Double CrossFit Day

I’m sore in a lot of places from Monday and Tuesday WODs. I must be crazy, because I’m going to CrossFit twice today. It is a leap day, so might as well make the most of the extra day. Right? I could have skipped the morning class to rest up for the open workout, but I didn’t want to miss out on back squats since it’s been a couple of weeks since the last time we did them.

Warm-up

2 rounds

  • 45 Lateral Broadwalk steps with small band around ankles (each direction)
  • 15 Lateral Hip Extensions
  • 15s Lateral Hip Extension Holds
  • 15 Supermans

Those broadwalks really work the hip area. Surprises me every time we do them.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 6-8 Back Squats, 3-0-X-1 tempo
  • 90s Rest
  • 5 Scapular Wall Slide, 3-0-3-0 tempo
  • 90s Rest

For the back squats I did 115#, 135#, 165# and 185#. In the last set I could only get 4 reps. Taking 3 seconds to lower in the squat really wears you out.

WOD

12m AMRAP

  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 30 DUs

Fuck DUs! Who came up with this method of jumping rope? I still suck at them. I’m going to have to start practicing them every morning before class or something because doing them once or twice a week isn’t getting me any better. I spent at least 2-3 minutes of each round trying to get my DUs. Ideally it should take 30 seconds or so. While everyone else was getting 5, 6, 7 rounds in, I completed 3 plus 20 lunges, 10 push-ups, and 3 DUs. Terrible!

Check out the nice picture of my right elbow and arm. I’m literally whipping myself with the rope. I have similar whip marks on the top of both hands. I will master DUs before I head back to Michigan in April. New goal!

I’ll be back in the box later tonight to do Open workout 12.2. It was pretty rough last week doing 12.1 as the warm-up before class and since the owner/trainer Gayle (she’s tied for 55th woman in the world after 12.1!!) was looking for people to do it tonight with her, I figured I’ll try a new plan of attack. This also gives me zero time to think about the workout after it’s announced, which I think will be good. Get to the box, find out what the workout is, and get ‘er done!

Snatch It Up

Yeah… still that right ass tweak. I’ve figure out that going up against the wall with the tennis ball is easier than trying to do it on the floor.

Warm-up

3 rounds

  • 60s Flight simulator
  • 60s “Cindy”

I’d never heard of flight simulator so let me describe it. You start off by getting 5 unbroken DUs, then you do 10 unbroken, keep increasing by 5 once you do the previous number. The goal is to get up to 50 and then come back down. Obviously that’s impossible in this scenario because we’re only doing it for a total of 3 minutes. I’m still struggling with the DUs, and couldn’t string together a 10. For “Cindy” we started off where we had left off in the previous round. I completed 2 rounds plus 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 11 air squats.

Strength

On the minute for 10m

  • 1 Snatch
  • 1 Hang Snatch

This doesn’t seem all that bad, but the weight got heavy in the last couple of minutes. I used 95#, which is still the most I’ve attempted. I’m really liking the snatch and it’s such a cool feeling to take a weight from the ground all the way to overhead in one move.

WOD

10m AMRAP

  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Dips
  • 30 DUs

I didn’t do any scaling today. I did everything Rx because I knew I could use the DU practice (work on weaknesses right?) and it would mean less time ripping my hands doing T2B. I completed 2 rounds plus 10 T2B, 10 dips, and 11 DUs. At the beginning I tried doing kipping T2B but my body was swinging all over the place, so I slowed down and used a bit of a kipping motion to do one at a time and then reset myself. I did 5 ring dips in the first round because all of the racks were being used, then I switched over to the rack for the rest of the WOD. It took me around 2 minutes each round to get 30 DUs. Slow improvements on them. It’s so frustrating!

My legs are definitely sore today from the…

My legs are definitely sore today from the last two days of heavy lifting with back squats and deadlifts. My lower and middle back are ever a little sore. I worked on my right butt with the tennis back a couple of times yesterday and it seems to feel a little worse today, but maybe that means it’s improving. I can hope.

I had a golf lesson at 11 so couldn’t make it to the 9am class like I usually do. I checked out the workout and it included pull-ups and toes to bars (T2B) so I decided not to go to a night class. My hands are healing at a good pace and I don’t want to rip them wide open again so soon.

