Saturday, February 26, 2011


Took Wednesday and Thursday off.  Tweaked back, laziness, sleepiness. Lack of solid nutrition had me down. 

Friday WOD
1RM Deadlift

Was gunning for 245/250, but alas, pulled 230. 10lbs shy of my max effort.  Was hoping for big numbers but the week got the best of me.

Hit up Crossfit Potomac with Chip this afternoon for their free class. Its always fun to see how other guys operate.  Plus, my bosses husband was going to come check it out so its always good to know someone on your first day.  We did a nice beginner metcon:

wallballs, boxjumps, KBswing.  1 minute of each exercise, 1 minute rest. Repeat 3x.  Was exhausting. My metcons are my stomach has been screwed up for about 2 days now. Not cool.

Back on track with the nutrition and sleep next week.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big Back Squat Morning

WOD 1:
Back Squats x 5
Top Load: 150

So all those breathing squats of late have paid off! We last did back squats a few weeks ago and today I crushed those numbers.  I hit 150# for all 5 reps!  Up until 2 weeks ago my 1RM was 150#.  The good news is that I felt like I could do more.

WOD 2:
9,8,7,6.....1 Pullups
27, 24, 21, 18...jumping lunges
This was a 3:1 work ratio and the point was to get in some conditioning.  The WOD was a countdown of 10....1, but I started at 9 since my arms/hands were fried from yesterday.

Loving all the awesome gains of the last few weeks---rockin' on with the paleo diet. It's totally worth it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Max Clean and Jerk

WOD 1:
Establish 1RM C&J
Max effort: 110#, failed at 115#

WOD 2:
12,9,7 strict pullups
12,9,7 ring dips
9,7,5 hang clean (75#)
9,7,5 push jerk (75#)

This workout took forever! The strict pullups are totally holding me back, but I make sure I do each freakin' rep.  Flew through the ring dips with the purple band. I started the C&J with 85#, but after attempting a few jerks it just wasn't happening and I had to drop to 75#. The rest of the c&j went really well and I finally got the rhythm for the cleans.  Also, Jerry worked with me a bit on my form--the jerks in the first wod were a bit wobbly--when I split jerk I need to get my front food to the 1 o'clock position instead of straight out.  Also, I realized I need a little bit wider grip on my cleans to get the elbow whip around.  Ready to hit the max C&J again soon!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cindy with Lifts

Wednesday was an epic body weight met-con morning.  We really haven't had too many of these of late.  Here's what it looked like:

3 heavy deadlifts (155#)
3 rounds of Cindy  (5 pullup, 10 pushup, and 15 squats)
Time: 28:30

Who cares about the time, seriously...i pray i never have to do this WOD again.  The deadlifts were a complete afterthought in this workout and pretty much the easiest part.  After the first round of Cindy I thought I was supposed to go do more deadlifts, totally not realizing it was THREE rounds of Cindy...boy was that a game changer.

I got to work on the first set of 3 Cindy rounds.  Pullups went off fine, pushups felt ok, and squats were a little rough the first round from tabata squats the day before.  Then on to round number 2.  DL's were easy, pullups were fine, pushups started to get hard...I pushed through.  Round 3--not even halfway the 3rd set of cindy, the pushups were impossible and I'd broken the pullups into sets of 3/2.  Round 4 was a complete gut check.  The pullups were holding me back and I had to finish in 30 minutes. I dropped to my knees on that middle round.  Round 5 was just sheer HTFU mentality. Get the work done....and I did.  I was smoked afterwards and am quite sore today.  Then I ended up with a head cold/sinus thing so I'll be taking a few more rest days.  But not total rest...lots of painting and housework the next few days!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday and Tuesday


WOD 1: 15 AMRAP Ladder up of 1, 3, 5 HSPU and strict pullups

I know, crazy looking right? Totally. I didn't want to go, but I got out of bed and did it anyways.  My HSPU's were with a 45# plate and an abmat.  I'm getting a few inches of depth on these and until the second set of 5 reps was feeling pretty good.  I ended up at 3 1/2 rounds.

