Clear It

Was able to get out golfing yesterday and it turned out to be a beautiful day for it. Out in the garage around 5:30 today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3x3x240

Added an extra warm-up set and increased 5# on working sets from the last time. 240 was rough and I didn’t notice until after my entire workout that I was supposed to do 4 sets of it. Whoops! 99% sure I only did 3 sets, so I guess getting in that extra warm-up set was even better because it ended up being 45# less volume. :-/

Push Press

  • 3×95#
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×200
  • 3x3x215

Increased 10# over last time. Why not?

Accessory

  • 2×30/30 steps 1-arm Farmer Carry (90#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15-15-20#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)

Got to use my straps for the carries! Programmed with 20 steps, but I went to the end of my driveway, which was 30 and swapped hands there. Should stick to 15# for the raises yet; too much”kipping” with 20 pounds. Bent-over wasn’t so bad.

Conditioning

12 Rounds

  • 5 HSPU
  • 10 H2H Russian KBS (50#)
  • 5 T2B
  • 10 Over the Bench Jumps (18″)

The jumps were all the way over; no landing on the bench. Planned this to be 10 rounds but after 5 I decided I’d do 12 to get in 20+ minutes of breathing. Finished the 6th at 10:30 and then after finishing the 10th at a little over 17:00 I felt like I had a shot to break 20. Pushed it home with fewer steps between stations and quick turns after each jump. Almost! 20:08. So the second half took me 9:38 compared to the 10:30 of the first half. I guess I was cruising too much early on.

That mix of movements allowed me to keep moving. The handstand push-up reps let me work on bringing my legs down at the same time I’m lowering my body so I can get right into the kip. Started to get the hang of it.

Performance Plus

4 Rounds

  • 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (left arm, 25#)
  • 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (right arm, 25#)
  • No rest!

These are great for the core and shoulder too. I did 14 reps each side for the first 3 rounds and then 16 each side to close it out.

  • 2 Sets of 15/15 Side-lying Thoracic Rotations (video)

Holy shit what a difference from side to side. When reaching my right arm back I could get to the ground. When reaching back with my left arm there was still about a foot of daylight before I’d get to the ground!

That completes week 4 of both the Hybrid Push Only and the Performance Plus programs. I took 5.5 weeks to get through them. Week 5 of Hybrid is a deload and perfect timing since I’m heading to Europe on Tuesday. The next month of PP focuses on core work, so I think I’m going to restart the shoulder stuff after some traveling and save the month of core for later.

You Never Know

Took a rest day yesterday but was feeling good. Went to the 4:30 class.

Rehab – 3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 100′ Right Arm Front Rack Carry (70# KB)
  • 100′ Left Arm Front Rack Carry (70# KB)

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 OHS (95#)
  • 12 T2B

Wore grips and even the last set of toes to bar didn’t feel like I was going to fall off the bar.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5/5 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
  • 10 Russian KBS (70#)

Bryan says, “Are you going to do them strict?”

“I wasn’t planning on it.”

“It’s only 5,” he says.

“Hmm, usually when I try that I realize it was a bad idea during the 2nd round. Fine, I’ll give it a shot. I don’t mind going slower on the other stuff.”

Surprised myself and didn’t have any problem doing every set unbroken! Seems like 5 months ago I would have struggled to keep doing sets of 5 kipping. Made it through 6 rounds, the HSPU, deadlifts, and 2 swings (6+17).

Midline/Skill

5 Rounds

  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 20 Double Unders

It was programmed for 4 rounds, but I upped it. Missed 1 dub after 18 in the 3rd round. Finished in 4:56.

A Visitor

Bryan came over for a garage session. He did his deadlift program while I did the Push Only, which are both Hybrid programs.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×195
  • 5x5x210#
  • 3×30 alt DB Bench Press (50#)

Add 5-10# over last week on the 5 working sets. I added 5# since I started higher than 70% due to doing a couple of weeks of pre-program.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×95#
  • 5×115
  • 2x5x130
  • 5×135

Supposed to increase 5-10# here too. Last week I did 115-120-125 to ease in, which was actually low on the 65-70% starting range.

Accessory

  • 15/15 Half Kneeling Single Arm DB Press
    • 1 set @ 30#
    • 2 sets @ 35
  • 3×15/15 Tricep Kickbacks (15#)
  • Performance Plus – 3 Sets
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 Overhead Shrugs (45#)

Conditioning

  • 200 DB Snatch (50#)
  • 100 T2B

Had an idea to do something high rep before moving on to another movement. We did this as a partner workout, going 4 alternating snatches at a time. Then we did sets of 5 toes-to-bars. Finished the snatches at 9:39 and overall at 12:58 I think. There is a small chance it may have been 12:28. I thought the T2B would get much harder than they did. Snatches weren’t very hard either with that set breakdown.

I skipped out on a stretch from the PP programming that I’ll get in later.

  • 2×15/15 Bretzel (video)

False

Went to the 5:30 class and did my own thing instead of the class warm-up and strength, since it was deadlifts, which I just did yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, right)
    • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, right)
    • 100′ Single Arm Front Rack Carry (44# KB, left)
    • 10 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (44# KB, left)
    • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, right)
    • 10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB, left)

My balance is already improved a lot since doing those RDLs a week ago at my PT evaluation.

Screwing around I did a strict muscle-up! Then again! And again! I think I’ve only ever done one as a fluke. I wasn’t fully hanging since I have to get on the lower rings to get into the false grip. I need to spend some time just working on hanging in that grip.

Conditioning

  • Buy-in: 100 Double Unders
  • 6 Rounds
    • 5 T2B
    • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 15 American KBS (44#)
  • Cash-out: 50 Burpees

Was cruising along unbroken on dubs and then I missed 4 times after 70 reps. Kept the movements all unbroken and tried to go at a solid pace on the burpees. I finished in 13:28 with exactly 3 minutes to do the burpees.

