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.

Ups and Downs

Was in Cleveland last night for a wedding. We got up early and made it back to my place around noon. Had pushed back Super Sunday to 1pm to give me enough time to make it home.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 1,000m Row
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Strength + Explosive

  • 2 Front Squats + 5 Back Squats
  • Rest 30s
  • 1 Broad Jump
  • Rest ~2:00

Went 45-135-185-225-255-280-300# for a 5# PR. Felt really good squatting. Didn’t pull out the tape measure for the jumps so no idea how far they were.



  • Thrusters (95#)
  • Pull-ups

I pretty much called it in on this one during the first set of pull-ups when I broke it up to 11-10. Barely any sleep, 4 hours in the car, and just wasn’t feeling great this morning. I really fell apart going 5-5-5 on the 15 thrusters with way too much rest between picking the bar back up. Then 9-6 pull-ups and unbroken 9s to finish in 4:44. Not even close to my 3:30 best. Rested while second group went.

At an easy pace…

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Walking Lunges
  • 1 Mile Run

It took 25:10 with some walking around in the gym during the transitions in and out of lunging. First mile was about 8:55 and second one was about 9:35 (I had RunKeeper going the whole time). Nobody else ran the second mile with me, but I made myself do it since I didn’t push on Fran. I need the extra running anyway.

2nd Date with Fran

Rested yesterday and spent all day watching friends in a weightlifting meet over in Lansing. Was feeling pretty nervous about hitting Fran today.

I got on the rower for 1,000m in 4:40 to loosen up after some rolling and stretching. Then did 10×45# and 5×95# thrusters.



  • Thrusters (95#)
  • Pull-ups

I’ve only done this bitch Rx once, back in August of 2013 and it took me 4:50. I knew I could crush that, but I was still nervous about the hurt Fran causes and about how the thruster attack and all of the pull-up work would transfer to the workout. I did 21-21 unbroken, then 15 thrusters unbroken and 5-4-6 on the pull-ups because my pull was giving out. Finished with 9 unbroken thrusters again and 5-4 pull-ups for a time of 3:30! How’s that for a PR?!?!

I still have a cough from the bug I dealt with for over a week, so when Fran Lung kicked in, it was extra brutal and still was, hours later. Somehow I smacked my nose on the bar on my 19th pull-up. Hurts! Happens at about 1:20 in the video. I lose my rhythm, but don’t drop from the bar.

Took a pretty good break, including jumping on the rower for a really easy 500m.

4:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Unbroken DU

Dubs were really pissing me off today. I kept missing my first one! Managed to get in 6 sets.

25 Rounds

  • 2 Burpees
  • 2 T2B

When I wrote this I thought it would be pretty easy, but damn was I wrong! Took me 6:08. I was throwing a poker chip after every 5 rounds to keep track, but I guess I could have easily just counted up to 100 total reps. Simple programming, but really nasty after Fran. My hips didn’t want to do those toes to bars.

Little Victories

When I rolled out of bed I was feeling beat up all over, but that went away after moving around. Maybe it was from the sprints last night.

Headed over to Kevin’s garage for some work.


5:00 on the Air Dyne (AD2)

Olympic Lifting

I worked of the blocks set to about mid-thigh. Was doing a series of 2-3 snatch deadlifts to get the feel of knees coming back under the bar and hips meeting the bar, with knees still bent. Then I took that into 3 snatches on the blocks.

Started light and moved up really well. 35# for multiple sets, 65# for multiple sets and then I think it was one set each of 85#, 95#, 115#, 125#, and 135#. I just started meeting the bar with 135# on Thursday and it felt better off the blocks. I like the progress!


Bench Press – 5/3/1 Cycle 2 Week 1

  • 5 @ 85# (40% of training max – warm)
  • 5 @ 110# (50% – warm)
  • 3 @ 130# (60% – warm)
  • 5 @ 140# (65%)
  • 5 @ 160# (75%)
  • 5+ @ 185# (85%)

I didn’t use the Reactive Slingshot at all today. Much harder without it, but I didn’t have too much of a problem with my right arm until the end and was still able to push through the reps. I was able to get 9 reps with 185# for an estimated max of 240#. Much more realistic than when I had used the slingshot.

