Version A

I forgot to mention it during my San Diego trip, but we stopped at the Rx Smart Gear office because I’d been wanting to try the Alec Smith gymnastics grips. I hated them! Way too bulky, even with the extra support strap off, which pulled really bad on my wrists. It’s like they needed to have a size bigger than large. Glad I didn’t buy them online. Also tried their EVO Jump Rope and there is no way I’d pay $125 for that!

Engine Builder – Speed

10:00 AMRAP

  • Airdyne calories (AD2)

This workout is also known as “300 FY” because the goal on other Airdyne models is to get 300 calories. It’s really easy to do on the AD2, but still a good relative test. My previous best was 365 cals where I went out hot for 60-90 seconds and fell in to a pace. Today my plan was to hold 85 RPM and hopefully push at the end. I didn’t have much push left, but it worked beautifully to get a 15 cal PR with 380 calories! Was 4.23 miles. I did an easy five minutes to cool down for 1.42 miles.

Went to the 4pm class at CrossFit Whip.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)

Strength

Overhead Squat

  • 2x5x45#
  • 2x5x75
  • 2x5x95

I kept a narrow grip on the bar and went with a slow controlled descent and slight pause in the hole for every rep. Wasn’t pushing the weight with my back and shoulder issues.

Conditioning

Warmed up my push jerks with 5×95 and 5×115.

E3M – 5 Rounds

  • 20 cal Row
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Push Jerks (135#)

I probably went a little hard on the first row, getting it done under 45 seconds, with 1,700+ most of the way. Each round got slower and slower but kept over 1,250 throughout. My toes to bars were 3×5 every round, wearing grips and push jerks were unbroken. My round times were about 2:00, 2:11, 2:22, 2:25, and 2:25 and I really started to feel it in round 3. Push jerks were a struggle at the end of the 4th and 5th round. These are the type of workouts I’ve really liked from the Ben Smith programming because you have to really push yourself to finish and get some rest.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

Switched it up to Version A from T Nation and wasn’t sure how it would feel so I used 20 pound dumbbells for the first set and then 25 for two more sets.

30 Muscle-ups!!

Another frigid day in Michigan. Left the house for the first time in about 43 hours by going to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 15 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Groiners
    • 10/10 Arm Circles (Front/Back)
    • 10 OHS (15#)
    • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 3 Sets (45-75-75#)
    • 1 Snatch Deadlift
    • 2 Hang Power Snatch
    • 1 OHS
    • 1 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 5 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Snatch Pull (75#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Overhead Squats (75#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Snatches (75#)

NCFit programming really likes the extended warm-ups!

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 Hang Squat Snatches (95#)
  • 25 Sit-ups
  • 15 cal Row

Felt really good again. I took the bar back down to my knees in the hang on each rep instead of trying to bounce because I like to hit my hips on the snatch. Took about 25 seconds each round. I was getting my sit-ups done in about 39 seconds, which seems much faster than I’ve ever done them. Might have to test 100 reps for time and/or Annie soon. I tried to stay around 1,500 cal/hour for the first four rounds and then went all out at 2,000+ for the last one.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left in the hour, but I planned to stay and get in volume work anyway.

E45S – 10 Sets

  • 3 Muscle-ups

After how good the eight sets of four felt in Sunday’s workout I was hopeful I could make it through all 10 sets. I’ve only ever done a 10 minute EMOM of 3 reps and it always got challenging near the end. Made every round unbroken and finished with 35 seconds left on that last round, so that’s a 30 muscle-ups time of 6:55. I’m pumped!! I think this is another example of how some things are much easier weighing 20 pounds less.

This is where the fitness level rankings on BTWB fail though. It gives me a level 68 for this effort because it’s only comparing my time to everyone who has entered a score for the workout. There are twice as many Rx scores as modified on BTWB, which is nowhere near representative of the CrossFit population. I bet less than 10% of CrossFitters can complete 30 muscle-ups, so the level should be up in the 90s, not a bullshit 68. 🤷🏻‍♂️

No Time Again

Thought I might get a workout yesterday, but got going on a restoration project while family was gone during the day and didn’t make time. Had to rush in a workout today after the family took off and before heading to a movie. Did this one that the gym did earlier in the week (20# light of Rx).

