Rake It

My glutes are still sore today. Woke up with an alarm at 7:30 to make sure I had enough time to eat and shower before the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Zombie Kicks
  • Power Skips
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 400m Run

Conditioning

Team of 3

  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 250m Row
    • 2 Dumbbell Snatch (50#)
    • 2 Dumbbell Squat C&J (50#)
    • 2 Dumbbell Snatch
    • 2 Dumbbell Squat C&J
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups

One person is always rowing or running. After the cardio piece, you do your other work and then rest. I teamed up with Tom and Doug. I got through 4 rounds of the first AMRAP and then 4 rounds of the second plus about 150 meters of the run when time ran out. Decided to do the chin-up variation today and they felt really good. All of the bicep work must be paying off.

Decided I won’t do an Engine Builder workout today since I’m going to rake the lawn and my WHOOP recovery score is low.

Beat Barbara

The strained muscle in my back is feeling better and better. My low back has felt pretty good and not feeling any affects from the cleans on Friday. Hamstrings are still a little sore from the GHRs. Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (46 cals)
  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Kip Swings

Conditioning

Barbara
5 rounds, each round for time

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 3:00 Rest

This workout has never been a strength of mine, but was hoping I could go sub 20 today for a big PR. I knew it was a big ask to think I could average less than four minutes per round, especially if you look at my history of rounds. New strategy today though. I wanted to try all sets of 5 for pull-ups and push-ups with very short rests.

Worked out really well! My rests got a little longer between pull-ups and push-ups, but still very short. It felt like my sit-ups slowed down the most and I was able to keep pushing myself on the squats. Crushed my goal and went 18:44 for a PR by nearly three minutes! When I came in at exactly four minutes in round four I pushed hard in that final round trying to make sure it was better because I really wanted 4:00 or better when it was my goal to average that round time.

Date R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
Sep 22, 2012 4:23 4:26 4:26 4:33 4:27 22:15
Nov 16, 2014 3:37 4:12 4:29 4:59 5:07 22:24
Apr 16, 2017 3:52 4:06 4:19 4:42 4:38 21:37
Mar 31, 2019 3:27 3:41 3:37 4:00 3:59 18:44

Something fun to think about, with no way to know, is what contributed most to this improvement? Am I really that much fitter than 2 years ago? Doubt it. Is the Engine Builder program already paying off? Maybe a little bit. Did my lighter body weight help? Definitely some. How much did the new strategy help? Probably a lot. The PR is probably due to a combination of all of these things.

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Accessory

3 Sets

  • 30 Arms Only Rowing Strokes
  • 30 Rower Curls

Started with the damper at 1, then 2, and finally 3. This was a huge arm pump! Everyone was laughing at our unique use of the rowers.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5x5x185

Didn’t have much left in the upper body for benching, but good to hit it fatigued for something different.

After the Duke game I finished the 4th week of Engine Builder.

Engine Builder – Interval

  • 3k Row
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 2k Row

My goal was to hold a 1:50/500m pace through both, which I thought would be extremely difficult after already having done a long workout. I did it for the 3k with a time of 10:59.5. I couldn’t hold on during the second half of the 2k, finishing with a time of 7:24.7, which is only 4.7 seconds off that goal. Calories were 221 and 145.

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To be honest, it turned out better than I expected, especially after 250 squats this morning.

I really love having a rower at home and the numbers don’t lie, especially this month after starting Engine Builder.

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This doesn’t tell the whole story though, because I also do plenty of rowing in class at the gym. Here’s a chart from BTWB for rowing distances.

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Three months in, 2019 is nearly my second biggest year for rowing. The chart for rowing calorie workouts shows a different story.

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After I looked into these charts, it makes a lot more sense that 2015 had been my best Open finish until this year. In my opinion rowing is the best way to improve your engine.

Back Survives Powers

The outside of my pecs and my shoulders were fairly sore from Wednesday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,200m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 15 PVC Passes
    • 15 Air Squats

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×155
  • 2×175
  • 2×190
  • 2×205

I think I put on the belt for 190 and 205.

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 9 Power Cleans (205#)
  • 400m Run
  • 6 Power Cleans (205#)
  • 400m Run
  • 3 Power Cleans (205#)

Kept the belt on for this. Ran at a pretty good pace, right ahead of a runner the entire time. I was able to pick the bar back up pretty quickly after each rep. Finished in 8:15.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 GHRs (red band)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green band)
  • 40/40s Single Leg Stands (squeeze glute)

When I was testing out the glute hame raises I could feel them in my back a bit, so I knew I wasn’t keeping a solid position. Tried without a band, then the tiny orange, and finally settled on the red. I even used my hands to push off a little on the pad. Probably should tell me something that GHRs have always been a huge weakness for me.

I should probably also get in one of the Engine Builder workouts today, especially with the 95% recovery score in WHOOP, but I’ll do it tomorrow.

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Got this new pair of kicks, the Speed TR Flexweave. The Speed TRs have been my favorite style of shoes over the last couple of years and these are even better. Felt great lifting and running.

Done Early

My neck and low back are a little tight from looking up at the wall for 152 reps. My shoulders are a little sore too, but my lower body seems fine so far. I set an alarm to get up for the 9am class since my rest schedule is changed for the Open.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Run
  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 10 Air Squats

I started to feel my legs more every set of squats.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×230

I hadn’t looked at my logs since the workout went up after getting to the gym, so I couldn’t remember what I’ve been lifting. Nice surprise to smoke the 5×215 I did a month ago. Gains baby! We were on a clock, so maybe working up with fewer sets made a big difference.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 50s Double Unders
  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 30s Plank
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Bent Hollow Hold

This was really an alternating EMOM with 3 stations, but it was easier to record on BTWB like this. I started with a nice set of 75 double unders, but missed a couple of times in most rounds, so was usually getting 65-75 reps in about 45 seconds due to transition time. The push jerks weren’t too bad and the ring rows felt really solid. This workout got a lot sweatier than I was expecting because there really wasn’t any rest with the holds.

