Running out of Clock

Out in the garage a bit before 4pm.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 12

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm KBS (35#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlifts (53#)

2 Rounds

  • 100m/100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • Nerve Flossing: x 10 palms down and palms up
  • 30s Rest

Supposed to be 70 meters with 88 pounds, but I didn’t want to use the handle with plates and 70 pounds is the heaviest KB I have so I walked 100 meters.


  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (45#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (75#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)

Figured I might as well warm up my snatches in between the sets of pull-ups.


E2M – 5 Sets

  • 5 Touch-n-go Power Snatches (135#)
  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups

Made it through! First round of snatches was done with 1:44 left and push-ups done with 1:03 left. I think I kept the same pace for the second round of snatches, but then every round got slower. Push-ups got slower every single round. My final round of snatches was done with 1:35 left and after the push-ups there was only 12 seconds to spare. I don’t think I would have made it through a 6th round in two minutes.

Not Dairy Queen

Long day yesterday! Went to open gym at noon today.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)

I used a far bar for my pull-ups.


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hand-to-hand KBS (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Single Arm S2OH (44#)
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t expect it to hurt so much, but should have known with interval work. I went 23-22-23 on the box jumps, 32-33-34 on the kettlebell swings, 50-54-58 on the Russian twists, and 30-30-34 on the shoulder to overheads. I did a mixture of push jerks and push presses depending on how fast I wanted to rep them out.

We might not be Dairy Queen, but we have pretty good Sundays.


4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

Realized we had been missing out on the rest the last couple of times we did this. Also forgot that you’re supposed to keep your feet off the ground and reach out overhead on the tuck-ups. I got through the first two rounds unbroken, but then had to break it up a bunch on rounds three and four. Finished in 6:34.

Nasty E3M

Got rained out for golf again. Well not quite a rain out at the time, but the course was closed because we’ve had so much rain. Went to the 4pm class.


2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats


Warmed up shoulders some more with 6×95# and 4×115#.

5 Sets

  • 2 Shoulder Presses (135#)
  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20# DB in feet)

Was supposed to be at 85%, but no idea what my shoulder press is these days. Ended up being a good choice in order to keep form. Been awhile since I’ve done some strict pull-ups.


E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 12 Double Dumbbell Thrusters (40#)
  • 12 T2B

This as an EMOM type workout is evil because you really have to go unbroken on the thrusters, which I wouldn’t do if it were an AMRAP. First round was done in 2:12 and then 2:16 for the second. Third was around 2:30-2:40 I think and in the fourth I had to start doing singles on the T2B, so I ran over time and took off for the run without any rest. Needless to say it was a very slow run there and on the final one. Turned into survival mode at that point. I got through the thrusters unbroken again and had to do all single T2B. Was about a minute late heading out for the 6th round and only had time for 8 thrusters before the clock hit 18:00. I had no intention of finishing out that final round today! Another high volume toes-to-bar day with 60 reps since I didn’t do the last set of them. Hopefully my stamina for them starts improving.

If that’s an AMRAP from the start I definitely go 7-5 on the thrusters, which would keep my heart rate down and maybe even get me through all six rounds. That run right into the thrusters sucks and the reps just add up after all those rounds. I was struggling with the 40# in the last couple rounds and the Rx was 53# kettlebells.

Hopefully get to golf tomorrow!

End of the Cycle

In at 10am this morning to finish out this cycle of the Rowing WOD and then shift focus to gymnastics. Moved around, did some bottom squat holding and pass-thrus to warm-up. Nothing crazy.

Rowing WOD Week 17 Session 2

10:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in: 50 Burpees over the rower
  • MAX distance Row

First 25 burpees were done in about 1:05 and finished off the 50 in 2:44. Was pulling before the 7:00 minute mark. Legs just had nothing left after those jumps back and forth. Was struggling just to keep it under 2:00/500m. Was able to pick up the pace in the last minute or so. Make it 1,829 meters. There was some foot transition practice programmed too but I skipped it.

Looking forward to starting the gymnastics focus on Monday. Why not test something else? 🙂

Weighted Pull-up

A couple of guys at work had done a max weight pull-ups a couple of months ago and it sounded like fun for today. I went 25-35-53-62-70-75-80#.


4 Rounds

  • 2 Legless Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 8 Shuttle Runs (54′)
  • 40 DU

Felt like doing something else and have been wanting to climb the rope. Didn’t even set the clock, just did work. All successful climbs, but had to take some rest between reps. Missed once in the 3rd set of dubs.


Glad I took it easy yesterday.


  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (160#)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching


6 Sets

  • 3 Weighted Pull-ups (35-40-45-50-50-50#)
  • 10 Decline Push-ups (2×12, 4×16″)

Can’t remember the last time I’ve done a weighted pull-up. Seemed harder than it should have been. The push-ups weren’t very hard, but something different.


E2M 20:00

  • Power  Snatch
  • Hang Squat Snatch
  • OHS

Warmed up with a little work at 45-75-95#. Started with 105# on my first set. Increased by 10# up to 155#, then 160#, and finally the final 3 sets with 165#. Bringing the bar back down and getting a solid grip on it for the hang snatch was probably the hardest part; really felt it in that thumb area. I think the tempo overhead squat work is helping already. Felt more comfortable in the bottom position and the OHS felt like butter.


