Don’t Break

Much needed rest day yesterday after nine in-a-row, with two of those being active recovery days. My shoulders were a little sore, but felt fine this morning.


Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 4×195
  • 4×205
  • 4×215
  • 4×225

Barely made it on the last set. Improvement over the 5x5x215 from last week.


  • 10-8-6-4-2 Thrusters (135#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders

I got this one from Beyond the Whiteboard in the Heavy Fitness Level category. Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, and 3×115. My goal was to go unbroken, but I had no idea what the thrusters would feel like. I just remember being the EMOM with 3×155 a few weeks ago being nasty. I made it through everything unbroken and probably could have picked the bar sooner after each set of double unders. Finished in 4:57. I’m pumped I was able to do those unbroken.


2 Rounds

  • 30 V-ups
  • 60 Bicycles
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 60 Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Leg Raises
  • 60 Mountain Climbers

These higher rep core movements get so bad in the first round. Took about 14 minutes to finish.

Roided Cindy

Last night I finished building a Bluetooth speaker for the garage gym. I can’t wait for my next workout to use it. It to the gym at noon.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 5 Bar Taps
  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 20 Lateral Bar Hops

Some light movement prep for the workout.


I made this one up several months ago and finally got to it. The idea was to make a herder version of “Cindy” without adding a weight vest or weighted movements; keep everything bodyweight.

“Cindy on Roids” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-ups
  • 15 Squat Box Jumps (20″)

I wore my grips without the fingers through so I could rotate them around for the HSPU. Went 3-2 on the bar every time except round 2 where I was slipping and thought I might fly off the bar so I had to go 3-1-1. Did the first round of HSPU unbroken and then 5-5 every other round. The squat box jumps are just slow and taxing. I did jump them all today. Glad I decided to set prescribe a lower box height. Made it through 6+20.

For someone who can keep the bar gymnastics work unbroken, I think 10+ is doable.


2 Rounds of 45s/15s

  • Leg raises
  • Sit-ups
  • Bicycles
  • Flutter kicks
  • Plank

Brandi came up with this to help with her police academy prep. 45 seconds is a long time for bicycles and flutter kicks. My reps were 20-23-66-100 and 22-22-65-100 and unbroken on the planks. I counted each side as a rep for the bicycles and flutters.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

That Pigeon stretch really pulls on my hips.

Happy New Year!

Unbroken MU

My shoulders are still a little sore from Saturday, but my upper back is where the real soreness is from that gymnastics work on Sunday evening. Did a 20 minute ROMWOD during lunch today. The biggest issue with going back to work has been the right side of my back gets really tight after sitting for 2 hours. In the last month and a half I’ve noticed the same thing happening during any car rides over 90 minutes. Maybe I “deconditioned” myself out of my back imbalance a bit during the 3 month sabbatical. Anyway I hope things square away soon, because it’s really making the word days drag on when I have to keep taking forced breaks more often than I’d like. Got to the gym around the start of the 4:30 class.


  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 2×50
  • 2×60
  • 1×65
  • 1×70
  • 1×75
  • 1×80
  • 3x1x85

I wasn’t sure how these would go with my back. In the early sets I really tried not to be too aggressive, which I think had a nice carryover to when it got heavier. Those singles at 85% felt really good.

Clean & Jerk

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×60
  • 2×75
  • 2×85
  • 1×91
  • 1×98
  • 1×104
  • 3x1x111

Solid here as well. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t wearing a belt until after the first rep with 111 kilos. Usually I like to put on the belt when I get over 200 pounds. Made a big effort to stay off my phone and keep moving from set to set after loading the bar. Not quite EMOM, should have been close most of the time.

Front Squat

  • 3x118kg
  • 2x3x125

I did put on the belt here, because sometimes my core gives out a little and I start to cave forward. I think I was pretty upright for every rep though.

Good Morning

  • 5x60kg
  • 5×70
  • 5×75

Took just over an hour to finish all of the lifting.

