19.4

My shins we getting show from the hike last night already. My HRV and recover score are the highest recorded so I should be ready to crush this workout.

My percentile rankings for 19.3 turned out to be exactly the same as 19.1 (when rounded to 1 decimal place) in both the Open and Masters divisions. Looking at scores and tiebreak times of some fit people I know, my HSPU strategy worked amazingly well. I’ve been doing singles when workouts have strict pull-ups and may have to play around with this type of strategy for other movements.

I wish my back had been healthy, which would have allowed me to get through the first two movements quicker and have even more time for HSPU. That’ll be a fun workout to redo later this year. The high ranking in 19.3 gave me another good boost in the overall rankings. My best 3 week start to an Open by far.

19.3

Open Men: 16,844 / 158,253 (89.4%)
Masters 35-39 Men: 2,551 / 32,191 (92.1%)

Overall

Open Men: 13,469 / 185,039 (92.7%)
Masters 35-39 Men: 1,818 / 37,422 (95.1%)

Note: I forgot to mention it in previous ranking updates, but I only count against people who posted a score for the workout or have at least one score for overall placing. The iOS app looks like it calculates percentiles based on everyone registered, but there are always plenty of people who never post a score.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike
  • Spent a lot of time laying on a lacrosse ball!
  • Snatches
  • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Kip Swings
  • 2:00 Assault Bike (to raise HR)

CrossFit Games Open Workout 19.4

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Snatch (95#)
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Was really hoping I’d be fine with the snatches today after not picking up a barbell since last Wednesday. When we got to the gym it was painful bending over in to position to start a snatch with a PVC pipe! Laying on the lacrosse ball really opening things up for me though. Debated waiting until Sunday or Monday to do the workout.

Going in I was hoping to get some bar muscle-ups in the third round. I had to be really careful with the snatches though and you can see that with how long it takes me to pick up the bar and get my first rep. I did 6-4 on the snatches each round with normal powers. Felt like my burpees were getting slower each of the first three rounds. I finished with a tiebreak of 4:22.

Felt fine when I first got on the bar and did 5 bar muscle-ups and wanted to get 5 more, but could feel things going south already. I did 3-2 to finish. After the burpees I did a double and 8 singles with too much rest between each one, but I did not want to miss and each rep was a struggle. Got my second round of burpees done and had about 10 seconds left, but I knew I didn’t have it in me to get another bar muscle-up so I collapsed to the ground. It wasn’t worth risking a fly off the bar moment. So I finished 5 rounds for 110 reps. Early ranking on BTWB is only the 79th percentile. :-/

19-4

I did another five minutes on the Assault Bike to cool down.

 

I worked out my splits on the workout. Here are the times each movement ended and then in parens are the times (in seconds) per movement, including transition/rest.

0:33 – 1:20 (33-47)
2:00 – 2:52 (40-52)
3:34 – 4:22 (42-48)

8:10 – 9:06 (48-56)
11:06 – 11:53 (120-47)

Initial observations:

  • My snatches were slower than normal because I had to be extra careful with my back.
  • I should have gone unbroken on the last round of snatches and pushed the burpees after.
  • Overall pretty consistent with the burpees.
  • The second round of bar muscle-ups were the workout. It took me two minutes to get through them.
  • I should have jumped up to try for a muscle-up at the end.

While heats of the workout were going I jumped on the rower since tomorrow will be a travel day.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

12 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 1:49.9 twice, 1:49.8 four times, another 1:49.9, and five at 1:49.8 to finish. Consistent!

My back was getting really tight sitting around the gym while everyone did the workout. Glad I ended up doing 19.4 though so I have more time to recover for 19.5 next week.

Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

Steaming

I started getting a headache on Monday night and still had a bit of it when I woke up on Tuesday. This seems to be happening now that I’m pushing myself harder in workouts. My body definitely told me it was a rest day yesterday, though I did get exercise clearing snow several times throughout the day.

