Hi From Dubai

Landed in Dubai around 11:30pm last night, got to my Airbnb, showered, and went to sleep around 1:30. I closed my eyes a bit on the Detroit to Paris flight, but didn’t really fall asleep, so all of the sleep I had was the hour nap in the afternoon on Thursday. Long travel “days.” I only got 6 hours in bed last night, but woke up on local time, which is a key to beating jet lag. Went out for breakfast and walked around the marina a lot. Took a 90 minute nap, chilled in my room, and then hit the fitness center at 4.

Warm-up

5:00 Stationary Bike

Did 72 cals and 2.89 km, though I don’t really know if it’s km or miles.

Warmed up seated shoulder presses with ten reps each using 20, 35, and 45 pound dumbbells. Not really sure on the weight of the DBs; each plate is marked and I’m assuming it’s pounds because of the feel, but I guessed another five pounds for the handle.

Strength

  • 4:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 15 HR Push-ups
    • 10 DB Seated Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 6:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 12 HR Push-ups
    • 10 DB Seated Shoulder Presses (35#)

Planned on doing all ten minutes the way I started. I thought the push-ups might be too many, but I did not expect the presses to get so hard that early.

Posterior Chain

Death March

  • 2×20 Steps (25# DBs)
  • 3×20 Steps (30# DBs)

Molly did a ton of these a few days ago and said it lit up her hamstrings. We figured they’d be good for my back issues.

Accessory Conditioning

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 35s Handstand Hold (facing wall)
  • 25 Air Squats

I’m really trying to push through my shoulders with these holds. Everything except my hands are right up touching the wall (even my nose). With my hands a bit back I’m hoping it’ll improve my mobility. This got my heart rate up.

Blowing Up Triceps

Feeling pretty good after yesterday, but I’m sure my abs will start getting sore from those 150 sit-ups after zero in a month. My ass isn’t any extra sore from doing more walking lunges. Went in at 1:30.

Warm-up

  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching

I didn’t realize how tired my shoulders were until I started moving.

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

If my shoulders weren’t so beat I would have pushed more more reps. I missed the third rep and another attempt in round eight when I was trying to think about delaying my turnover a little bit. Did four reps in the last round to make up for it.

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2 Parallette HSPU (1 AbMat – 9.25″)
  • 10 HR Push-ups

My shoulders were on the parallettes at the bottom. Really have to concentrate on a deep maximum kip for that much of a deficit.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 8-12 Double DB Incline Skull Crushers (25#)

We weren’t sure what to do on the ski erg, so started out slow and controlled in the first round, which didn’t feel like it really did anything. So we sped up the pace after that and oh shit! You blow up after 15-20 seconds. Then the skull crushers were so much harder too. I did 12 reps for two rounds and then eight reps the other three rounds.

Was planning to do some handstand walking practice, but my triceps were so blown up I could barely hold a handstand! Maybe tomorrow.

Hot in the Basement

My back was a little tight this morning, but much better than the previous two days and it didn’t bother me much in bed. Another 100% day on my WHOOP sleep score. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Row (40 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • 10/10 Arm Circles
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10/10 Leg Swings

Conditioning

  • 10:00 Time Cap – 15-15-12-12-9-9
    • cal Row
    • DB Thrusters (20# DBs)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 10:00 Time Cap – 10-20-30-40-50
    • H2H KBS (53#)
    • Air Squats
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 5 Rounds
    • 1:00 Turkish Get-ups (26#)
    • 1:00 Flutter Kicks

I scaled down the dumbbells from 35# and it was a good choice with my back. Allowed me to stay unbroken and finish in 7:58. I tried to row around 1,200 cal/hr the entire way.

In the second workout I scaled down from American swings and went unbroken. Took me 9:28.

In the third I moved quick on my get-ups. I’m pretty sure I did another get-up in some of my rounds. I always screw up my counting with the TGU by not remembering if I should count at the top or bottom of the rep, when I should clearly wait until I complete the entire rep to count it. I did all sets of 30 for the flutter kicks with short rests and did not do them in the hollow hold position. I logged 8-8-8-8-10 and 90-90-90-90-120 for my scores.

It’s actually kind of nice being limited in the basement while my back recovers, where we don’t have any barbells. It’s hot as hell down there though.