After Party: Shoot throughs on the rings, basically a ring pushup, pick up legs and bring them under you and do a dip. It's a crazy move and everyone fell on the first try! I did get 3 solid ones in there.  Then I did played a little bit on the rings. It was fun!

Front squat x 2
Top Load: 135# PR by 5lbs!  Then 140# X1

Tabata front squats @ 50% of 2X max
45 reps @ 75#

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Squat Cleans

More squat cleans--Whew! Nice to finally work these for awhile.

In 12minutes: 
1RM Hang Squat Clean and Push Jerk
Top Load: 100#

This felt awesome and super strong! I honestly think I could have gone for 110.  I had a little trouble getting full extension on the push jerks, but that's a pretty heavy push jerk.  Cannot wait to go big on the next round of power cleans and split jerks. We should see some big numbers. Looking forward to that.

Met/strength con was
12 minutes, every minute on the minute:
3 squat cleans
double unders-as many as possible

Let's just say that the DU's need a TON of work, I went for 75# on the squat cleans and probably could have gone heavier....

So the 30 days of paleo are over.  I am definitely going to continue only add a few things like greek yogurt (to give a little variety to breakfast) and wine. :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

High Stakes Snatch


30 Snatch for Time---with a a catch! You had to "Anti-in" with XX pullups, then do your snatch. Then every minute on the minute do XX pullups, until you finish your 30 snatches.  You got to pick your level on how many pullups and how heavy your snatch.

I went 3 pullups, 65# snatch.  I finished in 5:45.  The snatch felt great! I hadn't worked this since I had been back (maybe once??) Either way, the form was great, it felt like riding a bike!

Another great day in the gym and one day closer to easier clean living.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More Breathing Squats

HUGE morning in the gym today. Warmed up to a 2X Max back squat, yes, read warmup. Hit a new max of 155# for 2 and 160# for 1. I so have a huge 1RM PR in my legs. Last PR was 150# for 1x so big gains here.

Second part was more breathing squats.  20 resps of 75% of your max.  Last time I worked at 115# and made the jump to 125#.  Holy focus and concentration here. That load was heavy, but I did it and was so proud. it felt great.

Felt totally weird and wired all morning. It was so strange. Wasn't sure if it was the adrenaline or the protein shake i ate for breakfast. We'll see how tomorrow goes. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Strict Monday

WOD 1:
Strict Press x1
Top load: 77#

Attempted 80# twice and failed! I had 80# back in Germany, but I guess some time off from this definitely hurt the overall strength.  2011 goal is 85#.

WOD: 2
16min AMRAP
8 pushup (ring if possible)
8 push press (65#)
8 24" box jump

Survived a solid 6 rounds. Pushups were pretty tough, i just did regular ones to work on form since I'm pretty weak.  Box jumps went surprisingly well. :)

Paleo update: Was not very strict last week at all. Fell off the wagon, but I still think it was small. I major cheat meal per week and a few slips here and there. I missed the sugar the most last week, that's for sure.  Had a burger and fries on Saturday night and a few beers. Paid for it dearly the next day.  Discovered that taking magnesium helps the stomach issues. We will have to see how the week goes.

Overall update:  Have had some issues getting to the box more than 3 days a week, which is pretty terrible for me.  We've had some rough weather, prohibiting me from getting out of the driveway and lots of housework/repairs.  I swear we're never going to get this place to a respectable living state. Its exhausting!

More breathing squats tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Squat Clean/Quadzilla!

Squat cleans. These come up only every so often. The don't seem to be in the regular rotation of lifts so I had no clue what today would look like.

WOD 1:
10 min AMRAP
Ladder 1,2,3,4,5 Hang Squat Cleans (75#)

The "infantry" level was 75#...I had to go for it b/c I wanted to be higher than a bulldog! It was HEAVY though.  I got through 2 full ladders. I had 2 attempts on each round 5. I kept dropping on rep 2-3 and if you did you had to start if over! I got through 2 on the 3rd round.

I looked up my squat clean PR--90#.  I managed a solid 80% of my 1RM for 35 reps.  That is awesome. I would have to guess my power clean PR is more than 100# by now.

WOD 2:
100 DU's
500m row

I did 50 DU's in 4 minutes then hit the rower for a 1:59 row.