Tight on Thrusters

Was gone all weekend golfing at Arcadia Bluffs. Amazing! My back has been tight ever since making a hard swing at a ball that was burried in some foot long rough. I felt it right away and was tight the rest of the trip. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 10 Rower Pulls Sub (1:30/500m Pace)
  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 15 Push Ups

Strength

Thrusters

  • 6×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

I started using my belt with 165 and up. Felt the last rep with 205 a little bit in the bottom of the 3rd squat, so stopped after that. My goal was to at least match the 3×205 push press I did last week, thinking my squat would be the current weak link. Mission accomplished. In December of 2016 I did 215# for a triple, which is the heaviest I have recorded, so 205 is good for my current strength.

Conditioning

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Dumbbell Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • 15 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 12 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 12 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 9 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 9 Hard Row Pulls

Normally a row would be to my advantage in a workout, but everyone is doing the same number of pulls here. Sprinting on them just killed me for the rest of the movements. I scaled back from 50# dumbbells to protect my back and make sure I could go unbroken. I didn’t quite get up to the 1:30 Rx pace, but figured I wouldn’t when I was barely able to pull it fresh in the warm-up. It took me 3-4 pulls to get up to speed each round before counting the reps. I pulled 1:35 the first round, 1:38 in the second, and 1:35 in the third. Was able to do the thrusters all unbroken, but the second and third runs were a slow jog, trying to catch some breath. Finished in 7:49.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 3

3 Sets

  • 100m Right Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 100m Left Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest

I used a 40# DB for the first two rounds and then a 50# to finish it off. Couldn’t have gone much heavier.

Shoulder Shit Show

Legs feel good after squatting yesterday. Went to the 4pm again, but did the Active Life stuff in my garage before heading to the gym.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 2

2 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing (35#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (35#)

Single Arm High Pull

  • 2×6/6 (25#)
  • 10/10 (30#)
  • 10/10 (35#)

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Shoulder Rolls
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Far from the 5×225 (plus cleaning it) I did in January 2017. Maybe could have done 5-10 pounds more today.

Conditioning

21-18-15-12-9

  • Push Press (95#)
  • T2B
  • Burpees

I went 12-9, 10-8, 8-7, 7-5, and 9 on the push presses, knowing that going unbroken from the start would be a bad idea. Of course that weight is going to feel light after the strength reps, but this workout is a lot of shoulders. For the toes to bars I did 6-5-5-5, 5-5-4-4, 5-5-5, and then singles for the 12 and 9. The good news is my shoulder felt pretty good. Actually surprised I was able to get through 11 good sets before dropping to singles, so taking 4 months off the movement didn’t set me back too much. Tried to keep a pretty good pace on the burpees. Finished in 16:18.

Heading out of town in the morning for a golf weekend!

Leet

Walked 18 yesterday and it was another hot day. This morning I was just under 198# on the scale for a new low. Felt tired through the day and actually laid down for about 20 minutes in the afternoon. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 12

**Accumulate 2:00 OH Hold with 80-100% of shoulder press

4 Rounds

  • 30s Overhead Hold (135#)
  • 1:00 Rest

That is it for the corrective action programs. I’ll start working in some of the Bulletproof Shoulders program now.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)
    • 20 Single Unders
    • 20 Double Unders

Weightlifting

Power Clean – TnG Triples

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 2×230

I’m still bruised up from The Chief last week. Caught the second with 230 with really wide feet, so then I “Clarked” the third one.

Conditioning

  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 50 HSPU
  • 50 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (95#)
  • 150 DU

Kept a 1,200 cal/hr pace on the rower and was done just under 2:30. Kicked up and did 10 sets of 5 handstand push-ups. I think I was done by 7:00. Earlier this year I did a WOD of 50s and HSPU were the first movement. I went 10-10-10-7-7-6 to get through them in 3:40, so I knew starting with a row that I should be a lot more conservative and it worked well.

Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a SDLHP and I’ll be the first to tell you I think it’s a stupid movement. Was really struggling with them and did 10×5 there as well. Was on to the rope around 11:00 I think. Tried to do sets of 15 to 35, which worked pretty well. After getting through the first 50 reps I think my heart rate slowed and then did much better through the rest. Finished in 13:37. Anyone who deals with computers should get a kick out of the Leet-ness of that number.

Mobility

Tricep smash with barbell for about six minutes.

Hitting the golf course again tomorrow and it looks like it’s going to be even hotter.

Hang Needs Work

Legs seem a little tired today. My upper body is almost over the DOMs. Went to the 4pm class again.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 9

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Knee Supported Shoulder External Rotation (5# plate)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Airdyne
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 10 Inchworms

Weightlifting

Hang Power Clean

  • 2x5x45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 1×185
  • 1×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×225
  • 1×235

I chickened out on my first try with 235 and then got it after resting a few minutes. Much lighter than I can do from the floor, so I guess I need some work on my hang lifts.

