Smart Does Not Equal Fun

My ass is getting sore from the lunges yesterday. Went to 4pm class, but it kind of sucks with how much I’m limiting myself to let injuries heal because I have to sub out almost every movement. Making smart decisions isn’t fun.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • Zombie Kicks
  • PVC Passes
  • Butt Kicks

I jumped on the bike before class with the intention of doing 150 calories again. I just wasn’t feeling it though, knowing I had a harder 60 coming up in the workout.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 12 Walking Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 25 Sit-ups

The strength work was five sets of back rack lunges with the sit-ups. I did the walking lunges so I wouldn’t have load directly on my spine and so I could still load up my legs. Figured I might as well do it for time. Finished in 6:44. I think it’s been a month since I did a sit-up! Since the class got 18 minutes on the clock I had a nice long rest before the programmed met-con.

  • Buy-in: 60 cal Echo Bike
  • 7 Rounds
    • 14 Air Squats
    • 7 T2B
    • 7 Burpees

The bike was a replacement for rowing 1,000 meters and it took me about 3:50, which is just slightly longer than I would have taken for the row. I did 2x air squats in place of 115# front squats and burpees instead of 70# American kettlebell swings. Turned out to be a good workout and I did all of my toes to bars unbroken. Took me 12:41.

Back on the Rig

Yep, time to properly rest this right calf. I about fell down the stairs this morning. Went to the 4pm class and we’re upstairs in the CrossFit room for the first time! They still have a lot of work to do, but almost all of the rig is up and there was flooring down.

Warm-up

  • 8×50′ Shuttle Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10/10 Leg Swings

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 4/4 Single Arm DB Front Squats (50#)
  • 8 Glute Bridges (50# DB)

Nothing crazy for me as the class did back squats and the bridges (or hip thrusts).

Conditioning

Tabata

  • T2B
  • OH Single Arm Walking Lunge (50#)
  • Seated Shoulder Press (45#)
  • MB Cleans (20#)

I decided I’m going to scale all kinds of things for the next 1.5 weeks before I leave on a trip in order to let this leg and my back heal up. No explosive movements (jumping, driving up, etc.) with my legs and no barbell lifting. So then that really gives me almost a month before I’m back and hopefully can hit things hard again. Will give me a lot of time to focus on gymnastics movements, bodyweight stuff, and maybe the bike. The class programming was T2B, barbell lunges, push presses, and Sumo deadlift high pulls (all with 95#).

I definitely wore grips for the toes to bars. Weston and I couldn’t remember what we used to do for these, but thought it was 7-8. So of course we both went for eight out of the gate. I got six rounds unbroken, did 4-4 in round seven, and then 6×1 in the eighth. Might have been able to sustain seven unbroken the whole way. I did six lunges every round. I sat on a medicine ball for the shoulder presses, doing four rounds of ten and four rounds of eight. I bet I feel those presses tomorrow. Then I did seven every time for the medicine ball cleans.

I went back and looked at my history and the best I’d done for Tabata T2B was 57 reps a year ago with 6×8 and 4-5. That day I did 5×8 unbroken, 5-3, and then singles. So 62 today was a nice PR!

The Final Workout

Got the stitches out of my head this morning and then went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10/10 Leg Swings
    • World’s Greatest Stretch

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 2×275

I had no interest in the 20 rep Super Squats since I missed the previous two weeks of it and my back has been solid. It’s been more than 2.5 years since I had that much on my back. Thought about going up again, but that last set felt like a struggle, so I’ll take it and be happy with slow progress.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 7 cal Echo/Assault Bike
  • 10 T2B
  • 2 Squat Cleans

** Start at 50% and increase 5% of 1RM every two rounds.

With the machines in the other room there is so much wasted time walking back and forth. I did 5-5 toes to bars every round and did all of my cleans unbroken, which felt great! Weights I used were 135-150-165-180 and I got through eight rounds, the bike, and two T2B. Would have liked to go at 195 next.

I stuck around to row with Molly.

Endurance

5 Rounds

  • 1,000m Row
  • 1:1 Rest

Since I had just done class I didn’t push to set any records on the rower. Just wanted to keep it under 1:50/500m. Mission accomplished and even with negative splits. My times were 3:38, 3:37.9, 3:37.6, 3:37.1, and 3:36.8.

This was my last time working out in this location! The new location is schedule to open up on January 3rd, so will be doing a lot of garage workouts over the next week or so.

Heading up north for a few days and going to take two full rest days!

The End

Today was our last Super Sunday at this location! I’ve been programming Sunday workouts for 5.5 years there. My calves are still a little sore, but otherwise feeling pretty good. A bit tired from being up late for Star Wars.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Echo Bike (50 cals)
  • 30 PVC Passes

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 2×145
  • 1×165
  • 1×175
  • 1×185 (PR match)
  • 1×190 (PR)

I thought it would be a good time to also test out my shoulder press after all of the bench press cycles, even though I had done virtually zero dedicated should press work all year. I did 180 on August 30th and my all-time best was 185 on July 22, 2017. Pumped to get the PR with no focus on increasing this lift.

