Back at the Whip

Holy shit, by 7pm last night my back was twitching all over the place (and still is doing it some this morning) from concentrating on better movement with the Kroc rows! I got another 9+ hours of sleep last night, but this cold is still lingering. I’m limping a little on both calves instead of only the right one. My back is a bit aggravated. I got to the scale for the first time in weeks and as expected my weight is up. Was just over 206 pounds, so it’s time to cut.

Today CrossFit Whip reopened in the basement, which will be where the less skill focused “Sweat” classes will be held. The CrossFit area upstairs isn’t ready yet. I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10/10 Leg Swings

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Push-ups
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters (20# DBs)
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50 Step-ups (24″)
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 H2H KBS
  • 50 Step-ups
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 50 Push-ups

I did 5×10 push-ups, 5×10 thrusters, and averaged around 1,200 cal/hr on the rower the first time. It was 12 steps for me to get across the floor, which was a good place to rest and then I took two extra steps on my fourth length. Alternated lead legs every five step-ups, did the swings unbroken and kept slowly moving through the burpees. My second row was more like 1,000 cal/hr or lower. I think I started with 10 thrusters, and then did some fives with holding the dumbbells at my sides for a quick rest, then held on for 15 final reps. I ended up getting through 45 thrusters, so only had five left and the 50 push-ups. I subbed step-ups instead of box jumps because of my calves and hand-to-hand swings instead of American swings because of my back.

I can’t remember the last time a chipper like this was programmed. I bet this didn’t come from the Chalk Online – CrossFit program, which is what we usually follow. Looks like one of Ryan Fischer’s Chalk Online – Sweat! workouts.

Midline & Gymnastics

3 Sets

Stayed after for some extra work.

Hellasoreus

Through the night Friday and yesterday morning my back was pretty bad. Was feeling much better after doing nothing all day and taking a nap. Then had the gym’s Christmas party last night. This morning I’m moving around so much better. My WHOOP recovery score is somehow on a 6 day green streak. Out in the garage at 12:30 with Brandi and Ashley.

Warm-up

  • 6:00 Airdyne (3.01 km – 119 cals)
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)

Strength

  • 100 Bench Press (135#)

I did sets of five about every 22-23 seconds through 80, when I had to switch to sets of three until finishing with a final set of five. Final time of 8:30, which is 13 seconds better than July of 2017.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 50 Lunges
  • 40 Air Squats
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Squat Jumps

Before the first round was done I thought about downgrading to three rounds, but I hung in there and knew I could still keep a decent pace once I got through the second round. I did all sets of 10 for the plyo lunges which were the worst burn by far and tried to keep moving with the other movements, only really stopping to adjust my knee sleeves. Finished the first round in just under 5:00 and a total time of 20:57, so I didn’t slow down much. If actually felt really good to get a bunch of movement in my back. Our legs and asses will be hella sore for the next couple of days!

The Final Workout

Got the stitches out of my head this morning and then went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10/10 Leg Swings
    • World’s Greatest Stretch

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 2×275

I had no interest in the 20 rep Super Squats since I missed the previous two weeks of it and my back has been solid. It’s been more than 2.5 years since I had that much on my back. Thought about going up again, but that last set felt like a struggle, so I’ll take it and be happy with slow progress.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 7 cal Echo/Assault Bike
  • 10 T2B
  • 2 Squat Cleans

** Start at 50% and increase 5% of 1RM every two rounds.

With the machines in the other room there is so much wasted time walking back and forth. I did 5-5 toes to bars every round and did all of my cleans unbroken, which felt great! Weights I used were 135-150-165-180 and I got through eight rounds, the bike, and two T2B. Would have liked to go at 195 next.

I stuck around to row with Molly.

Endurance

5 Rounds

  • 1,000m Row
  • 1:1 Rest

Since I had just done class I didn’t push to set any records on the rower. Just wanted to keep it under 1:50/500m. Mission accomplished and even with negative splits. My times were 3:38, 3:37.9, 3:37.6, 3:37.1, and 3:36.8.

This was my last time working out in this location! The new location is schedule to open up on January 3rd, so will be doing a lot of garage workouts over the next week or so.

Heading up north for a few days and going to take two full rest days!

100 Calorie Warm-up

My lats and upper abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • Front Rack Stretch
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)

I was there early so jumped on the bike before class.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM

  • 5 Burpees over the Bar
  • 3 Front Squats (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

The Rx weight was 155, but I was having none of that. By using 135 I was able to keep a consistent pace with burpees and the barbell, getting over 30 seconds of rest every round. After 5 or 6 rounds I realized I could just go right from the third front squat into the jerk like I would with a C&J. Duh!

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian KB Swings (70#)

This was programmed as an alternating EMOM, but there is no way I can hold a one minute hollow five times. I broke it up and maximized a full minute with the kettlebell. I took a quick breather after 20 reps every round and did 33-32-32-32-33 reps for 162 total.

Push for the W

My quads are pretty damn sore from Sunday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Row (40 cal)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • Push Press
    • 10×75#
    • 5×95

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Push Presses (115-125-145-165-175#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

My rounds were 1:33, 1:40, 1:45, 2:07, and 1:48 to finish at 14:53. I phoned it on in the 4th bike knowing I needed to save some energy for the final round of presses. I was able to do the first 4 rounds with quick TnG reps. In the final round I had to start pausing and reset after the 7th rep. It got tough! All toes to bars were unbroken and without wearing grips. I was planning on going up 10 pounds every round to finish with 155, but then I saw Weston jump to 135 on the 2nd set so I had to catch up and push for the W.

  • EMOM: 5 Pike HSPU (feet on 30″ box, thick mat for hands and head)
  • 150 H2H Russian KB Swings (53#)

This was programmed to be five handstand push-ups every minute and 150 American swings with 53 pounds. I have a bunch of stitches in the top of my head, so real HSPU were out of the question. I turned this into a 6 round workout of 5 and 25, which had me finish at 5:51.

Leg Grinder

On Thursday night my obliques started getting sore from the Russian twists on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I felt those. On Friday I had a minor procedure to remove some cysts and needed a rest day anyway. Stayed up late watching the President’s Cup that night, so I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday morning. I did almost 3 hours of yard work (yes, in December) and ended up making it a second rest day. Went to open gym at 10 today

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
  • 25 Banded Hamstring Curls (small blue)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 40 Walking Lunges
  • 30 Squat Jumps
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • 1.25 mile Echo Bike

This is a modification of a RedPill Training workout, swapping a 1 km run out for the bike and lowering it from 4 rounds. I didn’t want anything that hit the upper body in order to fully rest for testing bench press tomorrow. I think my splits were 8:37, 18:06, and 27:29.

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.

Warm-up

  • 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

Strength

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.

Conditioning

15:00

  • Buy-in: 50 cal Row
  • AMRAP
    • 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.