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What day is it?

Yeah, it’s going to be one of THOSE weeks. Today already feels like Monday #2. Darn those weekday cloning practices. And Ctrl-Z doesn’t seem to work in my week.

Thursday last week was the last workout I made it in for, though I did an AMLAP (As Much Lawn As Possible) at my house on Saturday that took a few hours. So it felt good to at least get through the door of the gym on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Monday – Shoulder Killer

Monday morning I made it for an 8:30 workout with Coach Drea. Bill, Melissa S, and Dave.

kettlebellsAnyway… we did a little 2 round warm-up:

  • 200m run
  • Turkish get-ups, 3 per side (I used a 15# dumbbell)
  • 10 goblet squats (I grabbed a 45# kettlebell)
  • 3 reps: 10 second hollow body hold + roll to stomach, 10 second arch hold + roll to back (or as I like to call them, the dead fish flops)
  • 30 ft straight leg (high hip) bear crawls

When that was done, we slipped into a good squat clean refresher before working on wall walks. The focus on the wall walks was all about our body position moving up and down the wall – less Superman hold, more hollow body. So keeping the butt up and focusing on good position on the way back down to avoid killing your back — that was the goal. And when that fails, shift to bear crawls.

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Mine didn’t quite look this good

As for weights for the squat cleans, it was supposed to be 155#. And sure, I could maybe do that for one, but not for a ton of reps. I warmed up to 135# to start and after 4 reps, dropped to 115#.

  • For time (20 minute time cap)
  • 100-ft. handstand walk (or 8 wall walks or a 100-ft bear crawl)
  • 9 squat cleans
  • 75-ft. handstand walk (6 wall walks or same distance for bear crawl)
  • 12 squat cleans
  • 50-ft. handstand walk (4 wall walks)
  • 15 squat cleans
  • 25-ft. handstand walk (2 wall walks)

Bill was the only one in our class who did handstand walks. Dave focused on bear crawls. Melissa and I worked on wall walks.

gymnastics-handstand-silhouette-body-silhouette-man-in-handstand-front-1My workout became:

  • 8 wall walks
  • 9 squat cleans – 4 @ 135#, 5 @ 115#
  • 2 wall walks, 50 ft bear crawl
  • 12 squat cleans @ 115#
  • 50 ft bear crawl
  • 15 squat cleans @ 115#
  • 25 ft bear crawl
  • time: 21:10

Wall walks did not make my left shoulder happy and they were slow as molasses. I scaled throughout just to keep moving. And I was close enough to the time cap at the end, I just finished it out.

Everybody kicked ass. I was especially impressed with Dave – his squat cleans got better and better throughout the workout!

Tuesday – 7 Minute Flogging

Today we had Coach Lara for a little 7 minute WOD. We had Logan, Dave, and Nick at 8:30.

rogue-black-med-ball-web6_1Slightly different warm-up, but two rounds of:

  • 200m run
  • 10 mountain climbers
  • 10 overhead squats with PVC
  • :30 sec reverse-grip hang from rig
  • 10 light dumbbell windmills per side (tried a 5# plate and gave up after 5 reps on each side)
  • :30 sec thoracic spine stretch over med ball (hug the ball in a bent-over position and try to stretch out the middle of the shoulders)
  • 10 ring rows

After that we did some overhead squat warm-ups with an empty barbell before working up to our working weight. It was supposed to be 135# or 115# today, but I put 75# on the bar (with the intent of going up to 95#) and didn’t budge from there.

And then we worked on my current goat – double-unders. I didn’t achieve any, but I tried. Multiple times. I just need to beat myself more apparently.

jumpropeThe workout today? A 7 minute AMRAP:

  • Competitor
    • 50 double-unders
    • 10 overhead squats, 135/95#
  • Performance
    • 25 double-unders
    • 10 overhead squats, 115/75#
  • Fitness
    • 25 single-unders
    • 10 overhead squats, 65/45#

Lara said that Drea wanted us to do 50 singles if we did singles, so my workout became:

  • 7 minute AMRAP
    • 30 seconds of double-under practice
    • 50 single-unders
    • 10 overhead squats @ 75#
  • Result: 5 rounds — finished last OHS of round 5 as time ran out

My singles were fast and consistent. My doubles were awful. And every OHS felt rough, but I was able to bang out 10 reps unbroken each round.

