Working Off That Pizza

As promised, I ordered pizza today. I also ordered a Cinnapie, which I don’t think was my best idea.

Pizza, Cinnapie, and Mountain Dew

Today’s benchmark WOD for the Paleo Challenge was a good test, but I didn’t feel overworked due to all of the rest time. Since I took a rest day yesterday and will be out-of-town all weekend, I went back to the gym at 8pm for some extra work.

I warmed up with an easy 500m run and some shoulder stretching with the bands. Then I did 3 Cleans + Push Presses on the minute, every minute, for 10 minutes with 135#. I worked on DUs here and there a bit, getting one streak of 37 in a row. I did 3 sets of 15 KBS with the 62# KB. The first two sets were on the top of consecutive minutes and the 3rd set was after taking an extra minute off. I jumped on the bar and attempted some MUs, sort of getting up there once, but with a bit of help from my leg on the support 4×4. Doesn’t count.

It’s time to finish the last 3 pieces of pizza and the last 3rd of the Mountain Dew. The Cinnapie was gone hours ago. 🙂

Be Careful

We had to call 911 today. A guy stopped in to talk to someone, jumped on the pull-up bar, and fell off after the first pull-up. He landed on his head and neck area. I didn’t see it happen because I was facing the other way, but there was quick reaction by some nurses in the class to run over and stabilize him. He was out cold for 10 seconds or so, but then was alert, responsive, and could move his extremities. I bet he’s going to be sore for a few days, but hopefully everything else is fine.

On another note, I’ve now been doing CrossFit for 6 months! Half a fucking year. Amazing! That’s twice as long as any other exercise program I’ve ever done. I still love it as much, if not more, than day 1.

Warm-up

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • MB Power Clean & Presses
  • Burpees

I used a 20# MB and completed this in 6:16, by going pretty much non-stop.

WOD

  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 21 Sit-ups
  • 21 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 18 Sit-ups
  • 18 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 15 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 12 Sit-ups
  • 12 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 9 Sit-ups
  • 9 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 6 Sit-ups
  • 6 HR Push-ups
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 3 Sit-ups
  • 3 HR Push-ups

That’s 350 KBS in total. I did the first set unbroken, then started the rest of the rounds off with 25 unbroken and usually broke down the last 25 into 15 and 10. Sit-ups were all unbroken, but I broke the HR push-ups down into 2 sets during the rounds of 18 and 15. I used a 55# KB for the swings and finished in 20:10.

Strength

I started to do front squats by warming up with 135#. It was during that set of 5 reps when the accident happened and the class was done after that.

Simple Saturday

Planned on going to the 10am class, but stayed up too late last night, so went in for the 11am, which only had 4 of us.

Warm-up

100 Sit-ups

I knocked them out in 1:55 using the gym standard, which is to have your shoulder blades touch the floor and then only get up enough so you can touch your feet.

WOD

20:00 Team AMRAP

  • 5 Deadlifts/Power Cleans
  • 10 Burpees

We had 135# of the bar, which is a really easy deadlift, so after 2 rounds of that, Matt had me switch to power cleans to slow me down and give my partner more rest. I’m glad he did, because it made things a lot tougher for me. I think we got through 7 full rounds and then I did 5 additional power cleans.

Mobility

At the end of class we did a bunch of mobility stuff with bands and mashing with the bar, K-star style.

Quad AMRAPs

Went to a night class since the only morning class is 5:45am on Tuesday. It was kind of nice, even though I really like how I feel throughout the day when I workout in the morning.

Warm-up

5 rounds

  • 1m Russian Twists
  • 1m Plank

I used a 20# KB for the twists and got a total of 292 (counting each side) through the 5 minutes.

WODs

4 different 3:00 AMRAPs

At each station perform the buy-in exercise and reps. Then do max reps of another movement for the remaining time of the 3 minutes. Keep track of max reps for each station. Rest 2 minutes between stations.

  1. 20 Box Jumps
    -MAX DB power cleans
  2. 20 Burpees
    -MAX Push-ups
  3. 300m Run
    -MAX Ring Rows
  4. 20 KBS
    -MAX Wallballs

I used a 24 inch box for box jumps, 35# DBs for power cleans, a 53# KB for Russian swings, and a 20# MB for wallballs. I think my reps for the MAXs were 31, 41, 37, 35, but I might be off by a few on some of those.

Strength

Find 1 rep MAX for clean + thruster. We broke into groups by strength and formed lines to each take a shot at a weight before moving up. I think we went 65#, 85#, 105#, 125#, 145#, 165#. Those all went up pretty well for me. I was the only one left, so Matt pushed me to go for my body weight of 180#. I got the weight up with a power clean without too much trouble. I normally would do a full clean as it gets this heavy, but I knew I needed to squat for the thruster. The clean was a 15# PR. I went for the thruster and got it about half way over my head. I think if we had done this before the WOD I could have gotten it, but I was pretty fried. I’m thrilled about the clean PR especially since it was a power clean. 165# is a lot more than I’ve ever attempted with a thruster as well.

