Tweaked Back

I walked 18 holes on the golf course Friday in the heat and humidity. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 8×95
    • 6×135
    • 4×160
    • 2×180
  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • Power Cleans
    • 4×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Chest

MAX Bench Press (200#)

Got 15, which I’m pretty happy with.

MAX Decline Push-ups (12”)

Busted out 50 to beat the previous 40.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 50#)

75 DB Bench Press (40#)

Went 5×10, 8-7-5-5 to finish in 2:26 and beat the 2:48 from 4 weeks ago when I did 5×10 and 5×5.

Weightlifting

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 6 Power Cleans
    • 3@155
    • 3@165
    • 1@175

Was feeling pretty good so did a couple of increases.

Conditioning & Midline

2 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 50 Bicycles
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Side Crunches
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 10 Hollow Rocks

Heading out for the first run my back did not feel good and it didn’t get better with the movements. Took me 9:42.

Mowed the lawn and did a bunch of work on Brandi’s house. My back is not happy.

Heavy Day

On Thursday I walked 18 holes and was wore out from the windy and chilly day. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,338m)\
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 High Hang Squat Cleans + 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

3 Position Cleans (High Hang Squat, Hang Squat, Squat)
2 Sets @ 70%
3 Sets at 75%
Do not drop the bar during the complex

  • 2×95#
  • 1×135
  • 1×155 (belted up)
  • 1×175
  • 2×185
  • 3×195

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP (2-4-6-8-10…)

  • Deadlifts (225/155#)
  • Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • Weighted V-ups (20# DB)

We haven’t had this weight on the bar for a deadlift in a long time. I wore a belt throughout. For the deadlifts I did 2-4-6, 2×4, 2×5, 3×4, 5-5-4, and 7. Was able to stay unbroken with the dumbbells, doing push jerks the whole way. Both movements went better than expected. Got through the 14s plus 7 deadlifts.

2021 PairUP ThrowDOWN

Of course we actually got some rain this morning, so it delayed our workout and made it super humid. Finally out in the garage after 11am.

Warm-up

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (125#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Deadlifts (175#)

Conditioning

Pair UP ThrowDOWN
Time cap: 35:00

  • 30-20-10 synchro deadlifts (185/125)
  • 30-20-10 synchro bar-facing burpees
  • 400-m run

5:00 Rest

  • 10-20-30 synchro thrusters (75/55)
  • 10-20-30 synchro pull-ups
  • 400-m run

We broke the deadlifts up in sets of five throughout. Finished the first part at 18:41. Ten thrusters unbroken and then I think we did 4-3-3 pull-ups. Went 12-8 thrusters and 3-2-2 and singles for the 20 I believe. We got through 2/30 thrusters, which is 187 reps. Really rough one in the humidity this morning.

Now I’m getting a late start working on the outside wall of the house and the lawn needs to be cut at some point too.

Good Back Test

This morning I got my second shot of the vaccine and as I write this at 9:30 I’m feeling fine. Hopefully I wake up good to go. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (105#)
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (modified sitting on a MB)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 Deadlifts (185/125)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 T2B
  • 5:00 Rest

Used a different machine each time through, with SkiErg, BikeErg, and Rower being the order. First round took 6:57, second round took 5:59, and the third round took 6:32. Total time with the rests was 29:28 My challenge for today was sticking to sets of ten on the deadlifts and toes-to-bars, which I was able to do. My deadlift warm-ups felt great so I wanted to hold on there. As far as time goes, I think 4×5 would have been the better move because it would have kept my heart rate down. Going from the barbell back to a machine sucked every round, especially the rower where my legs had no power left. Really happy I was able to do all tens on the T2B as well! This was a lot of lower back volume and things held up well.

Legs & Gymnastics

4 Sets

  • 20 alt Curtsy Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 5 Handstand Kick-ups

Singles Suck

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.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (667m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 40′ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45
    • 10×135
    • 5×165

Conditioning

  • 50 cal Row
  • 75 DU
  • 35 Strict HSPU
  • 75 DU
  • 20 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 75 DU
  • 35 HSPU
  • 75 DU
  • 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.

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Lateral Step-up w/ Knee Raise (20”, 40# DB)
  • 10 RDL (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 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.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 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.

21.3 & 21.4

My quads have been very sore from Monday’s workout. On the bright side, I got a new bed last Thursday and my back has felt so much better through the night and getting out of bed in the mornings. I’ve hit 100% of my sleep need, according to WHOOP, every night so far too.

Even though I set a PR last week, 21.2 dropped me in the standings, as expected.

21.2
Men: 43,082/111,116 (61.2%)
40-44 Masters Men: 4,377/15,955 (72.6%)

Overall
Men: 31,132/121,837 (74.4%)
40-44 Masters Men: 2,748/17,509 (84.3%)

Note: for the number of total athletes I only count those who have submitted a score, which is why it differs from the percentiles calculated by CrossFit.

Looks like I’ll need to place about 830 for this workout to make the top 10% in my Masters division. If there are two scored parts this week, I would need to average a placement of about 1,645.

