12.12.12

I did not have time to post my training results yesterday and actualy they were not so great, I was feeling quite fatigued and weak. I did outlaw training and then group wod.

Outlaw
WOD 121211:
BB Gymnastics

1) 5X2 3 Position Snatch (low to high) – heavier than last week, rest 60 seconds, DEMO VIDEO

2×95#. Was a bit pressing out on third snatch, so dropped weight to be more smooth to 2×90#. Last set did @100#, but missed on 1st second snatch an on second-3rd snatch. I found this exercise super tiring.
2) 5X2 3 Position Clean + 1 Push Jerk (low to high) – heavier than last week, rest 60 sec.

totally fucked up. My lower back was hurting, i had mh ex. Oly coach next to me training ( when I took free Oly classes back in September). My last pull was horrible all the times, did not do anythig heavier than last week, stayed all time with 120# and still felt weak as f..ck.

3a) 3X3 5-Step Duck Walk – medium/heavy, rest 60 sec. DEMO VIDEO
thats a funny exercise and hard. Have tou ever tried to walk in squat backwards with barbell over you head? 🙂 did 2×65# and 1×75#

3b) 3X5 Push Press – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec.
did all at 115#. Probably could have gone higher, but with was scared to fail last reps, especially after jot doing so well on cleans before.
Notes: One rep of Duck Walks would include 5 steps forward and 5 steps back. After each set the athlete should stand, drop the weight, and Snatch it again before beginning the next rep. Use a weight that is manageable, especially if this is your first time performing a weighted Duck Walk. Spencer DOES NOT walk back in the demo video (@100kg)—it is a no-rep.

Strength

Back Squat: 3X10 – absolutely heaviest possible each set, rest as needed.

made 2×155# and 1×165#. holly crap that felt heavy, especially for 10reps in a row. I did strength training after making group wod, so that really made me een weaker as usual.

Directly after BBG I made group wod and I felt realy demotyvated even to start. No energy at all. And for RX I had to make chest to bar, it did not workout, i would get chest to bar one out of 3-4, so after while I just startwd making regular pull ups. Here is the wod:
2 rounds of:
15 thrusters@75#
10 burpee box jumps@60cm
15 KB taters@35#
10 BBJ@60cm
15 K2E
10 BBJ@60cm
15 pull ups
10 BBJ@60cm
Time:18:48min.

It’s not bad time, but I was still very disappointed by myself by not bein able to pull those chest to bar pull ups.

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11.12.12.

Today I made Outlaw training of yesterday. Well, actually just Olympic lifting part, because I could not get access to the rings due to WOD in the box (they used them for ring push ups). Istead of that, I made Elite Fit conditioning of my gym together with my team partner which is my biggest competitor so far. I beat her only by 10sec, simply because my push press was faster.

BBG:

1) Snatch: 3X1 @ 80%, 2X1 @ 85%, 2X1 @ 90%, 5X1 @ 80% – rest 60-90 sec. between each rep through sets of 90%, then 30 sec. between each rep at 80%

I based the lifts on 115#, though my maximum is 110#. GFot everything with no problem at all. 105# first snatch was a bit press out, but the second one went super nice and smooth.

2) Clean & Jerk: 3X1 @ 80%, 2X1 @ 85%, 2X1 @ 90%, 5X1 @ 80% – rest 60-90 sec. between each rep through sets of 90%, then 30 sec. between each rep at 80%

Based on 145#. My jerk is coming back after not feeling confident for a while finally I feel the drive.

Conditioning:

18-6-12
Handstand push ups
Push press@65#

9-3-6
Chest to bar pull ups
Sumo deadlift high pulls
Time: 6:57min.

 

8.12.12 and Ring Muscle-Ups


I forgot to write down or download Outlaw workout today, so I was left with no workout from Outlaw, just did Blackbox WOD. I intended to reach snatch 1 RM max., but stayed at the same 110#. However, these 110# now become everyday thing rather than something hard to achieve, which means that soon I should pass this limit.