I decided to do a round of Tabata sprints since the last time I did them was December 8th in San Francisco. When I run these, I structure them like the following:

  • 5:00 Slow Warm-up
  • 8 rounds
    • 20s Sprint
    • 20s Slow
  • 5:00+ Slow Cool down (however much longer it takes to get back to my destination)

I ran for a total time of 14:35 over 1.76 miles. According to the RunKeeper logs I covered nearly 0.1 miles more than previous runs of this workout during the interval portion, which is about 15% improvement. I could really tell the difference in my conditioning during the second half of the sprints. Usually I’d be dying, but I was able to stick pick up to a pretty decent pace.

After the run I practiced DUs for 5-10 minutes and was consistently getting streaks of 5-10. Finally some progress! It’s been awhile since I did a max push-up test, so I did that after in my apartment after some rest and knocked out 36.

Back to the box in the morning for a class.

I Love the Deadlift

My legs are a little sore from back squatting yesterday, but not bad. Still having the tweak in my right ass cheek, but I talked to our trainer Emily and she gave me some things to work on the area.

Warm-up

  • 6 World’s Greatest Stretch (3 each leg)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Lateral Broadwalk with band (each leg)
    • 10 Band Push Press
    • 10 Single Leg Reach Stretch (each leg)

The flexibility in my hamstrings has improved a lot over the last month or so. I attribute it to some of the great warm-up stuff we do.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Deadlifts, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • Max HSPU
  • 3m Rest

When I saw the workout I knew I wanted to shoot for PRs in both movements. The last time we did heavy deadlifts, I was able to do 260# three times and I still had some gas left in the tank. I did a warm-up set at 135# and then did 185#, 215#, 245#, and went big for 270# in the last set. For HSPUs, I only used 2 AbMats today. I was able to do 12, 9, 7, and 7 in the sets. Mission accomplished!

WOD

8:00 AMRAP

  • 15 KBS
  • 30 DUs

Double unders…my favorite. 🙂 My goal was to get 10-15 in each round and then move on. I was able to get 15 in each round and got a few streaks here and there. Much better than I have been doing. I used a 53# KB for the swings and was able to complete 4 rounds plus 15 KBS.

I might not be able to make it to a class tomorrow because I have a golf lesson. I’ll check out what the WOD is for the day and maybe run some sprint intervals outside instead.

A Hike and Olympic Lifting

I didn’t end up golfing this morning because I went back to test out some new golf irons. After I was done, I headed straight to Piestewa Peak for a hike. I had to park in the farthest parking lot from the trail head, so the total distance was 2.85 miles, which I completed in 1:11:07.

There wasn’t an Olympic lifting class at CrossFit Full Strength last week because of the Super Bowl, but it was back on the schedule today, so I made sure to get there. After doing a 500m warm-up on the rower, we worked on transfer skills and strength for them.

First we started with hanging muscle snatches. Nothing too complex, but I had to work on keeping the bar close to my body on the way up and not starting the move with a dip of the shoulders and body. The weight quickly got heavy, but I guess that’s why it’s called a muscle snatch. I think I got up to 95#.

The next thing we did was heaving snatch balance into a receiving position, followed up by an overhead squat. The OH squat is an awkward movement to get the hang of. I have trouble keeping it locked out, back behind my head, and still make sure I’m pushing up on the bar. I started rocking a few times, but think I was getting better. Got up to 95# again doing these.

Finally at the end, we worked on a slow jerk movement. Starting in the rack position, we’d go up on to our toes and pause the bar at our forehead for a second or two. Then from there we’d concentrate on dropping below the bar into the split jerk. I have a tendency to split too wide with my feet. We started with just the 45# bar, but as I added weight I felt that it helped me to keep the split smaller. I only worked up to 85# on these because we did a lot with the bar and were concentrating on the split portion more than anything else.

I really like going to these Oly classes because they are really slow paced with a lot of instruction from Johnny. They are really helping me out during the strength work and WODs of regular classes.

After I got home I worked on DUs for awhile. I did better than I’ve been doing in class, but still a struggle.

