Still Tight

My back was still really tight this morning, though it did seem to improve over the day. Still sore from Sunday in all the same places. Went to the 4pm class.


3 Rounds

  • 4 Sets
    • 2 Lunges
    • PVC Pass
  • 8 Scap Pull-ups
  • 8 Behind Neck Presses (45#)
  • 50’ Bear Crawl

Barbell Warm-up

  • 7 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Dip, Drive, High Pull (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatch (45#)


3 Snatch Deadlifts + 3 Hang Power Snatches

  • 2×45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 135

Nothing too heavy today. That doesn’t mean it was easy though! We were working up to a moderate weight before the metcon.


13:00 AMRAP

  • 13 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 13 Pull-ups

I went 5-4-4 on both movements until my 6th round when I held on for the clock doing 5-6 for snatches. Finished with 5+11. Feeling good on my pull-ups lately and should try pushing to bigger sets. My thumbs were shot in the hook grip, though I’m not very good with stringing together hang snatches. After a round or two I pretty much started resetting on every rep, which takes a lot of time and you’re still holding the bar.

Getting back to butterfly pull-ups, I’m doing the Camille regrip, which is giving me a blister in my palm like she always gets. Or at least it does when I don’t wear grips, which I didn’t for “Danny” on the 1st due to the presses and today. The old blister tore away today and I started a little bit of a new one on my left hand. Don’t seem to have anything on my right palm though.

After Christmas the gym switched over to NCFit programming. It’s definitely different from Ben Smith’s Affiliate Design, which was some of my favorite programming. I’ve liked some of the workouts so far, but not sure what to think yet. Give me a couple more weeks before I form an opinion. 🙂

Snatch Lockout Sucks

Legs were feeling heavy this morning. Went to the gym tonight and Alex worked in with me on the snatch work. First day of Catalyst OTM Week 5.


  • 5x20kg
  • 3×35
  • 3×45
  • 3×55
  • 1×65
  • 1×72
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x78
    • 5x1x83
    • 5x1x88
  • Heavy Single
    • Miss 90
    • 1×90
    • Miss 92
    • Miss 92

I was rushing with the first rep at 88 due to 2 of us lifting in the minute and the weight change. Picked the bar back up and made the lift though. It was getting squirelly with the 88s but I made the rest of them. Not a good performance with the heavy ones after. I can’t get that shit locked in. 😦

Snatch Pull

  • 3x90kg
  • 2x3x95

Snatch Deadlift

3 Pause reps (knee) + 1 Floating

  • 85kg
  • 2 sets @ 90

Back Squat

First rep of each set has a 5 second eccentric tempo.

  • 3x70kg
  • 3×90
  • 3×110
  • 3×122
  • 3×131
  • 3×133
  • 3×135
  • 3×137

Things were feeling rough on the way up, so I scaled back from 3 sets with 137. Actually started feeling better in those last 3 sets so I think I could have made the prescribed weight.


  • 5 Sets
    • 30s L-sit (hands on boxes)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • Rest
  • 3 Rounds (for time)
    • 5/5 Turkish Get-ups (35#)

Tried something different by using the boxes today for the L-sits. Definitely a lot easier on the arms without holding on to the rings or parallettes. I decided to go lighter on the get-ups and just get them done because I was almost at 2 hours already. Alternated arms every 5 reps. Finished in 4:55.

129 Is For Freedom

Did make it out on the course yesterday and took a cart for a quick 12 holes (back 9 was actually closed). In to the gym before 5pm tonight.


  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 2×50
  • 2×60
  • 1×65
  • 1×70
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x75
    • 5x1x80
    • 5x1x85
  • Heavy Single
    • Miss 88
    • 1×88

I was forward with 65 or 70 and really pulled it in, feeling a little tweak in my back. Didn’t really affect me until I felt it in the bottom of the 88 make. Called it quits there. The singles with 85 were really shaky with some good saves. Didn’t have the feel today like I did the other day, so I was actually happy to go 100% on the EMOM.

Snatch Pull

  • 3x3x90kg

I wore straps for the pulls and deadlifts.

Snatch Deadlift

3 Segment Snatch Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Snatch Deadlift

  • 3 Sets @ 85kg

Back Squat

Spend 5 seconds on the eccentric portion of rep 1 for every set.

