Back in the Gym After a Lot of Golf

It was a fun golf weekend and then I walked 18 holes yesterday as well to play four days in a row. Should have exercised yesterday instead because I couldn’t string together good shots! Out in the garage during lunch today.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 9×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 5x3x240

Haven’t got in a workout from the program since last Sunday, but did get a little benching in during a metcon least week. This second cycle doesn’t seem to be progressing as well, which may have something to do with my inconsistent training lately because of so much golfing. Today’s working sets should have been in the 240-245 range but I stuck with the low end and it was plenty difficult. I’d probably feel more confident with a spotter instead of just spotter arms on the rig.

Went to the gym at 4pm. Hadn’t been there since Thursday!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs

Strength

  • 5 Split Jerks
  • 5 Weighted Pull-Ups (15#)

Since it was set for 5 working sets, I did the pull-ups after the first five sets of jerks to get them out of the way. All TnG sets on the jerks where I went right in to the dip when lowering the bar. Wore my belt for 155# and up, doing 45-95-115-135-155-175-195#. Obviously could have gone heavier since I was still able to TnG them, but that was enough after bench pressing earlier.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Pull-Ups
  • 8 Alt. DB Snatch (50#)
  • 8 Box Jumps (30″)

The Rx was a 70# dumbbell for the snatches, which we don’t even have and isn’t necessary unless you’re a Sanctionals type athlete.

I wore grips and didn’t use the holes so I could easily flip them around for the snatches. Was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken. I bitched out on a set or set and a half of snatches during the first half of the AMRAP and changed hands at the ground for those. Otherwise I switched hands in the air for the rest. The box jumps were just slow because I was stepping down and then would take a step back from the box as well. Got through 8+18.

I thought about doing one of the Year of the Engine workouts in the evening, but I was tired.

Jerk & Recover

Feeling ok after a couple of tough days at the gym. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 400m Run
  • 10 Strict Press (45#)
  • 10 Push Press (45#)
  • 10 Push Jerk (45#)
  • 10 Split Jerk (45#)

Weightlifting

Split Jerk

  • 4×95#
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×225
  • 1×245
  • 1×255
  • 1×265

Felt the overextension in my back on that last rep. Hit my goal for the day, so I’m happy.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 10 Push Jerks (135#)
  • Rest 2 Minutes

There wasn’t a prescribed weight today so I tried to pick something that wouldn’t be easy, especially since the pressing muscles had a long time to recover. My rows were all about 1:44.5, give or take a tenth or two. Round times were 2:12, 2:14, 2:15, and 2:14 to finish at 14:55. I picked the right loading for the jerks because each set got uncomfortable at around 5 reps.

Back to Ring Rows

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course and was still pretty sore. Guess what… still sore today! It can’t all be from Sunday, so there must have been some compounding soreness from the Tuesday workout. Quads should feel normal tomorrow. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 12

2 Sets

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 10 Evil Wheels

Skipped around again, so I just have the 11th one to finish up. I’ve already done the test and pass so I’ll move on to the Shoulder Abduction corrective action program next.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 30s Handstand Hold

Strength

Split Jerk: 2-2-2-2-2 @ 70-80%

  • 10×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×125
  • 2×155
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×215
  • 2×225
  • 2×235
  • 2×245

Really happy with that! The range based on my old 300# split jerk (almost 2 years ago) was 210-240, so I was right in the ballpark. Everything from a rack too, which is a lot harder than on blocks. Didn’t use a belt.

Conditioning

  • 20-16-12-8-4 Ring Rows
  • 80m Farmer Carry (32 & 28kg KBs)

Would have loved to try the 10-8-6-4-2 muscle-ups, though it would have taken me a long time to get through on the rings. I split up the ring rows to 4×5, 4×4, 3×4, 2×4, and 4. Quickly put down the kettlebells at 40m so I could turn around and swap hands since I was doing an uneven carry. Finished in 7:25.

After recovering a bit I did some dead hanging and then 3 sets of 10 kip swings (bar taps), which I haven’t done in some time. Shoulder is feeling better, but still something there when I get through the bar. I should get out my Crossover Symmetry bands too.

Counting Cals

Golfed yesterday. Went to the 4:30 class today

Warm-up

  • 300m Run
  • Wrist Stretch
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 10 Push Press (45#)
  • 10 Split Jerk (45#)

Weightlifting

Push Press + Split Jerk

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 2×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×175
  • 1×195
  • 1×215
  • 1×225

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 20 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Ring Rows

I did the ring rows instead of 5 muscle-ups. Had to really push on the rower to get in the 20 cals. Laxed on the burpees after 3 rounds to try to recover a bit. Ring rows were no joke either. Good workout.

Other Struggle

Yesterday I woke up feeling a knot in my middle back, so decided right there to make it a rest day, especially since what I had planned for the day was going to tax my back. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

12:00

  • 250m Row cals
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3 Push Presses (45#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 1 Split Jerk (45#)

Got through 4 rounds.

