Performance Plus

Traps and neck are sore from yesterday. Legs seem fine from the squats though. Had a last chiro appointment to make sure everything was smooth sailing. Wanted to get in workouts at home, but while I was out figured I might as well just walk over to the gym. I started the Push-Only program for real today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 4x8x170
  • 3x12x185

It seems weird to do the working sets of 8 and then what seems like should be drop sets (supposed to be to failure in 10-12 reps) have to be heavier. I was too light on them.

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 12×135#
  • 12×150
  • 12×165

These were supposed to be the same failure in 10-12 reps but I wasn’t really sure what I was capable of. When I did sets of 12 with 115 and 120 recently I wouldn’t call it easy. These weights were no issue though.


  • DB Tricep Rollback
    • 15 with 20#
    • 15 with 25
    • 15 with 30
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (10#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (10#)

Definitely hit failure on that final set of JM Press! The last 5 were some ugly reps.

Performance Plus

Last week I saw Pamela Gagnon of CrossFit Gymnastics was pairing up with The Barbell Physio to launch a new prehab program. Only being a 10-20 minute time commitment caught my eye.

The program dropped already on The Barbell Physio site! Couldn’t believe it came out so quick, unlike the Brute Gymnastics program which they’ve been promising for about 2 years. They’re giving a 14 day free trial so I’m going to add it in the days I do this Hybrid Push-Only program and see how it goes.

  • Pec Minor Soft Tissue Mobility: 2x 20-30 seconds each side (video)
  • Crab sliders: 3:00 Tabata (video)
  • Overhead Snatch Shrugs: 3x10x45# (video)

Pretty simple stuff and easy to get through. I paused for a quick 2 count in each shrug.


  • 20:00 Airdyne

Wore my Garmin to keep an eye on my heart rate and keep it aerobic but it was only reading 101 for some reason. I’ll have to try a software update. I kept the RPMs at about 72-73 based off the pace that worked for my 30 minute “ride” last week. Did 11.59km.


Stayed Home

Woke up this morning with no improvement in my low back. The morning is the worst part of the day though because it’s hard to get out of bed. Have been icing a few times a day to try and help. Planned to go to the class at CrossFit Intuition today, but decided to stay home so I wouldn’t try to deadlift in the programmed metcon. Went out to the garage around 5pm and warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


5 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Press (50# DBs)
  • 10 JM Press (60# – safety bar)

I had looked up this video but forgot how to properly set up with that bar. Oh well, I’ll fix it next time. I’m sure I still got some use out of it. Those seated presses were rough for the 10 reps.


Saw a neat VO2 Max workout on Aerobic Capacity this week with options for running or rowing. Easy enough to use on the Ski Erg as well, so that’s what I did.

  • Part 1 – 4 Sets
    • 500m (@ 2k PR pace)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 5:00 Rest
  • Part 2 – 4 Sets
    • 125m (@ 100%)
    • 15s Rest
  • 5:00 Rest
  • Part 3 – 4 Sets
    • 250m (see below)
    • 30s Rest

The meat of this workout comes in part 3. To figure out the pace, you take the average pace from part 1, add the total time from part 2, and divide by 2. So for me it was 1:55.3 + 1:40.3 / 2 = 1:47.8.

My 500s were 1:55.3, 1:55.1, 1:55.3, and 1:55.3. I went below my best recorded 2k because I’m sure it’s not very accurate. The 125s were 24.7, 24.7, 25.5, and 25.3. Those 15 second rest periods were way too short! Finally the 250s were 53.8, 53.7, 53.7, and 53.5, all below the goal pace. I thought I might end up outside puking. This workout was much harder than I was expecting. Didn’t adjust the rest periods though maybe should have since can’t go as fast as the rower.

Finished up with 2 sets of 10 Heel Drives on the GHD.

Time to Squat Heavy Again

Got to the gym at about 9am and knocked out 100 walking lunges to warm-up.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×265#
  • 3×295#
  • 3×320#
  • 3×340#
  • 3×345# (PR match)

My first rep with 340 was ugly from not concentrating and it through off the entire set. Made me scared then. I was going to hit the same weight again, but added 5# at the last minute and glad I did. Felt better with more focus. Really wanted to hit 350 or 355 but today wasn’t that day. Felt good to be back under a heavy barbell!


