How Many?

I had some plans to workout yesterday since one of my 4 workout days in a row was an easy recovery day. Got busy around the house so I rested. My legs started getting tight later in the day, but I’m surprised my shoulders weren’t feeling anything from the overhead carry and thruster combination.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • Bar Taps



  • Pull-ups
  • Box Jumps (24″)

Got some new grips from Bear Komplex and they’ve really improved the design since my last pair. They didn’t eat into my fingers at all, but will take a bit of use to get roughed up and be able to hold chalk.

I was able to do all of the pull-ups unbroken and did jumps with a step-down. I was having the hardest time keeping track of what round I was on though. It started when I did 8 jumps in the round of 7 and then I repeated the sets of 3. Extra credit I guess. Finished in 6:04.

Active Life – Back Max


3 Rounds

  • 12 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (115#)
  • 12 Romanian Deadlift (115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (44# KBs)

Bumping up to 12 evil wheels was a challenge after everything has been sets of 5 or 8 so far. The double kettlebell hold was a challenge.

Skill / Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s T2B
    • 10s Rest
  • 20s Rest
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 20s Bottom-to-bottom Squats
  • 40s Rest

I’ve done sets of 6 for a straight 8 round Tabata of T2B so I figured 7 was a good number. Turned out perfect. After 7 unbroken rounds I hit failure in the very last round and had to do 4 plus 3 singles. I did sets of 14 squats in the first cycle and in the second cycle I did 3 sets of 12 with 13 to finish. I forgot how much these squats burn.

Shoulder Drift

It’s nice not having to leave the house with this weather. Garage didn’t want to warm up this afternoon though. It was about -11° outside with the windchill.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Hey! I didn’t get sore the last time I did these. Will that continue?

Workout – 3 Sets each leg

  • 12 Single Leg Deadlifts (125#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did warm-up with 12/12 @ 45#. These have left me sore every time so far.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Sets

  • 6x
    • 10m One Arm Overhead Carry
    • 5 One Arm Thrusters
  • 30s Rest
  • Repeat with other arm

The notes said these are really difficult so I figured I didn’t need to plan any conditioning work for the day. 240 thrusters would be plenty! Boy… was I right.

I thought I was being conservative starting with 20 pounds, but after the first arm took 2 minutes I knew 1) I had to go faster and 2) this was going to get real nasty. It’s a bit of a balance because the faster you go, the more the weight wants to drift, causing you to use more muscles to keep it stable.

I did my left arm first each time and went with 20-25-30-35 pounds. Rested about 2, 3, and 4 minutes between weights. My shoulders are going to feel this one.

Finding Balance

Definitely feeling my ankles from all of the direction changes in those shuttle sprints. Low back is tight. Garage session in the afternoon.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion (on 55+35 plates)


  • 8/8 Single Leg Deadlift
    • 45#
    • 95
    • 3 Sets @ 125

Much harder to balance than I expected. A lot more than a single leg RDL.



  • One Arm DB Thrusters (50#)
  • Ring Rows

Yeah, weird rep counts, but I wanted something I could equally split between arms. My planning started out with 30-20-10 but knew the ring rows would get too slow, so I came up with this. Still had to break them up in 3-4 sets each round this way. Finished in 5:51.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 for quality

  • Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold: 3-5 breaths
  • Side Plank: 3-5 breath hold each side
  • Horizontal GHD Hold: 3-5 breaths

Got through 7 rounds plus the side planks.