Year 5

I started CrossFit 5 years ago!!

Didn’t have candy to pass out so I hid out at the gym for a couple of hours.

Clean

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×75
  • 1×85
  • 1×93
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x101
    • 5x1x108
    • 5x1x115
  • Heavy Single
    • 1×120
    • 1×124
    • Clarked 128

My head is my biggest obstacle.

Clean Pull

  • 3x117kg
  • 2x3x124

Clean Deadlift

3 reps with a pause at the knee + 1 rep floating

  • 1 set @ 111kg
  • 2 sets @ 117

Pause Back Squat

3 seconds pause in the hole.

  • 2x100kg
  • 2×112
  • 3x2x121

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow V-ups
  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)

Those V-ups were terrible after round 1; had to break them up way too much. Did all of the twists unbroken and finished in 6:40.

Other Plans

Not sore at all from yesterday’s lifting. I did a 23 minute ROMWOD during lunch. Wanted to do the strength endurance Aerobic Capacity workout, but the rain had other plans when I got to the gym before 5pm. Lifting it was…

Clean

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×90
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x97
    • 5x1x104
    • 5x1x110
  • Heavy Single
    • 116
    • 121
    • 126

Felt pretty good. Only 4 kilos under my best clean.

Clean Pull

  • 3x113kg
  • 2x3x126

Clean Deadlift

3 Segment Clean Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Clean Deadlift

  • 1 Set @ 106kg
  • 2 Sets @ 113

Pause Back Squat

Spend 3 seconds in the hole on every rep.

  • 3x70kg
  • 3×90
  • 3×104
  • 3x3x112

Positioning felt really solid with these, through every rep of every set.

Midline

5 Sets

  • 12 Weighted Sit-up (2×40# DB)

4 Sets

  • 10 Evil Wheels

I used the Rogue Oly bar for these and wow, what a difference it makes using a bar that spins well!

Hollow V-ups

Third day of week 1 of Catalyst OTM. Did some bottom squat hold with the bar on my legs before getting in the cleans. Wore my knee sleeves lifting, but no belt needed.

Clean

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×80
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x91kg
    • 5x1x98
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x104

Should have been 15 minutes in a row, but had to help out with class so had a 5-10 minute break.

Clean Pull

  • 3x3x111kg

Wore straps for these and the deadlifts.

Clean Deadlift

3 Segment Clean Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Clean Deadlift

  • 3 Sets @ 104kg

Pause Back Squat

  • 3x3x103kg

Paused 3 seconds on each rep.

Midline

Weighted Sit-ups

  • 10×40#
  • 4x10x80#

Haven’t done any of these in years probably. Way too easy on the first set so went as heavy as I could with the dumbbells available.

4 Sets

  • 20 V-ups

I started from a hollow body position and went back to hollow on every rep instead of flopping out to flat on the ground with a loss of tension. Much different!

Will get in a 20 min ROMWOD.

Jerk Off

Woke up with my hips feeling a little tight from all of those wall balls and air squats. Did a 20 minute ROMWOD this morning. Opened up the gym at 11am.

Hang Power Clean (above knee)

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×75
  • 3×86
  • 3×92
  • 2×98
  • 2×105

Felt really good and Alex said my timing was on point with no bar crashing.

Clean Deadlift

  • 3x115kg
  • 3×130
  • 7x3x138

Wore straps for all of the sets. Easy.

Split Jerk

Was programmed to do 6 singles in the 85-95% range. If it felt good warming up, I planned to go heavier, and I did.

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×80
  • 1×90
  • 1×100
  • 1×108
  • 1×115
  • 1×120
  • 1×124
  • 1×128
  • 1×132
  • Missed 136 twice

Wanted that three hundo so I set my jumps to get there. After I felt really low to get the 132, I think it got in my head. The two attempts with 136 weren’t very committed, but I know what it feels like now. No surprise…it feels really fucking heavy! My last make was only 1 kilo under my best so I’m happy with it. The PR was from December and my 130 C&J PR was in January so it’s been a long time since I attempted a heavy jerk. Alex set a 2kg PR with 130 and then also made a couple of attempts with 136.

One big session left on the Vaughn program.

Midline & Gymnastics

6 Sets

  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (25#)
  • 5 Strict Ring Pull-ups

The 5# jump wasn’t a big deal. I liked the strict pull-up variation on the rings, which is supposed to translate over to the muscle-up.

Sitting around the house in the afternoon, I felt exhausted. Didn’t expect the workout to take that much out of me. Finally got in the shower and moving around to get out of the house. Played a fast 18 holes of golf (cart) and did another 20 minute ROMWOD at night.

Deceiving

Gym time at 10am. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation to get started.

Hang Power Clean + Front Squat

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×70
  • 3×80
  • 3×85
  • 3×91
  • 3×97
  • 3×102

I think I put on the belt starting with 91 and also started dropping each rep there to save my grip. Catching the clean got a little ugly on the last rep or two, but was able to power everything.

Clean Deadlift

  • 5x80kg
  • 3×97
  • 2×113
  • 1×120
  • 1×130
  • AMRAP 140

All hook grip, which was no issue until the AMRAP, where it sucked! Could have done a ton more reps if I could hold the bar. Ended up getting 6. Probably should have went with straps on the last set so I could get the work on my legs and low back instead of my grip.

