Hold On

My knees are feeling a little rough after yesterday. I need to work on my knee-caving issue with the lifts. I don’t have a problem in squats, but in the rebend of the snatch/clean and the dip of the jerk they do dive in.


  • 2×8 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Hang Stretch
  • Box Jumps at 24-30-34-38″

Skill / Accessory

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Box Jumps (41″)
  • 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (44#)

Felt good to get in some high box jumps.



All 3 parts done with a partner, alternating rounds. Weight on the bar stays the same.


  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Snatches (135#, squat)
    • 3 Muscle-ups
  • 2:30 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Clusters (135#)
    • 5 C2B Pull-ups
  • 2:30 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • 7 Deadlifts (135#)
    • 7 Push-ups

Done with Bryan. I started the first AMRAP I didn’t get my 3rd snatch back into place on the 2nd set and lost it forward. Then same thing on another attempt. That got me fired up. Bryan missed one is his 2nd round too. Had to go 2-1 on my final set of MU. We finished 7 rounds plus a snatch.

Bryan started the 2nd AMRAP and we got 6+3, then exactly 16 total rounds in the last one. Pretty rough and a mental battle to hold on to the bar. My goal was to go unbroken with the snatches and clusters. Without that miss I would have. Had been thinking about 115# since I came up with this one but figured it would be too easy. Was right.


8 Rounds

  • 20s L-hang
  • 20s Rest

I alternated my grip between regular and underhand each round. Kind of held my feet up in the first round but then just knees up. My hands were on fire by the end of this after all the grip work done in the AMRAPs.

Home From the Games

What an awesome time at the CrossFit Games! I’d definitely make the trip again.


Haven’t done anything since last Wednesday morning before flying out. Slept in this morning, so made it for the 4:30 class.


Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 2×145#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×172.5#
  • F @ 177.5# (PR attempt)
  • 1×175# (PR match)

I’ll take it! Missed lower than this a couple of weeks ago or maybe it was even last week.


5 Sets

  • 8 Ring Rows (Feet on box)
  • 5 Ring Dips (strict)
  • 20 Russian KBS (53-62-70-70-70#)

Sweating my ass off!


8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Clusters (75#)
  • 8 Push-ups
  • 30 DU

Kept it light so I could keep them unbroken. Still got winded like crazy. Finished 6 rounds plus 5 more reps.

Running Bear

Not feeling it when I woke up this morning. Thought about staying home and hitting up a class later, but got my ass moving and made it to the 9am class.


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 4 Rounds
    • 30s Squat Hold
    • 30s Ring Hang
  • 10 Air Squats


  • 10×45# Back Squats
  • 5×135# Back Squats
  • 4×225# Back Squats
  • 4×245# Back Squats
  • 4×265# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips
  • 4×270# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips
  • 4×275# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips
  • 4×280# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips
  • 4×275# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips
  • 4×275# Back Squats
  • MU + 5 Ring Dips

The last rep with 280# didn’t feel so good on my low mid back, so I dropped 5# and did the last two sets instead of continuing to increase. Really focused on staying tight with my chest up on the last 2 sets. Decided to do my ring dips up in support after a muscle-up for an extra challenge.


15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bear Complexes (115#)
    • Squat Clean Thruster
    • Back Thruster
  • 10 Burpees
  • 300m Run

I did 4 complete rounds plus 3 bear complexes. Dropped the bar on every rep during the 4 rounds and then did the final 3 unbroken as the clock was running out. Weight was perfect for this. Runs sucked! Walked about 200m after the workout.

Glad I made it in and got the workout done. Took an afternoon break out to the garage and started with Crossover Symmetry Activation to get the shoulders ready. Also did some shoulder press sets to get warm with 5×45#, 5×75#, and 5×105#.


  • 5-5-5-5-5-5-5 Shoulder Press (120#)
  • Push-ups 2-1-2-1-2-1-2
    • 2s: 20# Weight Vest
    • 1s: Clapping w/ vest

Shoulder presses felt better than the first day back on a Smolov Jr. cycle. The push-ups weren’t that bad. Maybe not the greatest choice for the XWOD.


  • 500m
  • Rest 2:1
  • 5-8 Rounds *If you begin falling off pace dramatically then stop, minimum of 5 efforts*
    • 250m @ 85-95% of 500m pace (~2:02)
    • Rest 1:1
  • 500m

I set a PR on the first 500m with a 1:49.6 and really fell off pace in the last 200m. Would do better not going out so fast, but I was trying the technique improvements (see video below) and didn’t have any idea what I’d be able to do. My splits on the 250s were consistent, actually getting faster as I got more comfortable with the technique.

  • 1:02.4
  • 1:02.5
  • 1:02.0
  • 1:01.9
  • 1:01.0
  • 1:01.3
  • 1:01.3
  • 1:01.1

Then the last 500m my goal was to be able to hold the pace I’d been using for the 250m intervals since it was on the short rest coming off the last one. Did a 2:01.2, so goal accomplished.

