Karen Plus Helen

Today was another scorcher and I had gone out walking 18 holes of golf this morning, so I went to the 8pm class hoping it would cool off some. I just got home (9:15 pm as I write this) and it’s still 86 degrees out.


  • 50-40-30-20-10 DUs
  • 25-20-15-10-5 Burpees

I finished in 7:59 and had good rhythm with the DUs through each set.


Split up Karen 6 ways and mix the pieces with Helen. What do you get? Haren? Kelen? How about a suck fest?

  • 25 Wall Balls (20# MB)
  • 400m Run
  • 21 KBS (55#)
  • 25 Wall Balls
  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 400m Run
  • 25 Wall Balls
  • 21 KBS
  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 25 Wall Balls
  • 400m Run
  • 21 KBS
  • 25 Wall Balls
  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 25 Wall Balls

I knocked out the best time of the day at 20:59 with one of the owners, Cora, right behind me setting the 2nd best time of the day at 21:06. After we were both done we were talking about how we would not have pushed as hard if the other hadn’t been there, which is so true. Out of the corner of your eye you might see someone close to your level catching up to you or taking a break. That small glimpse makes you push to extend your lead or catch up. In the end, we all make each other better.

Chase’s Birthday WOD

Sometimes we’ll do a birthday WOD on or near someone’s birthday. Usually it has something to do with their name and their age. Last Thursday was Chase’s birthday, but he was out-of-town, so we “celebrated” today. For the 5:30 class it was 92 degrees with 40% humidity. I think the weather contributed to a smaller class size than usual especially since it looked like the 4:15 class only had a handful of folks as well. We had 6 people show up and only one was female, which is very rare for Survival Fitness. I bet membership is 2-1 in favor of the women, but I’m not complaining about that ratio. 🙂

Yesterday I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to try on some Nike Free running shoes if they had any is a size 14. Luckily they had just the pair I was looking for. I tried on the 4.0 v2 and absolutely loved them. They are so light, minimal, and comfortable, without being too close to a true barefoot style running shoe. I didn’t buy them right away because I wanted to check around online for color options and better pricing. I couldn’t find anything I liked better than the black/gray or a better price, so I went back today and bought them. I’m looking forward to going out for a recovery run on my next rest day.


  • Tabata Box Jumps (24″)
  • Tabata Deadlifts (85#)
  • Tabata Wall Ball Sit-ups (20# MB)

Instead of a Tabata mash-up we did all 8 rounds at a station before moving on. The deadlifts were light, but for a warm-up I could actually feel them by the end. Wall ball sit-ups were something new and really worked the abs. I’m a fan of those!


27:00 AMRAP

  • Chest-to-deck Push-ups
  • Hanging Leg Raises
  • Aabove the head plate lunges (10#)
  • SDLHP (75#)
  • End each round with a 150m run

Do 27 reps of each, except the run. I completed 3 full rounds, 27 push-ups, 27 leg raises, 27 lunges, and 27 SDLHP for a 3+108 score. There were about 20 seconds left on the clock and I knew I couldn’t finish the run in that time so I didn’t even make the attempt. I sort of defeated myself with the SDLHP and I’m disappointed. I should have pushed through them harder to give myself enough time to finish the run. I beat myself before I even started the first rep. Ugh!

Five Station Warm-up

I’m pretty sore from the long run yesterday, most of which is in my calves. I attended the 7pm class today. It was a hot and humid night. I thought I might stick around and do some strength work after class, but decided against it after sweating so much.


3 rounds

  • 1m Box Jumps (Big Tire)
  • 1m Star Jumps
  • 1m Hang Cleans (85#)
  • 1m Russian KBS (62#)
  • 1m Mountain Climbers
  • 1m Rest

If you did the Hope workout or have done Fight Gone Bad, this format should be familiar. I really enjoyed the hang cleans, but it was tougher than I expected to keep going for the entire minute with what was a relatively light weight. I didn’t count reps since this was only a warm-up.


