About a week ago I hit a squat clean double with 220 so I was confident I could squat that for four reps. I put 225 on the bar and started the clock. If it felt good I’d stop after two reps and have a good idea of what to add to the bar. It did feel good and I had 250 in my head so that’s what I went with for my next set. Made it, but the third and forth reps were getting iffy so that was enough for me. I haven’t had that kind of weird on the bar in a couple of years.
This one looked really bad on paper. In reality it was just really fucking boring. Keep picking up the bar for one more rep and then another one. I kept a pretty solid pace and finished the cleans at 7:45. Then I went 50-45-36-30-41-38-29-27-3 on the double unders to finish in 12:06.
Out in the garage shortly after 9am so we can get out of town for the day.
3:00 SkiErg (594m)
2:00 TrueForn Run (0.28 km)
40’ Tip Toe Walk
10 Calf Raises
10 PVC Passes
10 OHS (45#)
5 OHS (95#)
10 OHS (115)
10 Thrusters (95)
I scaled the overhead squats down from 135 pounds due to where I’m at with getting back in to these movements, but I kept the thrusters at the Rx weight. The OHS and thrusters felt surprisingly good. I only missed twice on the rope. Finished in 8:59 and could have saved a lot of time with a better setup and quicker changing of the plates. Happy with my effort and performance though.
Worked on the house all weekend, replacing a sliding door with a big window and tearing down the sunroom. My body was beat, so Monday stayed the usual rest day. It was too cold and ended up raining for golf yesterday too. Out in the garage at 4pm.
3:00 SkiErg (667m)
40′ Tip Toe Walk
10 Calf Raises
10 PVC Passes
50 cal Row
35 Strict HSPU
20 Deadlifts (185#)
50 cal Row
It was programmed to be strict HSPU twice, but I knew that would take me forever, so I kipped the second time. I also scaled down from 275# on the deadlifts. I held 1,200+ cal/hr on the row. I missed or stopped 2-3 times each 75 dumbs except for going 70-5 the last time. My strict went quick, doing 5-5-3 and then singles, which took sooo long. Deadlifts felt pretty good and I thought about doing 10 every time I picked up the bar, but stuck to four sets of five. I was able to stick to 7×5 for the kipping handstand push-ups. Finished in 19:45.
10/10 Lateral Step-up w/ Knee Raise (20”, 40# DB)
10 RDL (70# KB)
10/10 Step-ups w/ Knee Raise (20”, 40# DB)
20 alt Curtsy Lunges (30# DBs)
That workout smashed me, so these leg supersets were especially rough.
20 Plank Knee to Elbow
20 Reverse Crunches
20/20 Side Plank Pulses
20 alt V-ups
20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
20 Oblique Heel Touches
20 Russian Twists
20 Lying Leg Lifts
Knew I wouldn’t be going nuts today. Finished in 8:44.
I was starting to get the feel for the freestanding handstand again and kicking up without touching the wall.
Power Snatch (155#)
Burpee Box Jump Over (30″)
I took 2021 CrossFit Games Quarterfinal Test 5 and scaled it down from 185 pounds to something I thought was more appropriate for the Masters division. I could see using 165, but I felt like this would give me a truer sense of the sprint this workout should be. I went singles all the way and the last three got ugly! Did a lot of stepping on the burpee box jumps to save my heart rate, which turned out to be a smart move. I didn’t really want to bite it with a shin on the box either, so I was focused on the jumps. Finished in 4:44.
50 Devil Press (35# DBs)
200′ DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (35# DBs, 25′ lengths)
I finished the ski around 4:15, with my triceps burning over the last 400 meters. Started with 15 devil presses before taking a rest and then a short rest every five reps! Eww. I went 50-50-100 feet on the lunges and finished in 16:22.
Yesterday I walked 18 holes for the first time this year and it was so nice to be out there. I’m feeling fine after my first shot of the vaccine, other than my arm being really sore. My quads are still really sore though. Out in the garage at 4pm.
