Heavy Middle

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists

Legs

3 Rounds

  • 20/16 Plyo Lunges
  • 200/170m TrueForm Run
  • 10 Incline Squats (2”, 30# DBs)

4 Rounds

  • 14 Double DB Step-ups (20″, 40#)

3 Rounds

  • 12 DB Walking Lunges (40#)
  • 20 Side Skaters
  • 12 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)

Good triplet to get loosened up more, we both liked doing the heavy movement in the middle, and then movements we could move through at the end. Took us 29:08.

Midline

2 Sets

  • 30s Leg Lift + Tuck-up
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg Bicycle
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg Bicycle
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Russian Twist
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Leg Lift + Toe Tap
  • 10s Rest

That was rough!

Stretching

  • 2:00/2:00 Pigeon
  • 2:00/2:00 Couch

22.2 Scaled+

Warm-up

  • 2:00 TrueForm Walk (0.2 km)
  • 2:00 BikeErg (913m) d
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • Deadlifts
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open 22.2 Scaled+

10:00 Time Cap
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlifts (135#)
  • Bar-facing burpees

That weight was right up my alley and kept my back safe. I stepped back and up on almost all burpees until near the end, but I jumped them all over. Felt like I kept a solid steady pace and never really took time before picking the bar back up. Got through the 9s on the way back down and then 8 deadlifts and 1 burpee for a total of 137 reps.

Solid workout and I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. It’s so nice not stressing and obsessing about these workouts.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 15 DB OH Sit-ups (20#)
  • 20 Leg Raises
  • 16 alt V-ups 

Arms

3 Sets

  • 15 EZ Bar Curls (41#)
  • 15 Double DB Skull Crushers (25#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline DB Hammer Curl (20#)
  • 15 Tricep Pushdown (49#)

9 is So Early

Had to get it in early (just after 9) this morning due to plans for the day.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • 10 Toe Touches

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpee Pull-up
    • 20 Sit-ups
  • 2:30 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpee Step-ups (24″)
    • 20 alt Side Crunches
  • 2:30 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Burpees
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

Felt pretty good after yesterday’s back issue. Went a little too slow to start out the first AMRAP though. I got 3+16, 5+5, and 7+12.

Accessory

  • 10->1 Plate Curls (35#)
  • 10->1 OH Tricep Extensions (35#)
  • OH Hold (35#)

We crushed out best by over 30 seconds, inn 4:07.

A Chipper Pyramid

I’ve been so busy trying to finish up a shelf/light for the living room and getting started on the kitchen remodel.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Trunk Twists
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 2:00 Wrist Mobility
  • 3 Bear Hug Sandbag Squats (100#)

Gymnastics

2 Sets

  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Conditioning

  • 40 cal BikeErg
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 30 Double DB Box Step-ups (24″, 35#)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 20 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (35#)
  • 15 Bear Hug Sandbag Squats (100#)
  • 20 Double DB Hang Power Cleans
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 30 Double DB Box Step-ups
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 40 cals Row

I held a sub 2:00 pace on the bike, went 20-10 on my first set of step-ups, 5×5 puh-ups both times, unbroken cleans and squats, 3×10 on second set of step-ups, and and even faster than 2;00 pace on the row. Finished in 17:52.

Push Off the Side

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe touches
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 10 RDL (85#)

Legs

  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (L, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up
  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (R, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up

The side lunge with knee up was something new to try for this superset. Wasn’t sure how it would go, so I didn’t increase weight.

4 Sets

  • 10 RDLs (2×135, 2×155#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went up 10 pounds on each.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP – 2-4-6…

  • Devil Press (35# DBs)
  • C2B Pull-ups

B had found this on the ‘gram several weeks ago and we saved it. Two of my least favorite movements. I pulled out an old pair of grips I hadn’t used in years and they weren’t the greatest. I did all double kipping chest-to-bar pull-ups because that movement seems to get me for some reason. Finished the 10s and then picked up the pace to finish the 12 devil presses.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

She keeps bringing this workout back out and sucks every time. I decided not to try going unbroken even from the start, so I took a quick break between movements. Finished in 6:42.

No Bueno Taco Bell

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (105-115-125-135#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (45#)

Went up 10# of each set of front squats. Felt much easier than last week. I did wear the belt again.

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Glute Bridge (95#) + 2 Banded Hip Abduction
  • 15 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Went 20# heavier than last week and it was no problem.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 DB Push Press (50#)
  • 15 cal BikeErg
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50#)
  • 15 cal SkiErg

I should not have gotten that Taco Bell for lunch! I was able to go unbroken for the movements, but I felt gassed on the machines. Only needed five more calories to finish the 6th round. This workout got me.

