All The Scaling

Can still feel that back tweak there. Was out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 30s Rest

I was really struggling to figure out a goal pace for this. In the last two months I have plenty of different samples, but the work:rest ratios are all a bit different. Going in I was set on 1:50/500m, but was doing 1:49 in the first interval so I stuck with it. Could have gone faster. My meters were 413-413-413-414-413-414-414-413, so another consistent one.

Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bike
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 30 Jump Ropes

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl – 21s (30-25-25#)
  • 10 GHR (red band)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand (62# KB)

I did this instead of 5×5 deadlifts. First 2 sets I was holding the KB in the wrong hand and it was an awkward stance. In addition to the red band, I’m pushing off the pads a bit with my hands so I don’t put stress on my back.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 DU
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 8 T2B
  • 5 Box Jumps (36″)
  • 50’ Farmer Carry (53# KBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

I think I got 2 sets of dubs unbroken and missed 3x in one of the sets! Scaled 8 muscle-ups down to the 8+8 and was able to do each movement unbroken, wearing grips. The bar I was using was a tad too low for me, so I actually had to spread my legs in my kip which felt really weird. Instead of doing 5 muscle cleans (155#) I figured the high box jumps would still get me working on leg drive and hip extension. Cruised through this one in 12:55.

Much Needed

After realizing I’d done something 8 days in a row I took a well-deserved and much needed complete rest day on Friday. Got up for the 9am class this morning. My back is still pretty tight.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Line Drills

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • Calorie Row
    • Burpee Over Rower
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • 2x Plyo Lunges
    • HSPU
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 AMRAP – 20-40-60…
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
    • Toes to Bar

I teamed up with Connie. She did 8 calories to my 12 and we alternated sets of 5 burpees. Got through the 20 and 40 there. In the second AMRAP I substituted those movements in place of hang power cleans and push presses because of my back. We split everything in sets of 5s so I was doing 10 lunges each time it was my turn. We got through the 20, 40, I had one set of 10 lunges left to finish the first part of 60. We split wall balls in sets of 10 and T2B in 5s. Finished the 20-40-60 wall balls and 48 (I did 23) of the 60 T2B. She was doing knee raises which gave me almost no rest.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 21s (30-25-25#)

Back to the originals. It was nice to switch it up to the other version for a few weeks, but I don’t think they worked very well. First time doing a set with 30s!

A friend came over to cut up some trees that fell during the winter, so I was hauling a bunch of logs around. Then I took a truckload, carried the wood around some more, and stacked it for another friend. Was planning to row tonight, but I’m whooped after moving all of that wood.

Version A

I forgot to mention it during my San Diego trip, but we stopped at the Rx Smart Gear office because I’d been wanting to try the Alec Smith gymnastics grips. I hated them! Way too bulky, even with the extra support strap off, which pulled really bad on my wrists. It’s like they needed to have a size bigger than large. Glad I didn’t buy them online. Also tried their EVO Jump Rope and there is no way I’d pay $125 for that!

Engine Builder – Speed

10:00 AMRAP

  • Airdyne calories (AD2)

This workout is also known as “300 FY” because the goal on other Airdyne models is to get 300 calories. It’s really easy to do on the AD2, but still a good relative test. My previous best was 365 cals where I went out hot for 60-90 seconds and fell in to a pace. Today my plan was to hold 85 RPM and hopefully push at the end. I didn’t have much push left, but it worked beautifully to get a 15 cal PR with 380 calories! Was 4.23 miles. I did an easy five minutes to cool down for 1.42 miles.

Went to the 4pm class at CrossFit Whip.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)

Strength

Overhead Squat

  • 2x5x45#
  • 2x5x75
  • 2x5x95

I kept a narrow grip on the bar and went with a slow controlled descent and slight pause in the hole for every rep. Wasn’t pushing the weight with my back and shoulder issues.

Conditioning

Warmed up my push jerks with 5×95 and 5×115.

E3M – 5 Rounds

  • 20 cal Row
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Push Jerks (135#)

I probably went a little hard on the first row, getting it done under 45 seconds, with 1,700+ most of the way. Each round got slower and slower but kept over 1,250 throughout. My toes to bars were 3×5 every round, wearing grips and push jerks were unbroken. My round times were about 2:00, 2:11, 2:22, 2:25, and 2:25 and I really started to feel it in round 3. Push jerks were a struggle at the end of the 4th and 5th round. These are the type of workouts I’ve really liked from the Ben Smith programming because you have to really push yourself to finish and get some rest.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

Switched it up to Version A from T Nation and wasn’t sure how it would feel so I used 20 pound dumbbells for the first set and then 25 for two more sets.

