Doing Singles

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)
    • Dead Hang
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Glute Bridges (pause at top)
    • 15s L-sit
    • 200m Row

Forgot how hard the L-sits are. Need to start doing those again.

Accessory

  • 4×10 Double Kettlebell Deadlift (44# KBs)
  • 3×25 Push-ups
  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Double Kettlebell Front Rack Walking Lunges (35# KBs)
    • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53#)

I did the KB deadlifts and push-ups in place of heavy deadlifts, especially with more reps coming up in the WOD. Then did 3x5x135# deadlift to warm-up for the metcon.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10-12-14… Row calories
  • 5-6-7… Deadlift (185#)

Had my belt on even though I don’t like it for the rowing. I went through 8 unbroken and then switched to quick singles because the eccentric part of the lift was feeling weird. Something I’d never do, but will try to protect my back at all costs now. I didn’t think I’d get through the 22 calories so I threw off my belt. Got through and knocked out a TnG set of 5 deadlifts to finish up.

Seemed Minor

Sore from the pull-ups yesterday. Last hot day. Hopefully. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dad Hang
  • 9:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 100m Run
    • 10 Glute Bridges (w/ pause)
    • 15 Hollow Rocks + 20s Hollow Hold

Strength – RDL

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 5x10x185

I put on the belt for the sets with 185 just to be extra safe. On rep 7 in the final set I felt a little something.

Warmed up with 6×45#, 6×95, and 3×135 cleans.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 Cleans (165#)

I felt my back on the first two broad jumps, but then was fine through the workout. Made sure not to get sloppy with the cleans. I was 1 clean shy of finishing the 14th round.

Jumped back on the Reverse Hyper for another 3x10x140#. I better feel good to golf tomorrow!

Tabata Holds

Golf was rained out yesterday. Really wanted to play, but it was nice to have a complete rest day. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up – 15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Russian KBS + 5 American KBS (44#)
  • 8 Ring Rows + 8 Push-ups
  • 10 Glute Bridges

Strength

Class was doing snatch grip presses behind the neck. I doubted I could do them with my shoulder impingement and after attempting 3 reps with an empty bar I was right.

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

  • 2x10x20#
  • 2x10x30#

Pause at the top of each rep.

Conditioning

18:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 OHS (75#)
  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 40 DU

This programming the gym is using always has the Rx at 30″ for some reason. It definitely seems geared towards competitors. I was fine with the 24 inch box. I cut the OHS down from 95# to ease back in. I did the OHS in 12-8 every round and wall balls in 12-10-8. Finished 3+45, so 15 of the wall balls.

Midline – 8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest

I did the second 4 hollow holds with my knees bent up into the tuck position. Not sure if it was any easier because it created a nice cramp in my upper abs.

Weekly Challenge

It’s 5:00 to accumulate as many pounds of power cleans as you can using only 1 bar. I was definitely not attempting to clean for 5 minutes, but I figured I’d try a little test with an empty bar. I got 38 reps in a minute, which I’d definitely not be able to keep up because it would cause such a back pump. 60+ reps with 135# might be doable. If I were to do it with that weight I think I’d try doubles for as long as I could do them.

Sweat Monster

Yesterday I woke up sore from a combination of Sunday’s workout and a bunch of yard work. My forearms and grip were especially sore from pulling grass clumps out of the rocks where they were growing. I walked 18 holes of golf and it was horrible hot and exhausting with the eclipse. The sun and heat really got to me. I had a nice headache all night and had a miserable night of sleep.

Little more sore today in different places, especially my lats from the 70 pull-ups. The gym had a bunch of heavy lifts today, so I did a version of Monday’s workout in my garage.

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 5/5 Single Leg Glute Bridges
    15 Russian KBS (53#)

Conditioning

10-20-30-40

  • Thruster (45#)
  • Burpee

The gym did it with wall balls, but I don’t have a height of 10’ in my garage, so I substituted the thrusters. It was a grinder workout. I did the thrusters in 10, 20, 17-13, and 15-15-10. Finished in 13:43 in a puddle of sweat.

