New Farmer’s Carry Handles

My triceps aren’t sore yet, which is surprising. I did my banded PT exercises and three sets of 15 step downs at 14″ on each leg before lunch. Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats


5 Sets

  • 12 DB Bench Press (50#, on exercise ball)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (10#)

That was a new challenge on the ball!


10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 OH Plate Lunges (35#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Tried to stay controlled and use good movement patterns with the cleans. Got through 4+30.

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These handles from Titan Fitness are pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try them out in a workout.

On April 11th it will have been two months since my back tweak, so that’s the goal date for picking up a barbell again. It’s hard to be patient, but I want to make sure I give it all plenty of time to heal and it gives me another 2.5 weeks to correct my imbalances.

Deal With the Devil

My quads and hamstrings were even more sore yesterday, but it was a rest day anyway. Spent all day working in my basement shop, which wore me out. My back was really tight at the end of the day, probably from a combination of that work and all of the hang cleans on Friday.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • 8 OH DB Lunges (Right arm – 50/35#)
  • 12 T2B
  • 8 OH DB Lunges (Left arm – 50/35#)

Was able to do 2×6 for every round of toes to bars and didn’t wear grips. Good combination of movements. Finished 5+2.

Took a good deal of rest to recover.

  • EMOM 20 DU
  • Until 50 Devil Presses (40#)

My goal was sub 10 minutes, but after only 6 in the first round that seemed out of reach. Especially since I was missing a double under in the first few rounds. Finished in 10:34.

Started doing some handstand walk practice, but my back and shoulders were too burnt.


It was rough rolling over in bed last night, but not close to the worst it’s I’ve had it. Could barely walk when I got out of bed. Iced my back and used the TENS unit this morning and it felt good enough to go to the 10am class.


  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 2×10 Air Squats


Front Squats

  • 10x20kg
  • 6×50
  • 6×70
  • 3×90
  • 3×100
  • 3×110
  • 3×115
  • 3×120

I was squatting off the jerk blocks because it was a packed house and all 6 racks were being used. Heading in to the gym I figured I’d be happy to git a couple sets at 225#. Other than picking the bar up off the blocks, I didn’t feel anything from my back because I really made sure to keep it tight. Excited I was able to get up to 265# when 2 hours earlier I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to go in.


25:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 50 Overhead Plate Lunges (45#)
  • 50 Push Press (75#)
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 50 Hang Power Cleans (75#)

Worked with Weston. We each did a set of 15 and then a set of 10 with every movement. When we were in to the second round I wasn’t even breathing hard yet and said it was much easier than I expected. We then got faster each round. I had jokingly said 5 rounds before we started and we almost got there! Only 41 reps shy of that 5th round for 959 total reps. If we had done the lunges and air squats in a set of 25 each we would have been able to make it. Was a fun workout to cycle the lighter weights.

Sunday Extra

Still seemed a little sore this morning but didn’t feel it by the time I got to the gym and was moving around.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3:00 Jump Rope
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 ATYs (5#)
    • 10/10 Monster Walks (small red band)


8 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 10s Rest

I expected this to get tough, but it was really no issue. My hands were up really close to the wall and felt like I was barely using the wall for any support.


Warmed up with 6 reps of each using 45# and then 95#.

5 Sets – Every 2:30

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Good Mornings (135#)

I was supposed to go with a supinated grip this week but once I got into my warm-up sets I completely forgot. Whoops!

Worked up the hang power cleans with:

  • 3×135#
  • 3×155#
  • 3×175#
  • 3×195#


6 Rounds – E3M

  • 3 Heavy Hang Power Clean (205#)
  • 100m Row Sprint
  • * Rest additional 4:00 b/t sets 3-4

Based off some OPEX stuff again. Wore my belt for these and loosened or threw it off while moving to the rower. In the second set I tried going too fast and didn’t get the bar high enough so had to bail. After that I took an extra second to reset between reps and do the hang closer to my knees instead of such a high hang. Didn’t have intervals set on the rowing monitor, but the rows were taking me about 16-17 seconds.

First day golfing with the guys tomorrow so had to restructure my week. Didn’t want to miss pressing strength so added in a PM session. Did a ROMWOD after lunch.


2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 9 Shoulder Press (45#, 75#)
  • 6/6 OH Weighted Reverse Lunges (45#, 75#)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 9 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 Overhead Reverse Lunges (95#)

Haven’t felt any discomfort in my wrists with this combo and it’s now been 3 or 4 weeks. Press reps will keep increasing for a few weeks, but should still be ok. Imagine all of this overhead time should help with jerk stability too.

