Get It In Early

Yesterday I was so sore! Walking 18 holes and squatting down to line up putts was not comfortable. The heat and humidity was some of the highest of the summer, which didn’t help either. I did a 46 minute ROMWOD later in the evening.

This morning I was out in the garage at about 8am to get in day 3 of week 1 before heading to the golf course and to beat the heat.

Push Press

Pause in dip for 2 seconds and pause overhead for another 2 seconds.

  • 5×45#
  • 3×85
  • 3×115
  • 3×145
  • 4x5x175

Pausing in the dip is tough and it was hard not to do a very small extra dip to drive back up. I work my knee sleeves all workout this morning and put on my lifting belt for the working sets due to bringing the bar back down so many times. I used the assigned weight, but cut the sets down from 6 to 4 due to time constraints and still easing back into it.

Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×205
  • 5×235
  • 4x5x265

Felt much better than the front squats on Monday. Was able to go with the assigned weight, but again cut it 2 sets short.

Hang Snatch

Pause 2 seconds above knee and 2 seconds in OHS.

  • 2×45#
  • 2×75
  • 2×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×145
  • 2×155
  • 2×165

Not supposed to use more than 80% (175), but I was happy to hit 165. I almost lost my grip on the 2nd rep with 155, so I dropped the bar between reps with 165 to reset completely.

Snatch Lift Off

  • 5×200#
  • 3x5x220

Supposed to use 90-100% of full snatch 1RM. First set at 90% felt good so I went to 100% for the others. Much better than the snatch deadlifts felt the other day, but I think the pauses probably had something to do with how heavy it felt that day. I did use lifting straps for all sets of these.

Decided to ride in the cart today on the golf course with another hot day; two in a row would have been a bit much. Headed out to the garage a couple of hours after getting home for a 2nd session. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.


6 Sets

  • 3 Strict Chin-ups (knees up)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (80#)

As you can see I also had a 25# plate holding down the end of the bar, which added some more weight. Played around with different grip positions for a few sets too.


  • 1,000m Ski Erg

My previous best was 3:45.6 almost 2 years ago. Number in my head was a 1:45/500m average but 20 seconds in I knew that would be a bad idea. Early on 1:47-1:48 was feeling good. Then things started to take a turn similar to how they do on the rower. Managed 3:36.9 for a nice PR.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and then a 22 minute ROMWOD later.


Hung. Over.

Late night, but in to the gym to get some work done. My quads are still extremely sore! My legs have given out several times walking today. I’m sure dancing at the wedding last night had nothing to do with it.


3 Sets

  • 150′ Jog in gym
  • 10 Sit-up to Staddle
  • 5 Scap Pull-ups


5 Sets

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels

Didn’t feel the rows in my left shoulder at all. Maybe that time away helped.


10:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Squats (20# MB)
  • 200m Run (20# MB)

I think I finished 5 rounds plus the squats, but it might have only been 4. Guessing 5 since the final run and next round of squats took me just under 1:45. Didn’t push it today since it was a late night. I cupped my arms under the medicine ball for my squats and held it on my shoulder during the run. Tried one round with the ball an my hip and it didn’t work as well. Ball never touched the ground for the entire 10 minutes.

  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 4 Tabata HS Hold
  • 4 Tabata Push-ups

No additional rest going to the next movement. I tripped up way too many times and only got 106 dubs. Push-ups were tough after the handstand holds. Did 20-16-12-11.


  • 75 V-ups

Got talked into this one. Was really feeling it in my upper abs. Kept a single steady pace the whole way. First 25 at 1:00, 50 at 1:59, and finished at 2:55.

What a Bear!

My hips and quads are all pretty sore.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 ATYs (5# plates)
    • 15/15 Monster Walks (small red band)
    • 10 Walking Lunges

Weightlifting / Cycling

5 Sets

  • 7 rep Bear Complex

I was out of breath with the empty bar! I did 45-75-105-135-155#. Decided to count that first set because I was taking quite a bit of rest with the bar on my back during the 135 and 155 sets. Going in I thought maybe 165, but 155 was fine with me and 10# heavier than I’d done.

I did all clean thrusters, but in the final two loads I started resting after lowering the bar on to my back before doing a back thruster. Got a little rest in the hang position a few times.


6 Sets

  • 4 Pendlay Rows (165#, supinated)
  • 6 Evil Wheels

I did a couple of warm-up sets on the row with 105-155#. Could feel a little pull in my left shoulder with the first two working sets, but it went away by the 3rd set. Evil wheels have become very easy for me. Maybe from the GHD work I do?

Explosive “Conditioning”

For Quality

  • 50 Burpee Broad Jumps

Didn’t even start the clock because the focus was on the jumps and not going balls to the wall; be explosive under a little fatigue. Kept a nice steady pace and tried to get some distance with each jump. Was much harder than I expected. Feet were really digging into the end of my shoes even at 10 reps in.

