Gettin’ Some Vitamin D

My hips were even more sore yesterday and my calves started to get sore. It was a beautiful day, so in the afternoon I went for a 3.5 mile walk. In the evening I did my floor PT exercises. Soreness is mostly gone today. Another great day in the mid 50s. Out in the garage at 4pm


6:00 Airdyne

Went 111 calories and 2.92 km.


3 Rounds

  • 30 Step-ups (27″)
  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 HSPU
  • 20 Step-ups (27”)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 5 HSPU
  • 700m Run (around block)

After a few reps I realized I had put a 15″ block in my stack instead of the 12, making it 27 instead of 24. Whoops! Stuck with it. I broke the pull-ups and handstand push-ups in to all sets of fives. On the 30 step-ups I went 10 each leg and then five each and then 10 each for the 20. My first round was somewhere around 9:30 and total time was 30:31.


4 Sets

  • 50 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 24 Hammer Curls (alt, 25# DBs)

Felt good so I kept going from one to the other without rest. Also added the fourth set for more of a burn. The pull aparts got nasty in the third set, but I was able to stay unbroken on them.

Challenge Accepted

Yesterday I took a rest day and fixed the computers on two old Concept2 Model C rowers!

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I did my floor PT exercisese and had planned to do the core stability work since I missed it Saturday. Didn’t happen though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Today at lunch I did the banded PT exercises. Was out in the garage at 4pm.


  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats


  • 15 Air Squats
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (35#)
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (50#)


4 Sets

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Band Pull Aparts (blue)


15:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Jingle Jangles (21’ across garage)
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 12 Push-ups

That was good and the rounds went much faster than I expected. It’s crazy how much more stable I am on those reverse lunges with the knee drive than the first time I did them only 10 days ago. I was flying through them today. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken with ease too. Finished 12+2.


Knocked out a set of 10 strict deficit handstand push-ups (~4″) for a challenge making the rounds on Instagram.

After trying one I wasn’t sure I’d get through ten, but that turned out pretty good!


McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I definitely need to get in these today after skipping them the last two days.

Faster in Round Two

Well, more changes to life, as the State of Michigan ordered restaurants, bars, theaters, fitness centers, and many other types of businesses to close starting at 3pm yesterday. So I’m glad I stopped going to the gym last week. Looks like it’ll be garage gym workouts for the foreseeable future.

Yesterday I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill, going 1.38 miles, did some monster walks with the hip circle, and my banded PT exercises. Before I ate lunch today I did some PT exercises and the core stability work.


McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I really wanted to do these yesterday since I’m switching them to a Monday, Thursday, Saturday schedule. Increased the reps again too.

Out in the garage at 4pm.


  • Monster Walks (black band, ankles)
  • 2×15 Steamboats (blue)


5 Sets

  • 24 Walking Lunges with 30-degree diagonal step (single DB, switch arms after 12, 30#)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)

My left leg felt much better on the step downs today. Almost couldn’t even notice a difference.



2 Rounds

  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 20 Burpees
  • Rest 5:00

This was my first day doing any burpees since the back tweak. My times were 3:51 and 3:45. The ultimate goal was to go the same speed or maybe even faster in the second round. After getting through my burpees 10 seconds faster I knew I could do it. Felt great that I was able to pull that off!


  • 100 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 100 Band Curls (red)

I did 50-30-20 on the pull aparts and 4×25 on the curls. Both were harder than expected!

Good Day for a Ski…Erg

On Friday my forearms were sore from all of the swings. I really needed the rest day yesterday after doing some kind of workout 12 days straight. Last night I drove home late from up north because of storms rolling in overnight. No heading to the gym today due to the ice storm and then snow on top of it. Went out to the garage around 11am.


15 Rounds

  • 30s Ski Erg
  • 1:00 Rest

It was snowing, so I might as well ski, right? I didn’t bother to heat up the garage, so wore a hat, gloves, and bundled up. Was stripping things off by the end though. You can really see the effect of no warm-up, where I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold the pace I went at for the first interval. I’m also not used to the ski erg, which I haven’t used in months and it’s easy to forget how much tougher it is to get up to speed compared to the rower. Settled in on a pretty solid pace.


5 Rounds

  • 25 Band Pull Aparts (red)
  • 20 Diamond Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

Was controlled on the pull aparts and kept tension on the band. Did 2×10 push-ups every round, though the second ten got tough in round 3. Finished in 13:15.


Might as well start on some of the back isolation/stability stuff.

3 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups w/ 2s hold

3 Sets, 2 Sets, 1 Set

  • 20s Side Plank
  • 10s Rest

Do three sets on one side and then three on the other side, rest 1:00, then do two sets per side, rest 1:00, and finally one set per side.

5 Sets

  • 20s RKC Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

During an RKC plank you are trying to create as much tension through the midline and posterior chain as you can be contracting all of those muscles. These get really hard.

Go Unbroken

Yesterday walked the golf course and the app said I was close to 7 miles. I guess I spent more time than usual walking back and forth trying to find my ball. First time of the year where we really got to feel the heat of the back 9 at Sawmill when you get out there in the trees with no breeze. Drank a lot more water than I have been and wore my Oakley’s instead of cheap sunglasses. Seemed to help prevent getting one of those sun headaches I often have trouble with. Also did a 45 minute ROMWOD at night. My legs were feeling a little tired all day after the Sunday workout and run.


