Women’s Thrusters

My left hamstring feels odd today. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
    • 10 Glute Bridges
    • 6 Inchworms

Strength

I wasn’t front squatting, that’s for damn sure. So I did single arm kettlebell front rack squats.

  • 10/10 @ 35#
  • 3 sets 10/10 @ 44#

The left side of my back was not feeling great in the last few reps. Uh oh.

Conditioning

  • 25 Thrusters (75#)
  • 800m Run
  • 25 Thrusters (75#)

Programmed as 18 with 115# but not for me. I warmed up with the empty bar and the back felt ok, so I figured I could try the workout. I increased the reps since I was using teh women’s weight and made sure to do both sets unbroken. Should have tried to push the run a bit more. Finished in 6:20.

Accessory – 3 Sets

  • 20 Back Rack Walking Lunges (95#)
  • 10/10 Landmine Rows (60#, pause at the top)
  • 30s Superman Hold

I wasn’t sure about the hold since extension doesn’t feel the greatest some times. It was ok though. Had to split the hold into 20 and 10 seconds each time.

Mid Michigan Muscle

Went on a little golfing trip to Forest Dunes on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I spend the day down in Dearborn for Maker Faire Detroit. Didn’t stress about missing workout and even took another day out of the gym yesterday to golf. So today was my first day working out since Thursday. I went to the 4:30 class.

My buddy Kevin and his business partner sold CrossFit Intuition to another member, who is renaming it to Mid Michigan Muscle with the tagline:

New Owner | New Workouts | New You

Everyone seems excited for the change.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Run / Row
    • 45s Single Leg Glute Bridges (Switch legs every 5)

Strength

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×200
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×220

Paired up with another guy, knowing I’d stay light. Could feel I haven’t squatted much in 4 months.

Conditioning

E2M – 12 Rounds

  • 30s Row / Airdyne / Run

I did each for 4 rounds and switched. Calories on the rower were 20-19-17-16. No idea on the AD. The run was about 140-150m, so short of 30 seconds of work. Got a nice headache from going hard.

Was going to sit out the extra credit, but at the last second I jumped in and made Gavin share his bar.

  • 21 Thrusters (115#)
  • 15 Thrusters (155#)
  • 9 Thrusters (185#)

We just kept alternating sets. I did 12-9 on 115. When I picked up 155 it was heavy as fuck! Did two sets of 2, then 2 sets of 4, and a final set of 3. I did one rep with 185 and stopped there. My back was already tight from the back squats and I wasn’t going to push it too much. The clock was at about 7:00 when I stopped.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Felt it Coming

Made it in for the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Burpee
    • Squat Jump
    • American KBS (35#)

Lifting

Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • E90S – 5 Sets
    • 3×135

It’s been at least 2.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell for any olympic lifts. Felt pretty good. I taped some gauze on my hand and wore one of my Bear Complex grips to help protect it.

It was going to be the same E90S but with a squat clean + thruster next. I was warming up with 3 reps using 135# and my back was feeling like it might go, so I stripped the bar and bowed out before it turned into a full-on tweak. The overhead squats seem to aggravate it. 😦

Gymnastics

E90S – 5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold

I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.

Conditioning

Team with Jason and Gavin:

  • 9 Prowler Sprints (1 set 135# & 2 sets 180#)
  • 72 Burpee KB Thrusters (2×26#)
  • 800m Run

We didn’t time it. Rotated through the prowlers and then did sets of 8 burpee thrusters for 3 sets each. Felt pretty good on the run, but couldn’t stick with Gavin.

Out in the garage in the evening after mowing the lawn and watching some of the other Regionals.

Bench Press

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  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x230
  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

My bench press has been feeling really really good!

Shoulder Press

  • 8×95#
  • 4×115
  • 4×130
  • 3x4x140

Meh. Did the work, but was careful to squeeze with the minor back tweak this morning.

Tomorrow we are doing “J.T.” so I decided to skip the half kneeling kettlebell presses and tricep kickbacks. I also skipped one arm farmers carries due to my back.

 

Don’t Be Scared

Felt like was a useless piece of shit at work this morning, so I got out in the garage just after noon to sweat.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×15 Rack Chins
  • 3×10 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYTs (CS purple)

The wide grip variation is really hard for me. Done with that stuff in about 38 minutes.

