Simple, Effective, Deceiving

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,070m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 1:00 Wall Walk
  • 4×5 Kick-ups (balance)

I did my kick-up near the wall today. I kind of wonder if the floor is more level there too. I should check it.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 Strict Chin-ups
  • 25 Banded Curls (blue, burnout)

This was a challenge.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 40 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Burpees

I really wanted to break the lunges in round two, but did every round unbroken. Kept a pretty consistent pace on the first two rounds of burpees and then was able to turn the gas on for the final round to finish in 5:56. Looks simple on paper, but this was a very deceiving combo.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I don’t why I keep bringing this one back. It’s horrible. I started out way too quick and I know better. Took me 11:09, which is over 2 minutes slower than in August!

9 Years

I started CrossFit 9 years ago!

I’ve been really sore and beat from going three days in a row during the week, with my lats being the worst after 100 pull-ups and 68 toes to bars over two days. Took a complete rest day yesterday to recover. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,318m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,158m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,662m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×6 alt Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

I did my best freestanding hold ever. Getting close to that 10 seconds!

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 30 Double Under
  • 10 Devil Press (30/20# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

I missed a double under in rounds one, two, and seven. Felt good in this one, with times of 1:13 – 1:13 – 1:08 – 1:08 – 1:06 – 1:04 – 1:02 – 1:01.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 20 alt DB Curls (35#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (71#)
  • 8-12 Inverted Bar Rows (supinated)

No Max Test Today

Complete rest day yesterday. Up in my left scap was feeling like there was a knot, but it’s improved today. My inner thighs are oddly sore. Workout at 3:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Was going to test a max set of strict ring dips, but my shoulders were not having it with.

Handstands

  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (finding balance)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 KB Sumo Deadlifts (70/53#)
  • 15 DB Hang Clean & Jerks (30/20#)

I did shoulder presses for the most part and some cleans right in to a push press. Unbroken all the way for a time of 4:55. Shoulders need some rest!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheel
  • 12 OH Crunch (60# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bend (60# DB)
  • 30s/30s Side Plank

Gonna be feeling this stuff!

Wrist / Forearms

  • 10/10s Bottoms Up KB Hold (20#)
  • 2 Sets 20/20s Bottoms Up KB Hold (15#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Wrist Curls (12#)
    • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (12#)

Cheatin Sets

My low back was in minor tweak mode this morning, unable to bend over the sink without supporting myself. Upper body is beat from yesterday. In the garage at 4pm.

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×4 Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 2x45s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Accessory

Hammer curls

  • 12×35# DBs
  • 8×30
  • 8×25
  • 8×20
  • 8×15

Tricep pulldowns (rope)

  • 12×71#
  • 8×60
  • 8×54
  • 8×49

Drop sets, but I completely screwed up the number of sets. Should have been five sets of eight after the 12 for each movement.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Box Step-up (24/20″)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 20 Push Jerk (75/50#)

This went well. My runs were under or right at 2:00 each time. After two rounds I put the bar on my back for a short rest after 12 reps. Then I powered through all 20 at the end. Finished at 28:37.

Pulsing

I walked 18 holes yesterday. I sold my Airdyne in the afternoon to make room for a new piece of equipment arriving in the next month. Workout at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,303m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 2×1:00 Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2x30s Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold

That was a lot on the shoulders!

Midline

2 Sets

  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8 Evil Wheels

Conditioning

10 Rounds (each) w/ Partner

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I warmed up with 10 bench press @ 35# and 5 kip swings. Brandi skipped her last 5 pull-ups because of a big blood blister. Adding in time for those would have put as at about 12:10 to finish, which is much faster than I was expecting. I wore grips and was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem. The dumbbell bench started to get tough in the last three rounds.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 20/20 Landmine Curtsy Lunge Pulses (45+30#)
  • BikeErg during rest (easy pace)

It ended up being about 1:10 on the bike and I probably did around 700 meters each time. This was nasty, especially when doing pulses with the second leg. I should have alternated which leg I started with each time.

3 Sets

  • 20 Wrist Curls (12#)
  • 15 Plate Pinch Hammer Curls (10#)

As I type this all up about an hour later, my upper body is already wrecked!

All of the Dumbbells

At 4pm, not too long after getting back from a day+ trip to my brothers to help him with electrical work.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m Row
  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m SkiErg

I think I pulled around 1:55 on the rower and 2:08 on the SkiErg.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • Kick-ups (goal: land soft on wall and come down)
    • 2×5 (bad leg)
    • 2×5 (good leg)
  • 1:00 45° hollow hold
  • 45s 45° hollow hold
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (w/ finding balance)

I’m using the four week program we did as a base to create another four weeks as phase two. Stepping things up and adding in things I’ve found from other handstanders.

