18.2 Redemption

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,535m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open 18.2: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

  • DB Squats (50/35# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees (w/ jump back and up)

This was one of my most hated Open workouts. It seemed so simple on paper; 55 squats and 55 burpees. For whatever reason it destroyed me though and I got a very disappointing time of 9:44. I’ve been wanting to redo it for a long time. I found a nice rhythm with the burpees. When I jumped up out of the bottom I didn’t try to do too much and was ok with taking two short steps and then jumping over the bar. I think this really helped to pace me out. After the front squats didn’t feel very good yesterday I was worried. These squats felt great and I got faster and faster with them. At the end I busted ass through the final 10 burpees and finished in 7:50!!!! I’m so happy with that. I was surprised at how good I was feeling through the second half of the workout and even when I got done. Still not a great time compared to scores around the world but a huge improvement for me and I feel like I could push the pace more. I really didn’t know how hard to go early on because something like that can hit you out of nowhere (and did in 2018!).

Strength / Accessory

Warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 8×125#.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (155#)
  • 8 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 8 Bench Press (155#)

Being smart with choosing my weight today instead of going for it in the early sets. Wanted to be able to have something left for shoulder presses. That’s a decrease on the bench and in increase on the fly. Every time I got to the second bench it was a fight.

3 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (115-125-135#)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (15# DBs)

Shoulders were tired!

4 Sets

  • 20s Ski Erg Triceps
  • 12 OH Cable Tricep Extensions (35#, rope)

This was so hard after the first set. We weren’t taking much more rest than letting the other person do their set.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Knee-ins (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces/Pulses
  • 24 alt Weighted V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations

Another great ab workout. Those ankle weights were a good purchase.

It’s So Hot

My ass is still pretty sore. My quads and shoulders are getting a little sore. Outside at 9:30 with the bike on the driveway.

Warm-up

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,619 meters and got faster every five minute period.

Back

4:00 EMOM

  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (35#)
  • 6 Weighted Chin-ups (35#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (115-120-125-130#)

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (underhand, cross body, handle, 25-25-30-32.5#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 100-105-110-115#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline DB Fly (45#)
  • MAX incline DB Fly (40-35-30-25#)

8-10-10-12 last time where we helped each other change the adjustable set of dumbbells. Even less rest today with the new rack of DBs. I did 10-8-8-12 for the drop sets. Horrible!!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, pause)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Cable Rows (25#)
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (ankle weights)
  • 100m Farmer Carry (80# + 8# handle)

Only wore the ankle weights for the shoot throughs today. I had them stripped down to 3# each to start and loaded back up to 5# each for the last two sets. Was able to do the Farmer Carry unbroken each time, but those get nasty so heavy. I really like the handles I bought from Titan Fitness.

Heat is Draining

Was up early with some work stuff on my mind, so I got out of bed and spent an hour writing it up at a little after 5am. I need to get my sleep back on track because it hasn’t been very good the last 2-3 weeks. I’m either waking up way too early, going to bed later than I had been, or both. This heat is tiring too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Bike Erg (5,092m)
  • Steamboats
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (95#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Deadlift (155/105#)
  • 10 Pull-up

In round two I started going 5-5 on the deadlifts just to be safe with my back. In round three of the handstand push-ups I switched to 5-5. Pull-ups were all unbroken. Finished 5+27.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press
  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ OH Hold
  • 10 DB Bench Press

These were tough. I used 40-40-45#.

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (40#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Standing OH DB Tricep Extensions (50#)

I was close to failure on these. Upper body was dead after all that.

Seems Like a Minor One

Last night wasn’t bad so it seems like a minor back tweak; I didn’t have any shooting pains whenever I rolled over. After getting out of bed I was leaning to the side a bit while walking. Loosened up as I moved around. Will scale back and keep an eye on it for a week or two. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (201 cals, 5.05 km)

Conditioning

3 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 cal BikeErg (no seat!)
  • 60 HR Push-ups
  • 60 Single DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (50/35#)

We went five at a time on ring dips. We each went twice on the bike with me doing 18 calories and Brandi 12. Standing really changes it and gives a quad burn. Split push-ups in tens and did 16-14 walking lunges each. Finished in 22:46.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (25-30-30# DBs)

I might be able to try the 35s again for these.

