No Rest Monday

I was going to rest today but felt like doing something. So I went in at night to lift. Warmed up with an easy 500m Row and some bottom squat hold.

Weightlifting

  • 5 Muscle Snatch (20kg)
  • 5 Snatch Press (20kg)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (40kg)
  • 5 Snatch Press (40kg)
  • 3 Muscle Snatch (50kg)
  • 3 Snatch Press (50kg)
  • 2 Snatch (60kg)
  • 2 Snatch (65kg)
  • 2 Snatch (70kg)
  • 2 Snatch (75kg)
  • 2 Snatch (80kg)
  • 1 + Fail Snatch (85kg)
  • Fail Snatch (87kg)
  • 1 Snatch (87kg)
  • 1 Snatch (89kg)
  • 1 Snatch (91kg)
  • Fail Snatch (91kg)
  • Fail Snatch (91kg)

Felt pretty good. I’ve only done 200+ pounds a handful of times and hit it on the first try, so I’ll take that. The 89kg was a really solid lift from the feel of it.

Warmed up my shoulders a little more with some shoulder presses:

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95#
  • 4×115#
  • 4×135#

XWOD

  • 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 HSPU
    • 2s: 2 Kipping HSPU
    • 1s: 1 Deficit Kipping HSPU (4″)

Damn that was rough. Definitely hit the perfect limit with 8 sets because the last rep of my last set was a grind.

Show Up

Went in for the 5:30pm class. Started with some bottom squat hold and stretching.

Warm-up

  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 8 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 8 Front Squats (95#)
  • 5 Push Press (135#)
  • 8 Front Squats (135#)

Strength

12:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 4 Push Press (185#)
  • Evens: 8 Front Squats (185#)

Deadly! I was near failure on every set of push presses and the front squats were no joke. Felt like I got done with a WOD at the end I was breathing so hard and sweating my ass off.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (62# KB)
  • 10 Ring Push-ups

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP

  • 8 KB Snatches (44#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (44# KB)
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

* 2:00 rest and then another 5:00 of the same thing starting where you leave off in the first AMRAP.

I had no sense of urgency, just kept moving at a slow steady pace. I did 3 rounds plus 8 snatches, 10 deadlifts, and 3 wall balls in the first half and finished with 7 full rounds plus 7 snatches overall.

Walked 200m outside since it was so nice out. After class I stayed for some extra work.

Weightlifting

  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (45#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatches (65#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (65#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatches (75#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (75#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatches (85#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (85#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Snatches (95#)
  • 5 Snatch Presses (95#)

I was dead after the workout and know I wouldn’t have the energy for anything explosive. The muscle snatches and presses were back to back so it got tough.

Back

Reverse Hyper

  • 3x10x230#

Could feel my back tight from the class so figured these were a good idea.

I don’t know if yesterday took more out of me than I noticed or that the EMOM to start just completely wiped me out.

High & Heavy

Not feeling very energized this morning, but in for the 9am at CFi.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Band Pulls & Pass Thrus
  • 20 Air Squats
  • Shoulder Press
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 3×115#
    • 3×135#

XWOD

  • 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Wall Balls
    • 2s: 20# MB to 13′ target
    • 1s: 25# Slam Ball to 13′ target

That’s a new 3RM on my shoulder press again and for 8 sets! Took some getting used to throwing the 25# ball so high, but was getting the last couple.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 10 Burpees
    • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 10 Goblet Squats (53# KB)
    • 10 Russian KBS (53# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

All GO in these little AMRAPs. I went unbroken through everything, never having the kettlebell touch the ground. I got 2+5, 3+11, 2+3, and 3+8, so only fell off the pace a little the second time through.

Midline

3 Rounds NFT

  • 20 Russian Twists (53# KB)
  • 20 Sit-ups

Hit an afternoon snatch session in the garage. Warmed up with

  • 5×45# Muscle Snatch
  • 5×45# Snatch Press
  • 5×45# OHS
  • 3×75# Muscle Snatch
  • 3×75# Snatch Press
  • 3×75# OHS
  • 3×95# Power Snatch

Then I did a little complex of:

  • Power from floor w/ 2s pause at knee
  • Squat from hang at knee

I started at 115# and went up 5# at a time until I hit 160, so 10 sets.