  • 200m Run
  • 40 T2B
  • 200m Run

Quick one. I went with sets of 5 toes to bars without much rest between, which served me well up until the final 5 reps where I went 1-2-2 I think. Finished in 3:38 with enough in the tank where I could still run hard the 2nd time around.


4 Rounds NFT

  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 50 Double Unders

First hold was rough but was able to do each one without breaking. Each set of dubs were done unbroken too. Rested about 60-90 seconds between rounds. Abs are pretty sore from the weighted GHDs yesterday.

Got in some solid work but nothing crushing. Will be thankful for that with the workout that is planned for tomorrow.

1 More Sleep

Stayed up late and up early this morning. Too excited watching the stuff roll in from California on social media. I fly out tomorrow! Out in the garage around noon to do work.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×145#

Warmed up.

Pressing Complex

E2M 12:00

  • 1 Shoulder Press (155#)
  • 2 Push Press (155#)
  • 4 Push Jerks (155#)

Was feeling rough in the first round! I wore the belt so I wouldn’t overextend. Really tried to tighten up my lower body before each set. Last couple of singles felt heavy! Here’s my last set…

Death by Clean

* Every 30 seconds instead of every minute!

  • 1st 30 seconds – 1 Power Clean (115#)
  • 2nd 30 seconds – 2 Power Clean (115#)
  • … increase by 1 rep every 30 seconds

Testing this one out before it’s used later this week at CrossFit Intuition. I set the over/under at 9, figuring that it all came down to how long you can go unbroken.

I probably should have done a few warm-ups because the first few rounds felt ugly as hell. Went unbroken through 8+7 and then singles. Barely had any rest before the 10th round started so just kept with the singles. Didn’t make it through. Final score of 9+7. It got nasty real fast. Wore the belt here too just to be safe.


12:00 EMOM

  • 2 Strict Pull-ups (40# vest)
  • + 2 Strict Ring Dips (40# vest)

Was taking about 15 seconds to get the work in each round.


2 Rounds

  • 75 Air Squats
  • 25 Ball Slams (30#)

My air squats are slow, but I never stopped during either movement. Finished in 7:13.

Took a break from watching the Masters and Teens on the live stream because I had to go pick up a case of Kill Cliff so figured I’d stop at the gym for some more work around 6pm.

I did some bottom squat holds and stretching, then 3 sets of 10 Reverse Hypers (210#).

Out of the blue I went for a big set of muscle-ups even though I’d already done those weighted pull-ups and dips earlier today. Got 9 and dropped without attempting a 10th. Was at that point where you just know it’s not going to be close if you try another. That’s a PR by 1 from a year ago. Curious to see what I can do fresh now.

Was going to do some light and long prowler pushing. But a young kid who was a good football player wanted to join in, so did some sprints instead.

5 Rounds

  • 25m Prowler Sprint (High, 180#)
  • 25m Prowler Sprint (Low, 180#)

They always seem to be worse than you remember.

Where Did 2014 Go?

Had a great massage yesterday and got adjusted at the chiro. Ran the 9am class (and worked out) since Kevin is traveling.


2 Rounds NFT

  • 300m Row
  • 10 Shoulder Pass-thrus
  • 10/10 Arm Circles


Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×135#
  • 10:00 EMOM – 3×145#

Turned very rough is the last few sets, especially the first rep of each set.


4 Sets

  • 8 Weighted Push-ups (60#)
  • 15 GHD Sit-ups

Talk about a tricep burn after the presses!


10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 OH Walking Lunges (45#)
  • 10 KB Deadlifts (62#)
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

The deadlifts were deceiving and burned my legs more than the lunges. I did 8 rounds plus the lunges and deadlifts.


3 Sets

  • 20 MU Pulldowns

Thought they might be extra rough after the arm work, but they weren’t any worse than the other day.

Headed out to the garage around 5:30 or so. Warmed up with 500m on the Ski Erg in 2:10 and then some 45# snatch position work.

Tall Snatch

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 1×125#
  • 1×135#
  • ✘ 140#
  • 1×140#
  • 1×145#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×155#
  • ✘ 160#
  • 1×160#
  • ✘ 165#

I had determined the weights ahead of time up to 135# and then wanted to keep adding 5#. When I failed 3 times I was done. So I was pissed when I missed at 140#, especially since I hit 145# for a triple last week. I was also holding the last rep of each set for 5 second is the bottom before standing up. Had a couple of big saves in there and was happy to hit 160#.

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 4×155#
  • 4×205#
  • 4×225#
  • 4×245#
  • 4×265#
  • 2×275#
  • 2×285#
  • 2×295#
  • 2×305#
  • 2×315#
  • 2×325#
  • 2×335#

Hell yeah! My original plan was to maybe hit 315#. Was feeling good so I kept going and the last set even felt really good. Didn’t want to push it more since I just hit 345# for a single a few days ago. Slow and steady progress works for me. Lots of volume!

I strapped up a green band on the GHD and did 3 sets of 15 reverse hypers. Will do some rolling on the low back and hit it with the e-stim too.