129 kg = FREEDOM
  • 5x70kg
  • 5×95
  • 5×111
  • 5×121
  • 3x5x129

Little tougher this week with trying to protect my back. I put on the belt starting with 111 kilos.

Skipped the ab work and some other accessory stuff I had planned. Will give my back some rest. I’m heading out of town for the weekend anyway, so nice to get out of the gym early. Will try to do a 21 minute ROMWOD when I get up north. (Too late, so didn’t get it in.)

F is For…

Out in the garage by 9:30 for the first day of Catalyst OTM “week” 2. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation. Wore knee sleeves since my knees were bugging me yesterday during and after class.


  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x162.5
    • 5x1x172.5
    • 5x1x182.5
  • Heavy Single
    • 190 F
    • 190 F
    • 190 F

Today “F” is for fuck! Felt good during the EMOM with no misses. Was only allowing myself three misses with the heavy single. First try was forward, gave it too much and the bar was going to go behind me on the 2nd rep, and third rep was forward again.

Used straps for the pulls and deads.

Snatch Pull

  • 3×185#
  • 2x3x200

Snatch Deadlift

3 Segment Snatch Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Snatch Deadlift

  • 175#
  • 2 Sets @ 185

Back Squat

5 second eccentric on the 1st rep of each set.

  • 3×185#
  • 3×225
  • 5×265
  • 2x5x285

I was worried going in to these after the front squats doubles yesterday and how rough these felt last week with every set at 265. I decided to take fewer warm-up sets, made sure to get the tempo rep even on the warm-ups, and took about 4 minutes of rest between my working sets. Surprisingly these felt much easier than last week. Needed that win after feeling shitty about the heavy snatch single zero. Trust the program! I did wear the belt for my 3 working sets.

I will do the abs tomorrow, but should be able to get in a 22 minute ROMWOD tonight.

On The Minute

First day of a new lifting program. I’m going with Catalyst Athletic’s On The Minute Cycle, which I got out of the weightlifting bible. Out in the garage at 10am. Not wearing the knee sleeves today for a change.


  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×145
  • 15:00 EMOM
    • 5x1x155
    • 5x1x165
    • 5x1x175

Felt good to be able to hit full lifts from the floor after the Vaughn program and all of it’s tempo/pause work. Tried to work on receiving the bar where it was and not putting more into the bar than I needed to. Haven’t recorded lifts in awhile, but had the GoPro on the ground which produced a shitty angle…

Need to keep an eye on that jumping back. Don’t want it to be too excessive.

Snatch Pull

  • 3x3x185#

Pulls have always felt awkward to me, but for some reason they felt normal today. Wore straps. Tried to focus on leg drive and staying on my heels as long as I could.

Snatch Deadlift

3 Segment Snatch Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Snatch Deadlift

  • 3 Sets @ 175#

Wore straps for these too, but easy compared to the heavier loads used in the last program, which often included more pauses or tempo.

Back Squat

E2M – 12:00

  • 5×155#
  • 5×205
  • 5×235
  • 3x5x265

I forgot I was supposed to be doing a tempo descent, so didn’t start until the 3 working sets. It was a 5 second eccentric on rep 1. I was going to go beltless, but suspected the tempo would not be fun. I was right, so I’m glad I strapped it on for the working sets.

The OTM work really sets the tone for the entire session. I was finished with all of the lifts in under an hour, which never happened in the Vaughn program. It also helps a lot that each lift leads into the next one so you don’t need to warm-up different movements.


  • 5 Sets
    • 8 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (30#)
  • 4 Sets
    • 15 Lying Leg Raise

I’m going to try to stick with their recommended ab work with each session and can easily use my GHD as part of it. All sets of one movement were completed before going to the next movement.

I am however going to cut back and just try to get in 3 lifting days per week so I can hit a few more metcons here and there. My body doesn’t respond very well to lifting 4-5 days a week.

Walked 18 holes after lunch and will hit a 21 minute ROMWOD tonight.

