Decided to rest yesterday after driving home. Spent the time on some projects. In for open gym at noon today.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Kip Swings
  • PVC Passes
  • Supported Pistols
  • Step-ups


“Mary” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 HSPU
  • 10 Pistols
  • 15 Pull-ups

I’ve been wanting to try “Mary” for a long time. Going in I thought 10 rounds would be a good score for me.

The handstand push-ups were easy the whole way. Grabbed my foot on almost all of the pistols and probably should have stood up more before putting the other foot down on a lot of reps. Wasted too much time from rep to rep. I started out with a regular kip on my pull-ups and then I think it was the second round when I thought I’d try butterfly which I haven’t done since the Open last year. Felt pretty good. I was able to do 3×5 pull-ups all the way until the very last round when I was trying to finish the round. There were a few third sets where I reverted back to the kip because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough height after 10 butterflies.

Finished just shy of 10 rounds with 9+28! Wore grips, but I got a blood blister under each pinky and the one on the right hand popped right at the end. Hope my shoulders are ok after so many butterfly pull-ups and not doing them for 9 months.


5 Rounds (holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches
  • 10s Superman Hold
  • 45s Rest

Cut the rest back from 1:00, which had taken me 6:57. Nearly the same pace with the shorter rest today, for a time of 5:56.


I did 15-20 minutes of handstand walk practice up in to the wall again.

Big Triple

Planned to get in the HSPU workout in the garage in the middle of the day, but that didn’t happen, so I did it at the gym. Going to be my last Skill WOD workout so I can rest this shoulder from muscle-ups and pull-ups.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 Pass-thrus (over & under grips)
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10 Back Extensions
  • 10 Heel Drives
  • 10s Handstand Hold

Mobility: 5 Sets

  • 10s GHD Hanging Stretch

Test Your Max

Kipping Deficit Handstand Push-ups

  • 2 @ 0.5″
  • 2 @ 4.5
  • 2 @ 7
  • 4×6 @ 9 (70% of max)
  • Max reps at same deficit

Rest was 2:00 between those last 5 working sets. I made it through all the sets of 6 again and got an extra one to make a final set of 6 on the max set. Wore the new Reebok CrossFit Speed TR that were delivered today. The HSPU strip on the heel is really cool.

Much brighter than I expected from the pictures.

Strength Accessory: 3 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (53# KB)
  • 20 Barbell Hollow Rocks

Not really cool with the KB, but the 40# DBs we have at the gym aren’t heavy enough. Hard to get the KB up to your shoulders from the floor in a seated position. Cut it back to 3 rounds instead of 5 so I could join Bryan in some stuff.


Warmed up snatches with touch-n-go power triples of 45-95-125-135-155 pounds. Felt great!

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 3 Power Snatch
  • 10 Pistols

Used 165# for the first 4 sets and it felt really good so I went 175 and then 185! All still touch-n-go too. I’d never even tried 175 before today. Pistols went well and were solid in these new shoes.


6:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Thrusters (115#)
  • 4 Burpee Box Jump Overs

Nasty combo. Quads had a nice burn by the end. Did 7 rounds plus the thrusters and 1 final burpee box over. Rested too much before picking up the bar each round, as usual with me.

Really happy about the new shoes. They are on par with the Nano 5. Looking forward to ordering a pair of the Nike Metcon 2 at the end of the month when they are released.

You’re Kidding Me

Feeling great other than this damn shoulder, so skipping the muscle-ups again this week.

Skill WOD “Be the Master of your Volume” Week 3 Day 2

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 Pass-thrus (over & under grips)
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10 Back Extensions
  • 10 OHS (45#, jerk grip)
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Adjusted the warm-up again for my shoulder.

Mobility: 5 Sets

  • 10s GHD Hanging Stretch/Bridge

Test Your Max

Dusty (program creator) finally got back to us on if we should scale or not. Said to go with the prescribed 70% deficit even if we have to break up sets a lot. So I went for it today.

