Longer Than Forever

Yesterday Alex came by and put a new shut-off valve on the gas line for the garage heater. I hadn’t been able to turn it on since last winter. So nice to be able to heat the place up again for workouts!

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Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step Ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)
  • 10 Groiners

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10/10 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″, 95#)
  • 1:00 Rest between legs

Challenging!

Conditioning

  • 25 Burpees
  • 25 T2B
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

After looking at the Active Life stuff I had a feeling it would take a lot of time, so I wanted a sprint workout. This did the trick. Clock was at 1:18 after the burpees, 2:33 after toes to bars, and finished at 3:52. I went 6-5-5-5-4 on the T2B. Didn’t feel like a very good time for that workout.

Active Life – Back Max – 3 Rounds

  • 5x Pallof Series (blue band)
  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Mornings (75#)

The Pallof Series took forever because it ended up being 60 reps per round. I think I’m taking the instructions too literal on the reps because if I would have held each rep as long as it said it would have taken me well over 5 minutes. I did 6 laps (3 in each direction) around the garage for 100m. The 3 rounds of this took just shy of 30 minutes!

Active Life Membership

I forgot my sister was coming to town for the night so I decided to take a rest day yesterday. I saw that Active Life had memberships at 50% off for the year (making it $100), so I sent in some info about my back issues.

We see this a lot when athletes have a left-to-right imbalance (we call it a single leg bias) combined with poor midline stabilization and postural stamina.

To correct it we recommend our Bulletproof Single Leg Bias and Bulletproof Back Max programs.

Both are included in an Athlete Membership.

Link: https://performancecarerx.com/specials/

Do BP Single Leg Bias before you workout and BP Back Max after.

Try to get 3-4 BP Single Leg Bias and 4-5 BP Back Max sessions in per week.

When you finish BP Single Leg Bias contact us and we’ll help decide where to go next.

So now I have some homework! It’ll be easy to incorporate in my home workouts and I’ll get there early or replace the programmed warm-up when I attend class at the gym.

Active Life Warmup

  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 5/5 Stagger Stance Good Mornings (75#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms

Active Life Single Leg Bias

3 Sets

  • 6 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (75#)
  • 5 Box Hamstring Curls (24″)

Active Life Cooldown

  • Kneeling Heel to Butt Test
  • Prone Heel to Butt Test (Right Leg)
  • Prone Heel to Butt Test (Left Leg)

I wasn’t able to touch my heel to my butt, though I did have my shoes on if that makes a difference. Love those tight hamstrings. Was really quick to work through that stuff.

Warm-up

4 Sets

  • 30 Jump Rope + 10 DU
  • 3 Tall Cleans
  • 3 Power Cleans

I used 20-30-40-50kg.

Weightlifting – Power Clean

  • 2x60kg
  • 80
  • 90
  • 100
  • 105
  • 2 sets 110

I dropped every rep. Didn’t wear a belt at all and felt good. Super happy getting up to 242. I haven’t lifted that in a long time!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP – Team of 3

  • Buy-in: 100 Dubs
  • One person completes an entire round while the others rest
    • 7 American KBS (62#)
    • 7 Row cals
    • 7 Burpees

I teamed up with Jason and Grant and I was first. Made it to 82 dubs and then missed 3 times! We were 1 rep shy off all completing the 6th round.

Active Life Back Max

3 Sets

  • 2x 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 10 Lemon Squeeze
  • 10s L Hang
  • 10 GHD Hip Extension (2 second hold at top)
  • 20s/20s Samson Stretch

Brandi stayed and did this with me. Took about 18 minutes I think.

Thanksgiving Sissy

Nice rest day yesterday and beat the traffic. Had a bright idea to do the “Sissy Test” this morning, but left the kettlebell in my car overnight so I needed to warm it up first.

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“Sissy Test”

  • 25->1 Burpees
  • 1->25 Russian KBS (53#)

Never stopped on the burpees. I started breaking up the swings around 18 or so because the handle was so sweaty and I didn’t want to drop it in my parents’ upstairs room. “Happy Thanksgiving, here’s a kettlebell through the ceiling.” Finished in 43:34 which is the worst I’ve done for this workout, but I’m also 20 pounds heavier than I last did it 5 years ago on Thanksgiving.

Bring on the feast!

50 C2B

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 12:00

  • 250m Row
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 8 Bar Taps
  • 8 Burpees

Took my sweet time. Got through 3 rounds + 250 meters.

Gymnastics Test

  • 50 C2B Pull-ups

I’ve never tried this many chest-to-bar pull-ups straight. Thought sets of 5 would be good and I was able to get 8 sets before I went 3-2 and 5 singles. Finished in 2:40. Really got me breathing heavy.

