Yep, a Solid Tweak

My back was worse the last two days so they both became rest days. It is feeling quite a bit better today. Needed to do something but I’m skipping any Active Life work which stresses that low back. Been awhile since I’ve done a long one, so I came up with this.

30:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 20 Push Press (45#)

Was too slow on the erg through the first 4 rounds so I picked it up. Was able to do the push-ups in 4×5 each round. Finished exactly 8 rounds and then the timer went off.

Some Squats

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Ring Rows (w/ pauses at top and bottom)
  • 20 Walking Lunges

Tried to hold for a second at the top, but not easy to do.

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×225
  • 2×235
  • 2×245
  • 2×235
  • 2×225

Starting wearing the belt with 195 or 215. Kept my reps controlled and tried not to bounce much out of the bottom. Felt pretty good. Haven’t lifted anything like that since July.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 7 American KBS (62#)
  • 9 Front Squats (115#)
  • 11 Russian KBS (62#)
  • 13 Deadlifts (115#)

I scaled back from 135# since it was 15 minutes of all weighted movements. Went with the 62 pound kettlebell though. I rested way too much as I do when it’s all you can eat at the weight buffet. Everything was unbroken and I wore my belt the entire time. Finished 5+22.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds for quality

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

Took a bit to get the hang of the Spiderman. Easy stuff today.

All The Posterior Chain

Meant to workout yesterday at home, but was busy with projects for my workshop and time flew by. At the gym today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Deadlift (45#)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Lateral Bar Hops
  • 20 Push-ups

I thought about putting on my belt and decided I didn’t need it. I split the deadlifts into 12-8 every round with a quick break. All push-ups were 10-10, with some slow down on the final 5 reps. Finished in 6:13. Was a much quicker workout than I was expecting.

Test

  • 400m Walking Lunge

Been over 2 years since I did this I think. Felt pretty good considering I was doing a lot of lunges the last time. Not at a track, so the distance may not have been right, but I set a 6 second PR with 11:55. Next couple of days will be rough.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted V-ups (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (35#)
  • 20 Shotguns

The combination of v-ups and shotguns was not cool.

Poor Effort

Was able to golf yesterday with no back issues in the swing. Could feel it a bit walking around, but nothing that affected my game. My legs are surprisingly sore from early in the week. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 5 Set of Complex
    • 3 Tall Cleans
    • 3 Hang Squat Cleans
    • 3 Push Press
    • 3 Push Jerk
    • 3 Split Jerk

I used 45# for 2 sets, 75 for 2 sets, and 95 for the last. Class was then going to an EMOM of heavy C&J singles, so I did the weekly challenge instead.

Weekly Challenge

  • 90s Assault Bike Calories
  • 90s Walking Lunges

Yep, the new owner, Greg, bought an Assault Bike for the gym. I tried to pace myself out, which didn’t work at all. That thing is completely different from my Airdyne AD2. I was doing about 82-83 RPM and my legs were blown out half way through. I only got 42 calories and then did 49 lunges. After some recovery I decided to go for 30 seconds since everyone was still on the lifts. My legs were blown out by 15 seconds! I got 28 calories though, which goes to show you have to go out hard and just hang on I think to get a good score. Maybe I’ll try it again tomorrow or Sunday.

Conditioning

  • 30 Burpees
  • 20 DB Snatch (40#)
  • 100′ Double KB Front Rack Walking Lunge (2×35# KB)

I was still not recovered from the AB, so my burpees were slowwww! Snatches were slower than normal because I could feel my back a bit. I finished in 5:14.

4x

  • 200m Run
  • 200m Walk

Fucking terrible! My calves were giving out in the last two runs.

Sub 2

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 2 Sets

  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • High Knees
  • 10 Push-ups

Strength – Front Squat

  • 6×95#
  • 4×135
  • 4×145
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×195
  • 2×200
  • 2×205
  • 2×210
  • 2×215

Haven’t squatted with a bar in well over a month so I took it easy. Felt fine.

Conditioning

“Grace”

  • 30 C&J (135#)

I’ve been chasing the sub 2 minute mark for a couple of years. In February of 2016 I did it in 2:04 and in November of 2014 my time was 2:17. I was nervous because I knew exactly what I had to do to improve my time and it was going to hurt. When I got the 2:04 I did 3 sets of 5, a set of 2 and then singles.

When someone called out 30 seconds I had just done my 10th rep, so I knew it was possible. I stuck to the 3×5 and was able to increase that 4th set to 3 reps before switching to singles. Then I forced myself to pick the bar up quicker than I wanted to, especially at the end when I knew it was getting close. Finished in 1:57 for a 7 second PR!

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (44# KB)
  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15 Sit-ups

I did the rows slow and controlled and tried to get a slight pause at the top.

Stopped at the gas station on my drive home for some celebration snacks. 🙂

I’ve posted a couple of things about CrossFit Programming over on my personal blog this week:

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.

Do What I Can

Did seem to feel a bit tighter when I woke and through the morning. Maybe from the air squats? Went to the chiro at 5:15 and then to the gym. Planned to modify and substitute a lot and I needed to with what was programmed.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 4x8x165
  • 3x12x140

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 3x12x120#

Class was doing OHS so I was happy to be able to bench. Should have bumped up the 4×8 too, but increased 5# on both 3x12s with no problem.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Ball Slams (15#)
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 20 Knee Raises (rings)

The workout was ball slams, 10 deadlifts, and 10 T2B so I had to change a lot. Never stopped or had to break any sets but didn’t seem to work up much of a sweat on breathe too hard. Finished in 8:23.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Triceps Push Downs (red band)
  • 10/10 Prone Rows (50# DB)

I propped a bench up on a couple of short boxes and laid down on that.