My legs are definitely sore today from the last two days of heavy lifting with back squats and deadlifts. My lower and middle back are ever a little sore. I worked on my right butt with the tennis back a couple of times yesterday and it seems to feel a little worse today, but maybe that means it’s improving. I can hope.
I had a golf lesson at 11 so couldn’t make it to the 9am class like I usually do. I checked out the workout and it included pull-ups and toes to bars (T2B) so I decided not to go to a night class. My hands are healing at a good pace and I don’t want to rip them wide open again so soon.
I decided to do a round of Tabata sprints since the last time I did them was December 8th in San Francisco. When I run these, I structure them like the following:
- 5:00 Slow Warm-up
- 8 rounds
- 5:00+ Slow Cool down (however much longer it takes to get back to my destination)
I ran for a total time of 14:35 over 1.76 miles. According to the RunKeeper logs I covered nearly 0.1 miles more than previous runs of this workout during the interval portion, which is about 15% improvement. I could really tell the difference in my conditioning during the second half of the sprints. Usually I’d be dying, but I was able to stick pick up to a pretty decent pace.
After the run I practiced DUs for 5-10 minutes and was consistently getting streaks of 5-10. Finally some progress! It’s been awhile since I did a max push-up test, so I did that after in my apartment after some rest and knocked out 36.
Back to the box in the morning for a class.
I had a great night of sleep after not getting enough on Friday or Saturday night. My shoulders were a little tired from the Olympic lifting and I still have that tweak in my right butt. My hands are healing quite well.
- 400m Run
- 2 rounds
- 15 GHD
- 15 Hip Ext
- 15 Wall Squats
- 5 Ring Dips
- 10 Bench Dips
- 15 KBS
A longer warm-up, but today’s workout wasn’t anything intense, because it was a test day, so it was nice to get some extra work. I used 53# for the KBS.
Back Squat, 1RM Test, 3-0-X-0 tempo
Take a 2 minute rest after each set, do max strict pull-ups, and then take another 2 minute rest before starting the next set.
- Set 1: 50% of possible 1RM x 5 reps
- Set 2: 75% of possible 1RM x 3 reps
- Set 3: 85% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
- Set 4: 90-95% of possible 1RM x 1 rep
- Set 5: Test 1RM
- Set 6 (optional) – Exceed Set 5 weight
To finish off the workout, take 85% of the 1RM back squat and do max reps in one set with the 3-0-X-0 tempo.
The most I had attempted on the back squat was 185# a couple of weeks ago when I did it 4 times for a few sets. Since we had just tested the frost squat last week and my 1RM was 215# I set a goal of 230# because I really had no idea. For the first 4 sets used weights of 115#, 175#, 195#, and 210#. Already 2 new PRs there! I put 210 on the bar for the 5th set and got it up, but I didn’t get low enough in the squat so it didn’t count. After doing the pull-ups and getting in another rest I made another attempt and got 220# up. For the finisher set I used 185# and was able to knock out 6 reps.
For the pull-ups, I got 6 in the first set, which is a new PR for me. I’m pretty excited about that since I just got to 5 on February 2nd. I’m well on my way to 15 by the end of the year. In the other sets I got 5, 5, 4, and 4 pull-ups. I was really trying to grip the bar only with my fingers so I didn’t get any rubbing where I tore them up last week.
My hands are healing a little. Only soreness I can remember this morning is that twitch in my right ass cheek again. Today was a double WOD day.
- 400m Run
- 2 rounds
- 15 Air Squats
- 10 Push-ups
- 5 Pull-ups (strict)
- PVC Bergener Warm-up
- PVC Jerk Transfer Skills
I wish we did more push-ups to build up that strength.
12:00, every minute on the minute
I started out with 95# and ended up with 125# for the last 3 sets.
I used 105# for the push press and 62# for the KBS and both were all I could handle at the end. I was able to do 3 rounds plus 1 more push press.
We took a 4 minute rest before going to the second WOD.
Because of my hands I had to do ring rows, which were challenging enough as it is. I finished 3 rounds plus 5 burpees and 3 more ring rows. You wouldn’t think a couple of 3 minute workouts would be that bad, but just like any other WOD, they really surprise you. My shoulders are already sore from all that work, so it’s a good thing tomorrow is a rest day.
