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.

 

Sled Then Run

Walked 18 this morning. Got to the gym around 6pm I think. Did an easy 400m jog and rested 3 minutes before starting the workout.

Aerobic Capacity – Speed/Strength Endurance

5 Sets

  • 50m heavy max effort sled push or pull
  • 300m Run (target – 1:29)
  • 3:00 Rest

I wish I had seen more details on the sled work beforehand, because it was supposed to take 25-30 seconds. I pushed the prowler with a total load of 135# and it was only taking me 15 seconds. I ended up doing an extra 6th set since I had to get the prowler back across the parking lot anyway. My round times were 1:40, 1:37, 1:42, 1:41, 1:42, and 1:39 so was under target pace for all of the runs. That workout completes 3 weeks of the Aerobic Capacity work.

Had to hurry home and mow the lawn before dark. My iPhone says 10.5 miles on my feet today and I’m exhausted. Skipping out on ROMWOD tonight.

Pulling Rope

Quads are still sore but on the tail end finally. Getting down to line up putts on the course was painful yesterday. My abs are sore from the v-ups and probably some from the GHDs too. Did a little work in the garage during the day.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Shoulder press (3s pause at the bottom)
    • 6×45#
    • 6×75#

Strength

E3M – 6 sets

  • 3 Shoulder Press w/ 3s pause in bottom

We weren’t sure how our original percentages would work so I wanted to try it out at 50-60-70-75-80%. Made it, so I went 5 pounds more for the bonus 6th set, which ended up having me use 95-110-125-135-145-150#.

Hit a big bucket of balls at the range in the afternoon and then went to the gym around 5pm.

Power Cleans

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 5×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×85
  • 2×90
  • 2×95
  • 2×100
  • 2×105
  • 2×110

All touch-n-go reps. I chickened out on the second rep with 235# last week so was happy to get up to 242# today.

Accessory & Conditioning

Tested one 50 foot rope sled pull with 180# and then…

5 Sets

  • Prowler Rope Pull (180#, 50′)
  • High Prowler Push (180#, 50′)
  • 125m Run

Didn’t use a clock or anything. Was sitting on the ground for the rope pulls. Walked back to the prowler after the run and didn’t take much extra rest after getting there. I’ve been wanting to try these rope pulls for lat work and I could definitely tell that my problem shoulder (left) started to give out sooner than the right.

Jumped in on with class who were doing some alternating EMOM work and then did some carries with them.

6:00 EMOM

  • 5 OHS (135#)

Much harder than I expected. Maybe due to lats being fatigued?

3x

  • 200m Farmer’s Carry (2×44# KB)
  • Rest while partner goes

Easy.

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.

The 2 Girls

I woke up sore in my low back and wasn’t expecting it. Has to be from throwing my 2 nieces around all day yesterday because I don’t think I’ve been sore there from lunges or push-ups before. I’m definitely also sore in my glutes and hips from the lunges and my shoulders feel a little tired from the push-ups. Was tired from the combination and the drive home last night so slept in. Went to the chiropractor before hitting the 5:30 class.

Warm-up

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Air Squats
  • Toe Touches
  • Hip Circles
  • Deadlifts
    • 6×155#
    • 6×205#
    • 3×265#
    • 3×295#

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Deadlifts (315#)
  • 4 Burpees

Both movements every minute. Didn’t wear a belt and felt great. Took my time on the burpees.

Conditioning

Warmed up with 5 thrusters at 45# and 95#.

5 Rounds

  • 5 Thrusters (135#)
  • 8 C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest to normal breathing

I did everything unbroken. My rounds were finished at 0:27-1:50-3:27-5:13-6:50, which comes out to the last 4 rounds of rest plus work being 1:23-1:37-1:45-1:37. I did the first two rounds of chest to bar butterfly and then switched to kipping for the last 3 rounds. The thrusters were the easy part and might have been able to go with 155#.

Accessory Fun

3 Rounds NFT

  • 25/25m Prowler Sprint (180# – sled + weight)
  • 75m/75m Farmer’s Carry (44# KBs)
  • 3 Tire Flips

Both ways using high handles on the prowler. I didn’t stop at the turn-around on my carries and went unbroken. The tire flips were almost effortless. I pretty much went from movement to movement without taking extra rest.

1 More Sleep

Stayed up late and up early this morning. Too excited watching the stuff roll in from California on social media. I fly out tomorrow! Out in the garage around noon to do work.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×145#

Warmed up.

Pressing Complex

E2M 12:00

  • 1 Shoulder Press (155#)
  • 2 Push Press (155#)
  • 4 Push Jerks (155#)

Was feeling rough in the first round! I wore the belt so I wouldn’t overextend. Really tried to tighten up my lower body before each set. Last couple of singles felt heavy! Here’s my last set…

Death by Clean

* Every 30 seconds instead of every minute!

