Kipping Pull-ups Without a Hand Rip

My shoulders and wrists are pretty sore from doing OH squats yesterday. Everything else is feeling good though. My hand is healing faster than the last time I ripped, but this one wasn’t as deep either.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 20 Band walks (each direction)
  • 15 Band Presses
  • 15s Rhomboid Stretch
  • 15s Samson Stretch
  • 3 Hand Walks

Strength

4 Sets

  • 4-6 Shoulder Presses, 1-1-X-1 tempo
  • 90s Rest
  • 20 DB Walking Lunges
  • 90s Rest

I wasn’t sure how the shoulder presses would go since I just did a bunch of OHS yesterday. Warmed up with the bar and then did 6 reps each at 95#, 105#, and 115#. I had previously done 123# twice, but got 3 reps in today. The sets really felt good. For the walking lunges I used 40# DBs.

WOD

5 Rounds

  • MAX Pull-ups
  • TBD Broad Jumps

Complete 30 total reps each round. So, if you do 20 pull-ups on your first set, you must do 10 broad jumps before returning to the pull-up bar.If you can easily perform more than 30 consecutive pull-ups, drop on 29 and do your 1 broad jump before returning to the bar for your second round of max reps pull-ups.

I used tape grips on my hands and tried to grip the bar more in my fingers instead of my palms. It worked because I don’t have any new rips. I do have a little blister that formed under the knuckle on my left ring finger. My rounds of pull-ups came out to be 11, 9, 7, 8, and 8. Eleven is a new kipping PR! If I don’t kick my legs back so far when I get tired I think I could string together more. After the first round of pull-ups I’m 95% sure I started counting broad jumps from 0 so I did 30 of them. I was wondering why everyone finished so far ahead of me on that set. My total time for the WOD was 6:22.

After class I started to get an understanding of how to do a muscle-up, but I was dead from the pull-ups so there was no chance of it happening. When I got back home I pulled out the jump rope for a few quick attempts at DUs. Easily was stringing together some small streaks. Just wanted to make sure I don’t lose it.

Triple 8 Minute AMRAPs

Final results are in for workout 12.2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open. For the snatch workout I finished 1,703rd out of 2,125 in the South West region and 23,604th out of 31,287 in the world. That puts me in 1,624th place in the region and 23,040th in the world after 2 workouts. I dropped in both rankings, but heavy weights are not my thing compared to most of these guys. I’ve only been doing workouts with barbells for 2 months of my 4 month CrossFit journey!

The deadlifts hit me a bit harder today. Pretty sore in my legs and lower back. I can feel all of the pull-up work we did yesterday in my shoulders and upper back too. Or maybe I’m just getting old!

When I saw today’s workout I had mixed feelings. No strength work, but three metcons. Interesting to say the least. From the pull-ups and T2B I knew today had the potential to wreak havok on my hands, and it did.

Warm-up

  • Stretch
  • 600m Run

Rest 8 minutes between AMRAPs.

WOD #1

8m AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 5 HSPUs
  • 10 Thrusters

I flew through the first row, knocked out the HSPUs using 1 AbMat, and did the thrusters unbroken at 95#. Second row went well too, but then I hit the HSPUs and got stuck. The first two were ok, but I had a lot of trouble with the next three. Tried kipping them out with some success, but I took me a long time and I fell off the pace. All that work wore me out for the thrusters and I had to break them up into small sets. I managed to get out the final row just before the time ran out. So I completed 2 rounds plus 250m of rowing.

WOD #2

8m AMRAP

  • 40 DUs
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Pull-ups

DUs, I own you! I started off with a streak of 20+ and thought, “This is easy.” Haha! I fell off the pace a bit, but this was the first WOD where I didn’t suffer too much from DUs. I kept my head and tried to relax, which really helped with my rhythm. The second round of HR Push-ups were tough. In the second round I set a new PR by getting all 10 pull-ups in a row by kipping. I have a nice wound to show for it as you can see in the picture. I only tore up my left hand this time and it’s under a different finger than the first time I tore up my hands. Funny thing is, that was exactly one month ago. I sure hope the Open workout doesn’t require anything on the bar because I don’t know what I’ll do. I finished 2 rounds plus 14 DUs for this WOD.

WOD #3

8m AMRAP

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Ring Dips

I used a 24in box for the jumps and substituted GHDs for the T2B since my hand was already tore up. I didn’t substitute anything for any of the ring dips today. I finished 2 rounds plus 20 box jumps, 15 GHD, and 2 ring dips.

