All Thrustered Out

Feeling last night’s workout this morning. I was wrecked for the remainder of the night and didn’t feel like I slept very well. Not really looking forward to this, but I’ve already stretched out this last week of the Thruster Attack and with a scheduled rest day today after just having a rest day Thursday it’s a perfect day to finish.


  • 3:00 Ski Erg (703m)
  • Bottom squat hold
  • 10 Thrusters (45#)
  • 10 Thrusters (75#)

Thruster Attack Week 10 Workout 2

Every 1:30 – 5 sets

  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

Wasn’t as bad as I was expecting after same reps and sets last week, but 15 seconds less rest each set. Don’t get me wrong, I was burning in the last two sets. Glad to be done! I posted a recap on my main blog.

Sure enough, tomorrow’s programming has 155 pound thrusters. FML!

Almost There

Hmm, for some reason, last Tuesday didn’t publish, but it’s up now. Software!

Needed the rest day yesterday, especially being hungover. Trying to figure out where to fit in the final week of thrusters, so I decided to get out in the garage first thing in the morning. Warmed up with 10×45# and got right into it.

Thruster Attack Week 10 Workout 1

3 Cycles

  • 3 Rounds
    • 20s Thrusters (80#)
    • 10s Rest
  • 30s Rest

Stuck to my sets of 9. Gross, but glad to have it over with. Felt a little rough as I was working until I finally got out of the house and grabbed lunch.

Met Bryan at the gym at 6.

1 Power Clean + 5 Strict Press

Up to a daily max.

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155

The power clean is pretty pointless. This matched my 5RM strict press. Felt myself started to lean back so didn’t push it any heavier.

Snatch Pull

Working sets (5×3) @ 100-120% of max snatch.

  • 3×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×155
  • 3×205
  • 5x3x235

Moved up quick because there was so much to get done.

Back Squat

Add 0-5-10 pounds over last week.

  • 6×135#
  • 6×205
  • 6×245
  • 3x6x275

Felt really really good today. The first working set was the hardest one.

Pendlay Row

  • 3x15x95#

A lot of reps, so I stayed on the light side. Haven’t done any of these in months.


Supposed to be “Diane,” but I scaled the handstand push-up reps to keep up the intensity.

  • 21-15-9 Deadlift (225#)
  • 16-10-6 HSPU

Deadlifts felt great, but I broke that first set at 14-7 to keep my heart rate down because I knew the HSPU would get me sooner or later. Went 9-6 on set 2 and then 9 unbroken on the end. The HSPU felt great in the first round, going 6-5-5, so I was going to try 5-5 again. Got 4 and had to come down. Finished 3-3 and then was also able to go 3-3 on the end. I was a little worried those scaled reps would even be too high, but it worked out well. I was shooting for something sub-6 and I was done in 5:31. Bryan set a huge PR and beat me by over a minute going Rx. I need to work on coming down quicker into the next rep because I use up too much arm strength controlling my descent.

Nope, that wasn’t enough, we still had more to do. It was a 400m run with 2 minutes of rest for 3 times, but no way we were going outside.


  • 500m Row
  • 2:30 Rest

My plan was to try to be somewhere 1:30-1:35. Worked for the first one at least. My times were 1:34, 1:39, and 1:41.5. Dead!

I think I earned these Cinnabon Delights. 🙂

Strict C2B Singles

I really need to get this sleep in order! Yesterday was a very needed rest day. Feeling those accessory movements from Tuesday in my upper body. Out in the garage around 3:30 and I broke the handle on the gas line so couldn’t heat it up. Brrrr! Actually it was 46° in there which isn’t horrible.


  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,078m)

Gymnastics Strength

E15S 10:00

  • 1 Strict Chest-to-bar Chin-up

No issues with these. Wanted to get in some volume without fatiguing my muscles before thrusters. Got ready for thrusters with 10×45# and 5×75#

Thruster Attack Week 9 Workout 2

Every 1:45 – 5 Sets

  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

Felt better than last week, but going on the 1:30 next week will add some discomfort. Two more workouts!


Didn’t eat the breakfast I wanted to and it hurt me in today’s workout. Went in at 11:30 and we had a big group today, like old times! Everyone was kind of doing different things to get going. I warmed up with a little bottom squat hold and 10 empty bar thrusters.

Thruster Attack Week 9 Workout 1

  • 3 Cycles
    • 3 Rounds
      • 20s Thrusters(75#)
      • 10s Rest
    • 30s Rest

Yuck! Still stuck to all sets of 9. Was really feeling this one during the long break before we started the workout.


“Danny” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Push Press (115#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

I did step-ups right from the start. First round I did 8 and then 7 leading with each leg but the rest of the way I switched legs every 5 reps. Push press felt good even after the thrusters, probably due to all of the thrusters building up my strength endurance. Was able to go 11-9 each round. I did all sets of 5 on the pull-ups. My biggest issue was lungs in this one. Taking longer breaks than I should have needed. Made it through 3 rounds, the step-ups, and 16 (11-5) of the push presses.

Four More

My shins are still a little tight from Sunday’s broad jumps. Out in the garage some time after 4. My garage temperature sensor project is working pretty well. Have it feeding into my Home Assistant setup and mapping out an enclosure to then keep it permanently in the garage. It got up to 50° in there for me today.


