Carry First

Yesterday I walked my first 9 holes of the year and was exhausted the rest of the day. Pathetic. haha I wasn’t planning on doing anything except watching the Masters anyway, so it worked out. Got to the gym early today before the 4:30 class do the stuff from the PT.

Rehab – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, right)
  • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, right)
  • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, left)
  • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, left)
  • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, right)
  • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, left)

The squats turn out to be much harder when you fatigue yourself first. No rest from the carry to the squats.

Class Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20 Jumping Jacks

The ring rows felt really good. They never do.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 8×135
  • 6×185
  • 5×215
  • 4×245
  • 3×275
  • 2×285
  • 1×300

No belt and wore Nike Metcons. Wasn’t planning to push the weight even though class was maxing out.

Accessory – 5 Sets

  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53#)


9:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 7 Back Squats (95#)
  • 9 Burpees

Was too slow on my burpees. I was doing a short pause after each back squat too, which I should have just pushed through with so few reps. Finished exactly 7 rounds.

Suffer Through the AM

I was up late after the beers and could feel the fatigue in my legs from the intervals I did. Mornings are brutal with my back until I’m up and moving for an hour or two. Sitting on the exercise ball definitely helps wake things up sooner.


5:00 Airdyne  – 1.58 miles


  • 5×10 Ring Rows  (Laying on bench with feet on it)
  • 2×20 Shoulder I’s
  • 2×20 Shoulder Y’s
  • 2×20 Shoulder T’s

I did the IYTs laying on back on the bench with a 5 pound dumbbell in each hand. I tried to do them standing with the Crossover Symmetry bands but it was too much pull or my midline which aggravated my back.

I even tried and was successful at doing an air squat with my heels staying on the ground!


  • 20:00 Airdyne

Looked up my best, which was 7.06 miles with my notes saying 70+ RPM. Challenge accepted! Crushed it by going 7.42 miles (574 calories). Was pretty steady at 72-73 RPMs for the first 12-14 minutes and then slowly started picking up the pace. For about the last 2 minutes I was averaging about 80. Makes me think I should be able to go quite a bit harder on the 10 minute test.

Figured out Bar Muscle-up Cycling

Oh by my low back is all kinds of sore and so is my upper back between my shoulder blades. Legs were tired last night but feel fine today. Ass is a bit sore. Went to the gym at 3 with Bryan.


  • Shoulder stretching and body twisting
  • 1,000m Row
  • 17.1 Movement Testing

I tried out some efficiency changes for both movements which should make up a lot of time. I wasted so many seconds when I did the workout.


2 Hang power Snatch + 3 OHS

  • 2 sets 45#
  • 2 sets 95
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Programmed as snatch + 2 hang snatch + 3 OHS, but I wasn’t pulling from the ground and didn’t want to drop into the squat. Hell, I was going to completely skip this portion but decided to adjust it.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×205
  • 5×245
  • 3x5x265

Supposed to be 3×5 @ 75%, which would be 285 on my estimated max, but with my back to tight I scaled it back.


20:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 15 cal Row
  • 4 Bar Muscle-ups

Made some adjustments since it was too cold to run outside and no Assault Bikes. Did MU on the bar so I could try dropping back to the bottom of the dip before pushing away from the bar into the next rep. My goal was to do 2 sets of 2 each round so I could work on this. Took me a few rounds to work out a few things, like rotating hands at different points, etc. Really paid off though. I’ve never felt better with the transition. I did wear grips too, which needed some adjustments because they tend to really grip the bar when chalked up. I even did all 4 unbroken in my last set. We didn’t have an official count, but it was either 7 (most likely) or 8 full rounds plus 16 lunges. We didn’t push anything hard just kept moving. Felt good. I feel 10x more comfortable now if bar muscle-ups are in the Open.

Gymnastics Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Ring Push-ups
  • 7 Ring Rows

I still suck at ring rows.

Double Dubs

My low back was feeling it a little today from over-extending in the shoulder presses yesterday. Funny how something so innocent can irritate it just a little. Went to the 5:30 class, but was the only one to show.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 PVC Pass thrus
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Jump Rope (singles)

Strength – OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×185
  • 3×195 (PR match)

Wore the belt with 155 on I think. After 185 I looked up my best triple and decided to go one more set to match it. Had been November of 2014! It was an ugly set but I got the reps.


14:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees
  • 5 Ring Rows

Made it through 5+6.

Skill Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 Zeus Double Unders
  • 30 Double Unders

Wasn’t as bad as I expected. Made it through every set unbroken in 4:15.

Make It 7

Out in the garage in the evening.


  • 5×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 4x1x175

Missed 155 trying something different, but reset and got it.

Clean & Jerk

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 2×165
  • 1×185
  • 1×200
  • 1×215
  • 4x1x230

Cleans felt a little heavy today.

Front Squat

  • 2×235#
  • 2×260
  • 2x2x275

These felt really good! Didn’t wear a belt at all and was able to stay upright.


28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Ring Rows (feet elevated)
  • 15 Lying Leg Lifts

Set the clock for 20:00, planning on 5 times through, but the handstand push-ups were holding up so I went 2 more sets through.

Put a bow on deload week. Hopefully I can get in the next full week of the program before I leave the country. Then that might be it for dedicating time to lifting.

Plank It

Don’t think I’m feeling anything from the mileage yesterday. Went to the 5:30 class.


5 Rounds NFT

  • 1 Wall Walk
  • 2 One-Leg Burpees
  • 3 Ring Rows
  • 4 V-ups (hollow)
  • 5 PVC Around the Worlds

Strength – Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×65
  • 5×95
  • 5×105
  • 5×125
  • 8×140

Class is on a new 5/3/1 cycle so it was 5+ at about 77% today. Doesn’t come close to what I should be able to do when estimating my 1 rep max. I didn’t feel like I was really warmed up for that.


  • 200m Run
  • 50 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 75 Burpees
  • 50 Wall Balls
  • 200m Run

I went 20-15-15 on the wall balls, then slow but non-stop burpees, and 15-15-20 wall balls. My legs would not move when I headed out on the final run. Finished at exactly 13:00. During the wall balls, I counted to 8 and then picked the ball back up. When I finished the burpees my plan was to go 15-15-10-10, but I took a couple of extra breaths after me break following the 30 reps and knocked out the final 20 unbroken..


  • Max Plank Hold (hands with straight arms)

Class was doing a full Tabata so my plan was to just hold for 4 minutes. When I passed the half way point without feeling terrible I decided to change it to a max hold and asked Michelle to keep track of my time. Made it to 5:32 for a 29 second PR! My whole body hurt after.

DT Struggles

Legs felt tired last night after the running workout. Felt pretty good this morning though.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Clean Thrusters (45#)
    • 30 Double Unders


“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 Push Jerks (155#)

Had been over a year and a half since I did this one. Old PR was 10:35. My plan was to try a new strategy of doing all 12 deadlifts and getting 5 cleans before dropping the bar. Then the final 4 cleans and the jerks. Followed it in the first round and it was way too fast. I think I was done at 1:07. I think the second round I did 11, 1+5, 4+6. Round 3 was the same or maybe 11, 1+4, 3, 2+6. I remember being done at about the 5 minute mark. Then the last 2 rounds were slow with too much rest. In round 4 I even dropped the bar with 2 jerks to go. Ugh! Finished at 10:02 for a 33 second PR.

The worst part for me, by far, are the hang cleans. They get so damn heavy and destroy me. Not so good when the final 2 rounds take just as long as the first 3. 😦


4 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 8 Good Mornings (115#)


6 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 20s Rest
  • 20s L-hang (knees up)
  • 20s Rest

Felt the burn. I have to do hangs due to my shoulder; L-sits on the rings don’t feel so good.

These last two weeks have been horrible from a diet perspective. I’ve been getting take-out every meal. Got lazy after Murph and I’ve been busing finishing up a bunch of projects at work before I go on my sabbatical. Had been avoiding the scale, so was scared to step on it this morning, but figured I should before I go on my trip. Was very surprised to see I was still under 204#. Winning! Looking forward to getting back on track when I get home from Washington, D.C. I can tell I’m not feeling as well or recovering as well with all of the junk and who knows what my macros look like.