Grippy AMRAP


25:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Double DB Box Step-ups (24”, 35# DBs)
  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50#)
  • 10 DB Push Presses (35#)
  • 40 Jump Rope
  • 120′ DB Farmer Carry (50# DBs)

Got through 7+3.


3 Sets

  • 10/10 Banded Partner Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 10 Leg Lifts
  • 30 Flutter Kicks
  • 10 Tuck-ups

Wore 5# ankle weights.

Sunday at 3

Much later for us on a Sunday, around 3pm, but we had a busy morning.



  • Burpees

Definitely not my idea! I went 2×6 and 6×5.


4 Rounds

  • 12/8 cal Row
  • 12 Incline DB Back Fly (20#)
  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 12 Double Handle Pull to Chest (60#)
  • 15/10 cal BikeErg
  • 50m Farmer Carry (60#)

Sort of a partner workout, with the 2nd person waiting until you were off the machine. Then if you got your movement reps done you had a brief wait until your partner finished their machine. I went first and B finished at 22:35.


3 Rounds

  • 26 Swimmer Crunches
  • 26 Crunches
  • 26 Leg Lifts
  • 26 Single Leg Lifts
  • 26 Plank Hip Dips

Ouch! Took me 8:21.

Chest Week 2

This is the second week of the chest workout, so the weights go up.


  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (75#)
  • 5 Bench Press (100#)

In between some of the parts, we’d jump on the BikeErg. I did 2:30, 1:00, and 5:00.


MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

Was able to knock out 40 reps.

MAX Ring Push-ups

A bit of a struggle very early here. Only got 26.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 45#)

It’s so much harder with elbows out and the dumbbells facing forward.

75 DB Bench Press (40/20#)

Felt pretty good here, doing 5×10 and 5×5 to finish in 2:48.


Squat Cleans

  • 2 Squats Cleans + Bottom Squat Hold + 2 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4×95
  • 2×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205

I belted up at 165 or 185. The squats felt heavy!

E15S – 5:00

  • 1 Power Clean (185#)

This was tough, but very doable. Wore my belt.


4 Rounds

  • 50m Uneven Farmer Carry (45+60#)
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations & Holds (red)

Then we spent 3-4 hours working on the outdoor gym and I mowed my lawn.

Our Own Thing

My back is tight and my shoulders need a rest from kipping, so we didn’t go to the park to hang up the rings like we were talking about. Doing our own thing for the workout today.

5 Rounds (IGYG per movement)

  • 50m Farmer Carry (handles, 98#)
  • 150m Run
  • 25/25m Single Arm OH Carry (50# DB)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)

Took us exactly 27:00. Really good combination of movements. Sweaty one today.

6 Rounds (each, IGYG)

  • 10 Plyo Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs

B felt something in here knee in the last round so didn’t finish and she had been cutting back the shoot through reps. It was just over 8:00 when I finished.

Three Position Squat Cleans

Last night both B and I were wrecked from that session!


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,506m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
    • 2 @ 95
    • 1 @ 135
    • 1 @ 155
    • 1 @ 175


High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean

  • 2 @ 75%
  • 3 @ 80%
  • 2:00 Rests

My biggest recent clean was a 260 pound power clean at the end of February. Since I haven’t been squatting, I scaled back a little bit to 185-185-195-195-205. Started wearing a belt with 155 during the warm-ups. The working sets were a struggle; these legs don’t remember how to squat! I sure was glad I decided not to front squat yesterday.


6 Sets

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 20 cal BikeErg
    • MAX Distance Farmer Carry (60# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Was written using 100s but I didn’t feel like loading up my handles, especially with it being cold outside so there was a lot of turning around in the garage. This was a different type of workout. I kept getting faster on the bike. I started losing my grip in the last three sets at around my 10th time across the garage, which is about 20 feet. I went 12-13-14-14-14-15 times the 20 feet.


E4M – 4 Rounds

  • 50s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Throughs (60#)
  • 50s Plank
  • 30 DB Side Crunches (20#)

I Can (Butter)Fly

My shoulders and abs are kind of sore. Out in the garage at about 10:30.


  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,039m)
  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push
  • 10 Kip Swings


4 Sets

  • 120′ Uneven Farmer Carry (70 & 45# KBs)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)


30:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 40 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)
  • 20 DB Push-up + 2 Rows (40# DBs)
  • 40 DB Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 30 C2B Pull-ups

Done with Brandi. We each alternated two sets of 10 deadlifts, then two sets of five of the push-up plus two rows complex. I did two times 10 lunges and B did two times 15 Russian swings. For the pull-ups we alternated each doing threes sets of five pull-ups. I wanted to challenge myself with the chest to bar after sucking in that Open workout. I started out with a regular kip in round one and felt comfortable with my head not hitting the ceiling, so I thought I’d try butterfly in round two and it felt good. Certainly easier to get my chest to the bar per rep because I can use my hips and legs more. Probably the best I’ve done butterfly chest-to-bar pull-ups ever and the first time I’ve done any in over a year. I did start losing some of my kip in last two rounds but never came off the bar through a set of five even with some resets. I started first and got through five full rounds, the deadlifts and 4 of the dumbbell complex. Really grippy workout.

