Heavy But Good

Went far a three mile walk last night. My lats are a bit sore. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Conditioning

Teams of 2 (cals each)

  • 50-40-30-20-10 / 35-28-21-14-7 cal BikeErg

Brandi went first, so I’d have the shorter rests. I picked up the pace each set. We finished in 14:36. My legs were burning near the end, but a pretty good warm-up for some squatting.

Gymnastics

7 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups

Done after each set of front squats. Starting to get some of the feel back already.

Strength

Front Squats

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185

Felt heavy, but overall pretty good. Easing back in to some squats in case there is a test during the AGOQ. I belted up for the last two or three sets.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 45s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 45s Plank
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB

Finished in 12:35.

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. 🙂

Handstand Graduation

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,562m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Probably did about 8 sets of 5 kick-ups. Had some really good ones where I was holding for 4-5 seconds I think.

That completes the 4 week program. We made so much progress in that time. We’re going to continue a lot of the drills and try adding some other ones I’ve found. I’ve already written the first 2 weeks of our phase 2.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (145#)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Bulgarian Split Squats (35-40-45# DBs)
  • 8 DB Stiff Leg Deadlifts (60# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Front Squats (85#)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-downs (50# DB, 15”)

2 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Calf Raises (60# DBs)

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP
1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

When we did this on April 14th I got through the 7s + 10, which was a big PR at the time. Today I was able to stay unbroken, even though my HSPU got slow with some pausing. Another PR, by 11 reps this time, finishing the 8s and then getting 5 more burpees. No doubt the handstand work is helping a lot here as well.

I Was the Nail

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. My ass has been sore from the back rack reverse lunges. Worked out at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,665m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 80′ Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 3 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 6 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 6 Kip Swings

I used the black band today since the hip circle is awkward to walk with around my ankles.

Conditioning

Almost “Hammer”
5 Rounds, each round for time

  • 5 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Front Squats (135#)
  • 5 Jerks (135#)
  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 1:30 Rest

Being a hero workout you have to suspect this would be bad. I underestimated it and went out too hot. My times for the first four rounds were 1:34, 1:43, 1:59, and then holy fucking shit 3:48!! I clearly died in round four. After nine reps in the final round my back popped and I was done for the day. FUCK!

I went unbroken on the barbell with 7-7-6 pull-ups for three rounds. In the fourth I did single cleans, took a break after 6 front squats, and almost missed the first jerk so I had to drop the bar and rest again. I started with four pull-ups and took so much rest between sets of twos to get the rest of the way. I thought about quitting right there and should have, which would have saved my back for another day.

I went down in to the reset position on the ground for a few minutes as has become the norm whenever this happens now. After that I was walking around and it didn’t feel bad, so hopefully I’m ok tomorrow. Skipped the ab work.

Leg Burn

I was off work yesterday but instead of golfing I used a steamer and removed wallpaper in a room I’m turning in to my office. Workout out at 3:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,087m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Power Snatches (45#)
  • 6 Front Squats (45#)
  • 9 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 3 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Power Snatches (115#)

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 3 Power Snatches (145#)
    • 6 Burpee Box Jumps (30″)
  • 4 Rounds
    • 6 Front Squats (145#)
    • 12 T2B
  • 5 Rounds
    • 9 Deadlifts (145#)
    • 27 DU

This is the first workout I can find where B and I started training together for Super Sundays. Yesterday’s rest day would have marked six years since. We had wanted to redo it before CrossFit Whip left the location where we started the Sundays back at CrossFit Intuition, but my back had been bothering me then. So we did it near the anniversary. Back in 2014 this took me 15:37. Today I did it in 12:58 without really doing much barbell work in metcons and this was a lot of fucking barbell. I did all singles with the snatches and two sets of 6 for the toes to bars. I think I missed one double under.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL w/ foot on wall (70# KB)
  • 10/10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (pulses, 3@105, 1@115, 1@125#)

Those are both really solid movements for hitting the affected muscles.

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Weighted Calf Raises (3 position out-neutral-in, 35# DBs)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (24”, 45# DB on shoulder)

These were effective as well!

A Decade of Use

My legs are tired and my hands ache. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (192 cals, 4.94 km)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8 Front Squats
  • 16 Kossack Squats

I used 45-95-115-115-115# for the front squats and unweighted Kossacks. Keeping it light to go easy on my back, especially after so much sandbag work yesterday.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Goblet Curtsy Lunges (35#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Step-ups (24”, 35#)
  • 8 HSPU

Took a couple rounds to get the hang of the reverse lunge step-up. Got it from Ibex and you lunge and step up with the same leg. The opposite knee drives up over the box and you hold the weight on the same side as that knee drive. Produces a lot of quad burn. I messed up and did 8/8 on the first round of reverse lunge step-ups. 😦

This was a good little workout, but could be bumped up to a 6-8 rounder with slightly heavier weight. I was able to turn up the pace in the second half of the workout and finished with 3+31 (was stepping up on that final rep of the movement.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s alt Weighted V-ups (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s OH Side Bends (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest

I got 12-14-14-16 on the V-ups and 18 each time on the bends. I was worried about the long hollow holds, but did them all unbroken.

