Fuck, My Back

Moving a little slow this morning, but in for the 9am class.


  • 20 Zombie Kicks
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 15/15 Standing Hurdles (forward and backward)
  • 10 Burpees


5×5 Deadlifts @ 70-80%

  • 10×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×315#
  • 5×335#
  • 5×355#
  • 5×375#
  • 4×385#

What a fucking idiot. Tried to push it and now that low back area on the right side is worse than it was 2 weeks ago. It was starting to feel pretty good too. I want to slap myself. Pisses me off even more that it was already the most volume I’d done for a 5×5 before trying that last set.



Kroc Rows

  • 10/10 x 60#
  • 10/10 x 71#
  • 10/10 x 71#


  • 20 Thrusters (95#)
  • 20 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 20 Shoulder to OH (95#)
  • 20 OHS (95#)
  • 20 Front Squats (95#)

* Do 5 burpees EMOM starting at 1:00

I felt pretty terrible in the workout and didn’t push it on my burpees because I could feel my back there. Not to mention I couldn’t breathe and felt like shit. Took me 4 minutes to do the OHS, only able to get 5 reps each time! Not good. Total time of 10:57. I think I was the last one done.

Rested a bit when I got home, finished shoveling the end of the driveway, and then made a pit stop in the garage on the way in.


  • 5×10 Reverse Hyper using GHD with green band

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 4 Day 5

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting.

Work continues on the garage gym. I put a Phillips screwdriver bit through my thumb today and made a nice canyon. Won’t be hook gripping anytime soon, so it’s good this last week was max week. All that’s left to do is hang up the dry erase board and some poster type things and then clean the garage because the dust from cutting is everywhere.

A lot of stuff to get done in the programming today so I split it up into two sessions. First session started out in the garage by myself before 2 and was done just after 3.


  • 5:00 DU Practice
  • 45# Clean Positions

Muscle Clean

  • 3×105#
  • 2x3x115#
  • 2x3x125#


  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×145#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×160#
  • 3x1x170#

I made the first 170# with a save in the hole, but couldn’t pull out the last two. Shoulder area is pretty beat from building ladder storage last night. Hours of work overhead!


  • 2×125#
  • 2×150#
  • 2×175#
  • 1×190#
  • 1×200#
  • 1×215#
  • 3x1x225#

Felt pretty good considering I couldn’t hook grip. The programming had clean & jerks, but since I screwed up yesterday and with beat shoulders I made an executive decision to just go with cleans today.


10:00 EMOM

  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

Did them on the rack and it wasn’t too bad. Had to adjust my kip so that I wouldn’t hit the ground with my feet. Did all rounds unbroken though. Still need to figure out butterfly chest to bar pull-ups before the Open.

Back out in the garage at 6pm for part 2.

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting.

Back Squat

  • 20×45#
  • 2×205#
  • 2×240#
  • 2×270#
  • 2×290#
  • 2x2x305#

5 Rounds

  • 5 Reverse Hypers (green band on GHD)
  • 5 GHD Sit-ups

Had to improvise since I don’t have a Reverse Hyper machine (I might make a ghetto one to fit on the rack). They were kind of cool with the band. You could hold a bit at the top and squeeze more.


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Air Dyne (AD2)
  • 10 HR Push-ups
  • 5/5 One-arm KBS (not alternating, 53# KB)
  • 90s Rest

The AD wrecked me to the point where I couldn’t breathe enough to knock out the push-ups. Had to take a breathing break at 5 or 6 reps and they were slow reps. My rounds were 1:54, 2:08, 1:55. I went all out on the first round of AD, which killed me. Quads were burning early in the 2nd and 3rd round. It was programmed to be 250m rows, but all I have is an AD. 1:00 is longer than 250m rows would take, but I could use the extra work. Found out from this that my conditioning isn’t the greatest, so might have to mess around with adding some more here and there over the second half of the program.

Week 4 is done! Added 15# to my total so far, with a lot of room for improvement in the C&J.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 3 Day 2

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. Over to Kevin’s in the afternoon to lift. The Reverse Hypers were programmed for day 5, but he’ll be out of town, so I swapped the seated good mornings from today.


  • Scap work
  • 2:00 Air Dyne
  • 45# Clean Positions
  • 95# Clean Positions

Muscle Clean

  • 3×125#
  • 3x3x135#
  • 3×145#

Power Snatch

  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 5x1x125#

Power Clean + Push Jerk

  • 2+1×95#
  • 2+1×115#
  • 2+2×145#
  • 5×2+1×175#

Lifts felt solid. Little tight in the left shoulder during push jerks. The power cleans and push jerk were a nice change of pace from the normal clean and jerk.

