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.

Midline

  • 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.

“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.

Tall Reps

Was awake early. Got to the gym a little early.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Banded Back Mobility
  • Tabata Burpees (did 4 each round)
  • 2 sets of my Snatch warm-up routine (20kg)
    • 5 Muscle Snatch
    • 5 Snatch Press
    • 5 OHS

Tall Snatch

  • 2x3x40kg
  • 2x3x45
  • 2x3x50

Didn’t want to go heavy with my back still not fully recovered and I should be doing a lot more of these talls all the time. Held the bottom position for extra time on each rep as well as after standing up the last rep.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 6 Push Press (135#)
  • 12 Ball Slams (25#)

Much harder than I expected, mainly because it was push presses I think; push jerks are a lot less taxing. I did the first 3 rounds unbroken, but then had to drop the bar with 2 push presses left in round 4. Then dropped the bar after 5 cleans and did the 1+6 for the other rounds. Finished with 6 rounds, 6 power cleans and 1 push press. The ball slams were destroying me. Not a very good effort.

Get Upside Down

5 Sets

  • 30s HS Hold
  • 30s Rest

Got up nice and close to the wall and was doing well at pulling one or both feet off.

Did some more mobility work on my back to finish up.

36 Years

Woke up a year older. Wiser too, of course. 😉 Opened up the gym from 4-6 after coming back from up north.

Skill WOD (Hustle & Flow) Week 4 Day 3

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar Work
    (Hold and pause 2 sec at each position with no form breaks and no momentum)

    • Dead Hang
    • Lat Active Hollow
    • Tight Arch
  • 1 Skin the Cat
  • 10 Straddle V-ups
  • 10s GHD Hanging Bridge Stretch

Skill A – 4 Supersets

  • 1 Ring Swing + Pull-up w/ swing + MU
  • 2 Box Hip Kip Drill
  • 3 Banded Hip Drill

Felt solid

Skill Test – 3 sets

1 rep of complex is:

  • MU + 2 Strict Ring Dips (after the MU dip lockout)

First two sets are 3 reps of the complex and then the 3rd set is for max reps. I only got 5 reps on the max set.

Strength Accessory – 3 sets

  • 3 Lower to Hold Front Lever on Box

Felt harder on the grip this week.

Bonus Complex

  • Set 1: 3 Strict Ring Pull-up + 3 Toes to Rings + 4 MU
  • Set 2: 3+3+5
  • Sets 3+: Keep adding 1 MU until failure

I was looking forward to this stuff today, thinking I was well rested. Didn’t have it though. Maybe those curls and skull crushers from the other day had me or maybe the 2.5 hour drive played a role.

Put on me leather grips at this point. I only managed 3 muscle-ups in the first set and 1 in the second set. I took a quick rest after that 2nd set and got back on the rings to try to knock out some muscle-ups and didn’t have any. Called it quits right there on the gymnastics.

I had one terrible day in this cycle for each of the 3 movements, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and muscle-ups. New cycle starting on Monday.

Weightlifting

Warmed up with 2 empty bar sets of 3 muscle snatch + 3 behind the neck snatch presses + 3 overhead squats.

Tall Snatches

  • 2x3x40kg
  • 3×45
  • 3×50
  • 3×55
  • 2×60, missed 3rd rep
  • 2×65
  • 2 misses x70

I should have actually missed the first try at 70 behind me, but I am not used to that and pulled it back to the front. I need to do these more often. Felt like I was dropping quick, but need to get comfortable catching the bar that low and staying tight.

Conditioning

Warmed up with an easy 2:00 row for 507 meters.

5 Rounds

  • 100m Row
  • 1:00 rest

Wanted to set a new PR and get in a time for my BTWB fitness level ranking since it’s been almost a year. I killed my previous best 16.0 with a 15.5 on the first try. Then beat the 16.0 four more times with 15.7, 15.7, 15.8, and 15.9! I couldn’t believe it. I tried a different damper setting almost every round and even tried shortening my stroke on the final interval.

5x100m-rows.jpg

Good way to end the training session and a nice birthday surprise.

PR Triple

Slept well and feel good. Out to the garage around 8:30. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.32 km).

Coffee Squats

Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×265#
  • 3×295#
  • 3×315#
  • 3×335#
  • 3×345# (PR)

Was definitely time to start lifting inside the squat cage to be safer since I’m alone at home. I feel like the confined space also forces you to concentrate more so that you don’t bang into the rack. I did 3×340# back in January when I was getting back into squatting frequently, but then shortly after took the 2 month break for my quad. Oh, by the way, I haven’t really noticed the quad much lately, so I think all of the squatting and lunging has helped it heal. Probably had some muscle imbalances.

I haven’t had 345# on my back since setting the 360# PR last June, so really happy with this. Was definitely heavy, but looks pretty good in the video. 45 days in, 4 to go.

Lunge University

Strapped on the vest, fired up the latest Barbell Shrugged episode on adding mass to the ass, and headed down the street. Fuck doing laps inside the closed garage. I went out down the road 130 steps and then had 120 back. It was much more “enjoyable” that way. Took me 13:09. Fifty more steps than I’ve done with the 40# and maybe even 20# too.

At the gym at 6:30 for bench and weightlifting night. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation and a 500m row.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 4×135#
  • 4×175#
  • 4×205#
  • 4x4x225#

Weight felt light in the warm-up sets. I actually paused for a split second on my chest with 135# and 175#. No danger of missing any of the work sets.

Tall Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 5×65#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×135#

Felt pretty good. Tried to get good lockouts when it was getting heavy on the last two sets. I somehow did 145# for a triple back in December. Maybe could have done the same today, but didn’t want to push it since I was starting to feel these in my low back.

Push Press

  • 5×95#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×185#
  • 2×205#
  • 2×215#
  • 2×225# (PR)

Would have liked to go one more 10# jump, but my low back was feeling tight from the snatches after squatting heavy this morning. I knew I’d start to overextend with any more on the bar.

Reverse Hyper

  • 2x20x210#

Huge back pump with that big of sets! I haven’t been doing these at all lately. Haven’t been stretching either. :-/ My back hasn’t had any issues, but I do think it’s looking forward to the end of Squat Every Day.

Did a round of Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap before leaving.