Regional Inspiration

Definitely feeling some different muscles from the movements in yesterday’s aerobic work. Out in the garage before a company townhall at lunch.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (40#)
  • 10 Glute Bridges (40#)
  • 5/5 DB OHS (40#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (40#)

Feeling good with this stuff. Hopefully it’s making a difference.


4 Rounds

  • 28 Pistols
  • 15 Sandbag Cleans (100#)

Last week I saw someone post about 2016 Regional event 4, which used 115# power cleans and had a 10:00 time cap. I wanted to get in some sandbag work so I came up with this modification.

I wore my belt for the entire workout, though I loosened it in round 2 I think because it was pinching my abs on each clean. Pretty gassed with fatigued legs in round 2, so after that was just a grind. Tried to keep bending over to pick up the bag. Yes you throw it over your shoulder for each rep. I tried to remember to alternate shoulders for balance. Finished in 18:09.

Can Still Snatch

Another high volume heavy back squat day at the gym, so I worked in the garage. I’ve followed dedicated weightlifting programs that don’t do as much heavy volume as the programming we’re using at the gym! I did the workout I had planned for yesterday.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 10 Close Grip OHS (45#)
  • 20 Push-ups

My pinkies were up against the inside of the first knurl marks on the bar.

Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175

Wanted to try putting up a bit of weight today. Felt pretty good and I was happy to get up to 175.


12:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 6 Pistols
  • 3 Strict Chin-ups
  • 6 DB Snatch (50#)

I really liked how this turned out with the strict pulling. I did all singles on the bar so I could drop from the top and not got through the negative portion of the movement. Finished 8 rounds, 3 pull-ups, and 2 pistols.

Still Hot

Still sore from the deadlifts on Friday. I still had a headache last night when I went to bed after a late movie; that sun really got to me. The programming at the gym is another 20 minute AMRAP of heavy push presses and same thing with other lifts this week, so I stayed home. Can’t wait until we switch programs next week because that shit is not meant for general gym programming.


  • 3 Sets
    • 1:00 Air Dyne
    • 20 Push-ups (unbroken)
  • Bottom squat hold
  • Shoulder stretching
  • 10 Air squats 
  • 4 Pistols

Had to make sure I could do some pistols before getting into it. haha


2 Rounds

  • 20 Pistols
  • 30 Pull-ups
  • 400m Ski Erg

Mod of the gym workout which was 100 dubs to start and running instead of the Ski Erg. The damn Ski Erg turned off before I got to it in the first round. Made sure to hit the button during rests in round two to keep it on. I wore gymnastics grips, but hate my Again Faster bar. I really need to see if I can remove the powder coating because I slip all over on it. I really wanted to be able to do all sets of 10. Got through round 1 and 1 set of 10 in round 2, but then did the rest in 6-5-5-4. Total time was 9:08.


2 Sets

  • 25 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)
  • Max Superman Hold

I did a 1:02 hold both times.

I thought we were heading back down to bearable temperatures tomorrow but it’s going to be 90 again!

Too Cray-Cray For Me

Didn’t go to the gym again because there was some cray-cray 2nd metcon with 108 thrusters at 3 different weights and no other movements. After a metcon with HSPU and pistols? Hell to the no! Worked out in the garage and did the extra credit cardio work instead.

Warm-up: 10:00 AMRAP (easy pace)

  • 100 Jump Rope
  • 20 Single Arm OH Walking Lunge (35# DB)
  • 10 Push-ups

I used an old school jump rope today, which provided some weight. Only miss was at 62 in the 4th round. I did exactly 4 rounds.



12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Pistols (alt)

My left quad has had that weird feeling off and on randomly, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of pistols today. I haven’t done any lately. They felt really good doing the foot hold method. Never missed or had a pre-mature foot touch on any reps. Did the handstand push-ups in all sets of 5 with a walk across garage and back as rest before each sub set. I finished 6+14.

I might try to get a piece of plexiglass or something cheap for the wall where I do HSPU. The screws are right in the spot where my feet slide on the wall.

