Bathe in Acid

Much needed rest day yesterday and I’ve had solid sleep two nights in a row. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.53 km)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red)

Handstands

8 Sets

  • 3 Kick-ups

These were done between leg sets again and I really like doing these on leg day. Realized it’s not only about looking further out, but I also need to pull my head in to a more neutral position.

Legs

5 Sets

  • 8 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45-95-135-155-165-175-195-205)
  • 4/4 Single Leg RDL (45-75-95-115-125-125-135-135)

3 Sets

  • 6 Landmine Squats (90-135-160-180)
  • 6 Barbell Hip Thrusts (75-115-135-135)

Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45-75-95-105)
  • 10 DB Front Raise (8-12-12-12)

Conditioning

“Acid Bath” – Dubai CrossFit Championships

  • 500m SkiErg
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg

Just under 1:50 on the ski, just over 1:40 on the row and under 1:40 on the bike. Time was 5:27. Not bad for a first attempt at this workout. I didn’t get the lactic acid build up they seemed to get in Dubai so maybe I need to push harder next time.

Team, Solo, Team


I walked 18 holes yesterday and I’m a bit tired today since I was up late working on some wiring stuff around the house. Legs are a little tight from Wednesday. Out in garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,247m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 15 Monster Squats
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)

Conditioning

  • 14:00 AMRAP w/ Partner
    • 30 Hang C&J (95/65#)
    • 20 HSPU
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 7:00 AMRAP
    • 15 Burpees
    • 15 Deadlifts (135/95#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 14:00 AMRAP w/ Partner
    • 15/10 cal Row
    • 20 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 30 DB Hang C&J (35/20# DBs)

I went first. We went alternated each doing eight and then seven clean and jerks. Back and forth doing sets of five handstand push-ups. On the SkiErg I probably averaged 1,050-1,100 cal/hr. We got through 3+26.

In the solo workout I went out conservative and really focused on my deadlifts, trying to brace my low core for each one. My back started to get tight in round one, but I kept at it and picked up the pace over the second half of the workout. I split my deads up 8-7 every time. Got exactly four rounds. I went in to the low back reset position on the ground for a few minutes before the final AMRAP just to be safe.

Brandi started, so I got a little extra rest. We split the HR push-ups down the middle and stuck to the same 8-7 routine for the clean and jerks. I mostly did my clean right in to shoulder press to try to speed them up. Sprinkled in a push press here and there. For the first two rounds I pulled about a 1,600 cal/hr average. Then I knew I had to really push the last two rows if I wanted to finish a 4th one, so I went all out over 2,200. We got it in and B was able to get 5 push-ups for a score of 4+30.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 50m DB Front Rack Carry (50# DBs)
  • 14 Landmine Twists (70#, club grip)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels

Decided to throw out 30 Russian KBS that were supposed to be at the end of this. I put enough stress on my back already. Play it safe! Those landmine twists are a great movement!

18.2 Redemption

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,535m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open 18.2: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

  • DB Squats (50/35# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees (w/ jump back and up)

This was one of my most hated Open workouts. It seemed so simple on paper; 55 squats and 55 burpees. For whatever reason it destroyed me though and I got a very disappointing time of 9:44. I’ve been wanting to redo it for a long time. I found a nice rhythm with the burpees. When I jumped up out of the bottom I didn’t try to do too much and was ok with taking two short steps and then jumping over the bar. I think this really helped to pace me out. After the front squats didn’t feel very good yesterday I was worried. These squats felt great and I got faster and faster with them. At the end I busted ass through the final 10 burpees and finished in 7:50!!!! I’m so happy with that. I was surprised at how good I was feeling through the second half of the workout and even when I got done. Still not a great time compared to scores around the world but a huge improvement for me and I feel like I could push the pace more. I really didn’t know how hard to go early on because something like that can hit you out of nowhere (and did in 2018!).

