Tagged: AMRAP

Pistol Squats

No so a great day to train today… It’s raining, my knee hurts (getting old and surgery) and the skill was pistol squats. Pistol squats are one legged squats – the other leg is stretched in front of you. You need strong quads, good balance and some ankle flexibility. Quads are getting there, strength-wise, balance is OK and ankle, well, no at the moment. I’m slowly getting the hang of it, though. The right leg doesn’t go low enough, but that’s normal with the ankle. I’m very careful with it and make sure I don’t use it or stretch it too much.

The WOD, on the other hand, was good. 17min AMRAP: 10 toes to bar, 20 wall balls 20lbs. I did try beforehand a few wall ball shots, to see if my ankle would hurt or stretch too much. It was OK again, but I still too it at a slower pace. After a while, fatigue and the desire to go faster take a toll on the form, and that’s when I go aggravate things. I focused more on my technique, deep squats and good high shots. A few went sideways, and stepping to the side brought a twinge once or twice – a great motivator to shoot straight!

I still can’t kip the toes 2 bar, though, and it’s driving me mad. I can kip pullups and knees 2 elbows, but not T2B. Best I can do is a slight kip backwards (half swing in hollow position) in order to then swing up for another rep. There’s a piece of the puzzle missing in this, and I can’t find what…sigh.

Oh, and I did 5 rounds and 15 wall balls.

No Rep

Every now and then, I get a break. This time, it was the WOD. My sprain limits a lot what I can and can’t do. No running, skipping, rowing or other type of umping/impact. But I can squat and do upped body work.

Today’s skill was squat cleans… to movements combined I’m allowed to do. Because of the slight jumping motion in the transition, though, I kept the weight light, 65lbs, and worked on technique, correcting big small details.

Then came the WOD: 20min AMRAP – 7 HSPU, 12 strict pullups. All upper body.:) I recently managed to learn how to kip HSPU, sop I decided to go Rx. My goal was to do 2 rounds, maybe a third. I ended up doing 6! Strict pullups are hard… I no rep’d myself quite a few times because halfway up, I started kipping. That takes a lot out of you after a while…

Now some rest and ice for the ankle. It wasn’t used much, but it still has to heal.

GI Jane

Today was a good day. When I saw the WOD, I was dreading it, but no, it was pretty ok.

The skill tonight was clean and jerk, 1RM. I had 15min to do my 1 rep max. I started with a weight I knew I could get up, 135lbs. I’ve done 135lbs thrusters, I can clean and jerk it. My goal was to double my last recorded PR: 85lbs. Ok, it’s been a while since when did a 1 max rep…  I got progressively up to 175lbs, which I couldn’t get up. Came close, but the elbows wouldn’t lock. SO I retreated a little bit, went for 165 – success! Move on for my last try to 170lbs, double my last PR, and I managed to lift it. Pretty happy.

And now, the WOD: G.I. Jane. 100 burpee pullups for time. That’s it. You do your burpee, then jump to do your pullup. 20min cap. I took a strategic approach to it: sets of 10 with 15 second breaks in-between. That way I kept a good rhythm and would kill myself/cardio along the way. It took me 12:50Rx, so I averaged around 10 burpees per minute. It also helps to have a good impulsion – I didn’t have to burn extra energy to do the pullup.

Oh, there was an option B, should you not want to try G.I Jane: 12.1. Yep, 7 minutes to do as many burpees as possible. Sucks both way…

So I entered dreading what was lying ahead, and came out with a PR and a decent time for a (in the end) good workout.

Rope Burn

Today was a nice training day. Still hurt, mind you, but still good – the mind was in a good place.

The skill was double unders and rope climb. My DU haven’t changed – I still suck at them, but I decided a while back that they would not get the better of me, and they haven’t. I still frown when I whip myself, but it’s form trying to understand what I’m doing wrong. The rope climb is ok… not great, but I don’t suck at it either. I’ve yet to master a controlled descent – one where I won’t burn my ankle. And yes, saying I’ve got rope burn on an ankle sounds terribly wrong out of context. 🙂

The WOD was… partially unpleasant. 12 min AMRAP: 30 squats, 15 burpees, 30 sit-ups  I did 3 rounds and 5 burpees. I paced myself throughout and keep my mind quiet. Didn’t look too much at the clock or at the people around me. I was was in a good zone… not beast mode, but one where I stand strong. I most likely would’ve done better, but the sit-ups got the best of me. It’s been a while since I got in that zone. Felt good.

