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.

Chippin’ Away

My legs were extremely fatigued Friday night and until about 10pm yesterday. Felt like I ran 10 miles. Or that’s what I imagine it would feel like. Rested yesterday, but went on a little road trip, which was a tiring day in its own way.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Hang & Stretch
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 6 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 6/6 Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Might be time to try the presses with 35#.

Conditioning

Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×65, and 3×95.

  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 45 Wall Ball Sit-ups (30#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)

Realized it had been a long time since I’d done a chipper, so I came up with this one. My only miss on the rope was 2 reps in after the first round of C2B. Snatches were all quick singles, chest to bar pull-ups were 5×5, push-ups were 7×5, and sit-ups were 3×15. The sit-ups with that heavier medicine ball were the hardest part of the workout. Excited I was able to do all sets of 5 for the C2B, though I maybe could have gone a lot faster  in the workout without as much rest between the sets. Finished in 18:57. I really liked that one.

I did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but was tired.

Goes by the Toes

My shoulders are tight and my legs are tired from the workout yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 5 Rounds
    • 30s Row
    • 30s Rest
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)
  • 10 High Pulls (45#)
  • 10 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (45#)

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 10×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 1×175
  • 1×185
  • 4 misses @ 190

Was hoping to get up near 200 today, but hit the same number as last week. Just couldn’t get the bar locked in place overhead when I got under it. Could definitely feel the roughness in my shoulders from yesterday and then after I start missing, I could feel by back extending.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 1 Power Snatch (155#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Push-ups

The snatch was programmed to be at 75%, which would come out to be just under 140 and way too light for me doing singles, so I went with 155, which would be 75% of 205. It was a good choice. This workout is all about your toes to bars and I was able to hold 2×5 through round 8. I was trying to rush at the end so had to do 5-3-2 in round 9 and then quick singles in round 10. Didn’t wear any grips today. Push-ups were no issue and all unbroken. Finished with a score of 9+7.

I’m pumped about doing 96 toes to bars in 10 minutes, which never would have been possible two months ago. Before the workout, Weston asked how many rounds and I jokingly said 10. My first round was done at 43 seconds and then I fell in to a pace of about 1:00 per round for the next four or five before fading.

Hold On

My glutes are a little sore from the lunges. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretch
  • 5 Rounds on the Rower (went about 1,250 meters)
    • 30s Easy
    • 30s Hard
  • 10 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 10 Snatch Balance (45#)
  • 10 Snatch (45#)

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 10×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×145
  • 1×155
  • 1×165
  • 1×170
  • 1×175
  • 1×180
  • 1×185

As I got to 170+ I really started thinking about punching the bar in to position. My only miss of the day was the first attempt at 180, but I got it on the next try. Last time I snatched 185 in the squat was during 17.3 over a year and a half ago! Shoulders and back are still getting used to the weight. With my last few attempts I had to make sure I was stable in the hole before standing up.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 5 T2B
  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 250m Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I thought this was going to get nasty and it ended up going much better than expected. My bar work has improved more in the last 1-2 months than it ever has. I’m still not attempting butterfly pull-ups, which would speed things up too. Coming off the bar between movements allowed me to stay unbroken when I was up there. I rested a little extra before the bar MU and was able to hit every set of 5. Coasted a bit on the rower in the 1:55-1:58/500m pace range for the first 4 and then kicked it in for the final pulling a low 1:40-ish pace. I finished at 14:16 with rounds times of 1:58, 1:59, 2:04, 2:04, and 2:11.

Stringing Toes to Bars

Set my alarm to make sure I was up this morning for the 9am class. Feeling good after yesterday’s workout.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 PVC Overhead Squats

Weightlifting

  • 5 High Hang High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 5 Snatch Balance (45#)
  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • Squat Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95
    • 2×115
    • 1×135
    • 1×145
    • 1×155

10:00 EMOM

  • 1 Squat Snatch (155#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 5 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 15 T2B
  • 60 Double Unders
  • 1:00 Rest

Supposed to be unbroken snatches, so with all of the toes to bars I scaled instead of fighting with 135 pounds. Was able to do 3×5 T2B every round and never died out. My endurance with the movement has improved significantly in the last month. 60-80 reps is no longer an issue in a workout. I even got all of my DU unbroken today! My rounds were 1:40 – 1:50 – 1:48 – 1:56 – 1:46, so I finished at exactly 13:00. That was a good one with all grip and shoulders.

Time for a road trip to Cedar Point!