Registered

I registered for the Open last night! It’ll be my last year in the Men’s 35-39 Masters division. Missed out on official participation in 2018 due to our gym not being affiliated during ownership changes. This morning I posted over on nick.blog about the first week of my nutrition experiment. It is going really well.

Warm-up

Tabata

  • Hollow Body Hold
  • Superman Hold
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Russian Swing
  • DB Russian Swing
  • Supermans
  • V-Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Snatch
  • DB Snatch

Nine minutes worth. When a movement was twice in a row it just meant we did one arm and then the next arm.

Skill

10:00 Bar Muscle-Up Development

I probably did around 10 reps and helped some people with their technique. It makes a huge difference when I can get a solid kip in.

Conditioning

  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 20 Bar Muscle-Ups
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)

I went 30-20 for the snatches and 16-14 on step-ups. Was wearing grips and started with a set of five bar muscles-ups before doing the rest in five sets of three. The second round of step-ups really sucked so I did 3×10. Started snatches with 3×10 as well and fought through the final set of 20. Finished in 14:20 to beat the 15:00 time cap.

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

Baby Swings

My shoulders and arms are in rough shape today. I couldn’t fall back to sleep last night, so by 6am I was fed up with it and got out of bed. Turned out to be a 2 coffee day and I’m still dragging ass. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Mini Ring Swings!!!
  • 2 Rounds
    • 1:00 Assault Bike
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 PVC Passes

First time I’ve been able to swing on the rings in months!! Could still feel my right shoulder when I got really deep in the swing so I only did a few. Making progress finally. Looking forward to being able to do ring muscle-ups again.

Weightlifting

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

I did TnG through 185 and put the belt on for 225 or 235. The bar was feeling really heavy and it didn’t dawn on my until after class that I was feeling so terrible from a lack of sleep last night. The reps with 235 were harder than I can remember in many years and then I went for 245 and “Clarked” the first rep. Wow! For comparison, in June I was able to hit 245 for a triple, shortly after I started lifting again.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  1. 12 cals Assault Bike
  2. 10 Power Cleans (115#, unbroken)
  3. 4 Pull-ups + 3 C2B Pull-ups + 2 Bar Muscle-ups

As soon as I saw this workout I knew I’d scale back from 135# and definitely glad I did with how I am feeling. The gymnastics minute was 5+4+3, but I wasn’t confident I could hold on to that, so I cut back. Possibly could have made it, but this was plenty hard enough. I dropped off the rig between every movement. That bike really blows up your legs. I need to use it more often because it’s a lot different from my Airdyne.

Hopefully I can get a good night of sleep and hit the gym tomorrow because I have a busy Saturday and probably won’t have time for a workout.

Hold On

My glutes are a little sore from the lunges. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretch
  • 5 Rounds on the Rower (went about 1,250 meters)
    • 30s Easy
    • 30s Hard
  • 10 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 10 Snatch Balance (45#)
  • 10 Snatch (45#)

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 10×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 1×170
  • 1×175
  • 1×180
  • 1×185

As I got to 170+ I really started thinking about punching the bar in to position. My only miss of the day was the first attempt at 180, but I got it on the next try. Last time I snatched 185 in the squat was during 17.3 over a year and a half ago! Shoulders and back are still getting used to the weight. With my last few attempts I had to make sure I was stable in the hole before standing up.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 5 T2B
  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 250m Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I thought this was going to get nasty and it ended up going much better than expected. My bar work has improved more in the last 1-2 months than it ever has. I’m still not attempting butterfly pull-ups, which would speed things up too. Coming off the bar between movements allowed me to stay unbroken when I was up there. I rested a little extra before the bar MU and was able to hit every set of 5. Coasted a bit on the rower in the 1:55-1:58/500m pace range for the first 4 and then kicked it in for the final pulling a low 1:40-ish pace. I finished at 14:16 with rounds times of 1:58, 1:59, 2:04, 2:04, and 2:11.