Carry the Medicine Ball

Got another solid night of sleep last night. It’s great to be home sleeping in my own bed again.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • Power Skipping
  • Walking Zombie Kicks
  • But Kicks

WOD

A religious CrossFit box somewhere came up with this partner WOD. It’s supposed to be based on the 14 stations of the cross. I’ll hold off on any comments about the religious nature.

  • 400m Run (both partners)
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 40 Burpees (both partners)
  • 80 KBS (Russian)
  • 60 MB Thrusters
  • 100 1-arm Push Presses
  • 100 Lunges (both partners)
  • 60 MB Cleans
  • 200 Sit-ups/Plank
  • 60 K2E
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 100 Lateral Hops
  • 100 HR Push-ups
  • 800m Run (both partners)

One partner holds a medicine ball at all times except when doing burpees, lunges, and sit-ups/plank. I partnered up with Matt, the owner, since we had an odd number of people in class. We used a 20# MB for the workout. When performing burpees and lunges each partner completes the prescribed number of reps. During the runs, we handed off the MB at the half-way point. As an example, we split up the pull-ups into several sets, each doing a total of 25 pull-ups. Then we each performed 40 burpees on our own. For the push presses, each partner should end up doing 25 with each arm. When you get to 200 sit-ups/plank, one partner is doing sit-ups while the other is holding a plank.

It took us 42 or 44 minutes to finish, I don’t remember the time. The last half of the 800m run was straight into a strong wind. Absolutely brutal holding the MB. I highlight for me was getting kipping K2E for the first time. I wish I had figured this out a couple of weeks ago for all of the T2B.

Partner WODs are always fun on weekends. Now it’s time to enjoy Masters Sunday.

Cleaner Cleans

Good sleep, feeling good. My hands have been healing really well under the pinkies, but I’m starting to develop an issue under the middle fingers on both hands. I wonder if I’m compensating.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 2x
    • 5 Inch worms
    • 10 PVC Shrug Pass-thrus
    • 15 Sit-ups
  • PVC Bergener Warm-up

First time doing the inch worms. Those are interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated on doing a shrug before starting the pass-thrus either. Shoulders were sore doing those. Probably from the slow ring rows.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 1.1.1.1.1 Cleans (Rest 10 seconds between reps)
  • 20s Rest
  • 10-15 Heavy KBS
  • 3m Rest

For the sets of cleans I used 95#, 115#, 125#, and 140#. Gayle gave me a few tips to clean up my form and it really made them much easier. I was leaning back too much instead of exploding up. I also wasn’t keeping the bar close enough to my body after it got past my knees. It’s incredible how much easier they were with better form. Oh, and we did full squat cleans which I had never done either. I used a 62# KB for the swings and did 15 each set.

WOD

3 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 20 KBS
  • 2m Rest

The was a brutal WOD for me. Wall balls suck. We had already done 60 swings with a kettlebell, so 60 more sucked too. Ok, enough whining! I just died during this workout. Not my strengths for sure. I used a 20# MB and a 53# KB and finished in 13:57.

2012 CrossFit Games Open Workout 12.1

Last night I was patiently waiting for the CrossFit Games site to release the first Open workout. I get so excited about competing, going on golf trips, and shit like this. I was very happy to see the first WOD didn’t involve heavy weights.

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of: Burpees

One thing most people aren’t used to for burpees is you have to put a target 6 inches above your reach and touch it with both hands on each rep. This is for judging online videos and so everyone is held to the same standards. I got to the box about a half hour before the 9am class since it was open gym from 8-9 and I could get the workout done and stay for class.

Warm-up

I did a slow 400m row.

I had never done a huge set of burpees so I wasn’t sure what I was capable of. My goal was to get 100, which averages out to 15 per minute. I started out fast, trying to get to the ground as fast as I could. I was right around 20 after 1 minute. Ahead of pace. From there it was burpee hell. I only stopped for a second or two here and there and tried to keep a steady past the rest of the way. I think I picked back up in the final minute and managed to get 92. Shy of 100, but I’m happy with that.

I am now a CrossFit Games athlete! 🙂

Warm-up?

Since I just finished 7 minutes of burpees I skipped most of the warm-up, but jumped in at the end for Tabata sit-ups.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 20 Walking Lunge (steps)
  • 60s Rest

I used 50# DBs in each hand. It was plenty of weight.

WOD

5 Rounds

  • 5 Power Cleans
  • 10 Burpees

Just what I needed, more fucking burpees! I swapped them out and did 15 ring rows each round instead. Set a new PR for cleans by using 145#. Finished in a time of 10:46.

Fitting way to end a tough week of workouts. Now I’m out of the box until Monday because I have a work conference and workshops Friday through Sunday. I may get up early and do Tabata sprints on Saturday or Sunday though.