3:00 SkiErg (622m)
10 Calf Raises
40 Lateral Hops
10 Calf Raises
24 PVC Passes
10 Shoulder Press (45#)
50 Jump Rope (singles)
5 DB Hang Power Cleans (25# DBs)
5 DB Push Jerks (25#)
2021 Quarterfinals Test #1 – 10:00 Time Cap
10 Strict HSPU
10 DB Hang Power Cleans (50# DBs)
10 DB S2OH (50# DBs)
Since the Mayhem workout didn’t have much for us today I was planning to do machine intervals. Might as well try out some of the Quarterfinal workouts when I can in case the AGOQ workouts are the same or similar. The last time I did handstand push-ups was a workout with 30 strict on November 17. My plan was to break them up in sets of 5 all the way, even the kipping ones and see how far I could get in the workout. I figured the second half of the workout would get pretty nasty with the back-to-back overhead movements.
Well, I had to call an audible in round two, going 5-3-2 and then 3-2-2-2-1 in round 3. Finished the first part in 5:40. My kipping push-ups felt good so I went 6-4, was tempted to go unbroken, and remembered I had shoulder to overheads next. Oh shit, those were the worst part of the workout. I had to go 5-5 and almost missed a bunch. I went 6-4 again on the kipping HSPU and got 5 more S2OH for a total of 295 reps before the time cap. Fun workout that I’d like to try again once I get some shoulder endurance back.
15:00 AMRAP Partner
1 Rope Pull from Laying (each)
This was written as 1 rope climb or 5 strict pull-ups each, but I don’t have a tall rope (yet) and we’ve done plenty of strict pull-ups lately. It was also supposed to be synchro push-ups, but that doesn’t really work with a M-F team. We did do our push-ups as the some time though before going to the rope again and Brandi did 7-8 each round. I think I did three rounds unbroken and then went 6-4 the rest of the way. We got through 19 rounds!
No invitations yet for the Age-Group Online Qualifiers, but they did release the cutlines. For the Men’s 40-44 it’s 2,025th place and I’m ranked 1,941st. Quads are already getting sore from the squat jumps yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.
3:00 Row (757m)
80′ Lateral Monster Walks
80′ Monster Walks
10 Monster Squats
10 Toe Touches (w/ mini band)
5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
5 OHS (45#)
5 High Hang Squat Snatches (45#)
I think it’s been over two years since I’ve done a squat snatch and probably almost that long for overhead squats. I was falling over with the empty bar in this warm-up!
High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch
The workout was take 12 minutes to do five complexes @ 65% of 1RM Snatch or a moderate weight. I did it twice with 75, then once at 95 and 115 before loading my working weight of 135 pounds. I wasn’t really thinking about the percentage until after my first set and then calculated 143 pounds off my all-time 220 max, so I was actually heavy for any recent lift I’ve done. Really started to feel better after the first two complexes with 135. Like riding a bike.
The actual Mayhem workout was 135# thrusters and strict weighted pull-ups with 50 pounds. Was always going to modify that, especially training for the AGOQ. It would be a good version to try some day, but not this day. I warmed up with 5 thrusters at each of 45 and 95 pounds.
In the workout I went 9-6, 7-5, 5-4 on my thrusters and wore a belt. Just making sure not to push it too hard or take too many risks as my back gets used to some of this stuff again. The lifts themselves actually felt ok, but just gassed me. Looking back at WHOOP, my heart rate wasn’t even that high, so I probably should have pushed more with shorter rests. I went 9-6, 7-5, 7-1-1 on the chest-to-bar pull-ups and was losing my butterfly in some of the later sets since I’m out of practice. Finished in 5:24.
Not exactly the workout I want to see when I’ve been trying to heal a tweaked calf for the last month and have had to baby a shoulder for over 3 months. But here we are. At least this workout isn’t a back breaker.
5:00 BikeErg (2,309m)
20 PVC Passes
3×10 Calf Raises
Shoulder Band Mobility
40 Lateral Hops
40 Front/Back Hops
10/10 Single Calf Raises on Step
10 Jump Rope
10 Double Unders
4 Wall Walks
I felt pretty good in warm-ups. My calf and shoulder both felt good with the movements.
The plan was to do a knee push-up on all wall walks to take some pressure of the shoulders and that worked really well, especially with the standard. I only missed one double under to start a round and every other break was me stopping on purpose for a rest. I stuck to sets of about 30 most of the workout. In my round of 150 I thought I miscounted at 80-90, so I actually did 10 extra reps just to be sure I got them all. So my tiebreak time ended up being five seconds before I actually stopped doing the double unders there. Only had to reset twice on the wall walks for moving a hand before my feet were on the wall, so not too bad. I finished the 15 and 150 and then got 3 more wall walks for a score of 377 and a tiebreak of 14:18.
