Back on the Rig

Yep, time to properly rest this right calf. I about fell down the stairs this morning. Went to the 4pm class and we’re upstairs in the CrossFit room for the first time! They still have a lot of work to do, but almost all of the rig is up and there was flooring down.

Warm-up

  • 8×50′ Shuttle Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10/10 Leg Swings

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 4/4 Single Arm DB Front Squats (50#)
  • 8 Glute Bridges (50# DB)

Nothing crazy for me as the class did back squats and the bridges (or hip thrusts).

Conditioning

Tabata

  • T2B
  • OH Single Arm Walking Lunge (50#)
  • Seated Shoulder Press (45#)
  • MB Cleans (20#)

I decided I’m going to scale all kinds of things for the next 1.5 weeks before I leave on a trip in order to let this leg and my back heal up. No explosive movements (jumping, driving up, etc.) with my legs and no barbell lifting. So then that really gives me almost a month before I’m back and hopefully can hit things hard again. Will give me a lot of time to focus on gymnastics movements, bodyweight stuff, and maybe the bike. The class programming was T2B, barbell lunges, push presses, and Sumo deadlift high pulls (all with 95#).

I definitely wore grips for the toes to bars. Weston and I couldn’t remember what we used to do for these, but thought it was 7-8. So of course we both went for eight out of the gate. I got six rounds unbroken, did 4-4 in round seven, and then 6×1 in the eighth. Might have been able to sustain seven unbroken the whole way. I did six lunges every round. I sat on a medicine ball for the shoulder presses, doing four rounds of ten and four rounds of eight. I bet I feel those presses tomorrow. Then I did seven every time for the medicine ball cleans.

I went back and looked at my history and the best I’d done for Tabata T2B was 57 reps a year ago with 6×8 and 4-5. That day I did 5×8 unbroken, 5-3, and then singles. So 62 today was a nice PR!

Not the Chief

Yesterday was a rest day, except for shoveling the driveway twice. Way too fucking early for this much snow! My shoulders, and in general my upper body, still feel smoked. I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in awhile and was at 202 pounds. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

40:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

The last time I did one of these engine workouts was last Wednesday! Accidentally sprinted at 28:00 instead of 30, so also brought up the final one from 36 to 34. Got 1,092 calories and 23.22 km. Before this, 20.54 km is the most I’d done for 40 minutes.

Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
    • Hip Stretch
  • 2:00 Row (530m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Rack KB Squat (35-44-53-53-53#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridges

I did these instead of tempo back squats and barbell hip thrusts. Trying not to get hurt before I head to Miami for a wedding.

Conditioning

“Hanging Chief” – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

**Restart each cycle from the beginning of the AMRAP

When the gym workout said it was a climbing version of “The Chief” benchmark, I didn’t even look back to verify the movements were correct and it turns out the power cleans are supposed to be from the floor. Last time I did it, I got 5+3 or 5+2 every round. Turns out that’s a power clean from the floor though, not the hang and explains why I was so much faster today. I went out hot and was done with 2 rounds in about 45 seconds! Was worried I made a horrible mistake getting 6+9 in that first cycle. In my head I was comparing to the real version with cleans from the floor, which are slower! My pace did fall off some due to the squats and me being worried I’d crash and burn, but I was able to make a come back when I knew I could get through the last two cycles. Final scores were 6+9, 6+3, 5+14, 6, and 6+6. Total of 99 hang cleans, 189 push-ups, and 266 squats!

Finished!

Worked on the truck all weekend with my Dad and then buttoned up a few things after my parents took off. Made it to the gym at 6pm with B.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout

  • 3 Sets (each arm)
    • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squat (5 count pause, 53#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • MAX Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Repeat with other arm

Those squats are terrible with the 5 count pauses. I got 180 meters with each arm on the carries.

Conditioning

  • 30 HSPU
  • 30 Bar-facing Burpees

I’ve loving these little quick hitters lately. Not a great workout for my wrist though. I did 13-10-7 and finished the handstand push-ups at 1:42. Kept up a good pace and technique on the burpees and finished at 3:47.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Overhead Barbell Hold (125#)
  • 50m Double KB Front Rack Carry (53#)

Yuck! Even worse on my wrist.

That’s a rap with the Active Life back work. Really enjoyed it and it seems to have paid off. I think I’m going to try out their Shoulder Max program here and there to help with my right shoulder impingement and maybe will look at their Thick Pack workouts for some ideas.

Did I mention it was scorching hot all weekend? Ninety degrees inside the garage doing all that work on the truck. I bet I’m dehydrated and probably lost some considerable weight sweating this weekend.

Light Linda

Rested and was pretty damn lazy yesterday. After the deadlift volume on Friday and the plan for today with Murph tomorrow I didn’t want to overdo it. In to the gym early today at 10am.