5 Super Sets

  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (60° – 40# DBs each set)
  • 12 JM Press (45-55-60-65-70#)

Since there weren’t heavier dumbbells to increase to and I didn’t want to use kettlebells, I tried to be explosive on my incline reps. The JM presses actually felt pretty good today, even being second with that fatigue. Must be working. My bench sets sure seem to agree.


  • 2x20kg
  • 2x40kg
  • 2x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 2x75kg
  • 2x80kg

Other than a rep with 60 being forward that I had to pull in, the lifts felt solid today. Don’t think I’ve done a double with that much before.


  • Partner A: Run 200m
  • Partner B: Work on 20 rounds of
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 American KBS (53#)
    • 15 Air Squats

Paired up with Bryan and everyone did the work outside in the sun. We basically just did a round per run and paced it out that way. So essentially we each did 10 rounds. Finished in 21:50.

Played some half-court basketball and shot around for about 90 minutes.

Run Every Day

Didn’t feel like it at all, but laced up the shoes and ran a mile before the Belmont came on.

Pause Plus

Felt some fatigue in my legs when I woke up in the middle of the night. Got to CFi at 9 and warmed up with 100 walking lunges.

Back Squats

Pause Back Squats (1s in the hole) + Back Squats

  • 4+8 @ 45#
  • 2+4 @ 135#
  • 2+4 @ 225#
  • 1+2 @ 265#
  • 1+2 @ 295#
  • 1+2 @ 315#
  • 1+2 @ 325#

I had planned on working up to some heavy single pause squats, but then saw the combination at CrossFit Weightlifting and thought it looked fun to try. Definitely a new challenge doing for some regular reps after the pause squat.


5 Sets

  • 12 JM Press (45-55-60-65-70#)
  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (45°, 40-40-44-44-44#)

The JM presses felt easier today and I bumped up some of the sets. Not a lot of dumbbell options at the gym so I tried some kettlebells. Completely changes the incline pressing! I think the angle due to the KB ended up using the triceps a lot more and they were already smoked.


  • 30s Muscle-ups
  • 1:30 Rest

I was going to try to get a set of 6 every time through. Did it in 21 seconds the first round, but then couldn’t get another 6. Did 5-5-4 the last 3 sets.


4 Rounds

  • 5 C&J (135#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 200m MB Run (20#)

Went unbroken the first two rounds, then single clean and jerks and 7-3 T2B the last two rounds. Finished in 9:29. Should have pushed to keep going unbroken. Been so concerned with squats lately that my mental game and conditioning has taken a hit.

Passing Train

Not a great night of sleep. Probably why HRV dropped into the warning zone today, unless that run really drained me yesterday, which I doubt since it was so slow. Makes 12 days in a row of 100+ though, so not quite sure why it’s in the orange zone. Out in the garage by 7:30. Warmed up with 600m Ski Erg (2:41).

Coffee Squats

Pause Back Squats (1s in the hole)

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×255#
  • 5×275#
  • 5×295#

I put the belt on for 275 and 295. Had to grind out some reps on those last two sets but feeling strong.



  • GHD Sit-ups (to parallel)
  • Ski Erg (cals)

As soon as I dropped back on the first rep I knew I was not touching the ground today. My abs are still pretty fucking sore. Finished in 7:23. Tried to keep a pace of 1,000+ cal/hr on the erg.


5 Sets

  • 12 JM Press (45-55-55-65-65#)
  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (60°, 40-45-50-50-50#)

Swapped the order today. It made that last set of bench almost hit failure, but the JM presses felt better that way. Maybe I’ll alternate every 2 weeks. Had to get in this work today instead of the normal Sunday morning routine because I’ll be coming back from Cleveland in the morning.

Quad Sets

I’ve switched up my mobility work the last few days. I think all of the squatting and lunging is doing a lot for my legs and back on its own. After doing the same stretches for a month it’s time for change. I’ve been following Kelly Starrett’s 14-Day Mobility Challenge | 7 Green Lights (linked to day 1). After the 14 days are up, I’ll probably choose an area to focus on for a few weeks, using some of the stuff learned from the videos. Shoulders will probably be where I head.

