My Poor Feet

Stayed with the night class routine I’ve been doing this week.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1:00 Jumping Jacks

Not too bad, but coming up out of the squat hold after a minute is a little rough. Quads and knees felt a bit locked up each time.

WOD

20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Suit Case Deadlifts (each side)
  • 10 Burpee Broad jumps
  • 15 Box Jumps

I used an 88# KB for the suit case deadlifts. Not a big fan of those because it’s hard to keep a good position. Burpee broad jumps and box jumps were fine. I used a 24 inch box as usual. I think I got 6 full rounds. It may have been 7, but I’m leaning towards 6. Matt our trainer kept track and I forgot to look at the board after the workout. In addition to the complete rounds I finished the 5 suit case deadlifts on each side and 8 of the broad jump burpees.

Finisher

Jingle Jangles

These are short sprints. Starting off with 3 lengths in the first minute and then rest for the remaining time. Jump up by 3 sprint lengths every minute until you fail to complete the number of sprints. So each minute you are doing more running and getting less recovery. I got through 21, but thought I was one short one of the girls was a bit ahead of me and went another length, so I didn’t get to go up to 24, which started almost immediately.

I am not wearing my Inov-8 Bare-XF 210’s anymore until after the move to the new location. We did the entire workout outside on the pavement and it was brutal on my feet with all of the pounding. The broad jumps were especially bad so I had to shorten them up. Doing the sprints on the pavement with these shoes was no walk in the park either.

Quad AMRAPs

Went to a night class since the only morning class is 5:45am on Tuesday. It was kind of nice, even though I really like how I feel throughout the day when I workout in the morning.

Warm-up

5 rounds

  • 1m Russian Twists
  • 1m Plank

I used a 20# KB for the twists and got a total of 292 (counting each side) through the 5 minutes.

WODs

4 different 3:00 AMRAPs

At each station perform the buy-in exercise and reps. Then do max reps of another movement for the remaining time of the 3 minutes. Keep track of max reps for each station. Rest 2 minutes between stations.

  1. 20 Box Jumps
    -MAX DB power cleans
  2. 20 Burpees
    -MAX Push-ups
  3. 300m Run
    -MAX Ring Rows
  4. 20 KBS
    -MAX Wallballs

I used a 24 inch box for box jumps, 35# DBs for power cleans, a 53# KB for Russian swings, and a 20# MB for wallballs. I think my reps for the MAXs were 31, 41, 37, 35, but I might be off by a few on some of those.

Strength

Find 1 rep MAX for clean + thruster. We broke into groups by strength and formed lines to each take a shot at a weight before moving up. I think we went 65#, 85#, 105#, 125#, 145#, 165#. Those all went up pretty well for me. I was the only one left, so Matt pushed me to go for my body weight of 180#. I got the weight up with a power clean without too much trouble. I normally would do a full clean as it gets this heavy, but I knew I needed to squat for the thruster. The clean was a 15# PR. I went for the thruster and got it about half way over my head. I think if we had done this before the WOD I could have gotten it, but I was pretty fried. I’m thrilled about the clean PR especially since it was a power clean. 165# is a lot more than I’ve ever attempted with a thruster as well.

Back at Survival Fitness

I was absolutely exhausted last night when I got home. Went to bed at 10pm for a solid 10.5 hours of sleep! First day back at Survival Fitness this morning and it felt great. It was a pretty big class from what I remember the size being a few months ago. I’m excited that SF will be moving to a much bigger space soon.

Warm-up

  • 300m Power skipping while with OH PVC
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 PVC Pass thrus
  • 30 OH Squats

The power skipping was pretty taxing, especially having to hold the PVC overhead. I hadn’t done anything like that before.

Skill

5 rounds

  • 30s Handstand
  • 30s Deep squat hold

This was really easy considering I’ve been doing scaled handstand push-ups. I could feel it in my wrists a bit though.

WOD

  • 1 Mile run
  • 100 box jumps
  • MAX HR push-ups
  • 100 sit-ups
  • MAX pull-ups
  • 100 KBS
  • 1 Mile run

There are over 20 people from SF doing the Tough Mudder next weekend, so this WOD was designed to prepare them. It was a good test for me as well since I have the duathlon coming up in two weeks. I ran the first mile in about 6:40. The last time I did a mile test was November 20, 2011 in 7:47, so I was thrilled with my progress. I used a 24 inch box for the jumps without a problem. It’s just that 100 is a lot to knock out in a row. For maximum HR push-ups I was able to get 26 unbroken. I split sit-ups into sets of 50-25-25. I went with strict dead hang pull-ups, since the bars aren’t high enough for me to do kipping, and set a new PR with 7. The worst part of this workout was doing 100 KBS. I used a 53# KB and broke them into sets of 10 for most of the way. The last mile took me about 8:20 for a total time of 39:19. Along with another guy, we were the only people to finish under the 40:00 goal. He smoked me pretty good on both runs, but since I did fewer push-ups and pull-ups I was able to get a head start on the last run.

