Morning Garage

Out in the garage around 8am.

Ski Erg

  • 1000m (4:33.7)
  • Rest 1:00
  • 800m (3:16.4)
  • Rest 3:00
  • 1000m (4:27.4)
  • Rest 1:00
  • 600m (2:25.8)
  • Rest 3:00
  • 1000m (4:27.3)
  • Rest 1:00
  • 400m (1:36.8)
  • Rest 3:00
  • 1000m (4:23.4)
  • Rest 1:00
  • 200m (0:48.2)

* 1,000s at moderate intensity (2,000m PR pace plus 10-15sec/500m)
* 800, 600, 400, 200 at hard intensity (2,000m PR pace plus 0-10sec/500m)

My goal pace for moderate intensity was 2:15 and I went for 2:00-2:05 for hard.


8 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Rocks
  • 15s Rest

I got 14 every round. Felt much easier than the previous times I’ve done this.

Got in a little order from Rogue today, in which I picked up a set of the safety straps for my rack.


Went to the 5:30 class at CFi.


  • 3x10x120# Reverse Hypers
  • Double Squat Jumps
  • Explosive Squat Jumps
  • PVC arm/back stretching behind back


Single Leg Standing Box Jumps

Had never tried these before. Pretty weird and different feeling. Started at 20″, then 24″, and slowly worked up from there. Hit 31.5″ on both legs and ended there. Will have to come back to these once in a while. Nice change from using both legs.


5 Rounds

  • 5 Hang Power Cleans
  • 5 Front Squats
  • 5 Push Press
  • 5 Back Squats
  • 5 Burpees

I used 115# because I figured I’d be able to hold on to the bar through an entire round. Worked out too. I wouldn’t have made it with 135#. Finished in 6:49.

15:00 Row (easy)

Kept pace between 2:10-2:15. Went 3,383 meters.

Part Two

Back at it after a rest day yesterday. I’ve been “sleeping in” a few times this week. Not sure what’s up with my internal clock. Still made it to the 9am though.


  • 3 Rounds
    • 12 Reverse Hyper (190#)
    • 2 Inch Worms
  • Jump Rope
  • 3 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 3 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 3 Deadlifts (315#)


8 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (345#)
  • 4 C2B Pull-ups

Slowly increasing the load for deadlifts so I don’t tweak my back again. Worked on my butterfly chest-to-bar again. Getting more comfortable with it.


EMOM 4:00

  • 5 Thrusters (125#)

EMOM 4:00

  • 5 Thrusters (135#)

It was a continuous 8 minutes, but 125# was feeling a little too easy, so I added weight. Should have done 135# the whole way. This is part 2 of the thruster attack that started Sunday.


3 Rounds NFT

  • 8 Reverse Hypers (260#)
  • 8 GHD MB Toss (25#)

Jumped on the Ski Erg in the afternoon.

4 Rounds

  • 1,000m Ski Erg
  • 4:00 Rest

My goal was to keep a 2:00-2:05/500m pace. Had only done 1k for warm-ups so wasn’t sure what I’d be able to maintain. My times were 4:02.5, 3:59.7, 3:46.5 (pushed that one), and 3:59.9. Walked a half mile after.


No issues with the back last night. 🙂 No golfing this week to stay away from twisting the back though, so in at the 9am.


Reverse Hypers

  • 10×70#
  • 10×100#
  • 10×120#

EMOM 10:00

  • 1/1 Turkish Get-up

Did 2 rounds with 26#, 4 with 35#, and 4 with 44#. I could feel I need to be doing these more often for my shoulder stability.


Pick your own adventure.

EMOM 10:00

  • 3 MU

I had to do 2+1 on the 10th round, so then switched to 2 every minute (no extra rest going to the next part).

EMOM 5:00

  • 2 MU

WTF! 40 muscle-ups in one day? On July 5th Kevin had me do a 10:00 EMOM and I was surprised to make it through doing 2 the whole way. Since then I’ve been working muscle-ups every week with some type of EMOM work. I’ve gotten 10x more comfortable with the movement in that time and have improved a lot. Attack a weakness for a month!



  • Burpees
  • Pull-ups
  • 30 DU

Was a little worried what the pull-ups might feel like after all of the muscle-ups, but I was able to do all unbroken sets of butterfly pull-ups. I missed on double unders 3 or 4 times in the last 10 reps of the 4th round. Ugh! Finished in 5:15.

1 Mile Run – Nothing crazy. But we did kick it in gear for about the last 300m and then sprinted out the last 80-100m or so.

My calves were on fire. Don’t remember them ever feeling like that before. I think the combination of sprints and box jumps together with dubs and the run today did not make them happy. I did a whole bunch of calve and hamstring stretching before leaving the gym. Getting a massage this afternoon.

Spaz(m) Out

I only had one back spasm through the night. On the mend. In for the 9am class at CFi.


  • 3×15 Reverse Hypers (30#)
  • 15-10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 10 Air Squats
  • Bottom Squat Holds
  • Wall Squat Stretch (laying on ground)
  • 5×155# Deadlifts
  • 5×245# Deadlifts
  • 2x25m Run
  • 2x25m Run @ 90%


  • 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3 Deadlifts (315#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Sprints
    • 2s: 25m Sprint
    • 1s: 50m Sprint

Kept the weight lighter and focused on speed of the lifts. Controlled every rep back to the ground.


