I Love the Deadlift

My legs are a little sore from back squatting yesterday, but not bad. Still having the tweak in my right ass cheek, but I talked to our trainer Emily and she gave me some things to work on the area.

Warm-up

  • 6 World’s Greatest Stretch (3 each leg)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Lateral Broadwalk with band (each leg)
    • 10 Band Push Press
    • 10 Single Leg Reach Stretch (each leg)

The flexibility in my hamstrings has improved a lot over the last month or so. I attribute it to some of the great warm-up stuff we do.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Deadlifts, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • Max HSPU
  • 3m Rest

When I saw the workout I knew I wanted to shoot for PRs in both movements. The last time we did heavy deadlifts, I was able to do 260# three times and I still had some gas left in the tank. I did a warm-up set at 135# and then did 185#, 215#, 245#, and went big for 270# in the last set. For HSPUs, I only used 2 AbMats today. I was able to do 12, 9, 7, and 7 in the sets. Mission accomplished!

WOD

8:00 AMRAP

  • 15 KBS
  • 30 DUs

Double unders…my favorite. 🙂 My goal was to get 10-15 in each round and then move on. I was able to get 15 in each round and got a few streaks here and there. Much better than I have been doing. I used a 53# KB for the swings and was able to complete 4 rounds plus 15 KBS.

I might not be able to make it to a class tomorrow because I have a golf lesson. I’ll check out what the WOD is for the day and maybe run some sprint intervals outside instead.

Back Squat and Pull-up PRs

I had a great night of sleep after not getting enough on Friday or Saturday night. My shoulders were a little tired from the Olympic lifting and I still have that tweak in my right butt. My hands are healing quite well.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 GHD
    • 15 Hip Ext
    • 15 Wall Squats
    • 5 Ring Dips
    • 10 Bench Dips
    • 15 KBS

A longer warm-up, but today’s workout wasn’t anything intense, because it was a test day, so it was nice to get some extra work. I used 53# for the KBS.

Strength
Back Squat, 1RM Test, 3-0-X-0 tempo
Take a 2 minute rest after each set, do max strict pull-ups, and then take another 2 minute rest before starting the next set.

  • Set 1: 50% of possible 1RM x 5 reps
  • Set 2: 75% of possible 1RM x 3 reps
  • Set 3: 85% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
  • Set 4: 90-95% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
  • Set 5: Test 1RM
  • Set 6 (optional) – Exceed Set 5 weight

To finish off the workout, take 85% of the 1RM back squat and do max reps in one set with the 3-0-X-0 tempo.

The most I had attempted on the back squat was 185# a couple of weeks ago when I did it 4 times for a few sets. Since we had just tested the frost squat last week and my 1RM was 215# I set a goal of 230# because I really had no idea. For the first 4 sets used weights of 115#, 175#, 195#, and 210#. Already 2 new PRs there! I put 210 on the bar for the 5th set and got it up, but I didn’t get low enough in the squat so it didn’t count. After doing the pull-ups and getting in another rest I made another attempt and got 220# up. For the finisher set I used 185# and was able to knock out 6 reps.

For the pull-ups, I got 6 in the first set, which is a new PR for me. I’m pretty excited about that since I just got to 5 on February 2nd. I’m well on my way to 15 by the end of the year. In the other sets I got 5, 5, 4, and 4 pull-ups. I was really trying to grip the bar only with my fingers so I didn’t get any rubbing where I tore them up last week.

A Hike and Olympic Lifting

I didn’t end up golfing this morning because I went back to test out some new golf irons. After I was done, I headed straight to Piestewa Peak for a hike. I had to park in the farthest parking lot from the trail head, so the total distance was 2.85 miles, which I completed in 1:11:07.

There wasn’t an Olympic lifting class at CrossFit Full Strength last week because of the Super Bowl, but it was back on the schedule today, so I made sure to get there. After doing a 500m warm-up on the rower, we worked on transfer skills and strength for them.

First we started with hanging muscle snatches. Nothing too complex, but I had to work on keeping the bar close to my body on the way up and not starting the move with a dip of the shoulders and body. The weight quickly got heavy, but I guess that’s why it’s called a muscle snatch. I think I got up to 95#.

The next thing we did was heaving snatch balance into a receiving position, followed up by an overhead squat. The OH squat is an awkward movement to get the hang of. I have trouble keeping it locked out, back behind my head, and still make sure I’m pushing up on the bar. I started rocking a few times, but think I was getting better. Got up to 95# again doing these.

Finally at the end, we worked on a slow jerk movement. Starting in the rack position, we’d go up on to our toes and pause the bar at our forehead for a second or two. Then from there we’d concentrate on dropping below the bar into the split jerk. I have a tendency to split too wide with my feet. We started with just the 45# bar, but as I added weight I felt that it helped me to keep the split smaller. I only worked up to 85# on these because we did a lot with the bar and were concentrating on the split portion more than anything else.

I really like going to these Oly classes because they are really slow paced with a lot of instruction from Johnny. They are really helping me out during the strength work and WODs of regular classes.

After I got home I worked on DUs for awhile. I did better than I’ve been doing in class, but still a struggle.

