Break From Kipping

Chest is sore from Sunday. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 4x 25′ High Knees + 4×25′ Butt Kicks
    • 3 Tall Muscle Cleans + 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Power Cleans
      • 3 sets 20kg
      • 2 sets 30kg
  • Power Cleans
    • 3x40kg
    • 3×60
    • 3×70
    • 3×80

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans (90kg)

All touch-n-go sets. Felt good being able to do that many sets.

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 50 Russian KBS (44#)
    • 75 DU
  • 1 Round
    • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 21 T2B
  • 2 Rounds
    • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 21 V-ups

Grip got fried from those sets of 50 swings, done unbroken each time. I think I did the dubs in 3 sets every round. I did 2 rounds of 12-9 wall balls and then unbroken. My shoulder was killing when I started the toes to bars. I got through 6-5 favoring it and could feel myself trying not to let the right side get through too much in my kip. Struggled with doubles and singles to finish out the 21. I went to v-ups for the other 2 rounds. Finished in 16:27.

Going to have to take a break from kipping for at least a few weeks and I should probably start the Crossover Symmetry stuff when I workout at home.

This was a good test for my back. Got it warmed up and fatigued with the lifting. Then it was really pumped up from the swings. It held on ok through the wall balls. Glad tomorrow is a rest day though.

DT Meets Cindy

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

Warmed up for the barbell complex with 3 sets at 45#, 1 set 95, and 1 set 135. I jumped on the bar to hang and do some bar taps and considered doing ring rows. Took a few rounds of the workout to loosen up, but I powered through (or became numb to the pain?). I may have to give my right shoulder some rest for a few weeks.

Conditioning

Little benchmark mash-up of DT and Cindy I came up with a few weeks ago. Glad I didn’t make it 20 minutes.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (155#)
  • 4 Pull-ups
  • 8 Push-ups
  • 12 Air Squats

Started out feeling good with the air squats, but that quickly faded.  Always holds me back in Cindy or Murph. You dread picking up the barbell each time because you know you can’t put it down until the reps are completed. Made it through 10+9.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 10 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 40 Double Unders

Didn’t run a clock. Went unbroken every set of toes to bars. Missed once on dubs in the first round, twice in the second round, and unbroken the other two.

18.1

Last night my ankles and shins started getting a little sore. I think it was too long after the ankle dorsiflexions so maybe it was the broad jumps?

It’s a different Open for me this year, which I wrote about yesterday on nick.blog. I didn’t watch a single strategy video today (other than the official one CrossFit showed during the live announcement). I did see this recommended warm-up come through in the Active Life private Facebook group.

18-1-warm-up.jpg

Every year I have a laugh at shit like this. What gyms have enough rowers for people warming up and people doing the workout? You don’t need anything near a 15 minute warm-up for a 20 minute workout and certainly don’t need to fatigue the movements you’re about to do. Maybe the elite athletes, but not the average Joe like me. GTFO!

Warm-up

  • 23 cal Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (35#)
  • Ring Hang
  • 3/3 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 8 T2B

CrossFit Open 18.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 14 cal Row

First round was a little fast, but I fell into a great rhythm after that and was almost dead-on a 2:00 per round pace the whole way. I was doing 4-4 toes to bars, clean right into a push press, and switched hands in the air. Could have got up to speed on the rower quicker but was averaging about 1,125-1,150 cal/hr. I’d take a quick breath or two coming off the bar before picking up the dumbbell but didn’t really rest other than that. Was a good mix of movements for me. I did die out at the end and reset my feet for every T2B at the end without letting go of the bar to finish with 10+6 or 326 total reps.

I think this might be my favorite Open workout. Maybe they’ll all be like this!

Backdate

I noticed I had an unpublished draft for my January 26th workout and then I accidentally published it for yesterday instead of backdating it. Fixed the date now.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

  • 8 Tabata Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 3:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10s L Hang
  • 10/10 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Made it 52 lengths for the shuffles.

Conditioning

15:00 Airdyne

Just something low impact for today after going pretty heavy with the power cleans yesterday. Went 4.8 miles.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel
  • 5/5 Thoracic Extension Rotation
  • 10 Alternating Bird Dog

3 Rounds

  • 10 Alternating Double DB Walking Lunge (50# DBs)
  • 10 Strict T2B
  • 10 Double DB Front Squat (50# DBs)

Wasn’t getting my feel all the way up to the bar.

Just When I Get Confident

Had to rush and shovel the driveway before getting ready for the gym. If I had more time I would have snow blowed, but I was already cutting it close.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3s, 20#, 10′)

Workout – 2 Sets each side

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (32kg)
  • 1:00 Rest

I was losing my grip the first time through already. Right hand was giving out more than the left today.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 Row cals
  • 15 T2B

In round 2 and 3 I was really thinking it wasn’t too bad. Then after getting the first 40 toes to bars in sets of 5 I had to finish with 2-1-1-1. When I hit that wall I smack it. Missed a double under in both the 2nd and 3rd set. Finished in 9:20. Probably should have pushed the rowing pace more. My average was probably close to 1,100 cal/hr.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Sets

  • 14 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 30s Bent Knee Hollow Hold

Hard for me to stop at a number like 14 reps. I actually did 15 in the second round.

10 Rounds

Went to the 4:30.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 5/5 Single Arm KB Front Squat (26#)
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 5/5 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Got through 5 rounds.

Strength

Front Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 2x4x205

Felt a little weird with my first set of 205 so I didn’t go up to 225 like I wanted. Wore a belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 4 T2B
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Push Press (135#)
  • 1 Jerk (135#)

Dropped every clean from the beginning. If we hadn’t done the front squats I think I would have tried to go unbroken. Finished in 7:01. Anything with a high number of rounds like that gets intimidating, but it was a good one.

Squat ‘Em

Still very sore and feeling my obliques today. Went in early before the 4:30 class to get the Active Life work done.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3 second, 20#, 10′)

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Alternate arms each time so 3 sets on each side. My rests were shorter to make sure I got done.

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Clean Pulls
  • 3 Tall Cleans
  • 2 Front Squats
  • 1 Hang Squat Clean

Used 45-45-75-95-115 for these warm-up sets

Weightlifting

Squat Clean

  • 0:00-8:00 Find heavy single
  • 8:00-10:00 Rest
  • 10:00-16:00 Every 30 seconds – 1 rep @ 85% of heavy single

Did 135-165-185-205-225-245 and actually squatted today; figured I shouldn’t tweak my back two weeks in a row. I don’t remember the last time I’ve done over 200 for the squat version. I think I powered this much a month or two ago. Could tell I was hesitant to drop under the weight, but it felt good. Not used to squatting much of a load so I felt slow coming out of the hole. Used 205# for the E30S work, which was no problem.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 8 Toes to Bars
  • 48 Double Unders
  • 8 Chest to bar Pull-ups
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Yuck. The burpee box overs got slow of course. My dubs were not on point at all. I was doing a lateral jump due to space.

Active Life – Back Max

8 Rounds – Unbroken

  • 10s Bent Knee Hollow Hold
  • 10 Lemon Squeezes

I was only able to make it through 4 straight rounds last time, but I got them all today. I did get pretty slow on the lemon squeezes, but kept it going. Finished in 4:30.