On the butterfly pull-up front, I had a smallish break through. I got advice on my legs – keeping them together instead of apart while doing the butterfly kip. It generate more energy and I finally got 3 in a row, and quite easily, too! 🙂

On the muscle up front: still can’t 🙂

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

K2E

Finally back at the gym after almost a week without being able to train… moving chairs for a workshop at work doesn’t count.

Tonight was a good full body workout. We started with power snatches 8-6-4-6-8, going heavier with less reps and lighter afterwards. At my heaviest, bearing in mind the higher number of reps, I did 105lbs. I’m happy, and gradually moving towards my goal – 135lbs. I couldn’t do it on 13.1, I want to change that.

We then moved on to the WOD. 17min AMRAP – 10 thrusters 75lbs, 10 knees to elbows. This one, I liked. 75 lbs is a good working weight where I can do many rounds while still struggle a bit, and I’m good at K2E. Ever since I figured out how to kip them, I’ve been cranking them. Every now and then, something does work for me. I ended up doing 7 rounds +5 thrusters Rx. I’m happy about this overall. I did have some shoulder issues in round 3-4, but it went away somehow. Could’ve been something silly as posture/technique. What I found also helped what figuring out shortcuts/efficiencies. For example, with the thrusters, one usually cleans the bar, then squats and does a push press. There’s nothing stopping you (unless stated, obviously) from squat cleaning the first one. You’re saving a little bit of energy as you don’t have to lift as high.

Paleo challenge update: We still don’t know who won – the coahc is just letting us stew some more…

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Body Metrics and End benchmark 1

The 90 days are done, now we collect our winnings or bragging rights. Sort of. First we have to redo the benchmark we first did before the challenge started, in January.

According to the rules, I had to do at least 2 benchmark WODs at the beginning and redo them at the end. In my case, it was Jack and Fran – you can check the January 7 and 10 posts. The results were used as a baseline to determine the winner and improvements, among other things. In my case, I’m number 1 equal with another athlete, so the benchmark will separate us. Obviously, for the comparison to be fair, it means I have to do this week’s WODs at the same weights as last time. Those that I’ve been reading my blog for a while will remember that I got a shoulder injury at the end of October that left me on the bench for a while, and that it took forever to heal and regain my strength. At the benchmark time, I wasn’t back up to full strength for Jack.

After the skill, we went straight on to Jack: 20min AMRAP – 10 push press 115lbs, 10 KB swings 1.5pood and 10 box jumps 24in. In January, I scaled at 75lbs and finished with 7 rounds and 2 push press. This time, with the same weight (no choice), I finished with 11 rounds and 2 box jumps! Holy crap! It’s a 50% improvement, more or less.

I guess the paleo, the training and the Open help. 🙂  Pretty proud of myself.

Speaking of pride, we also took my measurements to compare. In January, I weight 199lbs and had a body fat percentage of 20.1. Today, at about the same time, I weight 180lbs and had a body fat percentage of 15.1. 15.1! Again Holy crap! I think back then I was aiming at 10% body fat loss and some 20lbs. Half of my goal – not too bad. 🙂

And yes, the Mrs is happy with the results. 😀

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

 

P.S. My thoughts are prayers go to the runners and folks of Boston.

Last Week

This week is my last week for the paleo challenge. Last score sheet is handed next Saturday, and we redo the benchmark WODs next week.

It’s been quite fun, and surprisingly less hard than I thought it would be. But it’s time to end it. I think this week will be the hardest, your mind knows you’re almost done, willpower could slip, and fried food smells awesome.

Nonetheless, I have the Mrs and my friends who support me, and I find comfort in that.

Today, I ended up training at home, with Bodee fit. I’m still sweating from it. The dirty dozen: 12min AMRAP – 12 squats, 12 burpees and 30s push up holds. I ended up doing 5 rounds and 3 burpees. And yes, I still hate them. 🙂

6 days left!

Supplements

1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training