19.2 is Essentially 16.2

Got Taco Bell yesterday for lunch on my rest day to remember a friend and I felt terrible the rest of the day. Got a headache stomach was rolling. It was almost 1,800 calories so I ended up skipping dinner.

With the close of scoring for 19.1, I ended up with a better ranking than any of my 2018 efforts. I always base my rankings on the number of men who have completed the workout, not sign-ups.

Men’s Open Division
18,894 / 178,021 – Top 10.6%

Men’s 35-39
2,854 / 36,083 – Top 7.9%

A group of us went over to CrossFit Bay City to throwdown tonight at 6pm, which is later than I’m used to for a workout.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 20 Double Unders
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 500m Row
  • Squat Cleans
    • 5-10 @ 45#
    • 5 @ 95#

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 19.2

Same as 16.2, but everyone gets at least eight minutes this year instead of possibly getting cut off after 4 minutes.

  • Beginning on an 8-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 15 Squat Cleans (135#)
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 13 Squat Cleans (185#)
  • If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 11 Squat Cleans (225#)
  • If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 9 Squat Cleans (275#)
  • If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
    • 25 Toes to Bar
    • 50 Double Unders
    • 7 Squat Cleans (315#)
  • Stop at 20 minutes.

In 2016 I had about five minutes to work on the 3rd round and I finished the double unders with 6 seconds to spare, so I didn’t even touch 225 pounds. Back then I did 11-8-6 T2B, round two was 5-5-??, and round three was mostly slow singles which killed my chances. I completely blew up. I’ve been doing mostly sets of fives toes to bars in training, which allows me to go deep in workouts, so that was the plan this time. Even if it takes an extra 10-20 seconds in round one I figured I’d get it back in round two and hopefully have some hip flexors left in the tank for round three. My T2B endurance is a lot better now and I’m 10 pounds lighter.

I was a lot more worried about the squat cleans this time because we haven’t been squatting heavy at the gym. Maybe the 135# thruster workouts we’ve done on Sundays will help though. On the bright side hopefully this means we don’t have squat snatches this year. 🙂

In 2016 there wasn’t a 35-39 master’s division yet, but according to the BTWB data for 16.2, finishing the 3rd round of double unders should get a top 10% ranking. I really wanted to hit that 225 pound bar this year.

Felt good starting off with 5×5 T2B and did them in under a minute, which surprised me. I think I missed once on my dubs. The cleans felt ok and I was done with them at 3:25 I think, so about 30 seconds slower than 2016. I was hoping for something near 3:30 so that went according to plan. 5×5 in round two felt good again. My double unders weren’t so great. I think I had just over 2 minutes left for the cleans and finished them 10-15 seconds to spare, which is slower than I wanted. Those cleans wiped me out! My hip flexors were shot and I couldn’t do anything more than single toes to bar in round three. My hips were hurting to just stand! Finished them at 11:01, missed a bunch of double unders, and finished them right as time expired.

So I got 253 again, with a tiebreak six seconds worse. Still didn’t get to touch the 225 pound bar. I did not feel good and quickly got a headache. I had my belt on loose and then tightened it up for the 185. Didn’t wear any grips.

A bit disappointed, but I need to be fitter. Simple as that. My T2B felt great, but those 185 pound squat cleans blew me up. Need to start hitting heavy weights again.

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Side V-ups from Kari Pearce

My quads are a little sore, but still feel pretty good.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • Back Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135
    • 5×165
    • 5×185

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Back Squats (205#)
  • 50′ Single Arm Overhead Dumbbell Walking Lunges (50#)

That got the heart rate up!

Conditioning

30-20-10

  • Dumbbell Power Snatches (50/35#)
  • Toes to Bars
  • Pistol Squats

Unbroken on the snatches and all sets of five for toes to bars. Pistols were shaky and slow with my back a little tight and just having done back squats. Can tell I haven’t done them in a long time. Grabbed my foot on each rep to help with balance. Squatting on my right leg actually felt fine, but I was unstable on the left. Finished in 10:19.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Side V-ups
  • 10/10 Leg Circles
  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (25#)
  • 20 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Flutter Kicks

B came up with this. The side v-ups were an idea from Kari Pearce.

The combination wasn’t as tough as I expected because the movements didn’t interfere with each other and we could keep moving. Good to hit more side action though because we don’t do much of that for our core in Crossfit. I finished in 12:40.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Felt a little easier than the other day with these same weights. All 20s next time.

Skill

Did a few handstand walk attempts. Got over 10 feet for the first time and ended there since it was already 90 minutes at the gym.

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.