  • 150 DU
  • 50 T2B
  • 50 OHS (95#)
  • 50 Box Step Overs (24”)
  • 150 DU

I did 14×3 and 2×4 on toes to bar, wearing grips. Was ready to start failing any rep. I did 5 sets of 10 on the overhead squats. First set was snatch grip and the next four I kept my pointer finger on the last knurl line. Planned to do box jump overs but got there with smoked legs and decided to do steps instead. Finished in 17:57.

Big Slow Sets

Still sore all over the place. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10/10 Single Arm Kettlebell Thrusters (26#)
    • 20 Superman Extensions
    • 100 Jump Rope

Strength

There was no way I was doing the front squats with my back. Lunges sounded like a good way to hit some legs.

5 Sets

  • 20 Dumbbell Overhead Walking Lunges (40#)

I alternated arms after 10 every set.

Conditioning

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 75 Thrusters (45#)
  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 50 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 75 AbMat Sit-Ups

The Rx weight was 75# so I scaled back with a goal of going unbroken. I got through 50 thrusters and there was no way I was getting another 25 in a row. I broke and then finished the last 25. I was able to do the OHS unbroken. Big sets for those 2 movements, but each rep was really slow. I did 5-5 on the first set of chin-ups and then all sets of 2. Finished in 12:52.

Weekly Challenge

1:30 AMRAP

  • 1 Pull-up
  • 2 Push-ups
  • 3 Air Squats

Was combining the movements as much as possible while still hitting the require ranges of motion. When someone called out 45 seconds I about died! I figured we had 10-15 seconds left. Hard to count, so I may be wrong with a score of 12+4. If anything I think it would have been 11+4.

Felt it Coming

Made it in for the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Burpee
    • Squat Jump
    • American KBS (35#)

Lifting

Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • E90S – 5 Sets
    • 3×135

It’s been at least 2.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell for any olympic lifts. Felt pretty good. I taped some gauze on my hand and wore one of my Bear Complex grips to help protect it.

It was going to be the same E90S but with a squat clean + thruster next. I was warming up with 3 reps using 135# and my back was feeling like it might go, so I stripped the bar and bowed out before it turned into a full-on tweak. The overhead squats seem to aggravate it. 😦

Gymnastics

E90S – 5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold

I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.

Conditioning

Team with Jason and Gavin:

  • 9 Prowler Sprints (1 set 135# & 2 sets 180#)
  • 72 Burpee KB Thrusters (2×26#)
  • 800m Run

We didn’t time it. Rotated through the prowlers and then did sets of 8 burpee thrusters for 3 sets each. Felt pretty good on the run, but couldn’t stick with Gavin.

Out in the garage in the evening after mowing the lawn and watching some of the other Regionals.

Bench Press

donut-recovery

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x230
  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

My bench press has been feeling really really good!

Shoulder Press

  • 8×95#
  • 4×115
  • 4×130
  • 3x4x140

Meh. Did the work, but was careful to squeeze with the minor back tweak this morning.

Tomorrow we are doing “J.T.” so I decided to skip the half kneeling kettlebell presses and tricep kickbacks. I also skipped one arm farmers carries due to my back.

 

Oh My Quads

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Good Mornings

Strength – Deadlifts

  • 7×45#
  • 7×155
  • 7×225
  • 7×275
  • 7×305
  • 2x7x325

Heavy enough after all of the shoveling. No need to push it and get hurt during the Open.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Evil wheels
  • 5 Ring Swings

It’s been awhile since I’ve done the evils so expect to be sore the next couple of days.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Overhead Squats (95#)
  • 9 Step-ups (24″)

Loved it! Did all step-ups instead of box jumps and holy hell did that turn into a quad burn after the OHS. First round was done in about 45 seconds and settled in to a steady 1:00 pace after about 3 rounds I think. Finished exactly 9 rounds but only had about 2 seconds so didn’t try to pick up the bar. Was a good one not having to rest at any point and able to keep moving.