Skills : Score = 6RM
6 Front squats @ Max
Time cap = 8 minutes
Result: 80kg. Intended to do 85kg, but after 4 reps I could not continue. However, 80kg=176# 🙂

WOD : 2 Rounds
30 Mountain climbers
15 Db Sotts press @15#

3 Rounds
20 V-Sit tuck
10 Toes to bar

4 Rounds
10 Burpees over the bar
5 Sumo deadlift @100kg
RESULT: 9:39mins. I consider this easy workout, hardest part was simply to keep doing those burpees, but other than than….I almost did not need to rest.

Finisher:
for 15mins:
1min. plank
20 abs in a minute
That was nice workout. I could feel my abs a bit burning, but did not find it difficult. Somehow felt super strong today.

After that I was helping my team mate with HSPU and Muscle Ups progressions, because we signed up for the competition. My first competition:
https://lusine.zenplanner.com/zenplanner/portal/event.cfm?EventId=23788FCD-6CB1-4716-97A8-8627B3EE14B3
Feel super excited about that! However, there is job to be done and my biggest concern so far were muscle ups. And I got them! TODAY. my first muscle ups, totally unexpected, could not be happier…Made one, went to anounce all my friends….came back…made second one to be sure that I actually got this. I do! How cool is that? I call is my 9 months of crossfit “baby”. It took me 9 months to be able to make first muscle ups. But I know that now it will become easier and easier, because if I get something once, then I keep just adding volume.
It’s such a nice feeling….I think I`m gonna make Double layer fudge to celebrate that 🙂

29.11.12

I did workout in the morning again. It was super hard to wake up in the morning and get out of bed, especially when I saw that it was snowing at night….I still use my bike, so I had doubts whether I would be able to go with it or not….I turned off alarm and decided to stay in bed…but little guilt was creeping in, because I had french course at 9a.m. and after that I had meeting for help in job search and so….whether I would be going before french class or not go at all….and I already took day off on Monday….Guilt won and I was out of bed, getting ready to go with bike. That was fun and I realized that it is time to start using winter boots, because my feet were frozen…and I need better gloves….other than that, no accidents whatsoever…

I did Outlaw Monday training, which I missed and I loved it.

WOD 121126:

BB Gymnastics

1) Snatch: 10X1 @ 80% – rest 30-60 seconds. @90#, no misses…went really nice and smooth…concentrated a lot on technique.

I posted video of me doing Snatch@90#. Any critique is welcome….
2) Clean & Jerk: 10X1 @ 80% – rest 30-60 seconds. – @115#. felt too easy…wanted to go higher, because kept over pulling, but at the same time my jerk is far from being nice and perfect….

Conditioning

Run 800m
5 Bar Muscle-Ups
9 Hang Squat Clean to Thrusters 135/95#
Run 400m
7 Bar Muscle-Ups
7 Hang Squat Clean to Thrusters 135/95#
Run 200m
9 Bar Muscle-Ups
5 Hang Squat Clean to Thrusters 135/95#

For time.

Result:16:22min. Took long to go from treadmill to crossfit room for bar muscle ups, the to weightlifting room for hang squat clean to thrusters, then again to the treadmill, but overall it was nice workout.

Training 27th and 28th November

 

I decided to take day off on Monday because I just did not feel like training at all. I had really intense 3 days of training, so I decided to follow my body…

Tuesday:

Did just Outlaw…but anyways….conditioning was tough…

WOD 121127:

BB Gymnastics

1) 5X1 3 Position Snatch @ 75% (low to high) – rest 60 seconds, DEMO VIDEO  – 85#. Nice and smooth, tried always to get squat snatch,no always successful…
2) 5X1 3 Position Clean + 1 Push Jerk @ 75% (low to high) – rest 60 seconds – 115#. Too light…

Strength

1) Back Squat:
-Every 30 seconds for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 85% (9 total reps) – 195#
-Rest exactly 2 minutes.
-Every minute on the minute for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 90% (5 total reps) – 205#

2) 5X3 Front Squats (3 count pause on 1st rep) – heaviest possible, rest 60-90 seconds. 135/145/155/165/170#. Started with lighter weight to get really comfortable in bottom position for 3sec. count and then was just checking until where I could go up…for 170# though back started to be round 😀

Conditioning

2 min ME Row for Calories – 37kcal.