  • 3:00 Ski Erg (680m)

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Got thrusters ready by doing 7 reps with 45-65-85#.

Thruster Attack Week 8 Workout 2

E2M – 5 sets

  • 14 Thrusters (105#)

Wore lifting shoes and a belt today since my back has been tight and I could feel it throughout the day today. In my notes I put “try 6 sets?” and probably could have done it, but 70 reps was enough. Nothing was really burning until my legs started to give in the finally 5 or 6 reps.

Four more thruster workouts!

Hello 2017

Happy New Year!

I took a lot more rest days in 2016, even during the 3 months sabbatical from work. Each blue square on the calendar below means I worked out that day.


Compare to the 2015 calendar and it’s quite a different story. Last year I went nearly 3 months straight without taking a complete rest day! I was doing active recovery once or twice a week though. In the final two months of 2016 I took a step back and I think it was good. It’s easy for my addictive traits to come out and put too much into my workouts, when it should be about staying healthy and having fun. Here’s to continuing that balance in 2017.

When I was making Kodiak Cakes for breakfast I got a text asking me to workout. I was planning to hit my thrusters and maybe some Ski intervals in the garage, so that sounded like a better plan. Headed to the gym at 2 and there ended up being a whole crew there. Warmed up with some bottom squat hold and 6 thrusters with 45#.

Thruster Attack Week 8 Workout 1

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3 rounds
      • 20s Thrusters (65#)
      • 10s Rest
    • 30s Rest

I stuck with 9 reps per round like I’ve been doing. Felt better than last week even though it was the same total number of rounds and reps, with less rest time. I swear by this program.

Partner Workout

25:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Broad Jump
  • 20 Bicycle Crunches or Hollow Rocks (alt each round)
  • 10 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 5 Push-up + Row + Row (40# DBs)

Do a round and then rest while your partner goes. I made it through 10 times and Jason had 3 or 4 reps left in his 10th. Was fun to throw together some things we don’t do very often. Good sweat to kick off 2017.

3 Weeks Remaining

My back was definitely much tighter last night after the workout and even felt sore to the touch on the left side. Out to the garage after 2pm and just in time before the mailman delivered some new toys.


  • 3:00 Ski Erg (709m)
  • Thrusters
    • 6×45#
    • 6×95

Thruster Attack Week 7 Workout 2

Every 1:30 – 5 sets

  • 12 Thrusters (115#)

At the last-minute I decided to put on the belt due to how my back was feeling. Overall this was easier than last week, but my legs were really burning in the final 2 sets. Upper body held up better even though it’s been sore and tired.

Jumped on the Airdyne for 5:00 (1.46 miles) to flush things out and bring the heart rate down slower. Going to take it easy tomorrow.


I got some nice bruises from the Friday hang snatches and my traps were sore. Took a couple of rest days for the holiday. Today was another birthday. Drove home from “up North” and rushed to the gym to lift with Alex at 4:30.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Snatch Complex (3 Snatch DL + 3 Muscle Snatch + 3 Snatch Press + 3 OHS)
    • 2 Sets @ 20kg
    • 1 Set @ 40kg


  • 1x3x50kg
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 1×75
  • 1×80
  • 3x1x85
  • 2x1x80

I was fighting too much with 85 and didn’t want to hurt myself so I backed off.

Clean Pull

  • 3x70kg
  • 3×90
  • 3×110
  • 3x3x115

All hook grip. Oww!

Thruster Attack Week 7 Workout 1

  • 3 Cycles
    • 4 Rounds
      • 20s Thrusters (65#)
      • 10s Rest
    • 1:00 Rest

Went with 9 reps each set again. The damn timing app I was using starting throwing up some full screen ads during my rest going into the final cycle, and then locked up, so I may have gotten some extra rest. Still sucked though. Jumped on the Airdyne for 5:00 and did 1.44 miles to cool down.

Off Work Until 2017

Done working for the year. Looking forward to the time off and getting back into some better health routines going into the new year.

I can feel those muscle-ups and pull-ups in my upper body from last night. Out in the garage around 5:30pm. Warmed up thrusters with 6 reps at each of 45-85-105#.

Thruster Attack Week 6 Workout 2

Every 1:45 – 5 Sets

  • 12 Thrusters 125#

All unbroken!! My left arm was trying to give out starting with the 8th rep in the final set, so I tried to get more hip action into those last reps. I didn’t want to drop that bar.

Got on the Airdyne for 6:00 and went 1.59 miles to cool down.

On Time, Without Time

Took 2 rest days in a row again. My excuse is the snow and Star Wars. 😉 I wish The Force was with me! Out in the garage in the evening. With an external temperature dipping under 15°, the garage warmed up to around 55°. When I turned the heater off I could see it starting to drop a couple of dergrees within minutes.

Thruster Attack Week 6 Workout 1

  • 4 Cycles
    • 4 Rounds
      • 20s Thrusters (55#)
      • 10s Rest
    • 1:00 Rest

Today I did 9 reps on every sets and survived, so far.

Warmed up deadlifts with 45-135-185# for 5 reps each.

Just Work

10 Rounds

  • 3 Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 5 Deadlifts (225#)

No clock today. Just exercise. My triceps were so pumped up about 6 rounds in.