Gross 50s

My triceps, biceps, and front shoulders all were getting sore in the morning already.


  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 6 Front Squats (95#)
  • 6 DB Deadlifts (35#)
  • 4 DB Hang Cleans (35#)
  • 4 DB S2OH (35#)


4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (125-135-145-155#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (53# KB)

I didn’t wear a belt. Glad this was the 4th week and we can move on to something else.

4 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Glute Bridge + 2 Banded Hip Abduction (105#)
  • 20 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers


DB DT – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (50#)
  • 9 Hang Cleans (50#)
  • 6 S2OH (50#)

I went unbroken each round, with mostly push presses. My grip was smoked and I probably should have set the dumbbells down after 11 deadlifts for a very short break because the cleans really sucked. Finished in 6:28.


  • 50 Leg Lifts
  • 50 DB OH Crunches (50# DB)
  • 50 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 50 V-ups
  • 50 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Plank Hip Dips

Oh my! I went 25-15-10 on the leg lifts. Could barely do hollow rocks and had to limit myself to all 5s. Then I finished with 2×25 hip dips. Took me 9:13.

No Bueno Taco Bell


  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)


4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (105-115-125-135#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (45#)

Went up 10# of each set of front squats. Felt much easier than last week. I did wear the belt again.

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Glute Bridge (95#) + 2 Banded Hip Abduction
  • 15 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Went 20# heavier than last week and it was no problem.


30:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 DB Push Press (50#)
  • 15 cal BikeErg
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50#)
  • 15 cal SkiErg

I should not have gotten that Taco Bell for lunch! I was able to go unbroken for the movements, but I felt gassed on the machines. Only needed five more calories to finish the 6th round. This workout got me.

On the Fourth

Yesterday evening we rode 9 holes of golf. Did some cleanup on the posts this morning and then were getting set for the workout at about 10:30.


  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Push Press (35#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold



  • 60 Strict HSPU (3×5, 5×3)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 100 Russian KB Swings (70/53, 20-20-10)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 60 DB Push Press (50/25#, all 5s)

Didn’t even run a clock today. Was a good one.


3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups (20# DB)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 4 Dragon Flags
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Damn this was burning at the end of round one. Took me 10:18.

More Double Dumbbells

Was thinking about doing some rowing intervals, but I wasn’t feeling well in the afternoon, so it became a complete rest day. I had today off work to prep a bunch of stuff for work on the living room and sunroom all weekend. Out in the garage just before 4pm.


  • 3:00 SkiErg (669m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (35#)
  • 6 Double DB Push Press (35#)
  • 12 Pendlay Row (45#)


6 Rounds

  • 12 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (50/35s)
  • 12 Double DB Push Press (50/35s)
  • 24 Sit-ups

My plan was to split the push presses up to 6-6 or 7-5 from the start but they felt good so I went for it. Finally had to break for the last 5 of them. Finished in 11:10. Really happy with how this went. I thought the push presses were going to be really bad after the way there were in that Qualifier workout I had tried.


3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 12 Pendlay Rows (95#)

This was a really tough superset after the workout.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 Incline Back Fly (25# DBs)


4 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Toe Reach (35# DB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Bicycle Crunch
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank DB Pull Throughs (50#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest

I did 15 toe reaches, 36 bicycles, 12 pull throughs, and 20 hollow rocks every round. This was rough after 144 sit-ups!

March 22nd Outside!

It was 70° so for the abs and conditioning we went out on the patio.


3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (56#)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdown (71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 In and Out Curls (25#)
  • 12 Overhead Tricep Extensions (rope, 60#)


3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 30 alt Side Crunches
  • 20 Weighted Hollow Flutter Kicks (25# plate)
  • 10 Supermans


20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 15 DB Push Press (30# DBs)
  • 30 Air Squats

Not used to that sun! This was a lot of volume for the legs.

Shoulder Still Not Ready

My shoulder area and back were tight this morning from the snatches, but nothing horrible. I can feel my hammies from the leg work. Out in the garage at 4pm.


2 Rounds

  • 10 cal SkiErg
  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 DB Push Press (20# DBs)


16:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 20 DB Goblet Lunges (50#)
  • 20 cal Row
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups

I did three rounds of 5×2 and two rounds of 2×2 plus 6×1 for the pull-ups. Averaged just over 1,200 cal/hr on the rower. Finished with 4+21.

I wanted to do 10 handstand push-ups for the last movement, but I kicked up and did one before the workout and my shoulder still isn’t ready. To be honest I probable shouldn’t hake picked the push-ups because those didn’t feel awesome either.


4 Rounds

  • 10 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 30s Sandbag Hold (100#)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 30/30s Side Planks

Took about 17 minutes to do without breaks.

