Step-up Variations

Sweating bullets watching the Masters leaderboard. It’s going to be down to the wire to see if I can hold a spot in the top 10% (according to CrossFit’s ranking). Out in the garage at 4pm and it’s a nice day so we left the door open.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.47 km)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Legs

3 Sets

  • 6 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (20″, 35-45-50# DB)
  • 6 Step-ups
  • 6 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups
  • 6 Step-ups
  • 8/8 Single Leg Glute Bridges (0-25-25# DB on hip)

This was a new combo with the different step-ups, but following along with some stuff that help’s Brandi rehab her MCL tear.

3 Sets

  • 12 RDLs (50# DBs)
  • 12 Goblet Squats (53# KB)

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 cal Row
    • 12 Russian KBS (62#)
  • 2:00 Rest

After one time through I went to quick singles on the bar. Did 3+6 and 3+5, so YAY for consistency. This workout was much worse than I expected.

Trump is Gone

Buh Bye Fucker!

My calves are definitely feeling the Tabata double unders. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.49 km)

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Curls (55-60-65#)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (underhand, bar, 60-65-65#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12 DB French Press (50-60-60#)

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 10 Power Cleans (115/80#)
    • 10 Burpees
    • 10 Ring Rows
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 10 DB Goblet Squats (50/35#)
    • 10 PVC Renegade Rows (50/35#)
    • 10 DB Sit-ups (50/35# at chest)
  • 3:00 Rest

I did 3+6 and 3+4 on the first AMRAP. In the first cycle I did 2 rounds of 5-5 cleans, then 4-3-3, and 2-1-1-1-1. In the second cycle I did all three full rounds 5-5 and the final 4 unbroken as well. I think I went all unbroken ring rows in cycle 1 and 10, 6-4, 6-4 in cycle 2. I did 4+7 and 4+20 in the second AMRAP, which was one where I could just keep going. I improved my transitions and squat speed in the second one.

Time for More Shoulder Rest

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.54 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes

Chest & Triceps

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 5×125#
  • 5×145
  • 5×165

Wasn’t great on my shoulder so I switched to close grip.

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 DB Fly (35# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (bar, 71#
  • 30 Incline Bar Push-ups (bench press height)

Was supposed to be max push-ups, but that also is not a good position for my shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 12 Overhead Cable Tricep Extensions (rope, 49#)
  • 12 DB Pull Over (50-60-60-60#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Goblet Squats (50# DB)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)

Time to start doing single dumbbell movements that could be in the Open. Squats felt good and I learned I actually prefer the dumbbell for a goblet squat. I broke the last 2-3 rounds of ring rows 5-5. Deadlifts got slow. Took me 6:36.

Sorry Snatch

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Dead Bugs (15# plate)
  • 10 Half Kneeling Pallof Press (red)
  • 10 Front Rack Marches (30# DBs)
  • 10 Straight Legged Glute Bridge Marches
  • 10 Slow Goblet Squats (35#)

This came from Bethany.

  • 5 Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Power Snatch (75#)
  • 3 Power Snatch (95#)

Weightlifting

  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Power Snatch (115-115-125-125)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 2 Power Snatch (135-145-155)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 1 Power Snatch (175-185, 2 misses at 195)

I “Clarked” that second miss. Just haven’t been lifting heavy all of 2020. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Conditioning

Partner Chipper

  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)
  • 40 Burpees
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 80 Sumo Deadlifts (155/105#)
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 40 Burpees
  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)

We went 15-15-10 on the thrusters to start and then 4×10 at the end. Burpees were 5 at a time and I flew through mine on the return. We did 3 rounds on the ski with a 12/8 split to get our 60s and I tried to hold around 1,200 cal/hr. The deadlifts lit up my hammies and ass, doing 10 at a time. Finished in 21:11.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 16 Landmine Twists (45# + 25#, club grip)
  • 10/10 Hanging Oblique Knee Raises
  • 20 Weighted Jack Knives (20# DB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold

Handstands

  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push (wide)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 4 Eagle Arms
  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

That was a full two hour session today.

Pump Before Pull-ups

Nothing is sore for a change. Nice weather, which is very unusual. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3:00 SkiErg (701m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Cuban Rotations (15#)
    • 10 Rear Delt Band Pull Aparts (red)
  • 10 DB Bench Press (40#)
  • 5 Goblet Squats (35#)

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 8 DB Fly (40#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)

Was close to failure on the bench presses the last two sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Pull Over (60#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Down (bar, 60#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (115-125-135-145#)
  • 10 Cable OH Tricep Extension (rope, 38-43-43-43#)

The bench press felt really good here.

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not as good to start today, but better on the other two sets, with 35-25-22.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 20 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not my jam with so much of the time for squats and me being cautious with my back. My rounds were 1:08, 1:10, and 1:12.

