Tight

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Row strokes (10 cals)
  • 3 Tall Muscle Cleans + 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Power Cleans

I used 20-20-20-30-40 kg for the complex.

Weightlifting

Warmed up my cleans with 3×60, 3×70, and 3×80 kg.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans (90kg)

First rep had a 3 second pause at knees, so I used the same weight as last week. Dropped every rep though because of the extra time under tension and with all of the snatching coming up in the metcon.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP

  • 1-2-3… Power Snatch (115#)
  • 2-4-6… Row cals

I went unbroken for the first 3 sets of snatches and kind of wish I had gone unbroken as long as I could. After a few rounds I tried to settle in at 1050-1100 cal/hr and then pushed the pace on my final round. Got through the round of 8 snatches and 16 cals just before time ran out. With calorie rollover the display read 79 cals, which is an extra 7.

Active Life – Back Max

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Turkish Sit Ups (35# KB)
  • 10 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (35# DBs)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Split Press (26# KB)

Stayed after class to do this even though my back was already feeling tight. Thought it might help to get some more movement in there. Got through 4 rounds.

18.4 / Diane

Went to March Madness yesterday and Friday and was busy with my Dad on Saturday. So I was well rested for this workout.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • High Knee Walk
  • Butt Kick Walk
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 2×5 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 2×5 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 2×2 Deadlifts (225#)
  • HSPU

CrossFit Game Open Workout 18.4

In my case, just Diane. I’ve seen a lot of bitching online about the new handstand push-up standard. I guess my shoulder to elbow length is advantageous because I got about 2 inches extra on the wall.

  • 21 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 21 HSPU
  • 15 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 15 HSPU
  • 9 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 9 HSPU
  • 21 Deadlifts (315#)
  • 2 Handstand Walks (25′ in 5′ sections)
  • 15 Deadlifts (315#)
  • 2 Handstand Walks (25′)
  • 9 Deadlifts (315#)
  • 2 Handstand Walks (25′)

On the drive to the gym I decided I wasn’t even going to load up the 315# bar. The most I’ve pulled in the last year was some doubles with 305# a few weeks ago. Going heavy under fatigue isn’t a risk I want to take right now with the rehab going well.

I went 8-7-6, 8-7, and 9 on the deadlifts and went without a belt. Shouldn’t have been so conservative on those. For my HSPU I went 12-9 and then 8-7 with one no rep. I had to start stretching and taking longer to make sure each rep counted, which of course leads to more fatigue. Had to go 4-3-2 for the set of 9. Finished my 90 reps in 5:44 with a 4:39 tiebreak.

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I was excited to give this a shot because I’ve been wanting to try Diane for months since my HSPU have improved so much in the last year. Now I’m really looking forward to another attempt down the road with normal HSPU. I may try to do the deadlifts unbroken whenever that day comes.

Since I hadn’t worked out since Thursday I felt like doing something else, so we did a circuit.

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Row
  • Battle Ropes
  • Russian KBS (53#)
  • Sit-ups

Didn’t count my reps.

Row Thruster

My legs have been feeling the squatting and possibly the box jumps from Sunday. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 200m Row
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans
  • 3 Front Squats
  • 3 Push Jerks

I used 45-45-95-115-135#. Then I did a squat clean + front squat + push jerk with 155 and 175.

Weightlifting

E2M – 10 Sets

  • Squat Clean
  • Front Squat
  • Push Jerk

I did 185, 195, 2 sets 205, 3 sets 215, 2 sets 225, and 235. Good test for my core. Was ok, but those should have been light weight for me.

Conditioning

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 300m Row
  • 9 Thrusters (95#)

I pulled about 1:45-1:48 and tried to push the final set. Was surprised how good the thrusters felt in the first set, but that didn’t last. My posterior chair was lighting up by the end of the 3rd set. My times were 1:31 – 1:31 – 1:34 – 1:34 – 1:33.

18.1

Last night my ankles and shins started getting a little sore. I think it was too long after the ankle dorsiflexions so maybe it was the broad jumps?

It’s a different Open for me this year, which I wrote about yesterday on nick.blog. I didn’t watch a single strategy video today (other than the official one CrossFit showed during the live announcement). I did see this recommended warm-up come through in the Active Life private Facebook group.

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Every year I have a laugh at shit like this. What gyms have enough rowers for people warming up and people doing the workout? You don’t need anything near a 15 minute warm-up for a 20 minute workout and certainly don’t need to fatigue the movements you’re about to do. Maybe the elite athletes, but not the average Joe like me. GTFO!

Warm-up

  • 23 cal Row
  • 5/5┬áSingle Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (35#)
  • Ring Hang
  • 3/3┬áSingle Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 8 T2B

CrossFit Open 18.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 14 cal Row

First round was a little fast, but I fell into a great rhythm after that and was almost dead-on a 2:00 per round pace the whole way. I was doing 4-4 toes to bars, clean right into a push press, and switched hands in the air. Could have got up to speed on the rower quicker but was averaging about 1,125-1,150 cal/hr. I’d take a quick breath or two coming off the bar before picking up the dumbbell but didn’t really rest other than that. Was a good mix of movements for me. I did die out at the end and reset my feet for every T2B at the end without letting go of the bar to finish with 10+6 or 326 total reps.

I think this might be my favorite Open workout. Maybe they’ll all be like this!

Back Over 3

My calves aren’t sore yet, knock on wood. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 10 Pause Squat + Broad Jump
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

I think I did 5-3 on every set of chin-ups.

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Deadlifts
    • 2 Sets 255#
    • 2 Sets 275
    • 2 Sets 285
    • 2 Sets 295
    • 2 Sets 305

It’s been almost a year since I pulled 300+. Felt ok.

Conditioning

24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 200m Row
  • 15 American KBS (24kg)
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups

Much worse than it looks. I did all singles for the pull-ups and kept the swings and thrusters unbroken.

Just When I Get Confident

Had to rush and shovel the driveway before getting ready for the gym. If I had more time I would have snow blowed, but I was already cutting it close.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3s, 20#, 10′)

Workout – 2 Sets each side

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (32kg)
  • 1:00 Rest

I was losing my grip the first time through already. Right hand was giving out more than the left today.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 Row cals
  • 15 T2B

In round 2 and 3 I was really thinking it wasn’t too bad. Then after getting the first 40 toes to bars in sets of 5 I had to finish with 2-1-1-1. When I hit that wall I smack it. Missed a double under in both the 2nd and 3rd set. Finished in 9:20. Probably should have pushed the rowing pace more. My average was probably close to 1,100 cal/hr.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Sets

  • 14 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 30s Bent Knee Hollow Hold

Hard for me to stop at a number like 14 reps. I actually did 15 in the second round.

Other Struggle

Yesterday I woke up feeling a knot in my middle back, so decided right there to make it a rest day, especially since what I had planned for the day was going to tax my back. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

12:00

  • 250m Row cals
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3 Push Presses (45#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 1 Split Jerk (45#)

Got through 4 rounds.

Weightlifting

Push Jerk + Split Jerk

  • 95#
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 5 rounds @ 205#
    • 5 rounds @ 225#

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 HSPU
  • 21 Pull-ups
  • 21 Row cals

Was able to do all of the handstand push-ups unbroken. 11-10, 11-10, and 11-6-1-1-1-1 on the pull-ups. I was expecting to struggle on the HSPU not the pull-ups. Finished in 10:06.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (2 count hold)
  • 10 Alternating Thoracic Extension Rotation (2 count hold)
  • 20s Table Top Hold

Did 6 rounds. Could already feel my shoulders sore from the lifting and workout.