Weak Core

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


  • 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.


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.

Can’t Count to 5

Went to the 4:30 class.


  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 PVC OHS
    • 15 Toe Touches
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

Strength – OHS

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×115
  • 4×135
  • 2×155
  • 2×175
  • 3x2x185

Used close grip, slowly widening all the way up until 185 when I went to my full-width snatch grip. That was heavy enough for me on the day since they aggravate my back sometimes. On the last set I said fuck it and went closer grip again and it felt really good. Maybe all of this upper body and shoulder mobility stuff is paying off.


  • Buy-in: 3 Rounds
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 5 Rounds
    • 6 Deadlifts (115#)
    • 6 Squat Cleans (115#)
    • 6 Push Presses (115#)
  • Cash-out: 3 Rounds
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

I had those first rounds of “Cindy” done is right around 2 minutes. Oh boy! In the 4th round of the lifts, I felt my back a little bit. Set the bar down and tried again and felt it. So I sat down for probably close to a minute. Decided to jump back in since it has never gotten worse once I feel it once. Just focused on keeping solid positions to close out the rest of the reps. Finished in 12:45.

After the workout someone asked if I knew if they did 4 or 5 rounds. Um, no, I was counting my own workout. Blows my mind how people can’t count to 5.

Midline – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Weighted V-ups (10# DB)
  • 10 Lying Leg Lifts
  • 15 Weighted OH Sit-ups (10# DB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 25 Knee Slides (Crunches)

Wasn’t sure how it would feel with my back so I went light. Took about 8 or 9 minutes.


I wanted to get in some muscle-up work since it had been awhile. Plan was a 5:00 EMOM of 4-5 reps. I got a first set of 5, but then one of the straps came loose in the next round and I was getting tangled up in it so I dropped after 2 reps. Tied it up to the squat stand and did 3 more. Then I did another set of 3 after a rest and the strap came off again so I said fuck it. I was feeling tired anyway. The strap was a good excuse.


Went to the 5:30 class and did my own thing instead of the class warm-up and strength, since it was deadlifts, which I just did yesterday.


  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, right)
    • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, right)
    • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, left)
    • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, left)
    • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, right)
    • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, left)

My balance is already improved a lot since doing those RDLs a week ago at my PT evaluation.

Screwing around I did a strict muscle-up! Then again! And again! I think I’ve only ever done one as a fluke. I wasn’t fully hanging since I have to get on the lower rings to get into the false grip. I need to spend some time just working on hanging in that grip.


  • Buy-in: 100 Double Unders
  • 6 Rounds
    • 5 T2B
    • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 15 American KBS (44#)
  • Cash-out: 50 Burpees

Was cruising along unbroken on dubs and then I missed 4 times after 70 reps. Kept the movements all unbroken and tried to go at a solid pace on the burpees. I finished in 13:28 with exactly 3 minutes to do the burpees.


My back is a little tight from yesterday.

Power Clean + 3 Front Squats

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 235
  • 245

We got in the lifting from yesterday that was programmed for people not redoing the Open workout. Felt heavy today.


The programmed workout had a bunch of pull-ups and a ton more snatches. No thanks so I whipped up an idea using movements we still might see in the Open. Kept with the mash-up theme that’s been going on Tuesdays.

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 10 HSPU
    • 20 cal Row
    • 50 DU
  • 10:00 Rest
  • For Time:
    • 12-10-8 DB Thrusters (50#)
    • 9-7-5 MU

I went for it today on the handstand push-ups and surprised myself by doing 4 sets without coming off the wall! The first set was fast and smooth. The other sets were a bit slower with some short pauses resting on my head. Couldn’t believe it! I only missed one dub at 47 in the second round. Finished exactly 4 rounds with 2 seconds to spare.

Yep, dumbbell thrusters are still terrible. Didn’t realize how much they interfere with muscle-ups too. Did all of the thrusters unbroken. Wanted to go for it on that first set of muscle-ups, but I had to come down after 5. Went 2-2 to finish the 9. I think I got a double to start the round of 7 and then failed on the next double, so I stuck to singles the rest of the way. The thrusters got my heart racing so much I had to take long breaks to make sure I made each muscle-up. Finished in 9:50.

Great Monday

I felt a little twinge in my back a few times as I moved around the house. Otherwise feeling good after yesterday’s workouts.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Air Squats
  • 8 Strict Chin-ups


Work up to a daily max power clean + squat clean.

