No Lungs

Had the day off work, but it turned out to mostly be a lazy day. Thursday has been a rest day during the Open, but I might not get in a workout until Monday, so pushing a long streak this week.

Active Life – Hips


  • 250m Straight Leg Ski Erg (subbed for row)
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Warmed up the deadlifts with 8/8 at 45# and 95#.

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 8 Single Leg Deadlifts (125-145-165#)
  • 30s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold


Power Elizabeth

  • Power Clean (135#)
  • Ring Dip

I’ve wanted to give this a try for the last couple years but kept finding reasons to do something else. I’ve only ever attempted it once with a 7:09, back in 2013. I started out 6-5-5 and then died. Ring dips turned into triples and doubles really early. Took me 7:24. Need to do more met-cons.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 20 Plank Push-ups
  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (75#)
  • 30s/30s Pallof Press Hold
  • 10 Leg Lifts (asked from 5-10 Strict Toes to Bar)

Went to try a T2B and my right shoulder wasn’t having it. The strict ones really bug my shoulder.

Ready for some rest days!

Row Thruster

My legs have been feeling the squatting and possibly the box jumps from Sunday. Went to the 4:30 class.


5 Sets

  • 200m Row
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans
  • 3 Front Squats
  • 3 Push Jerks

I used 45-45-95-115-135#. Then I did a squat clean + front squat + push jerk with 155 and 175.


E2M – 10 Sets

  • Squat Clean
  • Front Squat
  • Push Jerk

I did 185, 195, 2 sets 205, 3 sets 215, 2 sets 225, and 235. Good test for my core. Was ok, but those should have been light weight for me.


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 300m Row
  • 9 Thrusters (95#)

I pulled about 1:45-1:48 and tried to push the final set. Was surprised how good the thrusters felt in the first set, but that didn’t last. My posterior chair was lighting up by the end of the 3rd set. My times were 1:31 – 1:31 – 1:34 – 1:34 – 1:33.


I was so good at not getting worked up going into the workout last week, but I was feeling it most of the day today. I’m going to blame it on the damn burpees.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jog
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Dumbbell Squats (35#)
  • 3 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 2 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 2 Power Cleans (185#)

The reps and order of that warm-up are probably way off.

CrossFit Open Workout 18.2 & 18.2a

12:00 Clock

  • 1-10
    • DB Squats (50# DBs)
    • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Max Clean in remaining time

I felt like I started off with a pretty steady pace. Things seemed to deteriorate in round 5 or 6 though. Having to jump back and forward on the burpees really adds up and is much different then stepping back and up, which I’ve done in previous years (and still scored horribly). The squats felt fine even in the set of 9 and 10, but it was hard getting myself to pick up the dumbbells each round. My time was a disappointing 9:44 when I was shooting for something around 8:00. Oh well.

Historically my worst Open scores have been when there are box or barbell-facing burpees. All of that extra movement and stepping allows me to move just that much slower and it quickly adds up on the clock. Give me any other style of burpee and I can keep moving a lot better. I mean, fuck, a year ago I did 100 bar-facing burpees in 8:23. The squats should have been much faster here even with the transition time. My conditioning was much better last year though too.

Enough about fucking burpees. I had my bar loaded with 207# and planned to go 237 and then maybe 257 and 267. I also had no intentions of squat cleaning anything because I knew my back would be taxed from the 10 rounds. I’m actually pretty good at power cleans anyway.

The 207 wasn’t exactly light, but it got me on the board. I had the guys start loading 237 and decided to have them load 5# more on each side because I had to beat Weston who he smoked me on the metcon this morning. I wasn’t sure if I’d make another lift. I made the 247 and then made 257. Some of the widest stances I’ve ever had catching a power clean. 🙂

Am I disappointed enough for a redo? Hell no! #OneAndDone

Jump and Push

Felt roughed up when I woke up on Monday. It could be my lack of sleep lately. I need to stop staying up so late. Tuesday I was just tired from the sleep thing so I rested again. Get to bed earlier last night, but still later than I wanted. Went to the 4:30 class today.


