Hot Weekend

Going to be 90s all weekend. Feeling my glutes from the lunges.



  • alt Side Crunches
  • Superman
  • K2E
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlift (75#)

Was written with GHD sit-ups and back extensions as the first two movements, so this was our modification. I also scaled down from 95#. Interesting workout. I went 10×3, 7×3 + 4, 5×3 + 2×4, and then unbroken through 15-10-5 for the knees to elbows. That’s 300 reps on the bar in a week for me! Finished this in 18:09.


3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldown (115#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldown (115#)

The second set felt easier, so I’m wondering if I had it set to 104 pounds.

Time for some yard work.

1 Day Remains

My core is sore from the Monday night work. Out in the garage at night. One day of Catalyst OTM left for me after this.

2 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerk

  • 3×45#
  • 2×95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 5 Sets 215

Combined the two into a complex again, which increases the jerk weight over the %, plus they are harder in the complex. Saves a lot of time though. All TnG cleans.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×215#
  • 5×235
  • 5×255
  • 5×275

All sets with a neutral grip and standing on 55# comp plate.


Midline & Accessory

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 6 Strict HSPU
  • 8/8 Side Bends (90# landmine)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (90# landmine)
  • 12 Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Happy to get all sets of handstand push-ups unbroken! Using the landmine is not the full weight loaded, but the easiest way to keep track of the load. Doing goblet squats with the landmine attachment is really weird due to the arc of the bar path. Sends your body forward as you come up out of the squat.

Recovery day tomorrow and hopefully will be ready to lift heavy on Friday.

Make it a Combo

Out in the garage around 1. Combined the power cleans and push jerks into a complex to save time and make the jerks harder (even though it’s already heavier than the assigned % since I kept the loading based off my power clean).

Power Cleans + Push Jerks

  • 5+5 @ 45#
  • 5+5 @ 95
  • 3+3 @ 135
  • 3+3 @ 165
  • 3+3 @ 185
  • 2 Sets of 3+3 @ 195
  • 3 Sets of 3+3 @ 205

All of the power cleans were touch and go. Took a little more time with the jerks.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×205#
  • 3x5x245

Stood on a 3″ riser to get more depth. Used a neutral grip for every set, which almost made me lose hold with the last 2 sets of 245.

Midline & Accessory

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 25s L-sit (parallettes, bent knees)
  • 15 Push-ups

4 Rounds

  • 10 Pistols
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)

Decided to do this part for time. Struggled too much on the pistols. Finished in 5:04 with all of the twist sets unbroken.

Get Up To Get Down, Turkish Style

Was able to get in that long ROMWOD last night. The front of my shoulders were sore yesterday and today from the Saturday class. I guess one day a week of CrossFit isn’t cutting it. More lifting today though. This is the 4th day of the 2nd week of the Catalyst OTM program. Really enjoying it.

Power Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 2x3x185
  • 3x3x200

Never let go of the bar or my hook grip, but did take a second to reset on the ground at the heavier loads. Wore Nanos today for the light day and no accessories.

Push Jerk

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 2x3x175
  • 3x3x190

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×190#
  • 3x5x225

Took the top off the jerk blocks and stood on that so that I could get more stretch in the hamstrings. All sets with two overhand grips.


5 Sets

  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups
    • 2 sets – 40# DB
    • 2 sets – 45
    • 1 set – 50

My left shoulder is definitely the least stable one. Overall my shoulders seem a lot more stable though, guessing due to all of the holds in the Vaughn lifting program. I used to really struggle with the 53# kettlebell.

4 Sets

  • 30 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Decided to only go to parallel today for a change of pace.

Will do a 20 minute ROMWOD tonight.

Early evening update: Really starting to feel my back from the work yesterday. Been too long since I did those landmine rows. I’m sure some of the others, especially the chin-ups are contributing to the soreness as well.

It’s Working

Took a complete rest day yesterday. Didn’t even get to the 45 minute ROMWOD I had planned. Got to the track at 10:30 when the temperature was still in the 60s.

Aerobic Capacity – Race

  • 400m Jog
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 400m Run
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 200m Run
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 200m Run
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 400m Run
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 800m Jog
  • 400 walk

The 400m jog to warm-up and the 800 jog and 400 walk to finish were my additions. The first 400m was programmed at a mile PR pace, but I have no idea what they were using because it showed a 1:24 for me, which is well below a 6:00 mile. I settled on 1:36 as my goal pace, which would be 6:24 and well below the 6:51 mile I’ve run this summer. Ended up getting in at 1:27 with no issue.

The 200m runs were there to get a feel for two different pacing options heading into the “race” 400. The programming picked out 32 and 25 seconds. 25?!?!? Not a chance. I ran a 33.1 and 29.8, which was actually a PR by a tenth of a second and I didn’t even try! After the first 200 I was contemplating extending the 3:00 rest between 200s and the 5:00 rest before the race. When the clock rolled around I had recovered pretty well, so stuck to the programming.

2016-09-19-400mAfter running that 200m PR I figured I had to go out at that pace and could probably sprint out of the starting line even a bit faster to take advantage of that energy system. I don’t know what my split was at 200, but I’ll bet it was another PR even going down the straightaway into the wind. After the initial 200 my legs got really heavy. I knew I was losing pace, but I tried to push to make it feel like I was actually going faster. As I stumbled down the home stretch I was not confident it would be a PR day, but to my surprise I crossed the line in 1:02.1 for a 2.2 second PR!

