It felt great to take the barbell outside for a WOD this afternoon. I’ve been neglecting using that because we’ve been really into the sled work and the sandbag stuff. I decided that it’d be fun to do a sled plus power clean WOD.
It has been a long time coming, but I finally switched my strength program to 5/3/1. I read the first book years ago and was going to try it out then when we were still going to Crossfit, but didn’t.
Today was the day I would log my thousandth street parking WOD. I wanted to do a partner WOD with Molly to celebrate it, but she wanted to do a sled WOD outside. We made it work.
I had a good night’s sleep. Today is still warm and very humid, but a good bit cooler than it has been. That helped me have a great day lifting early this morning before 9:00 AM. I also did a WOD around lunchtime.
It was another hotter than hell day today, but thankfully the air conditioner works well. I got my lifts in and everything felt pretty good. The bench felt better than I expected, after last time.
I had a good night’s sleep last night, then I got up feeling pretty good. I had a good morning for my lifting, with everything feeling really great. A little while later I did a WOD and challenged myself with it.
I felt good this morning, so I decided that it seemed like it was a pretty good time to try a WOD with heavier weights than I typically use. The rep count was pretty low, so I figured why not?
It was another hot day, but thankfully we have the air conditioner installed. My lifts weren’t anything heavy today, but they felt good.
I have been thinking about picking up a weighted vest for years. I didn’t know how it would work for me, and they were pretty pricey, so I never did until I saw one cheap on Amazon. Today it arrived, and I tried it out, and it was a good pickup.
There was one of the dirty work WODs that has intrigued me, so I wanted to give it a try today. I used the sled instead of running, but what intrigued me was the sandbag bear hug carries. It was easier with the strong man sandbag than the brute force one.
The heat and humidity has been having me feel pretty run down. I am still doing my lifting, though. This morning I had a pretty good day for my lifting. Nothing was heavy, but it felt good.
It has been another hot day today. Thankfully, the air conditioner helped me sleep last night and the one in the garage made it tolerable to do my lifting. I was having some cramping yesterday after doubling up on WODS.
It’s been over a week now since I did my normal lifting. Today it was time to get back at it. I lowered my weight and everything went well. I also did a fun WOD.
For my birthday this year I decided to go with my Crossfit total since I was long overdue on that. I got a lifetime PR on the back squats. Later, I did a brutal sled and strong man sandbag WOD in the heat.
Today was a warm and very humid day. Thankfully, with me wanting to max out next week, my lifts were all pretty easy. The WOD, on the other hand, was really tough and only exasperated be the heat.
This morning was a great day for lifting. I hit my heavy squats with ease. After lifting, we did some running around. By the time we got home and I went outside to do a sled WOD, it was just too hot.
Today, lifts were heavy. At least the DL and squats were. It was a very humid morning and day. Later I knocked out a WOD.
My girlfriend bought me a rogue strongman sandbag for my birthday. It’s the bright green one, so I can see it better, plus she knows I like bright colors.
Last night was yet another cool night, so I had a great night’s sleep. That helped with my fairly heavy squats early this morning and the very heavy presses. Later I got a fun little WOD in.
Today, my lifts went okay. I passed on the good mornings since I was feeling off with them. Shortly after that, we did a rough sled WOD.
Today, my lifts were pretty heavy again. The strict presses were the main deal about today. I had a heavy enough weight that I only got through it a couple of times before my shoulder. Today they felt heavy but great.
Today, my lifts were pretty heavy, especially the strict presses and power cleans. Everything felt and was much better than I expected, especially since I was feeling so off yesterday.
This morning was more humid than it has been, and the humidity is creeping up as the day goes on. It wasn’t bad enough to drastically affect me in the garage, though. I did as expected on my lifts and surprisingly well on an interval row.
Today turned out to be a pretty good day for my lifts. I got them in after messing with some yard work and going to for a game of mini golf, then more yard work afterwards. It was a great day out in the sun.
Today was much cooler than the past few days. It was very refreshing. It was really helpful with my lifting session this morning. A little while later, I did a WOD outside, enjoying the breeze.
Today’s lifting went great. I didn’t know how focused I’d be able to be after an extremely close lightning strike this morning.
Today’s lifting really surprised me this morning and went well. After not enough sleep and my shoulders feeling wrecked, it went great, and I didn’t expect that at all.
One problem that I do sometimes have working out at home is just getting stuck with weights that I am comfortable with. As I get older and the fact that I don’t have a coach watching makes it harder for me to push the weights up in WOD sometimes.
This morning was just an excellent time in the home gym for me. I crushed my strength then pushed myself and PRed a WOD. It was a great way to start the day.
I wasn’t really feeling it today and on top of that, my neck is stiff from the way I slept. My knee left out a good pot right before bed but felt fine, so I went light with the squats as a precaution
Today was a very great day for my lifts. Things went great, and it felt wonderful to be back under the bar after missing the last session because we were just too busy running around and planting the garden.
I got the week’s vault WOD over with this morning, then I was sitting on the computer. It was a nice day and quiet, so I took the sled out in the alley.
Today was a very nice day. It made for a fun and not too challenging day for me to do my lifting. Everything went well, and I had a really enjoyable type of day out in the garage.
Today was not as hot as the past couple of days, but it’s certainly still humid, at least for now. I made for a challenging time for my lifting session with all the sweat dripping down my face and everywhere else..
Well, today, the heat and humidity are here in full force. I did very poorly on my WOD just from that. The heat had me being slow, and the humidity had me slipping around on my sweat.
Today was a hot day for my lifting, and even hotter later in the day. It wasn’t bad enough for me to need to bring the air conditioner down yet, but it was annoying. My lifts went well anyway..
Today was yet another day when I got out into the garage later than I’d prefer. We had to run down and get a pot, so I bought us some hanging plants for the patio. After that, we had one more of the grandkids to give a birthday gift to. It was nice to see them and just talk on their patio for a couple of hours.
Today was one of those days when I was just enjoying myself in the garage. My lifts were fun. They were not too heavy or too light. Shortly after that, I did a fun old WOD.
Today I had a pretty good day lifting. I was able to take my time and enjoy my lifts. When the heavy deadlifts came up, I got distracted by an annoying lawnmower, so ended failing the third rep.
Today is the first hot day of the year, with it getting into the Nineties. This morning was just humid. I did my lifts early, and they all went well. Later during the afternoon in my infinite stupidity I did a WOD, and it went okay. Just lots of cramping.
Today I didn’t have anything else that was more important to do so it was nice to be back to a normal and slower pace with my lifts. Everything went well. I did a WOD shortly after my lifts, thankfully before the heat turned on.
Today was yet another day when I had to rush through my lifting. Thankfully, it was light weights, so I could get through it quickly.
My Garmin HRM Pro strap seems to have died. I went through the troubleshooting and then got on chat with Garmin support. After a few questions, they set me up with a link to order a replacement. I can’t complain about that.
I felt like I had to rush to get to my lifts this morning. We had to go to my step grandson’s birthday and had no idea when we were going. Thankfully, my lifts were light, and I got out in the garage early in the morning and got through them pretty quickly. Had fun seeing all the grandkids later.
Today was a really challenging day for me in the garage. I didn’t sleep so great last night to start things off. To top things off, I had to do PR level back squats at two hundred and seventy-five pounds and then near Pr deadlifts at two hundred and ninety-five pounds.
I am really feeling tired and run down today. I had heavy back squats for my strength and wasn’t feeling it. Much to my surprise, I made it through them at the PR of two hundred and seventy pounds, which really surprised me. I went light on the power cleans and presses to play it safe, though.
Today I did my old Crossfit Trinium one rep max back squat weight for sets of five today, and they felt great. The other lifts were less aggressive. Later I did an old WOD with numerous lunges and that felt good.
This was one of those days that I had very low expectations for. I’ve been gassy as hell and didn’t sleep too well last night because of it. My lifts were all on the heavy side to add to that. In the end, everything went well, and I made all of my lifts, even with dropping the stupid 2.5 pound change plate on my toe.
This morning, when I woke up, I was feeling really run down and didn’t know how my lifts were going to go. I knew I had heavy back squats then fairly heavy strict presses, but it all turned out great.
This morning, a good and bad day for me in the garage. The heavy back squats felt great. The bench press just wasn’t happening. The WOD I chose to do was brutal but doable.
This morning was a fun and good day for me in the home gym. The weights were heavy for my starting strength, and yet they felt excellent. I sat out in the fading sunshine on the patio for a bit after that, then we did this week’s vault WOD together.
I slept good last night. After I took Brooke to the bus stop, I jumped right into doing my strength. Fairly heavy squats today. It went great. Later I did an old vault WOD and PRed that by a few seconds.
I slept better last night, which helped. It is also windy outside today, but more importantly much less humid today. I ended up having an excellent and fun day lifting in the home gym.
It was a later start than I would have preferred to get my ass out in the garage to do my lifting, especially on deadlift day, but it felt pretty good. Stuff felt heavier than it should have, but not so heavy that I ever thought I was going to fail anything.
It was a good day for me in the garage. I got started out there with my as early as I felt I reasonably could today and crushed them. I recovered a few minutes and did this week’s vault WOD. That didn’t go as well, but it went as I expected it would..
I usually enjoy my lifting sessions. Some days come along like today where I was just having fun with it. Everything went well, not easy but well. I challenged myself some and was just in that good zone.