Reverse Hyper

3 x 10 with 120#

I should really get over there more often to do these.

Then we headed over to Survival Fitness Bay City for open gym.


Worked on muscle-ups. First I wanted to see if I could do a MU without needing to 3 swings in. Was able to get them on the first swing. Then my next goal was to finally string 2 MU together and I knocked that out too! I did three doubles over the course of the work I think, but never tried for 3 in a row. I probably did about 15 total muscle-ups and was trying to help Kevin get his first one kipping. He gets plenty high enough, but doesn’t attempt to get his head through. He’ll get it soon!



  • Thrusters (95#)
  • Pull-ups

I had yet to do an Rx “Fran” which was a little embarrassing considering I’m coming up on 2 years of CrossFit. Shit, the last time I did any “Fran” was at the Level 1 Cert last year in September. I used 75# there and did it in 5:36. Did a 4:50 today without a problem. I now know that I don’t have to pace and rest as much as I did. I was worried I’d burn out on the thrusters or pull-ups by the round of 9.

Later at night I went out to the garage for some more training since I’ll be golfing tomorrow in the first round of our end of the year tournament.

Snatch Balance & OHS

Weight Snatch Balance OHS
45# 5 5
95# 5 5
115# 3 3
135# 2 3
155# 1 2
175# F
175# 1
185# F

I’m not sure what happened but my OHS has gone shit. I could do a 175# snatch balance back in the winter too. Weird.

Bottom Squat Snatch Presses

I figured these would help my stability overhead.

  • 5 x 45#
  • 5 x 55#
  • 5 x 65#

Wow, these are different difficult.

Snatch Presses


  • 5 x 65#
  • 5 x 75#
  • 5 x 85#
  • 5 x 90#

Shit balls I’m weak in these positions.


I did a really easy 15 minutes on the Air Dyne.

DB “Fran”

The Paleo Challenge ends this week and I can’t wait to order a pizza on Thursday! I love eating Paleo, but I need some cheat meals. With that said, I’m glad I’ve stuck to the program for the entire month, with a very minor cheat. I’ve seen incredible results, but I’ll post more about that in a couple of days.

I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) called Saginaw Meadows with a couple that I’m good friends with. Yesterday was our first pick-up. It’s going to be pretty neat to get fresh, local, organic stuff each week, some of which I’ve never eaten. The first week was pretty small because not much has grown in yet, but each week we’ll be getting more and more food. I used a green onion in a breakfast scramble this morning and made a sauté with some greens and tomatoes I had picked up on Friday from the local Farmer’s Market. Good food!


  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 100 Butt Kicks
  • 100 Lateral Hops
  • 100 Mountain Climbers
  • 10 Slow Air Squats
  • 10 Burpees

I think I did this in about 5:26, without pushing too hard. I wanted to save myself for the WOD because I knew I was going to need everything I had to survive.

3 rounds

  • 1m Plank
  • 1m Leg Raises
  • 1m Bicycles
  • 1m Side Plank (30s each side)
  • 1m Boats
  • 1m Rest

These long core circuits are great and they are always much tougher than they look. Does core work every get any easier?


DB “Fran”


  • Thrusters (45# DBs)
  • Pull-ups

Here’s one of those heavy upper body workouts where I struggle. We had a 10:00 time limit and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish. I’ve never attempted “Fran” before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I wish my intro was with the barbell instead of DBs, but you don’t always get what you want. 🙂 I really struggled to string together pull-ups, which took a lot of extra time. I knew I’d have to break the thrusters down quite a bit, especially in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. My time was 9:05. I’ll take it. It gives me something to shoot for next time.


50 Burpees

This was great practice for Thursday when we have to perform the Paleo Challenge benchmark again, which starts out with 5 minutes of burpees. I pushed myself pretty good here and finished in 2:48. In the original benchmark a month ago I did 82 burpees in 5 minutes, so if I can keep up the pace I used today I can beat, especially since I won’t have such a long warm-up and “Fran” to do before.

I’ve only worked out 2 days in a row, but I’m going to take a rest day tomorrow to make sure I’m not too tired or sore for the benchmark test on Thursday. I’ll be walking 18 holes of golf tomorrow morning anyway, so that will get me some exercise.