3 Weeks of the Squat Program

Went to open gym at 5:15 tonight.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 10/10 Leg Swings (F-B, S-S)
  • 10/10 Flamingos
  • 10/10 Scorpions

Strength

Finishing out week 3 of the squat program with front squats. Did a few sets to warm-up and then did the prescribed 5 working sets.

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 95#
  • 3 @ 135#
  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 5 @ 215#

Felt pretty good, but got tougher at the end. I’m liking this squat program, but it’s about to get real interesting next week, moving up to 6 sets and starting to hit some serious loads.

OLY with XWOD

  • 3-2-2-1-1 Cleans (135-165-185-205-225)
  • 2-1-2-1-2 Kneeling Jump

Cleans felt ok, but didn’t want to push it after all of the frost squatting, when that last one at 225 wasn’t the easiest rep. I only jumped up to my feet on the kneeling jumps, but probably should have gone for broad jump distance or something.

WOD

21-15-9

  • OHS (95#)
  • Ring Dips

A few of us were originally going to do “Elizabeth” but calves are sore from all of the box jumps yesterday and then did those heavy cleans, so we switched it up to OHS instead, which we all need more of. My kipping ring dips need some practice. I finished in 6:56.

That was 4 solid days of training in a row. Will be working on projects at the house all weekend so probably won’t do any workouts. Should be well rested to hit it again on Monday.

Recovery

Feeling more back to normal today, although I did wake up with a headache again. Went at 10am and Kevin and I did our own thing today.

Warm-up

I did a 500m Row and some PVC pass-thrus.

OLY Technique

1 Snatch EMOM for 10:00

I started out at 75# and worked my way up, doing the last 2 or 3 with 135#. It’s been far too long since doing a full squat snatch so it felt a bit awkward today.

Strength

5×3 OHS

Haven’t done heavy overhead squats since I set a 1 rep max of 165# last year. Went 95-125-145-155-160. Pretty tough, but felt good to do them again.

10:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20-20-20-20-25)
  • Odds: 5 Weighted Dips (20-20-20-25-25)

I had my belt so strapped on a KB for the weight. I don’t think I can count 5 full reps for my last set of pull-ups. Maybe should have added a 2.5# plate instead of taking the 5# jump.

Finisher

5 Rounds

  • 50m High Prowler Sprint (90# sled + 135#)
  • 50m Low Prowler Sprint (90# sled + 135#)
  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 1-2 minute rest

On the last round I pushed another 15-20m for extra misery.

Solid workout today, without too much intensity to kill me after being off for 3 days.

Snatches and OHS

I was planning to rest through the day and hit up the WOD tonight, but then I got up this morning and was feeling good. The leg workout from Tuesday never really hit me hard. So I went in at 9am to get in my workout, with the plans to go for a hike or golf tomorrow.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 10 PVC OHS w/ 3-2-X-2 Tempo
  • 10s Tri/Shoulder Stretch w/ PVC behind back
  • 10 PVC Sotts Press

1x Burgener Warm-up with an unloaded barbell

Strength

5 Rounds

  • 1 Full Snatch
  • 4 OHS w/ 3-2-X-2 Tempo

Considering the shoulder burn I got doing tempo OHS with the PVC, I knew this was going to be a world of hurt. Started out really light with 65#, then went 75#, 85#, 100#, and 110#. The last 2 reps were kind of wobbly at the top, but my midline and legs were tight. Anything heavier probably wouldn’t have gone for 4 reps. That’s a long time to be holding the load overhead. If you think about it, it’s about 2 seconds for the full snatch and getting set for the OHS, then 8 seconds for each rep, which totals a good 34 seconds or more. Emily kept yelling at me to really push my knees out going down into the OHS, so that was a big concentration point for me to work on today. For the full snatches I really tried to focus on getting full hip extension, especially being lighter weights.

WOD

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 200m Run
  • 25 Chest-to-deck Push-ups
  • 250m Row

Fun one. I did the first 10 snatches unbroken, then 7-3, 7-3, and unbroken again in the 4th round. Should have fought to go unbroken each round. My push-ups weren’t too bad today due to having 3-4 minutes between each set. I finished in 16:42.

Meet “Nancy”

It’s been a cold few days here in Phoenix, with freezing temperatures every night. Since today’s WOD had running, I was not going at 9am! Went in for the noon, which was good running weather.