So ready for a rest day tomorrow!!

An Engine Without Engine Builder

Got a good night of sleep and finally a green WHOOP recovery score. Started getting setup around 9am for my workout


4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Arm Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 12 Standing French Press (50#)


My jumping “box”

5 Rounds

  • 800m Run
  • 15 Box/Wall Jumps (24″)
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups

Last year my rounds were 6:00, 5:59, 6:02, 5:58, and 5:49 for a total of 29:49. I had been following The Gains Lab Engine Builder program for months. Today I did 6:02, 5:55, 6:01, 5:58, and 5:42 for 29:37. Very similar today with a little more turbo boost in the fifth round. Cool to see I’m about the same on a workout like this with significantly less time spent doing single modality cardio workouts. Ideally I’d like to move more of the Z2 heart rate up in to zone Z4 for a workout like this.

I love how heart rate data has these odd dips at times like you almost died.

Walked 18 holes of golf with my Dad after 3pm and then when I got back to the lake I put my sister through some core work. She’s lost a bunch of weight and was asking me how to get abs so I told her to give me two months for an experiment. Hopefully she’ll stick with it. I have to remember she’s not in CrossFit shape so I need to ease her in. Had her do a scaled version of my work.


4 Sets

  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 OH Crunches (2s pause, 35+50# DBs)
  • 100m Uneven Farmer Carry (35 & 50# DBs)

I wore ankle weights throughout and swapped hands with the dumbbells after 50 meters. Hollow holds with the ankle weights weren’t as bad as I was expecting.

Busy Day!!

Last night I found a new mat to use for HSPU.

Ran around to multiple Meijer stores this morning because they all got in a shipment of rubber coated hex dumbbells overnight. I was able to get pairs of 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35! Returning the other sets back to my uncle for the price I paid him so he can make $$ with his home gym business. Now I just need to find 10, 40, and 45s.

One of the 50s won’t even fit now on the rack now. I need to make some type of platform to put on that top row to bump it up higher and to have a taller lip because the 50 pounder almost slides right over it.

I walked 18 holes this morning and then out in the garage at 5. Getting in a workout today since vacation at the cottage (my days off already started) starts tomorrow. I’ll be driving north and settling in, so it will be a rest day.


  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,181m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 160′ Monster Walk


Split Jerks

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×145
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

Felt good. Didn’t use a belt and it was nice to get out the jerk blocks. Here is a video of the final set. I had no idea my abs looked like this!


20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20 (I Go You Go)

  • Weighted Plyo Lunges (35# DBs, 5# DBs)

It’s been almost two months since we retested this. Brandi had worn an 8# vest and it took us 8:43. She’s been improving a lot with this stuff and bumped it up to five pound dumbbells today. We switched with her going first and holy shit going second is a whole different world of hurt. I think I broke up the 16-18-20 because I was dying. We smoked our time, finishing in 7:21. She’s going to use eight pounders next time.


4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8/8 Hanging Oblique Raises
  • 50m Farmer Carry (handles, 118#)

More nasty core work. Those carries were really bad after hanging from the bar. I’m really loving the handles though.

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.


25:00 BikeErg

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


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!!


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.

Same Leg, Different Assailant

Got out of bed at 5:30 this morning, but feeling good. I went out the garage early at 9:30.


  • 25:00 BikeErg (12,750m)
  • 20 PVC Passes


The bike is really quite enjoyable for stuff like this. Nice to get some sun too. Was hoping to have time for a 30 minute ride, but I did not.


MAX Butterfly Pull-ups
Had to beat 30 from May 24, 2016 and smoked it with 42. It wasn’t even really my pull-ups that gave out (all butterfly), it was the breathing! I think I could hold on and even switch to a regular kip if needed and get around 50.

Back Day!

4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups

Why are these so hard?

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (105-105-110-115#)

Switching things up and going heavy for a few weeks.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (cross body, handle, 15-20-20-20#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 90#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Incline Back Fly (45# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (40-35-30-25#)

I increased 5# more than I used couple of weeks ago. Last time, with the lighter weights each set, I hit 12-12-12-20 for my drop sets. Today I did 8-10-10-12, also with the shorter rests since we are helping each other adjust a dumbbell weight.


4 Sets

  • 8/8 Twisted Weighted Crunches (w/ pause, 75# barbell)
  • 50 OH Hollow Flutter Kicks (75#)
  • 15s RKC Plank
  • 100m Farmer Carry (83# handles)

I finally used the handles I bought three months ago! I was thinking they were 75# carries, but had forgot about the weights of the handles, which are 8# each.

While getting out some jerk blocks as a resting place for the handles, I dropped one down the same leg I got bit by the bike with the other day. Hurt so bad and had a big goose egg right away.


Now heading to Leaman’s Apple Barn to get treats for one of their Cider Sundae Fundays!