-rest 1 minute

4 min AMRAP of:
15 Pushups (hand release)
10 T2B

RESULT: 4 rounds +1 Pushup

-rest 1 minute

4 min AMRAP of:
15 Jumping Squats 45#
10 Pullups

RESULT:  3 rounds+9 squats ( I couldn’t imagine that squats will be hardest part – they were just killing and burning and I thought that they would be really easy. Couldn’t have been more wrong….

-rest 1 minute

2 min ME Row for Calories – 32kcal. (longest 2mins. ever….could not wait until this torture will finish)

Wednesday:

I did an early training!!! I woke up at 6:15a.m. to do training before my classes, so it was short and intense….Short still took me around 1,5h to make :))))

WOD 121128:

BB Gymnastics

1) Every 45 seconds for 5 minutes:

1 Power Snatch + 1 Hang Power Snatch @ 70% (of max Snatch any style) – 80#. Super nice and easy….it feels so good to do something without getting frustrated.

2) Every 45 seconds for 5 minutes:

1 Power Clean + 1 Hang Power Clean @ 70% (of max Clean any style) – 105#. I already forgot what it means to clean so light :) And I did not even had to push jerk, which recently has been my nightmare and I need to work a lot on it….So, I was super happy that I did not have to jerk at least once…

Strength

1a) 4X3 3 Stop Snatch Pulls – heavier than last week, rest 45 sec. DEMO VIDEO – 155#, 2×175#

1b) 4X5 Hang Clean Hi-Pulls – heavy (BB should rise to chest height – elbows above bar), rest 45 sec. – 3×115#. That was actually harder than I thought initially that it would be: tried to use the same weight as for snatch pulls and absolutely failed, then tried to use 125#, but could not pull it to my chest from hang position, so had to readjust myself again and go with 115#.
1c) 4X5 Split Press – heavier than last week, rest 45 sec. DEMO VIDEO – 75#, 85#, 95#. Decided to go lighter at the beginning, because Sunday that felt really hard, checked video this morning and saw that my position was far from perfect. 

Conditioning

Choose one…

Row: 4X500m – rest 2:1 – 30 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.  As I already ran Sunday, this time chose rowing 🙂 Times: 1:52min, 1:55, 1:54, 1:57 + 30 burpees penalty.

Run: 4X400m – rest 2:1 – 25 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.

Swim: 7X50m – rest 3:1 – 20 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.

 

 

Then…I decided to check my back, because everyone were telling recently that I look very cut 😀

Do I?

 

WODs “6×6” and “Tears of a Spider Monkey”

In my Crossfit class today I was alone. It kind of sucks…why? Because I already train alone when I do Outlaw training, so it is nice to have 3 times a week with whom to compete with and being alone is not pushing enough, especially knowing that I will have to do another training afterwards.

However, today there was a skill part that concentrated of OHS: 6x5reps@max. Yey….Remember when I wrote that I would like to get to 100#, so guess what? I got 110#, made two rounds with 50kg/110lbs. If it would have been 1rep@max, would have even got higher, but still very happy with result. Just few weeks in a Crossfit class WOD I could not make 85# OHS and now got 110#. That is a huge step forward. However, I could not snatch that weight, used racks to get on shoulders and then back push pressed. After more that a week of Outlaw snatches and cleans I my shoulder power is totally exhausted.