Ambitious Sled

My back is a little tight and my ass is sore, but I don’t think I’m feeling much new (yet) from yesterday’s workout, which hit a lot of back reps.

Warm-ups

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster squats
  • 20 Toe Touches
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (75#)
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)
  • 5 DB Pullovers (35#)

Strength & Skill

4 Sets

  • 20 alt Back Rack Lunges (95#)
  • 4 Handstand Tuck Balance

My shoulders are tired!

Chest

4 Sets

  • 10 Bench Press (135, 3@115#)
  • 10 DB Pullover (50#)
  • MAX Push-ups (15-20-20-20)

Benching doesn’t feel great on my left shoulder. After the first set of push-ups I quickly realized I went too heavy.

Conditioning

Partner

  • 3x 20/14 cal Row
  • 2x 50m Sled Pull (315/180#, backwards)
  • 6x 7/5 HSPU
  • 2x 50m Sled Pull (270/135#, backwards)
  • 3x 20/14 cal Row

Modified the Mayhem workout to be a partner version and way way too ambitious with the sled, so we made some audibles mid-workout. Finished in 38:02.

Almost a two hour session in what feels like August heat. Brutal!

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.

Warm-up

  • 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!

Weightlifting

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.

Conditioning

15-12-9

  • 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)

Wasn’t Happy Going in to 21.2

Each year I update my own spreadsheet with my Open workout rankings and calculate percentiles. If you use the iOS CrossFit Games app they calculate percentiles based on the number of registered athletes in the division, which I think is quite dumb because some people register and never post a score. I’ve always done my calculations based on the number of submitted scores. Here’s how my placing looks after week one.

Open Division
25,571 / 116,559 (78.1%)

Masters 40-44
2,183 / 16,776 (87%)

One of my goals each year is to hit the 90% or in the top 10% of participating athletes. That’s well within reach for the Masters division and all I have to do is stick around that placement to get there. The top 10% move on to the Age Group Online Qualifier. I wasn’t sure how CrossFit would determine the %, but according to a video they posted yesterday, I’m right under the cut line. So their using all registered athletes.

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (630m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 50 Double Overhead Band Tricep Lockouts (red)
  • Double Band Hang Out
  • Hip Openers
  • DB Snatches
    • 10×15
    • 10×25
    • 10×35
    • 6×45

CrossFit Games Open Workout 21.2

  • 10-20-30-40-50 Dumbbell Snatch (50#)
  • 15 Burpee Box Jump-overs (24″)

A repeat of 17.1, which I did twice that year. In my first attempt I got through 215 reps (10 short of finishing)
and then I finished in 19:15. When this was announced as a repeat I wasn’t excited at all; it’s horrible on my back and that’s a lot of dumbbell snatches for a bad shoulder. On the bright side I weighed in at 206 pounds this morning compared to the 214 I was for that redo in 2017.

My plan of attack was pretty simple:

  • With the dumbbell, switch hands from the top, if my shoulder allowed it.
  • Step back and up on the burpees, turn through the jump and on the box, and step down backwards.
  • Tape my thumbs.

I knew my first split was behind that 17.1 redo and felt like I was dying every round of burpees. Turned out I was also behind split after the second round, I started closing the gap in round three, and then really made up ground in rounds four and five. I did all sets of 10 snatches until the 50 where I did 14-12-12-12. Finished in 18:30! Brandi really pushed me through the second half of this workout. Here’s my scorecard as well as comparing my splits between all three times I’ve done this workout.

Analyzed the video for more splits…

Looking at how much time a round of each movement took and then in parens how much of a time difference it was compared to the previous round…

Snatches – 0:25, 1:03 (+0:38), 1:46 (+0:43), 2:16 (+0:30), 2:49 (+0:33)
BBJO – 1:29, 1:48 (+0:19), 1:57 (+0:09), 2:05 (+0:08), 1:31 (-0:34)

I was dead after I finished, but recovered pretty well and was able to do some ab work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Stability Plank (on stability platform)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Weighted V-ups (20# KB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Heel Touches
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 10s Rest

This was rough on the upper abs, holding the upper body up so much. B got it and modified a bit from DLB.

Can’t Keep Up With the Right

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 5 RDL (115#)
  • 5/5 DB Push Press (35#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 20 Pistols
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

3 Sets

  • 10 RDL (185#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 50 Single Arm Push Press (35# DB)

I went 15-15-10-10 on the push presses each round and my injured left arm definitely can’t keep up with the right. Finished in 8:07.