155 Grace

I’m feeling good after yesterday. Weather is warming up too. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 20s Dual KB Hollow Flutter Kicks (26#)
  • 5 Dual KB Deadlift (26#)
  • 5 Dual KB Hang Clean (26#)

Weightlifting

Tabata Mashup

  • Clean Deadlift
  • Elbow Punches
  • Muscle Clean and Press
  • Muscle Clean and Press
  • Power Clean and Push Press
  • Power Clean and Push Press
  • Power Clean and Jerk
  • Power Clean and Jerk

All with an empty bar.

3 TnG Power Clean & Jerk

  • 95#
  • 115
  • 135
  • 155
  • 175

I guess nothing said they had to be touch-n-go reps, but I wanted to save it for the workout.

Conditioning

“Grace”

  • 30 C&J (155#)

I’ve done it Rx with 135# plenty of times with a best of 1:57. I’ve also done it with 185# in 6:59. Have been wanting to give 155# a try, so today was the day. I thought I could go sub 3:30 with an outside shot at 3:00.

I was hoping to start out with five doubles and I was able to before switching to singles. Really had to start getting a wide landing and drop under the jerks more than I’d like in the second half. Finished at 3:15 so right in the middle of my goal range. Got a bad case of the burning lungs from that one!

Skill

Practiced handstand walking for a little bit, but wasn’t feeling the greatest being upside down.

Conditioning 2

After sitting at home for almost an hour I decided to do a little more since the rower is still sitting in my living room.

4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Went as hard as I could on the first one then I slowly recovered a little more with each interval. Almost 10 seconds off my PR pace but I wasn’t expecting much after Grace. I couldn’t stand looking at the level 30 BTWB was giving me for a 500m workout due to some intervals we did a couple of months ago. At least I get a 71 out of this.

  • 1:32.4
  • 1:53.8
  • 1:53.0
  • 1:50.9

Have I mentioned how much I love having this rower? 🙂

 

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

Sprint the Row

Legs are a bit more sore today as is my shoulder area. In for the 4pm as usual. Ran out of dextrose!IMG_1995

Warm-up

  • 5 Rounds
    • 30s Assault Bike
    • 30s Rest
  • 30s Front Rack Stretch
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Strict Press (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Power Clean and Jerks (45#)
  • C&J
    • 5×95#
    • 3×135
    • 2×155
    • 2×175
    • 1×185

Weightlifting

E30S – 10:00

  • 1 C&J (195#)

I grabbed my belt and had it around my waist in case I needed it. I started tightening it up after the first 2 or 3 just to be safe. After about 5 reps I felt like I needed to start dropping lower in the jerk.

Conditioning

E4M – 20:00

  • 15 cal Row
  • 20 Shuttle Run (65′)

The goal was to sprint the row and recover on the run (400m). I was pulling around 2,000 cal/hr and hopping off around 30 seconds. Paced the first three runs and got about 50 seconds of rest. Felt good, so picked up the pace for the last two runs, finishing with about 1:05 and then 1:13 left on the clock. That felt much better than I expected.

Either a full rest day or active recovery tomorrow.

Should I Have Gone Rx?

I’m tired today but my body feels good after yesterday’s workout. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Assault Bike (30s Easy/Hard/Easy)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm Deadlifts (44#)
  • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×225
  • 5×255
  • 5×285
  • 3x5x305

With 285 and up I wore my belt and used a mixed grip for the first time in ages. So much easier on the grip. Deadlifting felt really good for the first time in a long time.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 5 C&J (165#)
  • 15 Sit-ups

The Rx for this was 185 pounds. Two years ago I did a heavy Grace with that load in 6:59 and it was horrible. Not sure I could keep the same type of pace with my current strength, even with the sit-ups pacing it out a lot more. Decided on 165# so I could hopefully move through it.