We were both extremely surprised how kick-ups went on our bad legs. We’re really getting the feel for how much power is needed to get up to vertical.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Arm Floor Press (45 + 50#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (70#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (25#)
  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups

3 Sets

  • 8 Dumbbell Fly (40# DBs)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

DB Bench Press

  • 12×60#
  • 8×50
  • 8×40
  • 8×35
  • 8×30
  • 8×25

In the style of doing drop sets, but with prescribed rep counts for every set. Do the 12, pick up the next dumbbells, and right in to the next set until all sets are completed. I make a smart move skipping over the 45s. When I picked up the 40s they felt really light though and I busted out my reps. As I got towards the end of the 35s and through the finish it was a burn though.

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.

All 30

My hands were aching again this morning and my legs are feeling that Friday workout a little. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,511m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

“Jackie”

  • 1,000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

Still hard to believe the first time I ever did this benchmark workout was on April 13, with a time of 7:45. I pulled a 1:50/500m pace on the rower and was extremely cautious doing thrusters since it was my first time touching a barbell in months after a back tweak and physical therapy. I struggled though 7-5 and then 2s and 3s on the pull-ups.

Today I was having a hard time slowing down at the beginning of the row because it felt so good. Ended up a little over a 1:48/500m pace when I hopped off. I knew I wasn’t going to make up significant time on the row and didn’t want it to leave me too gassed for the thrusters and pull-ups. I did very controlled thrusters and focused on breathing. My shoulders were on fire for the last 15. Finished them at 6:11 and I was hoping to be able to do 3×10 pull-ups. The first ten felt great so I decided to keep going for 15-20. Then I got to 20 and knew I could go unbroken. Finished at 6:58 for a big PR! That felt really good and there is still a lot of room for improvement with the thrusters.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 50 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts (3×10, 20)
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold

Even after the thrusters and pull-ups, this was a huge improvement since trying the sponge shifts 15 days ago. Look at these videos…

More Conditioning

With Partner

  • 100 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38″)

Went back and forth with Brandi, doing 10 each and then I’d pull off the 12″ block and she’d add the 2″. Then vice versa after her set. We finished in 10:46, so would have been around 10 minutes if we had 2 stacks.

Midline

4 Rounds (20s work / 15s rest)

  • Landmine Twists (45+25#, club grip)
  • Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • Leg Lefts (5# ankle weights)
  • Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)

Bounce vs. Muscle It

I didn’t sleep very well last night. My abs are getting sore from yesterday. Worked out at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,450m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Banded Arm Circles
  • 3 Sets
    • 2 Handstand Split to Stacked
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Wall-facing HS Hold

The split to stacked drill felt better than the list time, but still not nearly as good as the kick-ups last week.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 20 DB Walking Lunges (diagonal, 50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Hip Thrusts (85#)
  • 12/12 Lateral Step-ups (50# DB, 24″)

I bet it’s been at least three years since I’ve done barbell hip thrusts.

  • 12 DB Front Squats (40# DBs)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Calf Raises
  • 12 DB Front Squats
  • 12/12 Single Leg Calf Raises
  • 12/12 Single Leg Calf Raises

I skipped the third set of squats because my back was feeling weird.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • 15 Hang Power Snatch (75/50#)
  • 10 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 3:00 Rest

Pull-ups felt great throughout and I can really feel a huge difference when I concentrate on my hips in the kip. I did a lateral jump over the box so I wouldn’t have to keep turning around. The snatches in the first round were not great. I was trying to bounce them off the high pocket position, which was getting to me and slowing me down. The second time around I bounced them off my thighs and did sort of a muscle-ish snatch. First round was 2:00 and second was 1:50, so the snatches were much faster.

Don’t Forget

I got about 9 hours of sleep last night! Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,077m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough
Forgot to do any wrist warm-up. Whoops!

The tuck balance felt much better than the first time we did them. The hold was only programmed as 15 seconds, but that seems like a waste of time, so we did a minute.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (25-30-35-40-45#)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Preacher Curls (56-66-66#)
  • 12 French Press (60# DB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (underhand, 71#)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 30s Bicep Curls on Rower

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 25 T2B
  • 30 Burpees
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 45 Hollow Scissor Kicks

I went 20-5 and 10-5-5-5 on the toes-to-bars and wasn’t wearing any grips. My double unders were not very good today. Went 30-15 on both sets of scissor kicks. Finished in 14:06.