Squats Are Getting Easier

In around 10 this morning and trained with Laura and Kinde. I came up with most of the programming for the day and Matt added the explosive work.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch

XWOD

7:00 EMOM

  • 2 Sumo Deadlifts (Fast reps and reset at the bottom, no bouncing – 205#)
  • 2 Broad Jumps for distance

Was supposed to use 40% for the deadlifts, but I didn’t want to calculate so picked 205#. Should have been closer to 180# I guess, but these weren’t hard so heavier was better I think.

Strength

Finishing up week 4 of the squat program. The back squats were pretty brutal, but the front squats weren’t too bad. Lot’s of volume though. Warmed up a bit with 135#.

  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 4 @ 230#

Rested about 2 minutes between each set. I think this program is really paying off. The last two weeks look pretty brutal so we’ll see how it goes.

Olympic Lifting

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • Rest 90s

I started at 115# and went up 10# each set, ending at 175#. Wasn’t easy there at the end, but I felt like I was staying over the bar pretty well and getting decent hip extension.

WOD

15-10-5

  • Power Clean (155#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

I had to switch collars after about 5 reps because they kept popping open and flying all over the place. Smacked myself in the chin on a jerk about halfway through the round of 10. 155# didn’t feel too bad today. Finished in 9:20.

Finisher

Tabata Air Dyne

This was pretty terrible after all the other work. I only managed to get 72 calories.

Knees Out

Getting back to a schedule now that the flooring project is wrapped up. Went in at 10:30am.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Jump Rope
  • PVC pass-thrus

Olympic Lifting

Snatch Balances

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 95#
  • 5 @ 115#
  • 2 @ 135#
  • 1 @ 155#
  • 1 @ 165#
  • F @ 175#
  • 1 @ 175#

Matched a snatch balance high I did a few months ago. Didn’t feel the greatest dropping into position today.

Snatch Technique

10:00 EMOM

  • Power Snatch (115#)
  • Snatch (115#)

Felt pretty solid here and the weight allowed me to focus on good technique. Was getting some decent triple extension and started concentrating on knees out. I’ve had a bad problem of my knees caving in with both snatches and cleans on the knee rebend. Everything felt a lot smoother when I was able to eliminate that. Receiving the bar for the squat snatches felt pretty darn good.

WOD

10 Rounds

  • 5 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 15 Sit-ups

First metcon since Friday. Finished in 13:58, doing it by myself.

Finisher

15:00 Row

Just an easy row, keeping my strokes per minute around 20. Traveled 3,280 meters.

Using My Functional Fitness

This weekend was all about home improvement projects. My Dad came down and we got a lot accomplished. Took all day Saturday to tear out a deck and two walkways. Then on Sunday we scraped up glue from a floor I removed, laid down luan, and started laying new flooring. I did a bunch more work on the floor yesterday and only have one closet to finish up. So while I had 3 rest days from CrossFit, my body got plenty of work; my knees feel like someone hit them with a baseball bat.

Ready to get back at it today. Missing Monday kind of screws up my week because I had to fit in back squats today, but I’ll adjust. Worked out in my garage around 11am.

Back Squats

Week 4 of the squat program and things are getting interesting! I warmed up with 5 @ 45# and 5@ 95# and then went right into the working sets. It was a big jump, but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy so I didn’t want to burn out by doing another warm-up set.

  • 10 @ 185#
  • 8 @ 205#
  • 6 @ 220#
  • 6 @ 235#
  • 6 @ 250#
  • 4 @ 265#

Last two sets were brutal. A couple of months ago 255# was my 5RM, so I think this program is working.

Push Presses

I knew I wanted to push press today, but had no idea what I would do. After finishing the back squats, I came up with this on the fly. Something new to try. I didn’t originally have the MAX set on there, but once I got about half way through and was feeling ok, I figured I’d give it a shot. Warmed up with 5 @ 45# and 5 @ 95#.