I did all quick singles and was able to go right into my jerk on every rep, without a full stand up from the clean. Used the sit-ups to catch my breath some. Finished in 8:01. I wore my belt, which I think helped a lot. During the first round I loosened and tightened it with the sit-ups, but after that I just kept it tight.

Should I have gone Rx though? I would have needed to take an extra breath or two before each rep and at some point probably would’ve started standing up to reset for the jerk. With a time cap of 15 minutes I’m thinking I should have tried 185#.

Upside Down Work

Read about my new folding wall mounted rack.

The usual open gym at noon.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pistols
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

My pistols were shaky and in the last couple of rounds I started grabbing my foot on some of the reps. I switched arms on the way down for the C&J. Every round of chest to bars was 4-3-3 and didn’t wear any grips. Finished 5+11.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm/Leg KB Deadlifts (62#)
  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Midline

5 sets (Holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches (alternate arm/leg)
  • Roll
  • 10s Superman hold (straight arms!)

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Could go with a shorter rest period. Took me 6:57.

Skill

We were done really early so did some handstand drills. Put my feet up on a box and walked around it with my hands. The 24″ side isn’t high enough for me, so the 30″ allows me to get my hips up over my shoulders more, though I think I was still short of it.

Then I put a big band around high J-cups on the rack so I could kick up and work on finding the balance point. This one really helped. After getting a feel I’d place my hands further away from the rig, working on finding the handstand position without hitting the band. Then I went to the wall and eventually tried handstand walking a few steps into the wall. Big progress is one session. My wrists were getting sore, so that was enough.

Forgot a Set of Twelve

Thought about doing gyms programming before I hit the road on Friday, but rested instead. Got to it today in the garage after getting home.

Warm-up

Went 3:00 Ski Erg for about 680 meters.

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×115
  • 5×165
  • 5×205
  • 5×235
  • 5×255
  • 5×265

I put on the belt for 235 and above. Was close to failure on those last two sets. I completely spaced out and forgot to do 12×195 (75% of heaviest) at the end. Saw it in the list after I had already put the jerk blocks away and unloaded the bar. Probably enough struggle for my back today.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 8 C&J (135#)
  • 12 Pull-ups

I warmed up my clean and jerks with 5×45, 3×95, and 2×115. Did a few pull-ups too.

This was programmed as 6 muscle-ups, which I haven’t been able to add back to my repertoire yet. I don’t have a place to do them at home anyway. I can’t do chest-to-bar pull-ups at home either, so it was scaled to pull-ups for me.

I did all singles with the barbell and 3×4 for my pull-ups, without wearing any grips. Finished in 9:49. Today was my first test of the mat setup and it worked great for the metcon. I really need to get my new rack on the wall though because squatting off the blocks is getting really old. I stacked up a couple of plates on the blocks today so I didn’t have to do a half squat to get the bar off of them.

Off to Orlando

Out in the garage by 10am.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 18

Warm-up

  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Tap
  • 10 PVC Pass Throughs

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm High Pull (35#)
  • 45s Rest

These have improved a lot.

3 Sets

  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold
  • 30 Rest

Had to accumulate 90s so this worked well.

Strength

Back squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x235

Still squatting off jerk blocks. Increased 15# from what I did a few weeks ago for 5×3. Planned to do five sets again today, but it was feeling especially heavy, so played it safe.

Conditioning

Warmed up my C&J with 5×45#, 5×95, and 3×135.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 75 Double Unders
  • 10 C&J (155#)
  • 75 Double Unders
  • 20 T2B

Right off the bat I decided to go with 3×25 for my double unders in an attempt to keep my heart rate down. I missed twice in the 4th time through dubs and then twice again in the 5th time through at the end when I tried to get through unbroken since the clock was running out.

Those clean and jerks felt heavy right away! Not sure what’s up with my body this morning. I did all singles there and those by far took the longest. For the toes to bars I was able to do 4×5 both times through. Finished 2+65.

I’m glad I had time to get in a workout today. Time to pack and head to the airport!