Ski Erg

3 Rounds

  • 1,000m (@ 5k pace)
  • 500m (recovery)

Decided to shoot for 1s/500m faster than the last time and also do the recovery pieces on the ski erg instead of 2:00 on the Airdyne. My 1k times were 3:58, 3:57.8, and 3:57.7; I was right on pace. My recoveries were 2:43.6, 2:44, and 2:41.7.


Had to take a forced rest day yesterday after waking up with a headache that was giving me blurred vision and nausea. I went back to bed until 2:30! Got up and was able to work the rest of the day. Meant I had to skip out on golfing today, though it was quite chilly with rain on the way. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 4x8x185
  • 3x12x195
  • 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)

I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!


  • 3×15 Skull Crushers (45-55-65#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Used a barbell for the skull crushers. I felt a lot more fatigued after the benching today, which made the raises harder than they have been.

Performance Plus

3 Sets

  • 30s Double DB Overhead Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

The double dumbbell overhead was the hardest part of the day and I didn’t even do it walking like it was supposed to. I took a few steps and nearly fell over. The fifties were too heavy for this, but after making it through the first round I didn’t want to bitch out.

The scap pull-ups were actually supposed to be paired up with 20 ring dips for 3 sets, but I moved things around.


  • 30-20-10 Ring Dips
  • 30-20-10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 30-20-10 Pistols 60-40-20 Air Squats

I figured the ring dips would be trouble and planned to start with sets of 5 and quickly switch to 2 or 3s if needed. I was able to continue sets of 5 the whole way. GHD sit-ups were harder than they should have been. I struggled through 12 of the ugliest pistols I’ve done in years. My left quad was not having it today. I probably should have warmed up my lower body some. After 12 pistols, a lot of falling over, and too much wasted time, I changed the workout to double reps of air squats. So I finished the first round with 48 air squats to get to 60. Total time was 12:42.

Still Got ‘Em

When I workout late, I’m hyped up and can’t get to bed, so I was up until like 1:30 last night. Made it to the gym at 10am though. Hybrid had a bunch of heavy snatches programmed today because they didn’t adjust after 17.3 was announced and some long AMRAPs, but we didn’t feel like doing any of that stuff.

12:00 EMOM

  • 10 Pistols
  • 7 Strict HSPU

Have had doubts about pistols lately because my left quad has been bothering me a bit during squats. Once I got in a few reps they were feeling great though. Went for an increase on the handstand push-ups from what I’ve been doing and made every set. Was fun doing these two movements back-to-back.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×155
  • 5×205
  • 5×245
  • 3x5x275

Felt heavy and I could feel my low back a little bit so didn’t push the weight.

Bench Press (pause)

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 5×230

I couple of weeks ago I did 225 for a triple with the pauses so this was a big jump. My 5RM without pauses is 240, so wondering where my max is these days.


  • 500m Row

It’s been too long since I did this for time. Had it going good with the average pace down to 1:22/500m at one point, but died in the last 150 meters. Finished with 1:24.1, which is only 0.6 seconds off my best.


Open & Close

I was tired yesterday so took a complete rest day instead of hopping on the Air Dyne for active recovery. Planned to go to the 10am class this morning but didn’t wake up until 9:10. Procrastinated most of the day, but got out in the garage after 5pm. At least all that waiting with the heat on let the garage get up to 55°.


5:00 Ski Erg (1,057m)


10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 Strict Ring Dips
  • 12 Pistols

No issues on either. Did 10×45# and 5×135 deadlifts to get ready for the metcon.


Found this one in the Fitness Level Workouts on BTWB when looking for something to do with toes to bars.

5 Rounds

  • 15 DL (185#)
  • 15 T2B

My goal was some bigger sets on the toes to bars today and the hopefully hang on. I went 8-7 on every set of deadlifts, with too much rest in between sets. Wore the belt. I was able to stick with 8-7 T2B for 3 rounds. At that point I was hoping to switch to 3×5. Well, I made it through one 5, then hit the wall after 4. All the rest singles in that set and for the entire final set. Finished in 11:36.