3 Sets

  • 10 alt Underhand Bench Press (50# DBs)
  • 10 Underhand Front Raise (8# DBs)

Those underhand benches are awkward with the dumbbell wanting to go all over the place.

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (Rope, 45-50-50#)
  • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (10# DBs)

The pulley is much better after I recreated the main cable. Just need to shorten it now because I made it too long. Getting a lot of use out of that little DIY project. I need to make a blog post about it.

Up to Twelve

It was nice to get out of town and see my Dad yesterday, walking 18 holes together. Today I was out in the garage early for some cardio (love the new BikeErg!) before a 10am start.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 BikeErg (7,832m)
  • PVC Passes

Wheeled the bike out back in the sun again. Increased pace every five minutes.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Pull Down (45#)

Use open palms, which forces you to engage your lats more because you can’t “pull down” with your arms.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

My bright idea to go from sets of 10 to 12. Idiot!

4 Sets

  • 12 DB Pullover (50#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (35-30-25-20#)

I did twelve reps for the first three drop sets and then hold on for a whopping 20 reps.

Skills

I helped Brandi with some bar muscle-up drills and worked on ring false grip and a strict muscle-up a bit with the rings at ring dip height. The false grip is so uncomfortable!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Improved the knee-in movement by getting some straps  to use around my feet instead of the band I used last week. I’d like to go even heavier for the crunches so may have to try with a barbell. Forgot how nasty a front rack carry can be.

Partner Up

My back was better through the night again. Feeling good. Garage time at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (102cals, 2.54 km)
  • 2×10 Steamboats

Gymnastics Test

  • 1 Set of MAX Strict HSPU

I got 16, which is one shy of PR.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 Dumbbell Z Press (35#)
  • 10 Bent Elbow Lateral Raise (20# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Combo Shoulder Raise (15# DBs)
  • 10 Upright Rows (53# KB)

Combo shoulder raises are done one arm doing a lateral raise while the other does a front raise. I warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 5×145.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (2×165, 2×155)
  • 8 DB Fly (30#)
  • 8 Bench Press

I used 170 the last time we did this, but it wasn’t after a bunch of other work like today. I was smoked!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 Hang Power Cleans (95/65#)
  • 30 Box Jump (30/24″)
  • 60 Russian KBS (53/35#)

Decided to make this a partner workout at the last minute (and switch from 15:00 of 25-50-25-50) because I only have one set of rings and starting in different positions would have created a completely different workout for each of us. Worked out well and was fun. We split the dips and jumps in fives. The hang power cleans were in tens until the last round where we did fives. Kettlebell swings were in 15s. We finished 3+77 with me going first. That was 115 hang power cleans for me. My hook grip isn’t used to that!

Trying Curtsy Lunges

I was having a hard time walking on my left leg last night due to this achilles thing. It feels a little better today. My shoulders are sore and my back is still tight. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 10×95
    • 10×135

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (170#)
  • 8 DB Flys (30#)
  • 8 Bench Press (170#)

Increase from the 165# I used last time. Took long rest between sets.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted Plyo Lunges (30#)
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • Rest – 2x 1:30, 3x 1:00

The 1:30 rest was too much, so I only rested a minute after the third round and continued with it the rest of the way. Finished in 14:19.

After not doing a muscle-up since March 10th, I’ve had the itch. Around 4:30 I loaded a ladder and my rings in to the truck and headed over to a school with a large set of swings.

Gymnastics

30 Muscle-ups

On December 18th I did this in 5:55, by doing three reps every 40 seconds most of the way. My notes say it wasn’t a problem so my goal today was sub five minutes by going every 30 seconds. No idea how it would go after zero muscle-ups in 2+ months, but what the hell! Losing ten pounds and doing a lot of bodyweight work had to count for something, right?

When I set the rings up and got up there I was easily able to smack my head against the bar, so I adjusted my press out and swing through to the next rep. So give me a break with my lockouts here. My plan paid off and I finished in 4:48, which is PR by 1:07!! 💥💥💥

It seems like just yesterday when I was struggling to get through a ten minute EMOM of 3 reps and now I can do it twice as fast. At my height and size I’m very proud of that progress.

