Mary

Decided to rest yesterday after driving home. Spent the time on some projects. In for open gym at noon today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Kip Swings
  • PVC Passes
  • Supported Pistols
  • Step-ups

Conditioning

“Mary” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 HSPU
  • 10 Pistols
  • 15 Pull-ups

I’ve been wanting to try “Mary” for a long time. Going in I thought 10 rounds would be a good score for me.

The handstand push-ups were easy the whole way. Grabbed my foot on almost all of the pistols and probably should have stood up more before putting the other foot down on a lot of reps. Wasted too much time from rep to rep. I started out with a regular kip on my pull-ups and then I think it was the second round when I thought I’d try butterfly which I haven’t done since the Open last year. Felt pretty good. I was able to do 3×5 pull-ups all the way until the very last round when I was trying to finish the round. There were a few third sets where I reverted back to the kip because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough height after 10 butterflies.

Finished just shy of 10 rounds with 9+28! Wore grips, but I got a blood blister under each pinky and the one on the right hand popped right at the end. Hope my shoulders are ok after so many butterfly pull-ups and not doing them for 9 months.

Midline

5 Rounds (holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches
  • 10s Superman Hold
  • 45s Rest

Cut the rest back from 1:00, which had taken me 6:57. Nearly the same pace with the shorter rest today, for a time of 5:56.

Skill

I did 15-20 minutes of handstand walk practice up in to the wall again.

Upside Down Work

Read about my new folding wall mounted rack.

The usual open gym at noon.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pistols
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

My pistols were shaky and in the last couple of rounds I started grabbing my foot on some of the reps. I switched arms on the way down for the C&J. Every round of chest to bars was 4-3-3 and didn’t wear any grips. Finished 5+11.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm/Leg KB Deadlifts (62#)
  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Midline

5 sets (Holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches (alternate arm/leg)
  • Roll
  • 10s Superman hold (straight arms!)

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Could go with a shorter rest period. Took me 6:57.

Skill

We were done really early so did some handstand drills. Put my feet up on a box and walked around it with my hands. The 24″ side isn’t high enough for me, so the 30″ allows me to get my hips up over my shoulders more, though I think I was still short of it.

Then I put a big band around high J-cups on the rack so I could kick up and work on finding the balance point. This one really helped. After getting a feel I’d place my hands further away from the rig, working on finding the handstand position without hitting the band. Then I went to the wall and eventually tried handstand walking a few steps into the wall. Big progress is one session. My wrists were getting sore, so that was enough.

Open Feel

Went in for open gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 3 Sets
    • 30 Lateral Hops (over empty bar)
    • 5 Power Snatch (45#)
    • 5 BTN Snatch Grip Push Press (45#)
    • 5 OHS (45#)

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Power Snatch (95#)
  • 8 Bar-facing Burpees

Looks and felt a bit like an Open workout. I did 2×4 for every round of snatches. First round was done in 1:00 and I knew that wasn’t going to continue. The next two rounds were right around 1:30. Finished with 5+11.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 3 Rope Pulls
  • 7 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Pistols

Been far too long since doing pistols. Could really feel them in my hips and I’m sure my knees will be complaining tonight and tomorrow.

Used To

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warmup

  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10 Sumo Good Mornings (45#)

Workout – 5 Rounds

  • 20 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Lotta reps!

Conditioning

6:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pistols
  • 6 Ring Dips

I used to be pretty good at pistols. Seems not anymore. Did 6+4.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 40s Plank

Yuck.

Minute Per Side

Back is even better today.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5/5 Pistol Negatives on a Box (24″)

Workout – 6 Rounds

  • 1:00 Double DB Box Step Ups (24″, same leg)
  • 1:00 Rest

I started with the right leg and held 20s, 25s, and 30s. Reps were 18-17, 19-19, and 18-17. My left side definite felt weaker with less endurance.

Wow, what a noticeable temp difference near the ceiling after the heat been running for a couple of hours.

Conditioning

I was going to only do the two sessions of Active Life, but after sitting down for a few minutes to rest I started to stiffen up. So I cut the Bax Max portion and jumped on the AirDyne instead

10:00 Airdyne

Not going for any 300 FY records today after fatiguing the legs with those step-ups. Still managed 336 cals and exactly 4 miles. I did another 5 minutes of recovery for 1.39 miles.

Keep Planking

I’m sore all over. Ankles, legs, abs, chest, biceps, shoulders.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5/5 Pistol Negatives on a Box

Workout

  • 5/5 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″)
    • 45#
    • 75
    • 95
    • 115
    • 125
    • 135

The workout says to find a 5 rep max per leg, which could be different. I didn’t feel like going for a true max with something like this. It could be dangerous with no good way to bail, especially in my garage with the car in front of me. For 115+ I rested 30 seconds between legs. Right leg was always first. Not sure if it affected the left much, but left always felt weaker. Not sure I would have made it with 145 unless I compromised my back.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 40 Double Unders
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean & Jerks (35# DBs)

Missed too many dubs. Unbroken with the dumbbells. Finished in 8:20.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Right)
  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Left)

Are you serious? I didn’t expect to last, but made it unbroken. I did switch between elbows and hands – 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 1 round elbows, 1 round hands. That was a challenge, especially in the last few minutes when my mat was soaked with sweat. My core seemed ok. It was my shoulders burning in the last couple of minutes.

Regional Inspiration

Definitely feeling some different muscles from the movements in yesterday’s aerobic work. Out in the garage before a company townhall at lunch.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (40#)
  • 10 Glute Bridges (40#)
  • 5/5 DB OHS (40#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (40#)

Feeling good with this stuff. Hopefully it’s making a difference.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 28 Pistols
  • 15 Sandbag Cleans (100#)

Last week I saw someone post about 2016 Regional event 4, which used 115# power cleans and had a 10:00 time cap. I wanted to get in some sandbag work so I came up with this modification.

I wore my belt for the entire workout, though I loosened it in round 2 I think because it was pinching my abs on each clean. Pretty gassed with fatigued legs in round 2, so after that was just a grind. Tried to keep bending over to pick up the bag. Yes you throw it over your shoulder for each rep. I tried to remember to alternate shoulders for balance. Finished in 18:09.