  • 1st 30 seconds – 1 Power Clean (115#)
  • 2nd 30 seconds – 2 Power Clean (115#)
  • … increase by 1 rep every 30 seconds

Testing this one out before it’s used later this week at CrossFit Intuition. I set the over/under at 9, figuring that it all came down to how long you can go unbroken.

I probably should have done a few warm-ups because the first few rounds felt ugly as hell. Went unbroken through 8+7 and then singles. Barely had any rest before the 10th round started so just kept with the singles. Didn’t make it through. Final score of 9+7. It got nasty real fast. Wore the belt here too just to be safe.

Gymnastics

12:00 EMOM

  • 2 Strict Pull-ups (40# vest)
  • + 2 Strict Ring Dips (40# vest)

Was taking about 15 seconds to get the work in each round.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 75 Air Squats
  • 25 Ball Slams (30#)

My air squats are slow, but I never stopped during either movement. Finished in 7:13.

Took a break from watching the Masters and Teens on the live stream because I had to go pick up a case of Kill Cliff so figured I’d stop at the gym for some more work around 6pm.

I did some bottom squat holds and stretching, then 3 sets of 10 Reverse Hypers (210#).

Out of the blue I went for a big set of muscle-ups even though I’d already done those weighted pull-ups and dips earlier today. Got 9 and dropped without attempting a 10th. Was at that point where you just know it’s not going to be close if you try another. That’s a PR by 1 from a year ago. Curious to see what I can do fresh now.

Was going to do some light and long prowler pushing. But a young kid who was a good football player wanted to join in, so did some sprints instead.

5 Rounds

  • 25m Prowler Sprint (High, 180#)
  • 25m Prowler Sprint (Low, 180#)

They always seem to be worse than you remember.

Legs – Oww

Legs are so sore! Don’t take 2 months off from the squat rack. Went in for the 9am class.

Warm-up

Didn’t really do much. Some bottom squat holds but that’s about it.

Strength

Pause Front Squats (2s in the hole)

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×125#
  • 5×145#
  • 5×175#
  • 5×195#

Didn’t really feel the soreness once I got moving. Didn’t notice any pain in my quad either, which is the real test. Decided to do pauses since I wasn’t going heavy. Still felt plenty heavy though.

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Box Jumps (30″)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Went high on the box since it wasn’t many reps and I was going to go light on the clean and jerks. Didn’t rebound any of the jumps, but cycled pretty fast. Was able to fly through the C&J by bringing straight to the ground. Took about 20 second each round once I got the rhythm of the TnG working. Was good to pick up a bar!

5 Rounds

  • 25m Prowler Sprint – High (90# sled + 90#)
  • 25m Prowler Sprint – Low (90# sled + 90#)

Yuck! Walked 200m after and then did Crossover Symmetry Plyometric.

Accessory

Reverse Hyper

  • 15×210#
  • 15×260#
  • 15×300#

Stuck around and did a round of back/hip stretches too after having done so much leg work.

In the afternoon, I went out to the garage and did 250 walking lunges in 9:20. I did laps around the garage today, which was 16 per lap. I’ll do another round of stretches tonight.

Super Super Sunday

Up early to start Super Sunday at CFi at 8:30 with Alex and Brent. I did Crossover Symmetry Activation and then some light stretching.

Warm-up

  • 10×45# Back Squat
  • 2×24″ Box jump
  • 5×135# Back Squat
  • 2×30″ Box jump
  • 5×185# Back Squat
  • 1×38″ Box jump
  • 5×215# Back Squat
  • 1×41″ Box jump

XWOD

  • 5-5-5-3-3-1 Back Squat
    • 5×235#
    • 5×255#
    • 5×275#
    • 3×290#
    • 3×300#
    • 1×315#
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1 Box Jump
    • 2s: 43.5″
    • 1s: 47.25″

I wasn’t even thinking, but that’s a standing box jump PR. I’d done 47.5″ seated, but never that high standing. Squats felt good with my back. Slowly building it back up. Haven’t attempted 300+ in weeks.

Weightlifting & Gymnastics

Did 5×45#and 3×95# muscle snatches, then 2×135# power snatches.

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Power Snatches (155#)
  • 4 C2B Pull-ups

Both movements back to back every minute. Felt solid. Butterfly is getting easier and easier. Figured I’d switch up the chest to bar work today by pairing it up with a lift and kill 2 birds with one stone.

Thruster Attack

4 Rounds

  • 3:00 Tabata
    • 20s Thrusters (45#)
    • 10s Rest
  • 1:30 Rest

I think last week was much worse, so hopefully means this work is paying off. I really enjoy being able to think about improving different parts of the squat and press during all of these reps. Pushing the bar back on the press in having a good carryover to my other overhead lifting movements. I did 8 reps every work period except for the final one when I busted out 10.

Brent talked me into going over to Survival Fitness for the 11am class for a partner workout with him. Sure, why not! It was a big class with 30 people. We formed 2 lines and did a dynamic warm-up of stuff like zombie kicks, lunge & twist, butt kicks, bear crawls, power skips, and I don’t remember what else. Then teams split up into the different areas and we rotated between 3 different 10 minute workouts.

