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.

Block Laps

I had planned to go in at noon with the crew, but my back was really stiff today. Day 2 or 3 is usually the worst. Finally got out in the garage around 4pm.

This workout originally started as 3 rounds of a run, 50 back squats, and 30 push-ups. Just before starting I decided to change to 4 rounds with 30 squats. Then when I was on the round 3 run I figured I’d go for 5 rounds and make it over 30 minutes.

5 Rounds

  • 675m Run (around block)
  • 30 Back Squats (45#)
  • 30 Push-ups

I did 3 sets of 10 push-ups for the first 4 rounds remember how I had to start breaking them up more during the recent “Barbara” but they pull-ups must really cause some interference there because I had no issues today and even did 2 sets of 15 in the final round with only a few seconds of rest so I could get under 32 minutes. Finished at 31:58 with rounds of 6:13 – 6:33 – 6:33 – 6:37 – 6:02. Not exact because the GPS goes haywire when you spend a couple of minutes in the garage. Pretty consistent rounds, which essentially just means consistently slow running, for me.

Good enough for today. Time to mow the lawn. Rest day tomorrow to golf.

Carry First

Yesterday I walked my first 9 holes of the year and was exhausted the rest of the day. Pathetic. haha I wasn’t planning on doing anything except watching the Masters anyway, so it worked out. Got to the gym early today before the 4:30 class do the stuff from the PT.

Rehab – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, right)
  • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, right)
  • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, left)
  • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, left)
  • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, right)
  • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, left)

The squats turn out to be much harder when you fatigue yourself first. No rest from the carry to the squats.

Class Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20 Jumping Jacks

The ring rows felt really good. They never do.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 8×135
  • 6×185
  • 5×215
  • 4×245
  • 3×275
  • 2×285
  • 1×300

No belt and wore Nike Metcons. Wasn’t planning to push the weight even though class was maxing out.

Accessory – 5 Sets

  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53#)

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 7 Back Squats (95#)
  • 9 Burpees

Was too slow on my burpees. I was doing a short pause after each back squat too, which I should have just pushed through with so few reps. Finished exactly 7 rounds.

Without Restrictions

Finally took a rest day yesterday. Feeling great. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 5 Burpees
  • 12 Barbell Curls
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The board actually had barbell GMs (good mornings) but I thought it said curls from far away. I was wondering why a bunch of people were doing good mornings. After finishing the first set I was committed to the curls.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 8×135
  • 6×185
  • 6×215
  • 4×245
  • 3×265
  • 3×275

My back was just fine.

Conditioning

  • Buy-in: 100 DU
  • 10 Rounds
    • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 5 Power Snatch (95#)
  • Cash-out: 100 DU

I missed after 17 and then not until after 97 in the first 100 dubs. After the first few rounds I started to count my rest and tried to get in 2-3 deep breaths between movements after walking to my spot. The final 100 dubs were terrible. I was stopping every 10 reps. Doing them in lifters is not so great. The rope kept getting caught up in the velcro. Finished in 15:02.

Remembered to bring my dumbbells home so I can start the Hybrid Performance Method Push-Only program for real and get in a lot of the workouts at home to save time traveling to the gym.

Still Got ‘Em

When I workout late, I’m hyped up and can’t get to bed, so I was up until like 1:30 last night. Made it to the gym at 10am though. Hybrid had a bunch of heavy snatches programmed today because they didn’t adjust after 17.3 was announced and some long AMRAPs, but we didn’t feel like doing any of that stuff.

12:00 EMOM

  • 10 Pistols
  • 7 Strict HSPU

Have had doubts about pistols lately because my left quad has been bothering me a bit during squats. Once I got in a few reps they were feeling great though. Went for an increase on the handstand push-ups from what I’ve been doing and made every set. Was fun doing these two movements back-to-back.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×155
  • 5×205
  • 5×245
  • 3x5x275

Felt heavy and I could feel my low back a little bit so didn’t push the weight.

Bench Press (pause)

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 5×230

I couple of weeks ago I did 225 for a triple with the pauses so this was a big jump. My 5RM without pauses is 240, so wondering where my max is these days.

Conditioning

  • 500m Row

It’s been too long since I did this for time. Had it going good with the average pace down to 1:22/500m at one point, but died in the last 150 meters. Finished with 1:24.1, which is only 0.6 seconds off my best.

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