Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.

Bagel Bites Beat

My shoulders are feeling something today. Not sure if it’s from so many snatches and/or bar muscle-ups on Wednesday or the double overhead holds yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

🎶 Lunges in the warm-up 🎶
🎶 Lunges in the strength work 🎶
🎶 Lunges at metcon time 🎶
🎶 With lunges on a Friday, you can lunge all the time 🎶

Sing it to the tune of the Bagel Bites commercial!

Warm-up

7:00 AMRAP

  • 50′ Front Rack KB Carry (35# KBs)
  • 8 Up-Downs
  • 10 Plyo Lunges

Wasted some time putting pants away and another time putting my sweatshirt away. Still made it through 4 rounds plus the carry.

Strength

3 Sets

  • 50′ Front Rack KB Lunges (53# KBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 30 Walking Lunges
  • 20 Burpees
  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 1:00 Rest

I averaged around a 1:49 pace on the rower and took right off on my lunges. Felt good on the burpees and tried to push on the bike a little. My rounds were 4:33, 4:34, and 4:35. Good one to just go and don’t stop.

Gymnastics

E90S

  • 3×5 Toes to Bars

As I’ve been doing with the gymnastics volume lately my plan was to go until I had to break. I made 3 rounds taking 35-40 seconds to get through and then had to do 5-5-3-1-1 in the 4th round. Sixty T2B in just over 5 minutes ain’t too bad.

Thirties

Now it’s brutally cold after getting all of the snow. Plows came through a few hours before I had to leave for the gym so I was able to get out and go to the 4pm class. My forearms are tight today from holding the handles on the snow blower!

Warm-up

“Roxanne” by The Police

  • On “Roxanne” do an air squat
  • On “Red light” do a burpee

It turned into air squat burpees during two long stretches of the song and you couldn’t keep up.

8:00 AMRAP

  • Duck Walk (30′)
  • 20 Groiners
  • 10 Box Step-ups (24″)

Didn’t really need another warm-up after the first part and surely didn’t need to tax the legs more with plenty to come. Got through 2 rounds, the walk and the groiners.

Strength

I did a set of 6×95# before starting. No reason to get crazy when we were supposed to take the first five minutes to work up and then stick to a weight for the last five minutes.

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Back Squats
    • 135#
    • 155
    • 175
    • 185
    • 195
    • 5 sets 205

Felt ok and was plenty with so much leg volume coming up. Didn’t wear a belt at all.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)

I’ve been asking for punishment by choosing the bike lately, especially in a leg dominant workout like this. My goal was to keep every set of wall balls unbroken. That’s not something I have ever tried for sets this large during my CrossFit history that I can remember. Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all. I think I’ve found a relaxing pace on wall balls. I was money on hitting at/above the target today too. First round on the bike was around 62 RPM and the next two were around 58. People on the rowers were obviously kicking my ass. I never stopped on the box jumps and in the third round I jumped down (no rebound) instead of stepping down. Finished in 16:26.

I’m feeling good lately! Is it the weight I’ve lost, the macro counting, the increased water, or some combination?

Gymnastics

Stayed after for some volume and skill work.

6:00 EMOM

  • 10 T2B

I put on my grips and chalked them up. I did five rounds of 10 unbroken and then 7-1-1-1.

10-15:00

  • HS Walk Practice

My shoulders were pretty shot from the wall balls and toes to bars, but I felt really good with my balance and keeping my feet off the wall went I got up to it. Didn’t have much room with the class back squatting to work on many steps in to the wall.

Slammin’

Last night I started getting a headache before bed and then felt it when I woke up several times through the night. It was gone this morning. This has started happening as I’ve pushed hard in some workouts.

I’m still excited about how the wall balls felt yesterday. After losing 15 pounds last year, I could feel a huge difference in burpees, but hadn’t really thought about wall balls or maybe just hadn’t done enough large numbers of them. Makes sense though; being 20 pounds lighter per rep really adds up when doing 100+.

Thought I’d be feeling my quads more today, but not too bad so far. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 5 Inch Worms + Down Dog
  • 10 Double DB RDL (20# DBs)
  • 5/5 Single Arm Half Kneeling Strict Press (20#)

Skill

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • HS Walk Practice
  • Assault Bike

Can tell I haven’t practiced in weeks. Need to get back on it before the Open.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 60 Walking Lunges
  • 40 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 20 HSPU

The lunges started to burn in the first round and the ball slams were tougher than I expected. Went 7-7-6 on the handstand push-ups each round. Finished in 15:39.

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s T2B
  • 10s Rest

Stayed after class for a little extra credit. My goal was to hold sets of eight for as long as I could. I made five rounds, then did a set of five and three singles. Only four singles in round 7, but came back with five singles to close. 57 total toes-to-bars, which ties my best from 2014.

Big 11.5 PR

My legs were actually heavy last night and this morning from the cardio I did. Made Kodiak Cakes this morning to load up on carbs for the long metcon today.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×215

An improvement over the last 5×5 in October.

Conditioning

Open 11.5
20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145/100#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The Open is right around the corner, so it’s time to start pushing the conditioning. I’ve only attempted this workout once and it was three years ago. I got through 9+12 then by doing 4-3-3 on all of the toes to bars, so my goal was 10+ rounds for today.

I got out ahead of a 2:00 pace early and gave myself over a minute to play with after 4 rounds I think. Then I seemed to hold a 2:00 pace for several rounds, before starting to trail in the last couple of rounds. I did all single power cleans again. T2B were all 5-5 and I played around with my technique. If I keep my legs tighter and really get my shoulders through in the kip they are so much smoother. I made myself zone out on the wall balls to keep every round unbroken.

Finished with 10+9 for almost a full round PR. Chalk up another 2019 PR! Amazing how the body can keep improving at 39 years old when it’s healthy. The score of 309 ranks in the 94th percentile for all men on BTWB. I don’t push like that very often. Was doing a good job of not resting much at all between movements.

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!

Pulling 4 Wheels Again

My hamstrings are a little tight today and once I jumped on the rower in the warm-up I realized my lats and chest are sore too.. Maybe all that time away from squats helped me to start actually using my hamstrings and posterior chain during this rebuilding.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (44#)

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×205
  • 5×255
  • 3×305
  • 1×335
  • 1×355
  • 1×375
  • 1×405

Three weeks ago I did 3x3x335, but March 15, 2017 was the last time I picked up anything heavier than that with 4×405. I don’t like to make a bigger jump at the end like the 30 pounds after taking a couple of 20 pound increases, but I really felt like hitting 4 wheels (even if I had all kinds of change on the bar). Once I get the bar moving it feels really good, but that’s always been my feel with deadlifts. The bar was so packed with random plates I had to have Steve and Ashley hold on the plates!

Seeing the video it looks 10x easier than it felt.

Conditioning

18:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 18 cal Row
  • T2B (15 for 3 rounds and 12 for 3 rounds)
  • 12 HSPU

This felt good until I hopped on the 4th row and couldn’t get over the 1,500+ cal/hour I had been pulling. Was able to keep getting the 18 calories before the 50 second mark though. I did three rounds of 3×5 T2B, but started to lose it in the 4th round so scaled back to 12 reps for three rounds. Handstand push-ups weren’t bad and I was able to do 7-5 every round.