Today’s Performance Plus workout was burpee pull-ups and IYTs. I think I’m covered on those! Just for fun, I put burpees in my metcon.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 200m Run Ski Erg

I was dreading this since I came up with it last night. Several times this morning I even tried to convince myself I should adjust to something easier. I decided if I was that afraid of it, I should stick to it and grind away. It started raining as I was changing clothes and I’m delicate, so on the Ski Erg it was. 😀

Even during my rest between sets of the pull-up stuff I kept trying to think myself out of it. “Maybe I’ll just do it EMOM style.” Then I got to thinking 18 minutes may actually be a decent time. I knew one thing, I was going to do the thrusters unbroken today since I was alone and didn’t care much about my time.

Wasn’t hard at all to keep the thrusters to a set of 10 each round. Right into burpees, but they were of course slow. Was getting a pace of about 2:15/500m on the erg. Finished at 15:02 and realized it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Running would have definitely taken longer.

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Winner Winner

Rest day yesterday and really needed it. MOAR sore! Couldn’t straighten my arms and they still don’t want to go straight today. I knew that damn pegboard would get me, especially a day after doing 100 pull-ups.

This morning after seeing a contest for a book on Concept2’s Twitter account, I quickly hopped out to the garage on the Ski Erg.

I took me 3 attempts! Turns out it’s not easy at all to only go a few meters when you need to. I still won though.

I have a pretty good history with Twitter book contests! 😉

Had a chiro appointment, got to the gym early to warm-up with my rehab stuff, and then did the 5:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Right (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Right (50#)
  • 100′ Single-arm Front Rack KB Carry – Left (50#)
  • 10 Single-arm Front Squats – Left (50#)
  • 10/10 Single-arm Single-leg RDL (50#)

Turns out 50# was a lot tougher than 44#. Could start to feel the fatigue when doing the carry and squats back to back.

Strength

Deficit Deadlifts – on 55# Competition Plate

  • 10×45#
  • 5×155
  • 5×205
  • 5×255
  • 5x5x285

Did these instead of the front squats programmed for class. Increase of 10# over last week. No belt today though. All with a neutral grip, which got rough on the last 2 sets.

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • Thruster (95#)
  • H2H KBS (53#)
  • GHD Sit-up

I substituted the hand-to-hand swings to keep getting in unilateral work and I’ve done enough sit-ups lately so I did GHDs. Seems like I haven’t done them in months! Finished in 6:27 going unbroken on everything.

Skill

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

I missed my first rep! Then my shoe came untied going into the 3rd round so I got a 0 on that round. I always double tie my shoes but didn’t for some reason today. :-/ Managed 231 reps and had too many misses to set a PR anyway.

17.5

Today was finally the day!

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,117 m)
  • 10 Thrusters (45#)
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Thrusters (75#)
  • 20 DU

Then I took my sweet time procrastinating before I started the clock. Flying solo in the garage isn’t easy for something like this.

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.5

10 Rounds

  • 9 Thrusters (95#)
  • 35 Double Unders

Nobody wanted to listen, but I had told many during the Open that breaking up the thrusters would be smart. The workout is designed to make you think you have to do them unbroken, but most of us aren’t Regional level competitors (or even close). My plan all along was to go 5-4 with short planned rest. I did do the final round unbroken. Once I got to the bar after dubs or after my set of 5 I did a quick count to 3 and then it was time to pick the bar up. Worked out great and I was able to keep what felt like a steady pace, other than my misses with the rope. Finished in 13:28, which I’m excited about. Based off of friends’ scores we figured I’d be in the 14-15 minute range. I actually really liked that one and look forward to the next time.

No looping in this video!

With a video of course I had to geek out on some data.

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Consistent throughout. A better double under day, even limited to 1 miss per round, would have saved 20-30 seconds. I’m really proud of how I stuck to the strict rest between all thruster sets. Usually it’s too easy to take an extra few seconds here and there, which adds up to a lot.

Was bummed not to be able to get this in officially during the Open, especially after it went pretty well today. Had to tally up where I might have placed. For the workout I would have been 24,526 / 148,468 (16.5%) in the Open division and 3,147 / 28,206 (11.2%) in the Masters 35-39 division. Overall through the 5 weeks I would have had 139,975 points in the Open division, raking me 20,616 / 201,951 (10.2%) and 18,825 points in the Masters 35-39 division for 2,455 / 38,106 (6.4%). Definitely my best fitness level to date! So close to that top 10%! Each year when I calculate, I base the % off of people who have submitted at least one score.

Back to my workout… After resting a bit, I wanted to get in some strength work from the PT.

Deficit Deadlifts

  • 10×95#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×225
  • 5x5x255

I stood on 45# competition plates. Good place to start with the loading. Wonder if I’ll feel these tomorrow.

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