Max Test Week

Since the 6 week squat program ended last week, it’s a good week to do some max effort lifts. In at 10am with a bigger group of folks than we’ve had lately.


  • 400m Run
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Hip flexor stretch


Back Squats

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 225#
  • 2 @ 275#
  • 1 @ 300#
  • 1 @ 320# (PR)
  • 1 @ 315# (we messed up, thinking it was 325#)
  • 1 @ 325# (PR)

That’s a 10# PR. I’ll take it. My ability to do more volume has really increased with the program too.

Weighted Pull-ups

5×3 E2M – I used 25#, 30#, 35#, 44#, and 49#.


I did 6 sets of 2 snatch deadlifts, using 185# with wrist straps. I really wanted to work on rising with my hips and back at the same time instead of my hips first like I tend to do in my Olympic lifts.


3 Rounds (Road Circuit, so keep a low heart rate)

  • 1m Russian KBS (35# KB)
  • 1m Jump Rope
  • 1m Box Jumps, Step down (14″)
  • 1m Air Dyne
  • 1m Hang Clean & Press (25# DBs)
  • 1m Ball Slams (15#)
  • 1m Rest

Was supposed to be 5 rounds, but I was there long enough and suggested we cut it short.

Finished the Squat Program

In at 10am. Trained with Kevin and Kinde.


  • 3:00 Air Dyne


Front Squats

Last session of the 6 week volume squat program. Warmed up with 5 @ 45# and 5 @ 135#.

  • 5 @ 205#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 3 @ 230#
  • 2 @ 240#
  • 1 @ 260#
  • 6 @ 205#

I went a little over the prescription since loading 200# on the bar is not convenient and then also added 5# on the set of 1 so I could set an easy PR. Forget the reps and did an extra one on the last set. I’m really happy I did this program and can tell my squats are better. I’m excited to test out my maxes next week.

Bench Press

Had a disappointing showing a couple of weeks ago for 1RM bench, so needed to get back on track. I looked back to the last time I did sets of 3 and went for the same weights.

  • 5 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 155#
  • 3 @ 175#
  • 3 @ 195#
  • 3 @ 215#
  • MAX @ 175# (Did 10)

The set with 215# wasn’t exactly easy today, but at least I know I can still do it. Had to really concentrate on keeping my right elbow in close today and it helped.


  • 5-4-3-2-1 Clusters (135#)
  • 10-8-6-4-2 OTB Burpees

This one was inspired by a WOD Briggs and Valenzuela did.

I dropped the bar every rep, but didn’t take any breaks. Took me 4:22.


5 Sled Drags of about 100m (135#)

Easier Day

In at 10am. Feeling a bit fatigued from the strength work and WODs yesterday, but Kevin and I planned for an easier day today anyway.


  • 5:00 Air Dyne (easy pace)
  • PVC Pass-thrus


5 Rounds

  • MAX Pull-ups (strict)
  • 90s Rest
  • MAX Ring Dips (strict)
  • 90s Rest

Originally we were going do to this as a 10:00 EMOM, alternating between the two, but after the 2nd round of pull-ups it was clear that wouldn’t work. So we started taking more rest after the 2nd round. I managed 12-5-7-7-6 on the pull-ups and 14-10-11-10-10 on the dips. Much harder than expected and I was breathing like I just finished a metcon.


15:00 EMOM

  • Power Snatch
  • Snatch

I used 95# for the first 3 sets, then 115# for 7, 125# three times, and finished with 135# for the last two rounds. Got it all on video except for the first set of 95#. Was feeling pretty good about a few things, but still have a lot to work on. Need to start doing a lot more Olympic lifting like this.

Here’s the rounds of 135# in slow motion.


2k Row

My goal was to keep a 1:50/500m pace, which I was able to do for 600-700m and then it was a struggle just to keep it at 1:53 or so. Pushed it for the last 200m or so to finish in 7:23.8, beating my old mark of 7:38 back in December.


Squats Are Getting Easier

In around 10 this morning and trained with Laura and Kinde. I came up with most of the programming for the day and Matt added the explosive work.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch


7:00 EMOM

  • 2 Sumo Deadlifts (Fast reps and reset at the bottom, no bouncing – 205#)
  • 2 Broad Jumps for distance

Was supposed to use 40% for the deadlifts, but I didn’t want to calculate so picked 205#. Should have been closer to 180# I guess, but these weren’t hard so heavier was better I think.


Finishing up week 4 of the squat program. The back squats were pretty brutal, but the front squats weren’t too bad. Lot’s of volume though. Warmed up a bit with 135#.

  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 4 @ 230#

Rested about 2 minutes between each set. I think this program is really paying off. The last two weeks look pretty brutal so we’ll see how it goes.

Olympic Lifting

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • Rest 90s

I started at 115# and went up 10# each set, ending at 175#. Wasn’t easy there at the end, but I felt like I was staying over the bar pretty well and getting decent hip extension.