Use the Holes

Took the day off work since I finally got my Model 3!!! Drove around all day, but made it to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 10 High Pulls (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Pause Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 5 Snatch Balance (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Squat Snatch (45#)
  • 4 Squat Snatch (75#)

Weightlifting

2-2-2-2-2 Snatch

  • 2×95#
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×145
  • 2×155
  • 2×160
  • 2×165
  • 2×170

Still not comfortable on the bottom position. I think I’m getting my feet too wide for the squat. Happy to for no misses again though and 10# more than the triple with 160 last week.

Conditioning

5 Rounds each – I go you go rounds

  • 12 Push Jerks (135#)
  • 6 Bar Muscle-ups

Alternated rounds with Weston who was doing different combinations of bar MU, C2B pull-ups, and box bar MU. I did the push jerks unbroken for 3 sets and then had to go 7-5 for the last two in order to survive. I was able to do 2×3 MU every round. I did miss starting the second set of round one, but made sure to get in big kips the rest of the way.

I started, so know the first round took me 1:18, but know knows after that. Don’t know the exact time I finished but was around 13:15. Weston finished us off at 14:31.

This was pretty fucking terrible on the shoulders. The dips on the bar muscle-ups even started to get tough after the fatigue from the jerks. I didn’t use the holes on my grips for two rounds and realized I was slipping more. So after the push jerks I put my fingers through the holes for the other rounds and my MU were smoother.

Ton of gymnastics reps on the bar over the last three days. Time for a rest day!

Lower the Power

My glutes and legs are sore from the the split squats. Went to the 4pm again.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 PVC Pass Throughs
  • 10 Push-ups

Weightlifting

  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 10 Snatch Balance (45#)
  • 10 Power Snatch (45#)
  • 3 Power Snatch (95#)
  • 3 Power Snatch (125#)
  • 1 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 1 Power Snatch (145#)
  • 1 Power Snatch (155#)

E30S – 10:00

  • 1 Power Snatch (165#)

My feet starting catching wide somewhere around rep 8, so today was a good time to work on dropping into a lower power snatch. Was a bit odd and uncomfortable, but I was getting the hang of it by the end.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 60 Double Unders
  • 12 Dumbbell Bench Press (50# DBs)
  • 6 Bar Muscle-ups

I broke up the dubs into sets of 20 again, hoping to keep my heart rate down. Bench presses were all unbroken, though after the second round reps 8-12 definitely got slower. I was expecting to jump up and knock out 6 unbroken every round (or at least a few), but then I missed my very first muscle-up. Oh shit! Plan B. I focused on my movement and knocked out two reps. Sets of two was the new goal. Most of those sets were not easy, but I made it without missing again. I could feel the fatigue in my pulling muscles right from the first round. Maybe from the strict toes to bars yesterday or from 20 heavy snatches. Going right after bench press was tough as well. I finished in 14:58.

Had my first protein shake in 5.5 months after I stopped supplements to fix some concerning lab results.

Thirty on the Bar

My legs are a little tight from yesterday, but not really sore yet. Few other people seem destroyed, but I had missed the previous days workout. Went to the 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Hang Snatch High Pull
    • 2x5x45#
    • 5×95
    • 3x5x115

I don’t think I’ve ever done the pulls from a hang before. Thumbs are not used to hook gripping that much.

Weightlifting

Power Snatch

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 2×155
  • 1×165
  • 1×175
  • 5x1x185

Supposed to be 5×1 @ 75% of 1RM, which would be 165 pounds. I was feeling good and haven’t put up much weight in a while, so I wanted to push it. I was catching with my feet much wider than I’d like, so on the last couple I tried to catch narrower. I wasn’t dropping under enough, so they were kind of ugly. Glad I can still easily get the weight up there though.

Conditioning

  • 100-80-60-40-20 Double Unders
  • 10-8-6-4-2 Bar Muscle-ups

I stopped every 20 double unders to keep my heart rate down for the muscle-ups. I think I had 4 or 5 misses. On the bar I went 6-3-1, 5-3, 6, 4, and 2. I wasn’t thinking hips enough in that second set of round one or I could have gotten the set of 4. Other than that I’m really happy with my sets, especially getting the set of 6 so late into the workout. Took me 9:29 to finish.

Bar muscle-ups have been feeling so good. I wonder how fast I can do 30.

My shoulder is feeling so much better, so hopefully I can get on the rings again soon.