With the earlier 3pm announcement of 21.3 today and some plans for tomorrow night, I was out in the garage at 5pm to warm-up and finish my Open.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4 T2B
  • 3 C2B
  • 2 Bar Muscle-ups

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.3

15:00 Time Cap

  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 T2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 C2B
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 15 Front Squats (95#)
  • 30 Bar Muscle-up
  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

I thought there was a good chance we’d get two parts! This is actually a pretty cool workout, but they had to unnecessarily complicate things with a starting line and this eight foot area.

It’s also pretty shitty that the original equipment list mentioned a place to do pull-ups, but didn’t mention chest to bars or bar muscle-ups, which much different in requirements. Not sure how many people doing the workouts at home have a high enough garage for those two movements. Also, having to move forward eight feet runs in to issues with garage doors being in the way. Not sure what they’re thinking with dumb requirements like these. I turned my bar the other way and stood well past the 8 foot line so I wouldn’t have to worry about hitting parts of the garage door.

Going in I wasn’t sure I could do butterfly or even kipping C2B because of the height needed for my head. I knew I’d have to do single whacky muscle-ups on my low pull-up bar too. Not a ton of strategy for me here since I’m restricted by my setup. How about… not toast my back with all of the front squats and thrusters?!

I work grips and a belt. I did the front squats unbroken, 5×6 T2B, 9-6 thrusters, unbroken front squats, 5-5-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1 for C2B (all kipping style), 9-6 thrusters, unbroken squats, and then single bar muscle-ups. Not ideal conditions for several things, but I made it work(ish). I got through 14 bar muscle-ups. I didn’t have any expectations going in because of the pull-up bar situation and I had no idea how I’d handle that many squats/thrusters.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.4

For Max Weight – 7:00 Time Cap (immediately after 21.3)

  • Deadlift +
  • Clean +
  • Hang Clean +
  • Jerk

I took 2 minutes loading the bar and resting before my first attempt. Went 165-185-205-220 and made sure not to start that final rep until a few seconds before the clock hit 22:00 to use all my rest. Nice that they changed the rule and the complex only had to be started before the time was up. The hang clean was the worrying movement for me, due to my back. Happy with what I got.

After tweaking my back each of the last four years during the Open I’m happy to have survived without any new injuries this year. Now I can start thinking about golf season. 🙂

260 Going Up

Felt beat this morning when I got out of bed. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,557m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 2x3x135

Weightlifting

12:00 – EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

I went 155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-260 as planned, which is another five pounds heavier than I’ve gone in a long time. Little by little!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 6 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 9 Burpee Pull-ups

I did the first and last rounds unbroken on the barbell and should have done that all the way. For the other rounds I dropped the bar after 8 deadlifts for a quick breath and regrip. The burpee pull-ups are just so slow and I was stepping back and up on them to try to save my heart rate some. Got through 6+18.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Pulled this one out of the logs. Wore 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

And Then a Nap

Didn’t sleep for shit last night, with my shoulder and back making every position uncomfortable. Pretty dead to the world even after 2 coffees this morning, but out in the garage after 10am.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM

  • 15 Deadlift (95#)
  • 15 Burpees over the Bar
  • 15 DB Floor Press (50#)
  • 20 cal BikeErg
  • Rest

Eased in with the first round of deadlifts since we hadn’t warmed up much other than the 10×45 I pulled. Then I found energy when I started the burpees and felt pretty good the rest of the way. It wasn’t exactly fun, but my pace was solid, with burpees taking me 33-34 seconds every round.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Hammer Curls (20#)
  • 12 Seated French Press (35#)

Since I went light I did a slower decent with a more explosive lift.

A few minutes after getting in the house I was feeling rough. After my protein shake and logging this, I’m taking a nap!

259 Dubs

Warm-up

  • 2:00 TrueForm Run (0.34 km)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Double Unders
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (85#)
  • 5 Double DB Hang Cleans (40#)

Skill

3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

I started out with a set of 92 and ended up with 259, which is a PR of 6 according to BTWB. My right calf was tight after.

Conditioning

14:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Deadlifts (135/95#)
  • 10 Double DB Hang Cleans (50/35#)
  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (50/35#)

I did two rounds of deadlifts unbroken and then went 5-5. Everything else was unbroken. Really grippy. Finished with 8+17. Not my jam with all weighted movements.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12 Half Circle Knee Raises
  • 12 alt Single Leg Lifts (L-sit on parallettes)
  • 30s Plank Hops
  • 12 Seated Leg Lifts

Time for More Shoulder Rest

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.54 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes

Chest & Triceps

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 5×125#
  • 5×145
  • 5×165

Wasn’t great on my shoulder so I switched to close grip.

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 DB Fly (35# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (bar, 71#
  • 30 Incline Bar Push-ups (bench press height)

Was supposed to be max push-ups, but that also is not a good position for my shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 12 Overhead Cable Tricep Extensions (rope, 49#)
  • 12 DB Pull Over (50-60-60-60#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Goblet Squats (50# DB)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)

Time to start doing single dumbbell movements that could be in the Open. Squats felt good and I learned I actually prefer the dumbbell for a goblet squat. I broke the last 2-3 rounds of ring rows 5-5. Deadlifts got slow. Took me 6:36.