Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115


4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.


3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.


E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.


Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

All Abs

Good crew showed up today.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 10 Bar Taps


  • For Time
    • 3-6-9-6-3 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 7-14-21-14-7 Deadlift (135#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 5-10-15-10-5
    • C2B Pull-ups
    • Front Squat (135#)

I wasn’t sure how the lifts would feel, so I took my time on them. I did the muscle-ups in all sets of 3 without a problem. I did the deadlifts 7, 8-6, 9-6-6, 8-6, and 7. Like I said, just took my time on them. Finished at 7:26. My chest-to-bars felt really good, even after all of those muscle-ups. I did 9-6 on the set of 15 and unbroken on the other sets, wishing I had tried to do the 15 unbroken as well. I did the front squats in all sets of 5 and was taking a lot of rest. I wasn’t that comfortable with them and didn’t want to be straining and tweak something again. Finished in 9:22 all because of the squats.

Midline – 5 Rounds

  • 10 Floor Wipers
  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (20# DB)
  • 20 V-ups

A lot of volume today!

Update: After sitting on my ass to recover for a couple of hours, I decided I was going to finish cleaning the garage gym. It took me much longer than expected, probably 3+ hours. Well worth it though. I was able to improve the organization to make it easier to get at the bumper plates. I’m going to hang a couple more things up on the wall to open up some floor space as well.

Death EMOM

Went to the gym at noon.


  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pendlay Row
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95#

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
  • 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)

Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 K2E
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.

The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.

I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!

This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.

Midline: E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 20-30s Hollow Hold

Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.

Muscle Fatigue

While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.

“J.T.” – 21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!

I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!

In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.


  • Air Squats
  • Plyo Lunges
  • 2x Double Unders

After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 60, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.


  • Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
  • Shotguns
  • Weighted Sit-ups (40#)

Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.


I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.

Pistols on the Right

My golf game wasn’t much better today but took 3rd place in the 3rd (last) flight. Couldn’t get anything going all weekend to score. The heat the last few days has been nasty! Drains a lot out of you on the course. Went in to the gym a bit before 8pm to do work. Too damn hot to workout in the garage.


3 Rounds

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 Jump Squats

Nice and slow. Was not rushing at all.


  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×135#


CrossFit Open 11.3

5:00 AMRAP

  • Squat Clean (165#)
  • Jerk (165#)

These movements are counted as 2 separate reps in this workout. So if you miss a jerk, you can power clean it to get the jerk done since a squat clean won’t count until that jerk gets completed. I was alone so I made a deal with myself. I faced away from the clock and couldn’t look until I had completed 20 rounds. Had 20 seconds left and got in 2 more rounds for 44 total reps.


5 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Floor Wipers (holding 40# DBs)

Should do those floor wipers more often since it’s a hip rotation exercise as well as great on the core.

I decided to try a pistol on the right leg, which I haven’t been able to do since October due to some type of issue with my rectus femoris. Did a couple no problem!

Back in the 400s

Tired this morning. Almost backed out of the morning session I had planned, but got in the garage and did the work.

Warmed up with 5:00 on the Air Dyde (AD2) for 2.58km.

4 Rounds

  • 500m Ski Erg
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 300m Ski Erg
  • 3:00 Rest

Got this one from Chris Hishaw of Vivendi Lab (formerly NorCal CrossFit Lab). It was a row workout, but the distances and pace chart work just as well on the ski erg. My pace targets were 2:02.4 for 500m and 1:54 for 300m based off an estimated 2k PR since my only attempt is too slow. Hit every target and increased my pace every round. The 500s were 2:02.4, 2:02.1, 2:02, and 2:01.7. The 300s were 1:08.3 (1:53.8/500), 1:08 (1:53.3/500), 1:08 (1:53.3/500), and 1:07.6 (1:52.6/500).

3 Rounds

  • 15 GHD Sit-ups
  • 15 Hip Extensions

Did it in 4:17. Planned on 5 rounds, but the CFi workout has deadlifts and T2B today, so I don’t want to destroy my core. To be honest, back extensions with sore quads are pretty brutal!

Went to the 5:30 class.


  • 1,000m Row (3:58.1)
  • 2×10 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold



  • 5×155#
  • 5×245#
  • 4×315#
  • 2×365#
  • 2×385#
  • 2×405#
  • 2×425#
  • 2×445#

Yeah! Haven’t pulled 400+ off the ground in months. Felt easy too. Didn’t want to push it too far though. I had a goal of 425-435 when I walked in.



10:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 8 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 16 American KBS (53#)

Didn’t have a go button today. I could feel my body wore out early in the day. Got 5 rounds plus 8 toes to bar and 8 deadlifts. Everything unbroken except I went 4-4 on my last set of T2B.


5 Sets

  • 12 Floor Wipers (95#)

Hadn’t done these in well over a year I think, but they were really easy. Tried to go really slow and controlled on the last set.

Figured I’d decompress the back after those deadlifts, so jumped on the RH again for 3x10x210#.

Work Your Back Side

Feeling great after the workout yesterday. In at 10am this morning and trained with Michelle and Kevin.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 2 x 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 10/10 Leg Swings (F-B, S-S)


10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 10 RDL (225#)
  • Evens: 5 Pendlay Rows (145#)


5 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (345#)
  • 5 Over-the-bar Burpees
  • 7 HSPU

The deadlifts were brutal. Had to drop each rep. Finished in 6:54.


5 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10 Floor Wipers (45# DBs)
  • 10 Hollow Rocks

My upper abs were on fire in those last couple rounds of hollow rocks. Hadn’t done floor wipers in a really long time, so was nice to do them for a change.


10:00 Row trying to keep a 20s/m pace.

Unfortunately I was pretty much keeping a 18s/m pace. Good way to finish a good workout.