  • 2 @ 1.5″
  • 2 @ 3.5
  • 2 @ 6.5
  • 4×6 @ 9
  • Max @ 9 (5 reps)

Took exactly 2:00 rest between working sets today. Didn’t have high expectations when I couldn’t even get 2 sets of 6 at 7.5″ in the first week. Blew my mind when I got the first set at 9 inches and then got the next 3 too. Almost had a 6th rep in the final (max) set. Still can’t believe it. These really make you focus on your kip, which has probably improved a lot in the previous weeks.


Strength Accessory: 5 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (50#)
  • 20 Barbell Hollow Rocks (45#)

Maxed out my adjustable dumbbells today and finally had to struggle a little bit on these seated presses. Took me just under an hour from start to finish with the warm-up taking a solid 15 minutes or more.

Went to the 4:30 class.


  • Jumping Jacks
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats

Strength – Push Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×125
  • 6×155
  • 6×180
  • 6×195
  • 6×205 (PR)

That beats the 5×198 from about a month ago. Touch-n-go reps until the last 2 sets.


10 Rounds

  • 10 Wall Balls (30#, 10′)
  • 5 Burpees

Yuck! 50% heavier is a big difference. I wouldn’t want to many more than 10 in a row. Finished in 9:48 with all rounds of wall balls unbroken.

5 Rounds

  • 6 Plate Snatches (45#)
  • 6 OH Lunges (alt, 45#)

Went unbroken and never put the plate down. Finished in 2:35.

That’s enough shoulders for one day!

Kipping Deficits

Feeling those lunges from Sunday and probably a little bit of the various squatting yesterday. Left shoulder is still funky. Out in the garage tonight since it was a busy day. Remember to heat the place up first. 🙂

Skill WOD “Be the Master of your Volume” Week 2 Day 2

Skipping the day 1 muscle-ups this week to see if my shoulder improves.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 Pass-thrus (over & under grips)
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10 Back Extensions
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

The wall walks bother my shoulder going through the middle so I put the bridge rocks in this week.

Mobility: 5 Sets

  • 10s GHD Hanging Stretch/Bridge

Test Your Max

I didn’t feel the need to do a 1RM deficit again and eat up all that time so I did a few warm-up sets and then got right into working sets. These are all kipping handstand push-ups with a deficit.

  • 2@1″
  • 2@4
  • 2@5.75
  • 4×6@6.5
  • Max @ 6.5 (7 reps)

The prescription is working sets at 70% but I was lower than that last week and still had to decrease to get in the volume. Today I went another inch lower to start, which ends up putting me at 50%. Got all the working sets and an extra rep in that max set. I rested 2:15 between the working sets because I was late catching the clock on the first set so decided to stick with it. Felt much better about that! Here’s my first working set.

Strength Accessory: 5 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (45#)
  • 20 Barbell Hollow Rocks (45#)

I have access to more dumbbell options at home so increased over the 40# I’ve been using. Found out these hollow rocks are indeed holding a barbell. Pretty interesting twist to them.


5 Rounds

  • 25 Push Press (75#)
  • 50 DU

Got this sucker from the “Light” category of the Beyond the Whiteboard Fitness Level workouts. High reps at low weight was a nice challenge for me. Cool combo with push press using a lot of calves, which also comes into play with the jump rope obviously. Then both fatigue the shoulders.

I got the new RPM handles for my jump rope and it came with a bare wire cable, so I figured I’d try it again. Yesterday was the first working trying it out and the result was very disappointing. So today I went back to the old handles that have a coated cable. Like night and day and it doesn’t hurt like a bitch if you miss. I will be swapping cables on those new handles for sure.

I only had 3 misses on dubs. Went 43-7, 8-42, 7-43, and the last two rounds unbroken! I broke up the push presses into 15-10, 2 rounds of 10-8-7, and then 15-10 the final two rounds. Finished in 10:31. I might be feeling that one for a few days.