After lunch I sold my adjustable dumbbells, since I no longer have a use for them. Got $350 and I had paid $300 new about a decade ago. The market for fitness equipment is wild right now!

The Family is Complete

My hands are tight, I can feel my lats some, and my legs are a bit sore. Overall pretty good the day after Murph though! Out in the garage at 3:30 to put together my new toy!

bikeerg

Nothing like 90° and high humidity for a workout!

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Pause Front Squats (3s)
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95#

Strength

5 Sets

  • 3 Front Squats (3s pause)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-ups (30/24″)
  • 2:00 Rest

I didn’t go crazy on the weight after the 300 air squats yesterday. Went 3 sets with 135 pounds, 145, and 165. Felt solid.

Conditioning

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5:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in: 40/32 cal BikeErg
  • MAX alt Single Arm Devil’s Press (50/35#)

**5:00 Rest & Repeat

Wasn’t sure how the calories turn over on the bike compared to the rower and skier. Seems pretty similar to the rower though. I was holding around 1,500 cal/hr. First time I got 27 devil’s presses and then 30 the next time. Doing the single arm variation was a good intro back to the movement for me with my back and felt good

I watched a couple of quick videos earlier that said you want to hold 80-95 RPM and then change your effort based on the damper, which was good for me at about 5. I also watched how to setup the seat and handles and ended up on the 23 setting for both. May have to mess around with higher handles to see how it feels.

Midline

5 Sets

  • 10 Weighted V-ups (25# plate)
  • 20 Side Plank Jumps
  • 30 Hollow Scissor Kicks

After round one I knew this was going to suck. Held on for unbroken though, finishing in 7:29.

 

Front, Pistol, and Air

Rained for almost two straight days so no golf yesterday and it may not dry up enough to play Thursday. I got some water in my basement that I had to clean up and later spent a little time making improvements to the cable pulley system. In the evening I spent about five minutes practicing hand balancing with the frog stand and wow do my hands and wrists feel it today! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 Airdyne (158 cals, 4.01 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Squats
  • Front Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Front Squat (165#)
  • 16 Pistols

Front squats felt much heavier than I’d like and the pistols got my heart rate going. Happy to be squatting though. Haven’t done a workout with pistols since November, so they went surprisingly well.

Conditioning

  • 25 T2B
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 25 Pull-ups
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

The plan was 25 Goblet Squats (53#), but I didn’t want to push it after the strength work. Fifty air squats turned out to be the worst part of the workout; going from hip flexors in toes-to-bars to that many squats lit up my hips! I went 15-10 on both gymnastics movements for 3:01 in the first attempt. Then I jumped the gun and got up for a few reps after only three minutes of rest! Went 15-10 T2B and 15-5-5 pull-ups for 10:09 with the second attempt.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

It’s been over a year since we did this one. It also happened to be the first time I made it through unbroken with a time of 6:08. I was falling apart in round three and then hit the wall in round four and had to break. Still managed a 6:12 though.

I did a little bit of floor PT exercises, which I’ve been slacking on.

Here We Go Again

My back was a little tight from yesterday’s workout. I went over and helped clean up at the new gym location, took a little nap, and then was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

4:00 Airdyne

Did 72 calories and 1.93 km.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (70#)
  • 1:30 Rest

Strength

Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 1×165

Tweaked my fucking back! Ugghhh. 😡 😡

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 3-6-9… Bench Press (135#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Had this written for 95 pound push presses, but switched it for me. Glad I was still able to jump. I went unbroken through 9, then 7-5, 8-7, and 6-6-6. Only missed one dub I think. Finished the 18 presses and then 10 dubs.

Midline

8 Sets

  • 10s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

I’m going to try to do some extra work on my back tonight and hopefully will wake up with it being a minor tweak, even though it feels like one of the more significant ones.

100 Calorie Warm-up

My lats and upper abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • Front Rack Stretch
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)

I was there early so jumped on the bike before class.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM

  • 5 Burpees over the Bar
  • 3 Front Squats (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

The Rx weight was 155, but I was having none of that. By using 135 I was able to keep a consistent pace with burpees and the barbell, getting over 30 seconds of rest every round. After 5 or 6 rounds I realized I could just go right from the third front squat into the jerk like I would with a C&J. Duh!

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian KB Swings (70#)

This was programmed as an alternating EMOM, but there is no way I can hold a one minute hollow five times. I broke it up and maximized a full minute with the kettlebell. I took a quick breather after 20 reps every round and did 33-32-32-32-33 reps for 162 total.