Reverse Hyper

  • 10×95#
  • 2x5x160#
  • 5×210#
  • 2x5x250#

Rapid Fire Squats

Over to Kevin’s garage tonight.


  • 3:00 Air Dyne
  • 10# plate work for shoulder shrugs and some squats holding it out front


Split Jerks

  • 2 x 75# (also 5×75# shoulder press)
  • 2 x 135#
  • 2 x 155#
  • 2 x 185#
  • 2 x 205#
  • 2 x 2 x 225#

Felt pretty terrible but I still tried to push it. Had 245# on the bar and then on my shoulders but decided to not even try it. The first set of 225# was ugly enough, so I dropped the weight from 245# and did another double with the 225#.

Block Power Cleans @ Knees

  • 3 x 135#
  • 3 x 165#
  • 3 x 195#
  • 2 x 215# (+1 fail when I didn’t even try to get under it)

The lifts at 215# were not so great. I got the bar low on my chest and without a good elbow turnover, so really had to save it. Was hard on my elbows!


Back Squats

  • 5 x 135#
  • 3 x 205#
  • 3 x 225#
  • 3 x 245#
  • 3 x 255#
  • 10 x 2 x 275# (rapid fire!)

Kevin and I kept going back to back on the 10 doubles with 275#. Our goal was to be all done in less than 10:00 and it was just a couple of seconds over 9:00 total, so under 9 for each of us individually. Wasn’t as hard as I was expecting and would be fun to try it even faster next time with no waiting between sets; go as soon as the other guy racks the bar. These are typically called cluster sets and your body is supposed to think of it as one big set.

4 Sets NFT

  • 10 Reverse Hyper (160#)
  • 5 Deficit Kipping HSPU (AbMat w/ 25# bumper and 55# competition plates stacked up)

I tried to do strict HSPU but could barely get one rep at that height.


Partner Rowing Intervals

  • 8 x 250m Row
  • Rest while partner rows

Same rower, so rest during transition time too. I think I got faster as the rounds when on. Definitely started to hit muscle fatigue in my hamstrings and ass in the last interval though, so good place to stop.

Little Victories

When I rolled out of bed I was feeling beat up all over, but that went away after moving around. Maybe it was from the sprints last night.

Headed over to Kevin’s garage for some work.


5:00 on the Air Dyne (AD2)

Olympic Lifting

I worked of the blocks set to about mid-thigh. Was doing a series of 2-3 snatch deadlifts to get the feel of knees coming back under the bar and hips meeting the bar, with knees still bent. Then I took that into 3 snatches on the blocks.

Started light and moved up really well. 35# for multiple sets, 65# for multiple sets and then I think it was one set each of 85#, 95#, 115#, 125#, and 135#. I just started meeting the bar with 135# on Thursday and it felt better off the blocks. I like the progress!


Bench Press – 5/3/1 Cycle 2 Week 1

  • 5 @ 85# (40% of training max – warm)
  • 5 @ 110# (50% – warm)
  • 3 @ 130# (60% – warm)
  • 5 @ 140# (65%)
  • 5 @ 160# (75%)
  • 5+ @ 185# (85%)

I didn’t use the Reactive Slingshot at all today. Much harder without it, but I didn’t have too much of a problem with my right arm until the end and was still able to push through the reps. I was able to get 9 reps with 185# for an estimated max of 240#. Much more realistic than when I had used the slingshot.

Reverse Hyper

3 x 10 with 120#

I should really get over there more often to do these.

Then we headed over to Survival Fitness Bay City for open gym.


Worked on muscle-ups. First I wanted to see if I could do a MU without needing to 3 swings in. Was able to get them on the first swing. Then my next goal was to finally string 2 MU together and I knocked that out too! I did three doubles over the course of the work I think, but never tried for 3 in a row. I probably did about 15 total muscle-ups and was trying to help Kevin get his first one kipping. He gets plenty high enough, but doesn’t attempt to get his head through. He’ll get it soon!



  • Thrusters (95#)
  • Pull-ups

I had yet to do an Rx “Fran” which was a little embarrassing considering I’m coming up on 2 years of CrossFit. Shit, the last time I did any “Fran” was at the Level 1 Cert last year in September. I used 75# there and did it in 5:36. Did a 4:50 today without a problem. I now know that I don’t have to pace and rest as much as I did. I was worried I’d burn out on the thrusters or pull-ups by the round of 9.

Later at night I went out to the garage for some more training since I’ll be golfing tomorrow in the first round of our end of the year tournament.

Snatch Balance & OHS

Weight Snatch Balance OHS
45# 5 5
95# 5 5
115# 3 3
135# 2 3
155# 1 2
175# F
175# 1
185# F

I’m not sure what happened but my OHS has gone shit. I could do a 175# snatch balance back in the winter too. Weird.