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 OHS (75#)
  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Ring Rows

* Partner A does a round of 10 and then partner B does a round of 10. Same with 9 and so on. After the round of 1, start again with 10.

We were cruising for the most part with ring rows slowing us down a bit. I started us off, we got through the entire ladder, both did another round of 10, I got through the round of 9, and then Brent got 8 of 9 OHS.

Rest 3:00

10:00 AMRAP

  • 15 cal Air Dyne (AD6)
  • 80′ Burpee Broad Jump

* One partner working at a time. Split up work however you want.

I started off on the AD, Brent came at my from the other side of the building for 40′ of the burpee broad jumps, and then I did the second half. Then he was ready to go on the AD and we kept using that same strategy throughout, which worked really well. We got through 9 rounds of the AD (so I did 5) and then Brent was one burpee broad jump short of getting us 40′.

Rest 3:00

10:00

  • MAX Prowler Push
    • 50′ High Push
    • 50′ Low Push

We got in 2 attempts each. I did 270# on the sled (which weighted another 20# or so) and then 360#. Pretty brutal after all the work I’d done so far for the day.

Off to golf 18 (with card) this afternoon. I should sleep well tonight!

Quad Squad

My body is yelling at my for going off schedule and not taking a rest day yesterday. Quads and hamstrings are sore. In for the 9am class at CFi.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Various shoulder stretching
  • Shoulder Presses
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×115#

XWOD

  • 5-5-5-5-5-5 Shoulder Press (132.5#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1 Explosive Movement
    • 2s: Burpee Broad Jump
    • 1s: Broad Jump to Height

Final rep on the last 2 sets of shoulder presses was a fight, so I’m glad I added the 2.5#. Turned out perfectly.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 1:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 Wall Balls
  • 30s Rest

* Continue each 1:00 AMRAP where you left off.

After 2 AMRAPs I had exactly 3 rounds and nearly kept up that same pace. Finished with 11 rounds plus 5 burpees and 1 wall ball, so was only 9 reps shy of getting 3 rounds every 2 AMRAPs.

5 Rounds

  • 25m High Prowler Sprint (90# + 45#)
  • 25m Low Prowler Sprint (90# + 45#)
  • Rest until 2 other people cycle through

Those low pushes really burn the legs. Good finish to the workout. Been far too long since touching a prowler.

My legs were telling me no, but I wanted to get in some OLY work so headed back to CFi for an afternoon session since tomorrow is going to be a golfing day.

Cleans

  • 2x3x50kg
  • 3x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 2x80kg
  • 2x90kg
  • 2x95kg
  • 1x100kg
  • 1x105kg
  • 5x1x108kg

Worked with Alex, so it was kilo plates and ends up being more volume on the way up than I was planning. My goal was 5 singles with 235#, so made it about 238# in the conversion. Made every lift, which is huge for how rough my legs feel. Getting so much more comfortable with the heavy cleans.

Split Jerk

  • 3×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2x2x135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×175#
  • 3x2x185#

Trying to work on speed under the bar and footwork. Felt ok, but shoulders are pretty wiped out from the last couple of days so didn’t push it far or heavy. I held a bunch of the 2nd reps overhead for an extra 5 seconds to work on stability.

Midline

5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups (10# bumper on chest)
  • 10 Back Extensions (10# bumper behind head)

A Solid Bro Session

10am bro session with Kevin and Matt. I got a little more sleep last night, so feeling good.

Warm-up

3:00 Air Dyne

OLY

Power Clean warm-up

  • 2 x 2 x 135#
  • 2 x 155#
  • 2 x 175#
  • 2 x 205#

10:00 EMOM

  • 225# Clean

We did a Conga line, but waiting to start the next round on the minute. I did all squat cleans until the last one where I did a power clean. Had one miss around 3 or 4 when the bar was way too far forward, but picked the bar right back up and got it. Tried to remember to keep over the bar in my setup.

Strength

Back Squats

  • 5 x 135#
  • 5 x 225#
  • 2 x 255#
  • 2 x 285#
  • 1 x 305#
  • 1 x 325#
  • 1 x 340# (PR)

The set of 135# never felt so easy and smooth. Cleans were an awesome warm-up. PR is up 5# from the last one a month ago.

WOD

10 Rounds each, alternating people through

  • 3 Deadlifts (175#)
  • 2 Hang Power Cleans (175#)
  • 1 Push Jerk (175#)

Kevin stopped after 5 rounds so then it was just Matt and I going back and forth the 2nd half. Cleans got tough at the end.

Finisher

5 Rounds

  • 50′ High Prowler Sprint (70# sled + 90#)
  • 50′ Low Prowler Sprint (70# sled + 90#)
  • Rest while partner goes

Matt and I did this and I have a little “Fran lung” from it. The last two rounds were pretty horrible.

Did a slow 10:00 on the Air Dyne to flush everything out and cool down.