Once everything was all said and done, that was a pretty cool program for today. I really love how they switch things up at the box. I’m going to miss the programming when I head back to Michigan, but I’m excited that the box back home is making a lot of changes and going to become a CrossFit affiliate this summer. Damn, I love this shit!

Deadlift Soreness

My legs and back are really sore from RDLs on Sunday and deadlifts yesterday. I used the foam roller for the first time today. Wow it really brings everything out in those sore areas.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 3 rounds
    • 10 PVC Shoulder Pass-thrus w/ shrug
    • 15s Dead Hang
    • 30s Plank (on hands)

First time doing a dead hang during class. Focus for them is on keeping the shoulder engaged. I think it was also the first time I had done planks on my hands.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 2-3 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • MAX Strict Pull-ups, 2-0-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • 30-45s L-Sit (cumulative)
  • 2m Rest

I really struggled with the strength work today. I used an 18# KB for the weighted pull-ups and was able to get 2 or 3 each round. But that completely knocked me out for doing strict pull-ups. It was an adventure trying to get 2 or 3 of those with such a short rest. I did the L-Sits on PVC parallettes with my knees slightly bent and tried to get 10-15 seconds at a time.

WOD

In teams of 2, complete the reps however you want, but you must run together.
4 Rounds

  • 12 DB Renegade Rows
  • 400m Run

I paired up with Dominic, who I hadn’t met before. We split up the renegade rows by each doing 6 in each round. I used 25# DBs but should have used 30s. We finished first in 11:43. My endurance is improving a lot lately. I really pushed my pace in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

I took out the jump rope after a rest and knocked out a couple of good DU streaks. Didn’t try more than a minute. I’ll do a longer practice session on them tonight. Last night while looking for tips on DUs, I found a great video for progressing through DUs, from Again Faster. Check it out.

http://vimeo.com/2969537

Back Squat and Pull-up PRs

I had a great night of sleep after not getting enough on Friday or Saturday night. My shoulders were a little tired from the Olympic lifting and I still have that tweak in my right butt. My hands are healing quite well.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 GHD
    • 15 Hip Ext
    • 15 Wall Squats
    • 5 Ring Dips
    • 10 Bench Dips
    • 15 KBS

A longer warm-up, but today’s workout wasn’t anything intense, because it was a test day, so it was nice to get some extra work. I used 53# for the KBS.

Strength
Back Squat, 1RM Test, 3-0-X-0 tempo
Take a 2 minute rest after each set, do max strict pull-ups, and then take another 2 minute rest before starting the next set.

  • Set 1: 50% of possible 1RM x 5 reps
  • Set 2: 75% of possible 1RM x 3 reps
  • Set 3: 85% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
  • Set 4: 90-95% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
  • Set 5: Test 1RM
  • Set 6 (optional) – Exceed Set 5 weight

To finish off the workout, take 85% of the 1RM back squat and do max reps in one set with the 3-0-X-0 tempo.

The most I had attempted on the back squat was 185# a couple of weeks ago when I did it 4 times for a few sets. Since we had just tested the frost squat last week and my 1RM was 215# I set a goal of 230# because I really had no idea. For the first 4 sets used weights of 115#, 175#, 195#, and 210#. Already 2 new PRs there! I put 210 on the bar for the 5th set and got it up, but I didn’t get low enough in the squat so it didn’t count. After doing the pull-ups and getting in another rest I made another attempt and got 220# up. For the finisher set I used 185# and was able to knock out 6 reps.

For the pull-ups, I got 6 in the first set, which is a new PR for me. I’m pretty excited about that since I just got to 5 on February 2nd. I’m well on my way to 15 by the end of the year. In the other sets I got 5, 5, 4, and 4 pull-ups. I was really trying to grip the bar only with my fingers so I didn’t get any rubbing where I tore them up last week.

My hands are healing a little Only soreness…

My hands are healing a little. Only soreness I can remember this morning is that twitch in my right ass cheek again. Today was a double WOD day.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 5 Pull-ups (strict)
  • PVC Bergener Warm-up
  • PVC Jerk Transfer Skills

I wish we did more push-ups to build up that strength.

Strength
12:00, every minute on the minute

  • 1 Clean
  • 2 Split Jerks

I started out with 95# and ended up with 125# for the last 3 sets.

WOD #1
3m AMRAP

  • 5 Push Press
  • 10 KBS

I used 105# for the push press and 62# for the KBS and both were all I could handle at the end. I was able to do 3 rounds plus 1 more push press.

We took a 4 minute rest before going to the second WOD.