Gonna Feel Those

Feeling good. In the garage at 11.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Band Squats

Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20

  • Plyo Lunges (20/35# DBs)

This was done in the I Go You Go style with Brandi. Got it from TeamRichey, but went lighter than them and glad we did. It got terrible real quick. When I got to 16 I started to feel like I was going to fail a rep. I didn’t have to break though until I had 4 left in the final set. Almost made it unbroken! We finished in 13:12. I could barely stand up for a good 10-15 minutes afterwards. Those are going to hurt for 3-4 days.

Strength

Warmed up bench press with eight at 45-95-135.

  • 1 Giant Set
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
    • 8 DB Flyes (35#)
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
  • 3 Giant Sets
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
    • 8 DB Flyes (30#)
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)

Much harder than I expected!

Did my banded PT exercises and then the core work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Lunging Wall Balls

I took a 90 minute nap yesterday and slept over 8 hours last night. Woke up with 98% recovery on WHOOP! I did a session of my PT exercises in the morning. Decided not to eat before going to open gym at 10.

Warm-up

10:00 Echo Bike

Did 120 calories and 3.73 miles.

3 Sets

  • 100/100’ Bottoms Up KB Carry (26#)

I didn’t rest since I was switching arms every down and back.

Accessory

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Bear Hug Banded March (20#)
  • 3:00 Rest

Today I concentrated on raising my knee high as well as lifting my heel towards me ass at the same time. Got 166 and 174 reps and felt like I was able to keep a consistent pace.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Rower Curls
  • 12 DB Curls (20#)

Damper was set at 10 but maybe should be a lot lower. Glad I decided to go lower than normal with the dumbbbells.

4 Sets

  • 10 Prone DB Fly (25#)
  • 10 Banded Lat Pull Downs (2x double green)

Set mine up on the triangle bar so it was out away from the rig and used a 35# barbell instead of a PVC, which seemed safer and helped stretch the band some. I sat on a blue plate on the white bench.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Barbell Push-ups
  • 30 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (14#, 10’)

I originally had programmed 15 air squats, 20 dumbbell walking lunges, and 25 push-ups. Last night I made the call that I’m not ready for a lot of air squats yet. Then today at the gym I got the idea to try out the reverse lunge wall balls. Took a round or so to get the hang of the movement, but I really liked it. Using a light medicine ball probable helped. 😉 I did 4×5 on every round of push-ups and 20-10 on the lunge wall balls. Got through 4+20. Felt good to do a metcon where I didn’t have a “cake walk” (essentially rest) movement and was able to get my heart rate up.

Gymnastics

3 Sets

  • 10 Kip Swings

Just small kips, but I wanted to see how it felt. No issue.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’m becoming a master at these! Was a solid two hours at the gym.

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises at some point.

Strict Intensity

Yesterday I was hungover and took a couple of naps. Had to shovel the heavy wet snow, which actually accounted for my second highest WHOOP strain score of the week. Glad it was a rest day, because I would not have been able to fitness. After a solid night of sleep, I woke up with a 96% recovery score! Got to the gym early today for open gym again.

Warm-up

  • 150 cal Echo Bike

Took about 14:25.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Prone Fly (20# DBs)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickback (35#)

Gymnastics

  • 15:00 Handstand Walk

Tried to focus on pushing through my shoulders, hands out, and bent knees today. Feeling more and more comfortable each time I practice. Got out to 21-22 feet on my longest one. Here’s my final attempt.

 

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict HSPU
  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 12 Walking Lunges (25# DBs at sides)

I like programming low rep strict movements in a workout like this, where it’s a challenge but I’m able to keep moving without rest. After getting round one done in about 40 seconds I was worried it was too fast. Then after not slowing much through about five rounds I set a goal to stay under a 1:00/round page. Even though I started dropping from the top of the C2B and quickly grabbing on for the next rep, I was able to make up time by speeding through step through lunges. Was able to do all of the HSPU unbroken without a problem. Finished with 15+5.

Midline

  • 3x 20 Dead Bug
  • 3x 10 Curl-up (3s pause)
  • 3x 10 Bird Dog + 10 second hold (each side)