Weightlifting

Push Jerk + Split Jerk

  • 95#
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 5 rounds @ 205#
    • 5 rounds @ 225#

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 HSPU
  • 21 Pull-ups
  • 21 Row cals

Was able to do all of the handstand push-ups unbroken. 11-10, 11-10, and 11-6-1-1-1-1 on the pull-ups. I was expecting to struggle on the HSPU not the pull-ups. Finished in 10:06.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (2 count hold)
  • 10 Alternating Thoracic Extension Rotation (2 count hold)
  • 20s Table Top Hold

Did 6 rounds. Could already feel my shoulders sore from the lifting and workout.

Match Me

Quads and triceps are sore from “Coe” yesterday. Unsure if I should go to the 4:30 class with so much barbell but I’ve been feeling pretty good, so I went.

Warm-up

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Burpees
  • 3 Push Press + 2 Press from Split + 1 Split Jerk

I used 45# for 2 sets, 75 for 2, and 95 for the last.

Weightlifting – Split Jerks

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×215

Felt good to put up a bit of weight.

Conditioning – Partner

  • 8:00 AMRAP
    • 50 Front Squats (115)
    • 50 Front Squats (135)
    • AMRAP Front Squats (155)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP
    • 50 Hang Power Cleans (115)
    • 50 Hang Power Cleans (135)
    • AMRAP Hang Power Cleans (155)

Small class today. Partnered with Brandi and we both scaled back from the Rx, which was 135/155/185 for men. Especially since this is a modification of the CompTrain Class workout today but was programmed for teams of 3 as 7 minute AMRAPs, so going with only 2 is half as much rest before it’s your turn again.

I started off both times. Did 25 unbroken front squats with 115, 15-10 with 135, and 10-10 with 155. Brandi held on at the end for 14. On the cleans went 15-10 with 115, 7-9-9 with 135, and 7-9 with 155. I tried to hold on until time ran out but had to drop it with 10-15 seconds left. Brandi got in another rep.

Definitely wouldn’t have wanted to go heavier as a partner workout or the sets would have gotten really small.

Poor Effort

Was able to golf yesterday with no back issues in the swing. Could feel it a bit walking around, but nothing that affected my game. My legs are surprisingly sore from early in the week. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 5 Set of Complex
    • 3 Tall Cleans
    • 3 Hang Squat Cleans
    • 3 Push Press
    • 3 Push Jerk
    • 3 Split Jerk

I used 45# for 2 sets, 75 for 2 sets, and 95 for the last. Class was then going to an EMOM of heavy C&J singles, so I did the weekly challenge instead.

Weekly Challenge

  • 90s Assault Bike Calories
  • 90s Walking Lunges

Yep, the new owner, Greg, bought an Assault Bike for the gym. I tried to pace myself out, which didn’t work at all. That thing is completely different from my Airdyne AD2. I was doing about 82-83 RPM and my legs were blown out half way through. I only got 42 calories and then did 49 lunges. After some recovery I decided to go for 30 seconds since everyone was still on the lifts. My legs were blown out by 15 seconds! I got 28 calories though, which goes to show you have to go out hard and just hang on I think to get a good score. Maybe I’ll try it again tomorrow or Sunday.

Conditioning

  • 30 Burpees
  • 20 DB Snatch (40#)
  • 100′ Double KB Front Rack Walking Lunge (2×35# KB)

I was still not recovered from the AB, so my burpees were slowwww! Snatches were slower than normal because I could feel my back a bit. I finished in 5:14.

4x

  • 200m Run
  • 200m Walk

Fucking terrible! My calves were giving out in the last two runs.

Good Bye 17.3

Warm-up

  • 4:00 Air Dyne
  • Banded Shoulder Mobility
  • Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95
    • 4×95
    • 2×125
    • 2×145
    • 1×165

Was feeling smooth.

2017 CrossFit Games Open 17.3

  • Prior to 8:00, complete:
    • 3 rounds of:
      • 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 6 squat snatches, 95 lb.
    • Then, 3 rounds of:
      • 7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
      • 5 squat snatches, 135 lb.
  • *Prior to 12:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 4 squat snatches, 185 lb.
  • *Prior to 16:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 3 squat snatches, 225 lb.
  • *Prior to 20:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 2 squat snatches, 245 lb.
  • Prior to 24:00, complete 3 rounds of:
    • 11 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    • 1 squat snatch 265 lb.

*If all reps are completed, time cap extends by 4 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what to change from my first attempt, even up to when I was warming up. I ended up keeping 3-3 pull-ups for the first 3 rounds, but did 3-3 on the snatches instead of unbroken. Finished 13 seconds faster. Then I kept all 3 sets of pull-ups at 3-2-2 instead of going double with singles on the 5th and 6th round. Kept that 13 second gain so would have a better tiebreaker. Did 8 single pull-ups to try to bring my heard rate down. Rested before grabbing that 185 and made sure I really got into it. Made it, so now I was way ahead of pace. I was fucking gassed though. Was just a bit forward on my next two attempts to miss them. Did not want to pick up that bar because I couldn’t breathe, so I called it quits after I got to 11:00 on the clock since I wasn’t going to even match my 92 at that point.

