Squats on Squats

Needed the rest day yesterday and got a bunch of stuff done around the house on my last day of break. Went to the 6:30 class but squatted instead of doing shoulder press.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10x20kg
  • 5×60
  • 5×80
  • 5×90
  • 5×100
  • 5×110
  • 5×120
  • 5×130

Not real great on the back between sets. I wore Nanos but used the belt for 100+.


4 Rounds

  • 5 Front Squats (60kg)
  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (60kg)
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 5 Push Jerks (60kg)
  • 15 Air Squats

Stuck with kilos since I had them on a bar for the squats already. Unbroken on everything. Going from air squats into front squats was teh suck! Push-ups were the most annoying part of the workout. Finished in 9:42.


3 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Bends (53# KB)

When the KB was in my left hand I could feel a tug on my back.

1 Day Remains

My core is sore from the Monday night work. Out in the garage at night. One day of Catalyst OTM left for me after this.

2 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerk

  • 3×45#
  • 2×95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 5 Sets 215

Combined the two into a complex again, which increases the jerk weight over the %, plus they are harder in the complex. Saves a lot of time though. All TnG cleans.

Stiff-legged Deadlift

  • 5×215#
  • 5×235
  • 5×255
  • 5×275

All sets with a neutral grip and standing on 55# comp plate.


Midline & Accessory

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 6 Strict HSPU
  • 8/8 Side Bends (90# landmine)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (90# landmine)
  • 12 Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Happy to get all sets of handstand push-ups unbroken! Using the landmine is not the full weight loaded, but the easiest way to keep track of the load. Doing goblet squats with the landmine attachment is really weird due to the arc of the bar path. Sends your body forward as you come up out of the squat.

Recovery day tomorrow and hopefully will be ready to lift heavy on Friday.

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.

Three Plus

I did get in the 20 minute ROMWOD pretty late last night and did a 19 minute one this morning. Went to the 5:30 CrossFit Intuition class.


2 Sets

  • PVC Good Mornings
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5/5 Monster walks (small red band around ankles)


Back Squat

  • 6×45#
  • 3×135
  • 3×205
  • 3×240
  • 3×275
  • 8×305

The gym is using 5/3/1, so the last of the 3 working sets was for 3+ reps. 8 reps was good enough for me with all of the squatting I get in the Catalyst program.


  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Power Snatches (135#)
    • 7 Burpees
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 5 Back Squats (135#)
    • 8 Burpees

I did all touch-n-go snatches and got through 4 rounds plus 2 more snatches. I was slow on my squat reps so only got through 4+4 in the second part. Would have liked to push harder on the burpees.


Class was doing sit-ups and Russian twists, but I did plenty of those last night, so substituted with…

  • 10-20-30-20-10 Side Bends (44#)
  • 10-15-20-15-10 Lying Leg Lifts

The side bends were split between left and right, so 5 per side on the first set, etc. In the middle of the second set of leg lifts I decided to scale back the rep counts on them since I’ll be doing ab work tomorrow again with a lifting day.

Grip It


  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3x
    • Snatch complex (3 Muscle Snatch + 3 Snatch Press + 3 OHS)
      • 45#
      • 75#
      • 95#
    • 10 DU
  • Squat Snatch
    • 3×95#
    • 2×115#
    • 1×135#


  • 5-4-3-2-1 Squat Snatch (135#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 DU

Did this about 18 months ago in 5:18 by going unbroken on the snatches. Went out too fast and missed my second rep out front! Slowed down to stay in control and never missed again. Missed 1 dub to start the round of 30. Finished in 4:31 for a 47 second PR. Last time I must have been taking a lot longer rest between movements.


20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups
  • 30s Handstand Hold (facing wall)
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 8/8 Side Bends (70#)

I had to split up the chin-ups to 5-3 in the last 3 sets. A lot tougher overall than I expected.


  • 400m Farmer’s Carry (pinch plates – 2×25#)

This is never fun. So tough on the grip! Those ridges on the plates might make it worse than if they were flat. I took a quick break about every 100 meters.

Played a quick 18 riding a cart in the afternoon and will get in 20 minutes of ROMWOD.