Murph Prep

  • E30S – 10 Sets
    • 8 Air Squats (40# vest)
  • E30S – 10 Sets
    • 4 Push-upsĀ  (40# vest)

Set the clock for continuous intervals, so no extra rest going from the squats to the push-ups. Had no idea how this would go, so was a bit conservative with the rep counts.

Still No Strict Pull-ups

Feeling a little fatigued this morning.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 15s Bar Hang
    • 10 PVC passes
    • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 8 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 6/6 OH Reverse Lunge (45#)
  • 8 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 6/6 OH Reverse Lunge (75#)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 8 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 OH Reverse Lunge (95#)

Last two sets got rough with all that time overhead.

Gymnastics Strength

E2M – Ring Rows (4 Sets, feet elevated)

Start with a max reps set and then the other 3 sets are at 50% of that number. I got 16 so my drop sets were 8s. Tried to do strict pull-ups while warming up and still a no-go for my shoulder. I was able to do a couple of chin-ups, but still don’t feel the greatest. I’ll keep resting it and working on rehab stuff. :-/


  • 5-4-3-2-1 Cleans (165#)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Deadlifts (165#)
  • 10-8-6-4-2 Pull-Ups

My goal was to pick a challenging weight to go unbroken. Original thought looking at this workout was 185, which I think is doable, but would require more rest between the pull-up bar. I did everything unbroken with 165# even going straight into the deadlifts with my hook grip, which sucked and made holding the bar for pull-ups more challenging. I had to do kipping because butterfly make it feel like my shoulder is going to fall off. Finished in 3:26. Should have moved faster between barbell and rig and back.

Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and will hit ROMWOD tonight.


I’ve been slacking with mornings in 2016, but the weather has shifted and golf season is here. Started waking up earlier last week and finally made it for what I think was my first 9am class of the year this morning. Feels good to have my workout done and gives me energy for the day.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets – Tricep Openers (10#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Broad Jumps
    • 10 Bar Taps (5 tight, 5 dynamic)
    • 20s Top of Ring Dip Hold


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 9 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 OH Reverse Weighted Lunges (95#)

Even with the one extra rep these seemed much easier than last week.

E30S – 10 Sets

  • 8 Push-ups

Decided not to try for sets of 10 so I could keep them quick and explosive. Made every set.



  • Squat Cleans (115#)
  • Bar Facing Burpee

Was debating on 135 or 115, but made the right choice. Pissed I broke up the set of 8 into 5-3, but every other set was unbroken. Finished in 5:25. I take too many steps on those damn burpees.


Jumped on the rower and did an easy 1,000 meters in 4:03. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyo. Will hit a ROMWOD tonight.

Midline Metcon

I have full range of motion back in my left leg/hip! Chest is sore, probably from the bench pressing I did Saturday and maybe even a little from the push-up holds yesterday. Lats and upper back or sore from the bar work and ring rows yesterday. Hadn’t really been on the pull-up bar in 2 weeks. Out in the garage at noon to do the workout from the gym.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5 Scap Wall Slides
    • 10 Narrow Grip OHS (45#)
    • Hip Impingement Corrective Exercises
      • 10/10 Sidelying clam (small red band)
      • 10/10 Sidelying hip abduction
      • 10/10 Donkey kick
      • 10 Bridge
  • 5×45# Shoulder Press
  • 3/3 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (45#)
  • 5×75# Shoulder Press
  • 3/3 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (75#)

I’ve been wanting to try reverse lunges. They are better for your knees.


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 8 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (95#)

Ended up being about 50s of time holding that bar! Reverse stepping into lunges is a little weird to get used to.

Next part was some strict pull-ups, but I’m still going to stay away from those for a while with my shoulder. Don’t want to push it too much too early. Being able to do ring rows and Kroc rows again is enough for now.



  • AbMat Sit-ups
  • Russian Twists (25# plate)

Little something new for CFi by using an ab circuit for conditioning. Typically this is something we would do after another metcon and without the clock. I wore a 40# weight vest to step it up a notch and it was fucking brutal! Managed to get all of the twists unbroken. Sit-ups too, but they got pretty slow with that extra 40 pounds.

10 Rounds

  • 30s Ski Erg (hard – 90%-ish?)
  • 30s Ski Erg (easy)

Wanted to do something more since I didn’t get the pull-up work. Might as well make more use of the Skier when I’m at home. Nothing crazy but got the heart rate up a little after I recovered from the midline circuit. Was getting down into the low 1:50/500m pace range and then around a 2:30 pace on the easy parts. Totaled 2,354 meters. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyo.

Quad City

I guess I’m just getting old or getting used to the early bed times. 9am for the 5th day this week. Feeling good though.


“Whip It!”
Play the song by Devo. Do jumping jacks throughout and then a burpee each time they say “whip it” during the song. Be careful not to mistake “whip”, which they say on its own several times. We were definitely warmed up after this.


