Half Ass Everything

Yesterday my glutes and arms were sore from Sunday, but both are better today. Yesterday morning I did the PT kegels and then before lunch I lubed up the treadmill and walked for 20 minutes, which was about 1.25 miles. Had my first full session of PT at 5 and it was great. I’m very impressed so far. We discovered my left glute isn’t activating. I would have bet you money it was working in the test we did; it sure felt like I was squeezing the muscle. Crazy how the wires can be all crossed up like that. Found some more weaknesses and got a bunch of new exercises to do. In the evening I did 6-4-2 of the McGill Big 3 and another session of the kegels.

Today I did all of my new PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2x 100/100′ Walking Side Shuffle
  • Steamboat PT exercises
  • 4x 100′ Walk Backwards
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3×10 Push-ups
  • Bottom Squat Hold

I tried a few kipping pull-ups and kicked up to the wall. Both felt good!

Conditioning

  • 0:00-10:00 (Solo)
    • 5 Rounds
      • 80′ Sled Push (180#)
      • 15 Pull-ups
  • 10:00-20:00 (Partner w/ Brandi)
    • 3 Mile Echo Bike (switch about every 30 seconds)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 25:00-35:00 (Solo)
    • 30 DB Walking Lunges (35# DBs)
    • 30 Box Push-up Step Overs (24″)
    • 30 Seated DB Shoulder Press (35# DBs)
    • 30 Strict HSPU

A lot of subbed movements but it worked out well and I got in a great workout.

I did the five rounder in 7:40 with quick choppy steps on the sled but nowhere near a sprint pace. I was able to do 3×5 on every round of pull-ups with just a regular kip! Felt good for not having done any kipping in over a month.

It was written as a two mile bike but that would have given way too much rest compared to the people who were trying to do 3,200 meters on the rower (impossible). Bumping up to three miles was good and we finished in 8:11.

The lunges were fine and unbroken. I planned to use 40 or 45# but those dumbbells must be down in the basement. Worked out well though because the shoulders got blown later with the 35s! I didn’t want to have to go all the way to the ground yet, probably putting my back into flexion at some point, so the box push-up step over was a good alternate instead of burpees over the bar. I did 3×10 on the seated presses and could feel that the handstand push-ups were going to be rough. I barely got two HSPU to start and fought through a total of 5×2 before switching to singles. Ended up getting 15 singles, for 25 total, 5 shy of finishing.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Side Planks
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dogs

Been doing 6-4-2 for a week so it’s time to increase the reps. I also went side to side today on the side planks, passing through a regular plank instead of doing all 7 on a side before switching. So there was no true rest after each side plank like the few seconds I’d get the other way between reps.

I Started Physical Therapy

Yesterday I started PT and had the evaluation. He thinks my big muscles around the spine are doing too much of the work and the smaller stabilizer muscles aren’t firing. Since I wanted to go with a Monday and Thursday schedule he gave me a few things to get started.

pt-kegels

Yesterday I did those twice, did the McGill Big 3 and power walked a mile on the treadmill at about 3.8 mph. Before lunch today I walked 20 minutes and did the PT exercises. Then went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups

Air squats were a little iffy, so I held on to the rig for the second set.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 12 DB Lateral Raises (10#)

I used a slight incline on the bench so that it wouldn’t be sitting at a straight 90 degrees and I put an AbMat at my low back. Class was doing shoulder presses. The raises were becoming a challenge after a few sets.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 8 Step-ups (22″)
  • 2×50’ Sled Push (90#)
  • 8 Bench Press (135#)

All subbed movements for cal row, high box jumps, burpees, and dumbbell snatches. The sled push was a good idea from Casey and today was the first time I’d done some step-ups since the injury. Felt more like myself today, though I still didn’t get my heart rate up that high. Finished in 15:16.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises tonight.

Results

I went back to the Doctor today for the results of the MRI. I have mild disk bulges at L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1. I also have a small piece of a disc fractured off on the left side under L5, which is where my pain always is.

Went to the gym at 4:30 and did some walking up and down the hallway to warm up. I also did a few air squats for the first time in two weeks. That was actually really scary.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 6 cal Echo Bike
  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 12 Push-ups
  • 6 Knee Raises
  • 1:00 Rest

I was actually going to do 6 ring rows for the second movement, but I must have been caving my midline, because they first set didn’t feel very good. Quickly switched to the pull-ups for the remaining rounds. Finished in 19:45.

Accessory

  • 3x 105/105’ Suitcase Carry (25#)
  • 3x 105/105’ Suitcase Carry (30#)

I was walking up and down the hall, which is 105 feet long and switching arms at each end. So I walked six lengths before taking a little rest and then going heavier.

Midline

The “Big 3” from Stuart McGill.

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

Moving Better or Better at Moving?

Feeling about the same. I think the drugs helped me sleep a little better. Went to the gym at 3. Am I moving better or getting better at knowing how to move without causing pain? Does it matter?

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (25 cals)
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 20s Dead Hang
  • 14 Walking Lunges
  • 1:00 Rest (only after first 4 rounds)

I had my feet up on the bench to take pressure off my back. It made me feet kind of unstable when I lifted the bar off, but I made it work. I wasn’t breaking a sweat or getting my heart rate up, so after my 5th round I went right in to the 6th without the rest. That made the benching get very challenging for the last 2-3 sets since I was doing them all unbroken. I did 7 lunges out, turned around, and then 7 back. Finished in 18:47.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Probably didn’t need the push-ups after 100 bench press, but had to come up with something to do on the ground.

