All The Posterior Chain

Meant to workout yesterday at home, but was busy with projects for my workshop and time flew by. At the gym today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Deadlift (45#)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Lateral Bar Hops
  • 20 Push-ups

I thought about putting on my belt and decided I didn’t need it. I split the deadlifts into 12-8 every round with a quick break. All push-ups were 10-10, with some slow down on the final 5 reps. Finished in 6:13. Was a much quicker workout than I was expecting.

Test

  • 400m Walking Lunge

Been over 2 years since I did this I think. Felt pretty good considering I was doing a lot of lunges the last time. Not at a track, so the distance may not have been right, but I set a 6 second PR with 11:55. Next couple of days will be rough.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted V-ups (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (35#)
  • 20 Shotguns

The combination of v-ups and shotguns was not cool.

Russian Twists With a Twist

Still a bit sore in my legs. Went to the gym.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x240
  • 8×225 (Max reps)

Week 7 of the program called for 15-20 pounds over the base (225#) weight. The working sets were not easy. Got 8 on the max reps drop set. Same number I got in week 4, which was about a month ago.

Team Series 17.4 – Partner

  • 100 cal Row
  • 100 T2B

Did it with Jason. We did 25 cals at a time. I started with sets of 5 and was feeling ok so did some sets of 10 at the end. I think I ended up doing 5 sets of 5 and 3 sets of 10, though I did drop real quick and did 8-2 on the final set. We finished in 9:46.

 

Midline

The three of us lined up and did Russian Twist plate passes like this…

I had a stack of varying plates. I think from bottom to top it started out as 10-15-25-15-10-15-25-15-10-15. After passing down and back, we took a rest and rotated positions. Then one more rest and rotation so we each sat in every spot once. Didn’t expect my low back to get fired up as much as it did.

Death EMOM

Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pendlay Row
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95#

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
  • 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)

Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 K2E
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.

The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.

I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!

This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.

Midline: E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 20-30s Hollow Hold

Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.

Too Similar to Thrusters

Hit the late 6:30pm class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Band Pulls (green)
  • 20-20 Banded Monster Walk Steps (small red)
  • 10 Burpees

Definitely warmed up after 30 burpees.

Strength – Shoulder Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×75
  • 6×95
  • 6×105
  • 6×115
  • 6×125
  • 6×135
  • 6×140

Weak! Was starting to over-extend so I put on the belt for the last set. I could feel some fatigue from last night’s thrusters.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Squat Clean + Push Jerk (95#)
  • 7 Pull-ups
  • 21 American KBS (44#)

I could have done them as Clusters, but I’ve been doing enough thrusters, so I stood up all the way and then did a quick push jerk. Unbroken on everything. Using the smaller kettlebell doesn’t leave enough room for my hands, especially when I already keep my pinkies outside with the 53# bell. Could feel my fingers really starting to rub, but luckily the workout was short enough I didn’t make any blisters. Finished 3+25, or 8 reps shy of 4.

Midline – 5 Sets

  • 4 Evil Wheels
  • 14 Russian Twists (44# KB)

Kept moving from one to the other.

Déjà vu

Feeling a little sore in the upper back and chest from the workout last night. Made it to the 5:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Burpees

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 5×185
  • 4×215
  • 3×245
  • 2×265
  • 1×285
  • 1×305
  • 1×315
  • 1×325

The last time I had more than 205 on my back was October 28th! I wasn’t expecting much today and was happy with anything over 300 pounds. Was much more difficult than I’d like it to be, but you can’t go almost 2 months without squatting heavy.

Conditioning

  • Buy-in: 10 Curtis P (95#)
  • 5 Rounds
    • 7 Push-ups
    • 7 Deadlifts (95#)
    • 7 T2B

Very similar to what I did last night. I could feel the push-ups in that first round. Finished in 4:53 with everything unbroken.

Midline

10-15-20-15-10

  • Sit-ups
  • Russian Twists (44#)
  • Double Unders

Took me 6:40.

Year 5

I started CrossFit 5 years ago!!

Didn’t have candy to pass out so I hid out at the gym for a couple of hours.

Clean

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×75
  • 1×85
  • 1×93
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x101
    • 5x1x108
    • 5x1x115
  • Heavy Single
    • 1×120
    • 1×124
    • Clarked 128

My head is my biggest obstacle.

Clean Pull

  • 3x117kg
  • 2x3x124

Clean Deadlift

3 reps with a pause at the knee + 1 rep floating

  • 1 set @ 111kg
  • 2 sets @ 117

Pause Back Squat

3 seconds pause in the hole.

  • 2x100kg
  • 2×112
  • 3x2x121

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow V-ups
  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)

Those V-ups were terrible after round 1; had to break them up way too much. Did all of the twists unbroken and finished in 6:40.

Make it a Combo

Out in the garage around 1. Combined the power cleans and push jerks into a complex to save time and make the jerks harder (even though it’s already heavier than the assigned % since I kept the loading based off my power clean).

Power Cleans + Push Jerks

  • 5+5 @ 45#
  • 5+5 @ 95
  • 3+3 @ 135
  • 3+3 @ 165
  • 3+3 @ 185
  • 2 Sets of 3+3 @ 195
  • 3 Sets of 3+3 @ 205

All of the power cleans were touch and go. Took a little more time with the jerks.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×205#
  • 3x5x245

Stood on a 3″ riser to get more depth. Used a neutral grip for every set, which almost made me lose hold with the last 2 sets of 245.

Midline & Accessory

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 25s L-sit (parallettes, bent knees)
  • 15 Push-ups

4 Rounds

  • 10 Pistols
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)

Decided to do this part for time. Struggled too much on the pistols. Finished in 5:04 with all of the twist sets unbroken.