Shoulder Shit Show

Legs feel good after squatting yesterday. Went to the 4pm again, but did the Active Life stuff in my garage before heading to the gym.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 2

2 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing (35#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (35#)

Single Arm High Pull

  • 2×6/6 (25#)
  • 10/10 (30#)
  • 10/10 (35#)

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Shoulder Rolls
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Far from the 5×225 (plus cleaning it) I did in January 2017. Maybe could have done 5-10 pounds more today.

Conditioning

21-18-15-12-9

  • Push Press (95#)
  • T2B
  • Burpees

I went 12-9, 10-8, 8-7, 7-5, and 9 on the push presses, knowing that going unbroken from the start would be a bad idea. Of course that weight is going to feel light after the strength reps, but this workout is a lot of shoulders. For the toes to bars I did 6-5-5-5, 5-5-4-4, 5-5-5, and then singles for the 12 and 9. The good news is my shoulder felt pretty good. Actually surprised I was able to get through 11 good sets before dropping to singles, so taking 4 months off the movement didn’t set me back too much. Tried to keep a pretty good pace on the burpees. Finished in 16:18.

Heading out of town in the morning for a golf weekend!

Only One

My quads are a bit more sore today and my outer chest is pretty sore. Maybe from pushing away on the pull-ups? Or maybe from the push-ups on Sunday? Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 8

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm High Pull (26# KB)

Skipped ahead because I wasn’t doing extra overhead holding before class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20 Jump Rope
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Box Jumps (24″)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50′ Double Overhead Walk (50# DBs)
    • 5 T2B
    • 5 V-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50 DU
    • 5 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Decided to scale back from 10 toes-to-bar, especially after all of the pull-ups yesterday and my back was feeling tight when I practiced a few. Awful lot of bar work these two days for my first time back on it in over 4 months. It was a nice change of pace sub in the v-ups and it allowed me to do every set of 5 T2B unbroken. Got through 9 rounds plus the entire walk.

I missed after five reps in my third round of double unders and somehow did every other round unbroken. Only one miss! My shoulders didn’t even start feeling the fatigue I often get after a lot of double unders. Weird, but I love it. Kept moving on the burpee box jumps, trying not to fall behind Tom too much and then was able to pass him when he started missing on the rope. I felt good in this one considering the shoulder fatigue from the first AMRAP. Was able to do 7+53. I might have been able to push it more on the burpees, but that may have caused a bunch of misses, so hard to say.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (44#)
  • 45s Handstand Hold

Looking forward to golfing tomorrow because I need a rest day.

Light Wall Balls

Got a bit of a headache again a few hours after the workout on Friday night. Could have been from hitting the redline again or maybe from doing HSPU. Decided to take a rest day yesterday since I’ll go to the gym tomorrow instead of golfing. Plus it was hot and I just wanted to kick back, relax, and watch the CrossFit Games after being out-of-town to play in a golf scramble.

11-12-13…20

  • Wall Balls (14#, 10′)
  • Sit-ups

The goal was to go unbroken and it wasn’t that hard to do. Nice to go light for a change. Finished in 11:08.

Tabata Work

  • 4 Rounds Push-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Hollow Rocks
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Push-ups

Bit of a false start when I set my phone app to reverse tabata. Had done 13 push-ups in those 10 seconds, which obviously affected things the rest of the way after resetting and starting over. I was able to do 17-17-12-11 on the push-ups, 36-30-35-36 dubs, 23-22-22-19 hollow rocks, 36-35-29-35 dubs, and 15-15-13-10 push-ups. Looks like missing a double under costs about 5-6 reps. This was harder than the wall balls.

Accessory

Wanted to get in the 4th shoulder abduction workout which was 3×10 single arm presses. Went with something a little more challenging and added the back work.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (28kg)

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Kig Swings / Bar Taps
  • 3×5 T2B

First T2B I’ve done in months. Meh.

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.