Not Quite 22.3

Big surprise, thrusters and pull-ups for 22.3! You would think that after 10+ years of the Open they’ve give it a rest and come up with a new combination.


  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • Dead Hang
  • 7 Thrusters (45#)


  • 21 Pull-ups
  • 42 Double Unders
  • 21 Thrusters (75#)
  • 18 T2B
  • 36 Double Unders
  • 18 Thrusters (75#)
  • 15 C2B Pull-ups
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Thrusters (75#)

I sure as hell wasn’t going to do bar muscle-ups on our low bar like last year and I wasn’t going to the outside rig. So I put in toes-to-bars. Also not going to waste time switching the weight on the bar, so stuck to one weight and went light because we never really do thrusters due to our backs. I went 8-7-6 on the the pull-ups and then realized I haven’t done a double under in months! I missed many times in every round and my heart rate kept spiking. I went 8-7-6 on the first round of thrusters. Then 7-6-5 for both the T2B and second thrusters. Chest-to-bar pull-ups are my nemesis, so I did all kipping triples. Finished with unbroken thrusters at 11:49, taking a lot of too long breaks along the way. Was still wrecked after! Most importantly I made it out of the Open injury free this year without any stress.


3 Sets

  • 12 In & Out DB Curls (20#)
  • 12 DB French Press (45#)

Those French presses were hard after all of the thrusters.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (20#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 49#)


2 Rounds (50s : 10s)

  • 17 Leg Lifts
  • 64 Bicycles
  • 34 Single Leg Lifts
  • 32 alt V-ups 

2021 PairUP ThrowDOWN

Of course we actually got some rain this morning, so it delayed our workout and made it super humid. Finally out in the garage after 11am.


  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (125#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Deadlifts (175#)


Pair UP ThrowDOWN
Time cap: 35:00

  • 30-20-10 synchro deadlifts (185/125)
  • 30-20-10 synchro bar-facing burpees
  • 400-m run

5:00 Rest

  • 10-20-30 synchro thrusters (75/55)
  • 10-20-30 synchro pull-ups
  • 400-m run

We broke the deadlifts up in sets of five throughout. Finished the first part at 18:41. Ten thrusters unbroken and then I think we did 4-3-3 pull-ups. Went 12-8 thrusters and 3-2-2 and singles for the 20 I believe. We got through 2/30 thrusters, which is 187 reps. Really rough one in the humidity this morning.

Now I’m getting a late start working on the outside wall of the house and the lawn needs to be cut at some point too.

More Overhead Squats and Thrusters

Out in the garage shortly after 9am so we can get out of town for the day.


  • 3:00 SkiErg (594m)
  • 2:00 TrueForn Run (0.28 km)
  • 4 Sets
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • 20 DU
  • 10 OHS (45#)
  • 5 OHS (95#)


  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 OHS (115)
    • 50 DU
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Thrusters (95)
    • 50 DU

I scaled the overhead squats down from 135 pounds due to where I’m at with getting back in to these movements, but I kept the thrusters at the Rx weight. The OHS and thrusters felt surprisingly good. I only missed twice on the rope. Finished in 8:59 and could have saved a lot of time with a better setup and quicker changing of the plates. Happy with my effort and performance though.


3 Sets

  • 21s (20-25-25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (bar, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 12 In and Out Hammer Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12 DB Skull Crushers (30# DBs)

Do All Ten

Traps are still sore. Had a long busy day yesterday, which included mowing the lawn for the first time. Also was up later than usual watching Godzilla vs. Kong. Out in the garage after 11.


  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,553m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (135#)
  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)


5 Sets

  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
  • 65-65-70-70-70% 1RM Clean
  • 90s Rest

I belted up and went 165-165-175-185-185 since I didn’t like the big 20 pound jump. I haven’t squatted anything like this in some time.