  • 4 @ 45#
  • 2 @ 95
  • 2 @ 135
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 245
  • 265
  • 275

Wasn’t sure how my back would hold up, but was able to hit a PR on my power clean and this is only 11# under the most I’ve cleaned!


20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5 Power Cleans (185#)

Programmed as 10-12 strict handstand push-ups! Yeah right. I was able to hold on and do every set of power cleans touch-n-go. I probably could have done 6 HSPU each set, but not much more. Really good EMOM though. Was drenched in sweat at the halfway point.


10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

Figured this would be rough after all of the bar muscle-ups in 17.2 yesterday. Working on jumping into the first rep like I was able to get going on the bar. Usually I grab the rings from right underneath and then lift my legs up. The jump is must faster and more efficient. I was also working a little bit on using the back swing of my legs to drive me up through the dip motion. Made it through every set unbroken but didn’t have much left.

That was a lot of muscle-ups over 4 days! My hands need a break. Leaving for Austin, TX in the morning.

No Lungs

After cooling off and sitting at home last night I was feeling wrecked. My back wasn’t so bad but my body just felt beat up and exhausted. Woke up feeling good this morning and a little sore, but nothing compared to the day after my first attempt.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pass throughs
  • PVC Good Mornings
  • Body Rotations


15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 3 Muscle-ups

Was feeling really good about unbroken dubs and I think I jinxed myself because then I missed 4 times in the final set after no misses. I made it through exactly 8 rounds with about 10 seconds left but didn’t feel like picking up the rope. All muscle-ups were unbroken without a problem.

My lungs didn’t seem to want to function today after working so hard last yesterday.

Rested 10:00 and then…

7 Rounds

  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 10 Pull-ups

We scaled it and turned it into a 3 main follow-the-leader. As written it was supposed to be 10 rounds solo of 10+10 with 135#. This was plenty of work and hard as hell as it we did it anyway. I finished after about 10:15.

Had my grips on really loose due to the jerks, but then they bunch up so much on the pull-ups that they cause more harm than help. Tore them off after the 2nd round. Did pull-ups unbroken until the last set where I had so much sweat I was slipping off the rig and did 8-2.

Much harder day than it looked like. Bryan was beat too so not sure how much was due to my 2nd 17.1 try or that first 15 minutes.

Heavyweight 15.4

Really needed the rest day after the previous workouts. Definitely started getting the “Karen Quads” yesterday, but the soreness is almost gone already, which is unheard of. Every other time I’ve done the 150 wall balls I could barely walk for 3 days. I haven’t done it in almost 4 years though. My shoulders were pretty tired the last couple of days too, but seem fine today.

Aerobic Work

3 Rounds – E5M

  • 20 60 DU
  • 20 Burpees over Rower
  • 20 cal Row

My times were 2:44, 2:50, and 3:09. I messed up 3 or 4 times on dubs in the 3rd round after making the first 2 unbroken. This took a lot more out of my than I expected, but I was moving at a pretty good pace on the burpees.

Power Clean

Work up to a heavy triple as a primer for the WOD. Don’t max out.

  • 3×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Good enough. All touch-n-go reps.


15.4 – 8:00 AMRAP

  • 3 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean (185#)
  • 6 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean
  • 9 HSPU
  • 3 Power Clean
  • 12 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean
  • 15 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean
  • 18 HSPU
  • 6 Power Clean

I finished 15+6 during the Open in 2015 and did 15+4 this last July. I’ve been feeling much better with my HSPU and managed to get through 9 of the 18 today for a 9 rep PR. I’m also 16 pounds heavier than I was during the 2015 Open! I was cruising along pretty good on my HSPU until the end of the 15 when I started to die out. Held on as best I could at the end. I had 1:18 left on the clock after I finished the 6 power cleans.

On the HSPU I think I did 3, 6, 5-4, 4-4-4, 4-4-4-3, and 2-2-2-3. I could still use a lot of work on my kip to knock them out quicker. Cleans were all quick singles.



10:00 EMOM

  • 3-5 Muscle-ups

I did 7 sets of 3, a set of 4, failed the 4th, and barely got the 3rd in the final round. 31 total reps. Tried to work on getting some kip into the dips, but don’t think I was very successful because that’s what started giving out.