Danny with Jumps

Stayed in last night, but was up way too early. Nice to get some things done though. Went to open gym at noon.


“Danny” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Push Press (115#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

I’ve done this once, two years ago, with all step-ups. I got 3+46 then. Today I got 3+53. Went 11-9 on the first three rounds of push presses and then 6-5-5-4 with shorter rest at the end. Pull-ups were all in done 5×6.

Nice to start 2019 with a PR! 🙂

I got a blood blister in the middle of my left palm. I’ve never had something there. Maybe it was because I was regripping the bar on a lot of my reps and I’m still getting used to the butterfly again. I didn’t wear any grips on my hands due to the push presses.


2 Rounds

  • 20s L-Sit
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 30 Alternating V-ups
  • 20s L-Sit
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 30 Hollow Rocks

My abs were dying in the first round of v-ups! Very nasty and took 14:17!

Muscle Fatigue

While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.

“J.T.” – 21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!

I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!

In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.


  • Air Squats
  • Plyo Lunges
  • 2x Double Unders

After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 30, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.


  • Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
  • Shotguns
  • Weighted Sit-ups (40#)

Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.


I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.

Can’t Count to 5

Went to the 4:30 class.


  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 PVC OHS
    • 15 Toe Touches
    • 20 Mountain Climbers

Strength – OHS

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×115
  • 4×135
  • 2×155
  • 2×175
  • 3x2x185

Used close grip, slowly widening all the way up until 185 when I went to my full-width snatch grip. That was heavy enough for me on the day since they aggravate my back sometimes. On the last set I said fuck it and went closer grip again and it felt really good. Maybe all of this upper body and shoulder mobility stuff is paying off.


  • Buy-in: 3 Rounds
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 5 Rounds
    • 6 Deadlifts (115#)
    • 6 Squat Cleans (115#)
    • 6 Push Presses (115#)
  • Cash-out: 3 Rounds
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

I had those first rounds of “Cindy” done is right around 2 minutes. Oh boy! In the 4th round of the lifts, I felt my back a little bit. Set the bar down and tried again and felt it. So I sat down for probably close to a minute. Decided to jump back in since it has never gotten worse once I feel it once. Just focused on keeping solid positions to close out the rest of the reps. Finished in 12:45.

After the workout someone asked if I knew if they did 4 or 5 rounds. Um, no, I was counting my own workout. Blows my mind how people can’t count to 5.

Midline – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Weighted V-ups (10# DB)
  • 10 Lying Leg Lifts
  • 15 Weighted OH Sit-ups (10# DB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 25 Knee Slides (Crunches)

Wasn’t sure how it would feel with my back so I went light. Took about 8 or 9 minutes.


I wanted to get in some muscle-up work since it had been awhile. Plan was a 5:00 EMOM of 4-5 reps. I got a first set of 5, but then one of the straps came loose in the next round and I was getting tangled up in it so I dropped after 2 reps. Tied it up to the squat stand and did 3 more. Then I did another set of 3 after a rest and the strap came off again so I said fuck it. I was feeling tired anyway. The strap was a good excuse.


Didn’t have a great time trying to sleep last night, but my back isn’t as bad as it’s been some other times. I was still able to roll over in bed relatively well. I did do e-stim and ice both last night and this morning. Made it to the gym at 10am.


7 Rounds (Strict “Cindy”)

  • 5 Strict *Chin-ups/Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

I switched every round, which came out to 4 rounds of chin-ups and 3 rounds of pull-ups.


Yesterday I skipped out on what was supposed to be an EMOM up to 40 total muscle-ups, so wanted to get in some volume today. Decided to try bar muscle-ups, which I haven’t done in a long time.

  • E30S – 5 Rounds
    • 2 Bar Muscle-ups
  • E30S – 20 Rounds
    • 1 Bar Muscle-up

I had on my grips, but they turned out to be too grippy with as much chalk as I had on them. I still struggle stringing these together because I overgrip the bar on the swing down and do this weird thing with my knees up. After 5 sets I took off the grips and switched to singles. No problems getting up there, I just need to work on stringing them together and improving my kip cycle. As a comparison, two years ago I did 21 doubles going 45 seconds without failure. I had been working on the movement more back then though.


6 Sets

  • 400m Run Row
  • 1:1 Work/Rest

I fucked up looking at my average pace instead of time, so ended up taking an extra 20 seconds of rest each round. Whoops! My times were 1:21.4, 1:21.4, 1:21.3, 1:21.3, 1:21, and 1:18.8 with 500m/pace averages all under 1:42.


  • Assault Bike cals Weighted Step-ups (20”, 20# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

This was programmed with a 12 minute time cap and then do max reps 225# deadlift in the remaining time. Yeah…right! Took me 13:24 and pretty sure if we had an Assault Bike it would have taken me even longer. I picked step-ups at a substitute because I wanted something that would fatigue the legs similar to an air bike. It did the trick because the jumps over the bar were a lot tougher and never stopping on the step-ups kept the heart rate up.