The WOD that I did after OHS I called “6×6” and it was time challenge:

6 rounds of:

  • 6 power cleans @95# (though made first round 110#)
  • 6 push jerks @95# (that is when I switched from 110# to 95# cause just could not jerk properly, totally ridiculous shape, though 95# went easily)
  • 30m. KB waiter walk (Left) @35#
  • 30m. KB waiter walk (right) @35#
  • 6 snatch deadlift@95#  (this really helped to concentrate on keeping back perfectly straight)
  • 6 slamballs @10kg
  • RESULT:20:24min.

After this WOD, I took little rest, ate apple to get some carbs to refuel myself and some crunch bars that I took from home and obviously made myself. Then, I decided to make strength workout from Outlaw which was:

EMOM for 7 minutes:

2 1 1/4 Front Squats @ 75%. As my max. front squat is 145#, 75% was 110#. Isn’t it funny that everything today goes around same number: 110# 🙂

I was also supposed to test my max. snatch and clean and jerk, but I decided not to do that. First of all, did not feel fresh, second, because my jerk anyways sucks and I know that I would be weaker than I would like to be and it would just make me frustrated. So, skipped that part and decided to make conditioning part later today, which happened to be 10p.m. and I made it at home. The most gruesome part is that this WOD looks really innocent and easy to tackle, but after reading all the comments, I saw that it won’t be peace of cake and actually I was all in sweat after finishing it….There is no need for sauna 😀 And after taking shower my knees were burning…probably 140 OHS makes gives pretty damn pressure on knees and I start wishing to have Oly shoes instead of minimalist running shoes for this type of WODs.

So….“Tears of a Spider Monkey

Refer to 120114

7 rounds for time of:

20 Push Press @ 75/55lbs
20 OHS @ 75/55lbs

It took me 26:17min. to complete it. I am sure I could have completed it faster, but I decided to break it into 10s so that I would not feel weak in  the middle and it paid of. I did not have to break up in smaller parts and always managed to have 10reps. unbroken, but my shoulder were burning and my left hand thumb got numb after 4 rounds while making OHS. no idea why though…Maybe I am pressing so nerve or something like that.

Overall, it was nice day of training. Tomorrow I am resting!

WOD 31st August

Yesterday I felt really excited to see what will be a WOD of today from Outlaw and once I hit the gym and started doing my workout, I felt like shit. Literally, no power in me, footwork horrible, wanted to quit few times, finished it though.

WOD 120831:

BB Gymnastics

1) 7X1 1 Hang Power Snatch + 1 Power Snatch + 2 OHS as fast as possible – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec (exactly). Notes: This should be performed as a complex. Do not drop the bar between movements. The OHS should be down and up for both reps without hesitation.

Result: 2×75#, 4×85#, 1×75#. I felt really weak doing these, especially because last time I was making 95# hang snatches. However, I did not go up from 85#, because I wanted to make sure that I am stable while doing OHS. At least that was my PR for OHS and it did not feel that hard.

2) 7X1 1 Hang Power Clean + 1 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerks – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec (exactly). Notes: These should be UB reps, if you cannot perform them UB then lower the load.

Result: 4×95#, 3×105#. For last one I tried to make 115#, but failed on jerk, so went back to 105#. Did not feel strong and having much power at all. At beginning was even struggling a bit with 95#, so continued with that weight till felt stable and concentrated. Not best day for Oly.

Conditioning

5 rounds for total reps:

  • 1 min AMRAP of:
  • 5 Over the Box Jumps 24″
  • 10 KBS 32/24kg
  • 5 Over the Box Jumps24″
  • 5 Thrusters 95#
  • *Rest 1 minute after each round.
  • RESULT: 105reps. That was fun workout…hardest part is to clean barbell after making jumps when you try to catch breath and motivate yourself to do that while you see on the clock 10secs.  or less left.

Midline

1a) 3X10 “Strict” Weighted GH Raise – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. (no swing, start from a position parallel to the floor)Result: 10#, 25#, 25#

1b) 3XME Hanging L-Hold – rest 60 sec. Result: 13secs, 11secs, 10secs.

