I’m pretty sore from yesterday. My hamstrings, glutes, low back (still tight), and I think my upper rhomboids are all feeling it. Went to the 4pm class.


8:00 EMOM

  • Row
  • Air squat
  • Row
  • Step-up
  • Row
  • Burpee
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press (45#)


“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • Wall-balls (20#, 10′)
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • Box Jumps (20″)
  • Push Presses (75#)
  • cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 291 (with a 24″ box) the only time I’ve done this. That day I did 109-92-90 with 32-24-23 wall balls. Today I did 106-103-96 with 28-28-27 (I think) wall balls. Never dropped the ball today. I was very slow and deliberate on the SDLHP, a dumb movement. I know I could improve my score quite a bit if I busted them out, but it’s not worth it. Too easy to injure a shoulder with this movement and especially with how tight my back has been too. I pretty much stopped and reset on the ground with every single rep. Box jumps felt good and I kept the same pace through every round. Push presses were where I racked up the most reps, but that third round got really hard. I think I got about 15 cals on the first two rows and then pushed it for 17 at the end. I’ll take the 14 rep PR for my 3rd of 2019 already!

Posterior Chain

3 Sets

  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold

I wasn’t reading right and thought we only had to do 30 total reps, so I went pretty slow to start out. After I got done with the 30 and people who started before me were still going I realized my mistake. Went much faster for the other two sets but the damage had been done. My glutes were on fire! Being sore didn’t help.


Walked 18 yesterday and it was another hot day. This morning I was just under 198# on the scale for a new low. Felt tired through the day and actually laid down for about 20 minutes in the afternoon. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 12

**Accumulate 2:00 OH Hold with 80-100% of shoulder press

4 Rounds

  • 30s Overhead Hold (135#)
  • 1:00 Rest

That is it for the corrective action programs. I’ll start working in some of the Bulletproof Shoulders program now.


  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)
    • 20 Single Unders
    • 20 Double Unders


Power Clean – TnG Triples

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 2×230

I’m still bruised up from The Chief last week. Caught the second with 230 with really wide feet, so then I “Clarked” the third one.


  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 50 HSPU
  • 50 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (95#)
  • 150 DU

Kept a 1,200 cal/hr pace on the rower and was done just under 2:30. Kicked up and did 10 sets of 5 handstand push-ups. I think I was done by 7:00. Earlier this year I did a WOD of 50s and HSPU were the first movement. I went 10-10-10-7-7-6 to get through them in 3:40, so I knew starting with a row that I should be a lot more conservative and it worked well.

Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a SDLHP and I’ll be the first to tell you I think it’s a stupid movement. Was really struggling with them and did 10×5 there as well. Was on to the rope around 11:00 I think. Tried to do sets of 15 to 35, which worked pretty well. After getting through the first 50 reps I think my heart rate slowed and then did much better through the rest. Finished in 13:37. Anyone who deals with computers should get a kick out of the Leet-ness of that number.


Tricep smash with barbell for about six minutes.

Hitting the golf course again tomorrow and it looks like it’s going to be even hotter.

Fight Gone Really Bad

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 40 Air Squats
  • 20 Toe Touches

Strength – 5 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlifts (62# KB)

Class was doing 10×2 deadlift but I wanted no part in lifting that heavy shit.


“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 1:00 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • 1:00 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 1:00 Push Presses (75#)
  • 1:00 Row for calories
  • 1:00 Rest

Didn’t realize the box jumps should have been only 20″, though I’m sure it wouldn’t have made that much of a difference. My scores per round were 109-92-90. Only a ranking of 66 on BTWB. Not a good effort. First time doing a legit FGB though. Got 32 wall balls in round one, then 24 and 23 I think. I hate SDHP and tried to be careful with my back. Box jumps were slow, but at least I jumped them all even though I don’t rebound anymore. The push press was much harder than I expected with that weight. Row just sucks at the end of 5 minutes and then one minute of rest goes by so fast.

My Favorite Exercise

After waking up yesterday, I knew I needed a rest day. Working out 5 days in a row had me feeling beat up. So I swapped with today. Went in to the gym and did the workout solo since the guys stuck to the schedule and did the workout yesterday.


9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 7 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 9 GHD Sit-ups

Only half of the programmed 6 sets. Was planning to do 4 sets, but I was starting to over-extend and struggle with the handstand push-ups already so that was enough.


Do 5×5 @ 75% and then 20RM starting @ 50% this first time.

  • 10x20kg
  • 5×70
  • 5×100
  • 5×130
  • 5×145
  • 5x5x155
  • 20×120

The 5×5 was only at about 66% of my all-time PR, but I can’t pull that right now so have scaled back. I did go at 51% of my all-time 515# high for the 20 rep though, which I can handle better. Was a sneaky set and felt great until my posterior chain lit up in the last 5 reps.


