You Never Know What You Might Miss

I was planning to take the day off, but felt good and was itching for a workout, so I went in to the 5:30pm class. I’m glad I did, because we worked on a bunch of new stuff and some things I really need work on.

Warm-up

3 Rounds:

  • 1m Sledge Hammer Slams
  • 1m Ring Push-ups
  • 1m Touch Jumps for Height
  • 1m Plank
  • 1m Wall Squat
  • 1m Prison Squats
  • 1m Rest

This was a nice switch-up from the norm and several new things.

WOD

  • 10-20-30-40-50 Pistols
  • 5-10-15-20-25 HSPUs
  • 100m-100m-200m-200m-300m Run

I’ve never tried more than 1 or two pistols in a row, so I grabbed a 12″ box to assist me when I couldn’t do them anymore. The round of 10 was kind of rough and I was falling all over the place, but as the rounds went on pistols actually got easier and easier because I learned how to control my body for them. Balance is huge for these one-legged bastards. I made it all the way through the workout doing them Rx on my first day doing them. Total of 75 per leg, which I’m sure to be feeling tomorrow. I started off doing Rx HSPU and knocked out the first 5 strict for a new PR. Next time around I got 9 in a row with a few kipping, blowing away the PR I just set. I think I had to add in an AbMat during the next round and was using 2 AbMats by the end. I was kind of slow, but kept pushing and finished with a time of 31:52.

Strength

Some people stayed after class and did some OHS. I did a set of 5 at 85#, a set of 3 at 105#, a set of 4 at 115#, and then went for a 1RM at 130#. I failed on the first attempt, but tried again and slowed myself down to keep steady. Got it up for a new PR.

If I had taken a rest day I would have missed out on a lot of great stuff today.

Do What You Want

The last 3 days were pretty good WODs, so I decided to just go in to Open Gym tonight and work on a few things. I warmed up with a 300m run. Then I alternated between snatches and HSPU, taking long rests in between. For the snatch work I started at 75# and went up by 10# each time, doing doubles or triples. Made it up to 125# and then failed at 135# before calling it quits. I tried HSPUs on plates and one AbMat for the first time so that it was a true HSPU. I was able to do 4 in the first set! Next set I did 2 and after that I switched to 1 AbMat with my hands on the floor. Nice easy day, but worked on a few things that needed work. Matt took some videos of a few snatches and they were not the greatest. I’m jumping pretty far backwards, which will never work at higher weights. Good to see on video and learn from it.

Sunday Funday

Yesterday after walking 18 holes of golf I had to rush home, shower, and get out to a restaurant for happy hour and dinner with a bunch of my CrossFit friends. Great fun! Such a good group of people. It’s going to be hard to leave this year, but I’m heading home to my close friends and another great group of folks at the gym there.

Since we started dinner before 5pm yesterday, I was in bed around midnight with enough time to recover enough to hit the 9am this morning. Getting out of bed was rough though. I couldn’t believe how sore I was from the interval workout at the track. After moving around a bit and eating a banana I felt better and decided it would do me good to get in for a tough workout.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 3 World’s Greatest Stretch (each leg)
  • 10-15 of each
    • V Sit-ups
    • PVC Pass thrus
    • Air squats

WODs

Teams of Three. For both portions, team members will cycle through full rounds one at a time, with only one member working at any one time. The goal is to move as quickly as possible, thus minimizing your partners’ rest periods and racking up as many rounds as possible.

Since class was small (imagine that after a night of drinking!) most of us paired up for teams of two instead of three.

15m AMRAP

  • 3 Deadlifts
  • 6 HSPU
  • 9 Box Jumps

Deadlifts were done with 225#, I used 2 AbMats for the HSPUs, and jumped on to some stacked up tires that were taller than 24 inches. I was able to complete all rounds unbroken, which is why I went with 2 AbMats instead of 1. At a team, my partner Adam and I completed 15 rounds plus 3 deadlifts. I went first in this AMRAP. Teams of 2 was actually perfect here and we kept a steady pace of 1 minute rounds. With 3 people I think our rest period would have been too long.

After finishing the first WOD, I was feeling so much better than when I woke up. I’m glad I decided to make it in to class instead of going back to bed or going for a hike.

We rested for 5 minutes before hitting the second WOD.

15m AMRAP

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 10 Burpees

I went second in this AMRAP because Adam is better at pull-ups than I am. In the end it didn’t matter because we each completed 9 rounds for a total of 18. That’s 45 pull-ups and 90 burpees each. This WOD would have been much better with a team of 3. My kipping pull-ups are getting much better because I’m able to feel when I get out of control and dial in the swing. I’m also getting better at adjusting my grip on the bar.

