Maybe the Worst One

My legs and ass all still pretty sore from Tuesday. Walked 18 holes yesterday and it took awhile to loosen up. I might even be more sore today actually. My shins and ankles are pretty tight, probably from the box jumps, jump rope, broad jumps, or a combination of those. Out in the garage this afternoon since Alex’s wedding is tonight.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 5 Tall Cleans
  • 5 Front Squats
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (above knee)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (below knee)

I did 45-75-95-115#. Holy cardio!

Lifting – 5 Sets

Complex of Clean Pull + Clean + Hang Clean (below knee) + Hang Clean (above knee)

My plan was 135-155-175-195-215# On the clean with 175, my back buckled. It was the worst a back tweak has felt at the time of the incident. Hopefully the after effects are minor, especially with a golf outing in the morning.

So frustrating. I was looking forward to the WOD with HSPU, pull-ups, and lunges too. So instead I had to jump on the AD.

Conditioning

  • 20:00 Airdyne

Went 7.16 miles.

Pushing PRs

My legs have been all kinds of sore from the squats on Monday. Had a chiro appointment (trying to use up my FSA balance before switching insurance plans) and then went to the 4:30 class.

Pre Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Zeus DU
    • 10 OH Shrugs (45#)

I was at the gym plenty early due to the 4:00 appointment so did some stuff before the class warm-up.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • Wrist Stretch
  • 5 Slow Push-ups
  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 20 Double Unders
  • Spiderman Stretch

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 4×205#
  • 3×225#
  • 2×245#
  • 1×265#

I belted up for the last two sets. Felt heavy but ok.

Gymnastics – 3 Sets

  • MAX Strict HSPU
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

It was programmed as 5-10 reps of each handstand push-ups and pull-ups, but I’ve been wanting to test out my strict HSPU so went for it. Couldn’t believe it when I got 17 reps followed up by 12 in each of the next 2 sets. My previous best was only 11, which I matched last in March of last year so that’s over a 50% improvement!

Conditioning

“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • Sit-ups

Anchored my feet and used my AbMat cover pad. Missed my very first rep, so just adjusted my time by 2 seconds at the end. ūüôā I missed again in the set of 20, missed to start my final set because my rope was tangled and I was trying to rush it, and then missed again after 5 or 6. So 3 official misses after my restart. Not going to PR like that, but with a 6:06 I was only 13 seconds off my best time.

Practiced a bit more freestanding handstand hold up near the wall.

Realized that’s 9 days in a row of doing something, even though Saturday was only a 45 minute recovery on the AirDyne. Time for a rest day!

Weak Core

Had an appointment at the chiro and then went to the gym for the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • Bar “Hang” Stretch
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 PVC Passes
    • 12 Plyo Lunges
    • 10 Ring Rows
  • Wrist Stretch
  • Banded Shoulder Stretch

Ring rows have never felt so easy.

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×185
  • 2×225
  • 1×245
  • 1×265

Started losing position with the 265 and could feel my back as I walked away, so that was enough squats for me. Live to squat another day. I think I’ve lost a lot of core strength/stability from not squatting in these last 3-4 months. Probably explains why the hollow holds were so hard on Sunday too.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 30 Double Unders

The muscle-ups felt pretty good, but the dips started bleeding fatigue over into the push-ups, which got hard in my last 2-3 rounds. I think I missed once in 2 sets of dubs and 3 times in another set, otherwise unbroken. Scored 7+1, with no misses on the rings. I had to triple kip my 3rd dip in the 7th round, but made it. I did feel something in my left shoulder right away in round one and throughout the workout. Hopefully it’s just from not having done¬†MU in several weeks, because my shoulders have been feeling money.

Sub 2

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • High Knees
  • 10 Push-ups

Strength – Front Squat

  • 6×95#
  • 4×135
  • 4×145
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×195
  • 2×200
  • 2×205
  • 2×210
  • 2×215

Haven’t squatted with a bar in well over a month so I took it easy. Felt fine.

Conditioning

“Grace”

  • 30 C&J (135#)

I’ve been chasing the sub 2 minute mark for a couple of years. In February of 2016 I did it in 2:04 and in November of 2014 my time was 2:17. I was nervous because I knew exactly what I had to do to improve my time and it was going to hurt. When I got the 2:04 I did 3 sets of 5, a set of 2 and then singles.

When someone called out 30 seconds I had just done my 10th rep, so I knew it was possible. I stuck to the 3×5 and was able to increase that 4th set to 3 reps before switching to singles. Then I forced myself to pick the bar up quicker than I wanted to, especially at the end when I knew it was getting close. Finished in 1:57 for a 7 second PR!

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (44# KB)
  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15 Sit-ups

I did the rows slow and controlled and tried to get a slight pause at the top.