Conditioning

Christmas Couplets

  • @ 0:00 – 3 Rounds
    • 3 MU / 6 C2B / 9 Pull-ups
    • 6 Power Snatches (95/65#)
  • @ 10:00 – 5-10-15
    • Back Squats (135/95#)
    • Bar-facing Burpees
  • @ 20:00 – 15-10-5
    • Deadlifts (205/135#)
    • Ring Push-ups / Push-ups
  • @ 30:00 – 3 Rounds
    • 10 T2B
    • 100 DU

This came up in my Facebook memories from 2014 and I had called it Christmas Couplets back when the gym was CrossFit Intuition. It looked like a fun one to retest five years later. My previous times were 3:28, 4:10, 1:53, and 7:19. I thought about increasing the number of muscle-ups since I failed 5-6 last time and I can crush that now, but decided to leave it as is for comparison and since I did 30 earlier this week. My times today were all improvements! 1:55, 3:55, 1:35, and 5:18. Just a little fitter. 🙂 Everything was unbroken except for the double unders which I broke on purpose. Did 40-30-30 the first two rounds, but tripped up once in the last round so it was 40-25-35.

Went over to the new location and helped for a few hours.

Triple Five

Went to the gym in the afternoon with Molly before classes started.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Echo Bike (50 cals)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Kip Swings

Gymnastics

  • 30 Muscle-ups

In January I did 3 reps every 45 seconds for a time of 6:55, so today I went every 40 seconds. Then I went 5-10 seconds early on my last two sets so I could break six minutes. Finished in 5:55 for a sweet PR. I wasn’t in danger of missing and felt good, so I can cut that down next time.

Accessory

6 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Pull-ups (4×35, 2×26#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (28kg)
  • 1:30 Rest

Strict ring pull-ups suck after muscle-ups and weighted ones are even worse!

3 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 115-135-145#)
  • 1:30 Rest

These actually felt pretty good.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 6 Strict T2B
  • 20 Alternating V-ups
  • 45s Rest

It’s always weird going for that first strict toes to bar, trying to remember how to sequence it. This was absolutely fucking terrible!!! I had to break v-ups in round two and then do three sets in rounds three and four!

Gymnastics

Molly tried to help me out with handstand walking and we found some things to focus on:

  • Keep a neutral head position
  • Look with eyes (to help with head position)
  • Turn hands out
  • Push through shoulders
  • Bend knees forward to get weight going that way

Push for the W

My quads are pretty damn sore from Sunday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Row (40 cal)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • Push Press
    • 10×75#
    • 5×95

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Push Presses (115-125-145-165-175#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

My rounds were 1:33, 1:40, 1:45, 2:07, and 1:48 to finish at 14:53. I phoned it on in the 4th bike knowing I needed to save some energy for the final round of presses. I was able to do the first 4 rounds with quick TnG reps. In the final round I had to start pausing and reset after the 7th rep. It got tough! All toes to bars were unbroken and without wearing grips. I was planning on going up 10 pounds every round to finish with 155, but then I saw Weston jump to 135 on the 2nd set so I had to catch up and push for the W.

  • EMOM: 5 Pike HSPU (feet on 30″ box, thick mat for hands and head)
  • 150 H2H Russian KB Swings (53#)

This was programmed to be five handstand push-ups every minute and 150 American swings with 53 pounds. I have a bunch of stitches in the top of my head, so real HSPU were out of the question. I turned this into a 6 round workout of 5 and 25, which had me finish at 5:51.

Climbing Cleans & Bench

I woke up with my right feeling like it’s out of place or I need to crack the joint. Haven’t been able to relieve it all day though. My lats seem to be sore again! Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 40 cal Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 HR Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Ring Rows
  • Power Clean
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×165
  • Bench Press
    • 6×45
    • 6×135
    • 3×165

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Power Cleans (climbing)
  • 3 Bench Press (climbing)
  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • 2:00 Rest

I used 185-195-205-215-225 on the cleans and 185-195-215-225-240 on the bench. Went out too hard on the bike and paid for it. My round times were 1:06, 1:21, 1:51, 1:59, and 1:26 to finish at 15:43 on the clock. I ran out of time changing weights before round 3 so didn’t get my belt on, so then I just kept it on the rest of the way. Both lifts felt good and I did all touch-n-go cleans.

Midline

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • T2B
  • Russian Twists (30# DB)

Tried to work for 40-45 seconds and wore my grips. I went 10-7, 7-5-3, 5-5-3, 5-3-3-2, and 5-3-3-3 on the toes to bars and really fought not to do any singles. I am not a fan of using a dumbbell for the twists because I can’t find a good way to hold it. I did 50, 44, 40, 40, and 44 and those got a lot harder than I expected.