Then I was planning to do an EMOM with a double squat snatch with 165#. Missed the second attempt in the first minute and then missed another attempt at it. So I started over. 🙂

10:00 EMOM

  • 2×155# Squat Snatch

I had one miss on the 2nd rep in round 6 but took a breath, concentrated, and hit a second make right after the miss. From that point on I really had to focus. My thoughts were on being explosive through the second pull and finishing strong to punch the bar overhead. I think a lot of my misses are because I’m not aggressive with the bar at the end and I lose tension.

Walked about a half mile after.

60 Day Lifting Challenge – Week 6 Day 5

I’m doing the 60 Day Lifting Challenge from Columbus Weightlifting. Alex came over to lift at 11.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 45# Shoulder Presses and Snatch Presses
  • 95# Shoulder Presses

Split Press

  • 3×120#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×130#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×140#

Snatch

  • 2×100#
  • 2×120#
  • 2×140#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×160#
  • 1×170#
  • 3x1x180#

Missed the first 180#, was way up on my left toes in the bottom of the 2nd, but saved it, and the 3rd felt pretty solid and easy.

Clean & Jerk

  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×180#
  • 1×190#
  • 1×205#
  • 1×215#
  • 2x1x230#
  • 1×235#

I can’t believe how much better my jerks feel in the last week and a half. Work jerk of the day was on the last rep and I’ve had much worse attempts at lighter weight even just 2-3 weeks ago. Decided to add the extra 5# on the last rep since it’ll probably be the last heavy day like this until the week after next.

Back Squat

  • 2×205#
  • 2×240#
  • 2×270#
  • 2×290#
  • 2x2x305#

Felt pretty good on the way up, but those doubles at 305# were rough today.

Snatch Deadlift

  • 7x3x205#

These may have been the most surprisingly hard part of the day. Focused on pushing through the floor and tried to keep a solid back angle, without my hips rising up first. Felt a lot different in my legs than I’m used to.

Finished the session with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Rested up and did conditioning at 8pm.

Explosive

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 5 Plyo Push-ups
  • Evens: 2 Broad Jumps (for distance)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Burpee C2B Pull-ups
  • 20 Over the box jumps (24″)
  • 1:1 Work:Rest

Regular burpee pull-ups are the way to go with this, but the pull-up bar on my rig is lower than my reach, so I essentially did jumping chest to bar pull-ups. My round times were 2:51, 2:51, and 2:49 with over the box jumps getting better each round. Knowing the burpee portion could really wipe me out, I took a steady pace with them on the 2nd and 3rd round, allowing me to push a little harder through the box jumps.

That was a fun workout. On to rest day!

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Open Gym Sunday

Went over to the Bay City box during open gym.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row (1:53)
  • DU

Olympic Lifting

Still working on the snatches. Really need to start getting in some clean and jerk work too.

  • 5:00 Snatch Position Work (45# on training bar)
  • 2 @ 95#
  • 2 @ 115#
  • 2:00 E20S (135#)
  • 2:00 E30S (155#)

If I was feeling good I was going to work up and maybe go for a PR, but my shoulders are still rocked from Thursday and Friday.

Strength

  • 5 @ 135# Back Squats
  • 5 @ 50# Snatch Presses
  • 5 @ 225# Back Squats
  • 5 @ 80# Snatch Presses
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • Odds: 2 @ 285# Back Squat
    • Evens: 5 @ 100# Snatch Presses
  • 3 Rounds NFT (Back off sets)
    • 3 @ 245# Back Squats
    • 5 @ 80# Snatch Presses

WOD

I was going to try some max sets of pull-ups, but I kept losing my rhythm after 8 reps. Did about 4 sets like that.

Tried part of an event for next Sunday’s team competition with Katy.

4:00 AMRAP

  • AMRAP Wall Balls (20# MB, 11′ target)
  • * All team members do 5 burpees EMOM

We alternated minutes and I got about 25 wall balls in during each of my minutes.

6 Rounds

  • 30s Air Dyne
  • 30s Rest

Racked up 88 calories. Legs were dog tired from all of the squats.

6 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

So much easier to maintain a good pace from interval to interval than the damn Air Dyne. Started a little slow on the first round, but picked it up and was consistent the rest of the way.

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Tuesday Times Two

Scorching high in the 90s today and was already about 80 out at 10am when I went in.