We were supposed to shoot for 3-5 rounds, so I felt like I achieved that.

There were a whole lot of double-unders going on though, let me tell you. Great work everybody!

I’m out tomorrow, but will be back on Thursday I hope.

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Light Thrusters Were Ugly

So after doing well on Monday and surviving Tuesday, I have to admit that my body was starting to tell me some things yesterday. I was glad I took it as a rest day. πŸ™‚

Today however I was wondering what the heck I was doing!

Made it in for Drea’s 8:30 class with Ev & AJ and we were joined by a whole bunch of folks – Caleb & Megan, Todd & Melissa, KB, Sarah, Stacy’s sister, Kelli, and Dee. It was a fun bunch and Sarah’s last workout before moving out of state. (Hoping to work out with Jonathan next week before he heads out too.)

and-for-a-warm-up-some-mountain-climbers_o_1678197We started with a different warm-up than earlier in the week:

  • 2 rounds
  • 200m run
  • 10 supinated grip pvc passthrus (these were tough – my wrists/forearms don’t like twisting in that direction apparently)
  • 10 good push-ups
  • 10 PVC good mornings
  • 10 lying hollow straight-arm press downs with a PVC pipe

From there it was straight into front squat and thruster practice, first with a PVC pipe and then with an empty bar. Shoulders were still a little fired up from Tuesday’s dumbbell work – especially my left.

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My thrusters didn’t quite look as good as these

The workout? An interesting one –

  • Competitor –Β 4 rounds for time of:
    • 15 GHD sit-ups
    • 30 thrusters, 65/45#
    • 45 double-unders
  • Performance – 4 rounds for time of:
    • 10 GHD sit-ups
    • 30 thrusters, 45/35#
    • 45 double-unders
  • Fitness – 3 rounds for time of:
    • 15 sit-ups
    • 30 squats
    • 45 single-unders

look-at-scaling-featOf course, I scaled a bit:

  • 4 rounds for time
    • 15 floor-based GHD sit-ups with an abmat (accentuating the kick-out and pushing knees to the ground)
    • 30 thrusters with a 45# bar
    • 1 minute of double-under practice
    • 45 single-unders
  • Time – 19:30

I managed to actually get 9 double-unders throughout the accumulated 4 minutes of double-under practice I did outside (busy class – lots of bodies). All of them were essentially in the single-single-double pattern. I almost got a couple of them strung together (single-single-double-single-single-failed double) but couldn’t control my feet. Apparently I can do single-unders with my feet in a lot of weird positions, but get caught up on doubles in those same positions.

Talking with Drea, she wants me to focus on a different pattern. Double-double. So stringing two together in a row. If I can do that, she thinks I should be able to do more. I may attempt some single-single-double-double combinations just to get going and see how that goes.

survived-didnt-dieThe thrusters however were by far the worst part of this one. Sit-ups were easy. Double-unders are a work in progress. Thrusters with an empty 45# barbell sucked. Something about the combination of sore quads and my left shoulder made a good number of them go wonky. I was breaking them up in odd ways:

  • 15-10-5
  • 10-5-10-5
  • 10-5-5-5-5

But we got through them even if they were awkward and slow. I wonder if adding a little weight (the 65#) would have helped or made them worse.

Anyway – great work folks!

A Little Team WOD Today…

Energy drain hit me something fierce today or I would have written this up earlier, but AJ and I made it to Team WOD this morning at Continuum. πŸ™‚

Coach Larry was leading the charge today, but we had a small core of dedicated folks ready to tackle the day’s WOD. We were joined by Jonathan, Brent, Bill, Heather, and new member Rob. One of the smallest team WOD groups we’ve had in a while, but we had fun anyway. πŸ™‚

crab-walk

We started with some foam rolling of quads and calves, then moved to PVC pass-thrus, PVC overhead squats, and a World Cup-inspired game involving all of us in a circle in crab position with a 10# med ball. The goal? To kick the ball out of the circle. It was actually quite fun and goofy.

