Rough Morning, Solid Night

Got plenty of sleep, but had a hard time getting out of bed. Made it for 9am though.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Arm stretching
  • Band pass-thrus
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 Mountain Climbers
    • 20 Jumping Jacks


Shoulder Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95#
  • 6×115#
  • 6×125#
  • 6×130#
  • 6×135#
  • 6×140#
  • 6×145#

Meh. Would have liked to get 150 or 155.


4 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10/10 Side Bends (62# KB)


12:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 50 American KBS (53#)
  • 50 Air Squats

Settled into a pace of 15-16 burpees per minute, which got me finished around 3:15. Did my wall balls in sets of 10. Too much rest between the sets. Moved on to the swings around 6:10. Did two sets of 15 and two sets of 10. Then the air squats unbroken but slow. Had about a minute left and managed 15 burpees for 215 total reps. Not sure why, but I did not feel very good after this one; I didn’t even push hard. Maybe it’s a nutrition thing or having a hard time waking up was a sign.

Break at night to get in some work in the garage. Warmed up with an easy 5:00 on the Air Dyne for 2.63km.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×255#
  • 3×275#
  • 3×295#
  • 3×315#
  • 3×330#
  • 3×340# (PR)

After 100 squats this morning I was unsure how I’d feel tonight. Wasn’t feeling very good as I worked up and even at 315#. Knew I had to change my attitude after that and just attack each rep. Could definitely feel my quad, though it obviously didn’t hold me back. Hopefully I can walk tomorrow.


5 Rounds

  • 30s OH Holds (15# Training bar w/ 15# plates on bands)
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Rocks
  • 30s Rest

Big difference from using the earthquake bar, but not a bad substitution. Still get some movement out of the bar and weight. Was able to go non-stop through each set of hollow rocks, which I wasn’t expecting.

Still Dark

Woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. After an hour, I had enough. Got up and headed out to the garage.

Ski Erg

  • 3,000m @ 92% of 2k pace (2:09)

Ended up with an average pace of 2:07.9/500m for a total time of 12:47.6. Kind of nice to already have that done at 6am.


Had a chiropractor appointment and then went straight to the 4:30 class.

Power Clean & Push Jerk

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×185#
  • E20S for 4:00 (12x)
    • 1×205#

Last 3 reps with 205# started to feel some fatigue. The bar was crashing a little and I couldn’t go right from the clean into the push jerk. Had to stand it up for a second and then get it. Felt solid though.

6 Rounds

  • 5 Cleans (135#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 5 Burpees
  • 30s Rest

All touch-n-go on the cleans and fast burpees. Evil wheels were a rest because they take me a long time with my height. Every round was under a minute for a total time of 7:58.

5 Rounds with partner (alternating with slam ball being the time for the OH hold)

  • 20 Slam Balls (25#)
  • OH Hold

Did the first two rounds of holds with the Earthquake bar and no idea how much hanging on it in KBs, then held a 45# overhead for the next 2 rounds, and back to the bar for the final round. Shoulders were smoked!

Last Laugh

Went out to a comedy show with a bunch of Michigan beers last night called Brew Ha Ha. Was home early though and drank a bunch of water to be ready for today. Can’t miss out on Super Sunday. 😉

I was at the gym early so took the time to get in a little extra warm-up on the rower. Did 1,000m in 4:09 to get moving. Did bottom squat holds and various stretching as well.


4 Sets

  • Max C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest 1:00

My first set was better than 2 weeks ago and 2nd set was equal, but then fell off hard. The accumulation of the muscle-ups yesterday did me in. Went 15-12-8-8.

Strength / Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Good Mornings (95#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 1:30 Rest

Nothing crazy. More of a rest time before getting into the conditioning.


10 Rounds

  • 2 Power Snatches (135#)
  • 4 Bar-facing Burpees

When I wrote this, my goal was to have to dig in order to complete every double as touch-n-go. I made it. 🙂 Nice steady pace on the burpees and kept moving from movement to movement. Total time was 6:15.

Update: Makes me feel good when I see a very similar workout by one of the best. I’d sent the workout to a friend early in the week and looked back to make sure I hadn’t copied, but I had shared it before Spealler even did his workout. I hope to never make claims I’m an expert at programming workouts, but seeing stuff like this makes me think I’m on the right track with some good ideas. I program Sunday workouts a week or two in advance (and tweak up to a few days before we hit it) and a similar thing happened with last Sunday’s workout and something Outlaw did a few days later. Not identical, but along the same lines, with our version fitting our athlete base better.

We rested 10-15 minutes before getting into some Tabata work.

  • Tabata – Thrusters (45#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Tabata – DU
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Tabata – Thrusters (45#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Tabata – Lateral Bar Hops

I did all sets of 8 on both thruster tabatas. The last few rounds of the 2nd time through were a big shoulder burn. I got a total of 240 double unders and 210 lateral bar hops. I think the bar hops were the worst part of the entire workout and I was not expecting that.

Cooled off with a really slow 2,000m row in 9:59 and then did some foam rolling on my back. That was one of my favorite Sunday workouts.

Testing 14.1

Was in bed by 10 again and got over 10 hours of sleep.