I did better than I expected that I would with my lifts this morning. Friday I got my COVID-19 booster shot and felt like shit yesterday. At least I slept better last night.
It was a pretty good day for me in the home gym. I made all my lifts. The WOD was really tough because by that time it was in the 70s with a dew point in the upper 50s.
What a world of difference between last Monday and today for me. Last Monday I had zero energy and was having constant stomach cramps Plus dehydration. Today I had lots of energy, felt great and easily did my, light, lifts and a WOD.
We went to the older granddaughters’ softball thing last night. I can’t really see what they’re doing, so I play with the younger ones. Last night that involved horsey rides and running around.
This morning I felt good. I am over the stomach bug even though I still feel a little weak and tired but I am able to keep food in me. It was a great morning to get back to the bar and do some lifting.
I have had some sort of stomach bug for a couple of days. Lots of shitting of the liquid variety and very poor sleep has been killing me. I’m feeling a bit tired today but did a WOD again.
I woke up with my stomach feeling off this morning. Lots of churning after I took my thyroid pill and drank some water. It got worse and keeps feeling like I’m being kicked in the gut. I still manged to get a WOD in.
I didn’t do a WOD yesterday or the day before. My hamstring got really tight out of nowhere just when I stood up to take Brooke to the bust stop. I attempted my strength Thursday and quickly decided to rest.
I slept pretty good last night considering how chilly I felt before I went to bed. I did good with my lifting and then did a tough for me type of WOD.
I actually slept straight through the night and felt good this morning in contrast to the past few mornings. After taking Brooke to school I got changed and did my twenty rep squats and then my SP dead lift program. It was tough but successful.
I was awake half the night last night again. I woke up after a short period of good sleep feeling great. I drank my coffee and got at my thankfully fairly easy day of lifting and did and felt great.
I had poor sleep last night. I woke up way too early and then we did some running around. Finally I got to my lifting in the afternoon when I felt like a Zombie. It went okay.
I got around to my lifts today much later than I would have liked to have done them. I spent the day waiting around for the gas company again for their safety inspection. Our time was 8 am - noon. He showed up at I think 3:20 PM. I wasted a whole day waiting and got to my lifting later than I like.
Busy day today in the garage for me. I did my twenty rep squats plus the deadlift program. When Molly got home we did a WOD together too.
I really did not sleep well last night and wasn’t feel like doing anything. I had to wait around in the afternoon so I had to do my strength earlier than I would have liked.
I wasn’t feeling it at all today yet I had a pretty busy active type of day. It began with a nice 1 ½ mile walk this morning. Then I did my lifts and finally we did a WOD together outside on the patio!
I had a shitty night’s sleep last night where I spent a good portion of the night laying in bed wide awake. I dreaded my strength today even though I somehow managed to feel refreshed when I did wake up. My lifts felt and went great.
The past couple of weeks I have been skipping the twenty rep squats because I was feeling quite run down. Today I did them and they felt great even though my knee was just pissy the past few days..
Poor sleep, not enough sleep and waking up way too early was how this day began. I’ve been feeling tired and had low expectations for today’s lifting, especially the heavy squats. They went and looked great along with my other lifts..
Once in a while a WOD comes along that I am just able to really do well at. The one that I did today was just such a WOD. It was only bear complexes which I’ve been able to do well and fast for years now.
I actually slept straight through the night again and woke up feeling great. This really helped me with my strength today as I had some heavy for me back squats to do then moderate bench press. The squats looked as great if not better than they felt.
I actually had another good night’s sleep last night and was feeling refreshed this morning. Shortly after taking Brooke to the bus stop I did my lifts and they felt great. The WOD was tough after those heavy squats though.
Yesterday I attempted this week’s Street Parking vault WOD and stopped right away. My shoulder was feeling tight from the 100 deficit push ups the day before so I thought I should rest it..
I was once again very tired this morning after little sleep Thursday night then poor sleep last night from drinking. Somehow I had the energy to do my strength and it felt good though.
I really wasn’t feeling it this morning but I did my strength anyways this morning. In the end my lifts all wound up actually feeling great!
I had a much better night’s sleep last night and that led to a good day in the garage with my brain and body not feeling so burned out.
After a shitty night’s sleep my lifting actually went well. I really thought it was going to be a brutally tough day even with the light weights but it wasn’t bad.
Today was the type of day that I fully expected to fail my deadlifts. For one they were very heavy. I was also very tired.
I woke up feeling great. The morning’s lifting session was awesome. One of those day where I as having fun and truly enjoying myself..
I woke up early and squeezed in my lifting session before we had to do other things. When we got home we did the vault WOD together.
I had a pretty lazy day today fitness wise. I’ve just been tired and not feeling like doing shit yet I knew I had to. Finally I settled on a fun little no equipment WOD.
My strength today went pretty good. I didn’t expect it to go well at all with being dead tired but everything was a success, even my heavy ass deadlifts.
Today was the first time I did an outside running WOD since last fall. I really did much better with it than I expected to do.
My strength today went poorly but at least I expected it. I didn’t eat nearly enough calories the past couple of days to recover and I woke up way too early this morning.
I don’t normally do box jumps here in the home gym because we don’t have enough room for me to safely fail in my normal failure modes. The risk with me being legally blind is pretty high to and usually just isn’t worth it to me. Today I did them for the WOD and really did enjoy them. I do love jumping.
This morning I had a much better day than I thought I would with my lifts which were all pretty heavy. I had more to drink last night than I have been and had very poor sleep.
Yet another great day in the garage for me. Today really was a great surprise to me after rolling my ankle on the bench foot last night.
This morning I did manage lots of good lifting. Everything went great with nothing close to a bad rep or fail. Even did the twenty rep squats and SP deadlift program.
Today I did a fun little rowing WOD. I fucked up in every way possible to get a score but that doesn’t matter. I did the work for myself.
Today in the home gym was an awesome day. It really caught me off guard too because I was expecting a shitty day with poor sleep and feeling physically and mentally tired this morning.
Today was a good day in the garage even after drinking more than usual last night for date night. I was able to do two spring WODS and do them well.
Today was another great day for me in the garage gym. Everything felt great and went as it should have. I’m hoping that it’s a pattern now where I am over the feeling a bit rundown funk I was in for much of last month.
Today I felt really good about how I did with the WOD. I did underestimate it though and the intensity of it really caught me off guard a bit.
Today I had a perfect day in the home gym. Everything went exactly as well as it could have gone.
It’s been a while since I’ve done the SP deadlift program or my twenty rep squats. I got back into it today and felt great about it.
This morning in my garage gym was one of those excellent days where everything was just clicking. Even heavier weights felt easy today with plenty more in the tank. The garage was only in the upper 40s and it didn’t even feel bad.
I really didn’t feel like doing shit in the garage today after it got later than I like with our running around to the grocery stores and such but I did my strength and a WOD. I did okay but more importantly I did it and felt better afterwards.
I enjoyed my day in the garage gym today. It wasn’t the best of days or the worst of days but it was good to lift. My knee was bugging me a bit so I lowered my back squats weight to keep it from flaring up.
Even though my lifts, at least my squats and deadlifts were pretty heavy today they all felt fucking great. It was one of those days where it just felt really great to be in the garage doing my thing and moving weight in my war against gravity.
I was lazy yesterday and didn’t do shit in the home gym. Today I fixed that and did my strength plus Monday’s WOD.
I missed doing my strength yesterday because the washer drained on the floor and spent the day cleaning that up. Today I got to do my lifting and it was just what I needed.
Today was the day I wanted to push myself way out of my comfort zone to do the vault WOD. I knew I would be very unlikely to make the time goal and I was fine with that. My goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to work with movement’s I am just not comfortable with. It involved a hell of a lot of dumbbell deadlifts. 144 to be exact and those are just not a deadlift variety that I find myself having a good time doing.
I woke up way too early today and I am feeling very tired and run down. I did get my lifting in for the day and it felt great.
I twisted my knee pretty good on ice yesterday but It felt better this morning. I went for it with the first Street Parking vault WOD today and felt good about it then did (slightly lighter) twenty rep squats and deadlift program today.
This morning both my neck and hip left out a missive crack. I wasn’t sure if that was going to adversely affect my lifting today or not because I did feel a slight weakness after both.
I started of the new year right this year. I decided to test my Crossfit total to see where my strength stands. I was pretty happy with the results.
Today my brain and body felt like they were just running in slow motion during the WOD. I did it at a slower pace than I might have on a good day but it was good to get a workout in.
I got my lifting in today. Good with the heavy back squats but nope on the bench press. Right after that I jumped into and endurance WOD that turned out to be about ten thousand meters on the rower.
I did my twenty rep squats today and they’re still feeling good even though the weight is getting up there.
Today was one of those days where my lifting went much better than I expected it to go. The WOD on the other hand was basically a clusterfuck of things that could go wrong.
It’s another Christmas day and it wasn’t going to work out that we could get together this year again so we will later. The day doesn’t matter it’s that we do it that matters. Near sunrise this morning we got out for a nice walk. We did about 3 miles around town and the weather held off until we were on our way home we got caught up in some light rain.
I did my lifts this morning and then did a longer endurance type of WOD. Both felt really good today and it was nice to be done with both by right about lunch time.