Conditioning

The Chief – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

I’d only done this Rx once before¬†over three years ago, going 5+1, 2x 4+16, and 2x 4+9.

Today I did 5+3 for the first four cycles and 5+2 for the last. I had a really good push from Tom in class today or I would have let myself get slower. After the 2nd or 3rd cycle I realized I could keep track of my rounds and didn’t need to move power chips, so those first cycles could have been better. According to how BTWB adds it up, today was 26.556 rounds and my last attempt was 24.296 rounds, so this was a pretty big PR for me.

Ranks an 89 on BTWB and I’m thrilled anytime I’m around 90, especially with this one dominated by bodyweight movements. I think my new bodyweight of 200 pounds suits me much better than the 210-215 I’d been carrying around the last few years. Will I be able to stick to this weight as I get some of my strength back though?

Pace By Feel

After the workout Tuesday, I started feeling sore in my lats and even more in my chest, so I’m thinking it has to be the pull-ups. Still pretty sore today. My shoulders were not ready for over 120 reps on the rig in two days I guess! Walked 18 holes yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 7

Accumulate 2:00 Single Arm Overhead Hold (per side)

4 Rounds

  • 30s Right Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)
  • 30s Left Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 20 Calorie Row
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)

Strength

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Bench Press (145#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Ring Rows

Conditioning

“Christine” – 3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 12 Deadlifts (bodyweight – 200#)
  • 21 Box Jumps (20″)

Warmed up deadlifts with 10×45, 5×135, and 5×185. I had a feeling this workout would suit me well especially with the shorter box. Didn’t want to go out too hot though, so I did an easy 1:50 for my first row. I did the deadlifts in 2×6 each round with a short break so I could swap my hands and take the load off my back a little bit before the box jumps. All were jump up and step down. The monitor on my rower shut off right before round 1 started so I got a delay there and then it wouldn’t turn back on for the other rounds. So I rowed my pace for 2:00 on the clock, which was quite generous of me because I can row two minute 500s for a long time. Kind of sucks because I would have liked to push more in the 2nd and/or 3rd round. Oh well. Finished in 11:32

Light Wall Balls

Got a bit of a headache again a few hours after the workout on Friday night. Could have been from hitting the redline again or maybe from doing HSPU. Decided to take a rest day yesterday since I’ll go to the gym tomorrow instead of golfing. Plus it was hot and I just wanted to kick back, relax, and watch the CrossFit Games after being out-of-town to play in a golf scramble.

11-12-13…20

  • Wall Balls (14#, 10′)
  • Sit-ups

The goal was to go unbroken and it wasn’t that hard to do. Nice to go light for a change. Finished in 11:08.

Tabata Work

  • 4 Rounds Push-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Hollow Rocks
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Push-ups

Bit of a false start when I set my phone app to reverse tabata. Had done 13 push-ups in those 10 seconds, which obviously affected things the rest of the way after resetting and starting over. I was able to do 17-17-12-11 on the push-ups, 36-30-35-36 dubs, 23-22-22-19 hollow rocks, 36-35-29-35 dubs, and 15-15-13-10 push-ups. Looks like missing a double under costs about 5-6 reps. This was harder than the wall balls.

Accessory

Wanted to get in the 4th shoulder abduction workout which was 3×10 single arm presses. Went with something a little more challenging and added the back work.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (28kg)

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Kig Swings / Bar Taps
  • 3×5 T2B

First T2B I’ve done in months. Meh.

I Found a Limit

Walked 18 holes yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 2

Accumulate 2:00 Pronated Bar Hang

4 Rounds

  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 30s Rest

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 20 Calorie Row

Strength

Bench Press (5×1)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×225
  • 3x1x235

A long way from my 290 max.

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 15 Kettlebell Swings (70#)

I’ve been feeling good on the rower, so I said the hell with it and went for it, doing 2,000 cal/hr for the first two rounds, finishing each in about 28 seconds. I was able to do the bench press unbroken for those two rounds too. Then I started to crash and burn! I think I did 1,600+ for a round or two and then tried to keep it over 1,200. Did 6-4 on the 3rd set of bench and then the final 4 rounds were a struggle to finish in the minute by doing 4-3-3 and almost failing on the last 2 rounds. Especially not being able to start on time because the rows were taking longer and I needed a few breaths. My hands were so fucking sweaty I even had to put the KB down and scaled back the reps to 12 with 7-5 for the final 3 rounds.

What a fucking disaster! I found my limit on the rower for an EMOM like this though. I think it would have been a much different story if I had just gone out at 1,600-1,700 cal/hr.

Walked 400 meters to cool down a bit.