Since the 3-2-2 on those 2 other rounds didn’t make me faster, I guess I should have ketp to 2 + singles and maybe I wouldn’t have been so gassed. Oh well, had to try something.

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We decided to do some lifting.

Behind the Neck Jerks

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Good enough for the day.

Front Squats of Death

Much needed rest day yesterday. My upper back, shoulders, and chest were all feeling really rough and overall my body was beat up. Was not really looking forward to the amount of work programmed for tonight.

Back Squat

Add 0-5-10 pounds over the last 3×4@80% type workout.

  • 10×45#
  • 8×135
  • 4×205
  • 4×245
  • 4×275
  • 4×295
  • 3x4x315

I had used 305 so went with the 10# jump. Didn’t put on a belt until 295. Felt good.

Clean from Blocks (knee)

Work up to 3×3 @ 80%.

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×235
  • 3×245
  • 3×255

Ended up being a couple of inches below my knee. I’ve never liked block cleans and always had a hard time getting myself to commit to dropping under. No issue today so I bumped it up on my last two sets. Maybe it was because the blocks were lower.

Split Jerk

Work up to a daily 3 rep.

  • 3×135#
  • 3×185
  • 3×215
  • 3×245

At this point everyone was starting to feel things a bit so nobody pushed the weight here today knowing what we had coming in the metcon.

Accessory

We combined these to save some time.

2 Sets

  • 12-15 GHR
  • 12-15 Dumbbell Bent Over Lateral Raises
  • 6-12 Barbell Curls

I had to use the tiny orange band for my GHR and did 12 reps. Used 20# DBs for 15 laterals. Sets of 12 curls using 35# and then 65#.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 K2E
  • 10 Push Press (185#)
  • 15 Front Squat (225#)

Heavy, but with today sandwiched in between two rest days, we figured it was a good one to grind away and do the work. Ugh it was so fucking horrible. I did 9-6 and then 6-5-4 for 2 rounds on my knees to elbows. Was able to go 6-4 on every round of push presses, and didn’t resort to any jerks. The front squats were fucking death! I started 6-4-3-2 I think, then 4-4-4-3, and the last set I felt like I was going to fail every rep. My core was giving out. I think I went 4-2-2-2-2-2-1. I was going for the 3rd and final rep there on the end and had to bail at the bottom. Walked over and finished using Bryan’s bar for the final rep. Took me 18:13. Wore a belt and used racks for both bars. I was taking so much rest time between sets and still couldn’t breath or feel confident in the squats.

Oh no, not done yet!

  • 10-20-30-20-10 Row Cals
  • 30s Rest

The 10 and 20 were decent, but my legs didn’t have anything more after that. Finished in 5:44.

Talk about a session from hell. That was way too much work for one day. Normally the programming has been taking about 90 minutes. Today it took us 2:15 and we were not screwing around, even speeding up by putting the accessory movements into a little circuit. I’m going to try to finish the final day of the Thruster Attack tomorrow if I feel good enough.

Load it Up

Feeling a little beat up after yesterday. In to the gym after my chiro appointment.

1 Snatch + 1 Hang Snatch + 1 TnG Snatch

Use straps and work up to a daily max.

  • 2 sets 2×45#
  • 2 sets 95
  • 115
  • 135
  • 155
  • 165
  • 175
  • 185 – missed final rep
  • 190 – missed the hang snatch
  • 185 – missed final rep

No issues getting it overhead, but I’m just forward enough that I lose it or I put so much into the bar that it crashes on me and I can’t stabilize. Wish I could figure out a fix.

1 Clean + 1 Front Squat + 2 Jerks

Work up to a daily max.

  • 135#
  • 185
  • 215
  • 235
  • 255
  • 265

Wasn’t expecting much out of this today and wasn’t sure how dropping the bar back into the rack position would feel. Really happy with the results.

Deadlift

Work up to a heavy 2×5.

  • 5×132#
  • 5×222
  • 5×292
  • 5×342
  • 5×382
  • 5×402

We had a mix of kilos and pounds on the bar. Silly. I haven’t pulled anything big in a really long time so was happy to be able to hit over 400.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 60 DU
  • 15 American KBS (53#)
  • 60 DU
  • 5 Power Cleans (225#)

I would have never picked 225 on my own for this workout, but thought it was doable with power cleans being a strength for me. Got through the first 2 sets of dubs unbroken and finished round 1 at 3:11. Started missing double unders so the other 2 rounds slowed. I did start picking up the bar sooner after each power clean during rounds 2 and 3. I was spending a fair bit of time putting on a belt for the cleans, but I need to keep my back from acting up. The swings were like a rest period with the way I do a slight pause at the top. Finished in 10:23.

I’m feeling really good and “enjoying” this programming, even after only 7 workout days so far. My recovery after finishing a metcon is night and day compared to just 3 weeks ago when I could barely stand up without getting dizzy. #HybridAF