2018 Begins

A few areas of my upper legs are lit up! Could it be from those squat jumps? Finished making my Bluetooth speaker. It’s soooo nice having some real volume in the garage.

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Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Will my calves ever stop being sore when I do these?

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 12 One Arm Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

This combo really gets be breathing heavy. It’s essentially 120 mountain climbers.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x245

Humbling. I try not to think about what I could squat before. As I was walking the bar in after my final set I felt a little something in my left lower back. Fuck!

Then as I was getting out the dumbbell, this mother fucking 2.5# plate dropped right on the nail of big toe. I let out a bit yell. No marks on my foot yet.

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Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (45# DB)
  • 8/8 1 Arm RKB Swing (70#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Good Morning (125#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (125#)

Wasn’t sure if I was going to feel anything in my back, but seemed ok. Using the seventy pounder for the one arm swings may be a bit much. Realized in the second set of good mornings that they should have been sumo stance. Next time.

All Unbroken

On Tuesday I traveled back from up north and chilled for my 38th birthday. Yesterday I ended up getting busy organizing some areas of the house and putting together a big haul of clothes to donate. So it ended up being another rest day. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Workout

  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlift
    • 45#
    • 95#
    • 3 Sets @ 125#

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Snatch Pull
  • 3 Tall Muscle Snatch
  • 2 OHS
  • 2 Hang Power Snatch

I did 3 sets with 45# and 2 with 75#.

Weightlifting

1-1-1 Snatch High Pull + Hang Snatch

  • 95#
  • 105
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Conditioning

27-21-15-9

  • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • MB Sit-up (20#)
  • Step-up (24″)
  • Push Press (75#)
  • Row calories

Kept everything unbroken. Good mix of movements to keep things moving. Finished in 19:12.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 5 Pallof Press Series (blue band, 2 breath hold)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Morning (95#)

I only did 5 of the Pallof Presses at each of the 4 positions today, so ended up being 20 per round total instead of the ridiculousness that was 5 series of 3 per position. In the last round of evil wheels I slowed down on each rep. Need to start doing that all the time.

Longer Than Forever

Yesterday Alex came by and put a new shut-off valve on the gas line for the garage heater. I hadn’t been able to turn it on since last winter. So nice to be able to heat the place up again for workouts!

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Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step Ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)
  • 10 Groiners

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10/10 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″, 95#)
  • 1:00 Rest between legs

Challenging!

Conditioning

  • 25 Burpees
  • 25 T2B
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

After looking at the Active Life stuff I had a feeling it would take a lot of time, so I wanted a sprint workout. This did the trick. Clock was at 1:18 after the burpees, 2:33 after toes to bars, and finished at 3:52. I went 6-5-5-5-4 on the T2B. Didn’t feel like a very good time for that workout.

Active Life – Back Max – 3 Rounds

  • 5x Pallof Series (blue band)
  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Mornings (75#)

The Pallof Series took forever because it ended up being 60 reps per round. I think I’m taking the instructions too literal on the reps because if I would have held each rep as long as it said it would have taken me well over 5 minutes. I did 6 laps (3 in each direction) around the garage for 100m. The 3 rounds of this took just shy of 30 minutes!

Sunday at the Bar

Out in the garage after 11. Can still feel sore quads and for about a week I’ve been feeling something in my left leg which seems to be almost exactly like what I had when I couldn’t do pistols for the better part of a year. Good news is I was able to do them the other day after this had already started. Something to keep an eye on.

Snatch

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  • 5×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 1×175
  • 1×185
  • 2x1x195

Tried to shut off my brain on the last three. Always a good day when I don’t miss a snatch.

Clean & Jerk

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 2×165
  • 1×185
  • 1×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×230
  • 1×245
  • 2x1x260

Jerks felt weak and slow.

Front Squat

  • 3×225#
  • 3×255
  • 3x3x275

Good Morning

  • 3x5x155#

Stiff low back so didn’t increase. Decided to skip any extra work since I took my time today.

That’s a wrap on 3 “weeks” of the OTM program. Week 4 is a deload week, which I’m not sure I need since I’m only doing 2-3 lifting days a week instead of getting all 5 in. I’ll take it though. Will be nice to speed through the lifts and have some more time for abs and accessory work.

Unbroken MU

My shoulders are still a little sore from Saturday, but my upper back is where the real soreness is from that gymnastics work on Sunday evening. Did a 20 minute ROMWOD during lunch today. The biggest issue with going back to work has been the right side of my back gets really tight after sitting for 2 hours. In the last month and a half I’ve noticed the same thing happening during any car rides over 90 minutes. Maybe I “deconditioned” myself out of my back imbalance a bit during the 3 month sabbatical. Anyway I hope things square away soon, because it’s really making the word days drag on when I have to keep taking forced breaks more often than I’d like. Got to the gym around the start of the 4:30 class.

