Chippin’ Away

My legs were extremely fatigued Friday night and until about 10pm yesterday. Felt like I ran 10 miles. Or that’s what I imagine it would feel like. Rested yesterday, but went on a little road trip, which was a tiring day in its own way.


  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Hang & Stretch
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 6 Pendlay Rows (95#)


4 Rounds

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 6/6 Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Might be time to try the presses with 35#.


Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×65, and 3×95.

  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 45 Wall Ball Sit-ups (30#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)

Realized it had been a long time since I’d done a chipper, so I came up with this one. My only miss on the rope was 2 reps in after the first round of C2B. Snatches were all quick singles, chest to bar pull-ups were 5×5, push-ups were 7×5, and sit-ups were 3×15. The sit-ups with that heavier medicine ball were the hardest part of the workout. Excited I was able to do all sets of 5 for the C2B, though I maybe could have gone a lot faster  in the workout without as much rest between the sets. Finished in 18:57. I really liked that one.

I did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but was tired.

Sandbag It

My glutes and hamstrings have still been sore, but not terrible. Definitely feeling those dumbbell bench presses though. Open gym at noon.


Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210

Far from the 245 pounds I did last summer.


7 Rounds

  • 40s Sandbag Cleans (100#)
  • 40s C2B Pull-ups
  • 40s Broad Jumps
  • 40s Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Basically got about 30 seconds of work for each movement. I started out with my gymnastics grips on, but I wasn’t using the Speal bar, so I was having a hard time keeping my grip. I took them off after the 2nd round and did much better. Averaged 7-8 pullups and 13 sit-ups, but no idea on the other moves. It was hard to get in good broad jumps under fatigue.

No Rest

I rested on Sunday after the stag party. Felt fine but was really tired. Golfed yesterday and went to the 4:30 class today. So the only workout I’ve done since Wednesday was the 40 minutes of Airdyne on Saturday!


9:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Row
  • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
  • 20s Dead Hang
  • 10 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 5 American KBS (35#)

I got through 4 rounds.


  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s DB Snatch (40#)
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s MB Sit-ups
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees

There was pretty much no rest time even with rushing between stations. I did 18 snatches in the first round because I passed it hand to hand in the air. Then I got 14 every other round. I went 20-18-18-16-16-20 on the sit-ups.

More cardio…

  • 150 American KBS (35#)
  • Run 200m every break

I tried to push the first set but had to stop at 70. Then did 50-30 to close it out so I only had to run a couple of 200s. Finished at exactly 9:00.

1 Day Remains

My core is sore from the Monday night work. Out in the garage at night. One day of Catalyst OTM left for me after this.

2 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerk

  • 3×45#
  • 2×95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 5 Sets 215

Combined the two into a complex again, which increases the jerk weight over the %, plus they are harder in the complex. Saves a lot of time though. All TnG cleans.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×215#
  • 5×235
  • 5×255
  • 5×275

All sets with a neutral grip and standing on 55# comp plate.


Midline & Accessory

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 6 Strict HSPU
  • 8/8 Side Bends (90# landmine)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (90# landmine)
  • 12 Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Happy to get all sets of handstand push-ups unbroken! Using the landmine is not the full weight loaded, but the easiest way to keep track of the load. Doing goblet squats with the landmine attachment is really weird due to the arc of the bar path. Sends your body forward as you come up out of the squat.

Recovery day tomorrow and hopefully will be ready to lift heavy on Friday.

Like a Monarch

Back spasms throughout the night for the 2nd night in a row. Just feels tight the rest of the day. Tried to get in for a massage today, but got canceled, so might see a chiropractor tomorrow if it doesn’t improve. Otherwise massage on Friday instead. Went in to CFi early with Kevin for a shoulder press XWOD as part of my Smolov Jr. cycle. Did a bit of warming up with the Crossover Symmetry bands, but was pressed for time so not much really. Did sets of 5×45#, 5×95#, and 4×115# shoulder press to lead up to my working sets.


  • 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 Shoulder Press (127.5#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 of 5-10-5 Shuttle Drill
    • 2s: 10s rest between each run of the drill
    • 1s: Wearing 20# weight vest

Shoulder presses felt really good.