My lifting felt great today on this December solstice. Ironically enough I was finishing up my last set of squats right about the time of the solstice without even realizing it until after the fact.
Today I did my strength. A few hours later I did today’s WOD which turned out to be fucking brutal.
Today was a pretty good day for my lifts. It actually was much better than I expected to be going by how I felt this morning.
Today was a pretty good day for my lifts. It actually was much better than I expected to be going by how I felt this morning.
It was a day of some heavy weights in the garage gym for me today. Both my deadlifts and strict presses were on the heavy end. At least the squats weren’t. Also felt good to do an endurance WOD.
My strength for today went great. The WOD as I expected with the movements involved was just blah. I did it to get a WOD in but it’s not one I could see myself doing again.
I’m still doing my strength every other day but I just haven’t posted about it. Today it went really well again.
I think I could have made them but I aborted my very heavy front squats at 245 today after the fourth rep.
I Made my very heavy front squats today at 240 pounds. That was a PR for me.
Today I did my heavy front squats as part of my strength and I have to admit that they felt heavier than they should have.
I did my twenty rep squats today after breakfast and some yard work. That felt great. After that we went for a walk and grabbed a couple of geocaches in town that we’ve been letting go for far too long.
Today I did my heavy front squats as part of my strength and I have to admit that they felt heavier than they should have.
It seems I did all the movement things today. Three walks, my strength and then a WOD were all part of the day.
Lazy sort of day today but I still managed to do my twenty rep squats. After eating super we got out for a nice walk too.
We had a pretty busy day with running around and doing our grocery shopping. I squeezed in my strength during the afternoon and felt pretty good about it.
Today I got a lot of stuff done in the garage gym and felt good about it. By the end of the day I was just totally burned out mentally though. I just felt mentally like a zombie by the evening.
Anyone who knows me knows of my strong dislike of running. Being visually impaired really puts a damper on any joy I would get from it. This year, for Halloween, I decided to have a little fun with it.
Today was a very busy day in the garage gym and I guess you could say outside of it when we drug our stuff out in the sunny afternoon on the patio do do our bro shit.
It was a real mixed bag for my strength today. On one hand the front squats felt way off and I aborted but on the other hand heavier strict presses and power cleans felt great.
It was not the worst day or the best day in the garage gym today by any means. Some days will go like this though. It’s still better than not doing anything.
It doesn’t happen that often but I walked away from a WOD out of frustration due to my vision. I can count on my hands how many time that’s occurred but it has happened rarely.
Today my lifting session in the garage gym felt really great. It felt much different than the past several where I was feeling really run down.
I wasn’t feeling it at all today but did my strength and bro session with the bare minimum. There will be days like this where something is better than nothing.
Today I did my strength in the morning then a WOD that wasn’t great for me visually. Finally in the afternoon we did our bro session which I kept light today.
Today’s strength went a lot better for me than I expected it to. On Saturday I rolled my ankle while hiking and it was a bit angry at me yesterday. Today it felt fine so I attempted my strength and it went great.
My strength for today went pretty well. I managed to perform all of my lifts with no difficulties including my sets of front squats that were on the heavier side of things for me.
I ended up attempting and completing another 10k row today. It felt good to get something longer in.
Today I was busy in the garage. First I did my strength and a WOD. Later my girlfriend and I did our bro session and that felt good. Even found time to go for a walk.
Unlike last Friday when I was feeling really run down I felt great today. I did my normal strength for the day and then did the bench press and good mornings that I deferred on Friday. Everything felt great today.
Sometimes you find a product that costs more than others but it’s absolutely worth paying more. Our Concept 2 rower is a perfect example of one of those.
Today in the garage was another busy day. It started out with my strength around lunch time then we did our bro session when the girlfriend got home. I jumped right into a WOD after that.
Today was a busy day in the garage gym. I had another busy day in the garage today. It included my normal strength then a 10k row then later we did our bro session.
Today was a busy day in the garage gym. I started out bright and early with my normal strength. I then did two street parking WODs a couple of hours apart so I could do the 700th one with Molly.
Yesterday I did a WOD with farmer’s lunges so I used the 40 pounds dumbbells. Heavier than I normally do lunges and the other movement of the WOD was step ups. Needless to say, my legs are done. My squats and deadlifts felt heavier today but I did them.
This morning I easily worked through my strength for the day then did a longer endurance rowing type of WOD. Later on I attempted and aborted my twenty rep squats for this week.
Every once in a while I get the urge to do either a WOD or my lifting or maybe both with no music at all. There’s something about it that makes it feel even better. Today’s lifts were performed that way and they felt great.
It was really a surprising day for me today. I attempted my twenty rep back squats at 250 pounds the other day and aborted at one rep. Today after not sleeping super well due to alcohol I made the PR at the 250 pounds and they didn’t even feel that bad.
Having done my Crossfit Total a couple of days ago I took a couple of days off then reset my weights. It worked out perfect so that I was only lifting pretty light on days we wanted to get out geocaching.
Today was a nice day. Cooler and much less humid than it’s been in quite a while so I went for my Crossfit total. No PRs but it all felt good.
Today my strength felt surprisingly great with my mind being focused on the weather. Everything felt great.
Today my strength felt surprisingly great with my mind being focused on the weather. Everything felt great.
It wasn’t nearly as hot or humid today, so I knocked out my strength, then later on my twenty rep squats for this week. Everything felt good, especially my very heavy twenty rep squat PR.
I absolutely didn’t feel like doing a WOD today for a few reasons. First of all I am feeling tired still. I slept great last night but I don’t think my body’s caught up from the night before yet. Another thing is the fact that my legs and knees are pissed from the awkward overhead lunges outside in the uneven back yard. Not necessarily sore but they are unhappy with me.
I felt great getting back into the garage gym today. With the stress of the tree issues, I haven’t felt like working out and felt I couldn’t focus at all, so I skipped a day or two.
I am just fleeing very tired today. I just can’t seem to mentally weak up at all. I don’t understand why though because I slept well last night and straight through the night. I am learning towards thinking part of my problem with not wanting to get up and lift is the fact that my hamstring is still feeling a little tight. Last night in the grocery store I lifted up my foot to scratch a mosquito bite and my hamstring just had a massive cramp in it.
Sometimes when you look at a WOD write up you just look at it and think it’s not going to be that bad. Sometimes that’s a correct assessment of the situation but other times it couldn’t be more wrong. Usually the ones that don’t look too bad are ones with movements that you are comfortable with cycling quickly. The thing is the faster you can go the more intensity you can have which is a real killer.
I’ve posted about it before but with the storm the other day I sort of lost my focus to be able to lift safely. I mean I’m sure I would have been fine and could rely on muscle memory to just go with the flow but why risk it? It’s much better for me if I miss a session or two for being extra cautions than it would be to allow a sloppy rep to cause me to injury myself then miss who knows how many sessions.
Today it is a rainy day. My middle finger is a bit angry from curling my step grandson yesterday. I did a lighter WOD than I normally have because of that. When we went for a walk in the evening, I had to jump in the puddles because life’s too short to not have fun.
I was still feeling a little wound up from that thunderstorm the other day. I didn’t feel I could focus, so I skipped my strength today, but I did get a WOD in.
My strength went okay today, even though it was very humid from the tropical depression. I did a WOD later in the day. The worst thing about that WOD was the absurd amount of sweating I was doing from the humidity.
I really had no idea how I’d do with my strength today after twisting me knee, tripping on one of the poorly maintained sidewalks in Mount Joy. Everything ended up going well. Even my heavier deadlifts felt great!
It will be our last humid day for a while. Even with that humidity, I did great with my lights and a WOD today.
I took my lifting a little slower again today. I was really feeling overheated today. Probably the heat and humidity killing me. Things went well apart from that.
First things first I know crossfitters like to call their gym a “box” but that’s fucking stupid. It’s a gym. Calling it a “box” doesn’t make it any more special. Crossfit is expensive. It costs more than a lot of people can think about affording. I understand why though. After all the owner of the gym has to invest in enough equipment for everyone to use it at once, unlike at traditional gym where they can get away with less.
It’s very humid today, so I took my lifting a little slower. Everything went pretty well considering.
I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night. That made my twenty rep squats feel extra tough. While I was doing them I kept hearing an old Crossfit coach, Steph, saying “Don’t be a Bitch”
I was feeling lazy all morning, but finally got up off my lazy ass and got my strength done. It was just one of those days.
Today was another busy day for us, but we managed to squeeze in our bro session.
My front squats were challenging to say the least this morning. Everything else went okay. I made some heavy front squats, but they were in no way a walk in the park.
Some days go like this. I struggled with the WOD today, and it didn’t look like it would be that difficult on paper.
Not every day goes like this unfortunately but today was one where my lifts all felt great. Even the tougher ones felt great form wise and mentally. Sure it was challenging but I didn’t feel like I was going to break in half by doing them. Maybe the breaking in half part is a little bit of an exaggeration but sometimes the weight does just feel crushing. The front squats were by far the heaviest and toughest lifts of this morning.
Today I did my first WOD that included devil presses in it in some time. With my arm acting up I’ve been sort of avoiding too much of that sort of movement when I could to let it rest some. I had signed up for some street parking challenge hoping t o maybe be able to encourage my girlfriend. I find challenges to be dumb myself but if it helps her it’s worth it.