  • Power Clean (155#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

I had to switch collars after about 5 reps because they kept popping open and flying all over the place. Smacked myself in the chin on a jerk about halfway through the round of 10. 155# didn’t feel too bad today. Finished in 9:20.


Tabata Air Dyne

This was pretty terrible after all the other work. I only managed to get 72 calories.

Gymnasty Friday

Feeling pretty good today after a tough WOD and some good strength work last night. Trained at 10:30am with Matt, Cora, Kevin, and Steve. Kevin came up with the programming for the day and Matt ended up using it for the Survival Fitness classes too. Was a good one!


Did a 500m row, 3/3 Turkish Get-ups with a 35# KB, some PVC pass-thrus, and then worked up to heavy push presses.


10:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 3 Push Presses
  • Odds: 10 Pistols

I was planning on trying 185#, but it was really heavy warming up, so I dropped down to 175# and used it for the first four rounds and then bumped to 185# for the last round. Programming called for only 6 pistols, so I was going to try wearing my 20# vest but it was pretty awkward so I did 10 each round instead. I can fly through them pretty fast now and don’t run into many problems.


12:00 AMRAP with 1 Deadlift EMOM (285#)

  • 5 HSPU
  • 7 Pull-ups
  • 9 Air Squats

The deadlift kind of served like a forced break in this. My first round was a little fast, but then I kept the same pace until the last 2 or 3 rounds when my HSPU got a little slower. I came up 2 squats shy of 12 full rounds for a score of 11+19. All of my HSPU were unbroken which was nice. Pull-ups and squats were only broken up due to coming on a minute and having to do the deadlift.


10 Rounds

  • 15s Air Dyne sprint at 100%
  • 1:45 Rest

This felt easier than when we did it last Saturday. Didn’t have that sick feeling throughout, but it did hit us all about 5 minutes after. Kevin and I got 287 calories on our AD, which was up from 269.

Masters Sunday

Feeling a little tired today after a short night of sleep. Went to the 11am.


Teams of 3 with cardio setting the pace. Do a round at each cardio piece.

  • 250m Row / 20 cal Air Dyne / 200m Run
  • KB Rack Hold
  • Air Squats


20:00 Partner AMRAP

  • Pace: 450m Run
  • AMRAP:
    • 7 C2B Pull-ups
    • 14 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 21 One-arm KB C&J (53# KB)

I paired up with Kevin and we finished 6 rounds plus 7 (actually Kevin miscounted at the end and got us to 9 C2B). The C&J were by far the worst part of this. My running shape is terrible.


Big class, so we all lined up and did 25m prowler sprints. Then as class ended, a few people stayed to do extra credit down and back (25m each way) prowler sprints. I stayed even later and kept adding weight to the prowler for more down and backs. Got in about an hour and 15 minutes of work today.

Time to enjoy the Masters!

Running in the Snow

2013-out-for-bloodThis morning I was up early and drove over to Mount Pleasant. It was supposed to be for the Out for Blood Duathlon, but due to rain, slow, and sleet they had to cancel the bike portion of the race. Much of the running and biking courses were flooded and many other parts were covered in snow and slush, making it very dangerous to be racing on bikes.

I’ve competed in this race the last two years (winning my age group for the mountain bike division both years) and the weather has always sucked, but this year was the worst. They had to rush to come up with the alternate course, but thy could have easily had someone shovel off the snowy areas of the 5k course. They also didn’t correctly map out a course because it ended up only being about 2.65 miles instead of 3.1 for a real 5k. Oh well, nobody was setting any time records with the condition of the paths and the slick wooden bridges. I finished in about 21:11 after starting out way too fast. I placed 3rd in the 26-35 year-old group for today’s run. At least I can still be competitive as the old man. 🙂

Went in to the gym at 4pm with Matt, Cora, and Kevin to do some training.

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 4 Power Snatch (115#)
  • Evens: 12 Pull-ups

Got 12 unbroken butterfly pull-ups each round! I’m really finding the groove with the butterfly.

3 Rounds

  • 15 American KBS (53# KB)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 50 DU

I did the first round of DU unbroken, but started hitting the wall after that. Finished in 7:34.

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 30s Handstand Hold
  • Evens: 12 T2B

I made a discovery of how to cycle my T2B a little faster. Being able to do 5×12 unbroken is a huge improvement for me.

10 Rounds

  • 15s AirDyne max effort sprint
  • 1:45 Rest

This is the worst thing I’ve done in a year and a half of CrossFit. I thought I was going to puke from the 3rd round on. We even went 20s on the last round just for fun and I could barely move in those extra 5 seconds. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I pretty much had to crawl off of the AD after each round. Kevin and I used the same AD and we totaled 269 calories.

After that high effort, I figured it would be a good idea to get some easy rowing in. Did 6 minutes at an easy pace for just over 1,200m I think