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.

“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10

  • 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.

Thumping

Was planning to beat the heat and lift before golfing so I woke up early. Wasn’t feeling it though so I got in a 21 minute ROMWOD instead. Walked 18 holes and it was a sticky one today. Was already getting one of my headaches on the 14th hole. Ate, relaxed, and took a long cold shower before getting to the gym at 5:30, still with the head pounding. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Snatch Push Press + 3 OHS

Three second pause in bottom of each squat.

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

Went 10 pounds heavier than last week and was much more stable overhead.

Tall Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×105
  • 3×115
  • 3×125
  • 3×135

Started using straps with 95#. By the end of the first week my hands felt raw. Not going to let that happen this week. I remember a triple with 145 being a struggle in the squat and this was pretty easy for powers.

Snatch Deadlifts

Three second pause above knee on descent.

  • 5×185#
  • 5×205
  • 2x5x215

Used straps for all sets, but still uncomfortable on my thumbs.

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225

Been wanting to get in a bench session for a weeks since my last heavy session fell off on BTWB and I haven’t benched 200+ since January. Since today was pretty light and low volume it seemed like a good day for it. Felt much heavier than it should have, being 15# below my best set of 5.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Snatch Day

Will take a few days to get adjusted back to Eastern time. Little sore in some odd places today. Not as bad as I was expecting though. Out in the garage before noon and warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation. Day 2 of week 1 on the lifting program.

Snatch Push Press + 3 OHS (3s pause in bottom)

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155

Was supposed to keep it below 80% (175), which wasn’t a problem. 😉 Little shaky with my OH stability after the time away from the bar, but made all of the reps. Dropped the bar to my back trough 135, then tried with 145 but I was too wobbly and didn’t commit. Dropped it down my back and then didn’t try with 155.

Tall Power Snatch + OHS

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 85
  • 95
  • 105
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135

Yay!! Wasn’t expecting that much. Haven’t done much more than this when dropping into the squat (triple with 145 I think). Actually it was the first time doing the power variation of tall snatches. Thankful for powers to save my legs a bit while I adjust to squatting again.

Snatch Deadlift (3s pause at knee on descent)

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185
  • 5×200
  • 3x5x210

Horrible, but did the assigned %. Wore lifting straps. How did I ever snatch more than this? haha

Meant to start back on ROMWOD yesterday but it was a long day and I didn’t finish with the lawn until late. So today I’ll do a double. First 20 minute session after lunch.

Had a chiropractor appointment at 5 and then went to CrossFit Intuition.

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Triceps & Biceps Openers (5#)

Went light since I haven’t done them in weeks and I never really liked the 10# DB at the gym anyway.

Midline & Gymnastics

E2M – 10 Sets

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 3 Strict Pull-ups

I’m sure I’ll be sore for the next couple of days after not getting in my GHDs last week. No pain doing the pull-ups!! Finally. 🙂 They were actually really easy but I didn’t want to push it with too much volume. Patience.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Zeus DU
  • 10 Burpees

The heavy Zeus rope is no fucking joke! It wants to fly out of your hands and is so much more work on the shoulders and grip. My biggest set was 17 unbroken I think. Took me 4:28 to finish. I think I went 11-17-2, 8-8-8-6, and 12-12-6. Forced myself to break after the first round because missing did not feel good. I’m interested to see if this helps the shoulder fatigue that comes in to play with regular dub on large sets or if it completely messes up your rhythm.

Did an easy 5:00 cool down on an old Air Dyne someone brought in and then did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap. Knocked out another 20:00 ROMWOD at home.

Vary Your Pull-ups

Morning 8am session in the garage to catch up on some of the Monday programming.

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 10 Back Squats (45-135#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (45-55#)
  • 20s L-hang (supinated grip)

Strength

E3M – 6 Sets

  • 11 Back Squats (185#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (65#)

Yuck! One more week with sets of 12. I’m having to focus less on recruiting the other muscle groups in my squats as it’s starting to become automatic. Noticing a lot more explosiveness out of the hole late in the sets as I fatigue. I really like these rows a lot more than Krocs, which are easier to cheat.

