Only One

My quads are a bit more sore today and my outer chest is pretty sore. Maybe from pushing away on the pull-ups? Or maybe from the push-ups on Sunday? Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 8

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm High Pull (26# KB)

Skipped ahead because I wasn’t doing extra overhead holding before class.


3 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20 Jump Rope
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Box Jumps (24″)


  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50′ Double Overhead Walk (50# DBs)
    • 5 T2B
    • 5 V-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50 DU
    • 5 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Decided to scale back from 10 toes-to-bar, especially after all of the pull-ups yesterday and my back was feeling tight when I practiced a few. Awful lot of bar work these two days for my first time back on it in over 4 months. It was a nice change of pace sub in the v-ups and it allowed me to do every set of 5 T2B unbroken. Got through 9 rounds plus the entire walk.

I missed after five reps in my third round of double unders and somehow did every other round unbroken. Only one miss! My shoulders didn’t even start feeling the fatigue I often get after a lot of double unders. Weird, but I love it. Kept moving on the burpee box jumps, trying not to fall behind Tom too much and then was able to pass him when he started missing on the rope. I felt good in this one considering the shoulder fatigue from the first AMRAP. Was able to do 7+53. I might have been able to push it more on the burpees, but that may have caused a bunch of misses, so hard to say.


3 Sets

  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (44#)
  • 45s Handstand Hold

Looking forward to golfing tomorrow because I need a rest day.


I did a bunch of raking on Sunday and wanted to finish up the front yard before today’s trash collection, so I ended up making yesterday a rest day to rake. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 8 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 20 Walking Lunge (25# DBs)
  • 10 Alternating Kossacks


  • 1:00/1:00 Hip Wind Up Stretch


10 -> 1

  • Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • Back Squats (95#)

Didn’t look at the clock the entire workout and was surprised to see it took 10:27. Felt like I went much faster than that.

Active Life – Back Max


  • 10 Alternating Prone Thoracic Extension Rotation
  • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
  • 10 Alternating Dead Bug
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Bottom of Burpee

Work for quality. Got through twice plus through the evil wheels in a 3rd round.

Jump Into It

My shoulders were starting to feel 18.5 already several hours after. The right one wasn’t exactly feeling great when I warmed up for that workout. I haven’t been doing much pull-up work lately though. Maybe I need to try out the Active Life shoulder program.

Active Life – Hips


  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.45 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch


  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 6×45#
    • 6×135
    • 6×185
    • 6×205
    • 6×225
    • 2x6x245
  • 40 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 4×10
    • 10 count rest

Got the heart rate up doing those sumo DLs. Felt pretty good though.


  • 25 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • 25 Push Press (95#)
  • 25 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

I couldn’t believe the time was over 3:00 when I got done with the first 25 reps. I was jumping up and then into the box jump every rep to not take extra steps. I did step down and back a bit every rep. I went 10-9-6 on the push presses. Finished in 8:06.


That was enough on my back for the day so I didn’t do any of the Back Max work. I did do 10 Cat Camel + Rock Back with a 2 count pause in each position.

Dead Stop

Legs are still sore. My left shoulder was feeling weird last night and today. Wonder if it’s from those close grip OHS. Went to the 5:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 2 Inch Worms
  • 4 Ring Rows
  • 8 Mountain Climbers

Strength – Deadlift

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×205
  • 5×255
  • 5×285
  • 5×315

Wore a belt at 255 and above. Neutral grip until I used mixed for the final set.


3 Rounds

  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Burpees over the Bar

Kept it slow and controlled. Went 6-4 every round on the cleans. Finished in 9:25.

Gymnastics Strength

4 Sets

  • Max Strict Pull-ups
  • Max Strict Ring Dips

I rested 1-1:30 between each movement. Came to a complete dead-hang stop on all of my pull-ups. Reps were 12-8-5-4 and 14-6-4-4 on the dips.