Warm-up

  • Run 300m
  • 2:00 Air Dyne

Olympic Lifting

Snatch Balances

  • 2 @ 95#
  • 2 @ 125#
  • 2 @ 135#
  • 2 @ 155# (Failed first attempt at 2nd rep, then made it)
  • 1 @ 165#
  • 1 @ 170#
  • 1 @ 175#
  • 1 @ 180#
  • 1 @ 185# (Failed first try, then made it)

Once it gets heavy I don’t drop under enough. It turns into more of a snatch push press and an OHS, but I’m getting more comfortable under the weights.

Snatch Deadlifts

  • 3 @ 165#
  • 3 @ 175#
  • 3 @ 185#
  • 3 @ 195#

Wore lifting straps this time to save my thumbs. Feels so heavy!

Strength

Warmed up back squats with 5 @ 185# and 3 @ 225# and did a quick set of 5 snatch presses with an empty bar.

10:00 EMOM

  • Odds: 5 @ 100# Snatch Press
  • Evens: 2 @ 275# Back Squat

In the first couple of sets I was coming forward in the descent on my back squats, causing me to be leaning forward and toe-sy on the drive back up. By focusing on it I was able to correct it for the rest of the sets.

Cooled down with 5:00 on the Air Dyne. Back at 5pm for class…

Olympic Lifting

20:00 to work on:

  • 1 Muscle Snatch + 2 Snatch Balances

This was our warm-up. Started with a training bar for some reps, then a women’s bar, and finally a men’s bar. Started adding 10# at a time and got up to 105#. First time really ever doing muscle snatches. I really focused on dropping fast on the snatch balances.

WOD

10:00 AMRAP

  • 30 DU
  • 15 Power Snatches (75#)

I really tried to hit my hips, but it was a struggle when you have so many reps and are really fatigued. Completed 4 + 37 (30 DU and 7 snatches). Sweating like a pig. High reps on the barbell killed me as usual.

Finisher

50-40-30-20-10

  • Sit-ups (Anchored with DBs)
  • Russian swings (53# KB)

My core was still sore from the GHD and T2B I did a few days ago. This fired those abs right back up. Talk about a burn and not being used to the anchored foot position really worked the hip flexors a lot more. I had a nice puddle of sweat under my back after this.

Rest day tomorrow!

Snatchin’ Sunday

Trained out in the garage tonight for a couple of hours. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish by yourself without talking to anyone. Solid night of work.

Warm-up

0.45 Mile Sled Drag (115#) around the block

Olympic Lifting

Thacker Warm-up

After hearing them talk about a better snatch warm-up on the Barbell Shrugged Podcast, I had to check out the Thacker snatch progressions. Let me tell you, they are no fucking joke. I was sweating my ass off and breathing hard halfway through each part. I’m going to try to do this once or twice a week.

Snatches

3:00 EMOM

  • 2 Snatches (95# 115# 125#)

Rest 4:00

10:00 EMOM

  • 1 Snatch (135# 135# 145# 145# 155# and then repeated)

I completed every snatch today. Feeling more and more comfortable with the improved technique.

Snatch Deadlifts

  • 2 @ 165#
  • 2 @ 165#
  • 2 @ 175#
  • 2 @ 175#
  • 2 @ 185#

Figured it was time to start feeling the correct positioning with higher weights. Felt good, but hard on the thumbs. Might use straps next time.

Strength

Back Squats

  • 5 @ 135#
  • 5 @ 165#
  • 5 @ 195#
  • 5 @ 195#

Light squat day. Key thoughts for were to lead with the hips back first, push knees out, and keep a vertical torso.

Shoulder Press

  • 5 @ 85#
  • 5 @ 105#
  • 5 @ 115#
  • 5 @ 125#

These felt really tough.

4 Rounds NFT

  • 20 GHD Sit-ups
  • 20 Back Extensions
  • 5 GHR
  • 5 Snatch Press 95#

Took a short rest after 14 sit-ups in the first 3 rounds and then did all 20 unbroken in the last round. Mid back had something going on in those last 6 reps which didn’t feel very good. Trying to not lead up with my ass on the GHR but it’s really tough. Maybe I should try static holds in the straight out position. I have a hard time getting 95# moving but then it’s not that bad. My neck gets sore from these from having to push it forward so I don’t bang my head with the bar.

Cool Down

Walked 0.53 miles around the neighborhood.