Slow moving this morning. Didn’t get out to the garage until about 8:30. Warmed up with 1,000 meters on the Ski Erg (4:44.2).

Coffee Squats

I actually finished my coffee before heading out, but close enough.

2 Front Squats + 5 Back Squats

  • 45#
  • 135#
  • 185#

My back was tight and there was fatigue in my legs. Definitely think I’m feeling those pause squats from yesterday and the work done in the metcon. With back squat volume coming with Super Sunday it was time to adjust my plan for the morning. I always superset the upper body work I’ve been doing on Sundays, so today I turned it into a quad set!

IMG_59025 Sets

  • 2 Front Squats (225#)
  • 5 Back Squats (225#)
  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (45°, 40-45-45-50-50#)
  • 12 JM Press (45-55-55-65-65#)

That worked up a hell of a sweat. Might be interesting to alternate between legs and upper body in a quad set like that. Did not wear a belt at all.

Today was the first time since I’ve been squatting every day I felt I should scale back the plan. Seems like a good way to close out day 28. Well, not really with squats for the day, with more coming in the afternoon.

Nobody showed up today! Not a single person, other than Alex, but he was weightlifting.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 1,000m Row (4:09.5)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Snatch Press (20kg)

Gymnastics & Weightlifting

24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 3 MU
  • 1 Snatch

That was a really fun EMOM. Didn’t feel in danger of missing any of the muscle-ups. I started with 40 kilos and went up 5 kg every round through. All makes through 90 and then missed the final rep at 95. I had it too, just a little forward and I was able to hold it there for a second, trying to pull it back. Pretty excited about that and ready to test our a max when I’m fresh. I did take some extra time, threw another kilogram on the bar and made 2 PR attempts. Got them overhead no problem, but just didn’t have enough left in my shoulders.


6 Rounds

  • 4x Shuttle Run (40′)
  • 10 Back Squats (135#, no rack)

Sucked even worse than I was expecting. My legs didn’t want to move when I took off running after a few rounds. All sets unbroken and really busted ass in the final round to make sure I got under 6 minutes. Took me 5:53.

I jumped on the Air Dyne for 10:00 just to move after that and in hopes that it’ll help me not get sore. Went 3.02 miles.


4 Sets

  • 5 Strict T2B
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (44#)

Really took my time today and didn’t leave until after 2. Did Crossover Symmetry Recovery to finish off.

3 Weeks In

My HRV was down to 88 this morning from 100 yesterday. Hmmmm… I was pretty exhausted after being out in the sun walking 9 holes, but that still doesn’t seem right. Had some good weight on the bar for back squats, but overall the day wasn’t very intense. Readings like that keep me doubting the usefulness of HRV.

Out to the garage after 8am. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.23km).

Coffee Squats

2 Front Squats + 5 Back Squats

  • 45#
  • 135#
  • 185#
  • 225#
  • 245#
  • 265#
  • 280#

I put the belt on for the last two sets. Not only trying to go heavier through each day of this thing, but also trying to go a little longer without the belt too, to help build up the core muscles more. Last week I did 265# for this, so was a nice jump. Felt pretty heavy in the early sets. Just 15# shy of the most I’ve managed for this complex. That makes 21 days in a row.


4 Sets

  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press
  • 12 JM Press

I put the bench at 60° and used 40-45-50-50# for the incline bench work. Used 45-55-60-65# for the JM presses. Both felt heavier than last week. Maybe I’m still feeling the effects of “Cindy” from Thursday.

Not too long after this I started to feel shitty. Maybe that’s why my HRV was low this morning. Since Thursday night I’ve been feeling like allergies are hitting me, though I haven’t had any problems in a couple of years. If it wasn’t Sunday I think I might have stayed home and took a nap instead.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 1,000m Row
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Band Pass-thrus


10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

Was curious how this would go with the way I was feeling. Made every set without a problem. YAY!


5 Sets

  • 12 Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels


5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Only done this once before. It was a 32:22 almost 3 years ago. Warmest day of the year (so far) is a good day to do a long workout right? This was so bad. I started out with a sub 2:00 first 400 and knew that was too fast. I didn’t rebound any box jumps, but never stopped either. Did mostly step-downs, but some jump downs in the later rounds. Wall balls were two sets of 15 until I went 18-12 in the last round. Should have just went for all 30.