Rowing Kalsu PR

My lower body is a little sore in several places. My shoulder didn’t seem to bother me as much during the night. Slept in until after 7:30! I guess I’m by myself until after Christmas.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,516m)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • 5 DB Push Press (35#)


Rowing Kalsu

  • 100 cal Row
  • EMOM – 5 Burpees over the Rower
    *start with Burpees at 0:00

I’ve been wanting to do this one for months. Almost three years ago it took me 8:40. A long time before that, spending the entire first minute on the rower (incorrect way to do it), it took me 7:52. Today it took me 7:41!! 💥

I got 15 calories in each of the first two rounds and slowed to about 1,200 cal/hr after that. I had 9 or 10 cals left for the final push. I was getting done with the burpees by :20 every round.

4 Rounds

  • 2:00
    • 20 cal BikeErg (standing)
    • MAX DB Push Press (40#)
  • 2:00 Rest

I went 10-18, 15-12, 14-15, and 15-15 for totals of 28-27-29-30. Would not have expected to be able to increase.

10:00 TrueForm Walk

Just something extra to cool down. Went 1.23 km.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position


4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25#)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

Those were some good supersets.


4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.

Dead Rower

Went out to the garage to row during lunch and my rower wasn’t working again. Hopefully it’s just the cable. Concept 2 sells the entire cable and sensor assembly, so I ordered a new one for less than $30 after shipping and tax. I went to the gym early before class to get this in.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

12 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 1:15 Rest

I set the drag factor to 120 on the rower. Four months ago I averaged a 1:34.9 pace for this workout. Today I wondered how long I could hold a 1:33/500m pace and it turns out the entire workout! After three intervals I actually thought about speeding up, but figured I’d wait a few more rounds. A couple later I was happy with that decision because I was starting to struggle. Got 242 meters every round for 59 total meters more than the last time.


Maybe I need to start being more aggressive with the paces I pick. If you look back, my s/m were all 32 and higher the last time. Maybe something to do with the lower drag factor or the little bit of squatting I’ve been doing is getting my leg strength back.

According to WHOOP, my average heart rate for this workout was 6 lower than last time, even though my highest HR during the workout was the same both times. I’m able to recover so much better now.


5 Rounds

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20 HR Push-ups

Before I knew I was going in to row I planned to do this after class. Since my body was warmed up I moved this up and skipped the class warm-up. I did all 5s for both movements, though the push-up sets got really slow with some pausing. Finished in 7:22. Pump city!


Power Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×95
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 3×115

I did all singles. I was trying to work on my early arm bend and dropping under the bar. I could feel my back a little bit. This was supposed to lead right into a 10:00 EMOM of power cleans. I had 165# on the bar, did my first rep, and my back did not feel good when I caught it. I did the other two reps which didn’t feel any better, stripped my bar, and skipped the other nine minutes.



  • DB Push Presses (50# DBs)
  • Jump Over Box (24#)

The workout was deadlifts and tall box jumps, but I wanted something easier on my back so I came up with this. I was surprised to get every round of push presses unbroken, with the second half of the 15 and 9 being fights. Clearing the box is so much more demanding than regular box jumps, but I kept moving on them. Finished in 4:37.

I hope my back recovers for 20.3 on Friday or Castro doesn’t give us a heavy barbell this week.

It’s a Trap

My shoulders and wrists are sore from the handstand walking and my traps are really sore from so many cleans.


8:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (25#)
  • 10 Weighted Step-ups (24″, 25#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Push Press (25#)
  • 10 Alternating DB Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Did two rounds plus the Kroc rows and 7 step-ups.


We had 10 minutes to work on handstand related stuff (hold, press, walk), so of course I practicing my walking. And yet again, the programming spends a good portion of class fatiguing the movement most important in the conditioning piece. I feel like they are trying to trap you! Maybe this stuff is going to pay off in the Open, but just seems so odd and is completely different from any other program I’ve seen. I didn’t make too many attempts with so many handstand push-ups coming up and I was tired from last night, but I did get out to 8-10 feet a couple of times.


5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 14 DB Step-Back Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 14 HSPU

My goal was 1:50-1:55 on the rower, unbroken lunges, and break the handstand push-ups into 8-6. I figured rounds would take around 3:30. Screwed up the order right off the back and did my 8 HSPU before the lunges. Whoops! No I didn’t do them over again. 😛 I finished at 17:54, so my guess was pretty damn close because a 3:30 average would have been 17:30. The lunges were much easier than I expected. Pushed hard to keep my pace on the rower. Here are my splits:

  • 1:50.1
  • 1:51.0
  • 1:51.2
  • 1:51.6
  • 1:51.7

A 1:50 pace equates to about 1,200 cal/hr, so it’s good to know I can stay in the ballpark during a longer workout. If I would have started each row better I think I would have been much closer after the first one too.


Dumbbell Curl 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

It was time to bump up the weight from 15-15-20 and the third set was pretty tough. Even with this bonus work I was still done before the 5pm class started.

Ready for the rest day!