Fancy Toe Touch

Woke up exhausted on Monday. Had spent all day Sunday (and most of Saturday) working on a shop project and doing yard work. My upper back was probably sore from the muscle-ups and my low back felt a little “off” all day. Needed the rest day. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Assessment: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Fancy name for a standing toe touch. I got about 3″ from toes with straight legs and not trying to push it.

Workout: 3×6 Sumo Deadlifts

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 3 Sets 205

I’ve only done sumo deadlifts a handful of times (maybe). I really enjoyed them. Much safer for the back in the more upright starting position.

Cooldown: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Forgot to do this until after the ski. Was able to get down to 1-1.5″ from my toes, again not trying to push it.


20:00 Ski Erg

Back is still a little off, so wanted to stay away from anything with weights at high speed or high reps. Have never done the erg for this length of time so wasn’t sure how to pace. I got faster with each 4 minute split for a total of 4,731 meters.


Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (40#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (95#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

All of the accessories! In and out of the gym in less than 65 minutes, including setup and cleanup time.

Going to try to get back to drinking protein shakes, which I haven’t been doing over the last year. I still have several tubs in the closet from over a year ago.


Woke up at 7:30, a little late, but made it for the 9am class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • 20 Toe Touches
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 7 Burpees


Sumo Deadlift

  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×255#
  • 5×275#
  • 2x5x305#

Was losing my grip (was not alternating hands) after 3 reps with 305# without knurling on the bar where my hands were. Should have probably chalked up a bit.


  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 8 Thrusters (95#)
    • 8 Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 10 Ball Slams (25#)
    • 10 Burpees

Went unbroken. Was one rep shy of 5 full rounds on Fran’s distant cousin, then 3+8 on the second AMRAP. Couldn’t recover enough to go hard in part 2.


  • 20-25-15 GHD Sit-ups
  • 20-25-20 Russian Twists (45# plate)

My back started to lock up on the GHDs. Not like tweaks, but the muscles in my low back.

Was feeling a bit out of it after this workout. Maybe the cumulative effects of yesterday’s double day caught up to me.

Lower Body Beatdown

Legs, butt, and abs are a little sore from the squats. Chest still sore from a couple of days ago. Back to the 9am class this morning.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation (at home)
  • Couch stretch
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Band Pulls
  • Leg Swings


Box Squats with ~30s rest between the 10 sets @ 55%. Speed reps!

  • 5×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 10x2x175#

Right at 50% for me, but I was ok with that since it let me keep up the speed and I squatted enough yesterday.

2014-05-22-sumo-deadlift-395Sumo Deadlifts

  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 2×305#
  • 2×345#
  • 2×375#
  • 2x2x395#

Felt better than I was expecting. Didn’t have any desire to go up to 90% though, especially based off my old PR.


“Nancy” – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS @ 95#

I’d only done this one with 85# before and it took me exactly 15 minutes. Wasn’t sure how it would go today since I haven’t done any OHS in 3 months. My goal was to finish every round of OHS unbroken, but I couldn’t keep it stable in the last round and lost the bar during my 12th rep. Took me 16:58 to finish. My legs have really been taking a beating lately.

Did CS Recovery when I got home.

United Barbell CrossFit Soma

Went to a box called United Barbell / CrossFit Soma here in San Francisco at 7am.


250m Row
Roll out low back

10/10 leg swings
Wide hip grinders
20 mountain climbers
Partner up
– bottom squat hold
– 2 slinkies & 5 good mornings (empty bar)


Sumo Deadlifts

Started at 115#, worked up and did the 12 singles at 325#. First time doing the sumo variant with a barbell and it’s a completely different feel.


– Wall Balls
– Knees to Elbows

We were partnered up and I had to wait after each movement for the other guy to finish or it would have been much faster than 8:09.

Squats Are Getting Easier

In around 10 this morning and trained with Laura and Kinde. I came up with most of the programming for the day and Matt added the explosive work.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch


7:00 EMOM

  • 2 Sumo Deadlifts (Fast reps and reset at the bottom, no bouncing – 205#)
  • 2 Broad Jumps for distance

Was supposed to use 40% for the deadlifts, but I didn’t want to calculate so picked 205#. Should have been closer to 180# I guess, but these weren’t hard so heavier was better I think.


Finishing up week 4 of the squat program. The back squats were pretty brutal, but the front squats weren’t too bad. Lot’s of volume though. Warmed up a bit with 135#.

  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 4 @ 230#

Rested about 2 minutes between each set. I think this program is really paying off. The last two weeks look pretty brutal so we’ll see how it goes.

Olympic Lifting

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • Rest 90s

I started at 115# and went up 10# each set, ending at 175#. Wasn’t easy there at the end, but I felt like I was staying over the bar pretty well and getting decent hip extension.



  • Power Clean (155#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

I had to switch collars after about 5 reps because they kept popping open and flying all over the place. Smacked myself in the chin on a jerk about halfway through the round of 10. 155# didn’t feel too bad today. Finished in 9:20.


Tabata Air Dyne

This was pretty terrible after all the other work. I only managed to get 72 calories.