5 Sets

  • 4 Tall Cleans
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans
  • 50 Jump Rope
  • 10 DU

Used 45-45-75-95-115. Then warmed up with power clean doubles at 135-165-185.


12:00 EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

Every 2 minutes I increased weight, so it was 205-215-225-235-245-255.


24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s DU
  • 30s HSPU
  • 30s Box Jumps (30″)
  • 30s Push-ups

The thirty seconds of rest was nice to let me keep putting up good numbers and gave me time to record my scores after everything. Never missed a double under and never came off the wall on handstand push-ups. I got into a nice rhythm with step down, step down + back, step in, and jump on the box. Push-ups were mostly in 3 decreasing sets.

10 Rounds

Went to the 4:30.



  • 5/5 Single Arm KB Front Squat (26#)
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 5/5 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Got through 5 rounds.


Front Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 2x4x205

Felt a little weird with my first set of 205 so I didn’t go up to 225 like I wanted. Wore a belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.


10 Rounds

  • 4 T2B
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Push Press (135#)
  • 1 Jerk (135#)

Dropped every clean from the beginning. If we hadn’t done the front squats I think I would have tried to go unbroken. Finished in 7:01. Anything with a high number of rounds like that gets intimidating, but it was a good one.

Squat ‘Em

Still very sore and feeling my obliques today. Went in early before the 4:30 class to get the Active Life work done.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias


  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3 second, 20#, 10′)

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Alternate arms each time so 3 sets on each side. My rests were shorter to make sure I got done.

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Clean Pulls
  • 3 Tall Cleans
  • 2 Front Squats
  • 1 Hang Squat Clean

Used 45-45-75-95-115 for these warm-up sets


Squat Clean

  • 0:00-8:00 Find heavy single
  • 8:00-10:00 Rest
  • 10:00-16:00 Every 30 seconds – 1 rep @ 85% of heavy single

Did 135-165-185-205-225-245 and actually squatted today; figured I shouldn’t tweak my back two weeks in a row. I don’t remember the last time I’ve done over 200 for the squat version. I think I powered this much a month or two ago. Could tell I was hesitant to drop under the weight, but it felt good. Not used to squatting much of a load so I felt slow coming out of the hole. Used 205# for the E30S work, which was no problem.


16:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 8 Toes to Bars
  • 48 Double Unders
  • 8 Chest to bar Pull-ups
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Yuck. The burpee box overs got slow of course. My dubs were not on point at all. I was doing a lateral jump due to space.

Active Life – Back Max

8 Rounds – Unbroken

  • 10s Bent Knee Hollow Hold
  • 10 Lemon Squeezes

I was only able to make it through 4 straight rounds last time, but I got them all today. I did get pretty slow on the lemon squeezes, but kept it going. Finished in 4:30.

Not a Fav

In to the gym tonight since I won’t be here this weekend.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias


  • 10/10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 10 One Arm KB Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

I was out of breath from this.


  • ** EMOM – 7 Wall Balls
    • 25 Burpees
    • 25 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 25 Burpees
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 21-15-9 Thruster (75#)
  • 42-30-18 Sit-up

Took me 7:49 to finish the first part so I ended up doing 56 wall balls. Thrusters felt really good. Finished the entire workout at 18:21.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00 for quality (2 breath holds)

  • 10 Alternating Bird Dog
  • 10 Alternating Dead Bug
  • 20 Side Plank

Decided to set the clock for 15 second intervals instead of trying to do all of the breath + rep counting, figuring there would be enough time wasted switching sides. Problem is that bird dogs and dead bugs are almost an instant switches compared to side planks, which waste about 5 seconds. It was too long and had to start taking rests after 10 seconds on the dead bugs after 5 or 6 of them. Side planks weren’t an issue, though still tough. With the clock running that way got through an entire round and 8 bird dogs. This is my least favorite of all of the back work sessions.