  • Max Unbroken C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest 1:00

I did better than I expected, but it gassed me a lot more than I was prepared for. Did 14-12-11-10, when I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 10 in a row.


5 Sets

  • 5 Pendlay Rows
  • 3 Evil Wheels
  • Rest 2:00

I did a set of rows with 45# and one with 115# before getting into the work sets. Could really feel the fatigue from the pull-ups here. I used 165-175-185-195-195.


CrossFit Games Open 11.1/14.1
10:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (75/55)

My goal was simply to beat the score I put up in the Open last year, which was 5+41. I did it without even pushing too hard by getting 5+44, 1 rep shy of 6 full rounds. I only had 2 (maybe 3?) misses on the dubs and did my snatches 6-5-4 every round again. I’ll definitely take that knowing I’ll push a lot harder when it’s game time and won’t be fatigued from other work.

Rested 10 minutes, then…

6 Rounds

  • 10 Burpees AFAP
  • 1:00 Rest

Sucked more than I expected. My rounds were done in 18-18-18-19-19-20 seconds. Happy to be able to keep the times so close. I was having a hard time pushing myself off the ground for the last few reps in the final two rounds.

Kiss My Ass Barbara


Warmed up with some stretching, 10×45# shoulder press, 5×95# thruster, and 3×135# clean thruster.

E3M 15:00

  • 1.1.1 Clean Thruster
  • 3 Evil Wheels

* Take 5-10s between clean thruster reps.

Worked out to about 2 minutes of rest between rounds, which is what I was going for with the design. I used 155, 175, 195, 205, and 225#. That was fun. My max clean thruster was 240# the last time I tried, so 225# for 3 reps was tough.

5 rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 3:00 Rest

Went out hot, which turned out to be really dumb. My rounds were 3:37, 4:12, 4:29, 4:59, and 5:07 for a total time of 22:24. That’s 9 seconds slower than the only other time I’ve done this benchmark, though I was 22 pounds lighter back then. I went 20, 20, 20, 14-6, and 12-4-4 on my pull-ups and I think I did 3 sets of 10 for the first 2 rounds of push-ups. If I had broken up the pull-ups and push-ups more in those first two rounds I think I would have been able to keep a more consistent pace. Last time I did “Barbara” my rounds were almost all exactly the same time (4:23, 4:26, 4:26, 4:33, and 4:27). My head was a little too big today.

Wore gymnastics grips but they don’t protect the thumb. Glad it’s not very deep. Better to have it there than somewhere on my palm.



Feeling better today, but still not 100%. Super Sunday at 11am. Did some bottom squat holds and stretching to loosen up.


  • 5 Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (75#)
  • 3 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 2 Snatches (115#)
  • 2 Snatches (135#)
  • 2 Snatches (145#)
  • 2 Snatches (155#)
  • 2 Snatches (165#)
  • 2 Snatches (175#)
  • 1 Snatch (185#)
  • 1 Snatch (195#)
  • 1 Snatch (205#)
  • 1 Snatch (210# – PR)
  • Fail (215#)

I really wanted to hit some heavy snatches today and that I did. Felt great! Set the clock for 15:00 and started at 115#. After making 210# without trouble, I took a couple of extra minutes beyond the 15 minute clock to give 215 a try. I had it too, just too soft in the arms when I got to the bottom. I think I was surprised the weight was there. 🙂

Did 5×135# and 5×165# Pendlay Rows to warm up.

5 Sets

  • 5 Pendlay Rows (185#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels

Time to start going with more weight for the rows. They are feeling solid. Those evil wheels really are evil. I’m already feeling sore in my upper abs.

10:00 EMOM

  • 7 C2B Pull-ups

Had to start breaking them up in the 8th round.

Thruster Attack

Schedule for the program is all messed up with being out sick for 4 days. Still looking to finish out the program this week and hit “Fran” next Sunday though. At this point I was feeling pretty wiped out. Did not expect things to end well.

Every 1:45 for 5 sets

  • 15 Thrusters (95#)

I got through the 5 sets unbroken, but wanted to stop in the last two. I could tell almost right away that it was going to hit me. Spent some quality time on the floor after picking things up. Stopped for a Mountain Dew on the ride home because I figured some sugar with help me feel better (for real). Didn’t think I was going to make it home. My whole body was sweating and I rushed in the house. Spent 5 minutes or so sitting on the bathroom floor just in case. Glad I got the work in though. 2 more thruster sessions!

Sleep in Sunday

Had a social at CFi list night, which was fun. Got a great sleep until after 9, which is really late for me. Open gym at 11am. Did various stretching to get loosened up.

  • 2x5x135# Stiff leg deadlifts
  • 7×205# Stiff leg deadlifts
  • 5 Rounds
    • 5 Stiff leg deadlifts (255#)
    • 5 Evil wheels

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Power Snatch (155#)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

Felt great! One more pull-up per round than a month ago with the same workout.

Thruster Attack!

4 Rounds

  • 1:30 Tabata
    • 20s Thrusters (65#)
    • 10s Rest
  • 30s Rest

Still able to keep up 8 every round and got 10 on the final round for 98 total thrusters.

3 attempts

  • MAX Handstand Hold (facing wall)

I did 1:30, 1:30, and 1:49!

Haven’t been having any issues with the back, so that’s a good sign.