I was hoping to see ring muscle-ups come back this year but didn’t expect to see them on the bar as well. After noodling on this one I didn’t think I’d mind it. I was thinking it would be all about how good of a day I could with the rope and how much I could limit my rest on the rings. I figured I would be thrilled if I could miraculously get through 1 round.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.3

14:00 AMRAP (or 2 rounds for time)

  • 100 DU
  • 20 OHS (115#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Ring Muscle-ups
  • 100 DU
  • 20 DB Snatches (50#)
  • 100 DU
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

Managed to get the first set of double unders unbroken and then did 12-8 overhead squats. Second set of dubs wasn’t too bad. I went 3×3 on the rings with kind of long rests after those sets and then 3×1 with short rest. I was feeling I might fail so didn’t want to push the big set. Should have tried for shorter rest. Started to lose my dubs after that. The snatches felt heavier than I expected and I put it down halfway through. Weak! My 4th set of dubs was a struggle and I was getting pissed as I watched the clock tick away. I was leaning over and resting too much too. I started to worry I wouldn’t have time for any reps on the bar. Finally finished at 13:06 and did 2-2-2-1 to finish with 459 reps.


I look forward to trying this one again when my conditioning is back up.

Roided Cindy

Last night I finished building a Bluetooth speaker for the garage gym. I can’t wait for my next workout to use it. It to the gym at noon.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 5 Bar Taps
  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 20 Lateral Bar Hops

Some light movement prep for the workout.


I made this one up several months ago and finally got to it. The idea was to make a herder version of “Cindy” without adding a weight vest or weighted movements; keep everything bodyweight.

“Cindy on Roids” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-ups
  • 15 Squat Box Jumps (20″)

I wore my grips without the fingers through so I could rotate them around for the HSPU. Went 3-2 on the bar every time except round 2 where I was slipping and thought I might fly off the bar so I had to go 3-1-1. Did the first round of HSPU unbroken and then 5-5 every other round. The squat box jumps are just slow and taxing. I did jump them all today. Glad I decided to set prescribe a lower box height. Made it through 6+20.

For someone who can keep the bar gymnastics work unbroken, I think 10+ is doable.


2 Rounds of 45s/15s

  • Leg raises
  • Sit-ups
  • Bicycles
  • Flutter kicks
  • Plank

Brandi came up with this to help with her police academy prep. 45 seconds is a long time for bicycles and flutter kicks. My reps were 20-23-66-100 and 22-22-65-100 and unbroken on the planks. I counted each side as a rep for the bicycles and flutters.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

That Pigeon stretch really pulls on my hips.

Happy New Year!

More Unbroken This Time

Rested yesterday and did some demolition work in the basement. First time at the gym all week!


  • Dead Hang
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115


5 Cycles

  • 4 Snatches (135#)
  • 4 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 3 Snatches
  • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did the 4 snatches unbroken each round and singles for the set of 3. I was stringing together the muscle-ups in the first to rounds, but started to feel some pulling on one of my calluses so I switched to singles. My rounds were 1:17, 1:15, 1:53, 1:54, and 1:47.

Accessory – 2 Sets

  • MAX Strict HSPU
  • 200m Suitcase Carry (62#)

I fell off the wall after 11 and probable could have done at least 1 or 2 more. Got 11 the second attempt too. I switched hands at the halfway point on both carries.

Midline – 4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Today was my second time trying this and I did much better. Got through 2 sets unbroken and didn’t increase the rest at all. On the 3rd set I think I broke after 2 tuck-ups. In the 4th set I broke after 8 v-ups and after 5 tuck-ups as well as brought my knees in some on the hold.

All Abs

Good crew showed up today.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 10 Bar Taps


  • For Time
    • 3-6-9-6-3 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 7-14-21-14-7 Deadlift (135#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 5-10-15-10-5
    • C2B Pull-ups
    • Front Squat (135#)

I wasn’t sure how the lifts would feel, so I took my time on them. I did the muscle-ups in all sets of 3 without a problem. I did the deadlifts 7, 8-6, 9-6-6, 8-6, and 7. Like I said, just took my time on them. Finished at 7:26. My chest-to-bars felt really good, even after all of those muscle-ups. I did 9-6 on the set of 15 and unbroken on the other sets, wishing I had tried to do the 15 unbroken as well. I did the front squats in all sets of 5 and was taking a lot of rest. I wasn’t that comfortable with them and didn’t want to be straining and tweak something again. Finished in 9:22 all because of the squats.

Midline – 5 Rounds

  • 10 Floor Wipers
  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (20# DB)
  • 20 V-ups

A lot of volume today!

