Heavyweight 15.4

Really needed the rest day after the previous workouts. Definitely started getting the “Karen Quads” yesterday, but the soreness is almost gone already, which is unheard of. Every other time I’ve done the 150 wall balls I could barely walk for 3 days. I haven’t done it in almost 4 years though. My shoulders were pretty tired the last couple of days too, but seem fine today.

Aerobic Work

3 Rounds – E5M

  • 20 60 DU
  • 20 Burpees over Rower
  • 20 cal Row

My times were 2:44, 2:50, and 3:09. I messed up 3 or 4 times on dubs in the 3rd round after making the first 2 unbroken. This took a lot more out of my than I expected, but I was moving at a pretty good pace on the burpees.

Power Clean

Work up to a heavy triple as a primer for the WOD. Don’t max out.

  • 3×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Good enough. All touch-n-go reps.


15.4 – 8:00 AMRAP

  • 3 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean (185#)
  • 6 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean
  • 9 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean
  • 12 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean
  • 15 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean
  • 18 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean

I finished 15+6 during the Open in 2015 and did 15+4 this last July. I’ve been feeling much better with my HSPU and managed to get through 9 of the 18 today for a 9 rep PR. I’m also 16 pounds heavier than I was during the 2015 Open too! I was cruising along pretty good on my HSPU until the end of the 15 when I started to die out. Held on as best I could at the end. I had 1:18 left on the clock after I finished the 6 power cleans.

On the HSPU I think I did 3, 6, 5-4, 4-4-4, 4-4-4-3, and 2-2-2-3. I could still use a lot of work on my kip to knock them out quicker. Cleans were all quick singles.



10:00 EMOM

  • 3-5 Muscle-ups

I did 7 sets of 3, a set of 4, failed the 4th, and barely got the 3rd in the final round. 31 total reps. Tried to work on getting some kip into the dips, but don’t think I was very successful because that’s what started giving out.


I did not sleep well and feel weak and tired as fuck this morning. In at 10:30.

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 40 DU

E2M 20:00 (alt)

  • 15 cal Row
  • 15 Burpees

Whoa, regular burpees for once! Was taking about 40 seconds to row and 45 for the burpees.

12:00 Time Cap

  • 150 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • Max Muscle-ups

I did 3 sets of 25 and the clock was just over 3:00 when I peeked. Then I did 3 sets of 15 and finally 3 sets of 10. Until the final 2 sets I was resting with the ball between my chest and the wall so I didn’t have to do extra work picking it up. I tried to count so my rests were less than 10 seconds. Finished at 7:06. Somehow my PR was 6:14 from 4 years ago in the Open. That was actually the last time I’ve done “Karen” too. I tend to avoid it because it’s so boring and I can barely walk for 3 days after. I’m beginning to think my judge miscounted my reps in that PR because my notes said I only did 2 sets of 25 and then 20s, 15s, and 10s. I was 30-40 pounds lighter back then, so maybe that’s it. I don’t know.

I collapsed to the floor for some breaths and eventually made my way over to the rings. I don’t think I touched them until after 8:00 on the clock. I did 2-2-2-2-1-1-3 for 13 total reps.

According to BTWB this makes 100 muscle-ups on the rings in 2017 already, compared to only 86 in all of 2016.

3 Bars of Insanity

My ass is kind of sore from Wednesday’s workout, but my back is feeling pretty good.

Front Squat

Supposed to be max reps at 70% (235# for me), but I haven’t squatted heavy since tweaking my back a week ago and I didn’t want to push it. So I stuck to some sets of 5.

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×235
  • 5×250

Felt solid. No issues with my back.

Clean & Jerk

Work up to 5×3 @ 70%

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 4x3x205

I did an extra warm-up set compared to the other guys to make sure my back was good, so I didn’t exactly do 5 sets at my working weight.

Barbell Conditioning

2017-02-17-3-barsIf “Linda” is 3 bars of death, this must be some kind of insanity. If I had seen this workout 2 months ago I would have told you I had no fucking chance.

  • @ 0:00 – 3 Snatch (115#)
  • @ 1:30 – 6 Snatch
  • @ 3:00 – 9 Snatch
  • @ 4:30 – 12 Snatch
  • @ 6:00 – 15 Snatch
  • @ 9:00 – 4 C&J (135#)
  • @ 10:30 – 8 C&J
  • @ 12:00 – 12 C&J
  • @ 13:30 – 16 C&J
  • @ 17:00 – 5 Thrusters (155#)
  • @ 18:30 – 10 Thrusters
  • @ 20:00 – 15 Thrusters

Might be a little confusing, so let me explain. With a running clock, you basically have 90 seconds to complete the assigned work. The exception is you get an extra 1:30 of rest after the final set of snatches and an extra 2:00 after the clean and jerks.

After all of the barbell conditioining intervals we’ve been doing I was confident I’d be able to finish the work, I just didn’t know how long I’d be able to hold sets or how much rest I’d end up getting. I really wanted to get all of the snatches unbroken, but I had to go 10-5 on the final set. I paused at my hips after 10 but had to drop it and finish with singles. Clock was at 7:02, buying me a “long” break.