Once we were done with that we broke into teams. The workout was built for teams of 2, but Jonathan, AJ, and I formed a team of 3 while Brent & Rob, Bill & Heather paired up. \

rogue-black-med-ball-web6_1The workout looked like this:

  • Buy In – 75 DU/150 Singles (Both Partners Do All)
  • 400M Med Ball Carry (20/14) – Pass Between Partners
  • 40 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 40 Push Press (115/75)
  • 40 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 40 Med Ball Sit-Ups (Pass Between Partners)
  • 300M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 30 Push Press (115/75)
  • 30 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 30 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • 200M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 20 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 20 Push Press (115/75)
  • 20 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 20 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • 100M Med Ball Carry (20/14)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24/20)
  • 10 Push Press (115/75)
  • 10 Front Squat (115/75)
  • 10 Med Ball Sit-Ups
  • Cash Out – 75 DU/150 Singles

med-ball-partner-sit-upsBecause we had a team of 3, we arranged it a bit differently:

  • 95# bar for Jonathan & I, and AJ did 65# I think.
  • Jump rope buy-in
  • 400m med ball carry (20#)
  • 50s (20″ box jumps, push press, front squats, med ball sit-ups)
  • 300m med ball carry
  • 40s
  • 200m med ball carry
  • 30s
  • 100m med ball carry
  • 20s
  • Jump rope cash out

I did box jumps through the first couple of rounds (50s and 40s) and moved to step-ups after that. And we divvied up the reps each round in a variety of ways. I was happy it wasn’t 90 degrees outside as we moved with that med ball, let me tell you. πŸ™‚

Took us 33:59 to finish up. Brent & Rob finished about the same time and Bill & Heather finished well ahead of us. But we all kept moving right along.

Thanks for a fun workout today and good work everybody!

First workout back…

So tonight I attended the first workout I’ve been to since the 16th, almost 10 days ago. Business trip plus a little exploration. Zero workouts. No diet restrictions. Just taking life a day at a time. And though it ended poorly (rough trip home), I knew I needed to get a workout in ASAP.

Here’s the thing though… Today’s workout is definitely not on my “great first workout back” list and I definitely didn’t want to push myself too hard the first WOD back. But I fell for the classic trainer ploy… sort of a “you should do it and cheer one another on!” kind of thing.

36240558_10105457512573020_6063224998418448384_nBah. AJ and I headed in for the 4:45 class with Coach Isaac and Steve. And after only a little chatting about the workout itself, we got moving pretty quickly.

We did the Triple 3 event from the 2018 Regionals of the CrossFit Games.

  • Triple 3,Β Score Type: Total Time
  • Competitor:
    • 3,000-m row
    • 300 double-unders
    • 3-mile run
  • Performance:
    • 2,000-m row
    • 200 double-unders
    • 2-mile run
  • Fitness:
    • 1,000-m row
    • 100 single-unders
    • 1-mile run

This was rough. Sure, I can row. But I can’t do double-unders and running really isn’t my thing. So how was I going to scale it? Well, it ended up being:

  • 3,000 meter row
  • 300 single-unders
  • 2-mile run/walk

36223865_10105457513091980_7867351510324084736_nOriginally I was going to do 2000 meters and 200 singles, but after finishing 2000m in under 9 minutes, he convinced me to keep going. Finished 3000m in about 13 minutes and moved on to the single unders. First 100 were ok, but after a while my calves and shoulders tightened up.

But the run? Ugh. Turned out to be mostly a walk. Ran maybe 1000m of the 3200m and walked the rest.

AJ did:

  • 2000m row
  • 200 single unders + 50 doubles
  • 2 mile run/walk

And our times?