Couldn’t be happier with these 8 weeks of the AC programming. I’m looking forward to seeing what my mile time will be, but I’ll have to wait at least a week because it’s not programmed in week 9.

Headed in to lift just after 6pm with Alex. Nice light day to go along with the max effort running from this morning. Didn’t even put on lifting shoes for this session. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Power Clean

  • 2x3x20kg
  • 2x3x40
  • 3×60
  • 3×75
  • 5x3x85

Power Jerk

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×70
  • 3×76
  • 5x3x81

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5x81kg
  • 3x5x93

I can tell a big difference in my hamstring flexibility from ROMWOD. Was getting to the floor in the very first set. May go with a deficit on these from now on. Wonder if I’ll be sore from them.


4 Sets

  • 5 Muscle-ups

Good day to add in some of this work. Haven’t done any bigger sets in a long time. Took maybe 2-3 minutes between sets. Was trying to get my toes up in the kip. Wasn’t doing it very well but could already tell a huge difference in my height up on the rings. Need to start working on the swing again.


Gotta get in that Catalyst ab work. I can even work in my GHD volume. 😀

5 Sets

  • 20 Russian Twists (55# plate)

4 Sets

  • 30 GHD Sit-ups

Well… 4 big sets of GHDs are shitty! Even with several minutes of rest between sets. Had to start taking some breaks in the final 2 sets and focus on not aggravating my low back.

Will try to get in ROMWOD since I skipped out on yesterday when I was going to do the long routine.

Showing Up Can Be an Accomplishment

Woke up late. Almost 8am by the time I rolled out of bed. Wasn’t feeling motivated to make it to the gym for 9am, but did because I have to pick up Mom from the airport tonight.


  • 500m Row
  • Bottom Squat Hold


Stiff-Legged Deadlifts

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 5×215#
  • 5×245#
  • 5×265#
  • 5×285#

Back squats were on the menu, but still no squatting for me. Sucks! Allows me to focus on a weak part of the legs though, so that’s a positive.


5 Rounds

  • 5 HSPU
  • 7 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 9 Box Jumps (24″)

Didn’t have the energy or motivation to go very hard so I set a goal of doing the cleans unbroken every round. Success! Finished in 7:47.


4 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (62#)

Tried not to get the body into the rows and focus on making the correct muscles do all of the work.

15.2 Again

Rested yesterday so I could take another shot at this. Got up early to get it in so that I could participate in Super Sunday. Got to the gym at about 8:30. Totally forgot about the stupid time change and I was up until after 11 watching the Duke-UNC game, so not much sleep. 🙂


  • 1,000m Row – 4:33
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Stretching & Mobility
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5×45# & 5×75# OHS

2015 CrossFit Games Open Workout 15.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

  • From 0:00-3:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 10 OHS (95#)
    • 10 C2B pull-ups
  • From 3:00-6:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 12 OHS (95#)
    • 12 C2B pull-ups
  • From 6:00-9:00, 2 rounds of:
    • 14 OHS (95#)
    • 14 C2B pull-ups
  • Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

I wore a pair of the Natural Grips instead of the leather gymnastics grips, thinking they are thinner so would be better on the grip. Not sure either set made any big difference. Just didn’t want to rip at all costs.

Much better plan of attack today. All c2b were kipping today instead of butterfly, which I think fatigues me more. I did 5, rested 5 seconds on the back, then 5 more on both sets of 10 OHS and all singles pull-ups. Had 30-40 seconds of rest I think. Went 12 unbroken OHS and all doubles on the first set of C2B I think. Then 12 OHS again or possibly 6, rest 5 seconds, last 6. I don’t really remember. I think I did a couple of doubles, then all the rest singles. Had 23 seconds to rest. I know I could finish those no problem. I just died then. Dropped the bar 4 times during the set of 14 OHS and did all single chest to bar pull-ups. Finished them with like 3 seconds left and fell to the floor. 116 reps, which is 8 less than last year, but it’s all I had on this day. I’ll take it. Bring on 15.3!

Went home, got some food, and rested. Back for Super Sunday at noon.

Warmed up with some stretching, rumble rolling, bottom squat holds. Then some 45# and 95# pendlay rows.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Pendlay Row (115#)
  • 4 Banana Rolls

We were having a good time talking about P90X and the Superman-Banana that Tony Horton does. Did a few reps with 135# before loading up with 225.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict Pause Ring Dips (3s count in bottom)
  • 8 Stiff-legged Deadlift (225#)

Really like the pause dips. Need some work on the hammies.

Team WOD
3 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 2:00 C&J (95#)

Paired up with Dan. He would start getting off the rower after 55 seconds and by the time I was on and ready to go I had 55 seconds left. We split up the other two movements in 30 second chunks. I didn’t count anything, just went for it when it was my turn. Dropped the bar early on the c&J, but then ended each interval going the last 10-12 seconds touch-n-go. I didn’t think I’d have much left in the tank to push, but I did and it felt good. Didn’t keep track of any reps or anything, which was nice to just do work.

Stuck around to judge some 15.2 scores. I can definitely feel my quad now, about 90 minutes after the workout.

Rest day tomorrow, but probably with some active recovery.