One Extra = One Too Many

Last night my legs felt really heavy. Probably from the thrusters and single leg deadlifts, but possibly also a bit from Saturday’s work on the Airdyne and rower. Today I posted about weeks five and six of calorie counting. Our buddy Bryan was in town today, so we had a bro sesh.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • Kip Swings

Gymnastics

E50S – 8 Sets

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups

Wore my newer set of Bear KompleX grips today and they are much better for bar muscle-ups, which is good to know. Felt really good on every set and even better than when I did this many EMOM a couple of weeks ago. Improves my 30 rep time to 4:27 and 40 to 6:07 compared to 5:17 and 7:16 doing it as an EMOM.

After we finished I was helping someone else and did one more bar muscle-up with my grips off. It was enough to blow out my hand and I got a huge blood blister! I’m still so pissed it happened from that one rep. I hope it heals fast and there isn’t a bunch of bar work in Open Workout 19.1.

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 5×20 kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×50
  • 3×60
  • 2×65
  • 1×70
  • 1×75
  • 1×80
  • 1×85
  • 2 Misses @ 88
  • Miss @ 87
  • 87
  • Miss @ 88

Some old thing for me where I get it overhead without a problem but can’t stabilize it. Happy to make 87 though, which is 192 pounds. I haven’t done that since February 6, 2017 when I did 205.

Power Clean & Push Jerk

  • 3×60 kg
  • 3×70
  • 2×80
  • 1×90
  • 1×95
  • 1×100
  • 1×110

Squat snatches have historically aggravated my back and it was feeling tight, especially after several misses, so I didn’t even try to squat clean anything. Stay healthy! Felt pretty good with the cleans and push jerks. I did belt up for the last one, which is about 243 pounds.

Failure to Break

Had planned an active recovery day yesterday, but when I woke up I could tell right away it should be a rest day. Even though the pump session on Saturday wasn’t intense it worked some muscles I don’t give much attention. I was due for a rest day because my last one was the 26th. I’ll do active recovery on Saturday this week.

Big ice storm last night, but roads were clear enough to make it to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

Line Drills

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kickers
  • Karaokes
  • Single Leg Hops Forward
  • Single Leg Hops Backward
  • Bunny Hops
  • Burpee Broad Jumps

20s Work / 20s Rest

  • Single Unders
  • Backward Singles
  • 10s/10s Single Leg
  • Alternating Legs Singles
  • 2 Singles + 1 DU
  • 1 Single + 1 DU
  • DU

I don’t get how people can practice alternating from singles to doubles. The rhythm is completely different and fucks you up.

Weightlifting

  • 5 High Hang Snatch High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Below Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • Power Snatch (work up to moderate/heavy set of 5)
    • 75#
    • 95
    • 115
    • 135
    • 155

Did those sets of power snatches all touch-n-go. Felt good and would have gone for more if we didn’t have so many snatches coming up.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 2-4-6-8-10… Power Snatch (95#)
  • 20 Double Unders

Went unbroken through 6, then 2×4, 2×5, 3×4, 5-5-4, and 4×4 I think. My thumbs felt ready to fall off. I missed two dubs in a round and only did two rounds unbroken I think. So many misses! Finished the 16 snatches and 17 double unders.

Butt Stuff

3 Sets

  • 20/20 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 1:00 Glute Bridge Hold

Feel the burn!

Gymnastics

8:00 EMOM

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups

Like some of the other stuff I’ve been doing my goal was to go until I had to break a set and that would be my last one. Well… I was able to stay unbroken and stopped there before my hands tore open. Part of me really wanted to get in two more for that 50 total reps, but I think I made the smart move. Took grips off after 3 or 4 rounds because they were bunching up too much and the straps were pulling on my wrists.

This establishes both 30 reps and 40 reps for time, which were 5:17 and 7:16. Feeling really good about my gymnastics endurance! I still haven’t attempted more than 6 unbroken bar muscle-ups, which I could obviously crush now. Maybe I’ll hit a max set in a week or two.

Midline

At 9pm I got the brilliant idea to do 100 sit-ups and this was barely an hour after I ate dinner. Was able to set a 9 second PR by doing it in 2:30.