Snatch

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 2×50
  • 2×60
  • 1×65
  • 1×70
  • 1×75
  • 1×80
  • 3x1x85

I wasn’t sure how these would go with my back. In the early sets I really tried not to be too aggressive, which I think had a nice carryover to when it got heavier. Those singles at 85% felt really good.

Clean & Jerk

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×60
  • 2×75
  • 2×85
  • 1×91
  • 1×98
  • 1×104
  • 3x1x111

Solid here as well. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t wearing a belt until after the first rep with 111 kilos. Usually I like to put on the belt when I get over 200 pounds. Made a big effort to stay off my phone and keep moving from set to set after loading the bar. Not quite EMOM, should have been close most of the time.

Front Squat

  • 3x118kg
  • 2x3x125

I did put on the belt here, because sometimes my core gives out a little and I start to cave forward. I think I was pretty upright for every rep though.

Good Morning

  • 5x60kg
  • 5×70
  • 5×75

Took just over an hour to finish all of the lifting.

Midline and Gymnastics

Decided to combine abs with some gymnastics today so it didn’t seem like I was wasting so much time. I swear the ab work takes almost as long as the lifting in this program.

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)
  • 5 Strict Ring Pull-ups

Big focus on keeping a hollow body through each pull-up.

4 Sets

  • 25 Lying Leg Raises
  • 6 Ring Kip Swings

I need get back to doing those swings more often and translate the high feet into my actual muscle-up, because I still do the big knee bend on my forward swing.

Two weeks of Catalyst OTM ✅

Conditioning

5-4-3-2-1

  • Unbroken Muscle-ups

I had the urge to do some muscle-ups, even after fatiguing my pull and swing with the other work. Originally thought of starting with 6 down to 1, but made the right call to do with 5. Finished at exactly 2:00, with having to double or triple kip my final dip. I guess my rests between sets were spot on.

Week 1 of Catalyst OTM

Out in the garage after 5. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation. No knee sleeves again today. This finished up the 5th workout of “week” 1 of the Catalyst program. I quoted “week” there because I’m spacing them out and shooting for 3, sometimes 4 lifting days a week. My body can’t handle 5 days per week and I want to continue with Aerobic Capacity as long as the weather holds up while also getting in 1 or 2 CrossFit classes.

Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 3x1x175

Focusing on a more controlled pull and not pulling higher than needed felt a lot better today.

Clean & Jerk

  • 5×45#
  • 3×115
  • 2×155
  • 1×170
  • 1×185
  • 1×200
  • 1×215
  • 3x1x230

Cleans felt easy. Tried to work on getting my jerk feel back.

Front Squat

  • 3x3x265#

After first rep of first set I wished I had the belt on. Low left side near the spine felt tight. Strapped on the belt for the other two sets and it was like night and day.

Good Morning

  • 3x5x135#

Kept it light due to my back feeling the way it was. Actually wore the belt too for the first time doing good mornings, which I think takes away some of the training effect, but gotta stay safe on days like this.

Skipped abs because of core work yesterday in class and my sinuses were going crazy from cleaning house so I wanted to be done. Will get in a 20 min ROMWOD tonight.

DT Struggles

Legs felt tired last night after the running workout. Felt pretty good this morning though.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Clean Thrusters (45#)
    • 30 Double Unders

Conditioning

“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 Push Jerks (155#)

Had been over a year and a half since I did this one. Old PR was 10:35. My plan was to try a new strategy of doing all 12 deadlifts and getting 5 cleans before dropping the bar. Then the final 4 cleans and the jerks. Followed it in the first round and it was way too fast. I think I was done at 1:07. I think the second round I did 11, 1+5, 4+6. Round 3 was the same or maybe 11, 1+4, 3, 2+6. I remember being done at about the 5 minute mark. Then the last 2 rounds were slow with too much rest. In round 4 I even dropped the bar with 2 jerks to go. Ugh! Finished at 10:02 for a 33 second PR.

The worst part for me, by far, are the hang cleans. They get so damn heavy and destroy me. Not so good when the final 2 rounds take just as long as the first 3. 😦

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 8 Good Mornings (115#)

Midline

6 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 20s Rest
  • 20s L-hang (knees up)
  • 20s Rest

Felt the burn. I have to do hangs due to my shoulder; L-sits on the rings don’t feel so good.

These last two weeks have been horrible from a diet perspective. I’ve been getting take-out every meal. Got lazy after Murph and I’ve been busing finishing up a bunch of projects at work before I go on my sabbatical. Had been avoiding the scale, so was scared to step on it this morning, but figured I should before I go on my trip. Was very surprised to see I was still under 204#. Winning! Looking forward to getting back on track when I get home from Washington, D.C. I can tell I’m not feeling as well or recovering as well with all of the junk and who knows what my macros look like.