  • AJ: 48 minutes 43 seconds
  • Me: 48: 50

She chose to sprint the last 50m. πŸ™‚

Meanwhile Steve finished well under us, somewhere in the 45 minute range (probably less) I think, doing the full Triple 3. He did awesome.

I’m a little tired after all the madness, but we’ll see if we make it in tomorrow night for another workout. Thanks for the encouragement Isaac! And great work AJ & Steve!

(Big thanks to Isaac for the pics!)

Weekend Catch-up Twofer

Thursday we did bench press and I shared how the week was going weird. Friday and Saturday have continued that trend between high school musicals, family visits, work, and the regular madness. So today’s post catches up a bit from the WOD on Friday and then the team WOD today.

Friday

My girls were off from school on Friday. They both slept in, but AJ chose to go in and possibly get some mobility work done while I did the workout. Yeah, that didn’t quite hold up. πŸ™‚

kettlebell-swingWe had a fun crew for Coach Drea – the two of us, plus KB, Lisa, Austen, and Steve. We warmed up with (going from memory here):

  • 200m run
  • sit-ups
  • air squats
  • Russian kettlebell swings (eye level)
  • Full kettlebell swings

And I feel like I might be missing something, but we went through it twice (only did the run once). Then we talked about the workout.

AJ didn’t say anything, so she got sucked into the assault bike and partnered up with KB. I think Austen & Lisa paired up and Steve went by himself. I decided the day before that I’d do the rowing workout from Monday instead. (Me and the assault bike haven’t been getting along recently.)

assault-bike
Evil Piece of Equipment

So they did:

  • 4 rounds, each for time:
    • Bike 1 mile
    • Rest however long it took you to do the mile

They were averaging in the 2-2:30 range for a mile and KB & AJ finished in 19:24 or so. They did awesome. I think I would have died. πŸ™‚

I did Monday’s rowing workout:

  • Competitor/Performance:
    • Row 250 meters
    • Row 500 meters
    • Row 1,000 meters
    • Row 500 meters
    • Row 250 meters
    • Rest 1 minute between efforts.

rower5I should have done better than I did, but my times were:

  • 250m – 49s
  • 500m – 1:50
  • 1000m – 4:11
  • 500m – 1:58
  • 250m – 51s
  • Total time with 4 minutes of rest – 14:11

It was pretty consistent, but yuck. Interval training just burned a bit. Knees were a little annoyed at the extra work, but my biceps were sore by the end as well.

Was happy to get in a little extra cardio training though. πŸ™‚ And, as I said, AJ did awesome on the bike with KB. πŸ™‚

Team WOD

So Saturday rolls around and I still felt halfway decent after getting in workouts 4 out of 5 days (yes, there is an unwritten one). My sore lat was feeling better and my shoulder didn’t feel too bad, so I figured – why not? AJ

Ev, AJ, and I headed in and we were far from alone. We had some new faces and old for Coaches Drea & Jimmy. Jordan & Lara, Brent, Larry, Bri, KB, Todd, Jonathan, Lisa, Steve, and a few others. Not a bad turnout for a snowy Saturday morning. πŸ™‚

We did a similar warm-up (without the run) to Friday’s workout and then broke into teams. AJ bowed out today, but Ev & KB teamed up and Jonathan and I worked together.

keep-calm-and-amrapThe workout looked simple on paper…

  • Score Type:: Rounds and Reps
  • STATIONS,Β 2 PERSON TEAMS
    • Each Station will be a 5 Min. AMRAP Rest 1:30 between stations
  • Station 1 – Count your team reps for lunge, both Athletes working at same time
    • 20 cal on bike
    • other partner performing alternating OH DB LUNGE #25/#35/#45/#55
  • Station 2 – count your team reps for Thrusters
    • 3 Rope Climbs
    • Partner 2 will perform AMRAP of KB thrusters #25/#35/#44/#55
  • Station 3 – Count your team reps for burpees
    • 15/12 Cal Row
    • Partner 2 Will complete AMRAP of Burpees
  • Station 4 – count team reps of GHD/Situps
    • 50 Double Unders – 100 Singles
    • partner 2 will complete AMRAP of GHD/Situps
  • Station 5 – count our team reps of Box Jumps
    • 12 Wall Balls #20/#14
    • Partner 2 will complete AMRAP of Box Jumps

Jonathan and I started at Station 2 and ended up at Station 1. So rope climbs started us off.