After that I took little break, then decided to work on my skills and made 3 rounds of:

  • 15 ring dips (used thinnest elastic band)
  • 30sec. handstand.

Then, I thought that it would be time to make Blackbox challenge as obviously I would not be able to make it tomorrow as I will be having 2 workout anyways. This week challenge was for Muscular Endurance to make 100 bench press 85# for time. RESULT: 10:48min. 

Overall, todays mood wasn’t the best, because I want to push more and I am still struggling with so many details, like putting elbows up fast when making clean, being stable doing snatch, using explosiveness for jerks and so on. So, probably for me best would be to use advice of this poster 🙂

 

 

 

WODs 20th August

Todays WOD at the gym was a killer cardio strength training of which last part was most brutal 🙂

Time cap: 35mins. Made it in 26:37mins.

  • 60 box jumps (23″)
  • 2 rounds of:
  • -12 thrusters (95lbs)
  • -24 slam ball (10kg)
  • 40 box jumps
  • 3 rounds of:
  • – 6 Jumping deadlifts (95lbs)
  • – 12 pull ups
  • 20 box jumps
  • 4 rounds of:
  • – 3 clean and jerk (95lbs)
  • – 6 burpees (tuck) that tuck was a real killer 🙂

Then I did some stretching and some rowing. Thought about doing second training, but did not feel ready. Decided to check the Front Squat maximum with bottom rock position. Got 145lbs. Tried 155lbs, could not stand up, then tried 150lbs, still could not stand up, so left with 145lbs that would be around my body weight.

Then in the evening decided to make Outlaws training at home, which is not most convenient as I have very limited variation of barbell weights that would be: 25#, 35#, 55#, 65#, 85#, 95#, 115#, so have to go around with what I got. It was hard training 🙂

BB Gymnastics

1) 1 Snatch (from floor) + 1 Hang Snatch (just above knees) EMOM for 7 minutes @ 85% then rest 2 minutes. – Tried to make with 85lbs, but could not get hang snatch and I am scared to drop barbell down as the floors are wooden and we are renting apartment, so stuck with 65lbs.

2) Perform single Snatches (no hang) @ 90%, 95%, and 90%. Rest at least 2 minutes between reps and allow for no more than 3 misses total. Made 85lbs, 95lbs, 85lbs. 

3)  1 Clean (from floor) + 1 Hang Clean (just above knees) + 1 Jerk (after the Hang Clean) EMOM for 7 minutes @ 80% then rest 2 minutes. Used 95lbs. 

4) Perform Clean & Jerks (no hang) 3X1 @ 90%. Rest at least 2 minutes between reps and allow for no more than 3 misses total. Tried 3 times with 115lbs and missed. I am sure that in gym I would have made it pretty easily, but at home there is no dropping from top, so just sucked my pride in and moved to next part. 

Strength

1b) 3X8 Shoulder Press – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. 65lbs. 

Conditioning

Run, Swim or Cycle for 20 minutes (choose one, preferably your weakest).

As I don’t like running, this is what I chose and decided to invite Keven for a run, especially because he used to run a lot. I made 4km in 20mins, which I consider to be improvement since my last long distance running which was 3miles and took me 28:22min, so it means that I run faster, even though I don’t run, except in WODs. 

 

Week of Cross training

I decided to switch to training 6 times a week and basically I had kind of training all the days. I have my crossfit training classes 3 times a week and had a big dilemma whether I should pay more and get unlimited classes, but then again, I can come to the gym any time and make my own training, plus I do have some weights at home, so I decided to experiment so far and see how it will be going. I have been doing some workouts from “Give them Cold Steel“, also taking a look at “Outlaws” and still checking “Gymnastics WOD”. I am still all over the place,because can’t decide which I want to follow as you can’t make everything. “Give the Cold steel” is followed by Michele Letendre which placed first in regionals of my side of the world, so I am interested in comparing myself with her and see where I stand. On the other hand, Elisabeth Akinwale is being coached by “Outlaws” and she did an amazing job in the games, so I am inclined to follow whoever is the strongest. I would like to have a real coach, but I don’t have money for that, so I will just try to figure out the best way to deal with my training and see where it will lead. If I would pass to regionals next year, then I still would have time to get some serious coach and hopefully correct my weaknesses.

