Fresh Plank Moves

Warm-up

  • 10 Cat Camel
  • 6-4 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 10/10/10/10 Banded Leg Swings

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 5/4 Pull-ups
  • 4 Twisting Broad Jumps
  • 5/5 KB Side Swings (20/15#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans / Squat Cleans (65/55#)
  • 4 Devil Presses (15/12#)
  • 30s Rest

I did a regular kip for the pull-ups, which we haven’t done in over a month. Finished in 15:58.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 15 DB V-ups (10/5# DB)
  • 20 alt Plank Step-outs
  • 15 Hollow In/Outs w/ Legs
  • 10/10 Plank KB Swing Through (15/10# KB)

This was tough with some new and interesting movements. We did about 10 minutes of mobility work to finish up.

Chest Straight to Abs

Earlier workout than usual so we could make a day trip downstate.

Chest & Conditioning

3 Sets

  • Row
  • 15 DB Bench Press (40#)
  • 15 DB Pullover (40#)

3 Sets

  • Row
  • 15 Seated DB Pec Deck (15#)
  • 15 Bench Dips

Midline & Conditioning

3 Sets

  • BikeErg
  • 12 Weighted Crunch (feet up, 15# DBs)
  • 12 Weighted V-ups (15#)

3 Sets

  • BikeErg
  • 10 Leg Lifts
  • 1:00 Plank

We went straight through both sections and finished in 32:41. Did 2,922 meters on the rower and 6,492 meters on the bike.

On the Fourth

Yesterday evening we rode 9 holes of golf. Did some cleanup on the posts this morning and then were getting set for the workout at about 10:30.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Push Press (35#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Conditioning

Partner

  • 60 Strict HSPU (3×5, 5×3)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 100 Russian KB Swings (70/53, 20-20-10)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 60 DB Push Press (50/25#, all 5s)

Didn’t even run a clock today. Was a good one.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups (20# DB)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 4 Dragon Flags
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Damn this was burning at the end of round one. Took me 10:18.

Heavy Day

On Thursday I walked 18 holes and was wore out from the windy and chilly day. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,338m)\
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 High Hang Squat Cleans + 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

3 Position Cleans (High Hang Squat, Hang Squat, Squat)
2 Sets @ 70%
3 Sets at 75%
Do not drop the bar during the complex

  • 2×95#
  • 1×135
  • 1×155 (belted up)
  • 1×175
  • 2×185
  • 3×195

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP (2-4-6-8-10…)

  • Deadlifts (225/155#)
  • Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • Weighted V-ups (20# DB)

We haven’t had this weight on the bar for a deadlift in a long time. I wore a belt throughout. For the deadlifts I did 2-4-6, 2×4, 2×5, 3×4, 5-5-4, and 7. Was able to stay unbroken with the dumbbells, doing push jerks the whole way. Both movements went better than expected. Got through the 14s plus 7 deadlifts.

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.

Last Before 21.1

I woke up with my body wrecked from yesterday. My shoulders and ass were really feeling it. Out in the garage at 4pm.

40:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 15 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 20 Single Shoulder DB Box Step Overs (24″, 50#)
  • 15 cal SkiErg
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 35 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I did sets of 2 chin-ups all the way through. For the step overs I held the dumbbell on my shoulder and switched sides after 10 reps. I worked on facing the box to start every step up and turned around as I went over and down. Worst movement of the workout. Took less than a minute to ski every round. Got through 6+32.

I hope the first workout of the Open is something I can do. I haven’t done a double under in a month because of the calf tweak. With my shoulder I haven’t done kipping toes to bars in two months and butterfly or kipping pull-ups in over three months. But maybe I won’t get hurt during the Open this year because I’ve been hurt for months. I can hope!

31 Seconds Better For 50 Reps

Out in the garage at around 4pm.

Conditioning

  • 50 Bar-facing Burpees

Went out hot, settled in to a pace, and turned it back on for the last 10. I was done with 25 at 1:20 and finished at 2:58. I’d done this once before in August of 2016 and it took me 3:29, so 31 seconds in a huge PR! No warm-up either!

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curl (56-56-61#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 60-65-65#)

3 Sets

  • EZ Bar 21s (45-51-51#)
  • 10 Underhand Tricep Pulldown (60-71-71#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curls (35#)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 40 Weighted Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups
  • 20 OH Plate Crunches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

15# plate for everything. Finished in 6:18.

Another Brutal 30 EMOM

My shoulder seems to be getting worse.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 20 Jump Rope Singles

Conditioning

30:00 alt EMOM

  • 20 cal Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 25 Air Squats

Going from roughly 40 seconds of 1,800+ cal/hr rowing to double unders was brutal. I was dying in the last two rounds. I missed at least once on the rope in every round. I was able to do every round of push-ups unbroken, but that last round was a struggle with slight pauses at the top. Felt good on the air squats taking about 28 seconds to do them each round.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (pause, 27#)
  • 12 OH Plate Crunches (pause, 55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 160′ Goblet Carry (53#)

Was supposed to be sandbag carry but I subbed in the goblet instead after the rowing and so many squats.

Damn Shoulder

I took a full rest day yesterday. My left shoulder is really starting to bother me.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (678m)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Toe Touches
    • 10 PVC Passes

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:30 DB Burpee Box Step Overs (24″, 35# DBs)
  • 1:30 Rest
  • 1:30 cal SkiErg
  • 1:30 Rest

I chose a good weight to keep moving with intensity, even though I started out too slow. I did 12-13-14-15-16 step overs and 25-25-26-27-28 ski calories.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 w. Hollow Flutter Kicks (10# plate)
  • 20 w. alt V-ups (10#)
  • 20 w. OH crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

We’ve done this one from Ibex two other times and my best was 7:20. Today I smoked it in 5:57.