Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

CrossFit MouseTrap

Went to CrossFit MouseTrap today with a couple of other Automatticians for the 11:30 class since we had some free time before lunch.

crossfit-mousetrap

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • Line Drills
  • Stretching

Conditioning

They had options for a speed metcon (which I choose) or a power metcon, which is something I’ve never seen at any of the gyms I’ve been to. They also had 2 coaches running the class, but I guess they get a lot of drop-ins here.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 25m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53# KB)
  • 15 Goblet Squats (53# KB)
  • 100m Run

Felt pretty good even with the heat and humidity. Got through exactly 8 rounds and did all of the squats unbroken.

Skill

  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Hollow Hold
    • 20s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Thread the needle
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Plank
    • 10s Rest

After the first 4 hollow holds I did them with a bent body. I alternated sides for each round of thread the needle and then the last 2 movements were a piece of cake.

Felt good to get away from the hotel and sweat.

An Early One

Planned to workout really but not be in the garage by 8am! Dad was coming down to help on the truck and left much earlier than I expected.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 3 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 1:00 Plank

Took me 9:45.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 10 Front squat (45#)
  • 10 Front squat (75)
  • 10 Front squat (95)
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Front Squat (115#)
    • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

Glad I got that done in case I don’t workout tomorrow.

Keep Planking

On Sunday night I played pickleball for about 2 hours. It was a lot of fun! Walked 18 holes yesterday. Out in the garage in the afternoon today.

 

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 250m Straight Leg Ski
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 8/8 Single Leg Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 95#

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 8 Single Leg Deadlifts (135-155-155#)
  • 40s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

Was getting unstable with 155. I guess it’s been a few weeks.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Single Arm Push Press (50#)
  • 25 Sit-ups
  • 20 Russian KBS (70#)

Stole from the gym’s workout today but I’m still not doing bar work so I did sit-ups instead of 15 T2B. Got through 5 + 55 with everything unbroken.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 30s Left Side Plank
  • 30s Right Side Plank

Did them on my hands, which was probably a bad idea with my left wrist bothering me the last few weeks.

Holding Up

Walked 18 holes yesterday and it felt a bit like a pulled muscle in my right middle back during some swings. It just wouldn’t loosen up, but good thing it didn’t affect my swing. Last night my legs were aching. Thinking it was from walking the course for some reason because I can’t imagine feeling like that so long after the Sunday workout. Can’t believe my chest isn’t sore though.

Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 10 Right Arm KBS (35#)
  • 5 Glute Bridges
  • 10 Left Arm KBS (35#)
  • 30s Plank

Did 5 rounds.

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×90
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 5 Sets 2×95
    • 3 Sets 2×100
    • 2×105
    • 2×110

All touch-n-go except for the last set. I chickened out on it, but I dropped the bar and did the 2nd rep right away. Really happy with the way the lifts felt.

 

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP – 1-2-3…

  • Deadlift (90kg)
  • Push-up
  • Sit-up

After the cleans I stripped off some weight and decided 90kg (198#) was good enough instead of the Rx 225#. Was able to go unbroken through every movement and finished exactly 12 rounds. Could have gone faster through the middle section of this workout.

This felt good too. No belt for the cleans or the deadlifts, so my back is feeling good!

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.

Easier?

Could feel my shoulders and lower body a little yesterday from that OH carry & thruster combo.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Alternating Kossacks
  • 10 Reverse Lunges
  • 10 Jumping Lunges

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 10/10 KB Kossacks (35#)
  • 10 Jumping Lunges

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Power Snatches (75#)
  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 V-ups

Paced right from the start with the burpees knowing this stuff could add up and I wanted to be able to do all of my snatches unbroken. I did 5-5 on every set of HSPU. Finished 6 rounds and 4 burpees.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank

Seemed a little easier on my shoulders this time, but I was glad when it was over. I did 2:00 elbows, 2:00 hands, 2-2, and 1-1 again.