Today was an entirely different story than a few days ago for me in the home gym. Not only did I crush it in my lifts, but I felt great while doing it. I love days like this.
I have no reason at all to feel this way today at all but It’s one of those days where I just feel like I have zero energy at all. My legs feel like dead weight and my brain just doesn’t want to think at all. I felt as if I slept well, maybe not quite enough but I slept straight through the night. Since I got up though I just have felt dead tired.
Today was one of those days when my lifting felt a little tougher than it should have for me. I did it, but I really wasn’t feeling it.
Today, my lifting felt awesome. I switched things up a bit and did some snatch grip deadlifts instead of hip thrusts, and they felt great.
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. This morning was humid, I did my twenty rep squats in the morning. Later on in the day, we did our bro session together.
After a couple of nights of poor sleep, I had a good night’s sleep, last night. I’m feeling quite a bit better now. It really helped me with my lifting today.
I drank last night. I didn’t sleep that great. All things considered, I ended up having a better day than I had anticipated in the garage gym. That’s always nice.
I felt good about my garage gym session today. Everything went better than I thought it would with it being so humid and the smoke from those Canadian wildfires making it in here.
I have been taking it a bit easy with my lifts since I did my Crossfit Total so I could recover. Now I am sort of back to normal with the lifts.
We got out for a nice shot couple of mile walk on the Northwest River Trail today. When we got home, I cranked the air conditioner in the garage and headed out there a little while later to do my Crossfit Total.
For the past several birthdays, I have been doing challenges when it comes up. I had been doing burpee pull-ups because that was more challenging than plain burpees. This year, I did body weight back squats unbroken.
I had a decent day in the garage. I have been feeling a bit run down from the heat and humidly, and can’t seem to drink enough water when it’s like this.
Today was an excellent day for me in the garage, and very much to my surprise too. My regular strength and my twenty rep squats which I did felt great!
I had a nice fourth of July in the garage gym today. Everything went well, and you can’t really ask for better weather in the middle of summer.
It’s not really that hot this morning, but my hands were very sweaty. That’s one of those things that hurts me more than anything. My lifts went surprisingly well considering that.
Another one of the major advantages of workout out at home for me is the fact that I can wear what ever I want. Sure I could in a gym but there are still reasons not to.
It is hotter than Hell Today. It was about 90 ° F when I went out into the garage, but I still did okay with my stuff. I am thankful that we have and use an air conditioner for our garage gym.
Thankfully, as the day went on yesterday my foot was feeling better. I debated throughout the day whether I should attempt my strength today. Finally, I decided to do it, and it felt pretty good.
Friday evening I rolled my ankle stepping awkwardly while walking down the stairs. Saturday it didn’t feel so great. I guess that means I’ll be taking at least a couple of days off from my lifting.
Last night’s temperature was very cool for this time of the year, with it getting to near 50. I slept better due to that. Today is much cooler, too, so I felt better in the garage. I had a fantastic day lifting.
It was warm and humid enough last night that we should have probably put the air conditioner in. That led to me having poor sleep. Somehow I managed to kick ass with my lifts today even with that heat and humidity.
I had feeble sleep last night. For one, I got woken up by thunder and had to run outside and grab the cushions from the patio chairs and I drank. Somehow, I don’t know how, I killed it at today’s strength, though.
I had a great lunchtime in the garage gym today. It was refreshingly cooler to go along with that.
I had a great morning for my lifts in the garage this morning.
I’m slowly feeling more like myself in the garage gym now. We even got out for a walk today and somewhere along our way we saw a hydrangea blooming.
Today was a very mixed type of day for me in the garage. Some things well and some things went not so well.
I made it back out into the garage today. After the tree incident, then waiting around for the tree guy, I missed a couple of days.
It was a hot day, but I was busy in the garage gym. I did lots of heavy lifting.
Unfortunately, the humidity is returning. That kills me more than the heat. Regardless of that, I smashed my lifts today and that felt good.
Some days you feel great about lifts. Occasionally, you feel great even if you fail a lift. Today was one of those kinds of days.
Yesterday I ended up having a somewhat lazy type of day and that’s fine. Today I felt a lot better and made it back into the garage gym.
It was hot today. Even so, my lifts went perfectly, and they were heavy too.
The forecast this morning was for the sky to remain cloudy all day today but shortly after lunch it cleared up. Not just breaks in the clouds but the sky fully cleared up and remained that way at least until after sunset save a few small clouds. After I watched Molly do her lifting and she recovered a few minutes we did today’s WOD outside on the patio. It’s too nice to pass up on an opportunity to do this and it was just the sort of WOD that will work outside.
I strongly considered attempting my strength yesterday but I was feeling pretty run down still. It was also the hottest day of the year with some humidity creeping into the mix. Not brutal but uncomfortable for sure. I hardly slept Friday night and didn’t sleep long enough Saturday night to feel “caught up.” This morning I feel good. Maybe still a little tired and a bit run down but I certainly felt good enough to get back into the garage.
Today was the first hot day of the year so far. Although I slept great, the heat really hurt my lifting.
I actually slept great last night. The window being open usually helps me sleep. I had a challenging day in the home gym today, but everything went perfect.
I actually slept decently last night and didn’t get woken up by the motorcycle. This led to me having an outstanding lifting session in the home gym.
I got woken up by the neighbor repeatedly letting her door slam as she always does. I wasn’t ready to get up. Regardless, I was feeling good today and had a good day in the home gym.
When I first woke up this morning, my stomach felt a bit off. It got better, and I had a good day with my lifting at least.
It was one of those day for me in the home gym where everything was pretty heavy. It was all doable, but required full focus.
While I didn’t really do a ton of things in the garage I can’t really complain about it too much. I’m feeling tired and got to my lifting way later in the day than I’m used to because we were running around all morning. My legs are feeling like absolutely dead weight today after yesterday’s double WOD day which included weighted lunges and weighted step ups. I didn’t even know how I would get through my strength but I did.
Today the weather was a lot more tolerable to me. In the morning I did my strength. When Molly got home, we did an old partner WOD. After supper, we went to a park for a nice walk.
Sometimes counting during a WOD is just hard. This morning was a case where I kept losing count of either rounds or reps. Scores are really not all that important, so it’s no big deal.
It’s definitely a bit too warm for my liking today. Regardless, my lifting felt great this morning.
My lifts didn’t go as well as I would have liked or hoped they would go today. I wish every day that I would have started at a much younger age.
Today I will admit I am not really feeling it. I think it’s a combination of the past couple of days’ heat and definitely the humidity yesterday has me feeling at least a little run down. I slept last night but not well at all. I just really couldn’t feel at all cooled off. I also had and still have a lot of shit in my throat. I really just never was able to cool off after yesterday’s second WOD, this week’s sun’s out guns out in the afternoon.
Today wasn’t a bad day in the home gym at all. Really though, is there even such a thing as a bad day when you get to lift in your own home gym? Today started out right when I woke up to a glowing pink sky out the open window from the sunrise. The entire sky was glowing. The coffee tasted better than normal too so that made for a great day.
Saturday I felt like shit and continued feeling progressively worse as the day went on. From what I read that’s a sign of a strong immune reaction so I can’t be too pissed off about it. I did still squeeze my lifts in during Saturday morning and some nice walks so there’s that. Yesterday I felt much better and continued improving as the day went on. Last night I slept well with no waking up between a fever and being hot and the chills from being cold so I was pretty well rested too.
Yesterday morning I had my first vaccine shot which wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t sleep all that well last night and am feeling pretty run down. I don’t know if it’s the vaccine or just not sleeping well or something else. My shoulder is a little achy where the shot was too so that makes me think maybe it’s a bit of a reaction. I already had the virus so my immune system should recognize it from what I read so that explains quit a bit.
I got my first COVID shot and then I surprised myself with how well I did on next Monday’s Vault WOD.
For the past few sessions of my strength work I really haven’t been feeling it. I don’t know why but I just plain have not felt like doing it all. Of course I forced myself to do it anyways and felt a bit better about it as I got moving but it hasn’t really been the enjoyable “me” time that it usually is. Today it felt great and I looked forward to it and got into that zone even as I was warming up with the empty barbell.
I had another good night’s sleep last night and I’m feeling pretty good today. No tightness at all remains in my side that was a bit angry with me last week. Feeling better is definitely a huge relief for me and I feel I can get aggressive with the weight again. First up were my front squats at 195 pounds for three sets of five. They weren’t heavy at all but they really did feel great today.
What do you know? I slept good and I’m still feeling pretty good. I woke up too early and couldn’t go to sleep but that wasn’t for lack of trying. I was just laying there wide awake for a good 45 minutes after taking my levothyroxine. I kept smelling the coffee and it smelled good so finally I just got up and drank my coffee. I decided t o attack my strength pretty early this morning.
We had a good bit of running around to do this morning. We had to return some stuff to a couple of stores then do our normal grocery shopping so we did that stuff as early as we could. I did a rough WOD and did a LOT of stuff yesterday so I was debating whether I wanted to do a WOD at all but in the end I decided to give tomorrow’s sandbag WOD a shot.
Fairly early this morning I diced to get off my ass and work on my strength for today. If I were to be one hundred percent honest I really wasn’t feeling it at all today, not even a little. The reason that I have been having so much success is that I am doing my stuff even when I don’t feel like it unless I have a truly valid reason.
