Cruisin’

Woke up with tired legs from playing a bunch of Slammo/Spikeball last night.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 80′ Bear Crawl
  • 10 Walking Lunges

Conditioning

  • 800m Run
  • 40 Push-ups
  • 20 C&J (95#)
  • 400m Run
  • 20 C&J (95#)
  • 40 Push-ups
  • 800m Run

Took exactly 16:00. I went 15-10-8-7 on the first round of push-ups, 10-5-5 on both sets of clean and jerks, and 4×10 on the last round of push-ups, with the final 10 being very slow. Was mostly on cruise control.

Midline

6 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (R)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (L)
  • 10s Rest

I think I was able to get 18 hollow rocks each time, but they started to burn after 3 sets. Side planks were no issue.

2:00 AMRAP

  • Air Squats

Pretty steady pace of 10 reps every 15 seconds. Finished with 81, which is not very good by BTWB rankings.

Felt like doing something in the evening so I tested out this week’s shoulder press strength work for Intuition. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Shoulder Press – E3M

  • 9×45#
  • 6×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×145#
  • 3×155#
  • 3×162.5#

Pretty close on the rounding of 60-70-80-85-90% based off a 180 pound estimated max. I paused for a second on my chest with 125-145-155 and maybe even 105 (can’t remember), effectively making each rep a first rep. Caused the final set to be harder than it should have been, considering I did 3×170 earlier this year.

The Pacer

Warm one yesterday walking 18 holes. Actually felt some fatigue in my legs this morning. Got to the gym early, so jumped in on some bench press with Alex.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 10×185

Felt heavy at 135, but seemed better after that.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Plank
  • Air squats
  • Bottom Squat Hold

I think we were switching every 15-20 seconds.

Conditioning

24:00 AMRAP – Team of 3

  • Person A: 200m Run (pace setter)
  • Person B: 10 Burpees
  • Person C: 10 Wall Balls (30#, 10′)

Ideally B & C get some rest while waiting for the runner to get back. Teamed up with Bryan and Weston. I started with wall balls, got through 8 rounds plus my wall balls and nearly finished the run with about 20 meters left. My pace on the runs felt really good today, even with the heat and humidity.

Midline Mash-up

2 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 20s Plank Push-ups
  • 10s Plank
  • 30s Side plank
  • 30s Side plank

It was a Tabata but I skipped the rest since we were rotating movements.

Grilled out and played some Spike Ball.

This fucking heat is exhausting. One of my first projects when I got home from a work trip is to replace a couple of in-wall air conditioning units; one doesn’t work anymore and the controls are broke on the other one. They must be at least 15 years old. After feeling lazy all day I got off my ass and headed to the track.

Aerobic Capacity – VO2 Max

13 Rounds

  • 200m Run (slow)
  • 200m Run (mile PR pace – goal of 46s)

I decided to start with a slow 200m to warm-up a bit instead of running a final slow one at the end. The slow pace doesn’t really matter for this workout and continued to get slower and slower. Didn’t get that first pace right (maybe due to the faster “slow” 200 to start), but fell in after that and pushed on the way home.

  1. 1:23.0 – 0:50.6
  2. 1:30.7 – 0:46.8
  3. 1:35.1 – 0:46.1
  4. 1:38.0 – 0:44.5
  5. 1:39.4 – 0:44.0
  6. 1:42.1 – 0:43.8
  7. 1:42.1 – 0:43.6
  8. 1:45.4 – 0:43.7
  9. 1:46.8 – 0:44.5
  10. 1:46.7 – 0:42.8
  11. 1:48.6 – 0:41.8
  12. 1:52.7 – 0:40.0
  13. 1:54.0 – 0:38.1

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Fifteen From Three Hundo

Legs, knees, and hips all are starting to feel beat up. I think I was already stalling last night by going to bed later so I wouldn’t want to wake up. Finally out to the garage after 8am. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.36 km).

