The Don

Went to the 10am.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2x
    • 20 Air Squats
    • 10 Pass Throughs
    • 30s Dead Hang

Conditioning

“The Don” – Partner Style

  • 66 Deadlifts (115#)
  • 66 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 66 American Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 66 V-ups
  • 66 Sit-ups
  • 66 Ring Rows
  • 66 Thrusters (55#)
  • 66 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 66 Burpees
  • 66 Double Unders

Partnered with Weston. BTWB said the deadlift should have been 110, which seems like a weird weight. I had to do V-ups instead of knees to elbows and ring rows instead of pull-ups. For the deadlifts, KBS, v-ups, sit-ups, thrusters, and wall balls we each did three sets of 11. For the box jumps, ring rows, and burpees we each did 3 sets of 6 and 3 sets of 5. Dubs were a quick set of 33 each to finish at 22:25

Feeling Good on the Rower

Got to the gym a little early before the 4pm class to get in the shoulder rehab work.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 4

  • 3 Sets 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 2 Sets 5 Evil Wheels

I tried an evil wheel from my feet. Not happening!

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2x
    • 20 walking lunges
    • 15 Push-ups
    • 30s Dead hang
  • 10 Push Press (45#)

Hung from the bar instead of doing 10 kip swings.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 20 cal Row
  • 20 Push Press (95#)
  • 20 V-ups

Tried to keep it above 1,150 cal/hr on the Concept 2 rower. I did 12-8 push presses for the first two rounds and was feeling pretty good, so waited to see how round three went and maybe do the last two sets unbroken. Yeah right! Started fading fast in round 3 and had to rest a bit more in between. The last two sets of 12-8 were tough. Still no bar work, so I did the v-ups in place of toes-to-bars. Finished in 15:47. Would have been a lot slower trying to get through 100 T2B. Feeling good on the rower lately, so maybe losing 14 pounds is paying off.

Gymnastics

3 Sets

  • 45s HS Hold
  • MAX Ring Rows

I went E2M and got 15-12-10 ring rows.

No Rest

I rested on Sunday after the stag party. Felt fine but was really tired. Golfed yesterday and went to the 4:30 class today. So the only workout I’ve done since Wednesday was the 40 minutes of Airdyne on Saturday!

Warm-up

9:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Row
  • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
  • 20s Dead Hang
  • 10 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 5 American KBS (35#)

I got through 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s DB Snatch (40#)
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s MB Sit-ups
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees

There was pretty much no rest time even with rushing between stations. I did 18 snatches in the first round because I passed it hand to hand in the air. Then I got 14 every other round. I went 20-18-18-16-16-20 on the sit-ups.

More cardio…

  • 150 American KBS (35#)
  • Run 200m every break

I tried to push the first set but had to stop at 70. Then did 50-30 to close it out so I only had to run a couple of 200s. Finished at exactly 9:00.

Like Cindy

Yesterday ended up being a “rest” day because I worked on a bathroom and then replaced lights and ceiling tiles in the laundry room. I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warmup – 3 Sets

  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 20 Kossacks

Won’t be wearing the Nano 7 for Kossacks ever again. They have a harder ankle structure to the shoe, which was not comfortable with those positions.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (95#)
  • 8 Eccentric Knee Flexion (20#)

Those knee flexions really open up the ankles.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 6 HR Push-ups
  • 9 Wall Balls

I saved this one from CrossFit Linchpin and finally got around to trying it out. Neat variaton on “Cindy.” I dropped from the top on every pull-up and got right back on the bar for the next rep. Wasn’t confident I’d last if I did them together and sometimes it bothers my shoulder, which has felt a bit weird after the jerks on Friday. I got through 19 rounds plus 2 pull-ups. As expected, the hand relase push-ups start to get slower and slower.

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 15s L-hang
  • 15s Dead Hang
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Wall Sit
  • 15s Rest

B wanted to do some hanging, so I came up with this. Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a wall sit. I worked up quite a sweat again from this.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 for Quality

  • 3-5 breaths Ring Plank Hold (Front Leaning Rest)
  • 3-5 breaths 1 Arm Overhead Hold (53#, each arm)
  • 8 Romanian Deadlifts (115#) + a 3-5 breath hold at bottom position

Got light-headed from the RDL hold a couple of times.

Getting Close

Yesterday I drove to my brothers and helped with some wiring. By the time I got home it was dark and snowing so I didn’t feel motivated for a workout. Went to the gym at noon with the crew.

Pendlay Rows

  • 2x10x45#
  • 2x10x95
  • 2x10x115
  • 10×125

I used a supinated grip.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt with 45s work & 15s rest)

  • Bear Crawl
  • Dead Hang
  • Side Skaters
  • 1-arm KB Thrusters (26#)
  • Plate Hops (45# plate)

Might feel all those bear crawls. Was able to hang on to the bar for the full 45 seconds each set. Did 10 thrusters per side each round and then 11/side in the final round. The plate hops were more tiring than expected.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Was really getting ugly in the 3rd round and I had to give it for a quick rest after 6 tuck-ups in the final round. Getting close to unbroken all the way, but don’t want it to be a complete shit show either. Finished in 6:11, which is a best by 5 seconds.

