Don’t Bust Your Face

I was still feeling the tightness in the middle of my upper back last night and again this morning. The thing in my right hip hasn’t completely cleared out either. Went to 4pm class.


  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
    • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 2:00 Row (40 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • Front Rack Stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 5 HR Push-ups


Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 2×245
  • 2×255

I think I started belting up with 185 just to be safe. Was definitely starting to feel heavy with 225 and I could feel that my core isn’t used to supporting the load. It’s nice to start squatting some weight again.

5 Sets

  • 6/6 Kroc Rows (70#)

The rows were done right after the first five sets of rows.



  • Buy-in: 50 cal Row
    • 30 H2H KB Swings (53#)
    • 20 Plate Burpees (55# comp plate)
    • 10 Front Rack Lunges (115#)

I did the row in 2:20 and then got through 3 rounds, the swings, and 10 of the burpees for 3+40. Rx was American KBS, so I figured the hand-to-hand would be a similar fatigue. The plate burpees are awkward and I didn’t find a good rhythm until I sprinted through my final 10, where I kind of did them with my face over the top of the plate so my feet were right there when I jumped them up and then on to the plate.

Rest day tomorrow.

Climbing Cleans & Bench

I woke up with my right feeling like it’s out of place or I need to crack the joint. Haven’t been able to relieve it all day though. My lats seem to be sore again! Went to the 4pm class.


  • 40 cal Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 HR Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Ring Rows
  • Power Clean
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×165
  • Bench Press
    • 6×45
    • 6×135
    • 3×165


5 Rounds

  • 3 Power Cleans (climbing)
  • 3 Bench Press (climbing)
  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • 2:00 Rest

I used 185-195-205-215-225 on the cleans and 185-195-215-225-240 on the bench. Went out too hard on the bike and paid for it. My round times were 1:06, 1:21, 1:51, 1:59, and 1:26 to finish at 15:43 on the clock. I ran out of time changing weights before round 3 so didn’t get my belt on, so then I just kept it on the rest of the way. Both lifts felt good and I did all touch-n-go cleans.


10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • T2B
  • Russian Twists (30# DB)

Tried to work for 40-45 seconds and wore my grips. I went 10-7, 7-5-3, 5-5-3, 5-3-3-2, and 5-3-3-3 on the toes to bars and really fought not to do any singles. I am not a fan of using a dumbbell for the twists because I can’t find a good way to hold it. I did 50, 44, 40, 40, and 44 and those got a lot harder than I expected.

Bench 2RM

I was still pretty sore in my upper back yesterday from the muscle-ups and a bit is lingering even today. It was a much needed rest day yesterday. Out in the garage after 3pm without being able to preheat the garage since the truck battery is dead and we had to push it out to set up the rack. Brrr!!!

Bench Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×225
  • 2×245
  • 2×260
  • 2×270
  • 2×275
  • 2×280 (PR)

Last cycle I did 2×255, 2×260, 2x1x260 (failed 2nd rep of first set), and 2x1x265. Crushed those numbers and hit a New 2RM by five pounds! Two and a half years ago I did 2×275 and then 290 a week later, so I should be close to a 300# max, especially considering the fatigue from those muscle-ups.


To be honest I’m getting sick of benching, which I’ve been doing for over 6 months now through three cycles of the No B.S. Bench Press program. I’m glad this was the last week of the cycle. All that’s left now is to hit 300 by the 26th!

After running the battery over to Autozone for a full charge I jumped on the bike.


40:00 Airdyne

Really easy pace at 66-68 RPM, getting 928 calories and 21.64 km.

Accessory Sunday

My upper back and shoulders are really sore. It’s tough putting on a jacket. Went to check out the new location for the gym this morning and then in for 10am open gym.