Where’s The Rest?

I spoke too soon when writing my post yesterday. A few hours later I started to feel my hips, ass, hamstrings, and quads getting sore. I knew it had to be coming after squatting some weight for the first time in weeks. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Kang Squats (15#)
  • 1:00 Sit-ups
  • 1:00 Row
  • Deadlift
    • 8×45#
    • 8×155
    • 8×225

Strength & Gymnastics

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Deadlifts (245#)
  • 12 T2B

Wore grips (good to know they were fine with the deadlifts too) and did all sets unbroken. Tried to remember to keep eyes on the wall instead of looking up to the bar on each rep. Also tried to keep straight legs as much as possible. Was programmed as only 6 T2B but that would have been way too easy. Almost started to fail at the end so the 12 worked out great.

Accessory – 5 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Row (95#)
  • 10 HR Push-ups

I mentioned to Weston, “We need more rest time. I’m not used to this class workout stuff.”

Conditioning

14:00 AMRAP

  • 40 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (44#)
  • 30 Ball Slams (20#)
  • 20 Goblet Squats (44#)
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 10 Walking Lunges

I did Russian swings in the first round but my hands were rubbing on the narrower handle so decided to switch to the H2H swings. Did every movement unbroken. Finished the sit-ups in the 3rd round. If I had done standing lunges I probably would have finished.

Late Night

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 15 HR Push-ups

Decided to bust out some more push-ups while watching videos.

No Joke

Abs and quads are still sore, but feeling pretty good. Went to the 10am class ready to lift some weight.

Warm-up

  • 800m Row
  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Bar Hang
    • 10 HR Push-ups

Gymnastics

3 Cycles

  • 1:00 T2B
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 5×5 the first two cycles and then 3×5 with 5×1 for a total of 70 toes-to-bars! I could tell the wall was coming and I hit it head on after 65 reps.

Conditioning

“Fran”
21-15-9

  • Thruster (75#)
  • Pull-ups

Nope, not an April Fool’s joke!

For some dumb reason I thought I had 65# on the bar until after I was done and Alex mentioned the weight. No issues with the weight. My shoulders were pretty fried from the T2B though so I had to break up pull-ups from the start, going 3×7 and then 8-7 on the 15. I did the 9 unbroken to finish and did all of the thrusters unbroken. Not a good time (4:21), but I’m back. 🙂

Midline

  • 100 Sit-ups

Wasn’t going to be pretty after the T2B. Took me 3:51, almost a minute off my best time.

17.2 Redo & More

Rested yesterday so I could redo today. Could have probably even retried yesterday, though my shoulders were a little tight. In at 12:30.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • Banded shoulder stretching
  • PVC passes
  • Reverse Hyper Heel Drives
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • Dead hang
  • 2:30 Airdyne

CrossFit Games Open Workout 17.2

12:00 AMRAP

  • 2 Rounds
    • 50′ Weighted Walking Lunge (2×50# DBs)
    • 16 Toes-to-bars
    • 8 DB Power Cleans (2×50# DBs)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 50′ Weighted Walking Lunge
    • 16 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 8 DB Power Cleans
  • Every 5-foot interval of the 50″ (25″ out and back), represents 1 rep of the lunge.

With my first attempt not affecting grip at all I knew bigger and fewer sets would buy me some time. I did 6-5-5 on both rounds of T2B, 6-2 on 2 sets of cleans, and all 8 cleans to lock in the tiebreak round. I wanted to go right into the lunges after that 8, but needed a breather so set them down.

Remembered to have my knee sleeves pulled up before the workout today. I also taped my thumbs ahead of time so there was no stop halfway through the last set of lunges. Still kept muscle-ups in sets of 2 because I thought triples would be too risky. I tried to shorten the rest a bit between the sets. I did do a triple right at the end, but more importantly no misses today. Over the weekend I had thought about trying to finish that first round of muscle-ups with 3-3 to save another 20-30 seconds, but I completely forgot.

Bought myself almost an extra minute, which paid off, allowing me to get through 5 more muscle-ups for a score of 121 with a tiebreak of 8:50.

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Michelle kept all my splits again. Nice to see I slowly kept gaining ground throughout. Initial lunges were the same, but then I was ahead of pace by 10-14, 9-19-25, 19-35-46, and 47 seconds. I guess I was more methodical on my lunges (probably gathering my feet more, which is slower) and was definitely focussing more on breathing during them. I also didn’t stretch out to get over the line on any of the rounds. The first round of muscle-ups took me 3:08 today compared to 3:22, which was a little surprising considering I should have been more tired from going faster.

The challenge of the redo is actually pretty fun. One of my friends cracked a beer after his 2nd muscle-up and then got 3 more. LOL I love the Open!

Since my volume was extremely light Thursday-Saturday and I’m heading out of town for most of the week, I wanted to get in some lifting and barbell work. Went back to the gym at 4:30 to judge Bryan and workout.

Back Squat

Missed out on the 5×3 @ 80% yesterday, so definitely wanted to squat today. If I go 2 weeks without squatting it’s no fun the next time.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×205
  • 3×255
  • 3×285
  • 3×305
  • 3×315

Back was getting a little tender so didn’t push it. Haven’t had that on the bar in awhile anyway.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 2x10x185

Bryan started benching while I was still squatted so I worked in and then was done with the squats by the heavy sets.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 5 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 35 DU

Wanted to hit a barbell metcon for sure. Did all singles on the snatches. Missed too many dubs. It felt and looked like my rope’s shape was getting messed up. Maybe it’s time for a new cable. Finished in 9:20.