30 Muscle-ups!!

Another frigid day in Michigan. Left the house for the first time in about 43 hours by going to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 15 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Groiners
    • 10/10 Arm Circles (Front/Back)
    • 10 OHS (15#)
    • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 3 Sets (45-75-75#)
    • 1 Snatch Deadlift
    • 2 Hang Power Snatch
    • 1 OHS
    • 1 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 5 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Snatch Pull (75#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Overhead Squats (75#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Snatches (75#)

NCFit programming really likes the extended warm-ups!

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 Hang Squat Snatches (95#)
  • 25 Sit-ups
  • 15 cal Row

Felt really good again. I took the bar back down to my knees in the hang on each rep instead of trying to bounce because I like to hit my hips on the snatch. Took about 25 seconds each round. I was getting my sit-ups done in about 39 seconds, which seems much faster than I’ve ever done them. Might have to test 100 reps for time and/or Annie soon. I tried to stay around 1,500 cal/hour for the first four rounds and then went all out at 2,000+ for the last one.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left in the hour, but I planned to stay and get in volume work anyway.

E45S – 10 Sets

  • 3 Muscle-ups

After how good the eight sets of four felt in Sunday’s workout I was hopeful I could make it through all 10 sets. I’ve only ever done a 10 minute EMOM of 3 reps and it always got challenging near the end. Made every round unbroken and finished with 35 seconds left on that last round, so that’s a 30 muscle-ups time of 6:55. I’m pumped!! I think this is another example of how some things are much easier weighing 20 pounds less.

This is where the fitness level rankings on BTWB fail though. It gives me a level 68 for this effort because it’s only comparing my time to everyone who has entered a score for the workout. There are twice as many Rx scores as modified on BTWB, which is nowhere near representative of the CrossFit population. I bet less than 10% of CrossFitters can complete 30 muscle-ups, so the level should be up in the 90s, not a bullshit 68. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Finish with Isabel

Last night my legs felt heavy going up and down stairs. Today my upper and middle abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2x – 3 Wall Balls + 3 Burpees
  • Row
  • 2x – 3 Snatch DL + 3 Muscle Snatch (45#)

Then I did 3×95# and 3×115# power snatches.

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Power Snatch (135#)

Started with three sets of 25 and was feeling good. Planned to go to 15s next, but got math screwed up in my head and stopped after 10 reps at 85. So then I did 15 to get to 100 and looked at the clock. Took an extra breath knowing I would have to hold on to the buzzer. Got through 17 more for 117 total wall balls. I might have been able to keep going with a fourth set of 25. Makes a big difference being 20 pounds lighter than when I last did Karen almost 2 years ago. I definitely need to clean up the height on some of my throws though.

I thought I’d be able to hold a pace better on the rower, but after starting out > 1,100 cal/hour I slowly drifted down to around 950, before picking it back up in the final minute. Racked up 83 calories.

I thought it would be pretty cool if I could do “Isabel” after the other 10 minutes of work. Even though I was seeing stars with every rep through the first five I was on a good pace through 10 reps. The weight was getting heavy, but I kept picking it back up and really tried to generate power through my hips. Definitely did singles the entire way. With about a minute remaining I realized I still had a shot, but I had to really get back on the bar after each rep in the final 40 seconds. Got number 30 with about three seconds to spare and collapsed to the floor. I immediately got the taste of blood in my mouth, which I don’t ever remember before.

230 total reps!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Glute Bridges

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.

Warm-up

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#)

Weightlifting

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.

Conditioning

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. 🙂

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

All Strict

Had a headache all night Monday, woke up with it Tuesday and felt like garbage. Took a sick day so didn’t exercise. Feeling great today though, so back for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5 Rounds
    • 30s Assault Bike
    • 30s Rest
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 15 Air Squats

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • E30S – 10:00 (20 sets)
    • 1×145#

A month and a half ago we did this with power snatches and I used 165#. Obviously a little different with the full squat and 30 more snatches coming up in the metcon. With how my back was feeling a couple of days ago I wasn’t pushing it. The 145 pounds felt solid for today.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 3 Power Snatches (135#)
  • 6 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 24 Double Unders

All singles with the bar, 2×3 for HSPU, and never missed a DU. I did have to start extending the rest just a bit before my second set of HSPU each round and was very close to failure for the last few rounds. Going into the workout I fully expected to have to scale back and do some kipping reps at some point. Sixty strict reps is a lot for a big guy! Felt really good after the rest day though. Finished in 13:11. I don’t think I could have attacked that one any better.