I have taken a couple of days off from my heavy lifting after I had a little bit of a spasm in my side doing front squats on Sunday. Even then I felt I could have finished but I racked the bar, unloaded it and walked away figuring I just needed a bit of a break. After all I am in my mid 40s and sometimes rest is good. Thankfully even Monday I felt better and did some pause back squats with just the empty bar to see how I felt.
We did Monday’s vault WOD last night. It was a fun little WOD. Because I wanted to have fun and fuck with Molly at the same time I wore my sea creature costume.
Today was a busy day for us. Grocery store pretty early in the morning this morning which was thankfully pretty empty. Even though there weren’t many people in there the few that were managed to just be in the way. The other thing is between the ten thousand displays in every isle and the workers just sitting the big carts full of stuff around half the isles are partially blocked. We just wanted to get in and out.
This morning I woke up early, around five or so and felt very well rested which I wasn’t expecting today since we drank alcohol last night and I woke up hot in the middle of the night. We finally opened the window and let some fresh air in. The lights are annoying. They shine from across the rail road tracks where the ground is a little higher causing them to be shining directly into our bedroom windows.
I knew today was bound to be a tough day for me with my lifts this morning. It’s getting warmer out and to me it’s been feeling hot as my body is still in winter mode. Last night I woke up around twelve-thirty or one AM and laid there awake for an hour or two. It was too hot be be under the covers and not quite warm enough to not be under them.
Today I decided to do last Saturday’s WOD but with the RX 40 pound dumbbell for the snatches. I knew I could use that weight for them and have in the past but just have been slacking a bit with pushing myself in that way. Recently I’ve been trying to push the intensity with speed more so than by using more challenging weights. I’d fallen into the trap of sticking with “comfortable” weights last fall and am deciding now that at least where possible and if I am feeling it to maybe push the weight a bit more even if my speed drops a bit.
At least every once in a while I have a day where my lifts all feel extra powerful. Today was one of those days for sure. I mean I didn’t really have anything all that heavy to lift but still it just felt great with me moving well and very powerful movements. Front squats were first today and for these squats I did three sets of five at 210 pounds. It’s not heavy for me by any means but being rusty on the front squats they felt more challenging that they should at this weight.
It’s another funday Sunday which is around the time of the week that I attempt my twenty rep back squats. It’s not always on Sunday. it’s either Saturday, Sunday or Monday that I try my twenty rep squats depending on how I am feeling. Yesterday I did give my twenty rep squats a half hearted attempt but aborted quickly. Maybe five reps in they just weren’t’ feeling quite right. It turns out after looking at the video afterwards I just was way off center on the bar for them so it was throwing me off.
I woke up early today and felt pretty good and it was a good thing because I had a lot I wanted to get done in the garage. My first order of business on today’s fitness agenda was my normal strength. That felt pretty good too. First thing today was my three sets of five front squats. The weight I had to lift with these squats was 205 pounds. It’s not heavy but my body’s not quite used to the bar being near my throat like it is for these front squats.
It’s not really a secret that I really, really enjoy sandbag workouts. They’re just fun to me. It’s almost something primal or something where I have always liked picking things up and throwing them around. It was a bit over a week ago when we were doing a sandbag WOD out on the patio, thankfully, when I noticed a lot of dust escaping. There’s usually a little as the gravel gets pulverized into sand but this was a lot.
There was a hint dropped about next week’s vault WOD that it was a repeat one from last year so I looked through the old WODs. I came across one that even if it’s not the right one I wanted to do it again as a retest. Hell I didn’t care if I could even log it, it was just one that I though would be a good one with which I could measure my any improvements I’ve made.
I had a really great day today lifting in the garage. I didn’t think I would since I woke up at 3:00 am from a dream that just pissed me off. I’m still pissed off about it even though it’s not real. The other thing is I’m feeling pretty run down from the WODs the past couple of days. Fairly early this morning I did my normal strength for the day.
I woke up and knew today would probably be the best day weather wise of the week to take my barbell outside and complete the running version of this week’s vault WOD. It’s essentially Isabel then run 800 meters then Grace. I did the row version of this last night at too light of a weight but it made sense to try a lighter one and complete the WOD rather than get bogged down by weight.
I didn’t have a lot of time this morning to get my strength done before the grand kids were coming. We had to baby sit them for a while today but it was fun. It was very warm and humid this morning then just pretty hot and dry later in the afternoon. I started out today with the front squats. These were light for me at 185 pounds but they felt fast and explosive.
My foot is still a bit achy from the running WOD the other day. I had gotten a stone or something in it and kept running and power snatching anyways. The other factor is I can guarantee I haven’t eaten enough the past few days to cover what I have been doing in the garage. I’ve been eating like a pig but that’s not been enough. My appetite has been just purely ravenous but my stomach is filling up to fast.
It’s a new week so it’s time for the twenty rep back squats. I’m doing it Sunday this week because with these being so heavy now I don’t want to mix it with another squat day. Today I was set to do 230 pounds for the twenty rep back squats. I knew it would be a challenging weight but I wasn’t quite prepared for how it went. The warm up sets actually felt pretty good.
After Molly got home we decided to do this week’s sandbag WOD outside on the patio. It was ground to overhead and push ups ladder. Simple enough and fit the bill for the sort of WOD that I wanted for today. Unfortunately I noticed a decent amount of dust. More than I have been noticing recently and then felt the loose stuff inside. In the middle of the WOD I unzipped the outer bag quick to take a peak in and confirmed what I thought was happening.
Yesterday I really burned myself out with the three WODs I did and then to top things off between eating a heavy supper and a damned stray cat outside crying I didn’t sleep nearly enough. Note I’m not complaining about supper but we ate it late because Harvey’s was slower than they normally are but it was great. I started out with the front squats at 210 for three sets of five today.
I signed up for the Crossfit open this year but I am not officially logging my WODs. I didn’t realize beforehand that a video was required to log it and I don’t want to go through the trouble of doing that. I thought I remembered in the past that a video might be requested to qualify but I’ll personally not do very well so I wasn’t concerned with it. Oh well, I can still do the WODs and the personal test as I was going to do and that’s just what I did this morning.
I wasn’t really feeling like doing my lifts this morning but I did eventually wind up doing them. My quads have been twitching quite a bit and stomach was feeling off on top of that. I think the stomach thing is just leftover from not really eating enough yesterday. About ten AM is when I decided it was time to just get off my ass and get shit done. I had to start with three sets of five front squats today at two hundred pounds even.
Days like this will happen and I’ve accepted it but my lifting was a lot tougher than it should have been today. I successfully completed them but they were both mentally and physically draining. First of all I started off with the front squats at three sets of five at 195 pounds. Last Friday I had failed the 220 pounds. I don’t thing that was so much a physical fail as it was mental one.
I’ve said it before and will say it again but I truly know that we are very fortunate to have our garage available to us for a home gym. We’re lucky that we’d started adding equipment for the past several years and have nearly everything we could want. It’s certainly not perfect though but I am thankful we do have what we have. I signed up for the Crossfit open knowing that I would do shitty and all but signed up as a way to push myself out of my comfort zone.
I really didn’t have high hopes today for my lifting. Dumb ass me did two running WODs yesterday both of which I sprinted because for the first time in my life the 200 meter sprint didn’t kill me. I also had my stomach feeling off for a while this morning. I don’t know why but it felt better a couple of hours later so I decided to go ahead and do my strength and see how it felt.
Let me start off by mentioning that although today’s lifting in the garage bit was a little disappointing it wasn’t terrible. I felt great this morning and was ready to go as soon as I woke up. I drank some coffee first because coffee is the most important thing to do. For the squats I am continuing with the change up to front squats and I think I will keep that up for a couple of cycles at least.
I had no idea what to expect from my twenty rep squats this week. They’re feeling easier each week yet it’s getting heavier for me. I know failure is imminent but have no idea when or how far I’ll be able to push it. On paper if I go by my mas I’m guessing with the next week or two I’ll top out but it certainly didn’t feel that way after today.
My lifting today felt great and it was a really nice surprise that it did! It was my second night of not really enough sleep for what ever reason. My body decided it was time to wake up way too early again. I think I had trouble sleeping too, because I was too wound up last night from doing the Vault WOD which was very mental for me with 100 reps hopping over a 24 inch high PVC pipe which I really couldn’t see that well.
Today was a fun and interesting day for me in the garage. It went better than I expected given we had Joy’s last night hence unhealthy food and a couple of drinks to make for poor sleep and recovery. The first thing I did was the WOD. It had a new movement combination to me in it that looked interesting and fun. It also had something I really suck at, hop overs.
I wasn’t feeling my strength at all today. I mean I slept really well last night and feel really well rested today. My body and in particular my legs today just feel a lot like dead weight. Even just walking they want to nope the shit out today but I thought I can at least attempt my lifts today. If it felt really bad and I failed everything I just repeat this day but as it turns out I don’t have to do that.
First thing in the morning I did a challenging WOD for me today. It had rowing and 30 reps of dumbbell squats with one dumbbell on your shoulder. Then 30 box jumps which I chose for safety to do step ups then thirty more squats with the dumbbell on the other side. The step ups for me today were slow. I’m not sure why but I just had no rhythm or ability to push with these today.