When I got in from my 3rd run the music had stopped. Bluetooth still showed connected but no sound. I think it took me close to 2 minutes to get it going again. The official clock time was 30:59 when I finished, but I’ll be conservative and only knock a minute off for a 29:59 since the rest helped me in a way too. Wish I would have felt closer to 100% today, but it’s still a PR.

Walked 200m, sat on my ass to recover, and then did Crossover Symmetry Plyometric.

2 Weeks of Squatting Every Day

I keep getting up earlier than usual and I’m not too happy about it. My upper body seems a little tight this morning from the 84 pull-ups. Didn’t rush out to the garage this morning since I have a lot more time to work with on Sunday mornings.

Switched it up with 100 Walking Lunges (20# vest) for my warm-up. It took me 4:30 to do them.

Coffee Squats

2 Front + 5 Back

  • 45#
  • 135#
  • 175#
  • 205#
  • 225#
  • 245#
  • 265#

Up 30 pounds over what I did last Sunday for this complex. This is the most weight I’ve had on the bar yet and it’s still well below the 295# I’ve done for this combo before.

That completes 14 days in a row at the squat rack. I’ll keep slowly increasing the weights and over the next two weeks I’ll hopefully be back to typical squatting loads. I’ve really been enjoying the morning squats as a way to kick off my day. Haven’t noticed any additional fatigue from them and don’t think they’ve been affecting my other training negatively. If anything they are probably helping. Don’t think I’ve mentioned the stretching routine recently, but I’ve been continuing to do it at least once a day, except when I do the 90 minute yoga workout.


4 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (45°, 40-45-50-50# DBs)
  • 10 JM Press (45-65-65-65#)

Going to try adding in some bench press accessory work on the weekends to see if it’ll help getting to 300#. Holy Shit! The JM Press is no fucking joke. There are a couple of variations out there. I used what looked to be the hardest one and I’m pretty sure I got that right. Wow!

I hope that didn’t smoke me too much for today’s workout. Super Sunday at noon…


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 1,500m Row (6:36)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 4×45#
    • 2×95#
    • 2×135#


E2M 20:00

  • 2 C&J

Started with 155# and went up 10# each time, finishing at 245#. I think I wore the belt starting at 215#. Took my time with that last round, to make both reps. I squatted most of the reps but powered a few of the early ones when I wasn’t thinking. Last few rounds got rough. The cleans aren’t really a big deal for me, but I’m pumped to have made all of the jerks. We took about 5-10 minutes plus before starting the next part.


With a running clock, @ 0:00…
5:00 AMRAP

  • 5 MU
  • 10 Cleans (155#)

This is event 1 of the 2015 Masters Qualifier. Wanted to do some muscle-ups this weekend and this looked like a fun one to try. Was scared how this would go after all those heavy cleans, but it was just fine. I broke the MU into 3-2 every round and did relaxed singles for the cleans. Finished 2 rounds plus 5 muscle-ups and 2 cleans. It was fun doing some MU in a workout again.

I called on the group for some movements to make up the next two parts and then I came up with the rep schemes and how to split up the 4 movements.

@ 10:00…

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 30 Russian KBS (70#)

Wall balls and kettlebell swings were unbroken. I did the push-ups in 3 sets of 10. Finished in 2:50.

@ 20:00…

  • 150m Walking Lunges

I was excited when someone picked lunges and knew I had to put them solo. Finish the workout with a little Lunge University. 🙂 We went outside since it was a nice afternoon. I programmed it as 100 walking lunges, but after about 50 steps I went to chase Michelle down for extra credit since she was doing a lap. I don’t usually do them stepping through, but did to catch up and it’s so much faster doing them like that, but so much extra burn too. Finished in 4:03. I stopped counting the reps after deciding to go for the lap distance instead, but should have been about 150.


  • 60 Quarter Get-ups

Used a 53# KB and split this up into 10 reps per side at a time.

Knocked out Crossover Symmetry Plyometric before heading home. Kind of wanted to skip it, but was already feeling my shoulders smoked so I knew I should do it.

An hour or so later at home I am wrecked!