I wasn’t excited about moving so early, but it feels good to have a workout done for the day.

EMOM AMRAPs

Finally ventured out to the gym today after being at home for a couple of days with the weather. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 30s Double Dumbbell Curls (12#)
  • 30s Piked Shoulder Taps
  • 30s Single Leg Plank
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Everyone was making fun of me for my light curls!

Conditioning

  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Alt. Lunges + 4 Push-ups
    • Row
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Air Squat + 4 DB Push Press (35#)
    • Row

I managed to get 4 rounds each minute on both AMRAPs. In the first 10 minutes I felt good on the rower, averaging > 1,300 cal/hour, and getting 99 calories. The second 10 minutes was much harder with the air squats and push presses; they took all the power out of my legs for the row. I struggled to hit 1,200 cal/hr after the first row and totaled 88 calories.

I guess the NCFit programming has already started to ramp down for the Open (or at least on Thursdays). It actually said to row at a moderate pace for this but I wanted to go hard because there are still plenty of gains to get in the next 5 weeks, before the end of the Open. 🙂

Mobility

  • 1:00/1:00 Pigeon
  • 2:00 Saddle
  • 1:00/1:00 Dragon
  • 2:00 Seated Fold Forward

This made my back tight!

Gymnastics

7:00 EMOM

  • 2×5 C2B

Had weird rhythms in some of my sets of 5 but never came off the bar. With my extra gymnastics work usually I go until I have to break a set, but 70 reps was plenty. Stop before a tore hand happens. When I had the correct rhythm, the reps were so much easier, even in the final minute. Watch, there will be pull-ups programmed tomorrow!

Thirties

Now it’s brutally cold after getting all of the snow. Plows came through a few hours before I had to leave for the gym so I was able to get out and go to the 4pm class. My forearms are tight today from holding the handles on the snow blower!

Warm-up

“Roxanne” by The Police

  • On “Roxanne” do an air squat
  • On “Red light” do a burpee

It turned into air squat burpees during two long stretches of the song and you couldn’t keep up.

8:00 AMRAP

  • Duck Walk (30′)
  • 20 Groiners
  • 10 Box Step-ups (24″)

Didn’t really need another warm-up after the first part and surely didn’t need to tax the legs more with plenty to come. Got through 2 rounds, the walk and the groiners.

Strength

I did a set of 6×95# before starting. No reason to get crazy when we were supposed to take the first five minutes to work up and then stick to a weight for the last five minutes.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Back Squats
    • 135#
    • 155
    • 175
    • 185
    • 195
    • 5 sets 205

Felt ok and was plenty with so much leg volume coming up. Didn’t wear a belt at all.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

I’ve been asking for punishment by choosing the bike lately, especially in a leg dominant workout like this. My goal was to keep every set of wall balls unbroken. That’s not something I have ever tried for sets this large during my CrossFit history that I can remember. Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all. I think I’ve found a relaxing pace on wall balls. I was money on hitting at/above the target today too. First round on the bike was around 62 RPM and the next two were around 58. People on the rowers were obviously kicking my ass. I never stopped on the box jumps and in the third round I jumped down (no rebound) instead of stepping down. Finished in 16:26.

I’m feeling good lately! Is it the weight I’ve lost, the macro counting, the increased water, or some combination?

Gymnastics

Stayed after for some volume and skill work.

6:00 EMOM

  • 10 T2B

I put on my grips and chalked them up. I did five rounds of 10 unbroken and then 7-1-1-1.

10-15:00

  • HS Walk Practice

My shoulders were pretty shot from the wall balls and toes to bars, but I felt really good with my balance and keeping my feet off the wall went I got up to it. Didn’t have much room with the class back squatting to work on many steps in to the wall.

32 on the Rings

Had a blast at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park yesterday and managed to stay injury free except for a few dings on my hand from the obstacle course. Legs seem fine from all of the jumping too.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×115
  • 8×135
  • 8×155
  • 8×175
  • 8×185
  • 8×195

That was 10 pounds heavier than a month or so ago. Might have been able to go up one more set.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 8 Muscle-ups
  • 50 Air Squats

Went infinitely better than I expected; I thought for sure I’d end doing singles in the 3rd or 4th round. I was able to do 2×4 every round with 20-30 seconds of rest! Dips got tough at the end. I held a controlled and steady pace for the first three rounds of squats, knowing I couldn’t jack up my heart rate for the rings. First round was done a little bit under 3:00 on the clock and slowly drifted off that pace for the next two rounds. Then I pushed the pace on the last 50 air squats to make up a lot of time and finish at 11:46.

Maybe there is something to the power of the Sunday pancakes!

Midline

  • 50 V-ups
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Twisting Crunches
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Lemon Squeezes
  • 30s L-hang
  • 50 Twisting Weighted Sit-ups

Pretty terrible with the high reps. I did all of the hangs in two sets of 15 seconds they were so bad after the V-ups that kicked it off. Took around 12 minutes.

Heading out to buy a used Concept 2 rower I found for $500. I’ve been keeping my eye out for a long time, but they rarely ever get listed for sale and even more rarely under $700.

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Finally found a used rower at a good price.

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