After the workout I headed to Total Wine & More to pick up some beer. CrossFit Full Strength has started to call today Sunday Funday because everyone is encouraged to bring a 6-pack of beer for after the noon OLY class. Last week was the first one and it was fun.

Olympic Lifting Class

After a snatch warm-up progression with the PVC pipe we worked on our snatch technique by doing a power snatch followed by a full snatch. I worked up to 105# I think.

Next we got out the racks and worked on the drop snatch with overhead squat. I got up to 125# there. Tried 135# once, but I had the weight too far forward and my feet were too wide.

I wasn’t quite all there and felt weak during the OLY work today, but it was good to get a final session in with Johnny.

Making Men

I didn’t get the greatest sleep last night, but I’m feeling great. Pretty sore from the back squats, KBS, and walking lunges yesterday, which I think is why I kept tossing and turning early this morning.

Warm-up

3 rounds

  • 2 Turkish Get-ups (each side)
  • 60s Row

I used a 35# KB for the first two rounds and then a 44# for the third one. The warm-up actually called for 60s of DUs, but I’m laying off the jump rope for a few weeks to let my neck heal, so I rowed instead. Did over 250m each round in the 60s.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 4-5 Deadlift, 2-0-X-1 tempo
  • 15-20s Rest
  • MAX HSPU
  • 3m Rest

My previous best deadlift was 5 reps at 275# so I set 290# as my goal for the last set. Warmed up with 6 reps at 135# and then used 225#, 245#, 275#, and 290# for the working sets. Was able to get 5 reps each set and set a 15# PR! I’m curious what my 1 rep max is. For the HSPUs I used 1 AbMat under my head and did 9, 11, 9, and 8 reps. Each set beat my old PR of 7 reps. Three months ago I started by doing pike push-ups (stink bugs). Maybe next time I’ll put plates under my hands so I’m going full depth.

WOD

7 Rounds of 5 Manmakers.
Partner up and alternate rounds so that each person completes 7 rounds for a total of 14.

Holy shit! This WOD will make a man out of any guy or gal. You get a little bit of rest when your partner is doing their round, but after you get through 2 or 3 reps my tank was on E. I used 40# DBs for the entire workout. We finished in 15:38.

Always Something New

I’ve been working out at CrossFit Full Strength for two and a half months now and I still end up doing some movement or new stretch I’ve never done at least once or twice a week. “Constantly varied” is exactly right when it comes to CrossFit. My legs are sore from back squats and particularly my inner thighs. Feels so good though!

Last night I did a bit of DU practice and I’m able to string together streaks consistently now. I don’t even start with singles first, which I think has helped. Start spinning that rope, but don’t jump for the first time until the rope is about to reach your feet and then start the fast wrist action and get right into doubles. Once again though, the headache came on while doing them. I’ve been doing some neck mobility a couple of times a day to try and loosen things up.

Warm-up

  • 2x
    • PVC Shoulder Mobility
    • 10 PVC OHS
    • 3 Groiners (each leg)
  • 400m Run

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8-10 DB Russian Step-ups (each leg)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30-45s Side Planks (each side)
  • 45s Rest

Russian step-ups are something new to me. I used a 24 inch box and 30# DBs, while doing 10 per leg in each set. I’m going to be feeling those for a few days. For the side planks I went a full 45 seconds on each side. You wouldn’t think it, but this work got me dripping with sweat.

Update: An hour and a half later I can barely walk. The Russian step-ups really worked the hamstrings.

WOD

12m AMRAP

  • 6 HSPUs
  • 9 Ring Dips
  • 12 HR Push-ups

Push, push, and push some more. This WOD was all about fatigue in the push motion. After the first round there wasn’t much left in the tank. More time was spending resting than working, but I was still out of breath at the end. For the HSPU sI used 2 AbMats because I die quickly using 1 and I knew it was going to be an issue with 2. The ring dips and HR push-ups were Rx. After round 1 I had to do a lot of kipping on the HSPUs. At the end I managed to get through 3 rounds plus 3 HSPUs.

Open workout 12.4 gets announced later today and I’m going to do it tomorrow morning because I’m driving up to Las Vegas for the weekend right after. My prediction is that we’ll see deadlifts, DUs, and a body weight movement such as HSPUs, HR Push-ups, or muscle-ups. But… I’m hoping I’m wrong on those last 3 because of today’s WOD.