Gymnastics

6 Sets

  • 20s Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

Did them all with a regular kip and felt like I had a much better rhythm than in the half Cindy last week. Didn’t wear any grips because I need to get these hands conditioned again. My first four sets were 11 unbroken, then 7-2, and 6-3 for 62 total reps. Being forced to do a regular kip instead of always doing butterfly once you can do them is a good reminder to vary your movements.

Rested to catch my breath and then did Crossover Symmetry Plyo.

Went to the 5:30 class at CrossFit Intuition.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Goblet Squats (44#)
    • 15 Hollow Rocks
    • 150m Row

Weightlifting

2 Snatch 3-Position Deadlifts + 2 Snatches + 2 OHS

  • 45#
  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#

Snatches

  • 2×135#
  • 2×145#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×165#
  • 2×175#
  • 2×185#
  • 2×195#

All snatches to a full squat. The warm-up complex was done without dropping the bar. Drop and reset after each rep with the doubles. Was programmed for 6 sets so my goal was 185. It was feeling good, so I went for one more set. Huge save on the final rep with the bar way out in front of me on the left side. Shoulder work must be paying off because I never really save anything that heavy and I was able to pull it in, be patient to stabilize it, and stand it up. I think the 185 and 195 are both PRs for a squat double, but I don’t keep track of those that close so not sure.

Gymnastics

  • Max Diamond Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 sets
    • @ 50% of max
    • 2:00 Rest

Got 40 and did drop sets with 20. All reps with chest touching diamond.

Conditioning

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Burpees
  • 400m Run

Did the burpees outside which makes the run a little short. Took me 10:07.

Of course I’m going to ROMWOD. 🙂

Morn & Eve

Legs seem to be a little tired this morning. At around 9am I went out in the garage to get in some strength work I missed yesterday.

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (8#)
  • 10 Back Squats (45-135)
  • 30s Bar Hang (supinated)
  • 30s Front Leaning Rest (rings)

It’s much harder to hang with that reverse grip. I had my feet touching the ground some because I was inside my power rack which is shorter. FLR (think plank) on the rings is a different feel. Tried to rotate my wrists out to put the shoulder in more external rotation.

Strength

E3M – 6 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (185#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (50# DB)

These squats are getting rough. A few more weeks before we start putting some real weight back on the bar. I don’t know why I thought I needed to go an extra 2 reps per side with the Kroc rows since the dumbbell was only 3# lighter than the kettlebell I’ve been using at the gym.

6 Sets

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t want to game it, but did a little bit, leaving 2-3 seconds in the first 3 rounds. I got 20-20-17-17-14-13 for a 101 total.

Went to the 5:30pm class.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
    • 20 Push-ups
    • 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

I was feeling the fatigue in the push-ups after this morning.

Weightlifting

2 3-position Snatch DL + 1 Snatch + 1 Hang Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75#
  • 95#
  • 115#

Snatch + Hang Snatch

  • 125#
  • 135#
  • 145#
  • 155#
  • 165#
  • 175#

Not sure if I’ve done 175 from the hang before. Definitely tough as the 2nd rep in the complex. Called a win there and stripped the bar.

Gymnastics

  • Max Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 Sets
    • 40-50% of Max
    • 2:00 Rest

Had to go with a regular kip due to my shoulder still and holy shit they are so much slower than butterfly. Wore gymnastics grips and for some reason the bar was really rubbing on the inside of my first finger down that whole side to the crease of the thumb. More on the right hand than on the left. Don’t remember feeling that before, but wonder if had anything to do with wearing the grips. Made it to 26 reps for a 5 rep PR actually. Shows I never really test these that my PR of 21 was during Fran. I did 23 unbroken butterfly chest-to-bar pull-ups a few months ago so I know 26 isn’t up to par for me. Did 3 drop sets of 13 unbroken. I can tell I haven’t been doing pull-ups because this was much harder than it should have been at those numbers.

