Lift Heavy Shit

I really did have plans to hit a garage workout yesterday, but I was tired and decided on another rest day. Wasn’t missing the 10am class today, except I walked in and it is actually a 9am on Saturdays! Oh well, I was able to take advantage of the empty gym and was kind of nice to do my own thing.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • Dead Hang
  • 2 Sets
    • 50′ Walking Lunge
    • 10/10 Single Arm KBS (35#)
  • 10 Power cleans (45#)
  • 8×95#
  • 20 DU
  • 6×115#
  • 20 DU
  • 4×135#
  • 40 DU

Conditioning

This was one programmed at the gym during the week.

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Power Cleans (155-185-205-225-245#)
  • 50 Double Unders

I did all single cleans. I missed 3 times in the first round of DU, did 2 rounds of 30-20, missed 5 times in the 4th round, and did the last round unbroken. Finished in 10:09. The bars sure got heavy after the first 2 weights, but it felt great to lift some shit.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 8/8 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 12 Curl-ups (3s hold)

Did 5 rounds.

Bench Day

Did a bunch of yard work yesterday and didn’t have time to workout with other stuff and family visiting. Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 1 Mile Run
  • Bench press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×95
    • 5×115

Had to get out of the house so I got the gym a little early to run.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 20 Air Squats

Did two sets of 5 for every round of bench press and my second sets were starting to get slow in the last few rounds, so I think it was a pretty good strategy. Based on my 8:43 for 100 reps with 135 pounds I was thinking somewhere around 10 rounds would be pretty good. Then I did the first round in just over a minute. I finished the 6th round at 7:30, so was able to keep that same pace to get 12+3.

I’ve been wanting to try a metcon with bench pressing, so finally pulled this out of my idea list. The only other times I’ve benched in a metcon were Linda and 100 reps for time.

Fitting that this morning Castro announced bench press would be at Regionals. I wonder what the workout will be.

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5 Rounds

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 100m Single arm OH Walk (44#)
  • 20 American KBS (44#)

The rounds were much quicker than I thought so instead of doing the planned 30 minutes, we cut it off after 5 rounds, which was at 21:09.

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: