Show Up

Went to the CFi 9am, but I should have stayed in bed! Didn’t wake up until almost 7:30, which is pretty rare, so I’m a little beat up. But I’m glad I got in for the workout and I’m going to push it a little this week since I’ll be away on vacation next week with a break from weights.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Sumo Bottom Squat Holds
  • Hip opener stretches


Back Squats

  • 5×135#
  • 4×205#
  • 3×245#
  • 6x6x265#

A struggle!


  • 10 Shoulder Presses
  • 15 OHS
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

Kevin asked me to come up with something and I had planned on doing this one over the weekend, so figured why not. It’s a lunch time workout done by the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff, which I did over a year ago in 14:03. Rx is 115/75#. I was definitely not feeling it today, but pushed through for a PR in 13:34.The overhead stuff all killed me and I was absolutely dying. Way too much rest between sets of the pressing movements. Front squats were 10-9-6 and I did the back squats without dropping the bar.

I jumped on the rower after catching my breath and did a 2k at a slow pace in 9:52 to flush out my legs.

Some days you just have to show up and do work.

Afternoon break in the garage…

10 Rounds

  • 150m @ recovery pace (~2:53/500m)
  • 150m @ 100%
  • 30s Rest

Total work time was 14:12.5 for the 3,000 meters. Not a terrible workout, which is probably good since I was beat this morning.

Plus One Muscle-up

My hamstrings are spicy! Thrusters always seem to get me. Headed over to Bay City Survival Fitness at 1pm and started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


  • 45# Positions
  • 3×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 2x1x175#
  • 1-F-1 x185#

Was only planning on 4 singles with 175, but the first two felt good so I went for 185. I’ll take 2/3 over 90%.

E2M 10:00

  • 4 MU

Four unbroken is a new PR and I did it 5 times!

A few hours later I headed out to the garage. Hit the CS Activation again to prep my shoulders for 200 reps.


  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 100 Sit-ups
  • 100 Air Squats

I hadn’t done this benchmark in over 2 years and I can always use the bodyweight work. It sucked, but I managed a 59 second PR with a time of 22:42 at a bodyweight 17 pounds heavier. Started out doing 5 pull-ups at a time and resting 10 seconds, but couldn’t keep that up and had to switch to alternating between 3s and 2s. Got through the pull-ups in about 8 and a half minutes. Push-ups pretty much went the same way except I wasn’t looking at the clock for pacing early on. I think it took me about 7 minutes (give or take) to knock out the push-ups. Sit-ups were slow, but didn’t stop. The air squats were so much harder than I was expecting. Every time I tried to speed up and knock out some fast ones I got a horrible burn in my quads. Even at the end, in the last 10 reps, I couldn’t speed through them. So nasty!

I hope Kevin doesn’t program anything pull-up related after 59 C2B, 20 muscle-ups, and 100 pull-ups this weekend.

Took about 10 minutes to catch my breath then got on the Air Dyne (AD2) for 15:00 at about 55%. Got 220 calories. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.


2014-07-19-weight-chartWhen I woke up yesterday I was glad it was a rest day from training. Walked 18 holes of golf. Shoulders are feeling a little sore in the front. Hit a class at Survival Fitness for the first time in over 3 weeks. Saturday at 10am is always good for a partner WOD. My weight continues to drop (check the chart) with clean eating and cooking all of my meals. I’m feeling great too! Today will be a cheat/refeed day though because I’m going to the Survival Fitness Luau to drink some beer and eat all kinds of food. Should be a fun day, but that means DO WORK first!


  • 10->1 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 1->10 Burpees


1RM Thruster

  • 2×95#
  • 1×135#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×185#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×225#
  • 1×240# (PR)

I could have sworn I did 235# before but it was 225#, which I found out when I got home and looked at my logs. 15# PR! Pretty soon my thruster will be the same as my C&J, which is pathetic.


14:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 3-6-9… Thrusters (95#)
  • 3-6-9… C2B Pull-ups

* One partner does both movements and then rests while the other person goes.

I paired up with Joe, who did every round of C2B unbroken! Fucker didn’t barely give me any rest. I started us off and got through 18 thrusters and 14 of the 18 C2B pull-ups. Rounds of 3-6-9 thrusters were unbroken, then 7-5, 6-5-4, and 7-6-5. Pretty much kept C2B in sets of 3 with the exception of the round of 6 and did 5 to start my last round. Need to figure out why I lose my kip on C2B but not on other pull-ups.

Sat around at home and then at noon it was back out in the garage.