As for the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday went to my Crossfit training, Thursday made training from other box in Quebec, because I wanted to compare myself with them and then went for endurance swimming at night (5min. swim, 2:30rest; 6min. swim, 3min rest, 7min. swim), Friday I made endurance training from Crossfit.com that included running (10x400m. run with 2 min. break in between), Saturday I went for a long hike with my dog and learning snatch technique and today I made Annie (50-40-30-20-10 double unders and sit-ups. Time: 12:40min. Have to cut it in half 🙂 )

I don’t remember what was the training on Monday, though I do remember one part of it, it was:

  • 50 pull ups
  • 50 push ups
  • 400m run
  • I don’t remember what was the time cap, but I know that I made 2 rounds and that my palm were destroyed 🙂 I am working on my butterfly kipping which is so much faster than regular kipping, though I still have to work on making sure that my chin is over the bar. My goal is to be able to make 30 in a row without stopping, as for now I am at around 15, so loads of room to improve.

Tuesdays warm-up was 10min. of double unders and I finally managed to connect double unders and not to have single in between. I was so so happy when I finally got it, because now it is just about increasing number of repetitions rather than learning how to make it.

Tuesday WOD (time cap 30min), my time 17:16

  • 30 KB squats (53lbs)
  • 15 HSPU (for the red we had to make them on parallette, but I am not there yet, so made hand on the ground). It was first time that I was making so many HSPU in a row and I made them kipping, which was a great practise, glad that learned kipping HSPU on Saturday 🙂
  • 10 Toes to Bar  (still working on kipping technique of Toes to bar, still not there yet)
  • 20 KB Squats
  • 15 HSPU
  • 20 T2B
  • 10 KB Squats
  • 15 HSPU
  • 30 T2B

That was a challenging workout, especially last round of HSPU, I had really concentrate and push myself.

Wednesday WOD1 was called “No escape” and I really pushed my strength abilities with time cap 30mins. I did not finished on time, felt short last 30m. :

12-9-6 of:

  • Thrusters (115lbs). My max. power clean before was 115lbs, and now I had to clean in, squat and go overhead. It was super hard, like really hard, I could make one rep at a time. The after first 12, the next ones I was doing with 105lbs, because it was so hard and my technique sucks 🙂
  • Release burpees
  • Pull ups
  • 60m. dumbbell snatch lunges (30lbs each hand). These lunges were draining psychologically. It was really hard to keep hand overhead and I could not lunge more than 15m. at one shot. 

Even If I hadn’t finished this workout in time, I was really happy that I made those 115lbs thrusters and when I was pushing a lot with lunges.

Then little short WOD2 for finisher (AMRAP 6min):

  • 12 box jumps (26″)
  • 6 power snatch (75lbs)
  • 60m. shuttle sprint

I made 3 rounds, just because I love box jumps, and 75lbs is not heavy weight for snatches, so I could make all 6 in one shot.

Thursday WOD I took from other box, because the result were already published, so I had what to compare myself with and I did really good 🙂

8 rounds of:

  • 10 OHS (55lbs), could have gone heavier, but wanted to work on my technique rather than heavy pushing.
  • 15 release push ups
  • 20 V-sits
  • My time 15:36, so I beat their fastest in 20secs. 🙂 I know it is vanity, but I like to compete and compare myself. How else we gonna improve? 🙂

Tomorrow heading to the gym, planning to make Diane after training if there won’t be HSPU involved in WOD and to work on ring and/or bar muscle ups.