Sunday Funday

Yesterday after walking 18 holes of golf I had to rush home, shower, and get out to a restaurant for happy hour and dinner with a bunch of my CrossFit friends. Great fun! Such a good group of people. It’s going to be hard to leave this year, but I’m heading home to my close friends and another great group of folks at the gym there.

Since we started dinner before 5pm yesterday, I was in bed around midnight with enough time to recover enough to hit the 9am this morning. Getting out of bed was rough though. I couldn’t believe how sore I was from the interval workout at the track. After moving around a bit and eating a banana I felt better and decided it would do me good to get in for a tough workout.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 3 World’s Greatest Stretch (each leg)
  • 10-15 of each
    • V Sit-ups
    • PVC Pass thrus
    • Air squats

WODs

Teams of Three. For both portions, team members will cycle through full rounds one at a time, with only one member working at any one time. The goal is to move as quickly as possible, thus minimizing your partners’ rest periods and racking up as many rounds as possible.

Since class was small (imagine that after a night of drinking!) most of us paired up for teams of two instead of three.

15m AMRAP

  • 3 Deadlifts
  • 6 HSPU
  • 9 Box Jumps

Deadlifts were done with 225#, I used 2 AbMats for the HSPUs, and jumped on to some stacked up tires that were taller than 24 inches. I was able to complete all rounds unbroken, which is why I went with 2 AbMats instead of 1. At a team, my partner Adam and I completed 15 rounds plus 3 deadlifts. I went first in this AMRAP. Teams of 2 was actually perfect here and we kept a steady pace of 1 minute rounds. With 3 people I think our rest period would have been too long.

After finishing the first WOD, I was feeling so much better than when I woke up. I’m glad I decided to make it in to class instead of going back to bed or going for a hike.

We rested for 5 minutes before hitting the second WOD.

15m AMRAP

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 10 Burpees

I went second in this AMRAP because Adam is better at pull-ups than I am. In the end it didn’t matter because we each completed 9 rounds for a total of 18. That’s 45 pull-ups and 90 burpees each. This WOD would have been much better with a team of 3. My kipping pull-ups are getting much better because I’m able to feel when I get out of control and dial in the swing. I’m also getting better at adjusting my grip on the bar.

After the workout I headed to Total Wine & More to pick up some beer. CrossFit Full Strength has started to call today Sunday Funday because everyone is encouraged to bring a 6-pack of beer for after the noon OLY class. Last week was the first one and it was fun.

Olympic Lifting Class

After a snatch warm-up progression with the PVC pipe we worked on our snatch technique by doing a power snatch followed by a full snatch. I worked up to 105# I think.

Next we got out the racks and worked on the drop snatch with overhead squat. I got up to 125# there. Tried 135# once, but I had the weight too far forward and my feet were too wide.

I wasn’t quite all there and felt weak during the OLY work today, but it was good to get a final session in with Johnny.

2012 CrossFit Games Open Workout 12.3

Yesterday ended up being a rest day because the scheduled workout had push presses. My shoulders would have been wrecked for Open workout 12.3, which I was doing today with a group at the box.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes of:

  • 15 Box jumps, 24″ box
  • 12 Push press (shoulder to overhead), 115#
  • 9 T2B

Damn! 18 minutes is a long time. When I saw this workout I knew I could place much better than I did with snatches, but there is a potential to fatigue early on and totally suck. I can do box jumps all day long, but 115# would get heavy early, and since I ripped my hand open on Wednesday, I wasn’t sure how the T2B would go.

I watched all of the videos CrossFit HQ and the Journal put out on efficiency and read some strategies and lessons learned on blogs. Seriously, I think I have a problem. I’m just some average guy trying to challenge myself. You’d think I had a chance to make it to the finals the way I think about these workouts.

My strategy going in:

  • Box Jumps: Rebound as much as possible and try to complete all reps unbroken.
  • Shoulder to overhead: Start with push jerks from the very first rep. Push presses would fatigue my shoulders much faster. I know this because of how much 95# thrusters take their toll on me. Once push jerks no longer work, switch to split jerks. Break each set into 2 sets of 7 and 5 as long as possible and then break them up even more as needed. Try not to drop the bar, but instead rest in the rack position.
  • T2B: Do a knees to elbow and kick the feet up. Drop my legs straight down from the top and try not to swing them out away from the body or everything will start to swing. Break each set up into 6 and 3 or maybe even 3 sets of 3 depending on how it goes. Grip is probably going to be an issue.

In order to deal with my ripped left hand and prevent ripping on the right hand, I made some tape grips following this video.

To help prevent ripping I planned to try changing my grip on the bar.

After checking out some athletes on the leaderboard with scores  similar to mine for workouts 12.1 and 12.2 I set my goal at 6 rounds, which comes out to 3 minutes per round.

How did I do? Not too bad. 5 complete rounds plus 15 box jumps and 6 push presses for a total of 201 reps. I’ll take that. My strategy was solid, but my gut instinct about problem areas was right on the money.