I started out feeling fine with the clean and jerks (yes, all power clean and push jerks), getting the 4 and 8 unbroken. After a set of 4 in the 12, I finished with singles. Didn’t have a whole lot of rest before having to start the 16, which I did with all singles. Finished those at 15:34 on the clock, so now I had less than 1:30 to rest even though it had a longer time built in.

By the time I got my shit together and added the 10# plates, it was time to go. I started late, but did the set of 5. Then I did 6-4 in the set of 10. The set of 15 was rough, going 5-3-3-2-2 and finished at 22:31 on the clock.

I was finished with all but 2 sets (16 C&J and 15 Thrusters) in less than the allotted 90 seconds. I can honestly say I’ve never done anything close to that before. Total of 45 snatches, 40 C&J, and 30 thrusters. The last 2 sets of snatches pretty much become a light Isabel at 27 reps and the last 2 sets of C&J are only 2 reps shy of Grace. I really want to see what I can do on those benchmarks now!


8 Rounds (Reverse Tabata)

  • 10s C2B Pull-ups
  • 20s Rest

I did 4 sets of 5 and 4 sets of 6, which is a 10 rep improvement over 3.5 weeks ago.

Hero Chipper

Was not looking forward to this session, which had a version of one of my least favorite workouts.

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 9 Strict HSPU
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 Air Squats

Handstand push-ups are feeling so much better, its unreal. Just a few weeks ago I was dying out doing 3×5 strict. I skipped out on the deadlift work today to let my back rest some more so I did my own thing for the warm-up and then some bench. I’ve definitely gotten used to the extra grip on the bar for toes-to-bars using my chalked up grips. I was falling off after 4 reps today when I wasn’t wearing them! Did all sets unbroken though by regripping through each set.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 2x5x95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 2x5x225
  • 5×235

If I had known that was only 5 pounds shy of matching my PR for 5 I would have gone for 245.


10 Rounds

  • 1:00
    • 10 cal Row
    • Max bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest

Turned out not to be ad bad as expected. The minute of rest was really nice. I did 12-9-8-8-8-9-9-9-10-11 burpees. So many burpees lately; another 93 today.

“Chipper DT”

Ugh!! I do not do well with “DT” so was not excited to see this come up. The hang power cleans always trip me up so I was afraid of what 45 in a row would feel like.

  • 60 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 45 Hang Power Cleans
  • 30 S2OH

I did 15-15-10 and then 3 more sets (of what, I don’t remember) to finish the deadlifts. My hamstrings and low back were pretty fired up at that point. I had no idea what to try for the cleans so I experimented for my first few sets. I quickly realized that taking the bar down and bouncing it off my legs just above my knee used less explosive energy than trying to stay more upright and bounce it high off my legs. I think I mostly did sets of 4 or 5. The cleans were still the worst part but seemed much easier than even having to do the 9 at a time in regular DT. I think I mostly did 5s on the jerks. It’s all a little blurry. Finished at 11:30, which is only about 1:30 slower than my best for the actual workout. Didn’t feel nearly as bad either, even after the other work we’d done already. Kind of makes me excited to give DT a real shot now. I think I could smoke my PR. Pretty cool variation though.

2ewsday Substitutions

Last night I was feeling wrecked after the workout, which didn’t even seem like much compared to some of the days we’ve had in this program. My shoulders were dead and my energy levels were sapped! Shoulders are still feeling it today and my back is about the same as it was yesterday.

“2ewsday Mash-Up”

  • 21-18-15-12-9-6-3
    • Step-ups (24″)
    • DB Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • 10:00 Rest
  • 3 Rounds
    • 500m Row
    • 20 Burpees over Rower
    • 100 DU

The first part was written with Assault Bike calories again (like Saturday) and 95# thrusters. I didn’t feel like doing that many reps with the 50s, so I scaled back to 40s. It was a good call because it kept me relatively close to Bryan who was using a barbell. Because of the pairing with thrusters we didn’t use weights for the step-ups, but did go for the higher box. I did my thrusters in sets of 12-9, 10-8, 10-5, and the rest unbroken. The 40s were much easier than the workout we did last week using 50s, where we went up from 3 and I had to break up the 15 into 3 sets! Legs were really burning from this combination with the step-ups though. Took me 11:49 to finish, which I was pretty happy with. I don’t feel I took too long of rests between sets.

Recovered pretty well during the 10 minute rest, but didn’t want to go out too hard on the row, knowing we were in for a long one. I don’t remember my split but I think it was over 1:55. The burpees were fucking terrible and never seemed to end. My double unders were pretty good, able to do mostly sets of about 20 and a few larger sets. My second row felt awful. I wasn’t paying close enough attention but maybe a 2:04-2:06 and then picked it up a bit on the final one closer to 2:00 I think. I could be way off on those estimates. Finished at 40:23 on the clock for a time of 18:34 on part 2.

