Get Up and Do The Work

Late workout last night throws me off with sleep and recovery, though I guess the two are largely related. Didn’t want to get out to the garage this morning, but I did.

Coffee Squats

Back Squats

  • 20×45#
  • 10×135#
  • 10×155#
  • 10×175#
  • 20×195#

Didn’t even warm-up today. Jumped right in. Felt better than expected. That’s 20# heavier than the set of Super Squats I did last week.

Lunge University

  • 200 Walking Lunges (20# vest)

No stopping allowed. Finished in 7:50.

Then in for the 9am class at CrossFit Intuition.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 900m Row
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 6×155#
    • 6×245#

Strength & Skill

10:00 EMOM (alternating)

  • 6 Deadlifts (245#)
  • 10 T2B

Damn that felt heavy. Wore a belt to protect my back.



  • HSPU
  • Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Gotta manage that handstand push-up fatigue. Went 6-6, 4-3-3, 3-3-2, 3-3, 2-2, and 2 on the wall. Finished at 9:59.


4 Rounds NFT

  • 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (44#)
  • 12 Russian Twists (44#)

Need these TGUs for my shoulders.

Cool Down

  • 2,000m Row (8:57.3)
  • Crossover Symmetry Plyometric

How Much Ya Bench?

Okay, this morning I can feel a little fatigue in my shoulders from that shoulder press work I did Monday night. Crawled out of bed by 7am today. Might as well get in those squats early. Warmed up with a quick 3:00 on the Air Dyne (1.47km).

Coffee Squats

Pause Front Squats (3s in the hole)

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

Those last two sets sucked! I couldn’t hold a breath in the hole after the first two reps. Wore a belt for the last 3 sets to help keep tight. That’s the 10 day of squatting. Didn’t feel the quad at all in this session, but I did feel something odd on the inside of my right knee as I descended on some of the reps. Did 15 minutes of stretching after I was done.

Got to CFi at about 6pm. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation and then a little warm-up workout.

2 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 50 DU

Got a new coated cable for my RPM rope so replaced the frayed bare wire one before heading to the gym. Wanted to try it out so came up with this. I didn’t attack the rower at all; just under a 2:00/500m pace I think. Finished in 5:29. Was a little worried the coated cable would be too slow for me but it felt pretty good. Had one miss in each set and it was after 48 in the second round.

No B.S. Bench Press

Test Day!

  • 10×45#
  • 8×115#
  • 5×155#
  • 3×185#
  • 1×215#
  • 1×240#
  • 1×260# (PR)
  • 1×265# (PR)
  • F @ 270#

Damn, I thought I had that last one. Got it pretty far up and thought for sure I was going to fight through it before stalling out. That’s a 15# PR though, probably 10 of which can be directly attributed to the 9 week program. My estimated max was 255# from a set not too long before we started. New cycle starts next week. 🙂

Weightlifting Wednesday

The plan is to make 7pm class on hump day all about weightlifting. Should be fun.

  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Snatch Press (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 2 Snatch High Pulls, 1 Snatch
    • 3 sets @ 75#
    • 3 sets @ 95#
    • 2 sets @ 115#
  • Snatch
    • 2×135#
    • 2×145#
    • 2×155#
    • 1×165#
    • 1×175#
    • 3x1x185#

I missed one at 145# before hitting it a second time. Catches were kind of shaky with some of the heavier weights, but the final one was locked in the best of them all. I think the Crossover Symmetry has really helped with my shoulder stability because I was able to manipulate the weight overhead for some good saves.


Felt like a quick row so went for 500m. Was killing it and then hit a wall with under 200m to go. Was able to hold on for a 0.3 second PR – 1:24.8!

The last two times I’d done 500 meter time trial it’s been an afterthought on the way out of the gym after a long session. Maybe I should try it fresh some time. 🙂

You Got It, Chief

Still feeling some soreness from the pull-ups, but shoulders seem fine after all that pressing volume last night. Maybe the DOMS hasn’t kicked in yet. I hit the quad with the TENS unit before going to the 9am class. It was a packed house this morning.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 Air Squats


Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135#
  • 6×165#
  • 6×195#
  • 6×215#
  • 6×235#
  • 6×255#

Got to relax at home this morning since it’s squat day in class. Used a belt for the last set. Felt solid.


“The Chief”
5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

* Restart the AMRAP for each cycle

I did 5+1, 4+16, 4+16, 4+9, and 4+9 (23+15 total). Did the majority of the cleans going straight back to the floor instead of coming back to the thighs. My air squats are soooo slow. Need to bump up the volume on them so I can handle quicker reps and be ready to crush “Murph” this year.

The only other time I’ve done this was in November of 2012 and I’m pretty sure we didn’t restart every cycle. I managed 21+12 total then with 115#.


4:00 Plank (hands)

Class was doing Tabata, so I went for a hold the entire time. Had big puddles of sweat under my hands when it was over. Didn’t think I’d make it through today, especially at the halfway point.


4 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (210-260-300-320#)
  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20-20-25-25#)

Got this done after class and took my time. Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap before heading home.

Molasses Monday

Moving slow this morning. Lats are still sore and biceps are sore too now. Quad feels a little off. Out in the garage shortly after 8am. Did a quick 3:00 Air Dyne (1.44km).

Jumping Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×65#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×115#

Only took 1:00 rest between sets. Figured I’d try something new with the jumps. I’ve only done it with an empty bar before. Felt OK.

Back Squats

6:00 EMOM

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×185#
  • 3×205#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×245#

Not much time left after changing the plates. Felt really heavy. 8th day in a row.