Four By Three By Four

I walked 18 holes each of the last two days, during our end of the season tournament. Then rested up on Tuesday. My Dad came down on his way to Ohio yesterday otherwise I probably would have done something last night. I did get in a 45 minute ROMWOD though after skipping on Tuesday. I’ll do 2 today to make up for it.

Headed to the track after 10am and warmed up with a 400m easy jog.

Aerobic Capacity – Lactate Threshold

4 Cycles

  • 3 Sets
    • 400m (target – 1:53)
    • 30s Rest
  • 5:00 Rest

Finishes up 5 weeks worth of the AC programming. It still blows my mind how bad my “fatigue factor” is. Hinshaw says Rich’s 27% (when he started working with him) was one of the worst he had ever seen and mine is 34%. How close can I get to the 20-21% average?

The weather was great for running, about 65° with a nice breeze. I think this was my favorite workout so far. Felt good getting into a rhythm since there was only one distance and one pace. My splits were:

  1. 1:49 – 1:50 – 1:50
  2. 1:51 – 1:51 – 1:51
  3. 1:52 – 1:50 – 1:51
  4. 1:50 – 1:49 – 1:49

After resting a bit at home I did a 21 minute ROMWOD to catch up on the missed day.

Got to the gym a little before the 4:30 class started and did Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Snatch Push Press + OHS

Pause 3 seconds in the squat.

  • 1+5 20kg
  • 1+3 40
  • 1+2 50
  • 1+2 60
  • 1+1 70
  • 1+1 80
  • 1+1 85
  • 1+1 90
  • 1+1 95
  • Got down with 100 but lost it before getting up

I’ll take it. Wasn’t supposed to go any higher than a max snatch and I almost matched it. Needed to stay a little tighter. I put on the belt at some point, maybe with 70?

Tall Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×35
  • 3×40
  • 3×50
  • 3×55
  • 3×60
  • 3×65

I put on lifting straps for the 4 working sets. Saving my hands in this final week of the Vaughn program. Was able to get the power triple at the end, unlike last week where I had to get a little below parallel on the 3rd rep.

Snatch Deadlift

  • 5x90kg
  • 5×95
  • 3x5x100

Pause 3 seconds above knees on descent of each rep. I wore straps and the belt for every set. All that time under tension wiped me out. I’m glad these tempo deads are finished.

I also had the bright idea to do 20 GHD Sit-ups after each set, which was a deadly combo. After missing GHDs last week I wanted to make up for it this week by getting in both weighted and unweighted. We’ll see if that was a good idea or not.


  • 5×20 GHD Sit-ups

I’ll do another 21 min ROMWOD tonight and be caught up.

Still Setting Annie PRs

Walked 18 holes of golf today and then got to the gym by 6pm. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

2 Snatch Push Press + 2 OHS

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165
  • 175
  • 185

There was a 3 second pause in the bottom of each squat. Might be the most I’ve dropped down to my back with the push presses at 185. I started dropping the overhead squats to the ground with 145 I think because of the time overhead I didn’t want to try it. I put on my belt with 145 or 155 and the rest of those sets. The squats felt good and stable; no risk of dropping any reps.

Tall Power Snatch + OHS

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×105
  • 3×115
  • 3×125
  • 3×135
  • 3×145

Final rep may not have been a power. Previously a squat triple with 145 was a struggle and these are powers plus an overhead squat after standing up. Wore straps starting with 105. So many OHS on this day of the program. Seems to be paying off with overhead stability though.



  • DU
  • Sit-ups (anchored)

Michelle challenged me after she got a 5:48 today. Hadn’t done this one since March so went for it. Couldn’t believe how easy it felt spinning the dubs after using the Zeus rope a few times. Missed once after 9 reps in the set of 20 from lack of concentration, but still managed a 6 second PR with a 5:53. The sit-ups are much easier after all of the GHD work I’ve been doing. I think I could even push the pace more on them. Crazy to think I’m still able to PR this workout after almost 5 years and all the times I’ve done it. Also happy to be able to when I should be out of conditioning shape.

Snatch Deadlifts

  • 5×185#
  • 5×200
  • 5×210
  • 2x5x220

Had a 3 second pause above the knee on the descents. Wore straps for all sets. Heavy with the pauses!

Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap before leaving the gym and will do a 19 minute ROMWOD tonight.