Explosive Training with Ryan Moody

Today Kevin and I went over to 989 CrossFit in Midland for The Explosive Seminar with 9-time world record holder, Ryan Moody.

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We learned a ton and hot a lot of fun. Can’t wait to put some of the stuff into practice and watch results. Here are some of my highlights from the day.

The seated box jump was huge for me. I’ve had this mental battle with high box jumps for quite some time. I fear getting injured even though I know I can jump plenty high enough for a lot more than I’ve done. Ryan taught us a cool mental technique to get out of our mind, which allowed me to get that 47.5″ on my first try when I’ve never been able to even attempt anything higher than 44″ from standing. The kneeling jump stuff was a lot of fun. Oh, by the way, I’ve never done a single seated box jump in my life before today.

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I was feeling inspired from the day, so got in some good work in the garage.

Box Squats

I used one of my 12″ jerk blocks as the box. Warmed up with 5×45# and 5×135#.

E50S for 12 sets

  • 2 Box Squats for speed (155#)

E2M for 4 sets

  • 5 Good Mornings (175#)

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 5 GHR
  • 12 Russian Twists (53# KB)

I used the clock for everything, not as a form of intensity, but as a way to manage rest periods so that I wouldn’t take all day. Did the GHRs unweighted since I struggled with them so much on Monday with Kevin. These did plenty for me until I can build back up.

First WOD at CrossFit Intuition

Couldn’t wait to get under some weight today. Went over to the box my buddy Kevin is opening this week and worked out with him.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Holds

Kevin has a set of the real CS bands and I went pretty heavy with them.

Strength

Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 3×225#
  • 7x5x265#

He’s going through a cycle of Smolov Jr. so I plugged in 350# for 10# shy of my max and did it along with him.

Accessory

GHRs

  • 2×5
  • 5 w/ 2kg plate
  • 5 w/ 5kg plate
  • 5 w/ 2kg plate

I should have just done bodyweight for every set because I was cheating so bad on the 4th and 5th sets to get them done. I could immediately feel them in my calves (after the cheater sets) and my hamstrings. Need to get these in more often.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 5 C&J 185#
  • 30 DU

Didn’t cycle any C&J together, but tried not to rest much between reps. Did most of them as the clean right into the jerk, but stood up and took a second on a few of them and it was actually harder. Did all 3 sets of DU unbroken. Took me exactly 4:00.

Rested 5-10 minutes and then did 50 burpees for time.

Beat my old PR by 4 seconds with a 2:29.

Skill / Midline

Accumulate 3:00 in a handstand hold (facing the wall)

I wanted to hit 3 sets of 1:00, but couldn’t stay up on the last one. Came down after 40 seconds before I had to crash and took a short rest before finishing the last 20 seconds.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery with heavier bands again and it was rough. My shoulders are pretty shot after all that.

Went back a course of hours later. Put 90# on the sled and pulled it on the pavement barefoot for 0.25 miles. I figured going without shoes would help work out all of the muscles in my feet and work on my sick tan line at the same time. Not one of my smartest ideas! I think I burnt the balls of my feet. 😦 Then I took 45# off and pulled it another 0.35 miles on the grass, which is infinitely harder to pull on.

Did 6-5-6 GHD sit-ups while holding a 15# slam ball behind my head. Holy shit! Hard as fuck! Then did 5×10 regular GHDs.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 8 Day 5

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. The end is near! Lifted at about 2pm today.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Band Stretching
  • 15# Snatch Positions
  • 45# Snatch Positions

Today I exaggerated going slow from the floor to the knees in both the snatches and cleans.

Power Snatch

  • 2x2x100#
  • 2×120#
  • 1×140#
  • 5x1x150#

Power Clean & Jerk

  • 2x2x135#
  • 2×155#
  • 1×180#
  • 5x1x190#

Glute Ham Raise

A simple 5 sets of 5, just bodyweight. No need to kill myself with anything heading into test week.

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 7 T2B

Only programmed for 5, but that would have been a cakewalk. Seven was a good challenge.

Conditioning On the Air Dyne AD2

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  • 10:00 @ ~65% (70 rpm)
  • No rest, straight to
  • 8 Rounds
    • 0:30 @ 80+% (Started at 82-83 rpm, got faster through the rounds, and hit 100 in the final one)
    • 1:00 @ 50% (50-55 rpm)
  • Complete that 8th 1:00 @ 50% plus another 3:00 at the same recovery pace

Total time should be 25:00. My tally was 282 calories and a good sweat.

Now it’s time to rest for C&J max on Monday evening.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 6 Day 2

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. Lifted with Alex at 4:30 again. Feel pretty good today after the first 90% day based on new PRs yesterday.

Warm-up

  • Band stretching
  • 45# Snatch Position Work

Muscle Snatch

  • 2×75#
  • 2×85#
  • 2×95#
  • 2x2x105#

Power Snatch Below the Knee

  • 2×105#
  • 2×120#
  • 2×140#
  • 1×150#
  • 5x1x160#

Power Clean Below the Knee

  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×180#
  • 1×190#
  • 5x1x205#

GHR

  • 2x5x15#
  • 3x5x25#

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 15s Air Dyne (AD2)
  • Evens: 30 DU

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 5 Day 1

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting.

I finally finished up the garage gym. The other side of the garage is pretty much all tore down too, but won’t work on that until spring when we can use the saws outside. I’ll get a page up on this site explaining every piece of equipment I have, but you can click through that link above to see more pictures than this.

Garage Gym Renovation

Out in the garage around 6:45pm by myself to lift. I’m really glad this garage project is over because it’s been affecting my fatigue levels for the last week and a half. No warm-up today, right into the muscle snatches to get warm. I’ve been moving weights and shit around the garage all day, so felt warm enough.

