Making Men

Rested yesterday. I switched my gym membership to the 2x/week plan. I’ve only been to the gym more than that 2-3 times since the program switch, which is disappointing. I’m not going to risk injury and overtraining though; I’m over those years. I’ve still been working out 5 days a week on average, but making use of my garage. I have to admit, getting back an extra hour+ in the day (without prep, travel, and social time) is a nice bonus. My cardio has been feeling good, so I’ll continue what I’m doing. I think the lower volume is helping a lot.

Out in the garage for a workout before a late lunch.

Warm-up

5:00 Airdyne – 1.51 miles

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3x3x225

I think I forgot how to squat. Felt fine, but I can tell I’m hesitant with each rep.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 10 Renegade Man Makers (35# DBs)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Been a long time since doing man makers. If you’ve never done them, it’s a push-up on the dumbbells, a row with each arm in the plank position (helps to keep wide feet), jump/step feet up to hands, clean, and shoulder to overhead. I wasn’t fast with them, but never stopped and did all sets of sit-ups unbroken too. Finished in 12:54.

Unbroken Once

Amazing weather yesterday so I got out golfing. Maybe the last round of the year. Started getting sore in my shoulders and upper back later in the day. Garage session today.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 200m Ski Erg

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • Back Squats (135#)
  • Ring Dips

Amazing how much slower I have to go on something like these squats now to make sure I don’t fuck anything up. I didn’t put the bar down during any set. I went 6-5-5-5, 5-5-5, and 5-4 on the ring dips, trying to keep short rests between. Finished in 5:44, which isn’t very good for any 21-15-9 workout.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Do it unbroken he says…hahaha! I got the first round unbroken and took just over a minute rest. Set 2 was a fail after 2 tuck-ups. Of course I took some rests and finished. Increased the rest to 2 minutes and damn this is hard! Had to rest right after the v-ups in the last two sets and break up the tuck-ups as well. I was not expecting this to be so fucking nasty. Holding you feet off the ground is a game changer. Might have to start with lower reps and work up to the tens.

Whistler Westin

I haven’t done shit in a couple of days with the travel day and just didn’t have the motivation yesterday when I woke up, even though it was early. Well, not exactly true I guess. We did go for a nice long walk yesterday during our team day. Knew I needed to do something today though, so I hit up the fitness center in the hotel.

Warm-up

  • 800m Run

Gymnastics Strength – 5 Sets

  • 10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Strict Dips
  • 10 Leg Lifts

Jumped on the pull-up/dip stand. Old school!

Strength

Back Squats – Smith Machine

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5x10x135

The angle you have to squat at is so fucking weird on the Smith machine.

Conditioning

Jumped on the stationary bike for 20 minutes and went 6.13 miles.

Did a long walk at night with about 100 people hoping to see the Northern Lights.

Sunday Press

Walked 18 on Friday in some perfect golf weather. I planned to bench and do a metcon yesterday but got busy doing other stuff. Since I’ll be gone Monday to Monday, it’s not bad to delay my benching until today since I won’t be able to get in the next one until the following Tuesday. Worked out early at 9am with the crew because the girls had places to go be. Wasn’t excited about the early morning, but it worked out well since I had a lot to do around the house.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Back Squat (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Back Squat (85#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (85#)

Conditioning

  • 15-10-5-10-15
    • HSPU
    • Back Squat (135#)
  • Rest 1/2 as long as it took
  • 25-20-15-20-25
    • Push-up
    • Air Squat

I went 9-6, 10, 5, 10, 9-6 on the HSPU and they felt good. Would have been interesting to try all sets unbroken. I took my time on the back squats, but didn’t drop the bar during any set. Finished in 9:16, so my rest period was 4:38. I wanted to go for more push-ups than I usually do so went 15-10, 10-10, 10-5, 10-10, 10-10-5. They were getting hard, but I was happy with that after the handstand push-ups. Took me 6:38.

Accessory – 6 Rounds

  • 30s Double DB/KB OH Walk (40# DBs)
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Superman-Banana (Banana Rolls)
  • 30s Rest

In the afternoon I got in my bench workout.

No B.S. Bench Press – Week 5

It called for 5×4 at the base weight + 15-20#, so I added 15. I’ve been staying on the low side of the increases and barely making it through my sets.

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×195
  • 4×215
  • 4×230
  • 5x4x240

Last 3 sets were a grind. I shouldn’t try this after burning out my shoulders earlier in the day.

Mid Michigan Muscle

Went on a little golfing trip to Forest Dunes on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I spend the day down in Dearborn for Maker Faire Detroit. Didn’t stress about missing workout and even took another day out of the gym yesterday to golf. So today was my first day working out since Thursday. I went to the 4:30 class.

My buddy Kevin and his business partner sold CrossFit Intuition to another member, who is renaming it to Mid Michigan Muscle with the tagline:

New Owner | New Workouts | New You

Everyone seems excited for the change.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Run / Row
    • 45s Single Leg Glute Bridges (Switch legs every 5)

Strength

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×200
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×220

Paired up with another guy, knowing I’d stay light. Could feel I haven’t squatted much in 4 months.

Conditioning

E2M – 12 Rounds

  • 30s Row / Airdyne / Run

I did each for 4 rounds and switched. Calories on the rower were 20-19-17-16. No idea on the AD. The run was about 140-150m, so short of 30 seconds of work. Got a nice headache from going hard.

Was going to sit out the extra credit, but at the last second I jumped in and made Gavin share his bar.

  • 21 Thrusters (115#)
  • 15 Thrusters (155#)
  • 9 Thrusters (185#)

We just kept alternating sets. I did 12-9 on 115. When I picked up 155 it was heavy as fuck! Did two sets of 2, then 2 sets of 4, and a final set of 3. I did one rep with 185 and stopped there. My back was already tight from the back squats and I wasn’t going to push it too much. The clock was at about 7:00 when I stopped.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

No Golf

It was raining this morning and forecast through the early afternoon, so I didn’t even head out the golf course. Decided to hit the 4:30 class. I was already starting to feel my shoulders last night after not lifting for a week, but it’s not any worse today.

Warm-up

  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 15 Toe Touches
  • 10 Air Squats
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Strength – Back Squat

  • 7×45#
  • 7×135
  • 6x7x185

Heavy enough for me at this stage and I could feel the tightness before I was even done.

Conditioning

  • 10-8-6-4-2
    • Power Clean (115#)
    • Push Press (115#)
    • Burpee
  • 1 Mile Run

I dropped with 1 power clean left for the 10-8-6 and then did the 4-2 unbroken. Probably should have pushed it, but didn’t want to be extremely gassed for the run. I think I was done somewhere between 5:00 and 5:30. The mile was slower than it should have been. Finished in 14:31.

Worked on handstand walking and free-standing handstand holds a little bit.