Conditioning

4:00 AMRAP

  • Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Started out at a pretty good pace getting about 14 in the first minute. Slowed a bit in minutes 2-3 and then turned up the pace in the final minute for 47 total reps. When I got into the last 30 seconds I really started to quicken the box over and drop into the next burpee. Didn’t want to do that too early and burn out.

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and will ROMWOD.

Snail’s Pace

Run Every Day

I did not want to run this morning, but with a chance of rain all day starting around 10, I figured I better get it in. Didn’t wear headphones and went super slow. 1.7 miles in 20:14, almost a 12:00 pace. Even with that run my average pace over the last week was still a big improvement.

Went in before the 10am class with Kevin. Warmed up with 100 walking lunges.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×205#
  • 5×245#
  • 5x5x270#

I did the 45# and 135# without shoes on, then put on my lifters. Didn’t wear a belt at all since it was light weight and it’ll help to strengthen my back. This was the start of 2nd week of the Rippletoe program.

Did a bit of empty bar work to warm-up when class started.

3-position Snatch Deadlift

  • 3x40kg
  • 3x60kg
  • 3x80kg
  • 3x85kg

Rough on the hook grip with the Eleiko bar. I had to stop and let go between reps on the last 2 sets.

Panda Pull

  • 2x60kg
  • 2x65kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 2x75kg

Not as hard on the grip, but I feel awkward doing these.

Snatch

  • 3x40kg
  • 2x60kg
  • 1x75kg
  • 1x80kg
  • 1x85kg
  • 1x90kg

The first reps felt like a feather after doing those pulls. Everything felt smooth.

Conditioning

With a partner…

  • Buy-in: 8 Rounds (4 each)
    • 40′ OH Plate Carry (35-45-45-45#)
    • 40′ Run
  • Start Clock…
    • 4 Rounds
      • 16 HSPU
      • 16 Ring Dips
      • 16 Pull-ups
    • 2,000m Row

* We had 1:00 to complete our buy-in round, then 10 seconds before partner started their round.

I was partnered with Kevin. We started with 8-8 in the first round for everything, then went 4-4-4-4 for HSPU in rounds 2-3 and 4-3-6-3 in round 4 since he was dying. Last 3 rounds of dips were 4-4-4-4 and pull-ups stayed at 8-8 the whole way. We switched every 500 meters on the rower and finished in 15:30.

I wore the new Nano 5 and they felt really good.

Almost Done

In to the gym at 9am for a squat session. Warmed up with 100 walking lunges.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 4×225#
  • 4×265#
  • 4×290#
  • 4×310#
  • 4×325#
  • 4×340# (PR)

Reps felt really good even though my legs are feeling trashed. Last set was a grind, but solid. I’m thrilled with the improvements I’m seeing in my squat positions. Didn’t have any forward lean at all when it got heavy. Ankles, knees, and leg muscles really starting to feel all of the volume though. One more day!

Didn’t have time to get in my bench accessory work so took the rest before class started.

Weightlifting

Worked on snatch stuff with complexes. Combination of 3 position pause snatch deadlifts, snatch pulls, power snatches, and an OHS here and there. Weights were 45-75-95-115-125-147#.

Conditioning

  • 21-15-9
    • Deadlifts (225#)
    • Push Press (95#)
  • 75 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

It was “Diane” but I just got stitches out of my head on Thursday so bouncing on my head isn’t a good idea yet. The push presses were a good substitute and that weight allowed me to go unbroken with some hurt. A heavier weight would have been more comparable to HSPU, but that’s ok. I did the deadlifts unbroken too. Finished the 9s in 4:10. Going into the wall balls was a bit of a surprise with dead arms. I did 3 reps and dropped the ball to rest. Got to 10, then lets of 10 until finishing with 13-12. Total time was 9:49, which is pretty damn slow for wall balls.