I missed a bunch of box jumps in the 1st round because I’m so used to rebounding off the top like we do in class. Once I remembered to extend my hips at the top, box jumps were smooth sailing. I rebounded at the bottom as much as I could, but once I get a little tired I’m afraid I’ll miss the box. I completed every round of box jumps unbroken as expected. Can we do a workout of all box jumps? 🙂

As planned, I started with push jerks right instead of attempting any push presses or strict presses. The weight was heavy right away. I don’t think I ever got 7 in a row and I had to break up the 12 into 3 or 4 sets on every round. 115# adds up quick with my lack of strength.

Grip was definitely an issue on the toes to bar, but more because of my swinging than anything else. When my feet came back down with each rep I could reach to touch the ground and stop myself from swinging out of control. This wasted a lot of time and I broke the 9 reps up into 2 or 3 sets each round. I need to learn how to kip these. The tape grip and grip change really helped to save my hands.

I was fast out of the gate (too fast) in round 1 and think I had it done in around 2 minutes, but it was the 115# that really killed my momentum. Three workouts done and 2 to go.

Triple 8 Minute AMRAPs

Final results are in for workout 12.2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open. For the snatch workout I finished 1,703rd out of 2,125 in the South West region and 23,604th out of 31,287 in the world. That puts me in 1,624th place in the region and 23,040th in the world after 2 workouts. I dropped in both rankings, but heavy weights are not my thing compared to most of these guys. I’ve only been doing workouts with barbells for 2 months of my 4 month CrossFit journey!

The deadlifts hit me a bit harder today. Pretty sore in my legs and lower back. I can feel all of the pull-up work we did yesterday in my shoulders and upper back too. Or maybe I’m just getting old!

When I saw today’s workout I had mixed feelings. No strength work, but three metcons. Interesting to say the least. From the pull-ups and T2B I knew today had the potential to wreak havok on my hands, and it did.

Warm-up

  • Stretch
  • 600m Run

Rest 8 minutes between AMRAPs.

WOD #1

8m AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 5 HSPUs
  • 10 Thrusters

I flew through the first row, knocked out the HSPUs using 1 AbMat, and did the thrusters unbroken at 95#. Second row went well too, but then I hit the HSPUs and got stuck. The first two were ok, but I had a lot of trouble with the next three. Tried kipping them out with some success, but I took me a long time and I fell off the pace. All that work wore me out for the thrusters and I had to break them up into small sets. I managed to get out the final row just before the time ran out. So I completed 2 rounds plus 250m of rowing.

WOD #2

8m AMRAP

  • 40 DUs
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Pull-ups

DUs, I own you! I started off with a streak of 20+ and thought, “This is easy.” Haha! I fell off the pace a bit, but this was the first WOD where I didn’t suffer too much from DUs. I kept my head and tried to relax, which really helped with my rhythm. The second round of HR Push-ups were tough. In the second round I set a new PR by getting all 10 pull-ups in a row by kipping. I have a nice wound to show for it as you can see in the picture. I only tore up my left hand this time and it’s under a different finger than the first time I tore up my hands. Funny thing is, that was exactly one month ago. I sure hope the Open workout doesn’t require anything on the bar because I don’t know what I’ll do. I finished 2 rounds plus 14 DUs for this WOD.

WOD #3

8m AMRAP

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Ring Dips

I used a 24in box for the jumps and substituted GHDs for the T2B since my hand was already tore up. I didn’t substitute anything for any of the ring dips today. I finished 2 rounds plus 20 box jumps, 15 GHD, and 2 ring dips.

Once everything was all said and done, that was a pretty cool program for today. I really love how they switch things up at the box. I’m going to miss the programming when I head back to Michigan, but I’m excited that the box back home is making a lot of changes and going to become a CrossFit affiliate this summer. Damn, I love this shit!

Deadlift Week

My upper body is a sore this morning from the snatching we did yesterday. I was awake about an hour earlier than normal thinking about some work stuff got out of bed and accomplished a few things before I headed in to the box.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Shoulder Pass-thrus
    • 10 PVC Pull-throughs (laying on ground, pull legs through and extend again)
    • 10 NPU Burpees
    • 30s Wall Handstand

We usually have the option to run or row in the warm-up so I’ve been switching it up to rowing lately since I had always done the run. I stayed in the handstand closer to 40s because I could use the strength there.

Strength

3 Sets

  • 8-10 Weighted Push-ups, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 60s Rest
  • 15 KBS
  • 60s Rest

First time doing weighted push-ups for me. I started off with a 35# plate on my back and did 10 reps, then 45# for 10 reps, and finally 55# for 9 reps. For the KBS I used 53#, 53#, and 62#.

WOD

15m AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts
  • 12 HR Push-ups
  • 15 Box Jumps

Must be deadlift week or something. The Rx was 185# and I wanted to go with it, so I did. We all knew HR push-ups were going to be a bitch since we had already killed those muscles. I used a 24in box for box jumps. For the WOD I completed 7 rounds plus 9 deadlifts.

I was trying to keep good form throughout, but could feel it slipping away as I got further and further along. 8 sets of 9 is a lot of deadlifting 185# pounds. In fact that’s moving 13,320 pounds over the 15 minutes. I sure hope the first Open WOD doesn’t have any deadlifts, because I’m doing it tomorrow morning. I guess I’ll find out tonight when they announce the workout.