I was coaching this morning so got in early for my warm-up and snatches before class started.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (210#)


E2M – Squat Snatches

  • 4×45#
  • 4×75
  • 4×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×155
  • 6 sets of 2×175

I wanted to get in 10 total sets, so planned on 4 sets with 175#. Set the clock for 12 rounds just in case it was feeling good. It was, so I kept going. Of course then I rush the 2nd rep in the 5th set and don’t get it pulled into the slot. Stepped right back up and hit it though. That was the only miss. When I exaggerate those knuckles down it really helps me keep it close and feels so much more solid. I did power snatch the final rep, but then stood up and did an OHS with it. Feeling a lot more solid snatching lately.

With Class Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 20 Push-ups
  • 10 Band Pull Aparts (green)


  • Max Set – Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3 sets
    • 50% of Max
    • 2:00 Rest

Regular kip again and wore the leather grips. I’m going to look for some new type of grips at Regionals this weekend. I knocked out 30 reps much easier than the 26 a couple weeks ago. That was good, so dropped off the bar; I’ll take the 4 rep PR. Did the 3 drop sets at 15 reps without any trouble. Really happy with how fast pull-ups came back. I think spending some time on ring rows when I was scaling helped out, not to mention more of the Pendlay and landmine rows lately. Wish I could butterfly though. 😦


4 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

Holy shit did I underestimate this one. Went out running fast thinking it would be a quick one. Goal was unbroken on the snatches every round and that jacked my heart rate sky high, making it difficult to push the runs. Really wanted to put the bar down in the last 2 sets but held on. Finished in 7:20 and I guess I ripped open a finger in the process. Dammit!

Cooled down and did Crossover Symmetry Plyo.

Out in the garage for a quick afternoon session to catch up on Monday’s strength work.


  • 3 Rounds
    • 1:00 Air Dyne
    • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Back Squat (45#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (45#)
  • 10 Back Squat (135#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (55#)


E3M – 6 Sets

  • 12 Back Squats (185#)
  • 8/8 Landmine Rows (65#)

It’s hot in the garage now that summer has finally arrived. This combo wasn’t easy today but not as hard as I was expecting.

Murph Work

7 Sets

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 30s Rest

Went 20-20-17-17-13-12-12 for 111 total with all reps being chest-to-deck. Might as well do the extra work now so it seems easy during Murph on Monday. Already had done 3×20 this morning too.

Need to ROMWOD tonight after all of that work.

Grinding 20

Went in for the 4:30 class. Did 2 sets of my own warm-up first.


  • 2 Sets
    • Tricep Openers (10#)
    • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • Bar Hang/Stretching
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
    • 20 Push-ups
    • 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)
    • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • Romanian Deadlift
    • 8×45#
    • 8×135#

Unbroken push-ups each round.


E2M – 5 Sets

  • 8 RDL (165#)


20:00 AMRAP

  • 50 DU
  • 40 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 30 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 10 Goblet Squats (70#)

Grinder. I did 3 rounds plus the dubs and 4 kettlebell swings. I did the first round of dubs unbroken, then 3-47, and a lot of misses in the next 2 sets. Swings were 24-16 for 2 rounds and then 26-14. Ball slams were 18-12 for 2 rounds and then unbroken in round 3. Tried to keep a slow and steady pace on the burpees. Unbroken on the goblets each time. First round was done in about 5:20, so slowed considerably after that.

Pistols Firing

Feeling a little beat up from the high rep workout yesterday.


  • 3 Sets
    • 8 Reverse Hyper (210#)
    • 30 band pulls (red)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • OH Stretching
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×115#
    • 3×135#


8:00 EMOM

  • 5 C&J (155#)

Trying to get more comfortable with touch-n-go at this weight because I get mental and want to drop it before I need to. I was able to get 6 rounds unbroken, fighting on the last 2 rounds. Then the final 2 rounds I did 3 unbroken and 2 singles. Step in the right direction


4:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Unbroken DU

I missed on my 30th rep 3 fucking times! My only other 2 misses were on the first rep. Just that little lapse in concentration. I did get 5 unbroken sets in, but should have been 8! Did this about a year ago with 6 unbroken sets.


18:00 – E90S for 6 sets (alternating every 90s between the movements)

  • 6 Supinated Pendlay Rows (165#)
  • 5 Strict HSPU

Was a grind on the final HSPU every round after all of the C&J, but I got every set done. The rows were a little harder than they should have been.


2 Cycles

  • 2 Rounds
    • 50m Broad Jump
    • 20 Pistols (alt)
  • 2:00 Rest

The first 50 meters of broad jumps weren’t that bad; I was getting good distance. After the pistols the way back was a grind and more like doing bunny hopes. I finished my first cycle in 4:14 and my second in 4:37 for a 10:51 total with the rest included. Happy to be doing pistols again! 😀

My legs are toast after the 132 wall balls yesterday. Probably a recovery day tomorrow.