4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 1:1 Rest

1:45 – 1:44.7 – 1:44 – 1:42.4

Goal was a 1:45 average so happy to be able to do negative splits.

7:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 6 SDLHP (115#)

I couldn’t tell you the last time I did a Sumo Deadlift High-pull. I avoid them like the plague because I think they are a stupid movement. Guess I was doing them today! Kept a pretty steady pace and finished 5 rounds plus 9 burpees.

One Open WOD Left

My sartorius muscles are feeling better today. Should be back to normal tomorrow. I did the back stretching in the morning, then chiropractor before going to the 5:30 class.


  • CSA
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Arm Circles
  • 2 Rounds
    • 4 Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats

The arm circles did not feel good on my left shoulder so I limited them. I did about 6 muscle-ups trying to help Bryan out with the transition to string reps together.

Class was benching and we do it between classes on Wednesday, so I did my own thing during the XWOD.

3 Rounds

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Hold


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row (cal)
  • 1:00 DU
  • 1:00 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (70# KB)
  • 1:00 Ball Slams (20#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 20 calories on the row each time, dubs got worse, I hate the SDHP movement, and tried to hold on during the ball slams. My reps per round were 138, 125, and 108. Numbers went down mostly due to double unders getting bad. Wasn’t feeling it today. :-/

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×195#
  • 3×210#
  • 3x3x225#

That’s week 6 of the No B.S. bench program. Was supposed to be 20-25# over my base number, but it felt so good last week I went with +30 and had no problem. Gainz bitches!

Forgot to hit CS before leaving, so I knocked out Crossover Symmetry Plyometric when I got home. Can’t wait for my official bands to come in later this week. Will do a little recovery tomorrow and be ready to hit 15.5 on Friday. Then it’s 2 weeks of healing time.

Double Sunday

Feeling good after yesterday. Went to the 11am class at Survival Fitness.

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00/1:00 Side Planks
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Dead Hang
  • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1:00 Jumping Jacks

I did a quick drop after 35 seconds of dead hang and jumped right back up to regrip. No need to rip my hands open with pull-ups and deadlifts planned for tonight.

20:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 12 Sit-ups
  • 12 SDLHP (53# KB)
  • 12 Squat Jumps
  • 6 Burpees
  • 250m Run

Partner 1 does all of the sit-ups, partner 2 does all of the SDLHP, and keep alternating each movement. Since partner 1 will be doing the run in the first round, the 2nd time through the movements will be switched for each person.

I paired up with Joe and we kept up a solid sprint pace. We were about 130m from finishing 8 rounds.

Over to CrossFit Intuition around 5:30 for another workout. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation and then figured it was a good time to try doing a “ninja get-up” since it’s been a long time and maybe the Explosive Seminar taught me a few things. Nailed it on the first try!

Clean & Jerks

  • 2x40kg
  • 2x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 1x75kg
  • 1x80kg
  • 1x90kg
  • 1x95kg
  • 1x100kg
  • 1x105kg
  • 1x115kg
  • 1x118kg (Clean PR, missed jerk)

Used all kilo plates in the Mid Michigan Barbell Club part of the gym, which is a first for me. It’s weird not knowing exactly how much is on the bar. I’ll call that a 260# clean I guess, for a 5# PR. I had the jerk locked out, but was probably a bit forward on me. I really need to work on getting under the bar after I extend, instead of extending some more.


Warmed up shoulder press with 5×75# and 5×95#.

  • 8x4x120# Shoulder Press
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Explosive Push-ups

For the 2s, we did clapping push-ups and for the 1s we did a plyo push-up from the ground on to four 45# bumper plates.


  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 C2B Pull-ups
    • 10 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 Rounds (same movements and reps)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 Round (same movements and reps)

I wanted to make something short and fast, but still really intense. This worked out really well. I start losing my kip on C2B after 3 or 4 and was swinging all over the place a few times. I finished 3 rounds in 1:50, 2 rounds in 1:12, and 1 in 0:27, with a total time of 6:29 on the clock.

Did 4 sets of 10 reverse hypers with a green band on the GHD. Then I did Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

C2B and American KBS Back in Action

Surprisingly I’m not all that sore from the leg killer workout yesterday. I can feel some in my upper glutes, but my scaps are more sore than anything.


  • CS Activation (at home)
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Arm Circles


Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×95# wide grip
  • 3×95# close grip
  • Speed Bench w/30-35s rest
    • 3x3x135# wide grip
    • 2x3x135#
    • 3x3x135# close grip
  • 8×185# close grip

First time putting any significant weight on the bar for that set of 185# and it felt pretty good. No struggle with the weight.