Now that scoring is closed on 16.1, I can see my score is not as bad worldwide as my performance on 15.2 was last year, which I still overcame it to have my best overall percentile placing ever. Kind of a relief that I should be able to make a comeback on the leaderboard, but frustrating that having to do single pull-ups held back my score so much. I don’t usually like to say this, but I’m confident I would have been close to 8 rounds instead of only 7+1. Especially since I’ve put in a lot of work over the last 4-5 months on improving my capacity. In day-to-day WODs at the gym Bryan and I have been neck and neck, trading wins, for the last month or two, where he was handily beating me before. Castro, please bring us pistols this year!

Grip Width

In for the 9am this morning. Was looking forward to getting in a “normal” workout after the first 3 days of this week.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Hang Stretching
  • Banded Shoulder OH Stretch
  • Overhead Squat
    • 4×45#
    • 4×75#
    • 4×95#
    • 4×115#

Did the OHS with my progressing grip width. Getting better and better.

Strength & Gymnastics

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 4 OHS (135#)
  • 6 Strict Ring Dips

The last knurl ring was in between my middle and ring fingers, which is probably about halfway between my jerk and snatch grips. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do 6 sets like that a month or two ago.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Curtis P (75#)
  • 6 Push Press (75#)
  • 10 Lateral Bar Hops

Kept it light so I could try to go unbroken. Made it, but another 10 or 20# would have definitely meant breaking at some point with the barbell. Lateral hops were a quick rest from holding the weight. Finished in 3:56.

3 Rounds NFT

  • 30/30m Prowler Sprint (High, 135#)
  • 200m Run

Went lighter than usual and tried to keep it explosive.

Squats & Presses

My body is feeling a little beat up today, but planned to rest tomorrow anyway, so might as well hit it hard. Matt, Cora, Kevin, and I trained at 10:30am.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Back squat and shoulder press warm-up with light weights

Strength

Second week of the squat program, so while everyone did the 5 sets of 3 back squats around 90%, I did 4 sets of 8 with increasing weight.

10:00 EMOM MOFO

  • Evens: 3 Back Squats (90% of 1RM)
  • Odds: 3 Shoulder Presses (90% of 1RM)

I did my first 3 sets of back squats on time, took off the 4th round of back squats to rest for my heaviest set, and finished it on the 5th round. I had to do 8 reps each set, using 185, 205, 220, and 235. Pretty rough. On shoulder presses, 90% calls for 145#, but I don’t think that would be possible for me, so I used 135# for the first 4 sets and 140# for my final set.

Strength WOD

This one comes from some of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. They absolutely crushed it. I think Khalipa did it in 4:17.

For time:

  • 10 Shoulder Presses
  • 15 OHS
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

Rx is 115/75 for this one. My time was 14:03. Great barbell work there.

Conditioning WOD

Just keep moving in this one.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Jingle Jangles
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 HR Push-ups
  • 10 OH Walking Lunges (45/25)

I completed 7 full rounds, 10 jingle jangles, 10 v-ups, and 1 push-up for 7+21.

Finisher

Tabata Mash-up

  • Ring L-sit
  • Ball Slams (15#)

I did knee tuck sits each round.

Took us about an hour and 40 minutes to complete everything today. I have a feeling the legs are going to be wrecked for a couple of days.

Training for the 2013 CrossFit Games Open

Worked out at 10:30 this morning with Cora, Matt, and Kevin. First day of training for the 2014 CrossFit Games Open. 🙂 I’ll have a post up in the next couple of days detailing how I did in the 2013 Open and what I learned about myself.