Starts with a G, ends with an E

Nasty storm rolling through and everything is shut down. They didn’t even send kids to school this morning and the snow didn’t start until after 10am. Out in the garage. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


6 Sets

  • 5/5 Bulgarian Split Squats (25, 35, 45, 3×50)
  • 5 Good Mornings (45, 95, 115, 3×135)

Nothing crazy with the Open starting this week. Don’t need any more injuries. Warmed up clean & jerks with 5×45#, 5×95, and 3×1153


I started the clock and started everything at set times. At 0:00…


  • 30 C&J (135#)

My last Grace was a 2:17 done by going 10 unbroken and then all singles. After that I thought of a new strategy I haven’t seen anyone try. Everyone always goes for a huge unbroken set and then singles. But If you go with some smaller sets for longer you can eliminate a bunch of bar drops. I was hoping to get 4 sets of 5 but after 2 reps in the 4th set it was time to go with singles. Those first 17 reps were done in exactly 1:00. Ended up with 2:04 for a 13 second PR so I guess my strategy worked!

…at 10:00…

  • 20-16-12 Ski Erg cals
  • 10-8-6 Burpee Box Jumps (33″)

This was much worse than I expected. When I got into the second round I had no gas. It was taking me 2 pulls per calorie. 😦 Finished in 6:45.

…at 20:00…

  • 2:00 DU

Thought about skipping this after the previous part took so long. Fatigued practice is good though. Was pretty good in the first minute with 2 sets totaling 96. Hit a wall then and was missing a lot more. 164 total reps.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Pressing Doubles

My thighs and groin are sore as fuck! Can’t really think of anything on Sunday that should have caused it. Maybe the lunges? Could be the stretching I’ve been doing. Update: It was definitely the walking lunges. I narrowed the soreness down to my sartorius and found this…

Walking lunges work the sartorius and leg muscles in similar fashion to squats, but with a different movement pattern.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 540m Row
  • Bottom Squat Hold


Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×130#
  • 2×145#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×160#
  • 2×165#
  • 2×170# (PR)

SWEET!! Beats 167.5# for a double.


10:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Row
  • 5 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Substituted the row in place of 3 Bear Complex to stay away from squatting and putting load on the back. Just need to get through a workout tomorrow and then hit 15.5 on Friday before going into cardio mode for at least two weeks. I did 7 rounds plus 31 meters. My row times were 44.1, 44.7, 46.4, 46.4, 46.0, 45.2, and 44.3 seconds.


8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest

Since I did 10 minutes of planking yesterday I didn’t feel like skipping the rest periods here and stuck to the work/rest ratio.


IMG_5748Reverse Hyper

  • 10×210#
  • 10×260#
  • 10×280#
  • 10×300#

Time to start putting some weight on the RH. Great movement for those low back issues.

I did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap for the first time in ages since I’m now able to get through the activation and recovery protocols without any pain. Forgot how “fun” it is. After that I did my 15 minute back and hip area stretching routine.

Dubs on Point

Moved Super Sunday to noon instead of 11 starting today. I warmed up with a 1,000m row in 4:28 and various stretching.


“Death By” Pull-ups

  • 1 Pull-up in the first 1 min
  • 2 Pull-ups in the second 1 min
  • 3 Pull-ups in the third 1 min
  • Continuing this for as long as you are able

Made it through 17 and got 14 of 18 for a total of 167 pull-ups! Was hoping to get to round 15 or 16, so huge win. The last time I did something like this was back in November of 2012 and it started with 2 and went up by 2 every minute. Got 16 + 17 for a total of 89 that day. Big improvement and I’m about 12 pounds heavier now. Wore the leather grips so I wouldn’t risk ripping my palms going into the Open.



4:00 AMRAP

  • Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Got 11 in the first minute, then fell off pace a bit, but wanted to get to 40, so I stepped it up in the last minute and managed to get 41 total.


  • 100 DU
  • 25 T2B
  • 50 Plyo Lunges
  • 50 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Plyo Lunges
  • 25 T2B
  • 100 DU

I went unbroken on the first 100 dubs in 48 seconds! Couldn’t believe it was that fast. On the toes to bars I started with a set of 5 and then did 5 sets of 4 both times. I think I went 16-18-16 and 20-16-14 on the plyo lunges. All sets of 5s on the push-ups. I really wanted to hit a bit set of double unders at the end. Started feeling the burn at 50 but kept it going. Made it to 95 and then messed up! So close. Total time was 12:44.

Shoulders = wrecked! Did Crossover Symmetry Recovery. Switching me schedule again so that Monday and Thursday are rest days. Will be doing the Open workouts on Friday nights.