  • 20 C2B Pull-ups
  • 30 American KBS (53# KB)
  • 40 SDHP (53# KB)
  • 50 DB Push Presses (35# DBs)
  • 20 C2D Push-ups
  • 30 American KBS
  • 500m Run
  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 V-ups
  • 15 Ring Dips
  • 50 DU
  • 20 C2B Pull-ups

First time doing C2B and American KBS. My kip kept turning into a swing after about 4 reps in that first set of 20 though. Scaled down the push presses from the Rx 45# since I’m still trying to take it a little easy, especially with adding back in 2 movements in one day. Got my 50 DU unbroken, which is sweet at that point in a workout. Finished in 21:34.

Went back at 8pm for barbell club. Did CS Activation again before leaving home.

45# Snatch Position Work

  • Snatch Deadlifts
  • Muscle Snatches
  • Snatch Presses

5:00 EMOM

  • 135# Snatch w/ 3s pause in the hole
  • 2 OHS

Was supposed to go 10:00 but my wrists couldn’t take it. Not used to holding weight overhead yet.

Power Snatches

  • 2×145#
  • F-1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×175#
  • 3x1x155#
  • 1-F-1-1×165#

Feet were getting too wide, which really sucks for squatting with it. After 175# figured it was more worthwhile to drop down and work on some fixes. Also allowed me to work on keeping my arms relaxed and try not to bend my elbows early. When I don’t pull early with my arms, the bar just flies up. I nearly lost a few reps behind me.

Grabbed the empty bar and did 5 OHS with a jerk grip. Lost some mobility with the time away from OH.

Starting CrossFit Over Again

Woke up earlier than usual today so I could hit up the 9am class at Survival Fitness. First class in 2 months and my conditioning is in rough shape!


4 Rounds

  • 20s Burpees
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Air Squats
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s PVC pass-thrus
  • 10s Rest

Just slow burpees to get warmed up. I think I 4 each round.


Front squats for 4×5 in the 70-80% range.

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×185#
  • 5×215#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×235#
  • 5×250#

Felt good!


10:00 EMOM

  • 20s L-sit (rings)

I was shaking already in round 1. Didn’t quite make it all 20 seconds the last few rounds.


  • 15-12-9 Thrusters (95#)
  • 21-15-9 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (95#)

My lungs! I’m definitely out of shape when it comes to moving weight. The Rx was 135# but I don’t even know if I can do one SDHP with that weight and it would have taken so much longer than the 6:00 goal. I finished in 6:36.


Worked on handstand holds against the wall a bit. Tried to pull my feel off the wall for a few seconds at a time.

I’m going to start working at the standing desk in my office again today, slowly building up more time each day.

Went out to the garage around 4pm.


On the Air Dyne (AD2):

  • 5:00 at 55%
  • 5 Rounds
    • 0:30 at 100%
    • 2:00 at < 50%
  • 2:30 at < 50%


Vacation Monday

Does a vacation officially start before this first week day? I never work weekends anyway. Legs are feeling a little sluggish from yesterday. Went to bed at 10 because I was exhausted from all of the sun and 3 training sessions. Still have night sweats though.

Jumped on the AD2 just after 7am.

  • 5:00 warmup
  • Reverse Tabata (8 rounds)
    • 10s Sprint
    • 20s Rest
  • 5:00 cool down

My best calories for a regular Tabata was 77 and I got 107 here, which is another one in the books confirming the AD6 is much harder to rack up calories on. Nice workout for being so quick. I really like switching up interval periods. Hopefully it pays off.

Around noon I setup for the big training session of the day.



  • 50m Run
  • 50m Run backwards


  • 20 Good Mornings (green)
  • 20/20 band walk (red)
  • 10 press band (red)
  • 10 band pull aparts (red)


Shoulder Press

  • 5 @ 75#
  • 5 @ 85#
  • 5 @ 95#
  • 5 @ 105
  • 5 @ 135
  • ME @ 145 (3)


A little max aerobic power (MAP) training in the hot sun. Object is to go at 80%. Three minutes of rest between each AMRAP.

3:00 AMRAP

  • 135# Bear


3:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Front Rack walking lunges 135#
  • 8 OTB burpees

2 full rounds

3:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HR push-ups
  • 15 Russian KBS 53#

3 full rounds

3:00 AMRAP

  • 6 OHS 95#
  • 12 sit-ups


3:00 AMRAP

  • 5 thruster 95#
  • 10 sumo deadlift high pull 53#


Much harder than expected!

Partner Barbell Complex

My low back is sore and tight. Went in at 10am.


3 Rounds

  • 1m Air Squats
  • 1m Jump Rope
  • 1m Russian KBS
  • 1m One-arm DB Snatch
  • 1m Sprawl (no push-up, no jump burpee)
  • 1m Rest

Nice and easy pace.


30:00 AMRAP (I go, you go)

  • 5 Power Cleans
  • 5 Front Squats
  • 5 Push Presses
  • 5 Bent Rows
  • 5 SDLHP

Casey and I knocked out 14 + 25 with 95#. He started first, so he did 15 full rounds. We kept a pretty consistent pace throughout, but slowed down some in the last 10 minutes. Great WOD, but brutal. Glad it’s over.