Move for 40

I’m switching back to Monday and Thursday rest days. Yesterday I felt my back a little in the morning and then was really favoring it when I shoveled snow. It kept getting worse through the day. Today I was awake early and my back was in full-on tweak mode. Sneezes and coughs sent a shockwave through my body, so this is the worst it’s been in a long time. Finally decided to see the Doctor about my back and got in this morning. He said it’s a classic low back issue and isn’t concerned about anything serious. Got an injection in the area to block the pain and some exercises (which are a very light version of the work I’ve already started doing). Went to the gym at 4pm and did my own thing.

40:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 20 Walking Lunges

Slowed on the bike from around 65 RPM to 58-59 and maybe took a little more transition time getting up on the bar. Finished 13+24. Forty minutes is a long fucking time!

All About That Pressing Life

All kinds of things started getting sore yesterday and more so today. My body was feeling beat up the times I woke up in the middle of the night. Yesterday was a rest day but I did some rehab stuff that focused on the hip and butt, which took almost an hour. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • 2:30 Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 5 Push-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • Bench Press
    • 5×45#
    • 5×135

Strength Endurance

4 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 20 cal Echo Bike
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • MAX Bench Press (135-145-155-165#)
  • 2:00 Rest

All kinds of modifications for me today and for the next week as I try to let my back and calf rest. I did the bike instead of rowing, made the handstand push-ups harder by going strict, and benched instead of doing push jerks. This got really tough. I was pretty consistent with about 73-75 RPM on the bike. I was able to get through three sets of the HSPU unbroken and then 6-3-1 on the final set. My reps per round were 22-17-12-8 for bench press.

Conditioning

EMOM: 5 Burpees
Until the follow is finished:

  • 75 Air Squats
  • 75 Walking Lunges
  • 75 Push-ups

Here’s my modified version instead of 50 reps each of snatches, cleans, and push presses all with 45# dumbbells. When I went down for that first burpee I could already feel the fatigue in my shoulders and chest! It took me 11:55 and it was at about the same time as a couple of other guys so my choices worked out well.

I had planned to stay and practice handstand walking, but a rib in my back felt out of place or something. Plus there was so much pressing that I wasn’t up for it.

Press Everything

Nothing is bothering me from yesterday’s workout. Went in around 3:20 to do Molly’s workout.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 8×185
  • 8×205
  • 6×215
  • 6×235
  • 4×255

That’s a new 6RM, which I’ve never really gone for and matches the 4RM I set on December 3rd.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×150

That’s only 5# shy of my best 5RM. I put my belt on for the last set.

Push Press

  • 3×185#
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Tightened the belt for the second set and then the rest of the overhead lifting. Just 10# shy of my best 3RM.

Push Jerk

  • 2×225#
  • 2×335
  • 2×245

Second and third set felt better than the first. Matches my 2RM and only 10# shy of my 1RM.

Conditioning

16:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Ski
  • 15 HSPU
  • 18 Push-ups
  • Rest

I was doing about ~1,300-1,350 cal/hr on the ski erg. Was able to do the first three rounds of handstand push-ups 8-7 but was really grinding and only got 5-5-3 for 13 reps in the final round. I did 12-6, 6-6-6, and two rounds of 5-5-5-3 for the push-ups. Pretty nasty workout after so much pressing the weights. I probably should have done 15 calories for a male, but I knew the HSPU would be the challenge and appreciated the extra rest.

Back at the Whip

Holy shit, by 7pm last night my back was twitching all over the place (and still is doing it some this morning) from concentrating on better movement with the Kroc rows! I got another 9+ hours of sleep last night, but this cold is still lingering. I’m limping a little on both calves instead of only the right one. My back is a bit aggravated. I got to the scale for the first time in weeks and as expected my weight is up. Was just over 206 pounds, so it’s time to cut.

Today CrossFit Whip reopened in the basement, which will be where the less skill focused “Sweat” classes will be held. The CrossFit area upstairs isn’t ready yet. I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10/10 Leg Swings

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Push-ups
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters (20# DBs)
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50 Step-ups (24″)
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 H2H KBS
  • 50 Step-ups
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 50 Push-ups

I did 5×10 push-ups, 5×10 thrusters, and averaged around 1,200 cal/hr on the rower the first time. It was 12 steps for me to get across the floor, which was a good place to rest and then I took two extra steps on my fourth length. Alternated lead legs every five step-ups, did the swings unbroken and kept slowly moving through the burpees. My second row was more like 1,000 cal/hr or lower. I think I started with 10 thrusters, and then did some fives with holding the dumbbells at my sides for a quick rest, then held on for 15 final reps. I ended up getting through 45 thrusters, so only had five left and the 50 push-ups. I subbed step-ups instead of box jumps because of my calves and hand-to-hand swings instead of American swings because of my back.

I can’t remember the last time a chipper like this was programmed. I bet this didn’t come from the Chalk Online – CrossFit program, which is what we usually follow. Looks like one of Ryan Fischer’s Chalk Online – Sweat! workouts.

Midline & Gymnastics

3 Sets

Stayed after for some extra work.

Unexpected Terribleness

My lower body is really tight from the Monday squatting. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 5 Air Squats

Power Cleans

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 12 Push-ups

Went with the RX+ of 12 here over the Rx of 10. The Rx++ was 15, but that seemed like a stretch and I’ve done a lot of burpees and push-ups over the last week and a half. Rested five minutes before the next part.

10:00 EMOM

  • 14 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 14 Air Squats

Also did Rx+ here instead of doing 12s, however I didn’t do American swings. Rest was another 5 minutes before going on to the midline work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 15-20s RKC Plank
  • 40-45s Plank
  • 1:00 Plate Sit-ups (45#)
  • 1:00 Rest

It was a one minute plank so figured I’d make it harder by doing the first 15-20 seconds RKC style. The plate sit-ups were the worst part of the programming by far! I managed 17-15-14 reps.