2021 AGOQ Events 1 & 2

Still no golf yesterday with the cold weather, but I did get a little time to tear apart more of the structure from the sunroom. I took today and tomorrow off work because I knew I’d be useless with the AGOQ happening. Tried to keep myself busy today with errands, small tasks around the house, and a nap. I got my garage setup early for event 1 so I could get it done shortly after the workouts were released at 3pm.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,230m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Hanging
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (25#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 DB Push Jerks (40#)
  • Handstand Hold

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 1

5 Rounds – 20:00 Time Cap

  • 15 HSPU
  • 15 DB Shoulder to OH (50# DBs)
  • 15 cal Row

My plan was 3×5 HSPU, 8-7 or 9-6 with the dumbbells, and around 1,200 cal/hr. That quickly changed on the second round of dumbbells. For the most part after that I was doing 4 sets on both movements. My average pace on the rower was probably about 1,150 cal/hr, expect for the final row when I sent it. Finished at exactly 19:00 and was wrecked!

Got to Next Level Fitness around 5:30pm.


  • Lay on GHD
  • Duck Walk
  • Partial Rope Climb
  • Toe Touches

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 2

20:00 Time Cap

  • 60-50-40 GHD Sit-ups
  • 6-5-4 Rope Climbs (15′)
  • 60-50-40 Pistols

I hadn’t been on a GHD in well over two years and hadn’t climbed a rope using legs in about that long as well. For someone who has to be careful with low back tweaks, this is a scary workout I’m not conditioned for. My goal was to be smart and not get hurt. Wearing lifters for the pistols really affected the rope climbs and not in a good way. Just a nasty workout all around with so much interference on the low back in all three spots. Got through 28/50 pistols for 209 reps.

Good Back Test

This morning I got my second shot of the vaccine and as I write this at 9:30 I’m feeling fine. Hopefully I wake up good to go. Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (105#)
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)


3 Rounds

  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (modified sitting on a MB)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 Deadlifts (185/125)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 T2B
  • 5:00 Rest

Used a different machine each time through, with SkiErg, BikeErg, and Rower being the order. First round took 6:57, second round took 5:59, and the third round took 6:32. Total time with the rests was 29:28 My challenge for today was sticking to sets of ten on the deadlifts and toes-to-bars, which I was able to do. My deadlift warm-ups felt great so I wanted to hold on there. As far as time goes, I think 4×5 would have been the better move because it would have kept my heart rate down. Going from the barbell back to a machine sucked every round, especially the rower where my legs had no power left. Really happy I was able to do all tens on the T2B as well! This was a lot of lower back volume and things held up well.

Legs & Gymnastics

4 Sets

  • 20 alt Curtsy Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 5 Handstand Kick-ups

Do All Ten

Traps are still sore. Had a long busy day yesterday, which included mowing the lawn for the first time. Also was up later than usual watching Godzilla vs. Kong. Out in the garage after 11.


  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,553m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (135#)
  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)


5 Sets

  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
  • 65-65-70-70-70% 1RM Clean
  • 90s Rest

I belted up and went 165-165-175-185-185 since I didn’t like the big 20 pound jump. I haven’t squatted anything like this in some time.


4 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 GHDs (modified sitting on a MB with feet DB anchored)
  • 10 Thrusters (115#)

I went 4×5 on the first three rounds of pull-ups and then went 2×10 at the end. Happy with that because I was just hoping to be able to hold to fives the whole way. My plan was to do five thrusters, drop it for 3-5 seconds and then do the other five. When I got to the bar I decided I needed to push myself to go unbroken and I did every round. This workout went much better than I expected. Finished in 10:26.

Quads Need Rest

My quads are really really sore and no rest for them with today’s metcon. Got my first dose of the COVID vaccine this morning, so my arm is getting a bit sore. It was almost 80° at 4pm when we took the bike to the back patio.


Partner workout

  • 5×20/14 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 125 Synchro Air Squats

My quads were burning up in the second 10 calories of the last three rounds on the bike. I let Brandi go first, so then I had to get off the bike and get right in to the squats. So unpleasant! We started off with a set of 25 and then did five sets of 20. Finished in 14:27.

Arms & Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (61#)
  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (20# DBs)
  • 8 Dumbbell Curls (20# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Underhand Dumbbell Bench Presses (35# DBs, bit of a cross body)
  • 10 Reverse Barbell Curls (35-50-55#)
  • 15 T2B

I didn’t wear grips and did the toes to bars unbroken each set

4 Sets

Hopefully going golfing tomorrow if I feel ok after the vaccine. Definitely need the rest day and some walking would do my legs good.

Is This The One?

Active Life – Single Leg Bias


  • 3:00 Ski Erg (678m)

Workout – 10:00

  • 10 Samson Walking Lunge
  • 15 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 20/20 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 10 Lateral Step Overs

Hips were really lighting up from so many leg swings. Got through 3+18.


3 Rounds

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 15 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (Parallel)

My back acted up at 10 cleans in round 3. Slowed a bit and finished in 6:40.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 60m Single Arm Farmer Carry (35#)
  • Every 10m – 5 Single Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 30s Rest
  • Repeat with other arm
  • 30s Rest

Stayed light after the back tweak. Finished in 14:22. Hopefully my back is nothing.

Making Men

Rested yesterday. I switched my gym membership to the 2x/week plan. I’ve only been to the gym more than that 2-3 times since the program switch, which is disappointing. I’m not going to risk injury and overtraining though; I’m over those years. I’ve still been working out 5 days a week on average, but making use of my garage. I have to admit, getting back an extra hour+ in the day (without prep, travel, and social time) is a nice bonus. My cardio has been feeling good, so I’ll continue what I’m doing. I think the lower volume is helping a lot.