Back at the Whip

Holy shit, by 7pm last night my back was twitching all over the place (and still is doing it some this morning) from concentrating on better movement with the Kroc rows! I got another 9+ hours of sleep last night, but this cold is still lingering. I’m limping a little on both calves instead of only the right one. My back is a bit aggravated. I got to the scale for the first time in weeks and as expected my weight is up. Was just over 206 pounds, so it’s time to cut.

Today CrossFit Whip reopened in the basement, which will be where the less skill focused “Sweat” classes will be held. The CrossFit area upstairs isn’t ready yet. I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10/10 Leg Swings

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Push-ups
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters (20# DBs)
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50 Step-ups (24″)
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 H2H KBS
  • 50 Step-ups
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 50 Push-ups

I did 5×10 push-ups, 5×10 thrusters, and averaged around 1,200 cal/hr on the rower the first time. It was 12 steps for me to get across the floor, which was a good place to rest and then I took two extra steps on my fourth length. Alternated lead legs every five step-ups, did the swings unbroken and kept slowly moving through the burpees. My second row was more like 1,000 cal/hr or lower. I think I started with 10 thrusters, and then did some fives with holding the dumbbells at my sides for a quick rest, then held on for 15 final reps. I ended up getting through 45 thrusters, so only had five left and the 50 push-ups. I subbed step-ups instead of box jumps because of my calves and hand-to-hand swings instead of American swings because of my back.

I can’t remember the last time a chipper like this was programmed. I bet this didn’t come from the Chalk Online – CrossFit program, which is what we usually follow. Looks like one of Ryan Fischer’s Chalk Online – Sweat! workouts.

Midline & Gymnastics

3 Sets

Stayed after for some extra work.

Sick, but Recovering

Started getting stuffed up on Monday night and woke up with my WHOOP recovery in the yellow after a seven day green streak. Sinuses really started bothering me as the day progressed. My quads and ass were getting very very sore! Made New Year’s Eve a rest day. I took a nice nap, loaded up on drugs through the day, and was in bed at 10pm. Still not feeling great this morning and my quads are still on fire. Out in the garage at 11.

Warm-up

5:00 Airdyne

Did 112 calories and 2.66 km.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)

A way for me to easy back into some lifting and see how my back handles a little load. When holding the kettlebell in my right arm I could feel my back a little unless I made an adjustment to my positioning.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 2:00 Sandbag Cleans over the Box (100#, 48″)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Rope Pulls
  • 1:00 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not going to lie, I was scared when I went to pick up the sandbag for a warm-up attempt. No issues though. I twisted my ankle on a rep in the first or second round when I came down on the sandbag, but walked it off right away and it never bothered me. Just made sure to jump down to the side of the bag from there on out. I did 10-12-12-13 with the sandbag, 9 rope pulls each time, and 25-23-25-25 push-ups. Tried for some larger sets in that third round, which just made me rest more, hence the fewer reps.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups (3s Pause)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bird Dogs + 10s pause

40!!

I took a couple of rest days and ate everything! Got up this morning and drove home. Was out in the garage around 4pm.

Today is my 40th, so I came up with this gem of a workout.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 40 cal Row
  • 40 Russian KBS (70/53#)
  • 40 Deadlifts (115/80#)
  • 40 cal Ski
  • 40 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 40 Hand Release Push-ups

This went by faster than I expected, but I should have realized how much of a low back pump it would be. Got through 2+151.

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests

2 Sets

  • 10 Pallof Presses + 10 Rotations (per side)

Used the small blue band which was much harder.

4 Sets

  • 30s/30s Side Bends (53#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

100 Calorie Warm-up

My lats and upper abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • Front Rack Stretch
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)

I was there early so jumped on the bike before class.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM

  • 5 Burpees over the Bar
  • 3 Front Squats (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

The Rx weight was 155, but I was having none of that. By using 135 I was able to keep a consistent pace with burpees and the barbell, getting over 30 seconds of rest every round. After 5 or 6 rounds I realized I could just go right from the third front squat into the jerk like I would with a C&J. Duh!

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian KB Swings (70#)

This was programmed as an alternating EMOM, but there is no way I can hold a one minute hollow five times. I broke it up and maximized a full minute with the kettlebell. I took a quick breather after 20 reps every round and did 33-32-32-32-33 reps for 162 total.