Looked Easier on Paper


  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Arm Circles
  • 20s Dead Hang
  • 10 Kip Swings


4 Rounds (each)

  • Recover on BikeErg
  • 15 T2B
  • 20 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 15 Push-up

Brandi went first, so I started on the bike. Got 30-32-34-35 calories during my turns and we racked up a total of 213. I went 9-6 every round of toes to bars, unbroken wall balls, and only rested at the top of push-ups. We finished in 19:28. That was much harder than I expected.


5 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100/65#)
  • 20 Plank + Knee to Elbow

My legs were so heavy for that first run and during the second I thought I might get sick. I started to feel better and pick up the pace over the last three rounds though. Wasn’t really for time, but took 16:44.

Then I mowed the lawn at both houses.

Burpees and Push-ups

Walked 18 holes yesterday and mowed the lawn at night. My legs are getting sore in some new places from that DLB stuff.

Back & Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Double Handle Lat Pulldown (104-104-115#)
  • 12 Dumbbell Curls (25#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 French Press (50#)

Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 MAX Sets
    • 10 @ 35#
    • 10 @ 30#
    • 10 @ 25#
    • 14 @ 20#

Much better starting out heavier for this drop set type stuff. Still nasty though.


5 Rounds

  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 12 Burpee
  • 16 OH Crunch (40# DBs)
  • 20 Push-up

Fell in to a pace and picked it up at the end. I went 10-5-5 on every set of push-ups, which was tough. Finished in 14:28.

Then we spent an hour digging the final post hole for the outdoor gym area.

Last Day of Holiday Vacation

Spent several hours yesterday sitting on the floor of my hobby room, organizing and working on stuff. Don’t seem to be experiencing any adverse effects from it or yesterday’s workout. My triceps are still sore and feeling some in my chest too. Out in the garage by 1:30.


  • 5:00 SkiErg
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows
  • 10 Overhand Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Incline Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Face Pulls
  • 10 Hammer Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Back Flies


5 Rounds

  • 120′ Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (55#)

Decided to do it for time, to get my heart rate up. It took 8:09. Gripping the 55 pound plate for the twists and moving it across the body took some getting used to.

Time for a rest day tomorrow, especially with having to go back to work. Vacation has been nice.

13.2 After 7.5 Years

I’m really sore in all areas of my upper body. Did a bunch of woodworking last night and this morning, which doesn’t help. Out in the garage at 10am.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 5:00 Row (1,300m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,150m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Yesterday we started doing wrist warm-up and we’re going to continue before each handstand session. Should help with my hands. After yesterday’s session, I was thinking it was unlikely I’d be doing holds after the four weeks of this program and I wasn’t expecting much from the kick-ups today. But then I did one and it felt so good! We probably did about 15 of them because we were really enjoying it. I was getting right up in to a handstand and able to hold some of them. I was also able to feel myself going too far and save some without hitting the wall. This went so well!!! For the walks we alternated between the two of us and it pretty much ended up being 4-3-2-1 wall walks.


CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.2
10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Shoulder to Overheads (115/75#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (115/75#)
  • 15 Box Jumps/Step-ups (24/20″)

Hard to believe I’ve never done this workout again, when it was one of my best Open workouts ever. I got 8+25 back in 2013. Today I was able to keep a steady, on the border of red lining, the entire workout. I knew I had to. I’m sure my deadlifts are slower these days, but I was still able to PR with 9+3, doing all step-ups.


4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (27#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (2s pause, 60# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 80m Sandbag Carry (100#)

Suped-up the original weighted ab workout we did in May to get this. It was very effective!

Going to do some yard work since it’s going to be a nice day before turning tomorrow. Will probably do some woodworking later too. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!


Spent all day yesterday withDad pulling out some old AC units and patching up the holes in the walls. Was not a rest day! Now I’ll be without AC in my bedroom for just over two weeks until the mini splits are installed. We worked from before 8am to after 8pm without much break time.

Fitnessed at noon today.


20:00 BikeErg

Real easy pace today out on the back patio. It was hot in the sun. Went 9,548 meters.


3 Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Incline DB Chest Fly (25#)
  • 8 Incline DB Bench Press (45#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Dead Bug Single Arm Bench Press (50# DB)
  • 10 Decline Push-ups


3 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 10 Bent Over Back Fly (35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (40-45-50#, alt elbow in/out)


3 Sets

  • 50/50m Single Arm OH Carry (50#)
  • 30 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 100m Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Row (cable, 30#)

This was like an old school strongman metcon. Nice change up for the core work.

Paint, Workout, Paint

Didn’t sleep great, but WHOOP has me in the green for the first time in over a week. My body feels pretty beat from the last two days. My hands probably feel the worse, from 50 muscle-ups and then moving the pool table. More painting today. Out in the garage at 3pm.


