Crash Landing

Out in the garage around noon by myself.

Front Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×185#
  • 3-5-X-1 Tempo
    • 2×205#
    • 2×215#
    • 2×225#
    • 2×235#
    • 1+Fx245#

That sucked!

5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 Hip Extensions
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (green band on GHD)

“Flight Simulator”
5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-45-40-35-30-25-20-15-10-5 Unbroken DU

I was cruising along and then crashed trying to get 45 on the way up. I couldn’t even get 15 or 20, so I called it quits around 9:30 in. Not sure what happened there.

Excited for Thrusters!

My back and hips were sore when I crawled out of bed this morning. I’m thinking it’s from the spinal decompression table since they’ve been ramping up the percentage or whatever setting they use. In for the 9am class.


4 Rounds of Tabata Mash-up

  • Jingle Jangles
  • Bear Crawls
  • Squat Jumps



  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 3×275#
  • 5×295#
  • 3×325#
  • 3×345#
  • 3×365#

Wasn’t going near the 5×1 @ 90+% and aggravating my back again. These felt better than the lifts a couple of weeks ago, so I’d say treatments are working.



  • 7 Squat Clean Thrusters (“Cluster”)

* You have 1 minute to complete and 1 minute to rest. Start at 135# and add 5# each new set.

I made it through 150# and got stuck in the hole with the 5th rep of 155#. So that’s 4 full sets plus 4 reps. Pretty brutal. Happy to be able to go through that pressing movement though, because yesterday I couldn’t even shoulder press a PVC pipe!


5 Rounds

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′ target)

Pull-ups didn’t feel the greatest even doing just the kipping variation instead of butterfly to take some strain off the shoulder by eliminating the bottoming out. I had to break up sets quite a bit after the first 10 unbroken. Finished in 4:55. I could feel some weakness in the shoulder doing wall balls too, but did those unbroken without a problem.

Felt good to be able to participate fully with the class. First time in 2 weeks I haven’t had to substitute any movements.

Over to Kevin’s at 6pm for a squat session.

Reverse Hyper

  • 3x15x50#

Nice and light. Figured it would be good after deadlifts today.

Then I did Crossover Symmetry Activation (8 reps). I used blue (heavy) and yellow (light) for bands, except had to use the lightest green band on my right side for the 90/90 because the yellow was killing my shoulder.

Back Squats

  • 20×45#
  • 8×155#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×255#
  • 3×285#
  • 10:00 EMOM 1×305 (rapid fire!)
  • 10×225#

Worked up a good sweat with the set of 10 at the end.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap. I used the red bands for Tiger Walk and Bear Hug and green for all of the rest. Super light, but with the injured shoulder it was plenty and I did double the reps for everything.

Heading to the Arnold

Second trip to the chiropractor went well. He did some ultrasound therapy on the shoulder instead of e-stim. Also put some kinesio tape on there to aid drainage away from the shoulder.

Heading down to Columbus, OH for the weekend to attend the Arnold Sports Festival, which should be a lot of fun. Hit up a garage workout with Kevin at 10am. Will be nice to give the shoulder until Monday to rest.


Front Squat 5×3 @ 80-90%

  • 2x10x45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×205#
  • 3×235#
  • 3×245#
  • 3×255#
  • 3×265#
  • 3×270#
  • 3×270#

Load of #65 more pounds for the 5 working sets over 3 weeks ago. 245# was only 79% but after doing 235# I dialed back the plan. Originally was going to try 250-260-265-270-275, which wouldn’t have happened. Have a plan, but be willing to adjust.


7 Rounds (Partners – alternate doing a full round until each does 7)

  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups

Kevin and I finished in 11:57. Nice steady pace; nothing crazy. Got a sweat on, but wasn’t dead at the end.


  • 5×10 Reverse Hypers on GHD with green band

Hopefully our hotel has a treadmill or something so I can do some intervals or long slow cardio for a couple of workouts this weekend. Rest time for the shoulder!

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.