Warm-up

  • 3 Rounds
    • 3 Pull-ups
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 30 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 30 Supermans
  • Bergener Warm-up (45#)

Strength

10:00 EMOM, increasing weights

  • Power Snatch
  • OHS

I started with 75# and went up 10# each minute until I hit 135#, where I did a few sets before going to 140# for the last set. I did all arm pull on the first attempt and then hit it with an ugly attempt. My snatch needs work!

WOD

“Nancy”
5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (85#)

I could have done it Rx with 95#, but I would have had to break up the OHS. By using 85# I was forced to fight for my reps and was able to keep it unbroken. Finished in exactly 15:00. Hitting all 15 in-a-row on the last two rounds was a fight and the bar was swaying all over the place. First shot at “Nancy” was a good one.

Off to Phoenix

Went in at 9am for my last Survival Fitness WOD for a couple of months. Starting the road trip to Phoenix this afternoon.

Warm-up

Tabata Mash-up

  • Burpees
  • Plank

I did 5 burpees each round.

Strength

1RM Floor Press

Started with 8 easy reps at 95# and 2 at 165#. Then went 1 at 195#, 215#, 235# (PR), and missed at 245#. After getting 3 at 225# last week I figured I had 245# in the bag, but I just didn’t have it after a tough WOD last night.

WOD

Since it was my last WOD at SF for a while, Matt made up the WOD in my honor using my age and first letters of Momrik. 33 reps of each.

“Momrik 33”

  • Man Makers (40# DBs – push-up, row, row)
  • OHS (95#)
  • Man Makers (yes, again!)
  • Ring Dips
  • Inchworms
  • K2E

No rest for the arms and shoulders in this one. I started off with 10 man makers and then tried to stick to 5 reps at a time for the rest of the way. For OHS I did 10-10-8-5. Kipped all of the ring dips and was able to stick to sets of 5 so I didn’t hit failure. Took a short water break after 10 inch worms and then yelled at myself for taking any break on what was the easiest part of this WOD, so did the rest unbroken. On K2E, I went 10-8-8-5-2 I think. Finished in 19:58, which should be a pretty good time. Rx for the man makers was 45# DBs, but I know my limits there and 40# was just right for me.

My arms and shoulders are fried. I’m looking forward to a few days off as I drive out to Arizona. I’ll probably go out for a hike on Sunday when I get to town and then hit up CrossFit Full Strength on Monday morning.

Closing in on 100

Went in to open gym tonight.

WOD

30 Rounds

  • Power Snatch (95#)
  • 2 OHS (95#)

This was tough, but not in the way I expected. The OHS added up and really worked my legs and hips. I finished in 8:26.

Strength

Find 1RM Bench Press

Did 10 reps at 95# and 3 @ 135#. Then went 185#, 205#, 225#, and failed at 245#. Maybe could have got 240# if I had tried it.

Skills

Worked some on butterfly pull-ups and started to get the feel for them. I was getting a few in a row, but then I’d still bottom out on kill my shoulders. Getting better though.

Did a bunch of DUs and knocked out 5 streaks over 50! Last set of the day was 85, a new PR. So close to the century mark!

“Grace” PR

Feeling so much better today. Hit up the 11am.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 15s Jumping Jacks
  • 15s Air Squats
  • 15s Mountain Climbers
  • 15s Jump Squats

Midline

21-15-9

  • One-arm OHS (35# KB)
  • V-ups

The one-arm OHS is such an awkward movement. Using a KB did feel better balanced than when I had used a DB before.

WOD

15:00 AMRAP

  • “Grace” – 30 Clean & Jerks (125#)
  • “Cindy” with the remaining time
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

I finished “Grace” in 4:16, which is a 54 second PR since doing it in July. Even with the much faster time it felt much easier. I did the first 7 reps unbroken then did one rep at a time dropping the bar after each rep. Didn’t take any rest time other than setting up for the next rep. With the remaining time I did 9 full rounds of “Cindy” plus 2 more pull-ups. Good workout!

Finisher

  • 50 Russian KBS (71# KB)
  • 400m Farmer’s Carry (40# DBs)

I did the swings unbroken, which isn’t that tough for Russian KBS. My arms wanted to fall off and my grip was really failing in the farmer’s carry, but I held on to those DBs the entire time. Distance was probably 50m more actually because I had to carry them outside and then back in.