Chin Meet Bar

Almost bailed on working out at the last minute, but the garage was already warm and I want to have the day tomorrow to do other stuff.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias


  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (165#)
  • 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing


10:00 AMRAP

  • 2 Strict Chin-ups
  • 4 HR Push-ups
  • 6 Squat Jumps

I’ve done some similar variations of this but think they are usually 3-4-5 reps. My triceps and general upper body are sore from Wednesday. Smacked my chin on the descent in the second to last round. Ended up with exactly 17 rounds.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization (35#)
  • 10:00
    • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 10 Curl Ups

Made it through 4 sets plus the glute bridges.

Music of the day was the Black Panther soundtrack.

Can Still Snatch

Another high volume heavy back squat day at the gym, so I worked in the garage. I’ve followed dedicated weightlifting programs that don’t do as much heavy volume as the programming we’re using at the gym! I did the workout I had planned for yesterday.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 10 Close Grip OHS (45#)
  • 20 Push-ups

My pinkies were up against the inside of the first knurl marks on the bar.

Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175

Wanted to try putting up a bit of weight today. Felt pretty good and I was happy to get up to 175.


12:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 6 Pistols
  • 3 Strict Chin-ups
  • 6 DB Snatch (50#)

I really liked how this turned out with the strict pulling. I did all singles on the bar so I could drop from the top and not got through the negative portion of the movement. Finished 8 rounds, 3 pull-ups, and 2 pistols.

Big Slow Sets

Still sore all over the place. Went to the 4:30 class.


  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10/10 Single Arm Kettlebell Thrusters (26#)
    • 20 Superman Extensions
    • 100 Jump Rope


There was no way I was doing the front squats with my back. Lunges sounded like a good way to hit some legs.

5 Sets

  • 20 Dumbbell Overhead Walking Lunges (40#)

I alternated arms after 10 every set.


  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 75 Thrusters (45#)
  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 50 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 75 AbMat Sit-Ups

The Rx weight was 75# so I scaled back with a goal of going unbroken. I got through 50 thrusters and there was no way I was getting another 25 in a row. I broke and then finished the last 25. I was able to do the OHS unbroken. Big sets for those 2 movements, but each rep was really slow. I did 5-5 on the first set of chin-ups and then all sets of 2. Finished in 12:52.

Weekly Challenge

1:30 AMRAP

  • 1 Pull-up
  • 2 Push-ups
  • 3 Air Squats

Was combining the movements as much as possible while still hitting the require ranges of motion. When someone called out 45 seconds I about died! I figured we had 10-15 seconds left. Hard to count, so I may be wrong with a score of 12+4. If anything I think it would have been 11+4.

Double Scap

No golf again. ūüė¶ Out in the garage in the evening since there was a ton of barbell work in the gym programming.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 10 DB Snatch (alt)
  • 10 Goblet Squats
  • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 5 Scap Push-ups

Used a dumbbell of 20-30-35-40# from set to set for both snatch and squats

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×75
  • 10×85
  • 10×95
  • 10×105
  • 10×110
  • 10×115

Definitely have a minor impingement going on in my right shoulder. I’ve done 125 before, but not today.


5 Rounds

  • 10 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Lateral Hops

The gym workout was kettlebell swings (70#), chin-ups, and double unders. I’ve done some swings and dubs lately, so changed up the movements and stuck to the same rep scheme. Doing the chin-ups strict was a little twist I decided to do. I did them in sets of¬†5, 3-2, and then 2-2-1 for the last 3 rounds. Finished in¬†6:06.

After a few minutes I jumped on the Airdyne at a recovery pace for 10 minutes and went exactly 3 miles.

It’s nice having my garage sensor running again so I could tell it was about 81¬į in there while I was exercising.

Great Monday

I felt a little twinge in my back a few times as I moved around the house. Otherwise feeling good after yesterday’s workouts.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Air Squats
  • 8 Strict Chin-ups


Work up to a daily max power clean + squat clean.

  • 4 @ 45#
  • 2 @ 95
  • 2 @ 135
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 245
  • 265
  • 275

Wasn’t sure how my back would hold up, but was able to hit a PR on my power clean and this is only 11# under the most I’ve cleaned!


20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5 Power Cleans (185#)

Programmed as 10-12 strict handstand push-ups! Yeah right. I was able to hold on and do every set of power cleans touch-n-go. I probably could have done 6 HSPU each set, but not much more. Really good EMOM though. Was drenched in sweat at the halfway point.