In the afternoon I did:

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • P90X YogaX
  • Crossover Symmetry Plyometric

Hadn’t done any yoga in about 10 days, but felt more comfortable in a lot of the positions. Still a big struggle though, don’t get me wrong.

Hit the quad with e-stim a couple of times today. Willing to try anything so it doesn’t become an issue.

I missed out on shoulder press at CFi today so did a quick little session out in the garage (in sandals) in the evening.

Shoulder Press


  • 5×45#
  • 5×50#
  • 5×55#
  • 5×60#
  • 5×65#
  • 5×70#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×80#
  • 5×85#
  • 5×90#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×100#
  • 5×105#
  • 4×110#
  • 5×105#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×85#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×65#
  • 5×55#
  • 5×45#

Tried something different. haha I only rested long enough to change the weights and record a few things on my board. As you can see, I didn’t write down much. 21 sets in about 13 minutes. I have a feeling I may regret this for the next couple of days. Maybe not the best idea with the max bench press test coming Wednesday night.

Return to Super Sunday

My lats are sore from the pull-ups yesterday. Chest is a little sore too. Out in the garage early again. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.38km).

Coffee Squats

2 Front + 5 Back

  • 45#
  • 95#
  • 135#
  • 155#
  • 175#
  • 195#
  • 215#
  • 235#

Far cry from the most I’ve done for this squat complex, but it’s the most weight I’ve had on the bar in over 2 months. Coming back slow and steady.

After missing the last couple of Sundays, I was glad to be back.


  • 1,000m Row (4:20)
  • CS Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder mobility with band


3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 21 American KBS (53#)
  • 12 Pull-ups

pumpsFirst run was about 1:35 so I knew I was on a solid pace. Was able to do each set of kettlebell swings and pull-ups unbroken though I had to dig deep to stay on the bar for the last 4. Got slower on the runs, but held on ok. Finished in 8:53, which is a 37 second PR and probably the most legit 400m runs I’d done with Helen as far as distance. Must have been the Pumps, which I wore for the first time. Have had running in a workout the last 3 days and it has felt decent, which is a nice surprise. Walked 200m to cool down.

4x NFT

  • 50m Sled Pull between legs (145-190-220-235#)
  • 5 Strict Deficit HSPU (2″)

The sled pull was done walking forward bent over with the straps coming through your legs.

5 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 30 Plyo Lunges

I split up the push-ups into 10-10 every round and did the v-ups and lunges unbroken. Every round of lunges was a deep burn, but the last two rounds were a fight to keep going. Finished in 8:42. Walked another 200m to try to flush out the legs some. My ass is going to be sore tomorrow!

Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap before leaving and will do some stretching tonight. Need to get outside and do some raking if the rain holds off.

Double Partner Work

Legs aren’t sore. It’s a miracle! Feel some tightness in my low back. Day 6 of morning squats. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.23km).

Coffee Squats

Back Squats (Pause 3s in the bottom)

  • 10×45#
  • 4×135#
  • 4×145#
  • 4×165#
  • 4×185#
  • 4×205#
  • 4×225#

That right quad still isn’t quite right. WTF! I had planned an 185-195-205, but was feeling solid so I increased.

Went to the 10am class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Calf Stretches
  • Squat Jumps


5,000m Partner Row

* Switch every 500m
* Run 200m after rowing

I partnered with Jason and went first. I was done with my run at 18:02. Forgot to look at the clock when he finished us off. Was pulling about a 1:50 on my first few rows, then about 1:45 on the 4th one and low 1:40 on my last one.

42-30-18 w/ Partner

  • C2B Pull-ups
  • Thrusters (95#)

We did sets of 7s in the 42. Jason did something to his shoulder with 1 thruster left. So then I did 24 of the 30 chest-to-bar pull-ups. We went sets of 5 on the 30 thrusters, I did 14 or 15 of the 18 pull-ups, and then each did 5-4 thrusters. Finished in 10:44 but with Jason getting hurt there was a lot of extra rest time. Not sure why he tried to keep going. 😦

I walked 200m to cool down.


5 Sets

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 10 Back Extensions (45#)

Finished off with Crossover Symmetry Plyometric. I’ll do some stretching tonight. Time to get some work done on the garage and clean up the yard.

Pork Gainz

Wasn’t feeling as motivated to get out of bed for the squat rack this morning, but I made it. I bet the beers I had last night have something to do with that. 🙂 My legs are still pretty sore from the week. Warmed up with 3:00 Air Dyne (1.4km).

1-1/4 Front Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×145#
  • 3×165#
  • 3×185#
  • 3×205#

Might have felt something in that right quad doing these. Will need to keep an eye on it. That makes 5 days in-a-row at the squat rack. Nothing heavy, but greasing the groove.

Went to the 9am class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Air Squats


Hang Muscle Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#

Gotta be careful bringing them down. Felt some pinching in my left shoulder if I got sloppy.


  • 3×115#
  • 3×135#
  • 2×145#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×175#
  • 1×185#

Second rep of 145# and the 185# were power snatches. All the others I rode down. No misses. I haven’t attempted any weight in well over a month. That 185# power snatch was the easiest, by far, that I’ve ever done one.


4 Rounds

  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (70#)
  • 5 Weighted Push-ups (sandbag – 40#?)

It’s nice to have my 70# kettlebell at the gym now. I’d never used it once at home so figured I’d get more use out of it at CFi.


4 Rounds

  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Plate Snatches (55#)
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 200m Run

I tried to keep my pace up on the runs. Finished in 8:54. Walked a 200 after.

Accessory 2

Reverse Hyper

  • 10×210#
  • 10×260#
  • 10×300#
  • 10×320#

Knocked out Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap and then 15 minutes of stretches. Picked up some gainz from the Makin’ Bacon Truck on the way home.