Bottom Squat Snatch Presses

I figured these would help my stability overhead.

  • 5 x 45#
  • 5 x 55#
  • 5 x 65#

Wow, these are different difficult.

Snatch Presses


  • 5 x 65#
  • 5 x 75#
  • 5 x 85#
  • 5 x 90#

Shit balls I’m weak in these positions.


I did a really easy 15 minutes on the Air Dyne.

13.1 Redemption

Another Competition Thursday at Survival Fitness and I was not excited about the WOD since I did horrible on it, but excited that I’d get the chance to improve my score. Went to the 5pm class.


  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 30 PVC OHS
  • Snatches


The WOD for today was CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.1, which I scored a 142 on during the Open, with a 15:52 tiebreaker at the end of the 135# snatches.

17:00 AMRAP

  • 40 Burpees
  • 30 Snatch (75#)
  • 30 Burpees
  • 30 Snatch (135#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Snatch (165#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • Max rep Snatch (210#)

I was much faster today and didn’t die as bad on the burpees, although they still sucked. I finished the 75# snatches at 5:01, which I think was about 20 seconds faster than in the Open. Was on the bar starting 135# snatches around 8:35-ish and finished them at 14:58 (I’m going to call that a 6:23 “Isabel” PR, since I still haven’t done it standalone), nearly a whole minute faster, which gave me plenty of time to got those last 20 burpees. I was extremely slow on them though and only had 18 seconds to spare. I didn’t even bother trying to put weight on the bar and try 165# because I would have just ended up hurting myself. I’m glad I was able to hit 150 reps this time and do everything a lot faster.


Second week of my squat program and front squats were on the menu. Warmed up with 5 fast reps at 115# and then had to do 5 reps each at 160#, 175#, 185#, and 200#. Solid work… not too easy and not too hard.

Garage Work

Headed over to Kevin’s place and did a bunch of hamstring and low back work.

3 Rounds (not for time)

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (120#, 170#, 190#)
  • 7 GHR
  • 5 Good Mornings (135#)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups

Low back was already feeling a little spicy from they heavy cleans yesterday and today’s WOD, so this just lit it more. Good stuff though. Those GHR are rough and my form isn’t very good on them.

Competition Thursday at Survival Fitness

After 3 intense days of doing our own programming, it was time to get back to a group class. Matt has turned Thursday into competition day at Survival Fitness and will be bringing back old Open or Regional WODs for the most part. Should be a lot of fun and keep the competitive atmosphere going. I went to the 9am.


  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 30 PVC OHS

I also did some jump rope to warm up the calves for box jumps.


2011 CrossFit Games Open Workout 11.2
15:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 12 HR Push-ups
  • 15 Box Jumps (24″)

My first time trying this WOD. It was a grinder at that 15 minute length. I think I did the first two rounds of push-ups unbroken, but then 7-5 almost every other round to keep from reaching failure. Pushed through 12 slow unbroken in my last round. Had some no-reps on the box jumps, but rebounded almost everything. Finished with 10 rounds plus 6 deadlifts for a total of 366 reps.


Warmed up with 5 @ 135# on front squats and then went into what was prescribed for my squat program, although I accidentally went an extra 5# in the first set; 5 reps at each of 165#, 175#, and 185#. Not as easy as I thought it was going to be since those are only 60%, 65%, and 70% of my 1RM. But I’m not used to doing strength after a WOD either.

Then I did a Tabata bench with 115#. Started out too fast with 13 reps in the first round and everything was downhill from there. I had 40 reps through 4 rounds and ended up with 60 total, even failing on a rep in round 7. Have to take into account this is after 120 push-ups too.

Headed over to Kevin’s at night for some garage work with all of his toys. Figured I could handle a little extra work since tomorrow is a rest and massage day and then Saturday morning I’m doing a duathlon.

The Backside

3 Rounds (not for time)

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (120#)
  • 7 Glute Ham Raise
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups

Hopefully this stuff helps increase my squats as well as the extra squatting I’m doing.

Split Jerks

I’ve been wanting to try out the jerk blocks Kevin built and tonight was the night. My technique kinda sucked. Ugh! I did a couple of double at 95#, then doubles at 125#, 155#, 185#, and 205#. My last was going to be a double at 225# but after the 2nd rep Kevin wanted to try out a burst-mode camera app, so I did a 3rd rep. I’m happy with the weight I was able to do (my 1RM is 245#) but wish my technique had been better. Still need a lot of work.

I was going to do some light snatch work, but after having trouble landing a 95# snatch, I canceled that idea. My shoulders just weren’t having it. So I went back at my hamstrings and did 10 RDLs at 115#, 205#, and 205#.