10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

Figured this would be rough after all of the bar muscle-ups in 17.2 yesterday. Working on jumping into the first rep like I was able to get going on the bar. Usually I grab the rings from right underneath and then lift my legs up. The jump is must faster and more efficient. I was also working a little bit on using the back swing of my legs to drive me up through the dip motion. Made it through every set unbroken but didn’t have much left.

That was a lot of muscle-ups over 4 days! My hands need a break. Leaving for Austin, TX in the morning.


Quick chiro appointment before the gym.


  • 5¬†Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 5¬†Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20¬†Air Squats
  • DB Squat Snatches
    • 25-35-45-50# (1 or 2 each arm at each weight)

Figured I should at least try some squat snatches. First couple felt weird because I’d never done one before. Much easier than I expected them to be. Wouldn’t mind seeing those in the Open considering how many people will have a problem doing them. Doubt Castro would pick them though.

Skipped out on 3×3 deadlifts @ 85% because I don’t want to aggravate my back going into week 1. So I did a little benching until the guys were done.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×225

I started pausing each rep either with 95 or 135.


20:00 E2M (alt)

  • 50 DU
  • 20 Weighted Step-ups (2×20# DBs, 24″)

Missed after 44 dubs in the first set, but got the other 4 sets unbroken. Weighted step-ups were taking about 55 seconds. I really like this aerobic work each week.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 20 Toes to Rings
  • 30 cal Row

Scaled back the deadlifts from 275# and made it my goal to go unbroken each round, which I did. Used the rings instead of bar for T2B to save my hands and switch it up. Was able to do 2 sets of 10 every round. Such a difference from the bar. Tried to keep around 1,200 cal/hr on the rower in the first 2 rounds and then picked it up in the 3rd. Finished in 10:45.

Bring on the Open!


I did not sleep well and feel weak and tired as fuck this morning. In at 10:30.

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 40 DU

E2M 20:00 (alt)

  • 15 cal Row
  • 15 Burpees

Whoa, regular burpees for once! Was taking about 40 seconds to row and 45 for the burpees.

12:00 Time Cap

  • 150 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • Max Muscle-ups

I did 3 sets of 25 and the clock was just over 3:00 when I peeked. Then I did 3 sets of 15 and finally 3 sets of 10. Until the final 2 sets I was resting with the ball between my chest and the wall so I didn’t have to do extra work picking it up. I tried to count so my rests were less than 10 seconds. Finished at 7:06. Somehow my PR was¬†6:14 from¬†4 years ago in the Open. That was actually the last time I’ve done “Karen” too. I tend to avoid it because it’s so boring and I can barely walk for 3 days after. I’m beginning to think my judge miscounted my reps in that PR because my notes said I only did 2 sets of 25 and then 20s, 15s, and 10s. I was 30-40 pounds lighter back then, so maybe that’s it. I don’t know.

I collapsed to the floor for some breaths and eventually made my way over to the rings. I don’t think I touched them until after 8:00 on the clock. I did 2-2-2-2-1-1-3 for 13 total reps.

According to BTWB this makes 100 muscle-ups on the rings in 2017 already, compared to only 86 in all of 2016.


Didn’t have a great time trying to sleep last night, but my back isn’t as bad as it’s been some other times. I was still able to roll over in bed relatively well. I did do e-stim and ice both last night and this morning. Made it to the gym at 10am.


7 Rounds (Strict ‚ÄúCindy‚ÄĚ)

  • 5 Strict *Chin-ups/Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

I switched every round, which came out to 4 rounds of chin-ups and 3 rounds of pull-ups.


Yesterday I skipped out on what was supposed to be an EMOM up to 40 total muscle-ups, so wanted to get in some volume today. Decided to try bar muscle-ups, which I haven’t done in a long time.

  • E30S – 5 Rounds
    • 2 Bar Muscle-ups
  • E30S – 20 Rounds
    • 1 Bar Muscle-up

I had on my grips, but they turned out to be too grippy with as much chalk as I had on them. I still struggle stringing these together because I overgrip the bar on the swing down and do this weird thing with my knees up. After 5 sets I took off the grips and switched to singles. No problems getting up there, I just need to work on stringing them together and improving my kip cycle. As a comparison, two years ago I did 21 doubles going 45 seconds without failure. I had been working on the movement more back then though.


