More February Running

Active Life – Hips


  • 5 Pallof Series (3 reps each leg, each direction – so 12 reps per series)

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

Active Life – Back Max

5 Sets

  • 14 Front Squats
    • 45#
    • 2 sets 95
    • 2 sets 115
  • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

Shouldn’t have felt heavy but seems like I have some stamina issues from not squatting. I could feel that last set fatigue on my low back.


Mid 50s again so I went for an easy run. 1.71 miles in 17:00.

Get Out

Was due for the rest day yesterday. Chest was still sore and my quads started to get sore from all of the Sunday air squats. This weather is crazy (57°) so I took advantage with the garage open and some outside movements.

Active Life – Hips


  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Jump Squats

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each side)

  • 8 One Arm Waiter’s Squat (53#, 3s pause)
  • 60m One Arm Farmer Carry (70#)

Really nice walking up and down the driveway instead of doing 5 meter turn-arounds inside the garage. Warmed up my snatch with 5×45# and 2x5x95.


5 Rounds

  • 5 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 200m Run (middle of yard 4th house down)

Complete change of plans after the clock started and I did the first rep. I held on to do all 5. So then I challenged myself not to drop the bar. I made each set unbroken with some resetting at the hips. As a result my runs were probably pretty slow. Finished in 9:07. Pretty sure I’ve never done than many big unbroken sets in a metcon though. Win!

Active Life – Back Max

  • 2:00/2:00 Foam Roll quads
  • 10:00
    • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
    • 10 Alternating Dead Bugs
    • 5 Ring Fallouts
    • 5 Groiners
    • 10 Cat Camel + Rock Back

The foam rolling was painful with sore quads. Got through 2 rounds of the other movements.

Garage Sesh Sunday

My friend Ashley was out of town this weekend, so no Sunday workout at the gym. I used up my 2 days this week anyway with the Open workout. Headed out to the garage in the late afternoon workout. Was 55° in there so I didn’t even bother to turn on the heat.

My chest started getting sore yesterday afternoon and my shin area is still a bit tight.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Halos (25#, around and back)
  • 8/8 One Arm Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
  • 8/8 One Arm DB Push Press (50#)

Was supposed to be 12:00 but I didn’t realize until after the 1st set, so I never started the clock. I think 3 sets would have been about right.


E2M 20:00

  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Air Squats

Warmed up a bit in the first round, which took 59 seconds. Started picking up the pace each round and was able to get the last round done in 49 seconds. Happy I was able to keep a solid pace on the air squats without any pauses.

Mostly Healthy for the Open

I’m still surprised at how good 18.1 felt yesterday, considering I haven’t been doing many metcons. Twenty minute workouts are not in my wheelhouse, but I was able to fall into a pace and keep at it. The triplet stacked up pretty well for me, so it’ll be interesting to see how the next 4 weeks go. Maybe not being overtrained and/or injured going into the Open is a good thing. Who would have thought?

Last night I started to feel some fatigue in my right shoulder, which is the one where I typically feel a bit of impingement when I overdue something. This morning both shoulders are sore as are my abs.

Active Life – Hips


  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch


  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 10×45#
    • 10×95
    • 10×135
    • 2x10x185
  • 35 Sumo Deadlifts (185#)

I did the 35 in 2 sets of 20-15.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 30s Front Rack Hold (185#)
  • 30m/30m One Arm Farmer Carry (70#)

Decided to skip conditioning after yesterday’s workout, but did this back work without rest. I go 5m across the garage at a time for the Farmer Carry. Took me 6:48.


Last night my ankles and shins started getting a little sore. I think it was too long after the ankle dorsiflexions so maybe it was the broad jumps?

It’s a different Open for me this year, which I wrote about yesterday on I didn’t watch a single strategy video today (other than the official one CrossFit showed during the live announcement). I did see this recommended warm-up come through in the Active Life private Facebook group.


Every year I have a laugh at shit like this. What gyms have enough rowers for people warming up and people doing the workout? You don’t need anything near a 15 minute warm-up for a 20 minute workout and certainly don’t need to fatigue the movements you’re about to do. Maybe the elite athletes, but not the average Joe like me. GTFO!


  • 23 cal Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (35#)
  • Ring Hang
  • 3/3 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 8 T2B

CrossFit Open 18.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 14 cal Row

First round was a little fast, but I fell into a great rhythm after that and was almost dead-on a 2:00 per round pace the whole way. I was doing 4-4 toes to bars, clean right into a push press, and switched hands in the air. Could have got up to speed on the rower quicker but was averaging about 1,125-1,150 cal/hr. I’d take a quick breath or two coming off the bar before picking up the dumbbell but didn’t really rest other than that. Was a good mix of movements for me. I did die out at the end and reset my feet for every T2B at the end without letting go of the bar to finish with 10+6 or 326 total reps.

I think this might be my favorite Open workout. Maybe they’ll all be like this!

Back Over 3

My calves aren’t sore yet, knock on wood. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 10 Pause Squat + Broad Jump
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

I think I did 5-3 on every set of chin-ups.


10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Deadlifts
    • 2 Sets 255#
    • 2 Sets 275
    • 2 Sets 285
    • 2 Sets 295
    • 2 Sets 305

It’s been almost a year since I pulled 300+. Felt ok.


24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 200m Row
  • 15 American KBS (24kg)
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups

Much worse than it looks. I did all singles for the pull-ups and kept the swings and thrusters unbroken.