Got a little lung burn from this bad boy. Haven’t done a metcon that long where I was constantly moving.

Chesty Snatches

My back belt much better yesterday, but will take it easy this week. In early at 2pm with the guys.


3 Sets

  • 1 Legless Rope Climb
  • 8 Strict HSPU
  • 10 Squat Jumps

I did this warm-up since I was skipping the back squats. They had to do max reps at 70%.


Work up to 3 sets of 5 @ 70%.

  • 3x3x45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 2x5x165

I did all powers to keep the stress of my back, which sometimes acts up in the bottom of the squat when snatching or doing OHS. The 155 is officially my 70%, but my snatch isn’t where it should be, so the extra 10# was no problem.


5:00 Cycles

  • Buy-in: 3 Rounds of “Chesty” before snatches
    • 5 C2B Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • Snatches
    • 15 @ (135/95#)
    • 12 @ (165/115#)
    • 9 @ (185/125#)
    • 6 @ (205/135#)
    • 3 @ (225/145#)

One of those bonus round workouts we’ve seen in the open. You get a 5:00 clock to start and must complete 3 rounds of “Chesty” and the associated snatches to “earn” another 5:00. You can start on the next cycle as soon as you finish the snatches to try to get ahead of the clock, banking up extra time.

First three rounds were no issue, as suspected, though my squats were too slow. I thought about doing triples so started with a double at 135# and quickly changed to singles. Breezed through them. Next cycle of “Chesty” I was getting even slower with my squats and started using my hands to push off of my knees, hoping to save my legs some for the snatches. I could have changed the weight on the bar faster too.

The snatches with 165# were challenging, but I was still able to power each one, taking about 10 seconds per rep. Or at least that’s what I was seeing on the clock as I tried to rush the last 30 seconds. I finished 10 of the 12 reps. Needed to be there about 15-20 seconds sooner and I would have been able to move on.

Doing rounds of “Cindy” with chest-to-bar pull-ups was a fun twist and wasn’t causing me any issues. I don’t know I’d want to do it for a full 20 minutes though.


8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s T2B
  • 10s Rest

I did all sixes plus an extra 2 at the end last time we did this. Goal today was sets of 7 and initially I was even thinking 4×7 and 4×6 would be nice to accomplish. Got through the first 7 sets of 7 unbroken and hit my wall in the final set, having to do 4-2-1. 56 total reps, which is a 6 rep improvement. Makes a big difference when I can remember to keep my legs straighter. Muscle memory is still hard to overcome though.


Didn’t have a great time trying to sleep last night, but my back isn’t as bad as it’s been some other times. I was still able to roll over in bed relatively well. I did do e-stim and ice both last night and this morning. Made it to the gym at 10am.


7 Rounds (Strict “Cindy”)

  • 5 Strict *Chin-ups/Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

I switched every round, which came out to 4 rounds of chin-ups and 3 rounds of pull-ups.


Yesterday I skipped out on what was supposed to be an EMOM up to 40 total muscle-ups, so wanted to get in some volume today. Decided to try bar muscle-ups, which I haven’t done in a long time.

  • E30S – 5 Rounds
    • 2 Bar Muscle-ups
  • E30S – 20 Rounds
    • 1 Bar Muscle-up

I had on my grips, but they turned out to be too grippy with as much chalk as I had on them. I still struggle stringing these together because I overgrip the bar on the swing down and do this weird thing with my knees up. After 5 sets I took off the grips and switched to singles. No problems getting up there, I just need to work on stringing them together and improving my kip cycle. As a comparison, two years ago I did 21 doubles going 45 seconds without failure. I had been working on the movement more back then though.


6 Sets

  • 400m Run Row
  • 1:1 Work/Rest

I fucked up looking at my average pace instead of time, so ended up taking an extra 20 seconds of rest each round. Whoops! My times were 1:21.4, 1:21.4, 1:21.3, 1:21.3, 1:21, and 1:18.8 with 500m/pace averages all under 1:42.


  • Assault Bike cals Weighted Step-ups (20”, 20# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

This was programmed with a 12 minute time cap and then do max reps 225# deadlift in the remaining time. Yeah…right! Took me 13:24 and pretty sure if we had an Assault Bike it would have taken me even longer. I picked step-ups at a substitute because I wanted something that would fatigue the legs similar to an air bike. It did the trick because the jumps over the bar were a lot tougher and never stopping on the step-ups kept the heart rate up.

Actually felt ok for me compared to what I remember 16.5 feeling like with the thrusters instead of step-ups. Kind of curious what I’d do in that workout now, but I don’t care to find out. Just like I said after doing it as 14.5, I never want to do that workout again. 🙂

That completes 5 weeks of the Hybrid Performance Method program and I’m still loving it. Thinking back on this week I did 86 (40 strict) handstand push-ups, 153 toes-to-bars, 60 (30 ring & 30 bar) muscle-ups, 174 bar-facing burpees, 140 push-ups, and 35 strict pull/chin-ups. My gymnastics should be better for the Open than they’ve ever been.