4 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 GHDs (modified sitting on a MB with feet DB anchored)
  • 10 Thrusters (115#)

I went 4×5 on the first three rounds of pull-ups and then went 2×10 at the end. Happy with that because I was just hoping to be able to hold to fives the whole way. My plan was to do five thrusters, drop it for 3-5 seconds and then do the other five. When I got to the bar I decided I needed to push myself to go unbroken and I did every round. This workout went much better than I expected. Finished in 10:26.

Squatting a Snatch and Heavy Thrusters

No invitations yet for the Age-Group Online Qualifiers, but they did release the cutlines. For the Men’s 40-44 it’s 2,025th place and I’m ranked 1,941st. Quads are already getting sore from the squat jumps yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 3:00 Row (757m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches (w/ mini band)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Squat Snatches (45#)

I think it’s been over two years since I’ve done a squat snatch and probably almost that long for overhead squats. I was falling over with the empty bar in this warm-up!


High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

The workout was take 12 minutes to do five complexes @ 65% of 1RM Snatch or a moderate weight. I did it twice with 75, then once at 95 and 115 before loading my working weight of 135 pounds. I wasn’t really thinking about the percentage until after my first set and then calculated 143 pounds off my all-time 220 max, so I was actually heavy for any recent lift I’ve done. Really started to feel better after the first two complexes with 135. Like riding a bike.



  • Thrusters (115#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

The actual Mayhem workout was 135# thrusters and strict weighted pull-ups with 50 pounds. Was always going to modify that, especially training for the AGOQ. It would be a good version to try some day, but not this day. I warmed up with 5 thrusters at each of 45 and 95 pounds.

In the workout I went 9-6, 7-5, 5-4 on my thrusters and wore a belt. Just making sure not to push it too hard or take too many risks as my back gets used to some of this stuff again. The lifts themselves actually felt ok, but just gassed me. Looking back at WHOOP, my heart rate wasn’t even that high, so I probably should have pushed more with shorter rests. I went 9-6, 7-5, 7-1-1 on the chest-to-bar pull-ups and was losing my butterfly in some of the later sets since I’m out of practice. Finished in 5:24.

Skill / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)
  • 40′ Tip Toe Farmer Carry (20# DBs)
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)

Complete Set

My kettlebell collection is complete.

I’ve been sleeping past 7am all week. Finally! Out in the garage after 10am.


  • 2:00 Row (520m)
  • 10 Thrusters 45#


30:00 EMOM

  • 16 cal Row
  • 15 Thrusters (45#)
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 20 alt Strict Hanging Leg Lifts
  • 10 Evil Wheels

I’m easing my way back in to movements that hit the shoulders so I don’t come back too quick on this left one. The row + thruster combo was nasty and even then the push-ups added to it. I’d spend the next 3:30 after those three movements trying to get my heart rate back down. Good sweat session after not working too hard this week in the gym.

Sorry Snatch


2 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Dead Bugs (15# plate)
  • 10 Half Kneeling Pallof Press (red)
  • 10 Front Rack Marches (30# DBs)
  • 10 Straight Legged Glute Bridge Marches
  • 10 Slow Goblet Squats (35#)

This came from Bethany.

  • 5 Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Power Snatch (75#)
  • 3 Power Snatch (95#)


  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Power Snatch (115-115-125-125)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 2 Power Snatch (135-145-155)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 1 Power Snatch (175-185, 2 misses at 195)

I “Clarked” that second miss. Just haven’t been lifting heavy all of 2020. 🤷🏻‍♂️


Partner Chipper

  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)
  • 40 Burpees
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 80 Sumo Deadlifts (155/105#)
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 40 Burpees
  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)

We went 15-15-10 on the thrusters to start and then 4×10 at the end. Burpees were 5 at a time and I flew through mine on the return. We did 3 rounds on the ski with a 12/8 split to get our 60s and I tried to hold around 1,200 cal/hr. The deadlifts lit up my hammies and ass, doing 10 at a time. Finished in 21:11.