Running For Aerobic Capacity

Soreness is ramping up again after yesterday’s workouts. Really glad I’ve decided to cut back on the squat sets or I’d be in a real world of hurt. Headed to the track around 9:30am. Warmed up with a 400m jog.

Aerobic Capacity

  • 1,000m at moderate pace (4:43 target, 4:56.7 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 400m at fast pace (1:42 target, 1:37.1 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 700m at moderate pace (3:18 target, 3:13.4 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 300m at fast pace (1:17 target, 1:11.2 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 600m at moderate pace (2:50 target, 2:47.6 actual)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 200m at fast pace (0:51 target, 0:47.5 actual)

I was pissed I missed the target on the first interval. I was checking my pace through the first few 100s but stopped looking and slowed too much. Made sure to get under the rest of the targets. Not bad and only 2 miles of volume. Walked 400 meters and headed home.

Sinuses started acting up shortly after the track. Took a little nap during the day and headed to the gym around 5pm for week 1 day 4.  Did some bottom squat hold but got right into it.

Hang Power Clean + Front Squat

  • 3x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×60
  • 3×70
  • 3×75
  • 3×79
  • 3×84
  • 3×87
  • 3×90

Was getting rough on my thumbs since I was using the Eleiko bar. I taped them up at some point. Put on my belt for the last couple of sets I think, but didn’t wear knee sleeves today since not much squatting to do.

Clean Deadlifts

  • 5x100kg
  • 5×115
  • 6x5x130

The six working sets were assigned at 80% of an estimated 1 rep max quality clean deadlift. Say what? I have no idea, so I figured I’d go with 100% of my max clean. I used a hook grip on the warm-up sets and 3 of the working sets, then switched to straps for the final 3 sets because my thumbs were taking a beating.

Pause Split Jerks

  • 2x20kg
  • 2×40
  • 2×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×79
  • 2×84
  • 2×89
  • 4x2x93

Assigned 6 doubles at 60-70%, which I was able to do. Maybe slightly off since I used kilos and converted during the workout since I already had my loads planned out in pounds. There was a 2 second pause in the dip and supposed to be 2 seconds in head tilt, but I paused it the split instead. Chad mentions this head tilt quite a bit, but it felt odd when I tried on Monday with shoulder press. Maybe I’ll have to give it another go next week or look up a video to make sure I’m thinking correctly what he’s asking for. These jerks felt heavier than they should have.


5 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Bends (53# KB)
  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 30 Zeus DU

Took my sweet time as I had been the entire lifting session. Was able to do every set of Zeus dubs unbroken. Not sure how many more than 30 I can do at this point because the handles are really starting to slide in the last few reps. With my regular RPM dub rope I can easily adjust my hand position and not lose a beat, but it feels like letting go of any grip pressure with the Zeus will be a disaster.

I’ll get in a 23 minute ROMWOD yet tonight after dinner. Getting up early to play in a charity golf scramble since I have a bit of a drive to get there.

4 Minutes

My back was pretty stiff again this morning, though I slept really well last night.


6 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • 8/8 Side Bends (70#)

Had programmed 4 good mornings but I skipped those because of my back and did the RH instead.


  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP Burpee Box Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4:00
    • Buy-in: 400m Run
    • AMRAP American KBS (53#)

Pushed it on the 400s. I only looked at the clock coming in on the 3rd one and it was a 1:30, which is my goal pace for a mile I’d like to do this year. The first two 400s were a little faster. I did 50 unbroken wall balls, a short rest and then 14 more for 64 total. I did all step-ups on the box due to my back and made it through 22 reps. I started out stepping down too but started hopping down at some point. I haven’t done any American swings in a long time so wasn’t sure how they would feel with my back, but they were fine. I did sets of 10 and 15 and then held on for the rest of the way, which was nearly a minute, to get 27 in a row. 52 total swings.

10 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Push-ups
  • 10s Rest

Went all-out and quickly fell off a cliff. Reps were 22-20-13-9-6-6-7-7-7-8 for 105 total. Whenever we’ve done this recently the rest has been much longer to help recover.