My shoulders and upper back were a little…

My shoulders and upper back were a little tight this morning and my right ass cheek still has a twitch if I move in just the right position. Spent a lot of time yesterday taking care of my hands. They still sting like a bitch if touched in the right way. Today was test day at CrossFit Full Strength.

Warm-up
90s – 60s – 30s

  • DUs
  • Sit-ups

I think I’m getting worse at DUs, not better. I couldn’t even string a couple together. Doesn’t help that I had to hold the handles differently, but that’s no excuse.

Strength
Front Squat: 1RM Test

  1. 5 Reps at 50% of goal
  2. 3 Reps at 75%
  3. 1 Rep at 80%
  4. 1 Rep at 85-90%
  5. 1RM (do a 6th set if this was easy enough)

Whenever we get to tests like these, I still have no clue what to shoot for. Luckily I match up pretty well with one of the other guys, Greg, that comes to the same classes I do. We usually share a rack and do similar weights. The most I’ve done on the front squat was 145# four times, so I was thinking 180ish in the back of my mind. Started off with 95# for 5 reps, then jumped up to 145# for 3 reps and 175# for one rep. The 175# felt easy and I was already near to my clueless goal, so I kept going with the flow. We added 10s on each side to get up to 195# and it was still pretty easy. For the final set at 1RM we used 215#. It was a bit of a struggle in the middle, but I kept pushing and got the weight up. Booyah! I love this stuff.

WOD
Work Capacity Test
4 Sets

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

I was able to stay consistent with each set, rowing 151m, 152m, 150m, and 145m for a total of 598m. The rowing was a little tough on the hands as I could feel it touching the bare skin. I stopped at the store for some athletic tape and cushion tape so I can wrap them up a bit for tomorrow.

For about the last week I’ve figured out…

For about the last week I’ve figured out a sleep schedule and have been sticking to it. I’m getting over 8 hours of sleep almost every night and it feels great. Sleep is the one thing I’ve never had on any type of schedule. I’ve always stayed up until whenever and got up when I needed to, but now I’m making myself get to bed around 11pm and I usually roll out of bed around 8am since I go to the 9am CrossFit class 4-5 days a week.

Since I started CrossFit over 3 months ago, I’ve lost 11 pounds and my body fat % has dropped 5 points. I’m now consistently weighing in just under 180 pounds with around 16.5% body fat. When I started a goal was to get to 175 pounds and I’ve had a goal for the last few years to see my abs. Those are still goals and I’m chipping away at them.

This morning my legs felt a little tired from the hike and walking 18 holes of golf. They quickly warmed up though. I should know better than to call a WOD “simple” as I did last night when I looked ahead.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 DU Practice
  • Should band stretches
  • 2x
    • 7 Burpees
    • 7 Pull-ups

I was hoping to get in some DU practice today so I was happy to see it in the warm-up. I had one decent streak of 12 or 13 in a row, but other than that it was a struggle to get 2 or 3 in a row. I think I need to go back to single-single-double for awhile because I had less than 60 DUs during the 5 minutes which is pathetic. I did strict pull-ups (not all 7 unbroken), except for the final one which needed a kip.

WOD
4 rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Dips
  • 20 HR Push-ups

This doesn’t look bad when you see it on the board, but it was brutal on the arms. I started off trying ring dips for the first time ever. Those are tough! Having to keep your body steady adds a whole new element to a dip. In the first round I did all 10 dips on the rings. I can’t remember if I did all 10 in the 2nd round as well or if I split it up with doing dips on the rack. In the 3rd round I know I split with 5 dips on rings and 5 on the rack. Then in the 4th round I tried to do a ring dip and it wasn’t happening so I did all 10 on the rack.

This was the first time doing dips on a rack in CrossFit for me as well. I’ve done them that way years ago, but never in a WOD. After doing dips, my arms were shot and the hand release push-ups were a killer. I’d start off going 2 or 3 in a row but quickly had to do one at a time and I had to cheat a lot to even get pushed up.

The running didn’t bother me at all. I always seem to start out pretty fast in a first round run, but when we get inside and start on other things, I start falling behind people. I finished the WOD in 20:31. It was definitely a good way to start a Sunday. Now I’m off to play some golf before the Super Bowl starts.