Still Not Squatting the Olympic Lifts

My chest is still sore. Low back felt a little tight this morning. Last night working in my shop I did feel a few things going on in the low back when I was moving a shelf around inside a table. I’m not feeling any kind of tweak effects today though. 👍

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (20#, 10′, 3 second)

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 30m One Arm Farmer Carry (110#)
  • 1:00 Rest between arms

It was supposed to be 60m but I had to screw around with my DIY Farmer handle too much and it was awkward so I only went side to side in the gym. Good enough for today.

Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 3 Hang Snatch High Pull
  • 3 Hang Power Snatch
  • 3 OHS
  • 3 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 40 Jump Rope
  • 15 Double Unders

I did 2 sets with 20kg and then 25, 30, and 35. Worked up a sweat!

Weightlifting

Snatch High Pull + Hang Power Snatch

  • 45kg
  • 55
  • 65
  • 75
  • 70
  • 70

I wish I felt comfortable enough with my back to start squatting these. I much be tired though because I almost didn’t get under 75kg!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 1 Snatch (135#)
  • 3 C&J (135#)
  • 30 Double Unders

The snatch was supposed to be a squat and the Rx weight was 155. Scaled back and even this got my back really tight. Was able to keep moving but ran into some trouble with dubs in the middle rounds otherwise I think 12 rounds was within reach. I finished 10+4.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Sit-ups
  • Plank (rest of the minute)

Not at bad as I was expecting. I did all planks on my elbows today.

Ready for a rest day tomorrow!

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.

Wrists Not Shoulders

In at noon.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • OHS (95#)

Wanted to do this first so the front rack wouldn’t fatigue the shoulders more. I was really expecting this to be worse on my shoulders, but it was my wrists that hurt when I was done. I did 11-5-5 and 12-9 in round 1, then 5-5-5 and 9-6 in round 2, and unbroken sets of 9 for both movements to finish in 6:42. I definitely could have pushed the handstand push-ups more because I wasn’t risking failure at the end even with the set of 9. When I’m confident in my back I’ll have to give Diane a try because I’ve never done the full 21-15-9.

Strength – Front Rack Lunges

  • 10×95#
  • 10×115
  • 10×135
  • 10×155
  • 10×165

Don’t remember the last time I did these.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

I just didn’t have it today. Maybe the previous stuff fatigued my core. In the 3rd round I broke once after 5 tuck-ups and then in the last round I broke after v-ups and after 6 tuck-ups. Still set my best time by 3 seconds with 6:16 though.

Can Still Snatch

Another high volume heavy back squat day at the gym, so I worked in the garage. I’ve followed dedicated weightlifting programs that don’t do as much heavy volume as the programming we’re using at the gym! I did the workout I had planned for yesterday.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 10 Close Grip OHS (45#)
  • 20 Push-ups

My pinkies were up against the inside of the first knurl marks on the bar.

Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175

Wanted to try putting up a bit of weight today. Felt pretty good and I was happy to get up to 175.

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 6 Pistols
  • 3 Strict Chin-ups
  • 6 DB Snatch (50#)

I really liked how this turned out with the strict pulling. I did all singles on the bar so I could drop from the top and not got through the negative portion of the movement. Finished 8 rounds, 3 pull-ups, and 2 pistols.

Snatch Sandwich

Rested yesterday. Can’t believe how minor the DOMS ended up being from the 400m lunge. My ass barely got sore at all. Went to the 4:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
    • Dead Hang
  • 800m Run
  • 3 Sets
    • 4 Snatch Pull
    • 3 Snatch High Pull
    • 2 Power Snatch
    • 1 Squat Snatch

All snatch warm-up with the empty bar.

Weightlifting

Complex of 1 Snatch Pull + 1 Snatch High Pull + 1 Squat Snatch + 1 OHS

  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#
  • 135#
  • 145#
  • 155#
  • 135#
  • 135#

Been a long time since I’ve done a full snatch with 155. Didn’t feel wonder, so I backed off for two more sets.

Conditioning

E5M – 5 Sets

  • 200m Run
  • 8/8 KB Snatch (53#)
  • 200m Run

I pulled out my wrist wraps for the snatches to protect my wrists. Probably haven’t wore them in a year or two.

Good gut check WOD for pushing the pace. Brandi started off with a faster pace on the run than I was thinking, so then for the remaining rounds I set a mini goal to get faster each round. My splits were 2:37, 2:32, 2:28, 2:28, and 2:22. I really thought round 4 was fast, but it turned out to be the same as round 3. With nothing left to do, I pushed both runs in the final round.

Snatch City

Much needed rest day yesterday. I started getting a knot in my right mid back, I think from doing a bunch of bush trimming on Monday. It’s tight today too. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Sets
    • 3 Hang Muscle Snatch
    • 4 Hang Power Snatch
    • 5 Squat Snatch
  • 3 Hang Power Snatch (95#)

I used 45# for 3 sets and 75# for 2 sets of the complex.

Weightlifting – 16:00 EMOM

  • 2 Hang Power Snatch (115#)

Still taking it easy with the back. Felt really good though! Not pushing it with a big trip coming up on Monday.

Conditioning

10 Unbroken Rounds

  • 1 Power Snatch (95#)
  • 1 Hang Squat Snatch (95#)
  • 1 Squat Snatch (95#)
  • 2 OHS (95#)

Scaled way back from the 135# so I could concentrate on positions and now fuck something up. I’d do a round, move my poker chip for counting and then right into the next set. I messed up the sequence a couple of times so did another snatch or overhead squat to make up for it each time. Finished in 4:49.

Midline

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Superman
  • 10s Rest

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.