Out in the garage for a workout before a late lunch.


5:00 Airdyne – 1.51 miles

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3x3x225

I think I forgot how to squat. Felt fine, but I can tell I’m hesitant with each rep.


4 Rounds

  • 10 Renegade Man Makers (35# DBs)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Been a long time since doing man makers. If you’ve never done them, it’s a push-up on the dumbbells, a row with each arm in the plank position (helps to keep wide feet), jump/step feet up to hands, clean, and shoulder to overhead. I wasn’t fast with them, but never stopped and did all sets of sit-ups unbroken too. Finished in 12:54.

Rehab Movements

Rested yesterday and did a garage session tonight.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35#)
  • 10/10 One Arm Single Leg RDL (35#)
  • 10/10 One Arm KB Front Rack Squat (35#)

Might as well get back to some of these back rehab movements I should have been doing all year.


  • 25 Burpees
  • 25 C&J (95#)
  • 50 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)
  • 25 C&J (95#)
  • 25 Burpees

I did the first round of clean and jerks in 5 sets of 5. Sit-ups were in sets of 10. The second round of clean and jerks I decided to do singles. I wish I had been paying closer attention to the clock to see what method was faster. I think it was the 5×5 though. Knew I should have put on knee sleeves for the burpees and sure enough with about 15 reps to go I could feel my knee bruising. Finished in 11:07.

Still Hot

Still sore from the deadlifts on Friday. I still had a headache last night when I went to bed after a late movie; that sun really got to me. The programming at the gym is another 20 minute AMRAP of heavy push presses and same thing with other lifts this week, so I stayed home. Can’t wait until we switch programs next week because that shit is not meant for general gym programming.


  • 3 Sets
    • 1:00 Air Dyne
    • 20 Push-ups (unbroken)
  • Bottom squat hold
  • Shoulder stretching
  • 10 Air squats 
  • 4 Pistols

Had to make sure I could do some pistols before getting into it. haha


2 Rounds

  • 20 Pistols
  • 30 Pull-ups
  • 400m Ski Erg

Mod of the gym workout which was 100 dubs to start and running instead of the Ski Erg. The damn Ski Erg turned off before I got to it in the first round. Made sure to hit the button during rests in round two to keep it on. I wore gymnastics grips, but hate my Again Faster bar. I really need to see if I can remove the powder coating because I slip all over on it. I really wanted to be able to do all sets of 10. Got through round 1 and 1 set of 10 in round 2, but then did the rest in 6-5-5-4. Total time was 9:08.


2 Sets

  • 25 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)
  • Max Superman Hold

I did a 1:02 hold both times.

I thought we were heading back down to bearable temperatures tomorrow but it’s going to be 90 again!


Had to take a forced rest day yesterday after waking up with a headache that was giving me blurred vision and nausea. I went back to bed until 2:30! Got up and was able to work the rest of the day. Meant I had to skip out on golfing today, though it was quite chilly with rain on the way. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 4x8x185
  • 3x12x195
  • 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)

I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!


  • 3×15 Skull Crushers (45-55-65#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Used a barbell for the skull crushers. I felt a lot more fatigued after the benching today, which made the raises harder than they have been.

Performance Plus

3 Sets

  • 30s Double DB Overhead Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

The double dumbbell overhead was the hardest part of the day and I didn’t even do it walking like it was supposed to. I took a few steps and nearly fell over. The fifties were too heavy for this, but after making it through the first round I didn’t want to bitch out.

The scap pull-ups were actually supposed to be paired up with 20 ring dips for 3 sets, but I moved things around.


  • 30-20-10 Ring Dips
  • 30-20-10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 30-20-10 Pistols 60-40-20 Air Squats

I figured the ring dips would be trouble and planned to start with sets of 5 and quickly switch to 2 or 3s if needed. I was able to continue sets of 5 the whole way. GHD sit-ups were harder than they should have been. I struggled through 12 of the ugliest pistols I’ve done in years. My left quad was not having it today. I probably should have warmed up my lower body some. After 12 pistols, a lot of falling over, and too much wasted time, I changed the workout to double reps of air squats. So I finished the first round with 48 air squats to get to 60. Total time was 12:42.

Winner Winner

Rest day yesterday and really needed it. MOAR sore! Couldn’t straighten my arms and they still don’t want to go straight today. I knew that damn pegboard would get me, especially a day after doing 100 pull-ups.

This morning after seeing a contest for a book on Concept2’s Twitter account, I quickly hopped out to the garage on the Ski Erg.

I took me 3 attempts! Turns out it’s not easy at all to only go a few meters when you need to. I still won though.

I have a pretty good history with Twitter book contests! 😉

Had a chiro appointment, got to the gym early to warm-up with my rehab stuff, and then did the 5:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Right (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Right (50#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Left (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Left (50#)
  • 10/10 Single-arm Single-leg RDL (50#)

Turns out 50# was a lot tougher than 44#. Could start to feel the fatigue when doing the carry and squats back to back.


Deficit Deadlifts – on 55# Competition Plate

  • 10×45#
  • 5×155
  • 5×205
  • 5×255
  • 5x5x285

Did these instead of the front squats programmed for class. Increase of 10# over last week. No belt today though. All with a neutral grip, which got rough on the last 2 sets.



  • Thruster (95#)
  • H2H KBS (53#)
  • GHD Sit-up

I substituted the hand-to-hand swings to keep getting in unilateral work and I’ve done enough sit-ups lately so I did GHDs. Seems like I haven’t done them in months! Finished in 6:27 going unbroken on everything.


8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

I missed my first rep! Then my shoe came untied going into the 3rd round so I got a 0 on that round. I always double tie my shoes but didn’t for some reason today. :-/ Managed 231 reps and had too many misses to set a PR anyway.