I didn’t sleep enough last night yet somehow I’m still feeling pretty good today. There’s no telling how much lack of sleep will effect me. I’ve always been fine on little or no sleep until the past year or two. Today though I felt fine so I decided to get on with my strength and WOD while that lasted. To start things off I mixed things up a little bit with my lifting for today and will do it for a month or two or maybe longer if it feels good.
Not that I had any lifts to do today that were really all that heavy but thankfully they all felt much better today than the last few sessions. Even the lighter warm up sets recently have felt tougher but that wasn’t the case at all today. The squats were nice and light at 195 pounds after failing last time at 265 pounds. Of course I limited the rest between sets. I thought that even though it was light for me it would have been tougher after yesterday’s twenty rep back squats at 215 and the WOD with the cleans.
I decided that I would do my twenty rep squats for this week. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because my legs have no energy today. I bailed on the sandbag WOD for tomorrow this morning because while I was doing it fine I knew it was going to be a long one and form would probably break. I thought what the Hell I can at least see how the twenty rep squats felt and I am pretty glad I did.
To start things off I didn’t sleep all that well last night at all. I slept good when I slept but I kept waking up throughout the night. I wasn’t feeling rested this morning and we had to run to the grocery store before I even did my lifts to beat the crowd. The squats were very heavy for me for sets of five at 265 pounds and I failed as i expected today.
I don’t really make it a secret that I am not a fan of running but I know it’s good for me to at least do some of it. Today I intended to row a 10k but that wasn’t happening with my hands being a bit bitched up from all of the grippy stuff yesterday. I still managed about 3500k but blisters on my hand wouldn’t be beneficial to me so I stopped there for the day.
Today was a great day for my lifts in the garage gym. I also managed to complete three WODs today. It’s been a little while since I even doubled up on them. I haven’t done the double WOD thing since I had COVID unless I’m forgetting a time. It’s a fairly mild day today and I was feeling great so managed to do more than I expected. As far as my lifting was concerned today I started with my back squats.
My lifting today went great. To make the day even better, it’s been dumping snow outside!
I decided that I would do my twenty rep squats for this week fairly early this morning. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go today with my lat being somewhat angry but I was able to maintain good for and if anything moving stretched me out a bit. I can truly say I managed to get through the twenty reps with no issue at all. I would even go so far as to say it actually felt light today, even the working set at 210 pounds felt light which is the opposite of yesterday when just the bar for warm ups felt heavy.
I woke up pretty early today and ate a banana for breakfast like I pretty much always do. I drank some coffee. I woke up pretty quickly today so I got out in the garage and did my lifting about 7:30 AM or at least that’s about the time I started it. I did this because we were going out later plus to free up the garage gym for Molly.
Today was one of those days that was pretty surprising to me. To continue the past few sessions I really wasn’t feeling it today. After grabbing the mail and clearing the snow off the sidewalk this morning I decided to just do it. Today was definitely a day where the warm up sets felt heavy as fuck. I mean if felt heavy but certainly doable and not too difficult to get through my back squats for three sets of five at 245 pounds.
I am feeling more tired than I did when I had COVID. I did do my lifting today and then did a deceiving WOD after that.
Another of those days where I really didn’t feel like lifting. My legs are just feeling a lot like lead weights today. Likely caused by rowing the ten thousand meters yesterday and not being used to it. The cloudy, dreary day wasn’t helping matters all that much either I have to admit. Finally around 10:00 AM I got up the gumption to just do it. I knew the weights are getting heavier today.
We had to go the grocery store and that sort of fun shit this morning so by 9:00 AM I was one hundred percent peopled out. After our running around this morning and then devouring my sandwich I got from the country store. I digested that for a bit and then embarked upon my twenty rep squats. I did them on a separate day from my normal strength this week since they’re getting heavier now.
I have not been posting as much because I got the new XBOX for Christmas and I’ve been pretty much enjoying the games. It was finally available to be ordered for me. I have still been lifting and dong WODs and such. I just haven’t been on the computer as much so I haven’t been having the time on here to write. Today’s strength went really well I have to say.
Today was a busy day for sure. It started out with getting the grocery store out of the way since it’s going to snow. We wanted to beat the madhouse. After that we came home and I took a cup of coffee out into the garage and proceeded to work on my strength workout for today. I started out with some moderate weight back squats. For the squats today I had to perform three sets of five at 215 pounds.
Today was one of those rare but truly awesome days in t he garage gym. I can’t deny that any day in the garage gym is a good day, even if things go shitty but today was one of the ones were everything was just clicking well and I was feeling really good about everything today. I thought I’d be more tired after watching the Flyers game last night but I woke up feeling like I slept really well and had plenty of rest.
I really didn’t know what to expect today with my lifting. I have been tired and burned out a bit between the stuff we did last week and the snow storm we’re currently having. It’s no secret that I get excited and lose sleep every time it snows. It didn’t help much getting woken up last night by not 1 but three snow blowers, none of which belong to someone that even has a drive way.
One of the greatest things about having a home gym is the flexibility in time and space that you have. Unfortunately the space in our home gym yesterday was being used as a setup with a table and stuff to wrap Christmas gifts. We did that yesterday since we’re over COVID now and it was great to see the kids and even better knowing that at least per the science I would not be contagious or risk spreading it without knowing it.
I did my Crossfit total the other day and while I didn’t make any PRs doing it I was happy with how I did. I rested from lifting yesterday so I decided and slept well last night so i decided to get right back into it it today rather than waiting a day or two like I’d originally planned. I did lower all of the weight’s back down which in today’s case the only thing I had to lower was the strict press.
We had a bunch of running around to do today and other things to get done around here so I rushed through my strength bright and early this morning. It worked out well though since I wanted to do a heavy bench single. Starting out today I did a very easy three sets of five back squats at 195 pounds. It worked out well that I needed very little rest between sets and took very little.
It’s been close to a year if not longer than that since I actually walked away from a WOD and yesterday I had to do just that. The WOD was four rounds of a bunch of barbell work (deadlifts, hang power cleans and jerks) ,row 500 then do the barbell stuff again. I had chosen to do the RX weight and it really should’ve have been a problem for me as I used to use much heavier weight for this sort of thing in the past.
I went for my Crossfit Total today. It’s a bit later than I wanted to do it but I wanted to allow my body time to recover from COVID a month or so ago.
I did this week’s vault WOD today for street parking. It was one I certainly wasn’t looking forward to because it had wall walks programmed in it. Those are one of those things I really wasn’t able to come close to doing back at the gym. Not even when we had a gymnastics coach there trying to help us with some of the more gymnastics type of stuff. Today I decided I would give them another try since I noticed a space inside the house with a wall that would be open enough to work if I just pulled a couple of nails we had in it for hanging stuff in the past.
My stomach has been feeling slightly off all day long today. Actually it’s been feeling off a bit since I ate supper last night but tolerable. I don’t know if I ate something that was a bit off or maybe it’s just one of those things that happens sometimes. Naturally now that I am done lifting it’s feeling better. I just decided it would be a good idea to lower my squat weights for today before and not pushing towards failure.
As the title says today’s lifting in the home gym was absolutely brutal for me. Once again I woke up extra early and have been tired. My brain says it’s time to get up then once I am fully awake it says nahh fuck you, you need more sleep. To add to that all my lifts today were heavy. Starting as always with the back squats which were set to be 260 pounds for today.
I did my twenty rep squats today, and they went well. I also did a WOD with movements that I am neither comfortable with nor any good at.
Last night I didn’t sleep all that well and not nearly long enough again. Between drunkenly doing a WOD last night having me wound up and watching the Flyers game I didn’t get nearly enough sleep. I don’t think I even fell asleep until around midnight. The other thing is for some unknown reason to me basically since I had COVID I have been just waking up around 4:00 to 4:15 AM.
It’s Friday so we did our normal thing and got our takeout from Joy’s Tavern. We’ve been enjoying their takeout food and drinks since spring. The food is always good and their sauce for the onion rings is just amazing! Today I got a burger for a change. I’ve been getting cheese steaks but I wanted something different today so I ended up with the burger. It has peppers and stuff on it and it’s really tasty.
Today at least for my lifting was almost a complete polar opposite of the lifts two days ago. I was in the right zone or frame of mind to deal with the heavier lifts I had to do today and remain very focused. The squats were a pretty heavy 250 pounds today and certainly much heavier than I’ve gone since COVID. I had already accepted the possibility that it may be a fail day especially after my knee was giving me a hard time the other day.
There’s more than one way to make a WOD more challenging. Lately I’ve been going for intensity but staying pretty much within my comfort zone for the WODs. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that approach either. Today’s WOD was one with movements that are just always going to be at least somewhat slower for me due to my poor vision for one and the tight space we have to work with in our garage gym.
Minutes before I was going to go do my lifts for the day I received a pretty tough phone call. I won’t go into details about that call or anything but once I got over it I decided to put or at least attempt to put that negative energy into lifting. I figured if worse came to worse and I wasn’t feeling it I could just push today’s lifts back to tomorrow or Thursday if necessary.
I’ve been feeling a little fatigued lately. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not sleeping well or enough or maybe my thyroid levels are a bit off since COVID. That’s sort of what it feels like but my stomach had gotten a bit wacky during that. Either way I got done with what I needed to do today and that was all I could really ask for. It wasn’t bad but it was far from the worst day I’ve had in the garage gym.