After a few weeks of mostly heavy work, we’re going back to higher rep supersets and we’ll go heavy on the stuff we were doing drop sets with.

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (55#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 80#)
  • MAX Ring Rows (13-10-8-8)

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Row
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Fly (35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Landmine Rows (45+40#, 45+50#, 45+55#)


3 Sets

  • 12/12 Oblique Knee Raise (5# ankle weights, hands on bench)
  • 12 Yoga Ball Crunch (30# DB)
  • 8/8 Standing DB Windmill (30# DB)
  • 100m Sandbag Bear Hug Carry (100/65#)

Wore my 5# ankle weights for every movement of the three sets.

Straight back to more painting after the workout!

Track & Donuts

Walked 18 holes yesterday and was a little sore in my chest and shoulders. Got a slight headache later even though I drank a lot of water with electrolytes. We headed to the track at Heritage High School at 3:00 today. Warmed up with a 400m jog.

5 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 100m Sprint
  • 100m Walk
  • 200m Run
  • 100m Sprint
  • 100m Walk
  • 100m Sandbag Carry (100/65#)

Though I stayed pretty consistent and I felt good. Finished in 31:20. Not knowing how long something like this would take I originally programmed four rounds and added the fifth when I got there to make sure I went over the 30 minute time domain. With the warm humid weather my arms were so sweaty it got increasingly hard to keep golf of the sandbag, but I made each 100 meters unbroken.

6 Rounds

  • 5x Bleacher Runs (18 steps)
  • 20 Incline Push-ups (2nd bleacher seat)

This was much worst than I expected! So nice for a change of scenery and to be outside.

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Add Hip Abduction

Each night my back seems to be a bit worse, though hasn’t bothered me rolling over yet. Has been fine after I’m up and moving around, which is good. My ass is sore from yesterday! Out in the garage at 10am.


  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,426m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes


5 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (35, 4×50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

This gets so bad. I think the 40 muscle-ups from yesterday really affected those close grip pull downs.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (75#)
  • MAX Strict Chin-ups (10-8-6-5)

Why are strict chin-ups so hard after all this stuff?

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Row
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Haven’t done the bar rows in a long time. I like those.


4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (45#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100#)

I’m going to be feeling this for a few days. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good with evil wheels, but the hip abduction is a game changer. I used a PVC pipe through a 45# plate, which also adds a lot more instability compared to a barbell with plates.

In the evening I modified an old ab wheel.

70 in November

Had to get outside today with the awesome weather. Did a strongman circuit with Jason and Brandi.

40:00 AMRAP

  • 80m Sandbag Bear Hug Cary (60#)
  • 50m Prowler Push Walk (135#)
  • 6 Tire Flips
  • 80m Farmer’s Carry (2×35# KB)
  • 50m Backwards Sled Drag (95#)
  • 80m Overhead Plate Walk (35#)

Lost track of rounds, but guessing it was 8 plus got through half of the Farmer’s Carry.

Snatch Back

My legs are a bit beat today. The heavy squats are being felt for a few days. Went to the gym in the afternoon for a solo session.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Snatch Warm-up Complex
    3 muscle snatch + 3 OHS + 3 Snatch Press

    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#


23:00 Snatch EMOM

  • 2 Sets 2×115#
  • 3 Sets 1×135#
  • 4 Sets 1×145#
  • 5 Sets 1×155#
  • 6 Sets 1×165#
  • 2 Sets 1×175#
  • 1×185#

Tweaked my back so stopped. 😦 I think that’s the first time I’ve had in issue with snatches. Too bad because I was feeling good and planned to keep going with two singles each 10 pounds until I missed. 100% day though and squatted every rep.

Did two sets of 10 heel drives on the GHD to try to loosen up my back. Tested out a couple of 135# deadlifts and they felt fine, so on with the metcon I missed out on yesterday.


4 Rounds

  • 20 Deadlifts (115#)
  • 400m Run

I liked this one. Deadlifts and running are one of those combos that can be nasty; it’s hard to get your legs moving when you take off after a big set of deadlifts. Finished in 9:32 and felt like I pushed pretty good on the runs. Did the deadlifts unbroken each round, but played it on the safe side with the speed of them due to my back.

30:00 Strongman Circuit

  • 100m Sled Drag Backwards (double handle, 95#)
  • 100m OH plate Carry (45#)
  • 100m Farmer’s Carry (25# bumper plates)
  • 100m Sled Drag Backwards (double handle, 95#)
  • 100m Sandbag Carry (60#)
  • 100m Farmer’s Carry (25# bumper plates)
  • 100m OH plate Carry (45#)
  • 100m Sandbag Carry (60#)

Finished 2 rounds plus everything through the first sandbag carry (so 500 of the 800 meter round). Soaked up some quality vitamin D.