Deep Ab Burn

Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

24 Rounds

  • 15s Airdyne
  • 30s Rest

It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.

Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
  • 8 Front Raises (10# DBs)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
  • 8 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)

I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Alternating V-ups
  • 30 Side Plank Jumps
  • 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks

Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.

Nice to be done in less than an hour.

Rake It

My glutes are still sore today. Woke up with an alarm at 7:30 to make sure I had enough time to eat and shower before the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Zombie Kicks
  • Power Skips
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 400m Run

Conditioning

Team of 3

  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 250m Row
    • 2 Dumbbell Snatch (50#)
    • 2 Dumbbell Squat C&J (50#)
    • 2 Dumbbell Snatch
    • 2 Dumbbell Squat C&J
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 12:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups

One person is always rowing or running. After the cardio piece, you do your other work and then rest. I teamed up with Tom and Doug. I got through 4 rounds of the first AMRAP and then 4 rounds of the second plus about 150 meters of the run when time ran out. Decided to do the chin-up variation today and they felt really good. All of the bicep work must be paying off.

Decided I won’t do an Engine Builder workout today since I’m going to rake the lawn and my WHOOP recovery score is low.

It’s Not Thursday

When I woke up this morning I thought it was Thursday for about a half hour. I did a double-take when I saw the day of the week on my computer.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 250m Straight Leg Ski
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 95#

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Single Leg Deadlifts (115-135-155#)
  • 40s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Single Arm Dumbbell Hang C&J (5/5, 50#)
  • 10 Push-ups

The push-ups were the hardest part, coming right after the DB presses. Did 6+28.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 10 Groiners
  • 10 Cat Camel + Rock Back

Did 2 times through.

2:00/2:00 Foam Roll (quads)

18.1

Last night my ankles and shins started getting a little sore. I think it was too long after the ankle dorsiflexions so maybe it was the broad jumps?

It’s a different Open for me this year, which I wrote about yesterday on nick.blog. I didn’t watch a single strategy video today (other than the official one CrossFit showed during the live announcement). I did see this recommended warm-up come through in the Active Life private Facebook group.

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Every year I have a laugh at shit like this. What gyms have enough rowers for people warming up and people doing the workout? You don’t need anything near a 15 minute warm-up for a 20 minute workout and certainly don’t need to fatigue the movements you’re about to do. Maybe the elite athletes, but not the average Joe like me. GTFO!

Warm-up

  • 23 cal Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (35#)
  • Ring Hang
  • 3/3 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 8 T2B

CrossFit Open 18.1

20:00 AMRAP

  • 8 T2B
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 14 cal Row

First round was a little fast, but I fell into a great rhythm after that and was almost dead-on a 2:00 per round pace the whole way. I was doing 4-4 toes to bars, clean right into a push press, and switched hands in the air. Could have got up to speed on the rower quicker but was averaging about 1,125-1,150 cal/hr. I’d take a quick breath or two coming off the bar before picking up the dumbbell but didn’t really rest other than that. Was a good mix of movements for me. I did die out at the end and reset my feet for every T2B at the end without letting go of the bar to finish with 10+6 or 326 total reps.

I think this might be my favorite Open workout. Maybe they’ll all be like this!

Keep Planking

I’m sore all over. Ankles, legs, abs, chest, biceps, shoulders.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5/5 Pistol Negatives on a Box

Workout

  • 5/5 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″)
    • 45#
    • 75
    • 95
    • 115
    • 125
    • 135

The workout says to find a 5 rep max per leg, which could be different. I didn’t feel like going for a true max with something like this. It could be dangerous with no good way to bail, especially in my garage with the car in front of me. For 115+ I rested 30 seconds between legs. Right leg was always first. Not sure if it affected the left much, but left always felt weaker. Not sure I would have made it with 145 unless I compromised my back.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 40 Double Unders
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean & Jerks (35# DBs)

Missed too many dubs. Unbroken with the dumbbells. Finished in 8:20.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Right)
  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Left)

Are you serious? I didn’t expect to last, but made it unbroken. I did switch between elbows and hands – 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 1 round elbows, 1 round hands. That was a challenge, especially in the last few minutes when my mat was soaked with sweat. My core seemed ok. It was my shoulders burning in the last couple of minutes.