Walked 0.44 miles around the block to cool down and catch my breath. Then did Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.

Excited for Thrusters!

My back and hips were sore when I crawled out of bed this morning. I’m thinking it’s from the spinal decompression table since they’ve been ramping up the percentage or whatever setting they use. In for the 9am class.


4 Rounds of Tabata Mash-up

  • Jingle Jangles
  • Bear Crawls
  • Squat Jumps



  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 3×275#
  • 5×295#
  • 3×325#
  • 3×345#
  • 3×365#

Wasn’t going near the 5×1 @ 90+% and aggravating my back again. These felt better than the lifts a couple of weeks ago, so I’d say treatments are working.



  • 7 Squat Clean Thrusters (“Cluster”)

* You have 1 minute to complete and 1 minute to rest. Start at 135# and add 5# each new set.

I made it through 150# and got stuck in the hole with the 5th rep of 155#. So that’s 4 full sets plus 4 reps. Pretty brutal. Happy to be able to go through that pressing movement though, because yesterday I couldn’t even shoulder press a PVC pipe!


5 Rounds

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′ target)

Pull-ups didn’t feel the greatest even doing just the kipping variation instead of butterfly to take some strain off the shoulder by eliminating the bottoming out. I had to break up sets quite a bit after the first 10 unbroken. Finished in 4:55. I could feel some weakness in the shoulder doing wall balls too, but did those unbroken without a problem.

Felt good to be able to participate fully with the class. First time in 2 weeks I haven’t had to substitute any movements.

Over to Kevin’s at 6pm for a squat session.

Reverse Hyper

  • 3x15x50#

Nice and light. Figured it would be good after deadlifts today.

Then I did Crossover Symmetry Activation (8 reps). I used blue (heavy) and yellow (light) for bands, except had to use the lightest green band on my right side for the 90/90 because the yellow was killing my shoulder.

Back Squats

  • 20×45#
  • 8×155#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×255#
  • 3×285#
  • 10:00 EMOM 1×305 (rapid fire!)
  • 10×225#

Worked up a good sweat with the set of 10 at the end.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap. I used the red bands for Tiger Walk and Bear Hug and green for all of the rest. Super light, but with the injured shoulder it was plenty and I did double the reps for everything.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Throwdown – 1st Place

Competed at the 3rd Great Lakes Bay Regional Throwdown, held at CrossFit Worthy in Mount Pleasant today. Teamed up with Michelle, Casey, and Breanne. We brought home first place!


Tons of fun!

Event 1: Clean & Jerk Ladder

Each team had a bar and enough weight to total 250#. You started with the 45# bar and each person had to lift each weight, increasing by 5 or 10# each lift. Team order stayed the same, but once you missed a lift, you were done.

Michelle set a PR with 135#, then Breanne was out after making a 155# PR. Casey and I had hoped to finish and our timing couldn’t have gone any better. We both finished off the ladder by making 250# PRs, the only team to have 2 guys finish. We took first place in the event!

Event 2: WOD Relay

Each team member completed:
2 Rounds

  • 10 Plate Burpees
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 6 Clusters (65/95#)

We rocked this one too, taking 3rd place.

Event 3: Run, Row, DU

  • Run 800m as a team
  • Each team member must complete a 300m row, while 2 other members hold a plank, and one rests
  • One attempt at a max unbroken set of DU in a 1:00 time window. Each rep, subtracts a second from overall time

We took 2nd place on this event, only getting beat out by a team that had 4 people just kill the DU. I hit a set of 55 and was pretty happy with that.

We ended up with 6 total points, second had 11, and two other teams tied with 12 points. Long day, with a lot of time out in the sun, but it was a blast.


Ready for Sunday

I was worried I’d wake up and barely be able to move today. My body was pretty trashed yesterday after the strongman circuit. Also surprised I didn’t get sore from the 140+ wall balls after 10 sets of 3 back squats. Something must be working. In at 10am today.


5:00-10:00 DU


Bench press today. Warmed up with 5 @ 135#, 3 @ 185#, and 2 @ 205#. Then did seven singles with 225#, resting about 60-90 seconds between each one. Right arm was still going out on some of them, but I got every rep in. Haven’t benched that much since I set my 235# PR back last year.

Olympic Lifting

Did the jerk footwork drill for a while and then went into some jerk balances with 95#. Did about 4 sets of 2 and then a set of 4 I think. Moved to C&J from there, doing 4 doubles with 135# and a double with 185#. Legs feeling fatigued from the last two days.


Wanted to try out the 2nd event for the competition this Sunday to get a feel for the pace of it.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Plate Burpees
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 6 Clusters (95#)

I kept a steady pace through each round, right at about 1:30 per round. Finished in 4:29. Could probably go a little faster in competition, but felt like solid work. Everything was unbroken, but I did drop the bar after 3 clusters in the last round; didn’t stop though.

Kind of a lighter  and less intense day, but it was needed. Took my time and was there almost 2 hours.

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#)