I’d been really dragging ass all day, but felt ok during the workout. Decided that was enough for the day and skipped out on the accessory work.

Women’s Thrusters

My left hamstring feels odd today. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
    • 10 Glute Bridges
    • 6 Inchworms

Strength

I wasn’t front squatting, that’s for damn sure. So I did single arm kettlebell front rack squats.

  • 10/10 @ 35#
  • 3 sets 10/10 @ 44#

The left side of my back was not feeling great in the last few reps. Uh oh.

Conditioning

  • 25 Thrusters (75#)
  • 800m Run
  • 25 Thrusters (75#)

Programmed as 18 with 115# but not for me. I warmed up with the empty bar and the back felt ok, so I figured I could try the workout. I increased the reps since I was using teh women’s weight and made sure to do both sets unbroken. Should have tried to push the run a bit more. Finished in 6:20.

Accessory – 3 Sets

  • 20 Back Rack Walking Lunges (95#)
  • 10/10 Landmine Rows (60#, pause at the top)
  • 30s Superman Hold

I wasn’t sure about the hold since extension doesn’t feel the greatest some times. It was ok though. Had to split the hold into 20 and 10 seconds each time.

Sit & Pull

My back is a little better today, but still not great. Out in the garage around 4pm.

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 10 Snatch Shrugs (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 20 Double Unders

The right shoulder was getting stuck from the work I did yesterday. Air squats didn’t feel very good to start, but loosed up a lot after the first two sets. Did them slow and controlled. Double unders were a bit of a challenge.

Accessory – 5 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)
  • 10/10 Landmine Row (55#)

Stayed light because I didn’t want to stress out my back. So I bumped up the set count instead of 3.

Conditioning

  • 36-24-12 Seated Rope Pull-ups (alternate hands every rep)
  • 30-20-10 KB Snatch (35#, switch arms every 5)

This was the workout programmed at the gym and it looked fun, so I wanted to do a variation of it. It was programmed with 6-4-2 (for men) rope climbs at 15′ so the pull-ups were my substitution. I tried to make sure I did 6 back-to-back before taking rests. Normally would have gone heavier on the snatches, but that was good for today with my back. I only took very short breaks to tighten the screw on my adjustable kettlebell. The original workout had a 12 minute time cap so my scaling worked well, finishing at 8:49.

Midline – 5 Sets

  • 20s Bird Dog
  • 10 Single Leg Glute Bridge
  • Switch sides…
  • 20s Bird Dog
  • 10 Single Leg Glute Bridge

Expected the bird dogs to be harder. The glute bridges were not the best choice and could feel them in my back more than any of the other movements from the day.

Mid Michigan Muscle

Went on a little golfing trip to Forest Dunes on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I spend the day down in Dearborn for Maker Faire Detroit. Didn’t stress about missing workout and even took another day out of the gym yesterday to golf. So today was my first day working out since Thursday. I went to the 4:30 class.

My buddy Kevin and his business partner sold CrossFit Intuition to another member, who is renaming it to Mid Michigan Muscle with the tagline:

New Owner | New Workouts | New You

Everyone seems excited for the change.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Run / Row
    • 45s Single Leg Glute Bridges (Switch legs every 5)

Strength

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×200
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×220

Paired up with another guy, knowing I’d stay light. Could feel I haven’t squatted much in 4 months.

Conditioning

E2M – 12 Rounds

  • 30s Row / Airdyne / Run

I did each for 4 rounds and switched. Calories on the rower were 20-19-17-16. No idea on the AD. The run was about 140-150m, so short of 30 seconds of work. Got a nice headache from going hard.

Was going to sit out the extra credit, but at the last second I jumped in and made Gavin share his bar.

  • 21 Thrusters (115#)
  • 15 Thrusters (155#)
  • 9 Thrusters (185#)

We just kept alternating sets. I did 12-9 on 115. When I picked up 155 it was heavy as fuck! Did two sets of 2, then 2 sets of 4, and a final set of 3. I did one rep with 185 and stopped there. My back was already tight from the back squats and I wasn’t going to push it too much. The clock was at about 7:00 when I stopped.