Interesting workout for sure. Didn’t feel like I rested too much anywhere and my breaks with the double unders were good. Happy not to have missed after not doing any jump rope for over a month.
Since I’m workout out at home I’m recording all of my workouts so I can still register and compete in the Open, possibly making it to the 40-44 Masters Quarterfinals.
Of course I had to come back and do some time split evaluation.
I’m not a fan of redoing Open workouts, but this workout might be one where I could gain a lot of extra ground to help me make it to the top 10% and get to the Masters Qualifier. I highlighted the areas where I might be able to pick up significant time. Would I just give that time back by missing a bunch of double unders though?
10/10 Banded Rotations w/ 10s Hold on each side (red band on rig)
Probably did about 8 sets of 5 kick-ups. Had some really good ones where I was holding for 4-5 seconds I think.
That completes the 4 week program. We made so much progress in that time. We’re going to continue a lot of the drills and try adding some other ones I’ve found. I’ve already written the first 2 weeks of our phase 2.
8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (145#)
8/8 Bulgarian Split Squats (35-40-45# DBs)
8 DB Stiff Leg Deadlifts (60# DBs)
10 Front Squats (85#)
8/8 Lateral Step-downs (50# DB, 15”)
10/10/10 Calf Raises (60# DBs)
5:00 AMRAP 1-2-3-4-5…
When we did this on April 14th I got through the 7s + 10, which was a big PR at the time. Today I was able to stay unbroken, even though my HSPU got slow with some pausing. Another PR, by 11 reps this time, finishing the 8s and then getting 5 more burpees. No doubt the handstand work is helping a lot here as well.
Got over eight hours of sleep for the second night in a row! Who am I? In the garage at 4pm.
5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
80′ Lateral Monster Walks
80′ Monster Walks
Handstand Balance Breakthrough
10-5 Shoulder I-Y Band Drill
3x30s Handstand Shape 45 degree Hollow
3x30s Hollow Hold
3x30s Handstand Tuck Balance
All with 45 seconds of rest between the 30 seconds of work. This stuff is already feeling better. We’re excited to see where this program goes over the next three weeks.
Update: After going to log this on the platform I noticed more notes that explained how to do it. It was supposed to be done as 30 seconds of each of the three movements and then rest 1:30-2:00. Whoops! We still felt like it was effective.
10/10 DB Split Squats
10 DB Stiff Legged Deadlifts
I used the same pair of dumbbells for both movements and did 35-40-45-50#.
12 DB Front Squats (35# DBs)
12 DB Sumo Squats (70# KB)
10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
10/10/10 Calf Raises (50# DBs, out, neutral, in)
Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, 3×135, and 2×165 touch-n-go power cleans.
10 Burpee Pull-ups
5 Power Cleans (185#)
My round times were 1:25 – 1:20 – 1:15 – 1:13 – 1:06, which I’m stoked about. After the first round I would have said that pace was going to be hard to keep. Burpee pull-ups are a movement where you find your rhythm and comfort once you get going.
I really love these repeater style workouts because they’re making me push much harder than I ever would and I’m learning new things.
Got another good night of sleep. My traps, arms, and low back are all tight today. In the garage at 3pm.
2:00 SkiErg (460m)
160′ Monster Walk
160′ Lateral Monster Walk
8/8 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (24″, 45#)
16 Goblet Kossack Squats (45# DB in front rack)
10/10/10 Three Position Calf Raises (45# DBs, out-neutral-in)
10/10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (2@125, 2@135)
Those lunges turn in to a cardio session.
10 DB Box Step Overs (24/20″, 35/20# DBs)
This got grippy! The step overs were much quicker than I expected, but that was a goal with the lighter weight. I got a pretty good rhythm going. I forgot to chalk up my grips and couldn’t stay on the bar in the first set of pull-ups so after 5 I had to drop, chalk up, and then finish the 10. I did the next 15 unbroken and got 2+11 in that first cycle. In the second cycle I got 2+12 by doing 15 unbroken pull-ups and then I had to go 8-4-3.