10 rounds

  • 15 HR Push-ups
  • 100m Run (sprint)
  • 90s Rest

For the 100m sprints we ran 50m down and then back. I finished in 19:12. I tried to jump out of the gates too quickly and as a result, tweaked my left calf. It was pretty tight for the 2nd and 3rd sprints, but then it loosened up. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken, but as the rounds went on the 10th through 15th reps got slower and slower.


150 Air Squats with 5 burpees after every 25 squats (except the last 25). I didn’t check the clock when I started, so no idea how long this took.


Stormy weather prevented us from being able to golf this morning, so Dad and I each headed out for runs in separate directions. I was planning to go for 3 or 4 easy miles. As I got in to the run I was feeling pretty good, so decided to see if I could push it to a 10k.

I didn’t have the RunKeeper app set to announce time and distance very often and didn’t look at the distance when I turned around, so my run ended up a bit shy of a true 10k, but it was damn close. I ran 6.16 miles in 53:51 and was able to keep a pretty steady pace. It was really nice running through the woods and along Lake Huron on the bike path.

Getting Certified

I’ve registered to take a CrossFit Level 1 Course and get the certification. I’ve had the idea of doing this for a while and finally looked at the schedule to see what was available near me. On September 1st and 2nd there is a course down in Columbus, OH at Rogue Fitness. Two others from Survival Fitness have also registered today and there might be more joining us. It’s a few months away, but I’m already excited! There is nothing quite like learning from the best.

I have no desire or extra time to be a trainer. My motivation for taking the course is to expand my knowledge and help improve myself. Just like taking lessons in golf, I like to do everything I can to improve at something and this is the next step. It will also allow me to help out in the gym if they ever need a fill-in trainer and I’ll feel more confident when people ask me questions about the movements.

WODless Weekend

I slept well, but went to bed late and got up early, so didn’t get a ton of sleep. Went in to the 9am class this morning because I’m heading up to my parent’s for the weekend later tonight. I’m actually feeling pretty damn good today considering how much crap I ate yesterday.


  • 500m Run
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 50 Lateral Hops (25 each leg)
  • 75 High Knees
  • 100 Jumping Jacks

Good warm-up to get the blood flowing.


Switch between exercises each minute and aim to work 30-35s of each minute, which will end up giving everyone different rep numbers.

  • 6 DB Split Cleans (35# DBs)
  • 8 Pistols (alternate legs)

The goal here was to work on the skill with the cleans, so we didn’t go heavy. There was still good intensity and I was sweating like a hog. Probably pretty good that we didn’t go heavy since I just did 30 cleans with 135# last night.


10:00 AMRAP


  • SDLHP (88# KB)
  • Plyo Push-ups (clapping)

Each round, the reps increase by 2. I got through the round of 16 plus 13 additional SDLHPs. Nice short WOD, but don’t let that fool you. As the reps increased, I had to use more and more sets to finish the rounds.

There was a finisher of 40 yard sprints up on the board, but we didn’t have time to get to them. Since I’m heading out-of-town for the weekend, I’m going to try not to WOD. I may get in a long run on Saturday or Sunday though.

Working Off That Pizza

As promised, I ordered pizza today. I also ordered a Cinnapie, which I don’t think was my best idea.

Pizza, Cinnapie, and Mountain Dew

Today’s benchmark WOD for the Paleo Challenge was a good test, but I didn’t feel overworked due to all of the rest time. Since I took a rest day yesterday and will be out-of-town all weekend, I went back to the gym at 8pm for some extra work.

I warmed up with an easy 500m run and some shoulder stretching with the bands. Then I did 3 Cleans + Push Presses on the minute, every minute, for 10 minutes with 135#. I worked on DUs here and there a bit, getting one streak of 37 in a row. I did 3 sets of 15 KBS with the 62# KB. The first two sets were on the top of consecutive minutes and the 3rd set was after taking an extra minute off. I jumped on the bar and attempted some MUs, sort of getting up there once, but with a bit of help from my leg on the support 4×4. Doesn’t count.

It’s time to finish the last 3 pieces of pizza and the last 3rd of the Mountain Dew. The Cinnapie was gone hours ago. 🙂