Infinity_Legless_Rope_Climb_WEBAnd I’m happy to say that I managed a single rope climb all the way to the top today in my multiple attempts. I almost managed a second one, but couldn’t get my feet to lock hard enough to trust my hands to release and touch the knot at the top. But I managed my goal for the day of ONE rope climb and didn’t tear my hands, so I’m VERY excited.

For reps we managed:

  • 68 KB thrusters (35# KB)
  • 39 burpees
  • 102 GHD-style sit-ups (on the floor, kicking out feet)
  • 58 box jumps (I did 20″ step-ups and he did 24″ box jumps)
  • and 60 lunges (I started with a 25# db, but quickly dropped it and just did weightless lunges – and 20 calories on the assault bike was awful)
  • Total: 327 (Jonathan did the math and dropped 10 reps somewhere, listing us at 317)

survived-didnt-dieOur goal was to keep moving and oh my, that got hard in a few spots. Wall balls were not my friend today – just couldn’t quite catch my breath or get a rhythm going. And OH lunges didn’t work either. But hey, I kept moving. Huzzah. Jonathan did fantastic and just kept chugging along with me and pushed me in a few spots for sure!

That said, I’m thrilled about the rope climb. I think my PE teachers in elementary school would be happy with that as well. πŸ™‚

Let’s hope next week is much calmer (though something tells me it won’t be). πŸ™‚

And now for something a little different…

Since February 2013, I have been going regularly to CrossFit Continuum a few times a week. That’s not going to change any time soon. But occasionally it’s good to step outside the box, if you’ll pardon the pun, and try something different.

Last year we met Coach Nicole and her family, new to Colorado Springs but definitely not new to CrossFit. She coached at Continuum for a while and had to leave for personal reasons to go do a few other things. Well, now she’s doing a little personal training on the side.

reasonsTwo big things about why we kept in touch with Nicole. One, she’s an amazing lady and just fun to work with. Two, Ev’s schedule has been preventing her from getting into the box at regular class times, so we’ve been looking for ways to supplement our Continuum time with a little extra training. She’s been working with Nicole now for the last couple of weeks after work and in the middle of the day on her day off to try and stay on track.

Today is the first time I was able to hop in and join her for a session with Nicole and it won’t be my last. πŸ™‚

And before anybody gets worried. No, we’re not leaving Continuum. I look at this as supplemental work. Extra things to slip into the schedule here or there to help with some areas I need to work on and want to attack from a different angle. So once or twice a week we’ll hop into a workout with Nicole to add to the fun we’re having at Continuum.

So… back to today.

These sessions will be in Nicole’s garage and she’s got it all decked out with a couple of squat racks and other things so it’s an intimate little home gym. She was working with a nice guy today when we arrived (a little early), so we just hung out until she was ready for us and chatted a bit. But we quickly got into the swing of things.

We warmed up with:

  • 20 side-to-side squats
  • 1 minute standing pancake
  • 30 second side hold (each side)
  • 1 minute standing figure “4” (each side)
  • 45 second plank to pike (sort of a plank to downward dog)

Most of it was fine, but the side holds got a little spicy and the figure fours — oof. πŸ™‚

what-i-really-do

Once that was done we did three rounds of:

  • 8 dumbbell floor presses (think DB bench press), 20#
  • 30 second handstand hold (or angled/inverted pike push-up off a box for Ev)
  • 8 reps of the “victory” movement from crossover symmetry
  • we also did a little forearm smashing to help loosen up my wrists for the handstand hold, which helped

We were good and warm after that, so we moved on to part two:

  • 6 sets: behind the neck strict press
  • every two minutes we would do a number of reps
  • reps: 6, 5, 4, 6, 5, 4
  • I did 75#, 85#, 95#, 85#, 95#, 100#
Tip-Dont-Fear-the-Behind-the-Neck-Press
I looked nothing like this. πŸ™‚

Finally, we did a little metcon:

  • 5 rounds
    • 25 sit-ups
    • 50 single-unders (or double-under practice or box step/holds for Ev)
    • 100 ft overhead walk with dumbbells (20# DBs)

Now… this got a little spicy in spots. Sit-ups and single-unders, fine. OH walk with DBs by round 3 was starting to get a little hairy with the left arm on the return trip, but we straightened it out as best we could and kept on moving.