Speaking of muscle-ups… I’ve been toying around with them a bit before and after classes this week. Today we set a rack with a band around the dip bars right under the rings. I stood on the band, got my false grip on the rings and completed an assisted muscle-up on my second attempt! I was done there though because of how dead my shoulders were from the WOD. I’m going to have these down before I head back to Michigan.

Triple 8 Minute AMRAPs

Final results are in for workout 12.2 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open. For the snatch workout I finished 1,703rd out of 2,125 in the South West region and 23,604th out of 31,287 in the world. That puts me in 1,624th place in the region and 23,040th in the world after 2 workouts. I dropped in both rankings, but heavy weights are not my thing compared to most of these guys. I’ve only been doing workouts with barbells for 2 months of my 4 month CrossFit journey!

The deadlifts hit me a bit harder today. Pretty sore in my legs and lower back. I can feel all of the pull-up work we did yesterday in my shoulders and upper back too. Or maybe I’m just getting old!

When I saw today’s workout I had mixed feelings. No strength work, but three metcons. Interesting to say the least. From the pull-ups and T2B I knew today had the potential to wreak havok on my hands, and it did.

Warm-up

  • Stretch
  • 600m Run

Rest 8 minutes between AMRAPs.

WOD #1

8m AMRAP

  • 250m Row
  • 5 HSPUs
  • 10 Thrusters

I flew through the first row, knocked out the HSPUs using 1 AbMat, and did the thrusters unbroken at 95#. Second row went well too, but then I hit the HSPUs and got stuck. The first two were ok, but I had a lot of trouble with the next three. Tried kipping them out with some success, but I took me a long time and I fell off the pace. All that work wore me out for the thrusters and I had to break them up into small sets. I managed to get out the final row just before the time ran out. So I completed 2 rounds plus 250m of rowing.

WOD #2

8m AMRAP

  • 40 DUs
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 10 Pull-ups

DUs, I own you! I started off with a streak of 20+ and thought, “This is easy.” Haha! I fell off the pace a bit, but this was the first WOD where I didn’t suffer too much from DUs. I kept my head and tried to relax, which really helped with my rhythm. The second round of HR Push-ups were tough. In the second round I set a new PR by getting all 10 pull-ups in a row by kipping. I have a nice wound to show for it as you can see in the picture. I only tore up my left hand this time and it’s under a different finger than the first time I tore up my hands. Funny thing is, that was exactly one month ago. I sure hope the Open workout doesn’t require anything on the bar because I don’t know what I’ll do. I finished 2 rounds plus 14 DUs for this WOD.

WOD #3

8m AMRAP

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 15 T2B
  • 10 Ring Dips

I used a 24in box for the jumps and substituted GHDs for the T2B since my hand was already tore up. I didn’t substitute anything for any of the ring dips today. I finished 2 rounds plus 20 box jumps, 15 GHD, and 2 ring dips.

Once everything was all said and done, that was a pretty cool program for today. I really love how they switch things up at the box. I’m going to miss the programming when I head back to Michigan, but I’m excited that the box back home is making a lot of changes and going to become a CrossFit affiliate this summer. Damn, I love this shit!

The Bar Takes a Piece of Me

I wasn’t really sore this morning from yesterday’s Olympic lifting session. I do feel a bruise near my neck from doing cleans though.

Warm-up

  • 3m DUs
  • 6 each of Push-up complex (Under the fence, knee to elbow at bottom of push-up, foot to outstretched hand at top of push-up)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 6 each of Push-up complex

I think we did something else in the warm-up, but I can’t remember what it was.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Deadlifts
  • 20s Rest
  • MAX HSPU
  • 3m Rest

Since I had just done RDLs last night I wasn’t sure what I’ve have left in the tank for deadlifts. I started with a warm-up set at 135# and then my rounds went like this:

  • 165# DL / 7 HSPU
  • 195# DL / 7 HSPU
  • 215# DL / 5 HSPU
  • 245# DL / 6 HSPU
  • 275# DL / 4 HSPU

Everything felt pretty good. Today was the first time I tried HSPU with only 1 AbMat. It’s definitely harder than 2, but I’ve come along way since doing stink bugs 2 months ago. 275# is a new PR for deadlifts by 5#.

WOD

5 Rounds

  • 8 Deadlifts, 85% of 5RM
  • 20 Wall Balls

I used 235# for deadlifts and a 15# MB so that I could keep up the intensity throughout. In the first round I did all 8 deadlifts unbroken, but then broke them up into sets of 5 and 3 for the rest of the rounds. Each round I tried to do the wall balls unbroken, but had to take a break of 2-3 seconds during a few of the rounds. I finished in 10:41. On one of the the deadlift descents, the knurling of the bar scraped my knee and took a souvenir.