6 Sets

  • 400m Run Row
  • 1:1 Work/Rest

I fucked up looking at my average pace instead of time, so ended up taking an extra 20 seconds of rest each round. Whoops! My times were 1:21.4, 1:21.4, 1:21.3, 1:21.3, 1:21, and 1:18.8 with 500m/pace averages all under 1:42.


  • Assault Bike cals¬†Weighted Step-ups (20‚ÄĚ, 20# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

This was programmed with a 12 minute time cap and then do max reps 225# deadlift in the remaining time. Yeah…right! Took me 13:24 and pretty sure if we had an Assault Bike it would have taken me even longer.¬†I picked step-ups at a substitute because I wanted something that would fatigue the legs similar to an air bike. It did the trick because the jumps over the bar were a lot tougher and never stopping on the step-ups kept the heart rate up.

Actually felt ok for me compared to what I remember 16.5 feeling like with the thrusters instead of step-ups. Kind of curious what I’d do in that workout now, but I don’t care to find out. Just like I said after doing it as 14.5, I never want to do that workout again. ūüôā

That completes¬†5 weeks of the Hybrid Performance Method program and I’m still loving it. Thinking back on this week I did 86 (40 strict) handstand push-ups, 153 toes-to-bars, 60 (30 ring¬†& 30 bar) muscle-ups, 174 bar-facing burpees, 140 push-ups, and 35 strict pull/chin-ups. My gymnastics should be better for the Open than they’ve ever been.

Sets of 5

Shoulders feel a little rough from last night. Doing the program by myself today with Bryan and Florida and Weston busy this morning. I got my DNA tested for 41 different fitness related genes and wrote about it on my main blog. Pretty neat.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 40 Double Unders

No lifting today, but that sure doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.


3 Rounds

  • 1,000m Row
  • 1:1 Rest

The program called for runs, but I’m not going outside in this weather! My goal was a 1:50 pace, which I was able to do. Even got faster each interval. Far from what I’ve been able to do on the rower in the past when I focused on it. My times were¬†3:39.9,¬†3:38.6, and¬†3:32.8.

For time:

  • 3:00 Air Dyne (AD2)
  • 45 Wall Balls (30#, 10′)
  • 45 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 120 Double Unders

The workout called for 60 calories on the Assault Bike, which I know is a lot harder than the AD2. My 3:00 substitution is probably on the easier side, but was plenty hard enough. I kept about a 75-80 RPM pace and tallied up about 80 calories. It was supposed to be all 90 wall balls with 30 pounds, which I fully intended to do.

I did two sets of 15 wall balls and started to hit a wall, even with longer breaks than I should be taking. Then I was down to sets of 5! I felt like quitting, so after 3 sets of those, I walked over and grabbed the 20# to finish the next 45, which I did 10-10-13-12. Getting started with the dubs was rough, but I settled in once I was able to get my breathing under control a bit. Finished in 12:06. Absolutely horrible. Wall balls after an air-type bike in nasty!

That finished my 4th week following the Hybrid Performance Method WOD program. It’s a pretty big time commitment, lot of volume, and a real gut check on days like today. It’s better than anything else I’ve ever followed though. The way the movements, days, and variety all work together has been really great. When the rest days come, I’m definitely ready for them, but at the same time I’m feeling really good and not running into back issues. Excited to see how we do in the Open.


Rough night. Couldn’t get comfortable being so tired. In at 10am today and the other guys said the same thing. Good thing today was on the easier side.


5 Sets – Strict “Cindy”

  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

I did chins because I could use the extra bicep work.


16:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Row
  • 9×24′ Shuttle Run

Supposed to be 20 minutes of row and Assault Bike, but we had to cut short so class could user the rowers and we obviously don’t have a bunch of bikes. Was a nice aerobic piece.


  • 5-10-15-20 Deadlift (225#)
  • 3-7-11-15 HSPU
  • 5-10-15-20 Step-down Box Jumps (24‚ÄĚ)

Written as 5-10-15-20 for all of the movements, but I’m still building up my handstand push-up endurance so scaled back. Tried some different placement with the plates and AbMat too, going wider and further from the wall. Felt a lot better. I also tried to work on a better kip.

I went 5, 10, 10-5 (or maybe I did all 15?), 12-8 on deadlifts and 3, 4-3, 3-3-3-2, and 5×3 on the HSPU. Probably took too long of rests between handstand push-ups sets. Finished in 10:38.

Rest day tomorrow! Will be nice to be on track with the schedule this week.