I warmed up with 20 cal on the Air Dyne and then worked up with some lighter weights on the back squat and shoulder press.

I’m starting a 6 week squat program where I’ll be doing back squats once a week and front squats once a week. It’s a volume program I got off of Burgener’s site. They all did 5×5 Back Squats at 80%, but I had 3 sets of 10, so my timing wasn’t exactly every minute on the minute since I had the 2nd and 4th round of back squats off, but my rounds were longer too because of higher reps.

Strength

10:00 EMOTM

  • Back Squats: 10 @ 60% (185#), 10 @ 65% (205#), 10 @ 70% (220#)
  • 5×5 Shoulder Press @ 80% of 1RM (125#)

Really tough work with those reps at the percentages. I was out of breath after 10 reps of 220# and 125# was perfect for the shoulder presses.

WOD #1

5:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 21 cal Air Dyne
  • Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target) until partner is done

I worked with Matt. We got 95 calories and 114 wall balls.

WOD #2

5:00 AMRAP

  • Box Jumps (24″) with 5 unbroken C2B EMOTM starting at 1:00 (so 4 sets of them)

I didn’t rebound my box jumps until the last 20 seconds or so because I figured I’d be smoked after the previous work and with a long 5 minutes. I think I went 20-13-14-14-19 during each minute for a total of 80. I should have rebounded from the beginning.

Core

10:00 EMOTM

  • 20s MAX OHS (95#)
  • 20s Ring L-sit

I got 8-9-8-9-9 on my OHS. Lost balance with 4 or 5 seconds left in that third round and had to bump the bar, so missed out on another rep or two there. The OHS felt really good today though.

The Grizzly Bear Complex

Earlier this week I came up with a great idea to combine the Bear Complex with a Curtis P and add an OHS. I decided to call it the Grizzly Bear Complex. It goes like this…

Perform 10 touch-n-go doubles of the following complex.

  • Clean
  • Front Squat
  • Lunge
  • Lunge
  • Shoulder to Overhead
  • Back Squat
  • Shoulder to Overhead
  • Overhead Squat

Notes:

  • Rest 90 seconds to 2 minutes between each set.
  • Start with a light load. Increase the weight each set. The last 3 sets should be hard!
  • Combining movements is allowed. For example you can do a squat clean and a back squat thruster.
  • It works well to switch to a wide snatch grip before the back squat so that you can do a thruster and go right into the OHS.
  • After the OHS on the first rep you may want to drop to the back so you can switch to a clean width grip. Then do a short press just to get the bar over your head and back to the front rack, ready to go into the TnG for rep 2

I was able to round-up Kevin and Jason to give it a go at 8pm. I warmed up with a 500m row and some DU.

My goal was to be able to hit for some heavy OHS, 175# or more. Boy was I underestimating how tough this would get. I started at 75# and went up 10# each set. When I got to 135# in the 7th set, it took everything I had to keep control of the OHS, especially on the 2nd rep. I stuck with 135# for the 8th and 9th and then managed to get 140# on my last set.

I wasn’t sure how the lunges would feel, but they weren’t really too bad. I felt like I got stuck on a couple towards the end, but I think it was more from not concentrating on them than it was from the weight. The OHS was definitely the limiting factor, especially after holding on to that bar for so long. Great complex though and I’ll definitely be willing to try it again some time.

Brent got held up with kids, but showed up as were just finishing our last few sets. Then we did some work with Kevin’s new wheelbarrow drive sled from Again Faster. First we did 5 sets of a 50′ rope pull followed by a 50′ high prowler push. I think we had it loaded with 135# for the first 3 or 4 sets and then added another 45#. After that we converted it into the “wheelbarrow” did 5 down and backs of close to 100m total. At the end of 5 trips I think we had about 400# stacked on it. To finish things off we loaded it with 180# of plates and did a 50′ high prowler push with a low push back. On the 5th set we added another 45#.

Then we ended with a beer. All in all, a fun Friday night.