Coffee Super Squats

Back Squat

  • 20×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×205#
  • 5×255#
  • 20×285# (PR)

Fuck my life! That was horrible. Hard to believe just two weeks ago 260# felt “easy” as far as a set of Super Squats can go. Think “Murph” on Monday and a week and a half of squat PRs is taking its toll? It started to get really hard after rep 7, not even half way through. This is the only time I’ve seriously thought about stopping during a set. It crossed my mind before but as a joke. Today I was considering it, thinking I might fail. Made it though. Bar was on my back for a total 2:12. Splits every 5 reps (including step out and in times) were 0:23, 0:28, 0:40, and 0:41.

After laying on the ground for a solid three minutes I put away the weights and figured it would be a good idea for a cool down. Jumped on the Air Dyne for 5:00 (2.04 km).

Went to the 4:30 class. Warm-up was various stuff with a training bar.

Deadlift

  • 5×45#
  • 4×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×295#
  • 2x5x325#

Keeping it light and easy. My back is under enough stress lately. Don’t need to fuck it up with deadlifts now.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 American KBS (53#)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 400m Run

All unbroken. Was outside so runs were a little short and didn’t have the clock for an exact time. Took about 14:30.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 30s Plank
  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 30s Rest

Was tabata rounds, but I didn’t use the 10 second rest periods. I guess I screwed up, setting the clock for only 6 rounds, so we started up another one after a short break.

No BS Bench

Morning garage workout.

Warm-up

  • 500m Ski – 2:08.6
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×165#
  • 5×185#
  • 5x5x195#
  • MAX @ 195 -> 10 reps

No squatting, so might as well start a new bench program. Today’s goal was to determine a base number that can be done for 5×5 without compromising form. I thought I’d use 205, but after the set with 185# I made the call to take it conservative and I’m glad I did because the last two sets were starting to get hard. I was taking just over 2 minutes of rest between the 5 working sets and then I took a 3 minute break before the max rep set.

It’s probably been 10 years since I concentrated on bench press, so I’m interested to see how my body reacts. I never had a goal to bench 300#, but I’m making it a goal for this year, since it’s actually within reach. Definitely won’t be easy, but it wouldn’t be a good goal then.

Conditioning

Ski Erg
5 Rounds

  • 500m at 2000m PR pace (<2:00)
  • 30s Rest
  • 100m very easy

I don’t remember where I got this from, but it looks like a Hinshaw workout. I did the rest and 100m after the 5th interval. The computer time said 13:34 at the end, but it keeps rolling a little once you stop moving and then doesn’t count up during rest periods. Call it an extra 2 seconds of time roll for each 500m, so 15:54 total.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Recovery because this damn shoulder is starting to get funky again. Need to take care of it before it turns into the issue I had last year.

Went to the 5:30 class at CFI.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Yoga

Weightlifting

Power Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×155#
  • 3×165#

I’ve done 155 for hang squat triple, but never a power from the floor that I can recall, so last two sets were both PRs.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)
  • 5 HSPU
  • 1:30 Rest

I was going to try to do strict handstand push-ups, but ditched that plan after doing 1 rep. Kipped the rest of the way and it was not easy. Shoulder burner! Did all sets of snatches TnG. Finished at 10:06.

Midline

  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (L)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (R)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s V-ups
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank Push-ups
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (L)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (R)
  • 10s Rest
  • MAX Plank – 2:57

I was sweating more from the max plank than from the workout. Was shaking so bad I couldn’t take it anymore and had to bow out before the 3 minute mark.

Shoulder Smolov Jr. Week 1

I was exhausted yesterday. 9 hours in the gym over the weekend will do that I guess. Went to CrossFit Intuition for the 9am.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Arm Circles
  • Rapid Toe Touches
  • 20 Air Squats

Strength

Shoulder Press – Smolov Jr. Week 1 Day 4

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 10x3x127.5#

Yep, actually used fractional plates. Wasn’t too hard. Going up 10# for week 2 should be interesting.