Strength / Accessory

Warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 8×125#.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (155#)
  • 8 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 8 Bench Press (155#)

Being smart with choosing my weight today instead of going for it in the early sets. Wanted to be able to have something left for shoulder presses. That’s a decrease on the bench and in increase on the fly. Every time I got to the second bench it was a fight.

3 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (115-125-135#)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (15# DBs)

Shoulders were tired!

4 Sets

  • 20s Ski Erg Triceps
  • 12 OH Cable Tricep Extensions (35#, rope)

This was so hard after the first set. We weren’t taking much more rest than letting the other person do their set.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Knee-ins (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces/Pulses
  • 24 alt Weighted V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations

Another great ab workout. Those ankle weights were a good purchase.

Point One Away

I did not sleep great on Sunday night and I’m sure having a large Coke from McDonald’s at 9pm was the main contributor to that. Yesterday I went out and messed around for 5 holes of golf. Felt great to be out on the course! In the afternoon I felt my pecs getting sore from the 100 toes to bars I did Sunday. My quads were still sore from Saturday too. Planned to do PT work, but it didn’t happen. Went to bed early again and got over 9 hours of sleep. Out in the garage at noon after my weekly video call.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Airdyne (63 cals, 1.58 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Shoulder Press (done after row)
    • 10×45#
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Time Trial

250m Row

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So close to matching my old 38.3 PR from July 2016. If I could have started like I did for my 100m PR the other day I would have had it. Thought about making a second attempt, but I was breathing hard for several minutes and decided to move on.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (15#)

Felt strong throughout and was able to keep a solid core.

Conditioning

2 Rounds (2:00 work, 1:00 rest)

  • Strict Pull-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • DU
  • Burpees

I got 29-27 pull-ups, 57-66 squat jumps, 164-176 double unders, and 34-39 burpees. The wind coming through the back door was messing up my rope, I shit you not! Took me until about thirty seconds through round two to notice. This has happened to me out in the driveway before. Thrilled for all the numbers to go up in the second attempts, other than pull-ups, which is understandable. For pull-ups I think I went 5-3-2 then singles in the first round and 7×2 then singles in round two.

Fundraiser #3

I decided to only mow the front yard Sunday night, so I did the back yard on Monday night. Yesterday my body felt a little beat from the previous three days and my abs were already feeling those parallette shoot throughs. Glad it was a rest day. I did do my floor PT exercises and the core work.

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-up
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (199 cals, 5.03 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Sit-ups
  • 5 Deadlifts (35# DBs)
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Deadlifts (50# DBs)

It’s been weeks since I’ve warmed up that much for anything.

Conditioning

Support Your Local Box Fundraiser #3

SITUP_Leah

  • 50 DB Deadlifts (50/35# DBs)
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups (no arms)
  • 50 Step-ups (24/20″)
  • 50 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)

My back was blowing up a bit in the deadlifts since I haven’t done the movement at all in months. I took an extra breath or two every 10 reps or so, but never put the dumbbells down. This workout has an interesting standard for sit-ups I hadn’t seen before; I’ve always touched my hands behind my head. It was fine for 50 reps, but I could see it adding up over 100 or 150 reps without being able to throw your arms in to it. I did two sets of 10 each leg and then a set of five each with quick transitions. I switched arms every 5 thrusters and never stopped. Finished in 7:56. Most importantly, no back pain!

Strength

Superset these two movements. I thought I’d be more fatigued than I was from the thrusters, so was happy to get up to 145 while holding a solid back position.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×75#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×137.5
  • 3×140
  • 3×142.5
  • 3×145

Front Raises

  • 8x8x10# plates

Take it Overhead

Not feeling sore anywhere. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (190 cals, 4.9km)
  • Steamboats
  • Shoulder Press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (125#)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (10# plates)

First time lifting a barbell overhead in over two months! Really tightened up my core and the weight felt good. I would have been struggling with 135#.

