Get Out All of the Gear

Around 9pm last night I started falling asleep and my body was feeling completely wrecked. Crawled in bed around 10 and got some solid recovery. My glutes are pretty damn sore and my upper back started to get sore through the day. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Row (34 cals)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 DB Shoulder Press (20#)

Strength

2 Front Squats + 2 Jerks

  • 45# (5 reps of each)
  • 95 (5 reps of each)
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 225
  • 235

I haven’t front squatted that weight in almost two years, when I did 2×245 on December 14, 2017. It felt pretty good, all things considered. I did all push jerks except for the last set where I split jerked both reps. I think I started wearing my belt with 165. I also had knee sleeves on just because I’d want them for the lunges.

Conditioning

17:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in: 5 Rounds
    • 10 Thrusters (95#)
    • 15 Pull-ups
    • 30 Double Unders
  • AMRAP in remaining time…
    • 10 Front Rack Lunges (95#)
    • 15 Russian KBS (70#)
    • 30 Double Unders

I broke the thrusters 5-5 from the start, hoping to keep my heart rate down, and did 5-5-5 on all pull-ups. My first round was just under 2:00 and round two was right at 4:00, but then I started resting way too much between movements. I think I was on the AMRAP right around the 13:00 mark, so I averaged three minutes for each of the last three rounds! Missed 3 double unders all together I think. Got through 2+10 of the AMRAP.

Damn Back

It was so good to sleep in my bed last night after 9 nights on an air mattress. But the left side of my low back started acting up last night. For half the night it was extremely painful to roll over. Been getting better throughout the day, so hopefully it’s just something aggravated and not a new tweak. The back tweaks I’ve had recently affected the right side, so this is definitely something new. I’ve been using e-stim on it all day.

I went to CFi at 5:30 to work on a few things and then try some things with our team before a local competition on Saturday.

Warm-up

5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 200m Row
  • 10 Shoulder Press (20kg)

Split Jerks

  • 5x20kg
  • 5x40kg
  • 2x50kg
  • 2x60kg
  • 2x70kg
  • 2x80kg
  • 2x90kg
  • 2x95kg

Felt ok. Didn’t want to push it with my back and not having worked on them for almost 2 weeks. Rest day tomorrow. Hopefully this issue clears up or a 2RM front squat and max clean are going to be pretty tough events.

New set of bumpers I picked up during their Matte Black Friday Hundo specials.
New set of bumpers I picked up during their Matte Black Friday Hundo specials.

Michigan Jerks

Went to Mockingjay Part 1 on Thursday night so didn’t get much sleep. Needed that full rest day yesterday and got a massage too. Ended up going to be before 9pm, which never happens. Hell, being in bed by 10 in extremely rare.

Warm-up

  • 1,000m Row (4:26)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jerk Footwork Drill

Weightlifting

Split Jerks

  • 5x20kg
  • 5x40kg
  • 3x50kg
  • 3x60kg
  • 3x70kg
  • 3x80kg
  • 3x85kg
  • 3x90kg
  • 3x93kg

2014-11-22-michigan-jerk

2 Clean + 1 Split Jerk (Blocks below the knee)

  • 50kg
  • 60kg
  • 70kg
  • 80kg
  • 90kg
  • 100kg

Feeling more and more comfortable with the jerks. Slowly adding more weight. Trying to work on dropping under the cleans faster too.

Strength

Front Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 5×215#
  • 5×235#
  • 5×255#
  • 5×265#

Conditioning

2,500m Row

Nothing crazy. Wanted to get the heart rate up for a bit and keep the pace under 2:00/500m. Finished in 9:51.2.

Don’t Cherry Pick

Kind of wanted to skip the workout today because I hate the long ones. I hate cherry pickers more though, so don’t want to be one. Went to the 4:30 class. We did a dynamic warm-up for a few minutes.

Gymnastics

6 Rounds NFT

  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups (20#)
  • 3 Strict Ring Dips (3s pause)

I didn’t get my chest to the bar every time.

30:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 20 Air Squats
  • 20 Burpees
  • 20 American KBS (53#)
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I partnered up with Jared. We simply alternated movements through the first 4 rounds. Then the rest of the way one person did all 20 air squats and we evenly split up the other movements 10/10. We finished 8 full rounds plus 20 air squats, 20 burpees, and 13 kettlebell swings. Grinder!