I woke up a little before five this morning so I just got out of bed and drank my coffee and ate a banana like I eat every morning. It actually works out great for today since we have do some things this morning being awake extra early allowed me to do my lifting at a little after seven AM rather than later like I normally do. Starting out this morning I had to do my squats 235 pounds.
I really felt like I had a great day in the garage this morning performing my lifts. There really is no such thing as a bad day lifting when it’s successful though and today was that way. I just felt well rested and in a good state of mind for a change so I could really focus on my task at hand. That was to pick heavy shit up and put it back down.
Last night was the last Eagles game of the season and given that I apparently have self hate I watched it. Last place bitches! I did fall asleep on the couch for a bit during the last quarter but still I didn’t sleep enough last night so I am feeling a bit sluggish. Hopefully they do more during the off season to fix their problems than they’ve done this year which is equivalent to putting a band-aid on a femoral artery that’s bleeding out.
Today has gone a bit like too many days since I had coronavirus but I wasn’t really feeling like doing a WOD or much of anything at all. Today is just one of those dark and rainy mid winter days. Started out with freezing rain this morning and now it’s just rain with the temperature in the low 30s. How great it would be to have a nice fireplace on days like this to relax in front of it and read my kindle or something.
I wasn’t really sure if I was even going to do my lifting today. My trap isn’t too happy with me from sleeping weirdly this morning. I was on my stomach but my head was fully twisted and when I woke up my neck wasn’t happy at all. It’s loosened up a bit as the day went on so I decided I would give my lifting a try. Worst case scenario I could stop and redo it later but that wasn’t necessary.
A great sunrise for the start of 2021This is a picture of a great sunrise on New Years Day. Not that it really makes a difference given dates and calendars are a made up thing that only matters to humans but we’re beginning a new year. This particular year started with a great sunrise and I happened to notice it in time to be able to catch at least a reasonable picture of it with my phone.
Today being the last day of the year makes it my last lifting session of the year. I killed those lifts today. Everything felt great.
I decided a few months ago I wanted to row a half marathon for new years again. It’s not really something I want to do often or anything. Maybe once or possibly twice a year. Endurance is really not my main goal. It’s not even that important to me at all other than doing some for some balance. When I first decided I was going to row another half marathon this year I was pretty sure I would have at least a slight PR on my time from last year.
I woke up this morning feeling a bit tired. We were up a bit later than we usually are again last night watching another movie. I just happened to remember that before COVID we’d talked about going to the theater to see Glass. I don’t really remember the reasoning but for some reason we ended up not going to the movies to see it last winter. We found a way to stream it last night and it really turned out to be an excellent movie.
This week’s sandbag WOD was not really one that I was looking forward to in any way, shape or form. What it really comes down to is I thought it was a dumb one with dumb movements but I ended up deciding to give it a try. It was surprisingly not that bad for me considering two out of the 3 movements in it were movements I really have as close to zero interest in doing as possible.
I finally feel like I am ready to really push it again with my lifting after having had COVID a couple weeks ago. Granted I had a mild case it still left me feeling pretty shitty and run down. I started working out again about a week ago and have been feeling surprisingly decent with it but still feeling a bit run down. Today, well really the past few days, that hasn’t been the case.
It’s Christmas day now and due to my COVID we’re not supposed to be going anywhere. We weren’t comfortable with it to begin with but my test sort of took that right out of our hands. I never wanted to be a part of the risk others are taking with their poor choices. The other thing that it took away was our max out day that was to be today. I want to recover a bit more before going heavy.
Today being Christmas even Street Parking had programmed a twelve days of Christmas WOD. I originally wasn’t going to do it butt I knew Molly wanted to do it so I did the WOD with her. It was one of the longest WODs I’ve done really for multiple reasons. We did the dumbbell version of the WOD given it took up the least amount of space enabling us to workout together which is always fun!
While I woke up feeling a little tired this morning from going to bed a little bit later and waking up a little bit earlier all in all I felt pretty good this morning. I felt like I had a lot of energy so I thought it would be a good day to stretch out my working out time. First up were the still light back squats and 195 pounds. I felt great doing them and needed very little rest between sets.
I did Street parking’s weekly power and a sandbag WOD today. Since I’m feeling better from having COVID-19 I felt that I needed to make my girlfriend laugh I wore my male romper.
Continuing on my journey of recovering from the coronavirus I did my lifts today. I wasn’t sure how it would go considering the WOD I performed yesterday felt a lot tougher than it should have. I felt good today so I decided to do my lifts. I had thought that I might end allowing myself an extra day of rest between sessions for the time being but I woke up feeling refreshed, more so than I thought I might so I decided to continue getting into the swing of things.
I felt pretty good after my lifting yesterday and my first WOD back the day before so I decided to give the other week’s sandbag WOD a go today. It was shorter than the day’s programmed WOD and I thought it would be more manageable. The WOD was straight forward. It was Sandbag hang clean and presses and then thrusters and finally power clean and toss it over the bench. Five rounds of these movements.
Today I did my first lifting session since I came down with the COVID infection. It went well and it felt great to get back at the bar.
Today I did my first post COVID WOD. It wasn’t a difficult one and I held back a lot on the intensity but it was great to just move again.
I haven’t worked out since last Wednesday, and it really pisses me off. I’ve been taking all the precautions while so many others are just out doing whatever the fuck they want. Not only that, but I ended up coming down with COVID-19.
I woke up early today feeling really off. My head is very stuffy along with a headache and have been sitting here this morning hoping that I’m not getting sick. It would be just my luck to get COVID by some fluke while we’ve been taking all the precautions we can. I’ve also been tired but the house down the street’s fireplace smoke kept me awake later last night. I did mange sleep good once I got to sleep though.
I finally got back up to my previous 20 rep max for back squats today although I must admit last time around I felt like there should have been more in the tank. Today they didn’t really even feel all that challenging unlike last time in the early spring when the set was pretty tough. I took my time and worked through the reps keeping them strong and consistent and ended up feeling pretty great after I was done although a bit winded.
I wasn’t really sure how my lifts would end up going today. Shoulders are pretty cooked from heavy weighted pull ups on Friday and also the two shoulder intensive WODS I performed yesterday involving devil presses and pull ups + rowing. In the end all my lifts felt pretty good but my numbers tended to be slightly off. Starting with the back squats, I was supposed to do three sets of five at 230 pounds.
Thankfully today’s lifts weren’t really all that heavy but I was feeling a bit rundown from the start from yesterday’s challenging WOD. That WOD was more similar to something that might have been programmed in our old gym as opposed to street parking’s which are generally lighter. It was simple but nasty. 15 rounds of 5 deadlifts and 3 cleans. They were full cleans, i hate the term “squat” cleans. I chose to do 145 pounds and actually felt really good.
I wasn’t really surprised or disappointed about how my lifting session went this morning. I wasn’t thrilled with it either but it went about as I could reasonably expect knowing my strengths and weaknesses. Keeping realistic exceptions while of course hoping for more but not dwelling on it is key for me. The first thing as always was back squats, I nice moderate 220 pounds for three sets of five. These felt really amazing today.
I was definitely pleasantly surprised today. My strength for the day felt fucking great. All of my lifts were explosive and I needed very little rest between sets. The squats were a moderately weighted 215 pounds. No problem for me to back squat this weight these days and I did just that today. The reps were all very fast and explosive and looked great, at least the sets I recorded did.
I was feeling pretty good today so I decided to get this week’s 20 rep back squats out of the way a day early. I was to do 195 pounds for twenty reps today which is getting up there for me or at least mentally it’s getting up there in weight. I actually felt great with it today and got through them fairly easily. Last time around at this weight it was getting tough last spring but that’s not the case right now.
I didn’t know how well today would go after drinking a bit last night and a stressful couple of days. I felt well rested but that doesn’t always tell the story. Things got stressful thanksgiving when we had a leak. Nothing major or anything and thankfully it was caught early so I turned off the water then back on to fill the bathtub so we had water to flush the shitter.
I am thankful for having our home gym with basically anything we might need that we’ve built up over the years. Our gym is open when ever we want it to be open. Take today for example, being a holiday, our old Crossfit gym was always closed on Thanksgiving except for the one time one of the coaches held a partner WOD in the morning. Today was a day that I had lifting to do.
I did my three sets of five squats at at 200 pounds today. Continuing with the idea I had from the last one I wore my lifting shoes this time to get maybe a slightly different stimulus. I was honestly pleasantly surprised how this went since my lower lat was pretty angry during the warm up sets. Naturally It wasn’t angry from lifting wrong or anything. I got out of bed wrong this morning.
Today was a decent day in the garage gym for my lifting this morning so far at least. I did some things slightly differently than I have been doing and also broke a long standing plateau. Starting out with the back squats I decided to do them slightly differently than I have been doing. I thought this time around since I reset the weight I’d give it a go wearing my romaleos lifting shoes for a change.
Today's Lifting Didn't Go As Well As I Would Have Liked But The WOD Went Much Better Than I Expected
To set up the way today went with the lifting I got woken up once again last night just as I fell asleep so I laid there awake another hour or two. To top things off I woke up at 3:30 AM thinking it was 5:30 so I got up and have been awake since. I didn’t have nearly enough sleep last night and our weekly date night which included a couple of Joy’s slushies didn’t help me rest that much either.
