Like a Monarch

Back spasms throughout the night for the 2nd night in a row. Just feels tight the rest of the day. Tried to get in for a massage today, but got canceled, so might see a chiropractor tomorrow if it doesn’t improve. Otherwise massage on Friday instead. Went in to CFi early with Kevin for a shoulder press XWOD as part of my Smolov Jr. cycle. Did a bit of warming up with the Crossover Symmetry bands, but was pressed for time so not much really. Did sets of 5×45#, 5×95#, and 4×115# shoulder press to lead up to my working sets.


  • 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 Shoulder Press (127.5#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 of 5-10-5 Shuttle Drill
    • 2s: 10s rest between each run of the drill
    • 1s: Wearing 20# weight vest

Shoulder presses felt really good.


We worked on some parallette headstand stability stuff, going from the floor, to upside-down L, to straight body, and back and forth. Pretty fun!


Kevin asked me to come up with something, which is never easy on the spot so early in the morning. 🙂

5 Rounds

  • 6 Push Jerks (135#)
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 10 Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

I kept everything unbroken. When I jumped up on the bar I figured I’d give butterfly pull-ups a shot since I’ve been talking about them and hadn’t tried any since getting the shoulder impingement back in January. I was able to do all 5 sets of 8 unbroken with the butterfly! Kept a nice controlled pace and was able to keep the rhythm going. Finished in 6:01.

10:00 Row (easy)

I kept around a 2:10/500m pace. Went 2,321 meters.

When I got home I did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Since I didn’t get the massage, I had some time to go out to a track for some running. Went to Heritage but everything is all locked up because they are completely renovating their track. Looks nice from what I could see. They had a sign up telling people to go to White Pine Elementary, so that’s where I went.


  • 400m Jog
  • 100m Walk
  • 6 Rounds (skip rest/recovery after the 6th 400m)
    • 400m Run @ mile PR pace
    • 15s Rest
    • 200m Jog (slow recovery)
  • 500m Walk
  • 400m Jog

I ran the 400s in 1:31, 1:32, 1:33, 1:32, 1:31, and 1:31. I wanted to keep them all under 1:35 since I ran just under a 6:20 mile a couple of years ago. Would still love to run a 6 minute mile one of these days.

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Nick Momrik

I'm searching for the perfect golf swing and my first hole-in-one. I'm addicted to CrossFit. I work for Automattic.

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