3 Rounds

  • 16 Landmine Twists (45# + 25#, club grip)
  • 10/10 Hanging Oblique Knee Raises
  • 20 Weighted Jack Knives (20# DB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold


  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push (wide)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 4 Eagle Arms
  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

That was a full two hour session today.

All 30

My hands were aching again this morning and my legs are feeling that Friday workout a little. Out in the garage at 10am.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,511m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats



  • 1,000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

Still hard to believe the first time I ever did this benchmark workout was on April 13, with a time of 7:45. I pulled a 1:50/500m pace on the rower and was extremely cautious doing thrusters since it was my first time touching a barbell in months after a back tweak and physical therapy. I struggled though 7-5 and then 2s and 3s on the pull-ups.

Today I was having a hard time slowing down at the beginning of the row because it felt so good. Ended up a little over a 1:48/500m pace when I hopped off. I knew I wasn’t going to make up significant time on the row and didn’t want it to leave me too gassed for the thrusters and pull-ups. I did very controlled thrusters and focused on breathing. My shoulders were on fire for the last 15. Finished them at 6:11 and I was hoping to be able to do 3×10 pull-ups. The first ten felt great so I decided to keep going for 15-20. Then I got to 20 and knew I could go unbroken. Finished at 6:58 for a big PR! That felt really good and there is still a lot of room for improvement with the thrusters.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 50 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts (3×10, 20)
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold

Even after the thrusters and pull-ups, this was a huge improvement since trying the sponge shifts 15 days ago. Look at these videos…

More Conditioning

With Partner

  • 100 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38″)

Went back and forth with Brandi, doing 10 each and then I’d pull off the 12″ block and she’d add the 2″. Then vice versa after her set. We finished in 10:46, so would have been around 10 minutes if we had 2 stacks.


4 Rounds (20s work / 15s rest)

  • Landmine Twists (45+25#, club grip)
  • Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • Leg Lefts (5# ankle weights)
  • Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)

Man Down in the Third

Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,058m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Did the monster walks around my ankles it’s a whole different ball game.


5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95-115-125-135-145#)
  • 16 Kossack Squats

Felt good. I loosen up so much after two sets of the Kossack squats.


3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups (20# MB)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (20# DB)

That was tough, especially the parter stuff!


2 Rounds

  • 10-8-6
    • Thruster (95/65#)
    • Burpee Pull-ups (normal height)
  • Rest 3:00

I warmed up with five empty bar thrusters. Went out a little too hot on the burpees and it took some getting used to them. Settled in on a mostly step up and down method. The thrusters felt good. My times were 3:54 and 3:45. It was actually supposed to be three rounds, but two thrusters in to the third I tweaked my back. FML!! Hopefully it’s just minor because after about five minutes in the reset position, I was moving around pretty well. I’m setting here with ice on my back as I type this.

Repeating Thrusters

My back was slightly better through the night Sunday and fine during the day again on Monday. My ass was still pretty sore and my quads when I pressed on them. Was surprised my abs weren’t sore though. I walked 18 holes in great weather yesterday. My back was about the same last night. Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • 20:00 BikeErg (9,530m)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises

I pulled the bike out to the back patio and just felt like riding under the sun. The bike is so much more enjoyable for something like this. Slowly ramped up my pace.


4 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 25# KB)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises (25# KB)


I did one set of 10×45# thrusters to warm-up.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95/65#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters
  • 2:00 Rest

The only thrusters I’ve done since December were in Jackie! I purposely went very controlled on the first 10 thrusters to see how my back would take it. Felt good so I knew I could push them the rest of the way. After round one my burpees slowed down, but it nearly evened out with the quicker thrusters. My times were 2:03, 2:05, and 2:06. Happy with that consistency for a movement that’s usually not very good for me.


4 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

This was terrible in the first round. Took 10:19 to finish.

Finally got back to PT by doing of the floor movements.