Midline

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Plank Push-ups
  • 10s Rest

Damn! Felt like I was working shoulders more than core.

Weightlifting

Did the jerk footwork drill a bunch as I was cooling down from the workout.

Jerks

  • 5x20kg
  • 3x40kg
  • 3x50kg
  • 3x60kg
  • 3x70kg
  • 3x80kg
  • 3x85kg

Starting to get a feel for a better back leg position and dropping under the bar instead of pushing it up so high.

Working the Back Leg of the Jerk

Feeling a bit from all of the push-ups yesterday, but rested and ready to go.

Warm-up

  • 3 Rounds NFT
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
    • 250m Row
  • Jerk footwork
  • 10×45# Shoulder Press

Weightlifting

Split Jerks

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 2x3x115#
  • 3x3x135#
  • 2x3x155#
  • 2x3x175#

Working on my back leg. Starting to get a feel for it. Kept it light.

  • High Hang Clean
  • Hang Clean
  • 2 Front Squats
  • Jerk

Fun little complex. Did 135-145-155-165-175-185-195-205#. The jerk felt really good!

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 MU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 DU
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 8 and 6 muscle-ups, 22 and 20 burpees, 23 calories rowing both times, and 77-93 double unders.

Accessory

3 Rounds NFT

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (260#)
  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20#)

Sunday Mass

In for an early Sunday at 9am because we’re heading to the Adventure Park to climb the trees again. I started off with Crossover Symmetry Activation and some stretching.

Warm-up

  • 10×45# Shoulder Press
  • 2 Kneeling Jumps
  • 5×95# Jerk
  • 1 Kneeling Jump (4″)
  • 2×125# Jerk
  • 1 Kneeling Jump (7″)
  • 2×155# Jerk
  • 1 Kneeling Jump (10.25″)
  • 2×185# Jerk

XWOD

  • 2-2-2-2-2 Jerks (205#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2 Kneeling Jumps
    • 2s: 10.25″
    • 1s: 13.25″

Felt pretty good on most of the jerks.

Strength/Accessory

  • 5×45# Good Morning
  • 5×95# Good Morning
  • 5×135# Good Morning
  • 5×165# Good Morning
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5×175# Good Morning
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5×185# Good Morning
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5×185# Good Morning
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5×195# Good Morning
  • 15 Push-ups

Focused on explosive drive back up out of the bottom in the good mornings to work the hamstrings more. I can feel a big difference when I engage my glutes and hamstrings to initiate the movement. All push-ups were unbroken sets.

Gymnastics

EMOM 10:00

  • 7 C2B Pull-ups

Did pretty good with the butterfly considering I’d never done more than 4 chest to bar in a row with it. Got several rounds unbroken without losing my kip. Have started to develop a bruise and broken blood vessels under my right pec where I contact the bar. I think maybe I should work on hitting higher, which should be less work. I feel like I’d smash my face though.

Thruster Attack

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Tabata
    • 20s Thrusters (35#)
    • 10s Rest
  • 2:30 Rest

Damn that was tough this week!

60 Day Lifting Challenge – The End

I’ve been doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting and today was my last day. Woohoo!

Turned out not to be a good week for me with testing the lifts.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 15# Snatch Positions
  • 45# Snatch Positions
  • 75# Snatch Positions

Snatch

  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 1×145#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×175#
  • 1×185#
  • Missed 195# 5 times

Felt good on the way up. At some point recently I’ve started jumping back too far in the clean and the snatch. When I was warming up, something happened between my left shoulder and neck. I can’t put too much pressure on it or it hurts to the touch. Not saying that’s the sole cause, but it didn’t help. I think I tweaked a few things that I didn’t realize with that pretzel clean on Monday.

Split Jerk

  • 2×115#
  • 2×145#
  • 2×175#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×225#
  • Fx245#

Mid-back on the left side was flaring up and it wouldn’t let me hold the weight at 245#. That stupid clean!!

Oh well, hopefully none of these tweaks are anything serious. Back to CrossFit classes in the morning.