  • 7 @ 105#
  • 7 @ 115#
  • 7 @ 125#
  • 7 @ 135#
  • 7 @ 145#
  • MAX @ 155# (8 reps)

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Overall this session felt better than I expected considering the shit I put my body through the last few days. During my warm-up squats I wasn’t sure I would be able to do much because my knees were feeling pretty messed up.

Went to Survival Fitness for open gym at 8pm for a second session of the day.

Warm-up

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

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 3 Weighted Pull-ups
  • Odds: 3 Weighted Dips

I used a weight belt for both, with a KB attached. For pull-ups I went 25-25-25-30-30 and should have pushed it a little higher on the last two sets. Wasn’t easy, but should have struggled more. On dips I used 25-30-35-40-53. Could have pushed more there too.

WOD

I loaded up the small sled with three 45# plates, attached some straps around my shoulders and did a bunch of long drags with it. In between, I was doing some jumps into the middle of 2 big stacked tires and exploding out of the middle for a 2nd jump right away. Not a super intense night, but I was pretty much on my own and got to try a couple of new things.

Finisher

Did some tire flips before taking off.

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.

Some Firsts

In at 10am this morning.

Warm-up

Did a 500m Row.

Strength

Bench Press

Going for a 1RM today since it’s been ages and I wanted to see where I was at. 10 @ 45#, 5 @ 135#, 3 @ 185#, 1 @ 215#, and then failed on two different attempts at 235# to match my PR. My left arm was not having any trouble, but my right was way behind and couldn’t catch up. Then I dropped down for 5 @ 185#. On these, my right arm was still trailing behind. Kevin noticed my elbow was a lot more flared out then the left, putting me in a bad position. Something to work on.

Disappointing bench day. I haven’t PR’d a lift in a couple of weeks and need that rush of beating a record soon!

Snatch Pulls

6 x 2 @ 185#

First time using lifting straps. The first set felt super heavy and awkward getting used to the straps, but it got much easier as the sets went on and the pulls felt pretty good. I still have a hitch where I kind of stop and almost dip back down in my Olympic lifts. Need to fix that.

Pendlay Rows

Something new to try out. Not exactly sure we were doing them right, but they felt like they were working something. Did 5 reps each at 95#, 105#, 115#, 125#, and 135#.

We were close…

WOD

18:00 AMRAP

  • 50 DU
  • 40 Air Squats
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 20 T2B
  • 10 HSPU

Much harder than I imagined because you hit muscle fatigue in so many of the movements. I was 10 HSPU short of completed 3 full rounds, so 2 + 140. Lot’s of resting in this to give the muscles time to recover and keep from hitting failure until that last round.

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.

Gymnasty Friday

Feeling pretty good today after a tough WOD and some good strength work last night. Trained at 10:30am with Matt, Cora, Kevin, and Steve. Kevin came up with the programming for the day and Matt ended up using it for the Survival Fitness classes too. Was a good one!

Warm-up

Did a 500m row, 3/3 Turkish Get-ups with a 35# KB, some PVC pass-thrus, and then worked up to heavy push presses.

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 3 Push Presses
  • Odds: 10 Pistols

I was planning on trying 185#, but it was really heavy warming up, so I dropped down to 175# and used it for the first four rounds and then bumped to 185# for the last round. Programming called for only 6 pistols, so I was going to try wearing my 20# vest but it was pretty awkward so I did 10 each round instead. I can fly through them pretty fast now and don’t run into many problems.

WOD

12:00 AMRAP with 1 Deadlift EMOM (285#)

  • 5 HSPU
  • 7 Pull-ups
  • 9 Air Squats

The deadlift kind of served like a forced break in this. My first round was a little fast, but then I kept the same pace until the last 2 or 3 rounds when my HSPU got a little slower. I came up 2 squats shy of 12 full rounds for a score of 11+19. All of my HSPU were unbroken which was nice. Pull-ups and squats were only broken up due to coming on a minute and having to do the deadlift.

Finisher

10 Rounds

  • 15s Air Dyne sprint at 100%
  • 1:45 Rest

This felt easier than when we did it last Saturday. Didn’t have that sick feeling throughout, but it did hit us all about 5 minutes after. Kevin and I got 287 calories on our AD, which was up from 269.