Stopped at the gas station on my drive home for some celebration snacks. ūüôā

I’ve posted a couple of things about CrossFit Programming over on my personal blog this week:

Ascending

Was up late to finish watching Bloodline, but made it to the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 500m Row

Strength / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB)
  • 5/5 OH Lunge (44# KB)

Conditioning

3-6-9-12-15

  • Power Clean (95#)
  • Front Squat (95#)
  • Burpee

Finished in 9:48.

Out in the garage before dinner.

Push Only 

  • 3×15 Pegboard Pull-ups (6-5-4)
  • 3×10 Rack Chins (35#) 
  • 3×10 Lat Pull-downs (green bands)
  • 3×10 DB Curls (30#)
  • 3×15 Shoulder IYTs (CS purple)

Was only supposed to be sets of 12 Pull-ups but I failed at math today.

Wonder What My Push Jerk Is

Walked my first 18 holes of the year yesterday. Wasn’t really tired, though did feel some pulling in my left hamstring over the last 4 holes. Still really wet and soggy out there. Went in for the 10am class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 2x
    • Couch Stretch
    • Wrist Stretch
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Weighted Lunge (45#)
    • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
    • 10 Front Squat (45#)

Weightlifting

1 Squat Clean + 2 Front Squats + 1 Push Jerk

  • 135#
  • 185#
  • 205#
  • 225#
  • 240#
  • 250#

Alex lifted with me. Wasn’t planning on going too heavy, but it was feeling ok. The squats did feel a little¬†heavy. I haven’t maxed out push jerk¬†in years, but the most I’ve done is 255# back in September of 2014. I think it’s a lot higher now.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Row calories
  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Jump Rope (singles)
  • Side Plank

Worked for 40 seconds of each minute. This was a nice little sweat. Alternated sides for the plank every round so that they were longer holds.

Out in the garage in the evening to kick of week 2 of the Push Only program.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 4x8x175
  • 3x12x190

Increased 5# on both the sets of 8 and the sets of 12.

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 3x12x155#

Not knowing what I could do, I tried¬†135-150-165 last week, which was an average of 150, so a 5# increase over that seemed right for today and it sure was! High rep day is much harder with “strict” rests. I was doing about two minutes.

Accessory

  • 3×12 Clapping Push-ups
  • 3×12 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×12 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Performance Plus

  • 3×15 PVC Lift Offs (video)
  • 3×10¬†Banded Arm Circles – 10 in all 3 positions and also in both directions¬†(video)
  • Rolling Teres Muscles – 30 seconds / side¬†(video)

Also did some psoas release and the entire second session only took 70 minutes.

Get To It

Warm-up

  • 2×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 15 Jumping Jacks

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 4×185
  • 4×215
  • 2x3x245

My back is definitely tight.

Warmed up cleans with 5×45, 5×95, and 5×135.

Conditioning

30:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 10 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Row Calories
  • 40 alt Box Jumps (24″)
  • 50 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 200m Run

Paired up with Weston and we evenly split everything. I did 5 TnG cleans each time. Did box jumps in the first round, but switched to step-ups because my back was getting a little tight. We recovered on the run. First round was around 8 minutes not knowing how to pace. Got a little faster and then we pushed it in the final round almost getting through in 6 minutes. Finished 3 rounds and about 120 meters of the 4th run.

Midline

Max Plank

With my mid back already tight I didn’t push it. Stopped at 3 minutes.

Pulled a double day because I wanted to get in the bench work and be able to rest tomorrow with the nice weather and the Masters on. Out in the garage after 9pm…

Bench Press

  • 10√ó45#
  • 10√ó95
  • 5√ó135
  • 5√ó165
  • 5√ó185
  • 5x5x205
  • 3×30 alt DB Bench Press (50#)

Those dumbbell presses get much harder on the short rest.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×95#
  • 5×115
  • 5×120
  • 5×125

I haven’t done a shoulder press in months.

Accessory

  • 3×15/15 Half-kneeling Single Arm DB Press (30#)
  • 3×15/15 OH Single Arm DB Tricep Extensions (15#)
  • 3×15/15 Landmine Press (75#)
  • 3√ó15 Z Press (65#)

Single arm for the tricep extensions was not good but I thought it would be better for unilateral work. Didn’t feel the tricep working much at all. Won’t be doing them that way again.

I wasn’t sure if I did the landmine presses correctly¬†the last time so I found a T Nation article. Yep, I had been leaning forward too much, effectively turning it into a shoulder press.¬†Much harder when stand up straight and press out at an angle!

The Z Press was from the Performance Plus program. It was recommended to use about 33% of a max shoulder press. Focus on upright posture and fully opening the shoulders.

Because it was so decided to keep my rests at about 1:30. It helped me to prep the next movement ahead of time to keep rolling through. Finished all of that in 57 minutes!! It created a nice pump too. Short rest, Arnold style.

Still have 2 pieces of the Performance Plus to do, but will do them in the living room while watching TV.

Mobility