Rough First Rep

Back to the 4:30 class for the third day in a row. What is wrong with me? Haven’t done that in 4 months maybe?

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 2x
    • 20 Air Squats
    • 10 Plyo Lunges
    • 20 Banded Pass Throughs
    • 10 Toe Touches

Strength

10/10 Single Leg KB Romanian Deadlift

  • 1 Set 44#
  • 3 Sets 53#

Class was doing deadlifts so I did these. Cut them off before I tweaked something.

Conditioning

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 10 Burpees
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 American KBS (62#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 American KBS (62#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Burpees
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 50 Air Squats

Decided to do the muscle-ups in place of a 10 meter bear crawl which seemed pretty pointless. I was questioning the idea when my right arm got caught up weird on my first rep and I had to fight for what felt like 5 seconds to get it in position and do the dip. So then I dropped. Did 4, 2 and missed, 2, and 1. That first rep really fucked with my head and used up some energy otherwise I think my plan of 4-3-3 would have been fine. Burpees were a slog after a while. Finished in 18:50.

Heading to Forest Dunes in the morning for a couple of days of golf!

Pushing PRs

My legs have been all kinds of sore from the squats on Monday. Had a chiro appointment (trying to use up my FSA balance before switching insurance plans) and then went to the 4:30 class.

Pre Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Zeus DU
    • 10 OH Shrugs (45#)

I was at the gym plenty early due to the 4:00 appointment so did some stuff before the class warm-up.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • Wrist Stretch
  • 5 Slow Push-ups
  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 20 Double Unders
  • Spiderman Stretch

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 4×205#
  • 3×225#
  • 2×245#
  • 1×265#

I belted up for the last two sets. Felt heavy but ok.

Gymnastics – 3 Sets

  • MAX Strict HSPU
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

It was programmed as 5-10 reps of each handstand push-ups and pull-ups, but I’ve been wanting to test out my strict HSPU so went for it. Couldn’t believe it when I got 17 reps followed up by 12 in each of the next 2 sets. My previous best was only 11, which I matched last in March of last year so that’s over a 50% improvement!

Conditioning

“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • Sit-ups

Anchored my feet and used my AbMat cover pad. Missed my very first rep, so just adjusted my time by 2 seconds at the end. 🙂 I missed again in the set of 20, missed to start my final set because my rope was tangled and I was trying to rush it, and then missed again after 5 or 6. So 3 official misses after my restart. Not going to PR like that, but with a 6:06 I was only 13 seconds off my best time.

Practiced a bit more freestanding handstand hold up near the wall.

Realized that’s 9 days in a row of doing something, even though Saturday was only a 45 minute recovery on the AirDyne. Time for a rest day!

Sub 2

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • High Knees
  • 10 Push-ups

Strength – Front Squat

  • 6×95#
  • 4×135
  • 4×145
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×195
  • 2×200
  • 2×205
  • 2×210
  • 2×215

Haven’t squatted with a bar in well over a month so I took it easy. Felt fine.

Conditioning

“Grace”

  • 30 C&J (135#)

I’ve been chasing the sub 2 minute mark for a couple of years. In February of 2016 I did it in 2:04 and in November of 2014 my time was 2:17. I was nervous because I knew exactly what I had to do to improve my time and it was going to hurt. When I got the 2:04 I did 3 sets of 5, a set of 2 and then singles.

When someone called out 30 seconds I had just done my 10th rep, so I knew it was possible. I stuck to the 3×5 and was able to increase that 4th set to 3 reps before switching to singles. Then I forced myself to pick the bar up quicker than I wanted to, especially at the end when I knew it was getting close. Finished in 1:57 for a 7 second PR!

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (44# KB)
  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15 Sit-ups

I did the rows slow and controlled and tried to get a slight pause at the top.

Stopped at the gas station on my drive home for some celebration snacks. 🙂

I’ve posted a couple of things about CrossFit Programming over on my personal blog this week:

HPO Week 7

Played another solid round of golf yesterday, with an 82, which was 2nd best at the course. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 3x2x245

Still feeling great!

Push Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 2x3x225

Wore a belt for the final 3 sets. Not very fun.