A Kettlebell and a Partner

Body feels good. Worked out at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,902m)
  • 25 PVC Passes

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 10 Shoulder I-Y (red)
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

An extra round of each movement in that EMOM from a month ago. Much better with the hover, but that’s still a brutal combination on the shoulders. Started doing my balance kick-ups out on the open floor.

Conditioning

I did 8 kettlebell swings, 8 clean and jerks, 10 air squats, and 6 overhead lunges to get a feel for it.

30:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 80 H2H KBS (53/35#)
  • 60 Single Arm C&J (53/35#)
  • 80 T2B
  • 60 Goblet Squat (53/35#)
  • 80 Single Arm OH Lunge (53/35#)

Brandi used a DB for the C&J and did weighted V-ups instead of T2B. We did 20 each on the swings and 10 each everywhere else. I was really happy to get all of my toes to bar sets unbroken (wore grips). She went first and we got through 2+49.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 126#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)
  • 10 DB Fly (40# DBs)

I think I could really feel all of yesterday’s burpees in the front of my shoulders when doing the fly.

Before the Tweak

Felt pretty good this morning after another good night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,526m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

3 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90 degree Hover
  • 10 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Went with a light kettlebell so I wouldn’t tax my shoulders too much going in to the hovers. Yesterday was frustrating and I didn’t want a repeat of that after feeling like things had been progressing so well through this program. Today was 100 times better. I was really starting to balance in that hover position and I was able to do the sponge shifts unbroken each round with the final round being my best, especially when balancing on my right side, which struggles.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 20 Walking Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 10 Good Mornings (75#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Goblet Squats (70# KB)
  • 12 DB Step-ups (24″, 50# DBs)

This superset was absolutely brutal!

Was feeling like my back was going to tweak on me after getting through to this point, so I adjusted the next superset. I’ll bet it was the good mornings. I probably shouldn’t try to do those, even though I went super light.

3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)
  • 30s Superman Hold

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Push-up + DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 15s Rest

First round was 17-16-18-20 and then 20-19-20-22 for the second round. My legs were on fire during round two on the bike.

Recovery Will Be Fun

While working out yesterday we decided not to go to the track after feeling beat up from Friday. Good call, because I woke up sore! In the garage at 10am for a “recovery” type workout.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Goblet Squats (53#)

Conditioning

40:00 EMOM

  • 25/25m Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 12 Burpees
  • 10 HSPU
  • 40s Jump Rope / Lateral Hops
  • 12 Goblet Squats (53# KB)

Was happy to get every set of handstand push-ups done unbroken. Alternated between the jump rope and lateral hops each round. Worked up quite a sweat with the humidity from overnight rain.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations (blue)
  • 12/12 DB Side Plank Bounces (35#)
  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 12 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)

We hadn’t used the ankle weights in awhile. Adding a weight to the side plank bounces is tough!

Damn Sleep Again

On Sunday I woke up at 5am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. My ass and quads were starting to feel sore, as well as my chest. Tried to take a nap in the late morning, but it didn’t work. It was a beautiful day so I raked the front yard in the afternoon, which ended up being a higher WHOOP strain score than most CrossFit workouts! Last night I woke up for two hours in the middle of the night but luckily got back to sleep. Quads and ass aren’t nearly as sore as I expected them to be. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Step Downs (15″, 35#)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Calf Raises

Felt rough on the legs starting out, but got easier as I loosened up.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • cal Row
  • Pull-ups
  • cal Ski
  • Goblet Squats (35#)
  • Rest

My Black Diamond Bear KompleX grips are much better on my pull-up bar with a little chalk; they stick like they were on the Spealer bar without chalk. On my pull-ups I did 2×5 each time and then finished the rest with a third set. Split most rounds of goblet squats with a short break in the middle except the final set where I went straight through. Those squats burnt a lot more than I was expecting.

2020-04-06-scores

Got in my floor PT exercises later in the evening.

Challenge Accepted

Yesterday I took a rest day and fixed the computers on two old Concept2 Model C rowers!

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I did my floor PT exercisese and had planned to do the core stability work since I missed it Saturday. Didn’t happen though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Today at lunch I did the banded PT exercises. Was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (35#)
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Band Pull Aparts (blue)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Jingle Jangles (21’ across garage)
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 12 Push-ups

That was good and the rounds went much faster than I expected. It’s crazy how much more stable I am on those reverse lunges with the knee drive than the first time I did them only 10 days ago. I was flying through them today. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken with ease too. Finished 12+2.

Challenge

Knocked out a set of 10 strict deficit handstand push-ups (~4″) for a challenge making the rounds on Instagram.

After trying one I wasn’t sure I’d get through ten, but that turned out pretty good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I definitely need to get in these today after skipping them the last two days.