Crossfit-meme-double-undersIn round 4, Nicole asked me to do some double-under practice. So I did a few attempts and then did 50 single-unders for rounds 4 and 5. I did my usual, calm (apparently too calm) approach to my double-under attempts. Made my first attempt, failed a few, moved on.

In round 5, Nicole urged me to try and put the same kind of effort in that I would for a PR attempt. Push the speed and intensity. So I tried that. Not sure I made any of my attempts, but she was happier with them. She doesn’t think it’s the hand speed of the rotations that’s really the issue, but instead it’s the way I don’t attack each rep.

And in retrospect, she’s probably right. I still think the speed comes into play, but I’m comfortable with single unders. Very comfortable. TOO comfortable, one might say. So attacking these double-unders with more fire or intensity is probably a good thing.

Ev finished ahead of me in 12:04. And I finished in 14:14 with my 50 singles and doubles attempts in those last two rounds. Not too bad. She kicked my butt in the sit-ups, as always! I’m not there to be competitive. I’m there to learn new approaches and shake some things up. πŸ™‚

So there will be other sessions with Nicole in the weeks to come. We’ll play with things and see if I can get over a bit of my left side/right side issues and some of the head games I play with myself. Nicole has a unique way of pushing and pulling differently than some of the other coaches at Continuum.

I’ve grown comfortable with the laid back approach we apply at our box most of the time, so I’m glad to inject something new into the equation to shock my system a bit.

Thanks Nicole and great work hon. πŸ™‚

Team WOD, lots of reps

So this morning started with the Keto chat with Dr. Kurt & Coach Drea and progressed into a team WOD, so we got a nutrition lecture and a workout. Not a bad deal.

jumping-jacks-5JBrue-clipartAJ and I went in this morning and we had a great turnout for the nutrition piece, and a good number of folks stuck around for team WOD. We had at least 5-7 teams of 4 or 5 folks when all was said or done.

We did two rounds to warm up of:

  • 30 seconds of jump rope (single or double-unders)
  • 30 seconds of air squats
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 15 seconds of a lunging stretch, each side

Then we broke into teams. AJ was claimed by Lara, Janice (a drop-in from Philly), and the nice young gal who I’ve worked out with on a few occasions with the knee brace. And I was cut loose – but claimed quickly by Kelli, Jamal, and Trey. Kind of nice to join their clan for the day. πŸ™‚

kettlebell-swingWe grabbed equipment and tackled this workout:

  • For time,Β 4-person team, one person working at a time.
    • 250x Pull-ups
    • 250x KB swing (72/53/45/35/25)
    • 250x Double-unders (single unders)
    • 250x Overhead squat (95/65/45/35)

We pulled together various weights of kettlebells, Jamal and I settled on 75# overhead squats, made sure we all had jump ropes, and were off to the races. I used a 53# kettlebell and Jamal went with a 70#. And I decided single unders were just fine for me.

All together, it took us 40:28 to complete the 1000 reps as a team. I ripped my hand on the pull-ups, but Jamal really tore, so he was bleeding the remainder of the workout. And we all held our own I think.

AJ and her team finished a little ahead of us in 39:50, so we didn’t do too badly. πŸ™‚

Definitely tired now. Might be time for a nap ahead of AJ’s soccer game tonight. πŸ™‚

Thanks to Jamal & Kelli for adopting me into the clan today despite the fact that basic math was hard. πŸ™‚

Thanks Drea & Jimmy for a fun one. Hope everybody has a great weekend!!