Pulling Out Left

I golfed yesterday, but my back is still not great. I tried to get there early to hit the range, but there was nobody in front of our tee times, so we ended up getting off really early and I had almost no time on the range. I was favoring myĀ back and anticipating jolts of pain, so I kept pulling out of my swing and hitting everything left all round. This morning seems about the same as yesterday, so I pulled out of the club championship this weekend. Bummed! šŸ˜¦ With a 9am shotgun start both days, my back wouldnā€™t loosen up that early and it was not fun playing yesterday with the anticipation on every swing.

Today’s workouts for the gym had a bunch of barbell work, which Iā€™m not ready for. So I made some adjustments to yesterday’s programming and hit it out in the garage.


15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Jump Rope
  • 8 Ring Rows + 8 Push-ups
  • 8/8 Single Arm OH Lunges (35# DB)

I like these longer warm-ups. Really work up a sweat and get in more aerobic work.


7:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 MB Cleans (20#)

I don’t know if I was favoring my back or what, but missed a lot on my dubs. Had a nice burn on the medicine ball cleans. Finished 4+9.

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 3 Rounds
    • 1,000m Ski (@ 5k pace)
    • 2:00 Airdyne

It was an easy recovery pace on the Airdyne, which was 55-60 RPMĀ for me. I decided on a 2:00/500m pace for the ski erg and kept to it, finishing each 1k in a split second under 4:00. Not an impossible pace for those intervals, but not completely comfortable either. Total time with transitions was 24:25.

Rip Your Thumbs Off

Sore in a lot of places from the squats and thrusters. Went to the 4:30 class.


  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
    • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Jump Rope
    • 16 Russian KBS (35#)
    • 8 Squat Broad Jumps

Worked up a hell of a sweat from that EMOM.


Clean Grip Deadlift (hook gripped everything)

  • 10x20kg
  • 10×40
  • 5×60
  • 5×80
  • 5×100
  • 5×110
  • 5×120
  • 5×130


10:00 AMRAP

  • 4 KB Cleans (44# KBs)
  • 8 KB Front Rack Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)

It was written as 10 rounds with a time cap of 10 minutes and using dumbbells. We don’t have many DBs, so I picked up a set of KBs. It was also supposed to be 6 lunges and I even said before the workout that I was going to do 3 one way and 3 back. But I got in the workout and was doing 8, when I finally realized my mistake in round 5. At that point, I decided to just roll with it the rest of the way. I did all box jumps today but stuck with the 24″ instead of doing the prescribed 30″. Finished exactly 8 rounds. Probably would have been about 9 if I hadn’t done 16 extra lunges and maybe even more if I wasn’t sharing a box.

Extra Credit

Max overhand deadlift hold. We used 225# and did 2 sets without a hook grip and 2 sets with. I got 1:10, 0:45, 0:45, and 0:40. Ouch!

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.


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


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 littleĀ heavy. I haven’t maxed out push jerkĀ in years, but the most I’ve done is 255# back in September of 2014. I think it’s a lot higher now.


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 triedĀ 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.


  • 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)
  • 3×10Ā Banded Arm Circles – 10 in all 3 positions and also in both directionsĀ (video)
  • Rolling Teres Muscles – 30 seconds / sideĀ (video)

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

Double Dubs

My low back was feeling it a little today from over-extending in the shoulder presses yesterday. Funny how something so innocent can irritate it just a little. Went to the 5:30 class, but was the only one to show.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 PVC Pass thrus
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Jump Rope (singles)

Strength – OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×185
  • 3×195 (PR match)

Wore the belt with 155 on I think. After 185 I looked up my best triple and decided to go one more set to match it. Had been November of 2014! It was an ugly set but I got the reps.


14:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees
  • 5 Ring Rows

Made it through 5+6.

Skill Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 Zeus Double Unders
  • 30 Double Unders

Wasn’t as bad as I expected. Made it through every set unbroken in 4:15.

Heading to Regionals

My ass is sore from the split squats and the air squats probably contributed too.


  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Jump Rope
    • 10 Zombie Kicks
    • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 10 RDL (135#)


E2M – 6 Sets

  • 12 RDL (185#, standing on 55# competition plates)
  • 8 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20#)

My grip was starting to fail but I held on for every rep of every set. Have been doing them all with a double overhand to get in the extra grip work. Makes it extra hard when I add in the bonus sit-ups like this, but I had to get in my reps for the week with no other time left to do them.

And that’s a wrap on big strength sets! I enjoyed the lighter loads, but they got pretty nasty these final two weeks. I think we are going to do a little transition next week with our strength work due to Memorial Day and Murph being tough, but then we’ll start putting some weight back on the bar in our next cycle. Looking forward to some smaller sets and heavier weights!


20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Back Squats (115#, no rack)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Box Jumps (24″)

We hadn’t done much longer stuff in a couple of weeks so we changed the workout from what we had planned. It was a good grind. Kept moving, did all push-ups unbroken, and did all box jumps with step downs. Was able to pick up the pace in the last 3 minutes and finished with 11 rounds plus the 5 squats and 4 push-ups.

I’ll get in a little ROMWOD action before leaving town this afternoon. Heading to Columbus to watch the Central Regional! Then back Sunday evening in time for Memorial Day “Murph” on Monday.

Long MAP

Instead of sticking to one movement like the Air Dyne for a long 30-40 minutes, I mixed it up with a Maximum Aerobic Power (MAP) workout. I used to do these more often, but in the 8-10 minute range and maybe a few of them with rest between. Went long today.


  • 1:00 Ski Erg
  • 1:00 Jump Rope
  • 1:00 Air Dyne
  • 1:00 Box Step Overs (12″)
  • 0:30 Ring Plank
  • 0:30 Single-arm OH Carry (25# DB, aka Waiter’s Walk)

I tried to switch at those times, so total work time was shorter due to transitioning. Nice and easy conversational pace. I wore the Garmin Forerunner 235 I bought last week and while it did a much better job tracking HR than when I rowed 5k, it still seems very wrong in some places.

Running Singles

Up at 6am again. WTF! Went to the 9am class.

Midline & Shoulder Warm-up

6 Rounds

  • 20s L-hang (bar)
  • 10s Rest

Done with bent knees held up, of course.


10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Push Press (115#)
  • 20s Handstand Hold

Not as hard as I was expecting. I tried to take my feet off the wall some during the holds. 135# would have been a better challenge.


15:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Jump Rope
  • 30 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 10 Pistols

I did my jump ropes like running with one foot per jump. Much easier to keep a rhythm going than I’ve been able to do with single unders on both feet recently. Shoulder taps got tough, but never came off the wall. Would like pistols to be a lot faster. Finished 5 rounds plus 50-30-20-4.

1:30 AMRAP

  • Row for calories

Really didn’t feel like doing this. Got 47 cals. I think it would have been a 500m in the low 1:30s if I remember right. Really started losing power at about 30 cals.

Stayed after everyone left for a little extra work.


E90S 15:00 (alt)

  • 10 Deficit RDL (155#, 4″)
  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20#)

I had planned single leg RDLs, but saw the little platform sitting out and got this new idea. Glad I did because it worked great. Ended up giving me about a minute of rest between movements.