Today I decided to stay home and do a garage workout instead of being out on the roads. We got a lot of snow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 Inchworms

Strength

Deadlift (Build to Workout Weight)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 6×185
  • 3×225
  • 3×255

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (275#)
  • 15 Thrusters (45#)
  • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Came up with this based on the gym’s programmed workout which is an alternating EMOM of 3 heavy (athlete choice) deadlifts, 20 wall balls, and a 200m run (or 50 seconds of shuttle runs). Figured I’d get rid of the extra resting by making it a straight 5 rounds. No place for wall balls in the garage so empty bar thrusters sounded like a good swap. Obviously not running in the garage and wanted to get in more bar-facing burpees before the Open anyway.

I didn’t wear a belt in the warm-ups or the workout because it would get in the way for the burpees. Had thought about doing 315 when I first saw the gym’s workout, which probably would have been fine in the EMOM, but glad I cut back for this. I was resting too much before picking up the deadlift each time. Thrusters were at a controlled pace each round because the burpees were really jacking my heart rate. Was able to stick to my burpee technique and keep a pretty good pace every round on them. Finished in 11:01.

 

Accessory

DB Curl 21s

Remembered to stick to 7 reps for each part today. Did two sets with 15s and a set with 20s.

Skill

3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

Started with 83 unbroken and had one or two other decent sets, but too many misses. Ended up with 253.

Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

Under Press-ure

Rest day yesterday, but I spent about 10 hours in my workshop. Carb loaded for today’s workout by eating sweet potato pie for breakfast.

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Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went out hot on that first round of burpees. Was really close to failing on the last thrusters of the last two rounds. My round times were 0:57, 1:08, 1:12, 1:15, and 1:17 to finish at 9:49.

I think I got the idea for this from a partner workout I saw on the TeamRICHEY channel.

Strength & Midline

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels

My shoulders were fried! Went 95-105-105-110-115 and didn’t have much more.

Did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but I was toast.

Hop-Hop

Tuesday night after getting home I was feeling beat already. Shoulders were rocked, legs were smoked, and even my abs were feeling something. Maybe abs are from the T2B yesterday in addition to using them a lot in today’s bar muscle-ups? My shoulders were still rocked yesterday and they didn’t feel great doing some dead hangs today either. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 3:00 Assault Bike (1 Mile)
  • 10/10/10/10 Leg Swings
  • Stretch

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×115
  • 5×165
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 5×245
  • 5×255
  • 10×185

The program was to work up to a 5RM, but I’m just trying to progress on what I’ve been doing and stay safe. Last squats were 3x5x235 so I wanted to get 245-255 today. Not too much of a struggle and back felt good. I wore my knee sleeves because I wanted them for the burpees.

Conditioning

  • 70 cal Row
  • 600m Run
  • 50 Bar-facing Burpees

Averaged somewhere between 1,200-1,300 cal/hr and got off the rower before 3:30. Tried to run at a steady pace but nothing crazy, knowing I could make time on the burpees. I pulled up my knee sleeves when I got in the gym, but forgot to look at the clock until I was 6 or 7 burpees in, which was at about 7:00. I had been thinking if I could keep the same 3:30 pace on the run I’d be happy with that and seems I was somewhere around 3 minutes.

I added in a little stagger to my jump forward today and that allowed me to turn all the way around during the jump over. During the stretch of reps 20-35 I slowed when my hop-hop turned into step up, hop over, and then turn for probably 8 of those middle reps. I finally told myself to move and get the rest done. Pushed to the end and finished at 10:01.

Tiger!

Today is all about Tiger Woods, but went to open gym at noon.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 15

3 Rounds

  • 5 Yoga Push-ups
  • 10 Cuban Presses (PVC)

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 75m Single Arm OH Carry (53# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 15 Ball-facing Burpees

Those medicine ball cleans were burning in the first round before I got through 20 reps. Jumping over the ball was interesting. I was trying not too, but it felt like cheating if your feet were apart because they didn’t have to go over the tallest part of the ball. Was able to pick up the pace for the second set of burpees and finished in 4:19.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6/6 Single Leg Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Evil Wheels
  • 8/8 Wood Choppers (40# DB)

This was some nasty work. The deadlifts got tough after not doing them for a while and those wood choppers were a lot harder than I expected.