Muscle Snatch

  • 3×75#
  • 3×85#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×110#

Snatch

  • 2×100#
  • 2×120#
  • 2×140#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×160#
  • 4x1x170#

The 170# lifts were soft. Last attempt was forward and I was almost able to pull it back in while in the hole, but failed.

Clean & Jerk

  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×180#
  • 1×190#
  • 1×205#
  • 4x1x215#

Felt good on the cleans. Even the jerks felt good up until 190#.

Front Squat

  • 2×135#
  • 2×215#
  • 2×255#
  • 3x2x265#

Legs felt pretty weak. What is it with my front squats lately?

GHR

  • 5×10#
  • 5×15#
  • 5×20#
  • 5×25#
  • 5×25#

Moving on up again! Definitely hit the limit with 25#.

I’m going to start adding in a bit of my own conditioning programming because on Saturday I could feel my engine was running on fumes. Going to have to be smart about it though and not have it impact the lifting. If I kept efforts short I should be ok.

Conditioning

Tabata Burpees
8 Rounds

  • 20s Burpees
  • 10s Rest

I wanted to pick a number that would give me some rest during the first 20 seconds and then shoot to get that number each round. I picked 7, which took me 16 or 17 seconds every round. Perfect choice! This was a nice burn and would be great to do every week.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 2 Day 5

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. Hit up the garage gym around noon.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Jump Rope and DU
  • 45# Snatch Positions

First try using my new 9’4″ Rx Jump Rope (1″ shorter than I’ve been using since this summer) and I nailed 100 unbroken DU! Finally hit the century mark! 🙂 Reeled off a set of 73 the next try.

Muscle Snatch

  • 2×75#
  • 2x2x85#
  • 3x2x95#
  • 2×105#

Muscle Clean

  • 3×105#
  • 2x3x125#
  • 3x3x135#

Power Snatch from above the knee (Demo Video)

  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×145#
  • 1×155#

These felt really good! I’ve never tried 155# from a hang position before and it was easy. I think I might have done 145# from blocks with the bar starting at the knees, but not a power snatch.

Power Clean from above the knee (Demo Video)

  • 2×125#
  • 2×150#
  • 2×175#
  • 1×190#
  • 1×205#

Not as good as the snatches, at least in terms of feel.

Back Squat

  • 2×205#
  • 2×240#
  • 2×270#
  • 2×290#
  • 2x2x305#

Grinder in those last two sets. Doesn’t look as bad on video as it felt when doing the reps.

GHR

  • 4x with only bodyweight
  • 2×4 holding 5# plate
  • 4x holding 10# plate
  • 4x holding 15# plate

Either I finally figured out how to do GHRs or my hamstrings have gotten significantly stronger in the last two weeks from all of the lifting. I could barely do 5 reps without holding any weight before.

Took a quick shower and headed over to Survival Fitness for open gym.

Conditioning

Warmed up on bench press with:

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×135#

Then jumped into this workout:

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Bench Press (165#)
  • 4 C2B Pull-ups

Going unbroken for the set of 10 was a mistake. I think I went 5-4, 3-3-2, 4-3, 3-3, 3-2, 2-2, 3, 2, and 1 on the rest of the bench press sets. Managed to do all sets of C2B unbroken which was the goal. Would have been doubtful to do had I chosen 5 reps instead of 4. Took me 10:47 to finish because of so many breaks in the bench press. This wasn’t part of the 60 Day Challenge programming, but since there no jerks today, I was feeling good, and tomorrow is a rest day I added in the extra work.

12 Rounds

  • 20s Row for calories
  • 10s Active rest (keep the flywheel moving)

As you can see below I screwed up on the 4th work interval, so made so to go for 13 total intervals. Didn’t feel like I pushed hard enough, but that was a solid 3 hours of work.

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IMG_3869The program called for “Establish Max Height Box Jump” but I have a mental block that prevents me from making an attempt once I get to a certain height. So I tested my vertical jump instead. On concrete, with no step it was 24″ and taking a step into it with one foot I could get 26″. I wish I could remember what it was back in high school.

Week 2 is in the books, so that’s about 25% done with the challenge. Can’t wait to see what the programming for week 3 looks like.

Had Been Sick Since Tuesday

I felt exhausted and sore all over after Tuesday’s workout. Didn’t add up and later in the day I realized I was getting sick. Finally started feeling better today and was able to lift again. Did a session out in the garage with Kevin.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Air Dyne
  • Various Snatch Warm-up Exercises

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Snatches

  • 2 @ 75#
  • 2 @ 95#
  • 2 @ 115#
  • 2 @ 135#
  • 2 @ 145#
  • 2 @ 155#
  • 2 @ 135#
  • 2 @ 145#
  • 2 @ 155# (missed the first one)
  • 2 @ 135#
  • 2 @ 145#
  • 2 @ 155#

Some of the early sets of 135 and up felt a little slow and weird. Figured out it was because I was thinking too much, causing things to slow down. When I just went for the lift and took my mind out of it, everything felt much faster.

Snatch Deadlifts

  • 2 @ 155#
  • 2 @ 175#
  • 2 @ 195#
  • 2 @ 205#

I’m able to keep a good knees out position with these. Sooner or later it has to start transferring to the snatch, where I still dive in the knees on the rebend.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 5 @ 155#
  • 5 @ 165#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 195#
  • 5 @ 205#
  • 5 @ 210#
  • 5 @ 215#
  • 5 @ 220#

I started using the slingshot with the 165# set I think.

3 Rounds NFT

  • 5 GHR
  • 5 Hip Extensions (10# plate)
  • 1 Back Extension

First time doing the slow back extension. Really lit up the back.

Tomorrow I’ll be starting the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. It’ll be weird to give up control of my programming.