin, Michelle, Breanne, and Katy.

Event 1

Follow the leader style:

  • 25 Burpee Pull-Ups (8’/7′)
  • 500 Meter Row
  • 25 Wall Balls (30#/20#) ball must hit the black line (10′)

Not too bad for us guys since we could all jump most of the way up on the pull-up. The gals really struggled with the wall balls. I did mine in 10-10-5 because I had plenty of time. We finished at exactly 18:00 (the time cap) and were 7th out of 16 teams in the open division.

Event 2

3×3 Min AMRAP

  • 3:00 AMRAP Shoulder-to-Overhead (135#/95#)
  • 1:00 rest to change plates
  • 3:00 AMRAP Clean (185#/115#)
  • 1:00 rest to change plates
  • 3:00 AMRAP Deadlift (275#/185#)

You paired up a guy and a girl for each movement. Kevin and Michelle did out SH to OH, Casey and Breanne on the cleans, and Katy and I on deadlifts. We crushed this one finishing 5th. I did all of my deadlifts in sets of 5s until the end where I did a set of 9. I completed something like 45 reps in the 3 minutes!

Event 3 & 4

Completed as one 16 Min event, but scored independently.

4:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Muscle-Ups (3 each) One male and one female

I did the 3 MU and them Michelle attempted for the next 3 minutes to get her first one. Hurt us not having a girl who could do any. Tied for last with 3 other teams that also didn’t have a female with MU.

12:00 to find Max Weight Front Squat (remaining 4 members)

Everyone set or tied a PR but we finished down in the pack on this one as well in 10th or 11th I think. Somehow despite these two workouts we managed to stay in 9th place and get into event 5 for the top 10 teams.

Event 5

For Time – 12:00 Time cap

  • 90 HSPU
  • 90 C2B Pull-ups
  • 90 Pistols
  • 90 T2B

Teams were divided into 3 men and 3 women, with the men completing 2 of the movements and the women completing the other 2. Our guys did HSPU and pistols, which was different from most teams, but we had to because our girls would have died on HSPU and their pistols would have been way too slow. This hurt us because even though they got through the C2B, they were slow. We were the first team in our heat off of the wall by quite a bit, but quickly fell behind in the C2B. Our ladies got done withe 37 of the T2B before time ran out. We held on to 9th place, even moving up a bit in the points.

It was a really fun team event and I couldn’t believe we were in 6th place after the first two events against some top-level teams. I knew of at least 3 teams that went to Regionals and several other competitors went as individuals.

What Do You Get When You Cross a Burpee With a Pull-up?

My lats are a bit sore from the C2B pull-ups earlier in the week and all of the upper body work we did yesterday. Went in for the 9am class this morning.


3 Rounds

  • 30s PVC Pass-thrus
  • 30s PVC OHS


5×3 OHS

I missed out of the 5×5 last week because I was resting for the competition. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any overhead squatting, so I was excited for this. I warmed up with a set of 5 using just the 45# bar and then my working sets were at 85#, 95#, 105#, 125#, and 135#. That last set was pretty shaky, but I managed. I set my 1RM at 145# about a month ago, so it felt good to get in 3 reps at 135#.


100 Burpee Pull-ups (aka GI Jane)

This is harder than it looks. Not quite as cardio taxing as doing 100 straight burpees, but the jumping adds another dimension. The bar was at a height where I could grab on to it flat-footed. I’ve seen videos where they recommend using a bar that is 1 foot above your reach. We don’t have anything like that and that doesn’t sound like fun either. I finished in 9:50.


5 Sets

  • 10 Quarter Get-ups (each side)
  • 90s Rest

I started off with the 44# KB in the first set, but barely got in all 10 reps on my left arm, so I dropped down to a 39# KB for the last 4 sets. I also knocked out 5 close grip dead hang chin-ups to work on some strength.