I was hoping to see ring muscle-ups come back this year but didn’t expect to see them on the bar as well. After noodling on this one I didn’t think I’d mind it. I was thinking it would be all about how good of a day I could with the rope and how much I could limit my rest on the rings. I figured I would be thrilled if I could miraculously get through 1 round.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.3

14:00 AMRAP (or 2 rounds for time)

  • 100 DU
  • 20 OHS (115#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Ring Muscle-ups
  • 100 DU
  • 20 DB Snatches (50#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

Managed to get the first set of double unders unbroken and then did 12-8 overhead squats. Second set of dubs wasn’t too bad. I went 3×3 on the rings with kind of long rests after those sets and then 3×1 with short rest. I was feeling I might fail so didn’t want to push the big set. Should have tried for shorter rest. Started to lose my dubs after that. The snatches felt heavier than I expected and I put it down halfway through. Weak! My 4th set of dubs was a struggle and I was getting pissed as I watched the clock tick away. I was leaning over and resting too much too. I started to worry I wouldn’t have time for any reps on the bar. Finally finished at 13:06 and did 2-2-2-1 to finish with 459 reps.


I look forward to trying this one again when my conditioning is back up.

Double Overhand

Active Life – Hips


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


  • 8 Romanian Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 135
    • 185
    • 205
    • 205
    • 225
  • 35 Sumo Deadlifts (225)
    • 15
    • 4×5

I’ve been doing all double overhand grip on my deadlifts, which turned those 35 reps into a challenge and I had to break them up a lot.

Active Life – Back Max


  • 15/15 One Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 One Arm Front Squats (35#)
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Had a feeling this could be my conditioning for the day. Harder than expected and got my heart rate up for sure. I did 3+30.

March Monday

My calves are a little sore from the ankle moves again, but not bad.

Active Life – Hips


  • 250m Straight Leg Ski Erg
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Worked up with 6/6 Single Leg Deadlifts at 45# and 95#.

Workout – 6 Sets (3/leg)

  • 6 Single Leg Deadlifts
  • 20s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

I used 125-145-165#. The right leg definitely has a harder time than the left.


5:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 5 Power Snatches (75#)

Got through 6+8.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Rounds

  • 15s L Hang
  • 10 Curl-ups (3s hold)
  • 30s/30s One Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 10 Alternating Push-up Ts

Didn’t realize it should have been 5 seconds on the curl-ups. Kept moving and finished in 18:15.

Hold That Max

Didn’t need the rest day yesterday but I got busy coding some of my home automation stuff and didn’t really feel like sweating.

Active Life – Hips


  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3/leg)

  • 12 Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion


12:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Shuttle Run (10 yards)
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 48 Double Unders

Could we see shuttle runs in the Open? They were introduced in the judges course several years ago. I missed too many dubs and have plenty of marks to prove it. Finished 6+16.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Sets

  • 30s Overhead Barbell Hold (goal is 100% 1RM Shoulder Press)
  • 40m Double KB Front Rack Carry (53#)

I did the first set with 165# and 3 sets with 185. My wrists really felt that hold and the combination with the front rack carry was challenging. Took about 8 minutes.


I was so good at not getting worked up going into the workout last week, but I was feeling it most of the day today. I’m going to blame it on the damn burpees.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jog
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Dumbbell Squats (35#)
  • 3 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 2 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 2 Power Cleans (185#)

The reps and order of that warm-up are probably way off.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.2 & 18.2a

12:00 Clock

  • 1-10
    • DB Squats (50# DBs)
    • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Max Clean in remaining time

I felt like I started off with a pretty steady pace. Things seemed to deteriorate in round 5 or 6 though. Having to jump back and forward on the burpees really adds up and is much different then stepping back and up, which I’ve done in previous years (and still scored horribly). The squats felt fine even in the set of 9 and 10, but it was hard getting myself to pick up the dumbbells each round. My time was a disappointing 9:44 when I was shooting for something around 8:00. Oh well.

Historically my worst Open scores have been when there are box or barbell-facing burpees. All of that extra movement and stepping allows me to move just that much slower and it quickly adds up on the clock. Give me any other style of burpee and I can keep moving a lot better. I mean, fuck, a year ago I did 100 bar-facing burpees in 8:23. The squats should have been much faster here even with the transition time. My conditioning was much better last year though too.

Enough about fucking burpees. I had my bar loaded with 207# and planned to go 237 and then maybe 257 and 267. I also had no intentions of squat cleaning anything because I knew my back would be taxed from the 10 rounds. I’m actually pretty good at power cleans anyway.

The 207 wasn’t exactly light, but it got me on the board. I had the guys start loading 237 and decided to have them load 5# more on each side because I had to beat Weston who he smoked me on the metcon this morning. I wasn’t sure if I’d make another lift. I made the 247 and then made 257. Some of the widest stances I’ve ever had catching a power clean. 🙂

Am I disappointed enough for a redo? Hell no! #OneAndDone

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.