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP — 1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

I’d done this one four times back in 2015 while following a gymnastics program. My best on 2015/12/23 was 6+5. I got through the round of 6s with two 2:09 on the clock, so I smoked it, getting 7+10 today. Unbroken through 6, then 3-2-2 on the set of 7, and I fell off the wall after the first HSPU in 8 and struggled through a second rep. Would like to give it a try without lifting first.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 30/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53# KB)

I haven’t done any rows like this through the rehab. They felt really good. Evil wheels felt great compared to about a month ago at the gym, when I couldn’t go all the way down. On my final set I was even doing two second pauses all the way at the bottom. The OH holds felt good too! It was a really good session.

I knocked out some banded PT exercises and will get my core work done after finishing up something for work work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Back on the Rings

On Wednesday night my lats and outer pecs really started to get sore from Tuesday’s 75 pull-ups. Yesterday I had physical therapy at 9am and progressed to a bunch of more advanced moves. It was another good session. In the afternoon I power walked 20 minutes on the treadmill for 1.32 miles and did the PT exercises we didn’t hit at my session. Later in the evening I did second round of Steamboats and 7-5-3 of the McGill Big 3. My calves and ankles were getting sore by the end of the day.

All of that stuff is still sore today. I did my PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (red)
  • Steamboats
  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dog
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 DB Shoulder Press (10#)
    • 10 DB Lateral Raises (10#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers

That 30 calorie bike really gets my heart going, but it’s slowly getting easier. Took about 1:50 today.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 6 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)
  • 10 DB Front Raises (10#)

I used the smallest incline position from straight up on the bench to have a more comfortable sitting position and placed an AbMat at my lumbar spine. I also placed a small box in front of the bench so I could lift the dumbbells from there and put them back without having to strain anything that would get my back in a risky position.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 6 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 3 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I place a box in front of the bench again. After each set of bench press I dropped the weights to the floor while still laying there. Then I got up and deadlifted them one at a time back on to the box. Was a nice little breather before the rings. The muscle-ups felt really good and I had no trouble doing every set unbroken, even after not doing any for about six weeks. The lunging wall balls were a little more challenging with the standard 20 pound ball this time, but 10 reps was manageable. I did exactly eight rounds.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Side Plank

Since I did the curl-ups and bird dogs before class all I had left was the side planks.

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.

The End

Today was our last Super Sunday at this location! I’ve been programming Sunday workouts for 5.5 years there. My calves are still a little sore, but otherwise feeling pretty good. A bit tired from being up late for Star Wars.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Echo Bike (50 cals)
  • 30 PVC Passes

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 2×145
  • 1×165
  • 1×175
  • 1×185 (PR match)
  • 1×190 (PR)

I thought it would be a good time to also test out my shoulder press after all of the bench press cycles, even though I had done virtually zero dedicated should press work all year. I did 180 on August 30th and my all-time best was 185 on July 22, 2017. Pumped to get the PR with no focus on increasing this lift.

Conditioning

Christmas Couplets

  • @ 0:00 – 3 Rounds
    • 3 MU / 6 C2B / 9 Pull-ups
    • 6 Power Snatches (95/65#)
  • @ 10:00 – 5-10-15
    • Back Squats (135/95#)
    • Bar-facing Burpees
  • @ 20:00 – 15-10-5
    • Deadlifts (205/135#)
    • Ring Push-ups / Push-ups
  • @ 30:00 – 3 Rounds
    • 10 T2B
    • 100 DU

This came up in my Facebook memories from 2014 and I had called it Christmas Couplets back when the gym was CrossFit Intuition. It looked like a fun one to retest five years later. My previous times were 3:28, 4:10, 1:53, and 7:19. I thought about increasing the number of muscle-ups since I failed 5-6 last time and I can crush that now, but decided to leave it as is for comparison and since I did 30 earlier this week. My times today were all improvements! 1:55, 3:55, 1:35, and 5:18. Just a little fitter. 🙂 Everything was unbroken except for the double unders which I broke on purpose. Did 40-30-30 the first two rounds, but tripped up once in the last round so it was 40-25-35.

Went over to the new location and helped for a few hours.