  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • PVC Passes
  • HS Hold
  • HS Walking

Gymnastics Strength

5 Rounds

  • 15s Strict HSPU
  • 45s Rest
  • 15s Hand Release Push-ups
  • 45s Rest

I had planned on strict ring dips, but when I tried a few out, they were rough after those Friday muscle-ups. I don’t really need to be rubbing on the straps either because my arms are pretty raw and scabbing up. So I subbed in the HR push-ups. My handstand push-ups were even a struggle, getting 11-9-7-6-6. I did 12-11-11-10-11 on the hand releases.


4 Sets

  • 12 Banded KBS (35-35-44-44, red)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-ups (30”)

4 Sets

  • 8 Barbell Curls (70#)
  • 8 DB Skull Crushers (35#)


Side Plank

  • 3 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests (all 3 on one side, then switch)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests

2 Sets

  • 10 Pallof Presses + 10 Rotations (per side)

3 Sets

  • 20s RKC Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

Did a little more handstand walking practice and I just wasn’t getting that forward lean going enough. Need to start working on it once a week.

No metcon today, which was nice. I definitely need a rest day tomorrow.

Try Hanging On

I didn’t sleep very well last night. My hands and pretty smoked and can already feel tightness in my upper back. Miss doing partner workouts so I went in at 9am.


  • Plank Cuban Shuffle
  • 45# Snatches, C&J, Thrusters
  • 95# Snatches, C&J

Partner Workout

  • 2 Rounds
    • 400m Row
    • 25 Power C&J (135#)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 50 cal Assault Bike
    • 25 Thrusters (135#)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 50 cal Row
    • 25 Power Snatches (135#)

I worked with Tom, who scaled his weights a bit. We also had a 3rd guy, but he worked at the same time as me. We split the row at 200m down the middle, calories 15-10, and barbell in fives everywhere. With doing fives it meant I did 15 reps in the first round and 10 in the second. I think I did one set of singles somewhere on the C&J and then started with singles on the snatches before hanging on unbroken the rest of the way. Good challenge with my grip feeling like it was. We finished at 27:35. I thought the thrusters would feel the worst, but they ended up feeling really good. Snatches got tough at the end.

Seventy Seven

No issues with my back after yesterday. 👍 Went in at 3pm for muscle-up work with Molly.


  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Swings



  • 6×3
  • 6×4

**Rest as needed

Felt good and I easily hit every set.

Gymnastics Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 3 MU
  • 8 Burpees
  • 4 MU

I’m not calling this conditioning because the bike and burpees weren’t at a fast pace. It was all about getting the muscle-ups done. 77 muscle-ups in a day is a huge number for me, so happy that I was able to hit all of my sets unbroken. I did have to start focusing more on my kip and a strong pull though. My 1st rep catches got iffy on several of these too. My grip is blown and I’m going to have some nice burns on my arms from the ring straps.


4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Ring Pull-ups
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (60# DB)
  • 90s Rest

This might have been the worst part because my hands were hurting so much and I had no pull left.

Power It

Body is still feeling pretty good. Went to the 4pm class.


  • 2:00 Echo Bike (30 cal)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 3×95
    • 3×115

Gymnastics + Weightlifting

15:00 EMOM

  • 7 T2B
  • 1 Power Snatch

Easily did the toes to bars unbroken every round, wearing grips. Started the snatch at 135#, added five pounds every round, never missed, and finished at 205. From the first rep I was working on landing the catch in a lower position so I’d be more comfortable dropping under the heavier weights. Seemed to help some. I’ve only ever powered more than 195 once and it was in a competition in 2015. Sure feels good to rip some weight!


3 Rounds

  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 50 DU
  • 15 Deadlifts (185#)

Missed twice in the first set of dubs and then did 30-20 on purpose the next two rounds for a quick breather before deadlifts. I did 3×5, 8-7, and 3×5 for the deadlifts with no belt and they felt pretty good after all of those snatches. Finished in 11:26. Not the greatest setup for speed with the bikes and rowers all the way in the other room and having to reset the height on the seat every round and adjust the rower feet each time I’d get on.