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.

Warm-up

  • 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#)

Weightlifting

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.

Conditioning

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.

Squatting a Snatch and Heavy Thrusters

No invitations yet for the Age-Group Online Qualifiers, but they did release the cutlines. For the Men’s 40-44 it’s 2,025th place and I’m ranked 1,941st. Quads are already getting sore from the squat jumps yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (757m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches (w/ mini band)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Squat Snatches (45#)

I think it’s been over two years since I’ve done a squat snatch and probably almost that long for overhead squats. I was falling over with the empty bar in this warm-up!

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

The workout was take 12 minutes to do five complexes @ 65% of 1RM Snatch or a moderate weight. I did it twice with 75, then once at 95 and 115 before loading my working weight of 135 pounds. I wasn’t really thinking about the percentage until after my first set and then calculated 143 pounds off my all-time 220 max, so I was actually heavy for any recent lift I’ve done. Really started to feel better after the first two complexes with 135. Like riding a bike.

Conditioning

15-12-9

  • Thrusters (115#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

The actual Mayhem workout was 135# thrusters and strict weighted pull-ups with 50 pounds. Was always going to modify that, especially training for the AGOQ. It would be a good version to try some day, but not this day. I warmed up with 5 thrusters at each of 45 and 95 pounds.

In the workout I went 9-6, 7-5, 5-4 on my thrusters and wore a belt. Just making sure not to push it too hard or take too many risks as my back gets used to some of this stuff again. The lifts themselves actually felt ok, but just gassed me. Looking back at WHOOP, my heart rate wasn’t even that high, so I probably should have pushed more with shorter rests. I went 9-6, 7-5, 7-1-1 on the chest-to-bar pull-ups and was losing my butterfly in some of the later sets since I’m out of practice. Finished in 5:24.

Skill / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)
  • 40′ Tip Toe Farmer Carry (20# DBs)
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)

Not Doing 1,000 Reps

My shoulders don’t feel too bad. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,572m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 5 C&J (135#)
  • 3 C&J (155#)

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 C&J (165#)

Did quick singles all the way.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 20 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • 20/20 Side Plank Pulses
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
  • 20 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

This series of movements comes from a DLB 1,000 rep ab challenge. That’s a silly number of reps and 200 was plenty to get a good core workout. Took me 4:20 for the first round and 9:11 for both.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)

I stepped down every rep but switched the leading step down leg after 8, 16, and 23 reps. Almost took a spill on my very last box jump in round one and no repped myself on one jump in round two when I was falling backwards. I alternated arms every 5 reps on the dumbbell. Finished in 6:29.

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.

A Lot of Step-ups

My shoulders finally feel “normal” again after 21.1. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,515m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)
  • 5 Barbell Hip Thrusts (45#)
  • 6 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95#)
  • 5 Barbell Hip Thrusts (85#)
  • 6 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125#)
  • 5 Barbell Hip Thrusts (105#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (145#)
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (125#)

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM

  • 12 alt Single DB Box Step-ups (24″, 50# on shoulder)
  • 4 Hang Power Snatch (115#)

I did 6×45 and 5×95 hang power snatches to warm-up before the EMOM. For the step-ups I switched shoulders every other round so didn’t have to switch in the middle of a set. Those step-ups really added up and my legs were really heavy through the second half of that.

Pool Noodle

My legs and knees are still feeling that stuff from Sunday. I should have wore knee sleeves or put down the foam mats for the lunges and burpees. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,534m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)
  • 6 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)

Legs

How do you like the $1 addition to the gym?

4 Sets

  • 16 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125#)
  • 12 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

I had programmed another superset for legs, but my back was feeling tight and no reason to kill it going in to the first week of the Open.

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 C&J (135#)
  • 10 Burpees

The barbell felt extremely heavy in that first minute and the burpees felt like I was going to die. Near ten minutes I finally seemed to catch a rhythm and started getting faster. Linking together the clean and jerks was smoother and I was dropping down quick to my chest (I’ve been hesitant with my left shoulder). Don’t get me wrong, the workout was pretty nasty, but it felt good to make a push through the back half of it and really dig.

Can’t Keep Up With the Right

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 5 RDL (115#)
  • 5/5 DB Push Press (35#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 20 Pistols
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

3 Sets

  • 10 RDL (185#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 50 Single Arm Push Press (35# DB)

I went 15-15-10-10 on the push presses each round and my injured left arm definitely can’t keep up with the right. Finished in 8:07.

Add More Reps

Out in the garage after 2:30 for a quick one.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (681m)
  • 40′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 40′ Monster Walks
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 10 Step-ups (24″)
  • 5 C&J (75#)
  • 10 alt Single DB Step-ups (24″, 35# on shoulder)
  • 5 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 12 alt Single DB Step-ups (24″, 50# on shoulder)
  • 6-6-6-8-10 C&J (115#)

Six was too easy so I increased the clean and jerk reps for the final two rounds. I think eight all the way through would have been pretty good or ten if I really wanted to suffer.

260 Going Up

Felt beat this morning when I got out of bed. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,557m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 2x3x135

Weightlifting

12:00 – EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

I went 155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-260 as planned, which is another five pounds heavier than I’ve gone in a long time. Little by little!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 6 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 9 Burpee Pull-ups

I did the first and last rounds unbroken on the barbell and should have done that all the way. For the other rounds I dropped the bar after 8 deadlifts for a quick breath and regrip. The burpee pull-ups are just so slow and I was stepping back and up on them to try to save my heart rate some. Got through 6+18.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Pulled this one out of the logs. Work 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

Grippy Snatches

My triceps and upper back were still pretty sore yesterday, but it’s almost gone today. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,562m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20/20s Bottom Pistol Holds
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 5 Hang Power Snatches (45#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Pistols
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)

I’m not sure what was going on with my last week and even warming up today, but I was really hesitant to do pistols. I buckled down and found my technique again though.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Staggered Stance RDL (barbell, 95#)
  • 15 DB Goblet Squats (50#)

I don’t think I like these staggered stance Romanian deadlifts.

Conditioning

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15-15-12-12-12-12 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees

Ewww! 78 is a lot of snatches after zero in three months. Originally I wrote this to be 10 powers but switched to the hang at game time to save my back. Since they’re quicker from the hang and the first round was feeling good I went for 15 reps. In round two I knew that was a bad idea as my rest time was quickly being eaten up. So I dropped to 12 reps in round three and told myself to survive the 4th set and then I could quit the workout. I got through the fourth and knew I could suffer through two more rounds. My grip almost had other ideas and those final two rounds were rough!