WOD #2
3m AMRAP

  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Pull-ups

Because of my hands I had to do ring rows, which were challenging enough as it is. I finished 3 rounds plus 5 burpees and 3 more ring rows. You wouldn’t think a couple of 3 minute workouts would be that bad, but just like any other WOD, they really surprise you. My shoulders are already sore from all that work, so it’s a good thing tomorrow is a rest day.

Getting RIPPED!

My left glute started getting sore during yesterday’s workout and it’s still sore today. My shoulders are a little sore as well. Today I suffered my first CrossFit casualty as you can see by the picture. I literally ripped my hands open and was bleeding.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 2 rounds
    • 15 Wall Squats
    • 10 Y’s
    • 10 T’s
    • 15 GHD
    • 15 Hip Extensions

For the Y’s and T’s I used 8# DBs. Those really work with light weight!

Strength
4 Sets

  • 4 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 30s Rest
  • 15 Heavy KBS
  • 90s Rest

I hooked a 10# KB on my foot for weighted pull-ups and used a 53# KB for swings to make sure I could do them unbroken.

WOD
12m AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 200m Run

I was kind of excited the WOD had pull-ups so I could work on my kip. I was able to string together 6 kipping pull-ups in a row during each round, which was awesome. I’ve never been able to do more than 3. I used a 24 inch box for the jumps and completed 4 rounds plus 1 pull-up.

Now that the WOD is over and my hands are tore up I’m not so excited it involved pull-ups. The crazy thing is I had no idea it was happening during the WOD. I didn’t feel any pain in my hands. After the timer went off and I crashed on the floor I touched my hand on something and had an immediate, “OH FUCK!” reaction. This shit hurts like a mother-fucker! I guess I won’t be doing kipping pull-ups for a while. I think I might have some new-skin in my golf bag to help with the healing process and protect the bare flesh.

Today was the first time wearing the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 with any type of running and they felt really good. The shoes were good for the box jumps too. They seem to be an all-around great shoe for CrossFit, just like they are designed to be.

For about the last week I’ve figured out…

For about the last week I’ve figured out a sleep schedule and have been sticking to it. I’m getting over 8 hours of sleep almost every night and it feels great. Sleep is the one thing I’ve never had on any type of schedule. I’ve always stayed up until whenever and got up when I needed to, but now I’m making myself get to bed around 11pm and I usually roll out of bed around 8am since I go to the 9am CrossFit class 4-5 days a week.

Since I started CrossFit over 3 months ago, I’ve lost 11 pounds and my body fat % has dropped 5 points. I’m now consistently weighing in just under 180 pounds with around 16.5% body fat. When I started a goal was to get to 175 pounds and I’ve had a goal for the last few years to see my abs. Those are still goals and I’m chipping away at them.

This morning my legs felt a little tired from the hike and walking 18 holes of golf. They quickly warmed up though. I should know better than to call a WOD “simple” as I did last night when I looked ahead.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 DU Practice
  • Should band stretches
  • 2x
    • 7 Burpees
    • 7 Pull-ups

I was hoping to get in some DU practice today so I was happy to see it in the warm-up. I had one decent streak of 12 or 13 in a row, but other than that it was a struggle to get 2 or 3 in a row. I think I need to go back to single-single-double for awhile because I had less than 60 DUs during the 5 minutes which is pathetic. I did strict pull-ups (not all 7 unbroken), except for the final one which needed a kip.

WOD
4 rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Dips
  • 20 HR Push-ups

This doesn’t look bad when you see it on the board, but it was brutal on the arms. I started off trying ring dips for the first time ever. Those are tough! Having to keep your body steady adds a whole new element to a dip. In the first round I did all 10 dips on the rings. I can’t remember if I did all 10 in the 2nd round as well or if I split it up with doing dips on the rack. In the 3rd round I know I split with 5 dips on rings and 5 on the rack. Then in the 4th round I tried to do a ring dip and it wasn’t happening so I did all 10 on the rack.

This was the first time doing dips on a rack in CrossFit for me as well. I’ve done them that way years ago, but never in a WOD. After doing dips, my arms were shot and the hand release push-ups were a killer. I’d start off going 2 or 3 in a row but quickly had to do one at a time and I had to cheat a lot to even get pushed up.

The running didn’t bother me at all. I always seem to start out pretty fast in a first round run, but when we get inside and start on other things, I start falling behind people. I finished the WOD in 20:31. It was definitely a good way to start a Sunday. Now I’m off to play some golf before the Super Bowl starts.