Making Men

Rested yesterday. I switched my gym membership to the 2x/week plan. I’ve only been to the gym more than that 2-3 times since the program switch, which is disappointing. I’m not going to risk injury and overtraining though; I’m over those years. I’ve still been working out 5 days a week on average, but making use of my garage. I have to admit, getting back an extra hour+ in the day (without prep, travel, and social time) is a nice bonus. My cardio has been feeling good, so I’ll continue what I’m doing. I think the lower volume is helping a lot.

Out in the garage for a workout before a late lunch.


5:00 Airdyne – 1.51 miles

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3x3x225

I think I forgot how to squat. Felt fine, but I can tell I’m hesitant with each rep.


4 Rounds

  • 10 Renegade Man Makers (35# DBs)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Been a long time since doing man makers. If you’ve never done them, it’s a push-up on the dumbbells, a row with each arm in the plank position (helps to keep wide feet), jump/step feet up to hands, clean, and shoulder to overhead. I wasn’t fast with them, but never stopped and did all sets of sit-ups unbroken too. Finished in 12:54.

Chicks & Dicks WOD

This morning at 9am, our newlywed couple of Casey and Kinde Malott were back in the gym for their first WOD after the wedding. Matt made it a partner WOD pairing up a guy and a gal for each team. I was paired up with Cora and we rocked it!


21-15-9 *

  • Air Squats
  • Jumping Jacks

* After each round, power skip 150m.


“Malott 13”

  • 13 Man Makers, Renegade (40# DBs)
  • 13 Around the World HR Push-ups (each one is essentially a 4 count with rotations)
  • 13 Laps of 150m Weighted Run (45# Plate)
  • 13 Over the Box Burpees (24″ – Each partner does 13 and can work at the same time)
  • 13 T2B (4 counts, so 52 total)
  • 13 Tuck Jumps (4 counts, so 52 total)

Our strategy on the man makers put us behind several teams, but we were able to make up a lot of ground and pass everyone in the runs. About halfway through my over the box burpees, I fucked up. For some reason in my head I thought I would jump up with one foot and have the other foot trail. What a train wreck that turned out to be. I hit the box hard, busted up my leg, jammed a finger and landed on top of the box with my stomach. Ouch! So then I had to do the rest of the box jumps on one leg essentially. My T2B were some of the best I’ve ever done and tuck jumps are easy for me. We finished first with a time of 16:00.


Death by Russian KBS (by 3s, 53# KB)

Got through the round of 33 and then called it a day. That’s 198 swings in 11 minutes. Had about 10 seconds left before the next minute started, but my shoulders were pretty fried and I worked out each day this week. It was time to shut it down. There was also a strength portion doing heavy shrugs, but we had the option of doing the finisher instead.

Strict Paleo Really Works

My legs are almost back to normal, but my upper abs are still sore today. Not sure that I’ve mentioned it in a post yet this week, but on Monday I went back to eating strict Paleo. I have a competition on October 7th so I want to go in as the best Nick I can. I’m competing in the beginner’s division, so hopefully I can be competitive. As a result of the diet changes, I’m feeling the results in only a few days.


Tabata Mash-up

  • Plank
  • Bicycles

I could really feel these in my sore upper abs. Definitely helped loosen them up though.


Take 90 second of rest between each set.

Side Bends, 3×12 (each side)

  • 62# KB
  • 71# KB
  • 80# KB

Russian KBS, 3×12

  • 71# KB
  • 80# KB
  • 88# KB


  • 21-18-15-12-9 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 21-18-15-12-9 Burpees
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Renegade Man Makers (40# DBs)

In case you’re confused on how that WOD works, there are 5 rounds. In round 1 you do 21 box jumps, 21 burpees, and 5 renegade man makers. Then in round 2 all the reps decrease to the next number.

I finished in 12:12. Box jumps and burpees were all done unbroken. Renegade man makers were a little slower with some very short breaks, because DAMN! if you’ve ever done them you know how much they crush your soul.


  • 50 Suitcase Deadlifts (88# KB)

Done for quality and weight. I took the heaviest KB we have and knocked them out by doing 5 per side at a time.