50% of Murph

Went to the 4:30 class.


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


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.


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


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.



  • 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. 🙂


  • 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.


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.


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.


I did 5 legless rope climbs after that stuff.

Minute by Minute

My shins are pretty sore from those explosive broad jumps on Sunday. Walking 7 miles on the golf course was a little rough yesterday. Woke up and decided not to go at 9am due to work meetings. Worked out great because I really got in a programming zone today. Went to the 5:30pm class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • OHS Shoulder Stretching in Rack
  • 3 Sets
    • 20s Dead Hang
    • 8 Zombie Kicks
  • Shoulder Press
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75#
    • 5×95#


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (50-60-70-75-80%)

I used 95-110-125-135-145#. After 110 and 125 I thought it was going to be a struggle at the end, but turned out fine once I got going. Not used to having weight on the bar, that’s for sure.


8 Cycles

  • 1:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpees
    • 5 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

The work/rest was on the money for being able to keep pace. Each cycle slowed through the 1:00 of work, but was overall work was consistent from cycle to cycle. After the first few, my goal was to stay at 30+ every time. Was able to by getting 33-32-31-32-31-32-31-31 reps.


5 Rounds

  • 2 Wall Walks
  • 30s Plank

Piece of cake. Did the planks on my hands with a forward lean. Was feeling that combo in my wrists a little by the end.

Morn & Eve

Legs seem to be a little tired this morning. At around 9am I went out in the garage to get in some strength work I missed yesterday.


2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 10 Back Squats (45-135)
  • 30s Bar Hang (supinated)
  • 30s Front Leaning Rest (rings)

It’s much harder to hang with that reverse grip. I had my feet touching the ground some because I was inside my power rack which is shorter. FLR (think plank) on the rings is a different feel. Tried to rotate my wrists out to put the shoulder in more external rotation.


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (185#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (50# DB)

These squats are getting rough. A few more weeks before we start putting some real weight back on the bar. I don’t know why I thought I needed to go an extra 2 reps per side with the Kroc rows since the dumbbell was only 3# lighter than the kettlebell I’ve been using at the gym.

6 Sets

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t want to game it, but did a little bit, leaving 2-3 seconds in the first 3 rounds. I got 20-20-17-17-14-13 for a 101 total.

Went to the 5:30pm class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
    • 20 Push-ups
    • 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

I was feeling the fatigue in the push-ups after this morning.


2 3-position Snatch DL + 1 Snatch + 1 Hang Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#

Snatch + Hang Snatch

  • 125#
  • 135#
  • 145#
  • 155#
  • 165#
  • 175#

Not sure if I’ve done 175 from the hang before. Definitely tough as the 2nd rep in the complex. Called a win there and stripped the bar.


  • Max Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 Sets
    • 40-50% of Max
    • 2:00 Rest

Had to go with a regular kip due to my shoulder still and holy shit they are so much slower than butterfly. Wore gymnastics grips and for some reason the bar was really rubbing on the inside of my first finger down that whole side to the crease of the thumb. More on the right hand than on the left. Don’t remember feeling that before, but wonder if had anything to do with wearing the grips. Made it to 26 reps for a 5 rep PR actually. Shows I never really test these that my PR of 21 was during Fran. I did 23 unbroken butterfly chest-to-bar pull-ups a few months ago so I know 26 isn’t up to par for me. Did 3 drop sets of 13 unbroken. I can tell I haven’t been doing pull-ups because this was much harder than it should have been at those numbers.


4:00 AMRAP

  • Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Started out at a pretty good pace getting about 14 in the first minute. Slowed a bit in minutes 2-3 and then turned up the pace in the final minute for 47 total reps. When I got into the last 30 seconds I really started to quicken the box over and drop into the next burpee. Didn’t want to do that too early and burn out.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and will ROMWOD.

Much Improved

My hip started feeling a better last night. I could barely get out of the car during the day. Waking up it was like night and day from yesterday morning. I could actually shower properly and get dressed without having to lift up my left leg with my arms to put on pants and socks. Still don’t quite have full range of motion back but it’s a big improvement over yesterday. Looks like it probably wasn’t an impingement, which is great news!

I went in early to do some extra warm-up work and get in the programmed warm-up so I could help out everyone when they did it since there were some things we haven’t done before.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • Tricep Openers (10# DBs)
    • Hip Impingement Corrective Exercises
      • 10/10 Sidelying clam (small red band)
      • 10/10 Sidelying hip abduction
      • 10/10 Donkey kick
      • 10 Bridge
  • 3 Sets
    • 5/5 Bar Taps (tight, dynamic)
    • 5 ATYs (5# plates)
    • 5 Wall Squats

Those The Hip Impingement Solution – Juggernaut seem to be helping more than anything else.


4 Rounds

  • 5 T2B
  • 5 T2B
  • 5 T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

It’s a quick drop from the bar, take a few seconds and get back on. I should have tried sets of 6, but I haven’t been on a bar in 2 weeks.


5 Sets

  • 8 Ring Rows (feet elevated)
  • 20s Hold Bottom of Push-up
  • 12 Bicycle Crunches (w/ 2s pause)

Left shoulder felt good on the ring rows. I think the rest and hitting more Crossover Symmetry is paying off.


20:00 Aerobic Circuit

  • 20s Bar Hang (engage scaps after 10s)
  • 12 Walking Lunges (gather feet)
  • 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (35#)
  • 8 Pause Air Squats (2s bottom)

Maybe a little on the easy side, but that’s fine for this type of work. Good for recovery and worked a lot of mobility and stability areas where we see issues in CrossFit.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.


