Keep Squatting

I was messed up for the rest of the day yesterday and wanted to eat all the things. Stuck to my macros though. Woke up with a sore chest and by lunch my legs were starting to get sore. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be rough. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 MB Hang Cleans (20#)
    • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Like I didn’t do enough squats with the medicine ball yesterday!

Weightlifiting

Hang Squat Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175

Worked up to a moderate weight or basically something heavier than we planned to use in the workout.

Conditioning

  • 12-10-8-6-4 Hang Squat Cleans (155#)
  • 12 Burpees to 6″ Target

Decided I’d try to get the cleans done in 2 sets every round, so I split the reps in half. Made it and did the set of 4 unbroken. Just kept moving on the burpees and then picked up the pace in the final round. I wore my belt for this one, loosening it and turning the buckle towards the back for the burpees. Finished in 11:08. Glad I went with the Rx weight instead of scaling back. The issue was breathing with that front rack position and the burpees bumping up the heart rate.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 25 Weighted Sit-ups (30# DB)

Big 11.5 PR

My legs were actually heavy last night and this morning from the cardio I did. Made Kodiak Cakes this morning to load up on carbs for the long metcon today.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×215

An improvement over the last 5×5 in October.

Conditioning

Open 11.5
20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145/100#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The Open is right around the corner, so it’s time to start pushing the conditioning. I’ve only attempted this workout once and it was three years ago. I got through 9+12 then by doing 4-3-3 on all of the toes to bars, so my goal was 10+ rounds for today.

I got out ahead of a 2:00 pace early and gave myself over a minute to play with after 4 rounds I think. Then I seemed to hold a 2:00 pace for several rounds, before starting to trail in the last couple of rounds. I did all single power cleans again. T2B were all 5-5 and I played around with my technique. If I keep my legs tighter and really get my shoulders through in the kip they are so much smoother. I made myself zone out on the wall balls to keep every round unbroken.

Finished with 10+9 for almost a full round PR. Chalk up another 2019 PR! Amazing how the body can keep improving at 39 years old when it’s healthy. The score of 309 ranks in the 94th percentile for all men on BTWB. I don’t push like that very often. Was doing a good job of not resting much at all between movements.

Walk it Out

My low back is tight from yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 20 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Groiners
  • 5 Deadlift (45#, pause at mid-thigh)
  • 5 Tall Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Front Squat (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)

Skill

½ Flight Simulator

  • 5 Unbroken DU
  • 10 Unbroken DU
  • 15 Unbroken DU
  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 25 Unbroken DU
  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 15 Unbroken DU
  • 10 Unbroken DU
  • 5 Unbroken DU

Finished in 1:39 with no misses.

Barbell Warm-up

  • 10 Strict Press (45#)
  • 7 Push Presses (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (115#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Hang Power Clean + 5 Push Jerk (155#)
  • 40 Double Unders
  • Walking Rest

I belted up for the barbell reps because my back was so tight. Took me 15-16 seconds every round and was never in danger of missing. Missed a dub at 14 in round 6 and at 4 in round 7. Would have been an interesting workout without that full minute of rest each time through.

An Extra 27

Felt good after the workout yesterday and since. Was up really early this morning and made it for a packed 9am class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 20 Reverse Lunges
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (45#, 2s pause)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 1:00 Airdyne

Cleans

  • 10 Full Grip Elbow Punches
  • 10 Tall Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)

Conditioning

27-21-15-9 – “Eliza-Plus”

  • Power Cleans (135#)
  • Ring Dips

I did power Elizabeth in March and it took 7:24, so I was thinking this could get close to double that time. Singles all the way on the cleans, but I didn’t mess around when I was at the bar; pick it back up. Mostly triples for ring dips with 5-6 doubles sprinkled in during the middle two rounds. Finished in 12:26, so better than expected. I need to work on my kip.

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

Beat the Nasty

Body feels good. The usual 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s Hollow Hold
    • 10s Rest
    • 20s Superman Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 Air Squats
    • 15 PVC Passes
    • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)

Pretty sure I could warm up my squat in the first 50 reps. 🙂

Conditioning

“Nasty Girls” – 3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 7 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)

Did this once, just under 3 years ago in 10:46. My goal was sub 10, hopefully going 4-3 every round and keeping the cleans unbroken. Round 1 was done around 3:00, 2 around 3:20, and finished at 9:31. Nice PR! I kept a nice steady pace on the air squats, knowing I couldn’t raise my heart rate going into the muscle-ups. So nice to have the MU back and they felt good. I had to double or triple kip my final dip but made every round 4-3.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Row (50#)

Midline

50 Sit-ups

I really like the Tabata hold warm-up and these sit-ups for quality. Really allows me to get a full reach and stretch on each rep, which I definitely don’t do when I’m doing them for time.

Two K Test

Happy to report that my shoulders aren’t having any problems after the muscle-ups yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Row
  • 15 PVC Passes
  • 1:00 Row
  • 15 Muscle Cleans (45#)

Was right around a 2:00/500m pace for the warm-ups.

Conditioning

2k Row

This is a retest from a month ago, which was a day I missed at the gym. Would have been nice to know where I was at with my conditioning for something like this. Didn’t think I could compete with my 6:43 PR since it was done as part of a rowing program, so during the last month of rowing focus my goal has been to go sub 7. Started with a 1:46/500m pace, but started falling behind pace near 1,000 meters. My 500m splits were 1:44.8 (due to fast first 100m), 1:46.3, 1:47.7, and 1:46.8 for an average of 1:46.4 and a time of 7:05.6. Far from my PR, but good enough for 85th percentile on BTWB and 322 out of 1,168 in the 2019 Concept 2 Indoor Rankings (about 72%) for the heavyweight 30-39 division. I just couldn’t put the power through my legs to keep up a better pace.

Weightlifting

Power Clean

  • 2×45#
  • 2x2x95
  • 2×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×215
  • 5x2x225

Legs were tired! I went TnG through 205 I believe. Didn’t use a belt. Second rep of each of my final 2 sets were almost misses.