Tried something new and learned some lessons about what I can do. Doesn’t help that these were two very similar hinging movements on the hips, which I use a lot on my T2B.


Was thinking about doing “Linda” to finish out the year just like in 2015, but we weren’t up for it today and my back has been a little rough this week so would not have been the best idea. I actually didn’t even get out of bed until almost 10:30. I can’t remember the last time I was in bed past 10. Worked out with Bryan and Doug at noon. Did some bottom squat holds and shoulder stretching to warm-up.


15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 7 Strict Ring Dips
  • 10 Pistols

Been a long time since doing a pistol. Always rough to get the feel for them again but then after 10 reps or so it comes back.


15:00 AMRAP

  • 20 T2B
  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 20 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
  • 10 Step-ups (24″)

Went much smoother than we expected. I surprised myself by being able to stick to sets of 4 toes to bars the entire way. Went 8-6-6 on the snatches and should have tried 11-9 or something like that. I figured I’d end up doing step-ups instead of box jumps and when I got to that movement in the first round it was an easy decision. Finished 3 rounds plus the T2B and burpees. Might have been able to get in one snatch, but collapsing to the ground felt like a better idea.

Feels good to be back into some kind of consistency. I think I’m going to join Bryan on the Hybrid Performance WOD program starting this week, though still finish out these last few weeks of the Thruster Attack.

Make it a Combo

Out in the garage around 1. Combined the power cleans and push jerks into a complex to save time and make the jerks harder (even though it’s already heavier than the assigned % since I kept the loading based off my power clean).

Power Cleans + Push Jerks

  • 5+5 @ 45#
  • 5+5 @ 95
  • 3+3 @ 135
  • 3+3 @ 165
  • 3+3 @ 185
  • 2 Sets of 3+3 @ 195
  • 3 Sets of 3+3 @ 205

All of the power cleans were touch and go. Took a little more time with the jerks.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×205#
  • 3x5x245

Stood on a 3″ riser to get more depth. Used a neutral grip for every set, which almost made me lose hold with the last 2 sets of 245.

Midline & Accessory

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 25s L-sit (parallettes, bent knees)
  • 15 Push-ups

4 Rounds

  • 10 Pistols
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)

Decided to do this part for time. Struggled too much on the pistols. Finished in 5:04 with all of the twist sets unbroken.

Ten By Tens

Last night my tight back started to turn into a back tweak. Grrr! I could barely get out of bed this morning. So much for doing Open workout 13.2 like I’ve been trying to plan and looked forward to. I even got to the gym about 30 minutes early to do some mobility and see if I could loosen things up enough to be able to do the deadlifts and box jumps.


3 Rounds

  • 10s Bar Hang
  • 5/5 Bar Taps (tight/dynamic)
  • 10 Heel Drives
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 30 DU

The dubs were not fun so I knew right there I should not attempt the workout. So I jumped in with Bryan on some bench while everyone did the metcon. I also did some mobility stuff I’ve found for relieving low back pain.

Strength & Accessory

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10x10x155

Barbell Curl

  • 8x10x45#

The curls were alternated with the sets of bench.


5 Rounds

  • 20s L-hang
  • 20s Rest
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 20s Rest

Skill / Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Shotguns
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Pistols
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Step-ups (20″)
  • 1:00 Rest

I didn’t think I’d be able to do the pistols because they usually put a lot of stress on my back, but they were fine. Subbed in step-ups instead of the double unders I had programmed. I did 37-39-37 shotguns, 20-22-20 pistols, and 22-24-25 step-ups.

Wanted to get my heart rate up a little so I stayed after.


10 Rounds

  • 200′ Shuttle (4×50′)
  • 10 Shoulder Press (65#)

Oh boy, my shoulders and chest are going to be feeling it after these and the bench press sets. I did the first 5 sets unbroken, then broke up the sets in half until grinding out the final set. Took me 9:24 to finish.

Did a little more mobility work before heading home.