Update: After sitting on my ass to recover for a couple of hours, I decided I was going to finish cleaning the garage gym. It took me much longer than expected, probably 3+ hours. Well worth it though. I was able to improve the organization to make it easier to get at the bumper plates. I’m going to hang a couple more things up on the wall to open up some floor space as well.

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.


  • 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.

Thumb Over

I planned on going to the 10am today but was up way too late tinkering with shit and finally went to bed around 3:30-ish. A text woke me up at 9:10 asking if I was going to class, so I got my ass moving and made it in.


  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats


It was 20 minutes of snatch work so I decided I’d just do a bunch of muscle snatches.

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×30
  • 5×40
  • 5×50
  • 3×55
  • 3×60
  • 3×63
  • 3×66

That’s the most I’ve done for a triple and could have done more.


25:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 50m One Arm Farmer Carry (62# KB)
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 4 Tire Flips

I don’t remember the last time I did 5 unbroken bar muscle-ups, but I haven’t really tried since I figured out to drop back down in the dip before pushing away. I didn’t wear grips and was afraid I’d tear. My left thumb was getting raw after 2 rounds so in the third I tried the grip with my thumb over the bar and actually got it! When I’ve previously tried it felt like I was going to fly off the bar, but I also had a lot more momentum from pushing away at the top. Was able to do every set unbroken and no bloody hands! Finished 6 rounds plus the run and push-ups.

I don’t understand it, but I’ve been enjoying these longer workouts lately.

17.2 Redo & More

Rested yesterday so I could redo today. Could have probably even retried yesterday, though my shoulders were a little tight. In at 12:30.


  • 500m Row
  • Banded shoulder stretching
  • PVC passes
  • Reverse Hyper Heel Drives
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • Dead hang
  • 2:30 Airdyne

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.2

12:00 AMRAP

  • 2 Rounds
    • 50′ Weighted Walking Lunge (2×50# DBs)
    • 16 Toes-to-bars
    • 8 DB Power Cleans (2×50# DBs)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 50′ Weighted Walking Lunge
    • 16 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 8 DB Power Cleans
  • Every 5-foot interval of the 50″ (25″ out and back), represents 1 rep of the lunge.

With my first attempt not affecting grip at all I knew bigger and fewer sets would buy me some time. I did 6-5-5 on both rounds of T2B, 6-2 on 2 sets of cleans, and all 8 cleans to lock in the tiebreak round. I wanted to go right into the lunges after that 8, but needed a breather so set them down.

Remembered to have my knee sleeves pulled up before the workout today. I also taped my thumbs ahead of time so there was no stop halfway through the last set of lunges. Still kept muscle-ups in sets of 2 because I thought triples would be too risky. I tried to shorten the rest a bit between the sets. I did do a triple right at the end, but more importantly no misses today. Over the weekend I had thought about trying to finish that first round of muscle-ups with 3-3 to save another 20-30 seconds, but I completely forgot.

Bought myself almost an extra minute, which paid off, allowing me to get through 5 more muscle-ups for a score of 121 with a tiebreak of 8:50.


Michelle kept all my splits again. Nice to see I slowly kept gaining ground throughout. Initial lunges were the same, but then I was ahead of pace by 10-14, 9-19-25, 19-35-46, and 47 seconds. I guess I was more methodical on my lunges (probably gathering my feet more, which is slower) and was definitely focussing more on breathing during them. I also didn’t stretch out to get over the line on any of the rounds. The first round of muscle-ups took me 3:08 today compared to 3:22, which was a little surprising considering I should have been more tired from going faster.

The challenge of the redo is actually pretty fun. One of my friends cracked a beer after his 2nd muscle-up and then got 3 more. LOL I love the Open!

Since my volume was extremely light Thursday-Saturday and I’m heading out of town for most of the week, I wanted to get in some lifting and barbell work. Went back to the gym at 4:30 to judge Bryan and workout.

Back Squat

Missed out on the 5×3 @ 80% yesterday, so definitely wanted to squat today. If I go 2 weeks without squatting it’s no fun the next time.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×205
  • 3×255
  • 3×285
  • 3×305
  • 3×315

Back was getting a little tender so didn’t push it. Haven’t had that on the bar in awhile anyway.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 2x10x185

Bryan started benching while I was still squatted so I worked in and then was done with the squats by the heavy sets.


7 Rounds

  • 5 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 35 DU

Wanted to hit a barbell metcon for sure. Did all singles on the snatches. Missed too many dubs. It felt and looked like my rope’s shape was getting messed up. Maybe it’s time for a new cable. Finished in 9:20.