Yesterday was a much needed rest day Some…

Yesterday was a much needed rest day. Some new skin is growing in nicely on my hands and I no longer have any pain when water or anything touches them. I walked 18 holes of golf this morning and I was fine swinging a golf club. I did keep putting chap stick on the areas because they were getting a little dry. I’ve been applying lotion several times a day when at home too.

I just got done hiking Piestewa Peak, which is just over 2 miles, in 53:38. Each time I hike it I set another PR. This time I shaved off another 3:03. I’m really noticing a difference in my breathing during the climb. It’s much easier than when I first did it on January 7th at a time over 10 minutes slower than today. All of the credit goes to CrossFit!

My hands are healing a little Only soreness…

My hands are healing a little. Only soreness I can remember this morning is that twitch in my right ass cheek again. Today was a double WOD day.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 5 Pull-ups (strict)
  • PVC Bergener Warm-up
  • PVC Jerk Transfer Skills

I wish we did more push-ups to build up that strength.

Strength
12:00, every minute on the minute

  • 1 Clean
  • 2 Split Jerks

I started out with 95# and ended up with 125# for the last 3 sets.

WOD #1
3m AMRAP

  • 5 Push Press
  • 10 KBS

I used 105# for the push press and 62# for the KBS and both were all I could handle at the end. I was able to do 3 rounds plus 1 more push press.

We took a 4 minute rest before going to the second WOD.

WOD #2
3m AMRAP

  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Pull-ups

Because of my hands I had to do ring rows, which were challenging enough as it is. I finished 3 rounds plus 5 burpees and 3 more ring rows. You wouldn’t think a couple of 3 minute workouts would be that bad, but just like any other WOD, they really surprise you. My shoulders are already sore from all that work, so it’s a good thing tomorrow is a rest day.

My shoulders and upper back were a little…

My shoulders and upper back were a little tight this morning and my right ass cheek still has a twitch if I move in just the right position. Spent a lot of time yesterday taking care of my hands. They still sting like a bitch if touched in the right way. Today was test day at CrossFit Full Strength.

Warm-up
90s – 60s – 30s

  • DUs
  • Sit-ups

I think I’m getting worse at DUs, not better. I couldn’t even string a couple together. Doesn’t help that I had to hold the handles differently, but that’s no excuse.

Strength
Front Squat: 1RM Test

  1. 5 Reps at 50% of goal
  2. 3 Reps at 75%
  3. 1 Rep at 80%
  4. 1 Rep at 85-90%
  5. 1RM (do a 6th set if this was easy enough)

Whenever we get to tests like these, I still have no clue what to shoot for. Luckily I match up pretty well with one of the other guys, Greg, that comes to the same classes I do. We usually share a rack and do similar weights. The most I’ve done on the front squat was 145# four times, so I was thinking 180ish in the back of my mind. Started off with 95# for 5 reps, then jumped up to 145# for 3 reps and 175# for one rep. The 175# felt easy and I was already near to my clueless goal, so I kept going with the flow. We added 10s on each side to get up to 195# and it was still pretty easy. For the final set at 1RM we used 215#. It was a bit of a struggle in the middle, but I kept pushing and got the weight up. Booyah! I love this stuff.

WOD
Work Capacity Test
4 Sets

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

I was able to stay consistent with each set, rowing 151m, 152m, 150m, and 145m for a total of 598m. The rowing was a little tough on the hands as I could feel it touching the bare skin. I stopped at the store for some athletic tape and cushion tape so I can wrap them up a bit for tomorrow.

Getting RIPPED!

My left glute started getting sore during yesterday’s workout and it’s still sore today. My shoulders are a little sore as well. Today I suffered my first CrossFit casualty as you can see by the picture. I literally ripped my hands open and was bleeding.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 Wall Squats
    • 10 Y’s
    • 10 T’s
    • 15 GHD
    • 15 Hip Extensions

For the Y’s and T’s I used 8# DBs. Those really work with light weight!

Strength
4 Sets

  • 4 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 30s Rest
  • 15 Heavy KBS
  • 90s Rest

I hooked a 10# KB on my foot for weighted pull-ups and used a 53# KB for swings to make sure I could do them unbroken.

WOD
12m AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 200m Run

I was kind of excited the WOD had pull-ups so I could work on my kip. I was able to string together 6 kipping pull-ups in a row during each round, which was awesome. I’ve never been able to do more than 3. I used a 24 inch box for the jumps and completed 4 rounds plus 1 pull-up.

Now that the WOD is over and my hands are tore up I’m not so excited it involved pull-ups. The crazy thing is I had no idea it was happening during the WOD. I didn’t feel any pain in my hands. After the timer went off and I crashed on the floor I touched my hand on something and had an immediate, “OH FUCK!” reaction. This shit hurts like a mother-fucker! I guess I won’t be doing kipping pull-ups for a while. I think I might have some new-skin in my golf bag to help with the healing process and protect the bare flesh.

Today was the first time wearing the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 with any type of running and they felt really good. The shoes were good for the box jumps too. They seem to be an all-around great shoe for CrossFit, just like they are designed to be.