Actually felt ok for me compared to what I remember 16.5 feeling like with the thrusters instead of step-ups. Kind of curious what I’d do in that workout now, but I don’t care to find out. Just like I said after doing it as 14.5, I never want to do that workout again. 🙂

That completes 5 weeks of the Hybrid Performance Method program and I’m still loving it. Thinking back on this week I did 86 (40 strict) handstand push-ups, 153 toes-to-bars, 60 (30 ring & 30 bar) muscle-ups, 174 bar-facing burpees, 140 push-ups, and 35 strict pull/chin-ups. My gymnastics should be better for the Open than they’ve ever been.

Other Plans

Not sore at all from yesterday’s lifting. I did a 23 minute ROMWOD during lunch. Wanted to do the strength endurance Aerobic Capacity workout, but the rain had other plans when I got to the gym before 5pm. Lifting it was…


  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×90
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x97
    • 5x1x104
    • 5x1x110
  • Heavy Single
    • 116
    • 121
    • 126

Felt pretty good. Only 4 kilos under my best clean.

Clean Pull

  • 3x113kg
  • 2x3x126

Clean Deadlift

3 Segment Clean Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Clean Deadlift

  • 1 Set @ 106kg
  • 2 Sets @ 113

Pause Back Squat

Spend 3 seconds in the hole on every rep.

  • 3x70kg
  • 3×90
  • 3×104
  • 3x3x112

Positioning felt really solid with these, through every rep of every set.


5 Sets

  • 12 Weighted Sit-up (2×40# DB)

4 Sets

  • 10 Evil Wheels

I used the Rogue Oly bar for these and wow, what a difference it makes using a bar that spins well!

Hollow V-ups

Third day of week 1 of Catalyst OTM. Did some bottom squat hold with the bar on my legs before getting in the cleans. Wore my knee sleeves lifting, but no belt needed.


  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×80
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x91kg
    • 5x1x98
  • EMOM
    • 5x1x104

Should have been 15 minutes in a row, but had to help out with class so had a 5-10 minute break.

Clean Pull

  • 3x3x111kg

Wore straps for these and the deadlifts.

Clean Deadlift

3 Segment Clean Deadlift (knee) + 1 Floating Clean Deadlift

  • 3 Sets @ 104kg

Pause Back Squat

  • 3x3x103kg

Paused 3 seconds on each rep.


Weighted Sit-ups

  • 10×40#
  • 4x10x80#

Haven’t done any of these in years probably. Way too easy on the first set so went as heavy as I could with the dumbbells available.

4 Sets

  • 20 V-ups

I started from a hollow body position and went back to hollow on every rep instead of flopping out to flat on the ground with a loss of tension. Much different!

Will get in a 20 min ROMWOD.

Midline Metcon

I have full range of motion back in my left leg/hip! Chest is sore, probably from the bench pressing I did Saturday and maybe even a little from the push-up holds yesterday. Lats and upper back or sore from the bar work and ring rows yesterday. Hadn’t really been on the pull-up bar in 2 weeks. Out in the garage at noon to do the workout from the gym.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5 Scap Wall Slides
    • 10 Narrow Grip OHS (45#)
    • Hip Impingement Corrective Exercises
      • 10/10 Sidelying clam (small red band)
      • 10/10 Sidelying hip abduction
      • 10/10 Donkey kick
      • 10 Bridge
  • 5×45# Shoulder Press
  • 3/3 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (45#)
  • 5×75# Shoulder Press
  • 3/3 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (75#)

I’ve been wanting to try reverse lunges. They are better for your knees.


E3M – 5 Sets

  • 8 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 6/6 Reverse OH Weighted Lunges (95#)

Ended up being about 50s of time holding that bar! Reverse stepping into lunges is a little weird to get used to.

Next part was some strict pull-ups, but I’m still going to stay away from those for a while with my shoulder. Don’t want to push it too much too early. Being able to do ring rows and Kroc rows again is enough for now.



  • AbMat Sit-ups
  • Russian Twists (25# plate)

Little something new for CFi by using an ab circuit for conditioning. Typically this is something we would do after another metcon and without the clock. I wore a 40# weight vest to step it up a notch and it was fucking brutal! Managed to get all of the twists unbroken. Sit-ups too, but they got pretty slow with that extra 40 pounds.

10 Rounds

  • 30s Ski Erg (hard – 90%-ish?)
  • 30s Ski Erg (easy)

Wanted to do something more since I didn’t get the pull-up work. Might as well make more use of the Skier when I’m at home. Nothing crazy but got the heart rate up a little after I recovered from the midline circuit. Was getting down into the low 1:50/500m pace range and then around a 2:30 pace on the easy parts. Totaled 2,354 meters. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyo.