Posts Tagged ‘Row

5 @ 45kg
5 @ 55kg
3 @ 65kg

3 @ 75kg
3 @ 85kg
3 @ 95kg

Row 500m
Rest 3:00
x 4 rounds

1. 1:41.3 (damper at 4.5 / ~28 spm)
2. 1:44.3 (damper at 4.5 / ~28 spm)
3. 1:45.4 (damper at 5.5 / ~28 spm)
4. 1:40.8 (damper at 4 / ~32 spm)

My 500m PR is 1:35.7, which seems so far away now. I was desperately close to going sub 1:40 on the fourth round but blew up with 45m to go.

Lots of stretching and foam rolling today too.

5 @ 20kg
5 @ 25kg
5 @ 30kg

5 @ 30kg
5 @ 35kg
5 @ 40kg

Chipper WOD
Row 20 cal
30 Thrusters @ 20kg
20 Box jumps @ 20″ bench
30 Lying leg lifts (reverse crunches) (Rx: Knees to Elbows)
20 SDHP @ 24kg KB
30 Burpees
20 Shoulder to overhead anyhow @ 35kg (Rx: 60kg)

AMRAP in 6 min =  130 reps (10 burpees)
11:03 to complete the whole shebang

5 Press @ 30kg
5 Press @ 35kg
5 Press @ 40kg

Row 1,000m
50 Thrusters @ 20kg
30 Pull-downs @ weight stack random number generator in lieu of pull-ups
= 9:42


Falling back on a basic Wendler 5/3/1 courtesy of strstd.com and a bit of ye olde maine site. I just haven’t been committed enough to make bike training work with the consistency it needs. It hurts more than conditioning, it doesn’t have an immediate pay-off and — and this is the big one — the time windows for doing it are compete directly with family, sleep and project time. So until I can get back onto that properly, it’s back to the old staples of upstairs lifting, jumping and running. The rules are: go hard, be consistent, don’t drop a ride in favour of gym, don’t fall into the obsessive traps that can come with CF (must get stronger). Just turn up and get it done.

I’ve also been reading a little bit about Leangains and have decided to have a bit of a tinker with the method. Basically a condensed eating window with a 16-ish hour daily fast, a little protein before the workout and the biggest carb load placed immediately afterward, the make-up of everything else will be straight paleo. Not aggressively low carb, but it’s going to turn out that way regardless. I’ll try to take a photo in the next few days to help keep an eye on any change in body comp. Don’t expect to see any such thing posted here anytime soon though.

Doug and I cut down the hero workout “Small” to a sprint distance. The prescribed volume was 1000m row, 50 reps on the bodyweight movements and 800m on the run.

Row 300m
20 Burpees
20 Box jumps
Run 300m

= 19:21 Steve
= 21:52 Doug (@ 15 reps on the bodyweight stuff)

Row 20 cal
30 Burpees
40 DB power-clean to push-press @ 15kg DBs
50 Lying leg raises
30 Steps OH walking lunge @ 22.5kg plate
200m “Sprint” (treadmill)

= 17:22

Row 450m (in lieu of running 400)
15 Snatchs @ 22.5kg (Rx 34)
9 Pike push-ups (in lieu of HSPU)
x 3 rounds

5:23 + 6:19 + 7:00
=  18:43


Off the back of a very slack period. I’ve become caught up in an after hours project with Yori and Jase, the iOS devs at work. We’re working on a new version of Jase’s AlienBlue Reddit client for the Mac platform, which is both addictive and … sedentary!

If I’m going to train through this project (and I mean train at all, not just with specificity) I’m going to need to really pin my sleep down. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in bed before 11.


Row instead of run because others were on the treadmills. Probably should have been more like a 5 or 600 based on time, but 450 is plenty enough to pop the HR through the roof. I recovered my breath to within a reasonable range before each of the snatch sets, which weren’t challenging weight-wise, but I wanted to keep form pretty good and the chrome bars at work make snatch grip very challenging. Pike push-ups were good.

One of the two that make me really nervous before-hand, FGB and Fran both have me drawing out the warm-up in some kind of futile struggle against the inevitable. When I got pulled from the XCC race I hopped the bunting tape, unclipped, put my head on my stem and gasped for air for probably a solid three minutes. Gasped. Each lap was will against legs that didn’t hurt so much as constantly bitch that more acceleration was simply not possible.

The signal I took from it isn’t a new one: What you thought was intense in training is a fucking walk in the park compared to racing.

Hence, something a little uncomfortable…


Fight Gone Bad
1:00 20 kg Thruster (sub for wall ball)
1:00 35 kg SDHP
1:00 20″ Box jump
1:00 35 kg Push-press
1:00 Row (for calories)
1:00 Rest
x 3 rounds

Total: 253 (PR = 311)


Waaaay down on PR, partially attributable to not coming out of the gate hard when stamina is high, partially just decreased work capacity. Realistically 35kg is too heavy for me on the SDHP and push-press. Power (not strength) endurance should be the limiting factor in FGB. For the first time, I’m not going to vow that I need to be stronger. This is what it is, next time I’ll drop the weight. I’m beginning to feel like this isn’t leading anywhere specific, which is fine – I appreciate the myriad of benefits that come with GPP, but I have some specific things I’d like to give some love to for a while.

If you fail to meet the time limit established for any particular stage you are eliminated from the workout. Cool down and leave.

Stage 1: Row 1000m (time limit is half of 2000m PR plus 10%)
Stage 2: Renegade man-maker 30 reps (same limit as Stage 1 +/- 5%)
Stage 3: Plank for 2 minutes, strict posture
Stage 4: 100x Ball Slam @ 6kg ball (time limit is Stage 2 time)
Stage 5: 2x Thruster @ 10kg DBs every 30 sec for 5 min, hold DBs in Rack to rest
Stage 6: DB Rack for 10 minutes (same DBs as Stage 5)
Stage 7: DB Snatch until the player quits. Gentlemen’s Rules: switch arms, stop, rest, etc. Stage ends when player sets the DB down.

Row: ~4:00
Snatch: 555


Ok, I said I’d add some thoughts to this so here goes… None of these stages are awfully hard individually. In fact, none of them are awfully hard in a physical sense when put together in a normal situation. But take away the clock and enforce abstinence from rest and it gets very … uncomfortable. Our ball is bouncier and lighter than the GJ slam balls, and to be fair, that stage would have been a wrecker at Jeff’s where real slam balls are to be had. But even still, the killer is the 5 minutes of racked weight.

It’s not hard in the ‘effort’ sense. It Just. Plain. Hurts.

Now, I ‘failed’ that stage by dropping the bells to a hang and immediately shrugging them back up into a rack four or five times. That alone was enough to make it bearable. I also dropped a knee during the plank, not for more than a second, but enough to count. Here’s the rub: Enforcing perfection by making each stage “permission” for the next is what makes this a killer. Because of those transitions I can’t rightfully say I’ve done this one, but I’ll be looking to come back to it very soon.

I feel like I’ve been fighting something off lately. A combination of high churn work during the day, a race to get the new Baum site up by night and general life bizniss has got me surfing on the edge. So when I decided to go up to keep Pete and Sam company, it was with the intention of rowing a quick 500 and the good ol’ six minute DB C&J.


Skip ~5min


Row 500m = 1:35.2 PB (1:35.7)
Row 500m = 1:45.7

6:00 DB C&J (one arm, long cycle), change hands every 5 @ 20kg DB


500m PR was a bit of a surprise given intentions and conditions. During the second effort I tried to push of my toes more, to shove my feet ‘up’ the pads more, as I’d had with trouble coming off the slide during the first 500. The new method only made things worse. Not sure what to do about that … maybe focus on quad extension? No idea.

DB C&J was harder than it should have been. I had to set the bell down twice and wasn’t setting any kind of blistering pace. No biggie.


  • 3 eggs in butter, 3 strawberries, some blueberries, some grapes
  • Double cappuccino
  • Sardines
  • Double cappuccino
  • Big chicken salad w/avocado and pesto
  • Double cappuccino
  • Large tin of tuna
  • Soy-ginger pork chop, with sautéed veggies in ginger and butter
  • 4 pieces dark chocolate coated liquorice
  • Chai tea
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Throw med ball


8 x Press @ 40 kg
2 x Press @ 47.5 kg (fail on 3)
0 x Press @ 50 kg  (fail)


Row 2,000m
= 7:28


Still feeling pretty smoked in the shoulders and with legs full of DOMS from the last workout, but was up for whatever Pete wanted to do. I just wanted to move around. We did some pressing when Sam came up to do a 2k. Pete decided we all should and I figured ‘Why not?’ I used Sam’s suggested pacing: Settle into a pace you think you can hold during the first 1,000m. Try to keep it steady in the next 750 (harder than it sounds), and then drop the bomb for the final 250. 25 strokes. Anyone can count to 25.

Painface? Yup.

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September 2020

On the bike

CrossFit benchmarks

100 Burpees: 11:07 10:32
50 Burpees: 4:24
Angie: 30:47 (60 pull-ups only)
Annie: ---
Cindy: 13 rounds
Dianne: 39:07 (scaled)
Elizabeth: 24:47 (scaled)
Fight Gone Bad (3 rounds): 311
Filthy Fifty: 31:16
Fran: 10:31
Grace (35 kg): 4:25
Hangover Cure: 8 rounds
Helen: 11:10
Jeremy: 13:33
Kelly: 36:09
Linda (scaled): 1:17:04
Michael: 32:30
Murph: 54:17
Nancy: 17:30 (scaled to 35 kg)
Nate: 7 rounds (scaled)
Nicole: 3 rounds, 19 pullups

Row 1k: 3:26.3
Row 2k: 7:15.4
Row 500m: 1:35.7
Run 5k: 24:05 (Feb 17)

Weightlifting PBs

Bench Press: ---
Clean: 70kg
Jerk: 70kg
Press: 52.5kg
Snatch: 47.5kg+
Squat (back): 102.5kg
Squat (front): 85kg (x2)
Deadlift: 130kg
CrossFit Total: 623


3RM OHS: 55kg
3RM Front squat: 82.5kg (x5)
3RM Back squat: 90kg
3RM Deadlift: 130kg
5RM Press: 45kg
5RM Front squat: 82.5kg
5RM Back squat: 90kg
5RM Deadlift: 120
20RM Back squat: 65kg