Still sore from Sunday and Monday throughout my lower body. Went to the 4:30 class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3×8 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 10 Burpees


Class was deadlifting but I wasn’t going to mess with that after pushing squats too much on Monday. So I did some strict deficit handstand push-ups.

  • 2 @ +AbMat (opposite of deficit)
  • 2 @ 1.5″
  • 2 @ 4″ E30S (4 sets)
  • 2 @ 4″ EMOM (4 sets)
  • 2 @ 4″ E90S (7 sets)

That was some solid volume. They sure go fast on short rest though. I could have kept going with the 90 seconds for longer but everyone was finishing deadlifts at that time.


6:00 EMOM

  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • + Bar Hang until 30s

Long time up on the bar. Was supposed to be 8 rounds but I wasn’t going to rip my hands open. Must have been really bad for everyone who did deadlifts.


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Ball Slam (20#)
  • 1:00 Power Clean (75#)
  • 1:00 Wall Ball (14#, 10′)
  • 1:00 Rest

Kept everything light so I wouldn’t have to stop and would get more aerobic work out of it. Scored 91-87-82 on my rounds. Just can’t keep up that rowing pace when I get tired. I did 27-25-22 calories I think.

Get Inverted

5 Rounds

  • 0:30 Handstand Hold (facing wall)
  • 1:00 Rest

Wanted to spend some more time upside down so did this after class. My head was getting pretty rushed after the conditioning work but I made it through.

Ten By Tens

Last night my tight back started to turn into a back tweak. Grrr! I could barely get out of bed this morning. So much for doing Open workout 13.2 like I’ve been trying to plan and looked forward to. I even got to the gym about 30 minutes early to do some mobility and see if I could loosen things up enough to be able to do the deadlifts and box jumps.


3 Rounds

  • 10s Bar Hang
  • 5/5 Bar Taps (tight/dynamic)
  • 10 Heel Drives
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 30 DU

The dubs were not fun so I knew right there I should not attempt the workout. So I jumped in with Bryan on some bench while everyone did the metcon. I also did some mobility stuff I’ve found for relieving low back pain.

Strength & Accessory

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10x10x155

Barbell Curl

  • 8x10x45#

The curls were alternated with the sets of bench.


5 Rounds

  • 20s L-hang
  • 20s Rest
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 20s Rest

Skill / Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Shotguns
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Pistols
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Step-ups (20″)
  • 1:00 Rest

I didn’t think I’d be able to do the pistols because they usually put a lot of stress on my back, but they were fine. Subbed in step-ups instead of the double unders I had programmed. I did 37-39-37 shotguns, 20-22-20 pistols, and 22-24-25 step-ups.

Wanted to get my heart rate up a little so I stayed after.


10 Rounds

  • 200′ Shuttle (4×50′)
  • 10 Shoulder Press (65#)

Oh boy, my shoulders and chest are going to be feeling it after these and the bench press sets. I did the first 5 sets unbroken, then broke up the sets in half until grinding out the final set. Took me 9:24 to finish.

Did a little more mobility work before heading home.

36 Years

Woke up a year older. Wiser too, of course. 😉 Opened up the gym from 4-6 after coming back from up north.

Skill WOD (Hustle & Flow) Week 4 Day 3


3 sets

  • 5 Bar Work
    (Hold and pause 2 sec at each position with no form breaks and no momentum)

    • Dead Hang
    • Lat Active Hollow
    • Tight Arch
  • 1 Skin the Cat
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10s GHD Hanging Bridge Stretch

Skill A – 4 Supersets

  • 1 Ring Swing + Pull-up w/ swing + MU
  • 2 Box Hip Kip Drill
  • 3 Banded Hip Drill

Felt solid

Skill Test – 3 sets

1 rep of complex is:

  • MU + 2 Strict Ring Dips (after the MU dip lockout)

First two sets are 3 reps of the complex and then the 3rd set is for max reps. I only got 5 reps on the max set.

Strength Accessory – 3 sets

  • 3 Lower to Hold Front Lever on Box

Felt harder on the grip this week.

Bonus Complex

  • Set 1: 3 Strict Ring Pull-up + 3 Toes to Rings + 4 MU
  • Set 2: 3+3+5
  • Sets 3+: Keep adding 1 MU until failure

I was looking forward to this stuff today, thinking I was well rested. Didn’t have it though. Maybe those curls and skull crushers from the other day had me or maybe the 2.5 hour drive played a role.

Put on me leather grips at this point. I only managed 3 muscle-ups in the first set and 1 in the second set. I took a quick rest after that 2nd set and got back on the rings to try to knock out some muscle-ups and didn’t have any. Called it quits right there on the gymnastics.

I had one terrible day in this cycle for each of the 3 movements, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and muscle-ups. New cycle starting on Monday.


Warmed up with 2 empty bar sets of 3 muscle snatch + 3 behind the neck snatch presses + 3 overhead squats.

Tall Snatches

  • 2x3x40kg
  • 3×45
  • 3×50
  • 3×55
  • 2×60, missed 3rd rep
  • 2×65
  • 2 misses x70

I should have actually missed the first try at 70 behind me, but I am not used to that and pulled it back to the front. I need to do these more often. Felt like I was dropping quick, but need to get comfortable catching the bar that low and staying tight.


Warmed up with an easy 2:00 row for 507 meters.

5 Rounds

  • 100m Row
  • 1:00 rest

Wanted to set a new PR and get in a time for my BTWB fitness level ranking since it’s been almost a year. I killed my previous best 16.0 with a 15.5 on the first try. Then beat the 16.0 four more times with 15.7, 15.7, 15.8, and 15.9! I couldn’t believe it. I tried a different damper setting almost every round and even tried shortening my stroke on the final interval.


Good way to end the training session and a nice birthday surprise.