Bench Press 5×1 @ 90%+

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×185#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×215#
  • 1×225#
  • 1×235#

Davy, Shaun, Matt, and I rotated through on the same bench. Ran out of time, but I think we were all pretty much done at the end there. Just 5# shy of my PR, so I’m happy with that. Didn’t have my right arm lagging behind like I used to, but my right elbow issue went away in the last couple of months too, so maybe it was related. My left arm actually was a bit behind on that last lift today.


12:00 EMOM

  • Odds: MAX unbroken strict ring dips
  • Evens: MAX unbroken strict pull-ups

Went 15-10-6-7-5-5 on dips and 9-5-5-5-5-4 on pull-ups. Pathetic numbers for pull-ups.



  • OHS (95#)
  • OH Lunges (95#, total reps – not each leg)

Fuck! Fuck! Looking at this I figured wrists would be a limiting factor, but that was the least of my worries during the workout. I did the first 21 OHS unbroken with my shoulders shaking all over the place for the last 5 reps, and holy shit was that a mistake. I’ve never felt a burning in my quads during a metcon like this one. I’d get down into a toes squat to rest when taking breaks and that even felt horrible. Brutal brutal workout. I managed to power through the sets of 9 unbroken with a short break between movements and finished in 9:25.


7:00 EMOM

  • 12 V-Ups

Good core burn in the last 2-3 rounds.

Double Day

Feeling good this morning. Hamstrings a little tight from squats on Tuesday, but body feels good. In at 10am.


1/2 Mile Sled Drag (115#)

Olympic Lifting

Every 1:30 to 2:00

  • Snatch
  • Hang Snatch
  • High Hang Snatch

I did it with 95#, 105#, 115#, 125#, 135#, and 125#. No misses on any of the lifts. I think 135# in a new high for the high hang, by 10#. Getting better!


5/3/1 Deadlifts – Cycle 2 Week 3

  • 5 @ 165# (40% of Training Max – warm)
  • 5 @ 210# (50%)
  • 3 @ 250# (60%)
  • 5 @ 315# (75%)
  • 3 @ 355# (85%)
  • 1+ @ 400# (95%)

Pulled 8 reps @ 400# for an estimated max of 505.5#. Booyah! Looking forward to testing 1RM next week. It won’t be close to 500# but I should see a nice improvement over 455#.


5 Rounds

  • 10 OH Lunges (45# empty bar)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

I used a clean grip on the OH Lunges. First time doing those with a barbell. Did everything unbroken and finished in 5:56. Not a killer WOD, but did make my legs shaky when I was done.


  • 100 Sit-ups

Was hoping for a sub three and was on pace, but died a bit in the 3rd minute to finish at 3:06, 4 seconds off my best. I need to figure out how to stop moving backwards because I have to adjust the AbMat every 10-15 reps.

3 Rounds NFT

  • 10 T2B
  • 5/5 Side Bends (80# KB)

Grip may have been the toughest here after deadlifts and C2B pull-ups.

Went back at 8pm. Warmed up with 3:00 on the Air Dyne.


6 Rounds

  • 40 yard Prowler Sprint (High, 210# total)
  • 60s Rest
  • 40 yard Prowler Sprint (Low, 210# total)
  • 60s Rest

We took this from a challenge posted by Jim Wendler, but 3 rounds (6 sprints) was too easy so we doubled it. Ended up being pretty perfect.

I also did 3 sets of 10 wall squats to work on my vertical torso.

First Time Floor Press

A little tired today. Went in for the 4:15pm class.


3 Rounds

  • 1m Bicycles
  • 1m Side Plank (30s each side)
  • 1m Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest

I don’t think I’ve even been able to hold on for a straight minute of flutter kicks, but I did it 3 times today. Core strength baby!


5×5 Floor Press

I’ve never done this before, so didn’t know what to expect. I really liked it. Warmed up with 75# and then did my working sets with 125#, 175#, 180#, 185#, 190#, and 195#. Had some left in the tank too. Happy with that though since last week I failed after 3 reps at 205# on the bench press. Today I lifted more weight overall because the jump was right up to 175# for the 2nd set.


5 Rounds

  • 1m SDLHP (53# KB)
  • 1m KBS (53# KB)
  • 1m OH Lunges (20# MB)
  • 1m Ring Dips
  • 1m Thrusters (75#)
  • 1m Rest

I scored 104, 101, and 102 for a 307 total.


  • 120 DU

I started off with 39 in a row. Whenever I get close to my unbroken streak of 44, I think I get excited and fail. I finished in 2:08. My arms were so tired it was really hard to keep spinning the rope after that first set.