I’ll get in some shoulder mobility work and e-stim.


When I woke up and started moving in bed I was feeling some pretty good pain in my shoulder. Or maybe that was a dream because I seemed to be fine after actually getting out of bed. Legs feeling a little fatigued.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Wall Squats
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 12 OH Walking Lunges (55#)
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (95#)
  • 12 OH Walking Lunges (55#)


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (135#)
  • 12 OH Walking Lunge (55# plate)

Accessory & Midline

5 Sets

  • 5 Pendlay Rows (155#, supinated)
  • 5 Evil Wheels


10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Push Press (95#)

Some similarities to 16.5, but felt much better without the big sets and without the squat part of thrusters. Was holding steady at under a minute per round pace and picked it up at the end to finish exactly 11 rounds with a second to spare. Everything unbroken and was able to stick with push presses all the way.



  • Bottom to Bottom Squats

Did sets of 10 for the first 6 rounds and took the extra “rest” in the bottom position. Then kept moving in the final 2 rounds to get 13 and 14. Finished with 87 for a 9 rep PR. Coming out of that bottom hold for the final 4 rounds really is a hell of a burn.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Plyo and will do ROMWOD at some point.

Oh My Quads

Went to the 4:30 class.


  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Good Mornings

Strength – Deadlifts

  • 7×45#
  • 7×155
  • 7×225
  • 7×275
  • 7×305
  • 2x7x325

Heavy enough after all of the shoveling. No need to push it and get hurt during the Open.


4 Sets

  • 5 Evil wheels
  • 5 Ring Swings

It’s been awhile since I’ve done the evils so expect to be sore the next couple of days.


9:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Overhead Squats (95#)
  • 9 Step-ups (24″)

Loved it! Did all step-ups instead of box jumps and holy hell did that turn into a quad burn after the OHS. First round was done in about 45 seconds and settled in to a steady 1:00 pace after about 3 rounds I think. Finished exactly 9 rounds but only had about 2 seconds so didn’t try to pick up the bar. Was a good one not having to rest at any point and able to keep moving.

Now that scoring is closed on 16.1, I can see my score is not as bad worldwide as my performance on 15.2 was last year, which I still overcame it to have my best overall percentile placing ever. Kind of a relief that I should be able to make a comeback on the leaderboard, but frustrating that having to do single pull-ups held back my score so much. I don’t usually like to say this, but I’m confident I would have been close to 8 rounds instead of only 7+1. Especially since I’ve put in a lot of work over the last 4-5 months on improving my capacity. In day-to-day WODs at the gym Bryan and I have been neck and neck, trading wins, for the last month or two, where he was handily beating me before. Castro, please bring us pistols this year!

Front to Back

Again, planned to do 9am, but was up late playing an addicting stupid iOS game. Went to the 5:30 class.


  • Jumping Jacks
  • Zombie Kicks
  • Rack Stretch
  • Lat Stretch
  • Calf Stretch
  • 5 Back Squats (20kg)
  • 5 Front Squats (20kg)
  • 5 Front Squats (70kg)


8:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Front Squats (90kg)
  • 5 Back Squats (90kg)

Wasn’t going crazy being the 3rd day squatting this week and may do more tomorrow with Alex. Not sure yet. Legs are kind of smoked from the Air Dyne last night.


4 Sets

  • 8 Supinated Grip Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels

These rows felt really easy. I know they were light but maybe the pull-up work is already paying off.


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row (calories)
  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 1:00 Medicine Ball Cleans (20#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 27-25-26 calories on the rower and totaled 60-60-58 reps overall. Those med ball cleans suck ass but I kept moving the entire time each round.

Glad there was nothing I had to modify because it’s still hard to hang or pick anything up with my hands.

1 Open WOD Left

Yesterday my hands ached from the ring work. Got a great night of sleep and felt good this morning.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×135#


CrossFit Open Workout 11.5 – 20:00 AMRAP

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

There were only 2 Open workouts I haven’t done and this was one of them, so now only 11.4 is left to try. Did all singles on the cleans, toes to bar were 4-3-3 every round except an unbroken 7 to finish, and unbroken every round for wall balls (hurt). Saw that around 10 rounds was the 90th percentile on BTWB and was ahead of that pace through 5 rounds, but slowing down. Started to take some 5-10 second breathers in between movements through the second half of the workout, which cost me. Ended up with 9 rounds plus the cleans and 7 of the T2B. Probably could have gone 5-5 on the T2B and saved a lot of time. Grinder of a workout though.


6 Sets

  • 4 Good Mornings
  • 4 Evil Wheels

Did 2 sets with each weight of 145-155-165#. Tried out something new for the evil wheels and I liked it. Makes it more like the ab roller devices, adding a stability element since the plate wants to roll one to the sides a little.


Skill Conditioning

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

Had 2 misses, but managed a new PR (by 6 reps) with 286 dubs. Three hundo should be possible if I can get rid of the misses.