3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 1:00 Wall Balls (20#, 10′
  • 1:00 Sit-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

In the first round I went 26-17-27. Didn’t hear Kevin correctly and stopped wall balls early. Had time for a few more reps. Second round was better with 24-20-29, and busted ass for 25-23-29 in the last round.

Walked about 200m after and then did a bunch of hamstring stretching.

Afternoon session in the garage started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 10x3x135#

I set the clock and went every 2 minutes. Might have to rethink adding 10# to each workout for the 2nd week of the cycle.

8:00 AMRAP

  • 2 Chin-ups (Strict)
  • 4 HR Push-ups
  • 6 Air Squats

Stole this little gem with a modification of my own.

I got 16 rounds plus 2 chin-ups, 4 push-ups, and 1 squat for a 16+7. I did it on my little rack, so tried to get my feet out in front of me in a good hollow position so they’d have as little contact with the ground as possible at extension. Push-ups got a little slow on my towards the end but never stopped.

Jumped on the Air Dyne (AD2) for 10 easy minutes at about 50-55% and went 4.49km to cool down. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.

Grinding Smolov Jr.

Headed in early before the 9am so I could finish up week 2 of Smolov Jr. shoulder presses.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 10x3x137.5#

Felt rough from the get-go, but I made it through every set. Rushed in and started right away too without any other type of warm-up. Was only taking about 90 seconds of rest between sets so I could finish before class started. The final week should be interesting. I think I’ll bump up the weights a bit over the recommended. My shoulders are feeling strong!


3 Rounds NFT

  • 300m Row
  • 15 Reverse Hypers on GHD

I worked up quite the sweat!

Warmed up deadlifts with 4×155#, 4×245#, and 4×315#.


  • 4-4-4-4-4-4 Deadlifts (365#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1 Explosive movement
    • 2s: Split Jumps (2 each leg, sandbag on back)
    • 1s: Kneeling Jump (10.25″ – 45-45-25 HG bumpers stacked)

Haven’t done any heavy deadlifts for volume in quite some time. Felt really good!


5 Rounds (Tabata style)

  • 20s Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Sit-ups
  • 10s Rest

I did 10 wall balls and 11 sit-ups each round.


3 Round NFT

  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)
  • 45s Plank

After class I stayed to do some extra work. Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap with the blue bands for heavy and yellow for light. Burn baby!

4 Rounds NFT

  • 15 GHD Sit-ups
  • 15 Back Extensions

Focused on being as explosive as possible for both movements, which got me breathing pretty damn heavy. Took solid rest between rounds to recover.

In the evening I went for a walk. 3.22 miles in 48:29. During the summers my conditioning is always the best, which I attribute in large part to walking so much on the golf course. Felt like some fresh air tonight and the walk was perfect.

Crash Landing

Out in the garage around noon by myself.

Front Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×185#
  • 3-5-X-1 Tempo
    • 2×205#
    • 2×215#
    • 2×225#
    • 2×235#
    • 1+Fx245#

That sucked!

5 Rounds NFT

  • 10 Hip Extensions
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (green band on GHD)

“Flight Simulator”
5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-45-40-35-30-25-20-15-10-5 Unbroken DU

I was cruising along and then crashed trying to get 45 on the way up. I couldn’t even get 15 or 20, so I called it quits around 9:30 in. Not sure what happened there.

Excited for Thrusters!

My back and hips were sore when I crawled out of bed this morning. I’m thinking it’s from the spinal decompression table since they’ve been ramping up the percentage or whatever setting they use. In for the 9am class.


4 Rounds of Tabata Mash-up

  • Jingle Jangles
  • Bear Crawls
  • Squat Jumps



  • 5×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 3×275#
  • 5×295#
  • 3×325#
  • 3×345#
  • 3×365#

Wasn’t going near the 5×1 @ 90+% and aggravating my back again. These felt better than the lifts a couple of weeks ago, so I’d say treatments are working.



  • 7 Squat Clean Thrusters (“Cluster”)

* You have 1 minute to complete and 1 minute to rest. Start at 135# and add 5# each new set.

I made it through 150# and got stuck in the hole with the 5th rep of 155#. So that’s 4 full sets plus 4 reps. Pretty brutal. Happy to be able to go through that pressing movement though, because yesterday I couldn’t even shoulder press a PVC pipe!


5 Rounds

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′ target)

Pull-ups didn’t feel the greatest even doing just the kipping variation instead of butterfly to take some strain off the shoulder by eliminating the bottoming out. I had to break up sets quite a bit after the first 10 unbroken. Finished in 4:55. I could feel some weakness in the shoulder doing wall balls too, but did those unbroken without a problem.

Felt good to be able to participate fully with the class. First time in 2 weeks I haven’t had to substitute any movements.

Over to Kevin’s at 6pm for a squat session.

Reverse Hyper

  • 3x15x50#

Nice and light. Figured it would be good after deadlifts today.

Then I did Crossover Symmetry Activation (8 reps). I used blue (heavy) and yellow (light) for bands, except had to use the lightest green band on my right side for the 90/90 because the yellow was killing my shoulder.

Back Squats

  • 20×45#
  • 8×155#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×255#
  • 3×285#
  • 10:00 EMOM 1×305 (rapid fire!)
  • 10×225#

Worked up a good sweat with the set of 10 at the end.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap. I used the red bands for Tiger Walk and Bear Hug and green for all of the rest. Super light, but with the injured shoulder it was plenty and I did double the reps for everything.