We worked on some parallette headstand stability stuff, going from the floor, to upside-down L, to straight body, and back and forth. Pretty fun!


Kevin asked me to come up with something, which is never easy on the spot so early in the morning. 🙂

5 Rounds

  • 6 Push Jerks (135#)
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 10 Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

I kept everything unbroken. When I jumped up on the bar I figured I’d give butterfly pull-ups a shot since I’ve been talking about them and hadn’t tried any since getting the shoulder impingement back in January. I was able to do all 5 sets of 8 unbroken with the butterfly! Kept a nice controlled pace and was able to keep the rhythm going. Finished in 6:01.

10:00 Row (easy)

I kept around a 2:10/500m pace. Went 2,321 meters.

When I got home I did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Since I didn’t get the massage, I had some time to go out to a track for some running. Went to Heritage but everything is all locked up because they are completely renovating their track. Looks nice from what I could see. They had a sign up telling people to go to White Pine Elementary, so that’s where I went.


  • 400m Jog
  • 100m Walk
  • 6 Rounds (skip rest/recovery after the 6th 400m)
    • 400m Run @ mile PR pace
    • 15s Rest
    • 200m Jog (slow recovery)
  • 500m Walk
  • 400m Jog

I ran the 400s in 1:31, 1:32, 1:33, 1:32, 1:31, and 1:31. I wanted to keep them all under 1:35 since I ran just under a 6:20 mile a couple of years ago. Would still love to run a 6 minute mile one of these days.

Last Week of the Squat Program

Had a couple of rest days, so feeling good. Went in at 10:30 and trained with Kevin and Monica. Matt did his own thing.


  • 500m Row
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch


Back Squats

Last week of the 6 week volume squat program and it’s a challenging one. Warmed up with 5 @ 45# and 5 @ 135#.

  • 6 @ 235#
  • 6 @ 250#
  • 4 @ 265#
  • 3 @ 280#
  • 2 @ 300#
  • 6 @ 235#

Just like last week, those first sets were harder than the end. After the 3 with 280# I didn’t think there was a chance I’d hit both with 300#, especially since I’ve only ever done it once and 315# once. I even asked Matt and Kevin to spot me on the ends of the bar, but I got both reps no problem. This program is working!!

Push Jerks

Worked up to a heavy triple. I went 135#, 145#, 165#, 175#, and 195#. Knocked out each triple fast except for the last one where I reset on each rep instead of going right into the dip.

WOD #1

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 C2B Pull-ups
  • 10 HR Push-ups
  • 15 Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ Target)

Push-ups held me back, but I did all C2B and WB unbroken. Finished with 5+15.

WOD #2

5 Rounds

  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 20 Wall Ball Sit-ups

Messed up on my first round of DU, but then was solid. Those wall ball sit-ups added up fast after a couple of rounds. Finished in 7:27.

Some solid strength work and a couple of short WODs, which were a nice change of pace after doing a bunch of longer metcons last week.

Cora’s 28th

I was going to go in this morning, but my internal alarm clock was late today. I think I rolled over around 8:15am. So I went at 5:15pm instead.


5×3 Deficit Deadlifts (3″)

Warmed up with a set of 10 at 135# and then did my working sets at 205#, 245#, 295#, 315#, and 335#. Felt really good on the pulls. Last week I only did 305# for 5 reps, but knew there was more left in the tank. I’m excited to see what my 1RM is for regular deadlifts next time it comes around because it was 365# a couple of months ago. I might be close to the 400# barrier.


Today is Cora’s birthday (her and Matt own the gym) so we did a WOD in her honor. Reps are based on her birth year, age, and birth month.


  • Burpees
  • Wall Ball Sit-ups (20# MB)
  • 100m Weighted Lunges (20# MB)

I finished in 21:35. My height (leg length) was a pretty good advantage in the lunges, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be feeling those for the next few days. I could really feel the wall ball sit-ups in my upper abs even before getting through 40 reps.


28 Dead Hang Pull-ups

Didn’t time them, but tried to take as little rest as possible between knocking out reps.