  • 10×45# Back Squats
  • 5×45# Shoulder Presses
  • 5×135# Back Squats
  • 5×95# Shoulder Presses
  • 3×205# Back Squats
  • 3×115# Shoulder Presses
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • Odds: 5×255# Back Squats
    • Evens: 5×130# Shoulder Presses


I’d already have squats and presses planned, but was second guessing it after the SF class workout with the thrusters. Decided to dial back the squats a bit from the 275# I had planned and go for it. Sucked, but made it through all of the reps.

Loaded up the sled (25#) with 75# of bumpers and took off around the neighborhood. Went 1.04 miles in 22:22. I fucking hate the pavement on these streets. Makes it feel twice as heavy as it is.

Mini Cindy

Still feeling the effects of “Annie” on my core. Have been getting solid sleep lately and starting eating clean last Friday. Dropped 6 pounds already, down to 194#. I’d love to get back to under 190, which is golden for my conditioning.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Dynamic Toe Touches
  • 5 Inch Worms to Cobra
  • Zombie Kicks
  • 6×155# Deadlifts
  • 2 Box Jumps (30″)
  • 6×245# Deadlifts
  • 1 Box Jump (36″)


  • 6-6-6-6-6-6 Deadlifts (335#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1 Box Jumps
    • 2s: 36″
    • 1s: 40″

Should have pushed it higher in weight and box height.


3 Rounds

  • 3:00 “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:30 Rest

We started each 3:00 where we left off the last one. I got exactly 4 rounds the first time through, 3 rounds plus 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 8 air squats the next time, and finally 7 air squats, 3 rounds, and 5 pull-ups. Push-ups started to go at the end of the second 3 minutes. They always get me.

We jogged an easy mile right after.

Another afternoon workout in the garage. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

3 Rounds

  • MAX Strict HSPU

I got 7-7-5. According to my records, over 2 years ago I got 10, but I tip the scales 20 pounds heavier these days. Not like I don’t know that overhead pressing is a weakness of mine though.

3 Rounds

  • MAX L-Sit on parallettes

Also a weakness. Not even true l-sits, but my feet were off the ground. I managed 14-21-15 seconds.

2,000m SkiErg

The fun part! First time trying long distance for time. From some rough comparisons with rowing I figured a pace of 2:10/500m would be a good place to start. That went out the window 5 seconds in after a 2:06-ish felt pretty good. I finished in 8:26.2 with 500m splits of 2:07.1, 2:07.0, 2:07.4, and 2:04.7 with a stroke rate of 35 for each split, so very consistent. I picked up the pace in the last 150m, which seemed like it should have gotten me more than a few seconds! Something to shoot for next time I guess.

4 Rounds

  • 30s Hollow Hold on hands/feet
  • 30s Rest

Wow! These were a bitch after the other stuff. They seemed pretty easy when I did them at SF before.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Punch to the Gut

As expected I can feel the 150 sit-ups from “Annie” yesterday. She always gives me DOMS in the abs. In to CFi for the 9am class. Got Crossover Symmetry Activation done before class started.


3 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 1:00+ Bottom Squat Hold (while someone else rows)


4 Rounds NFT

  • 3 Wall Walks + 10s Handstand Hold w/ each
  • 5 Push-ups

OMG, I worked up a sweat like it was a metcon. Wall walks are so deceiving.


  • 1:00 Box Jumps (31″)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Thrusters (75#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Burpee Over the Box Jumps (31″)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Thrusters (75#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Air Squats

I did 21 box jumps, 20 thrusters, 10 burpee box jumps, 15 thrusters (horrible), and 43 air squats. Never put the bar down during the thrusters. In the first round of them I held in the rack position for a couple of breaks and in the second one I even put it on my back a couple of times. Those air squats were a hell of a burn in the last 20 seconds.


3 Rounds

  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)
  • 45s Plank

Pushing myself with the 53# KB is making them a lot easier. I used to always go for something in the 30-40# range.

Knocked out Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics before leaving the box.

Took an afternoon break around 4pm for a garage workout. Warmed up with 3 minutes of jumping rope.


Every 90 seconds a new set started:

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×185#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×225#
  • 1×235#
  • 4x1x245#

12 sets total. I really like using the clock for pacing rest time when weightlifting, otherwise it can drag on for longer than it needs to. Made every lift. Those singles at 245# are over 94% of my 1RM. Getting more confident up in that range with the 235# singles EMOM on Saturday and this work today. I hope to continue it. Obviously I’m well below my potential max since I don’t really ever miss below 95%. Fucking mental game!

Just look how high I’m under the bar with those weights at the end. Well above parallel. I’m excited to keep working it and see the XWODs pay off too.


3 Rounds

  • 3:00 Air Dyne (AD2)
  • 2:00 Rest

Went out way too hard in the first round and fell off before a minute was up. Had much better pacing in the 2nd and 3rd intervals. Racked up 123, 113, and 116 calories.


Was definitely fatigued yesterday after all of the training on the weekend. Walked 18 holes on the golf course though. In to CFi early this morning to max out the shoulder press. Started off with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Shoulder Press

  • 8×75#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 1×135#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×165#
  • Fail 172.5#
  • Fail 170#

Damn! Matched my PR from last May and it felt pretty good. I was expecting more after the Smolov Jr. cycle, but I guess I have to remember that I went 3-4 months without working my shoulders. Maybe after vacation I’ll do another cycle.


  • 15 Russian KBS (44# KB)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10x CS ATYT
  • 4×135# Pendlay Rows
  • Kneeling Jump to 45# plate
  • 4×165# Pendlay Rows
  • Kneeling Jump to 2×45# plates


  • 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 Pendlay Rows (185#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Kneeling Jumps
    • 2s: 2×45# plates
    • 1s: 2×45# + 35# plates

Shoulders and upper back are getting stronger. I used to struggle with this weight. Need to step it up more the next time I do the kneeling jumps.


5 Rounds

  • 8 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 8 Pull-ups

Everything unbroken to finish in 6:44. Pull-ups are improving a lot with the shoulder work and focus on body positioning. Need to get up the speed of the burpees when fatigued though.

When I got home I took a bit and then back out in the garage for some quick work.


  • Double Unders
  • Sit-ups

Anchored my feet under 50# DBs and tried to set my area so I wouldn’t be sliding back so much on the sit-ups, but that still happened. I finally got through this bitch without missing a DU and it made a big difference, giving me a 27 second PR with 6:28. If I’m going to get better I have to figure out how to do sit-ups without sliding backwards. By the time I get around 15 reps I have to move the AbMat back up and probably waste a second each time I do that. Really happy about this PR!

Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Later in the day I felt like getting in some intervals. Warmed up with 500m on the skierg in 2:34.

10 Rounds

  • 30s @ 90%
  • 30s @ 75%

* % based on 500m PR pace (90% is 2:03 and 70% is 2:38 for me)

My pacing was consistent through each half. Went 1,098m in the first 5:00 and 1,100m in the last 5:00 with an average pace around 2:16/500m. I was actually kind of hard to go as slow as a 2:38 unless I was doing just about nothing, so I was usually more in the low 2:30 range on the low intensity intervals.

New Toy

Yesterday afternoon I put up another sheet of panel board in the garage and installed my new Concept2 SkiErg. Isn’t she pretty?


I thought so, until I used it this morning. Out in the garage around 8am for the first training session of the day. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


  • 1,000m Warm-up (5:14)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Max effort intervals
    • 60m (0:13)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 60m (0:13)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 100m (0:21.5)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 100m (0:21.1)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:31.6)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:30.8)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:30.7)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 200m (0:41.0)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 500m (1:50.8)

Although this is programmed as a continuous series of intervals, it really should be treated as 2 sections. The 1st 3 intervals (2×60, 2×100, 1×150) and the 2nd 3 intervals (1×150, 1×200, 1×500). The 1st intervals are short and very explosive efforts that will recruit your fast twitch muscle fibers. The 2nd 3 intervals are all gearing up to that final 500m max effort. The final 3 intervals are focused on creating endurance while your fast twitch fibers are fatigued.

Holy shit! The skierg smokes your arms, especially the biceps. Walked 0.43 miles around the block to cool down.


10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Superman Rocks

Did them back to back, so had about 30-35 seconds of rest after the reps.

Kicked back and rested until noon, when it was back out to the garage. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation again and then did an easy 5:00 on the Air Dyne.


  • Odds: 3 Weighted Chin-ups (increasing weight each round)
  • Evens: 2 Strict Pause Ring Dips (unweighted, 2s pause)

* Continue until failure at one movement and then do max reps for one final set with the other movement.

I started the chin-ups with 10# on the belt and went up 5# every round. Only managed 1 at 60#, but even the 3rd with 55# probably was a bit short if anyone had been watching. So that was 10 sets of 3 before failure. I managed to get 6 dips on the max round at the end to total 26 strict pause ring dips. Those were a nice challenge.

Warmed up my front squats with 10×45#, 5×135#, 3×185#, and 3×205#.


  • 2-2-2-2-2 — Front Squats (225#, 33X1 Tempo)
  • 2-1-2-1-2 — Standing Jump & Reach (both hands)

The movements were back to back, so after racking the bar, I walked out to the driveway and jumped up to touch the rim (basketball hoop) as high as I could. Maybe should have put on the weight vest for the single jumps.

Finished with a moderate paced 10:00 on Air Dyne for 242 cal and then Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.