Conditioning

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Box Jumps (30″)
  • Burpees
  • Russian KBS (53#)

I lost track in the middle and ended up doing round 6 twice. Whoops! Finished in 9:49.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Plank
  • 15s Rest

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery. Definitely time to start doing the Plyo and Iron Scap on some days. I’ve been able to get the 90/90 move up to a band matching the other movements, so not having any issues with my shoulder there anymore.

Double Sunday

Feeling good after yesterday. Went to the 11am class at Survival Fitness.

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00/1:00 Side Planks
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Dead Hang
  • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 1:00 Jumping Jacks

I did a quick drop after 35 seconds of dead hang and jumped right back up to regrip. No need to rip my hands open with pull-ups and deadlifts planned for tonight.

20:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 12 Sit-ups
  • 12 SDLHP (53# KB)
  • 12 Squat Jumps
  • 6 Burpees
  • 250m Run

Partner 1 does all of the sit-ups, partner 2 does all of the SDLHP, and keep alternating each movement. Since partner 1 will be doing the run in the first round, the 2nd time through the movements will be switched for each person.

I paired up with Joe and we kept up a solid sprint pace. We were about 130m from finishing 8 rounds.

Over to CrossFit Intuition around 5:30 for another workout. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation and then figured it was a good time to try doing a “ninja get-up” since it’s been a long time and maybe the Explosive Seminar taught me a few things. Nailed it on the first try!

Clean & Jerks

  • 2x40kg
  • 2x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 1x75kg
  • 1x80kg
  • 1x90kg
  • 1x95kg
  • 1x100kg
  • 1x105kg
  • 1x115kg
  • 1x118kg (Clean PR, missed jerk)

Used all kilo plates in the Mid Michigan Barbell Club part of the gym, which is a first for me. It’s weird not knowing exactly how much is on the bar. I’ll call that a 260# clean I guess, for a 5# PR. I had the jerk locked out, but was probably a bit forward on me. I really need to work on getting under the bar after I extend, instead of extending some more.

XWOD

Warmed up shoulder press with 5×75# and 5×95#.

  • 8x4x120# Shoulder Press
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Explosive Push-ups

For the 2s, we did clapping push-ups and for the 1s we did a plyo push-up from the ground on to four 45# bumper plates.

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 C2B Pull-ups
    • 10 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 Rounds (same movements and reps)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 Round (same movements and reps)

I wanted to make something short and fast, but still really intense. This worked out really well. I start losing my kip on C2B after 3 or 4 and was swinging all over the place a few times. I finished 3 rounds in 1:50, 2 rounds in 1:12, and 1 in 0:27, with a total time of 6:29 on the clock.

Did 4 sets of 10 reverse hypers with a green band on the GHD. Then I did Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Know When to Fold ’em

Still not getting a full night of sleep and night sweats seem to be getting worse. Going to see my Doctor this afternoon and hopefully figure out what is wrong with me. Went it at 10am to workout with Kevin and Ellen.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch
  • Various other stretching

Strength

Hadn’t done Super Squats in nearly two weeks, but today was the day to get back on it. With a week off I decided it made sense to still go up 10#. Warmed up with 10 @ 45#, 5 @ 135#, 3 @ 185#, and 3 @ 225#. Took a nice rest and then went for it with 255#. Right out of the gate, I could tell the reps were way too hard. I started leading with my ass, sort of doing some type of good morning squat. I got through 8 reps, and then coming out of the hole on the 9th, I decided to bail before I got hurt. Dropped to 225# and did a set of 5 for some extra work.

Disappointing, but not surprising with the week I’ve had. I should have been smarter and maybe went for 235#.

Did 3 sets of 20 pullovers after with 45# dumbbells. I’ve been using a 60#, but didn’t think that would be a good idea.

Core

3 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 45s/45s Side Plank

It’s been so long since I’ve done side planks I don’t even remember.

Conditioning

1/2 Mile Sled Drag/Pull (135#)

I did half walking forward dragging the sled behind, and half walking backwards pulling it along. At the gym it’s 6 laps, so I alternated each lap.

Heading to the Doctor this afternoon to hopefully figure out what’s wrong with me. Just want to get back to normal.