Accessory

  • 3×20 Seated alt DB Shoulder Press (40-45-45#)
  • 3×10 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×15 DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Shoulder Ts (CS Blue)

That wraps of week 7 of the Hybrid Push Only program. Still loving it, though today was a lot of accessory work!

Conditioning

  • 250m Ski Erg
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 100 DU (62-0-38)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

I wanted to go a bit on the erg since I’d be able to catch my breath on the sit-ups. Averaged a 1:45/500m to get through it in about 52 seconds. Should have pushed harder. Never stopped on either set of sit-ups or cleans, though the first set of medicine ball cleans was slower. I got 62 double unders to start, then missed again, and then got the last 38. Finished the workout in 8:50.

You Never Know

Took a rest day yesterday but was feeling good. Went to the 4:30 class.

Rehab – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 100′ Right Arm Front Rack Carry (70# KB)
  • 100′ Left Arm Front Rack Carry (70# KB)

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 OHS (95#)
  • 12 T2B

Wore grips and even the last set of toes to bar didn’t feel like I was going to fall off the bar.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5/5 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
  • 10 Russian KBS (70#)

Bryan says, “Are you going to do them strict?”

“I wasn’t planning on it.”

“It’s only 5,” he says.

“Hmm, usually when I try that I realize it was a bad idea during the 2nd round. Fine, I’ll give it a shot. I don’t mind going slower on the other stuff.”

Surprised myself and didn’t have any problem doing every set unbroken! Seems like 5 months ago I would have struggled to keep doing sets of 5 kipping. Made it through 6 rounds, the HSPU, deadlifts, and 2 swings (6+17).

Midline/Skill

5 Rounds

  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 20 Double Unders

It was programmed for 4 rounds, but I upped it. Missed 1 dub after 18 in the 3rd round. Finished in 4:56.

Barbara, Still a Weakness

We went in earlier, at 10, for a Sunday due to the holiday. I drank this sample of a women’s elite pre-workout on the drive.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • False Grip “Hang” & Stretch
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Someone lowered the low rings even more so it wasn’t much of a hang with both feet easily on the ground.

Conditioning

“Barbara” – 5 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 3:00 Rest

Anything with this many bodyweight reps generally isn’t my cup of tea and Barbara is no exception. I’ve never done well with it. I did manage a 38 second PR though. Pull-ups were easy, going 2×10 every round. I did 3×10 for 3 rounds of push-ups but felt them dying so I did 10-8-6-6 the final 2 rounds. Sit-ups were fine for 2 rounds but got slow. Never stopped but it felt like each rep was taking sooo long. Actually did better than expected on the squats and got faster the last two rounds by pushing harder knowing I didn’t need to use my legs again for about 6 minutes when I finished the set.

Date Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
9/22/2012 4:23 4:26 4:26 4:33 4:27 22:15
11/16/2014 3:37 4:12 4:29 4:59 5:07 22:24
4/16/2017 3:52 4:06 4:19 4:42 4:38 21:37

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 4 Strict HSPU

I haven’t been doing much overhead pressing since the back issues, so wanted to try and get in some reps. Went much better than I expected.

Better by 19

I posted an update on my personal blog about my back issues.

Out in the garage this afternoon.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 4x3x225

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3x3x175

Both pressing movements felt heavy.

Accessory

  • 3×15/15 Pallof Press (red band, 2s pause)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (10#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (10#)

I tried to point my thumbs up towards the ceiling for both types of side raises. Interesting angle.

Midline

  • 100 Sit-ups

Flew through in 2:39, which is a 19 second PR! I was using my AbMat pad, but can’t imagine it would make that much of a difference. I’ve had trouble setting just a few second PR on this over the years, so not sure where this came from.

Conditioning

  • 10:00 Airdyne

The plan was to do an aerobic 20 minutes, but after doing 75-76 RPMs for 7:00 I picked it up to see if I could get close to my 300 FY score of 358.  Maybe if I had started a minute earlier. Pretty close at 338 calories (3.99 miles).

 

All done in 65 minutes.

Performance Plus

I’ll get this in tonight…

  • Lat Foam Roller – 30 seconds each side (video)
  • Overhead Opener – 2×30 seconds (video)
  • 3 MAX effort sets of Wall-Walks with 1:00 rest (video)

Holy shit those slow wall walks were hard! I did 3×3 and took about 25 seconds for each rep.