Conditioning

  • 1,500m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (75#)
  • 25 Bar-facing Burpees

Just terrible. I even paced out the row, taking 6:10 (slow!), thinking the thrusters and burpees would be bad. I wasn’t prepared for how much I couldn’t breathe. Did my first set of 10 thrusters and quickly decided to go for sets of 5 and try to keep rests short. Well, the rest were not short. I pushed a final set of 10 to finish after 6×5. The burpees were another world of hurt. After 10, with it still being over 50% of the way I told myself to pick it up and get the damn thing over with. Still wasn’t moving fast by any standard but moved with a little purpose. Finished in 13:25.

Thrusters and burpees are bad enough, but then that long row to start is just nasty.

Accessory – 3 Sets

  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms-up KB Press (26#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 1:00 Plank

No issues with my right shoulder. I couldn’t do those presses a few weeks ago, so it seems to have healed up.

Definitely need the rest day tomorrow.

Match Me

Quads and triceps are sore from “Coe” yesterday. Unsure if I should go to the 4:30 class with so much barbell but I’ve been feeling pretty good, so I went.

Warm-up

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Burpees
  • 3 Push Press + 2 Press from Split + 1 Split Jerk

I used 45# for 2 sets, 75 for 2, and 95 for the last.

Weightlifting – Split Jerks

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×215

Felt good to put up a bit of weight.

Conditioning – Partner

  • 8:00 AMRAP
    • 50 Front Squats (115)
    • 50 Front Squats (135)
    • AMRAP Front Squats (155)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP
    • 50 Hang Power Cleans (115)
    • 50 Hang Power Cleans (135)
    • AMRAP Hang Power Cleans (155)

Small class today. Partnered with Brandi and we both scaled back from the Rx, which was 135/155/185 for men. Especially since this is a modification of the CompTrain Class workout today but was programmed for teams of 3 as 7 minute AMRAPs, so going with only 2 is half as much rest before it’s your turn again.

I started off both times. Did 25 unbroken front squats with 115, 15-10 with 135, and 10-10 with 155. Brandi held on at the end for 14. On the cleans went 15-10 with 115, 7-9-9 with 135, and 7-9 with 155. I tried to hold on until time ran out but had to drop it with 10-15 seconds left. Brandi got in another rep.

Definitely wouldn’t have wanted to go heavier as a partner workout or the sets would have gotten really small.

Almost Didn’t Make It

Like a dumbass I stayed up and watched the CrossFit Invitational until after 3am last night. I woke up wrecked and hopped back in bed at 10:30 to take a nap. Woke up with just enough time to make it to the gym for noon. I was not feeling like doing the workout I programmed.

Conditioning

  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 10 Burpees
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 10 Thrusters (45#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 40 Double Unders

I used to be able to hit all 10 rounds of burpees in 20 seconds. Not anymore or at least especially not today. First two rounds I may have gotten it, but then I was at about 22-23 seconds. Thrusters were easy. Got the first 4 sets of dubs unbroken and then I think I missed once in each of the next 4 rounds, another set unbroken and missed once at the end.

Seemed to wake me up.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

Yep, this beauty again. First 2 sets felt good. I made the 3rd unbroken today, though it got a little ugly. Definitely wasn’t making the 4th though. I broke after 1, 6, and 10 tuck-ups! I’ll get them all unbroken soon.

Get This Halloween Candy Out of Here

Upper back and biceps are sore. Was a few minutes late to the 4:30 class because my cleaning lady held me up.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 5 American KBS (35#)
  • 4 Pause Power Cleans (45#)
  • 3 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

Pause Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean

  • 95#
  • 95
  • 115
  • 135
  • 155
  • 175
  • 185
  • 195
  • 205

Been quite a long time since I squat cleaned that much. Last time I tried 175 in a complex I threw out my back.

Conditioning – Partner WOD

  • 150 American KBS (25/20/15/10/5 reps)
  • 150 cal Row
  • 150 Burpees (25/20/15/10/5 reps)
  • 75 MB Chest Pass (3-5 yards apart, 20#)
  • 75 Synchro Sit-ups

Partnered up with Weston. The first 3 movements are one person working at a time according to the rep schemes and then we split up the row into 45-30 each to keep switches to a minimum. I paced the 45, but felt good and was keeping 1500+ cal/hr on the set of 30. I recovered well for the 25 burpees and went out hot. Lost some gas and was a bit slow on the 20, but then cycled really well on the 15-10-5. The chest passes are just weird, but I think 30# would have been fine. Took us 25:08.