25 Minutes of Exhaustion

Played a shitty round of golf yesterday and my legs were really sore. I guess walking helpd a bit. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 4 Sets
    • 10/10 One Arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press (30#)
    • 30s Hollow Hold
    • 30s Dead Hang

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Push Press (95#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Goblet Squat Jumps (35# KB)
  • 10 Pull-ups

The Rx weight was 135#, which I never thought about attempting. I knew I could stick to push presses the whole way with 95 and probably keep them unbroken. I was right. My goal was to be able to split toes to bars up into 2×5 every round and do all of the pull-ups unbroken. Mission accomplished! I finished 9 rounds plus the push presses. Wore my gymnastics grips without using the finger holes so I could flip them around during the push presses. I’m still wiped the fuck out over an hour later as I type this. Really surprised and happy with how good my pull-ups have been feeling.

  • 100 calories Rowing

If that wasn’t enough we were also supposed to get in 100 calories. Jason and I swapped every 50 calories on the rower. Took me 2:30 to complete both sets, so got about a 3 minute rest between because of the extra time to swap in and out.

All of the Ski Erging

There was a bunch of heavy barbell work at the gym today, so I did Wednesday’s workout in the garage.

Warm-up

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8/8 Single Arm Strict Press (25#)
  • 15 strokes on Ski Erg
  • 30s Dead Hang

The 15 strokes was essentially 100 meters.

Gymnastics Strength

15:00 EMOM

  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups

All quick singles. Could have done 4 or 5.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Push Press (40#)
  • 500m Ski Erg

My original thought was to average 2:00/500m, but that quickly changed to being under 2:02. I got through 7 rounds plus the 20 push presses. That was a lot of time on the Ski Erg. I wore my gloves because the handles wear on the crease of my hand if I use the machine a lot.

It was a lovely 84° in the garage again. I had a nice puddle of sweat under the erg.

50% of Murph

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 15s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 15s Bar Hang
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 2x
    • 5 Wall Ball Burpee Passes (14#)

Conditioning

1/2 “Murph”

  • 800m Run
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 150 Air Squats
  • 800m Run

I’ve never tried this before. I decided to break it up into 5 rounds of 10-20-30 instead of the traditional 5-10-15. Nice little challenge. I didn’t push hard on the run and came in at exactly 4 minutes on the clock. I did each set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem and tried to keep rest short between 2 sets of 10 push-ups. Tried to keep moving on the air squats, but definitely slower than doing sets of 15s. I thought I pushed a little bit in the last 200 meters of the run, but who knows; I may have just been fatigued and it felt like I was pushing.

Finished in 17:25. I was surprised to see that rank as a 94 on BTWB! Last year I did the full one in 37:11, which was a ranking of 91. I don’t remember it ranking that high either.

Gymnastics Test

Since the pull-ups felt so good, I decided to go for a big set after resting and came off the bar after 30. Didn’t even realize it, but that’s the same as my PR! I need to test that out fresh one day.

Skill Conditioning

  • 400 Double Unders

Fuck that’s a lot of dubs! Took me 7:15. Was trying to get 20-30 reps at a time.

No Joke

Abs and quads are still sore, but feeling pretty good. Went to the 10am class ready to lift some weight.

Warm-up

  • 800m Row
  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Bar Hang
    • 10 HR Push-ups

Gymnastics

3 Cycles

  • 1:00 T2B
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 5×5 the first two cycles and then 3×5 with 5×1 for a total of 70 toes-to-bars! I could tell the wall was coming and I hit it head on after 65 reps.

Conditioning

“Fran”
21-15-9

  • Thruster (75#)
  • Pull-ups

Nope, not an April Fool’s joke!

For some dumb reason I thought I had 65# on the bar until after I was done and Alex mentioned the weight. No issues with the weight. My shoulders were pretty fried from the T2B though so I had to break up pull-ups from the start, going 3×7 and then 8-7 on the 15. I did the 9 unbroken to finish and did all of the thrusters unbroken. Not a good time (4:21), but I’m back. 🙂

Midline

  • 100 Sit-ups

Wasn’t going to be pretty after the T2B. Took me 3:51, almost a minute off my best time.

When The Song Says…

It’s been some time since I got my ass out of the house for a morning workout. Went to the 10am class.

Warm-up

We played Tic-tac-toe, using big bands for the square placements and medicine/slam balls for the Xs and Os. Men vs Women. Guys went 4-0!

Strength – Thruster

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×215

Wore the belt with 175+. According to BTWB that was a PR for 3 reps. I thought maybe I had done 225 before, but guess not.

Conditioning

Today was all about trying some different stuff. It was fun.

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Lunge throughout the song. Drop and do a push-up whenever they say “ghostbusters” during the song.

I did walking lunges. Not very many push-ups until the final 30 seconds. Could really do it whenever “ghost” is said, which includes “ghostbusters.”

“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Hang. Drop and do a burpee whenever you hear “thunder” in the song.

I did my hanging on the rings, which is easier on the hands. In the beginning you wonder if you’re ever going to hang, but then you quickly start to want to do some burpees. I was able to keep up as well as hold on through all of the long hanging sections.

“America” by Neil Diamond

Start with a hollow hold and switch to superman hold whenever he says “America.”

This one did not work at all. He rarely says the word so you’re holding way too long.

Gymnastics

I did 5 legless rope climbs after that stuff.