Pause Split Jerk

  • 2x20kg
  • 2×40
  • 2×60
  • 2×75
  • 2×86
  • 2×93
  • 2×98
  • 2×100
  • 2×102
  • 2×104
  • 2×106

Pause 2 seconds in the dip and 2 seconds in the split. Above 90 kilos was feeling really heavy. Did a pretty good job of getting the pause in all of the splits.

Much harder day than it initially looked like “on paper.” Was taking my time and was almost 2 hours by the time I did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and left the gym.

Wanted to get in some golf but storms are coming for the afternoon. Will get in the 22 min ROMWOD.

5 At A Time

Had day 1 of the Club Championship this morning. Weather wasn’t that hot until the end and we actually got rained on a bit. Need to score a lot better tomorrow to do something in which will most likely be the 3rd flight. Out in the garage at about 5:30pm.

Hang Power Clean + Front Squat

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  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 5×160
  • 5×170
  • 5×185
  • 5×200
  • 5×210

All reps were from the hang above the knee. After 170 I actually had to get out the chalk. It was so humid out after the rain last night and what we got during the day. I was sweating everywhere. In the last two sets I dropped the bar after 3 reps, real quick breath, and picked it back up to finish the final 2. Sets of 5 are fucking nasty!

Clean Deadlifts

  • 2×225#
  • 2×255
  • 2×275
  • 3x5x285
  • AMRAP 285

Used a hook grip through the first set of 5. No chalk on any of the deadlifts though. Then used lifting straps the rest of the way. Stopped after 15 reps in the AMRAP. I was starting to feel it all over in my legs.

Pause Split Jerks

Pause in dip for 2 seconds and pause in split for 2 seconds.

  • 2×45#
  • 2×95
  • 2×135
  • 2×175
  • 2×185
  • 2×195
  • 3x2x205

I turned on the clock and went every 2 minutes. Felt a lot more solid than last week, when I was taking a lot more rest. Getting used to the weightlifter’s volume.

Accessory

28:00 alternating EMOM

  • 6 Strict Chin-ups
  • 30s HS Hold
  • 6 Strict Ring Dips
  • 8/8 Barbell Side Bends (95#)

Was expecting it to be more brutal due to the heat but it wasn’t bad at all. First time trying side bends with a barbell and I think they are a keeper. They seem to make use of a lot more muscles.

Will make time to get in a 20 min ROMWOD.

Running For Aerobic Capacity

Soreness is ramping up again after yesterday’s workouts. Really glad I’ve decided to cut back on the squat sets or I’d be in a real world of hurt. Headed to the track around 9:30am. Warmed up with a 400m jog.

Aerobic Capacity

  • 1,000m at moderate pace (4:43 target, 4:56.7 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 400m at fast pace (1:42 target, 1:37.1 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 700m at moderate pace (3:18 target, 3:13.4 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 300m at fast pace (1:17 target, 1:11.2 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 600m at moderate pace (2:50 target, 2:47.6 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 200m at fast pace (0:51 target, 0:47.5 actual)

I was pissed I missed the target on the first interval. I was checking my pace through the first few 100s but stopped looking and slowed too much. Made sure to get under the rest of the targets. Not bad and only 2 miles of volume. Walked 400 meters and headed home.

Sinuses started acting up shortly after the track. Took a little nap during the day and headed to the gym around 5pm for week 1 day 4.  Did some bottom squat hold but got right into it.

Hang Power Clean + Front Squat

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×70
  • 3×75
  • 3×79
  • 3×84
  • 3×87
  • 3×90

Was getting rough on my thumbs since I was using the Eleiko bar. I taped them up at some point. Put on my belt for the last couple of sets I think, but didn’t wear knee sleeves today since not much squatting to do.

Clean Deadlifts

  • 5x100kg
  • 5×115
  • 6x5x130

The six working sets were assigned at 80% of an estimated 1 rep max quality clean deadlift. Say what? I have no idea, so I figured I’d go with 100% of my max clean. I used a hook grip on the warm-up sets and 3 of the working sets, then switched to straps for the final 3 sets because my thumbs were taking a beating.

Pause Split Jerks

  • 2x20kg
  • 2×40
  • 2×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×79
  • 2×84
  • 2×89
  • 4x2x93

Assigned 6 doubles at 60-70%, which I was able to do. Maybe slightly off since I used kilos and converted during the workout since I already had my loads planned out in pounds. There was a 2 second pause in the dip and supposed to be 2 seconds in head tilt, but I paused it the split instead. Chad mentions this head tilt quite a bit, but it felt odd when I tried on Monday with shoulder press. Maybe I’ll have to give it another go next week or look up a video to make sure I’m thinking correctly what he’s asking for. These jerks felt heavier than they should have.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Bends (53# KB)
  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 30 Zeus DU

Took my sweet time as I had been the entire lifting session. Was able to do every set of Zeus dubs unbroken. Not sure how many more than 30 I can do at this point because the handles are really starting to slide in the last few reps. With my regular RPM dub rope I can easily adjust my hand position and not lose a beat, but it feels like letting go of any grip pressure with the Zeus will be a disaster.

I’ll get in a 23 minute ROMWOD yet tonight after dinner. Getting up early to play in a charity golf scramble since I have a bit of a drive to get there.