Midline and Gymnastics

Decided to combine abs with some gymnastics today so it didn’t seem like I was wasting so much time. I swear the ab work takes almost as long as the lifting in this program.

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)
  • 5 Strict Ring Pull-ups

Big focus on keeping a hollow body through each pull-up.

4 Sets

  • 25 Lying Leg Raises
  • 6 Ring Kip Swings

I need get back to doing those swings more often and translate the high feet into my actual muscle-up, because I still do the big knee bend on my forward swing.

Two weeks of Catalyst OTM ✅



  • Unbroken Muscle-ups

I had the urge to do some muscle-ups, even after fatiguing my pull and swing with the other work. Originally thought of starting with 6 down to 1, but made the right call to do with 5. Finished at exactly 2:00, with having to double or triple kip my final dip. I guess my rests between sets were spot on.

2012 Comes to an End

Last WOD of the year, and it’s been one hell of a year. Went to the 9am.



  • Star Jumps
  • Leg Raises


30:00 Partner AMRAP

  • 100 Air Squats
  • 10 Burpees
  • 80 Air Squats
  • 20 Burpees
  • 60 Air Squats
  • 30 Burpees
  • 40 Air Squats
  • 40 Burpees
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 50 Burpees

WOW! Going out of 2012 with a bang. I was partnered up with Sara, who I found out afterwards is 3 months pregnant! We finished 2 full rounds plus 112 more reps. I think we were a little more than 100 reps behind Laura and Brent, with a couple of other solid teams in between us.

I was thinking about getting in some rowing today, but after that WOD I think I’ll take the rest of the day off. It’s been a brutal week of workouts and my body is feeling it. Since the gym is closed tomorrow it’ll be a good day for a garage WOD.

Barbell Complex

Up and at ’em for the 9am today. I’m sore from Saturday’s death by pull-ups and from bench pressing yesterday. We are stepping away from strength for the week to recover and confuse the body. Good timing since it’s Thanksgiving week. My cardio and endurance has been a bit lacking, so this is a good chance to kick it back up a notch.



  • Squat Jumps
  • HR Push-ups
  • Leg Raises


30:00 Partner AMRAP (alternating rounds)

  • 5 Deadlifts
  • 5 Bent Rows
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans
  • 5 Back Squats
  • 5 Good Mornings

I was paired up with Kevin and we had 115# on the bar. He had to bow out, switching to a lighter bar and slowing down around 10 minutes, so I switched to doing a round every other minute on the minute. I think I had 4 rounds in during the partner portion and then I worked the last two minutes in a row to end up with a total of 14 rounds plus 5 deadlifts, 5 bent rows, and 5 hang power cleans. It may have only been 13 full rounds because I’m not sure where we made the switch.

After the first couple of rounds I fell into a rhythm and was consistently getting 55 second rounds. I had never done a good morning in my life so that took some time getting used to. I smoked through the hang power cleans early on, but in those last few rounds it was a struggle to get that bar up. I’m left feeling sick after this WOD, that’s for sure.


3:00 AMRAP of Burpees

I got 48 of them, with 16 in each minute I think, so pretty consistent. Not bad with only a few minutes of rest after the WOD.

Get Work Done

My upper ass is a bit sore from the lunges and deficit deadlifts. But I’m positive I’d be a lot more sore if not for using the rumble roller. Without a doubt it’s the best $70 I’ve spent in a long time. I’ve been rolling 2-3 times a day, usually when watching a little TV. I went in for the 10am class.

Warm-up / WOD


  • Russian Twists (30# KB)
  • Leg Raises
  • Bicycles
  • 30s Side Plank

Take an optional 3 minutes of rest and head directly into the second half of the workout. I exchanged kettlebells and got right into it because it’s not like this was a cardio taxing workout. It’s mainly a day about doing work.


  • Russian KBS (53#)
  • HR Push-ups

Do work. Do Work. DO WORK!

Today was all about keepin’ on. Get those reps done. This ladder adds up to 275 reps of each movement plus those 5 minutes of side planks. I finished in 55:04. Easily the longest WOD I’ve done.