Warmup

Active Life – Hips

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Starting loading bars.

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)
  • 5 Squat Cleans (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 5 Bench Press (115#)

Light Linda

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift (205#)
  • Bench Press (135#)
  • Squat Clean (105#)

Wanted to try it out with the loading used by women at Regionals and as I’m typing this I realize the deadlift should have been 220 pounds. Whoops! We still got a good workout. I did the first set of squat cleans unbroken and quickly decided not to do that again until the late sets. It sent my heart rate way up and then my round of 9s took almost twice as long as the 10s. I did the deadlift and bench unbroken the whole way and went back to unbroken cleans for the 3-2-1. Finished in 14:55.

Active Life – Hips

Workout: 4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squats (24kg, 5s pause)
  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (28kg)
  • 30s Rest

Holding the KB on the front rack for so long sucked! this took about 12 minutes.

April 18th Main Site

My quads started getting sore on Thursday night during Avengers and then Friday my legs felt really tired. Has to be from Wednesday right? Yesterday I planned to workout but got working on my dad’s planer and lost track of time. When I was done it was 6:30 and I really didn’t feel like a workout. Noon at the gym today.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s pause)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 6 Sets (3x each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm Waiters Squat (53#)
  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Forgot to do the 3 second pause on the squats.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 20 push-ups
  • 30 sit-ups
  • 40-cal. row

This was the main side workout on the 18th. Tried to keep 1100+ cal/hr on the rower. I did 12-8 push-ups for 5 rounds and then my final two sets unbroken for a score of 6+30, which ranks as an 85 on BTWB.

Midline – 3 Sets

  • 10 Plank Pass Throughs (35# KB)
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Not sure we needed more core work after so many sit-ups.

Heading to the golf course for the first round of the year tomorrow so I won’t be working out.

Do Over

Garage session before dinner.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Single Jump Squats

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squat (3s pause, 53#)
  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Conditioning

  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 AMRAP – Dumbbell Snatch (35#, alternating)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU

Wasn’t planning on the 2nd round of double unders, but I was not happy with missing so much in the first 2 minutes; I could barely get through 20 reps at a time. Did 147 and 158 double unders, so was nice to get a higher number when I was fatigued. Went unbroken for the snatches with 49 reps. You don’t always have to go heavy.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Sets

  • 16 Front Squat
  • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

I used 115-125-135#.

BFBs

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm KB Squat (53#)
  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest

Next year I will not suck so bad at these during the Open. Might as well start improving now. I quickly figured out that if I jumped my feet up between my hands, instead of keeping them wide, I would get closer to the bar and go straight into the jump over the bar. It wasn’t a short jump, but I wasn’t wasting time with a bunch of steps. I was able to get 16 reps every round. I could have gotten 17 in the 3rd set and I had some seconds to spare in the other rounds, but not enough to complete a full rep. Really happy with the effort on one of my least favorite movements.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00 For Quality

  • 8/8 Bottoms up KB Press (26#)
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Halos (26#, around and back)
  • 8/8 Suitcase Deadlift (71#)
  • 8/8 DB Push Press (50#)

Something like this turns into a good little conditioning piece as well. Did 3 rounds. My left arm almost gave out in the last round.

Midline

  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 100 Flutter Kicks
  • 50 Leg Raises
  • 100 Bicycles

Got nasty after going unbroken on the first 2 moves. Finished in 5:35.

Slow Ski

Abs and a little sore from the evil wheels.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 8 One Arm Waiters Squat (53#, 3 count pause)
  • 60m One Arm Farmer Carry (70#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 500m Ski Erg
    • 1:49.7
    • 1:49.5
    • 1:48.3
  • 2:00 Rest

That pace felt a lot harder than it should have.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 12 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 12 Curl-ups

Got through 5 rounds plus 5 more bridges.

Double Overhand

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • 8 Romanian Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 135
    • 185
    • 205
    • 205
    • 225
  • 35 Sumo Deadlifts (225)
    • 15
    • 4×5

I’ve been doing all double overhand grip on my deadlifts, which turned those 35 reps into a challenge and I had to break them up a lot.

Active Life – Back Max

15:00

  • 15/15 One Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 One Arm Front Squats (35#)
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Had a feeling this could be my conditioning for the day. Harder than expected and got my heart rate up for sure. I did 3+30.

10 Rounds

Went to the 4:30.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 5/5 Single Arm KB Front Squat (26#)
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 5/5 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Got through 5 rounds.

Strength

Front Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 2x4x205

Felt a little weird with my first set of 205 so I didn’t go up to 225 like I wanted. Wore a belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 4 T2B
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Push Press (135#)
  • 1 Jerk (135#)

Dropped every clean from the beginning. If we hadn’t done the front squats I think I would have tried to go unbroken. Finished in 7:01. Anything with a high number of rounds like that gets intimidating, but it was a good one.