My left glute started getting sore during yesterday’s workout and it’s still sore today. My shoulders are a little sore as well. Today I suffered my first CrossFit casualty as you can see by the picture. I literally ripped my hands open and was bleeding.
- 600m Run
- 2 rounds
- 15 Wall Squats
- 10 Y’s
- 10 T’s
- 15 GHD
- 15 Hip Extensions
For the Y’s and T’s I used 8# DBs. Those really work with light weight!
- 4 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
- 30s Rest
- 15 Heavy KBS
- 90s Rest
I hooked a 10# KB on my foot for weighted pull-ups and used a 53# KB for swings to make sure I could do them unbroken.
- 10 Pull-ups
- 20 Box Jumps
- 200m Run
I was kind of excited the WOD had pull-ups so I could work on my kip. I was able to string together 6 kipping pull-ups in a row during each round, which was awesome. I’ve never been able to do more than 3. I used a 24 inch box for the jumps and completed 4 rounds plus 1 pull-up.
Now that the WOD is over and my hands are tore up I’m not so excited it involved pull-ups. The crazy thing is I had no idea it was happening during the WOD. I didn’t feel any pain in my hands. After the timer went off and I crashed on the floor I touched my hand on something and had an immediate, “OH FUCK!” reaction. This shit hurts like a mother-fucker! I guess I won’t be doing kipping pull-ups for a while. I think I might have some new-skin in my golf bag to help with the healing process and protect the bare flesh.
Today was the first time wearing the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 with any type of running and they felt really good. The shoes were good for the box jumps too. They seem to be an all-around great shoe for CrossFit, just like they are designed to be.
For about the last week I’ve figured out a sleep schedule and have been sticking to it. I’m getting over 8 hours of sleep almost every night and it feels great. Sleep is the one thing I’ve never had on any type of schedule. I’ve always stayed up until whenever and got up when I needed to, but now I’m making myself get to bed around 11pm and I usually roll out of bed around 8am since I go to the 9am CrossFit class 4-5 days a week.
Since I started CrossFit over 3 months ago, I’ve lost 11 pounds and my body fat % has dropped 5 points. I’m now consistently weighing in just under 180 pounds with around 16.5% body fat. When I started a goal was to get to 175 pounds and I’ve had a goal for the last few years to see my abs. Those are still goals and I’m chipping away at them.
This morning my legs felt a little tired from the hike and walking 18 holes of golf. They quickly warmed up though. I should know better than to call a WOD “simple” as I did last night when I looked ahead.
- 5:00 DU Practice
- Should band stretches
I was hoping to get in some DU practice today so I was happy to see it in the warm-up. I had one decent streak of 12 or 13 in a row, but other than that it was a struggle to get 2 or 3 in a row. I think I need to go back to single-single-double for awhile because I had less than 60 DUs during the 5 minutes which is pathetic. I did strict pull-ups (not all 7 unbroken), except for the final one which needed a kip.
- 400m Run
- 10 Dips
- 20 HR Push-ups
This doesn’t look bad when you see it on the board, but it was brutal on the arms. I started off trying ring dips for the first time ever. Those are tough! Having to keep your body steady adds a whole new element to a dip. In the first round I did all 10 dips on the rings. I can’t remember if I did all 10 in the 2nd round as well or if I split it up with doing dips on the rack. In the 3rd round I know I split with 5 dips on rings and 5 on the rack. Then in the 4th round I tried to do a ring dip and it wasn’t happening so I did all 10 on the rack.
This was the first time doing dips on a rack in CrossFit for me as well. I’ve done them that way years ago, but never in a WOD. After doing dips, my arms were shot and the hand release push-ups were a killer. I’d start off going 2 or 3 in a row but quickly had to do one at a time and I had to cheat a lot to even get pushed up.
The running didn’t bother me at all. I always seem to start out pretty fast in a first round run, but when we get inside and start on other things, I start falling behind people. I finished the WOD in 20:31. It was definitely a good way to start a Sunday. Now I’m off to play some golf before the Super Bowl starts.