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. I felt refreshed even and that doesn’t really happen to often. The past few weeks especially there have been little noises that kept waking me up through out the night just at the worst time to make me feel like shit and un rested. This made me feel even better since I knew I had a relatively tough day of strength to look forward to this morning.
There really seems to be no rhyme or reason to when heavy lifts feel tough as hell to get through or the other times they feel pretty great. If I had to take a one hundred percent honest guess as to why it’s been so tough recent I would say I am just plain not eating enough calories. Thankfully today was a heavy day that considering the weights I was pushing and how it felt last time I was up there really ended up feeling great.
Today was for sure one of those days where I just didn’t feel like it. Not nearly enough sleep last night for one since we decided to stay up and was the second It movie. We were going to go see it in the theater last year but stuff kept coming up to stop us from going. The movie was longer than I expected and it was later than I realized by the time we started it.
Continuing the theme of the week I am feeling pretty tired and lazy today. The fact that yesterday was a rainy day and now today is rainy also but not as heavy of a rain as yesterday makes matters worse. It’d not one of those washout days today. It’s really just raining enough to keep everything wet. These kind of fall days just make you not feel like really doing anything but lay around all day.
I woke up early this morning. Too early really, the neighbors slamming their door woke me up. I don’t understand why they need to go in and out of the door 10 times to smoke a cigarette or why the constantly let the door slam shut. Well I guess I do know why really. They’re minimal effort type of people. After drinking my coffee and eating some oatmeal for breakfast I started to think about getting my strength work done early today.
I’ve been wanting to, when it’s appropriate work out of my comfort zone with dumbbell WODS. The Rx weight is typically 40 pounds which I have the strength for but I am just not super comfortable with performing many movements with that weight at this point. The dumbbells are a fairly new tool and stimulus for me. Last Saturday we did a partner version of a WOD which I chose to use the 40 pound Rx weight for.
I woke up early this morning, feeling pretty tired. Not feeling all that rested. I didn’t sleep enough last night and having drank alcohol didn’t really improve the restfulness of my sleep. I did what I needed to do and did my starting strength for the day. There was success where I expected and failure where I more less anticipated The squats were a success but they really should have been at only 235 pounds.
I woke up early today feeling really tired after I went to bed late last night. I really didn’t sleep that much or that well last night. I was pretty wound up from watching the election for one and I did too tough and longer WODS in the evening and the Sandbag WOD of the week earlier yesterday. The first thing I had for today was my three sets of five squats.
I feel like I had a fairly successful day today in the home gym after running myself down yesterday rowing a 10k and then doing a bunch of shoulder stuff with Molly. The squats weren’t bad to do today at lest at a nice 220 pounds. They felt really good and looked really good so I am happy about that. Knee is a bit achy but no big deal. The big positive today was definitely the shoulder press though.
I decided to row ten thousand meters on the Concept 2 rower today. It was the endurance WOD. The WOD actually called for a max effort 10k row which I didn’t really do the max effort since rowing has been one of those things bothering my hamstring a bit. I did row at a nice moderate pace though with no sign of it tightening up like it has been doing at around two thousand meters.
It has been about a month since I bought a pair of leggings for working out. I feel so much better moving in them that I don’t know if I could go back to loose shorts unless I have to.
Today was the day if any that I knew that I was sure it was smart to just automatically reset my weight for the back squats. I was supposed to do three sets of five at 260 pounds. I am pretty sure that I would have made it but it would be challenging but my knees have been supper achy and lots of twitches throughout my leg muscles the past week.
Today was one of those really challenging days. My body didn’t want to support any weight. I didn’t feel any connection to it and I am tired. I know these days are the days that can make me better though, so I fought through the weakness the best I could The squats were a nice heavy 255 pounds. Even the warm up set at 135 felt crushing though so I knew it was gonna be tough.
I don’t have any clue as to why but for the past week or two my strength stuff has been really tough. It’s been a struggle to get through the stuff. My knees have been feeling run down a bit from hitting WODS often with weighted step ups. The work with dumbbell versions of WODS have been mentally running me down a bit since those are mostly new or movements or ones I haven’t done in years.
Something I’ve wanted to do for a little while now is start using the heavier sandbag for WODS again. I did well with the rep one I had until the fillers kept opening and making a mess. it had gotten to the point where I had to reload them after every WOD. I had gotten a new Brute Force one for my birthday and we’d never had any problems with the smaller one of theirs that we’d had for a year or so.
The first order of business this morning was for me to go ahead and do tomorrow’s WOD. I knew the entirety of it would be one big cluster for me with all the goblet step ups. The steps ups you were to hold one dumbbell at your chest and I knew that was going to be challenging to me. It puts it right in the space where I can glance down and see that my foot is solidly on the box.
Some times those days occur where you really just don’t feel like doing jack shit. Today was one of those days but I forced myself to stop being lazy and do my strength and felt better after that. Later on A knocked out today’s WOD with pretty good results. The squats were a bit slower than normal today and the 240 pounds felt extremely heavy. I managed to eek out my sets plus the extra two to make it five sets of five that that weight.
Today it clicked that it was only the second time now that I have done weighted step ups with dumbbells in my hands. They were programmed often enough in the old gym but I always did unweighted ones because the lighting was bad and I just wasn’t comfortable visually with them. Here at home while the lighting still isn’t ideal I have been trying to do those things that I haven’t done before.
Today was strength day so I had to get that in early this morning in case the likely need to partake in adult beverages while watching the Eagles fuck up should occur. The day started with squats as always. They were a nice, fun, moderately weighted 235 pounds. my knee and ankle on my left foot feel wonky today so I wasn’t sure how that would go. I tripped over something near the door out to the garage door and flew out it last night landed on my feet but awkwardly.
I Woke up tired today with somewhat achy knees and hips this morning. It’s my own fault for doubling up on WODS yesterday that both involved many deadlifts and hang cleans and burpees over the bar. I didn’t kill myself on the WODS really as it’s been a while since I used a barbell for the WOD but I did push it a bit, especially for the second WOD I did.
I had no idea today how the strength would go having done a WOD last night with 50 deadlifts at 175 and 50 strict presses at 75. I should have gone heavier for both movements in that WOD in hindsight but I wanted to make every 30 seconds of reps and had no idea where I should be. My legs were tired today but I still managed to knock out the back squats at 215 pounds.
Although I have been doing my strength work for the past week there has been some reluctance in me wondering if I should do it or rest or back off a bit. Today’s the first day since starting back up I haven’t felt any hesitation at all. I am thankful to have that feeling back. While I love doing the WODS the strength is what gives me inner peace with myself.
With fall arriving it is and will stay cooler for a while now. I assume the spring heat prematurely killed my front squats after I’d failed the back squats in the spring. That was before we decided to put our old air conditioner into the garage window. While when I did the twenty rep squats before it didn’t really help with strength it certainly improved my endurance for squat movements and just leg movements in general.
My strength for today was all light but it’s the program and I reset all my weights after maxing recently. The squats were 3 sets of five at 200. Being that they were light, they felt and and looked really good so I decided to through in two extra sets to make it 5x5. The extra work while it’s lighter seems to be really helpful for me. Maybe next year I’ll look into a maybe more intense program.
A heavy single front squat is one of the things the things I’ve been meaning to try out. My original intention was to do it the same week I did the Crossfit totals but due to my quad I thought it would be best not to push it. Today was the day to do the front squats among other things since it’s rainy outside and we’re not doing anything else. I was optimistic that I could get up near 260ish.
My strength for today was all light stuff for now but it really did end up feeling great. I really felt like I was moving well and cleanly. Don’t be confused by that because if I am not moving well I would call it a day and try again next time. Thankfully that’s a rare issue. The squats felt great and I feel like I have improved my form with them even more.
Even though my leg felt much better last week I was still having the occasional tightness. Essentially even right after my quad popped I had full mobility, just a lot of discomfort but that slowly improved. Last week I only managed one or two WODS and we did our Crossfit total. I didn’t want to risk fucking up my leg so we could go out hiking / geocaching but that didn’t really happen as Molly was mad that the sun was dimmed.
Fuck it, I tried leggings for my WOD today. I bought them as a joke and out of curiosity. Turned out that I really liked them and will be ordering more of them.
My quad is feeling pretty good today so I went for my Crossfit total. I just wanted to get an idea of where I currently am strength wise.
My quad has been progressively feeling better since Monday’s popping incident. Friday’s 95 pound back squats seem to actually help if anything. I had planned on doing more at a heavier weight yesterday but my brain got side tracked so I ended up not doing that. The squats them self felt really good with a nice stretch as the weight slowly increased. I worked up to 225 pounds for 5x3 and for the most part it felt great other than a sloppy rep or two.
Today my quad is feeling even better than it has been feeling so I decided to give some light barbell back squats a go. I did only 95 pounds today and I have to say it felt really, really good. Maybe I wasn’t hitting rock bottom like I typically do but that was not my intention today. My goal was to test it out and see how it felt and looked.
The other day mid squat I had a popping sensation deep in my leg and some soreness and weakness after that. Of course I had immediately stopped. Thinking back now it was more of the feeling you get when your knee pops or some other joint. Almost all the time that leaves it feeling better but Once in a blue moon it feels worse. Almost like it needed to crack more but it’s unable to.
Yesterday’s Strength did not go well. It felt good and the squats were only 205 pounds. They felt light and good but I felt like I was maybe compensating a bit for rolling my ankle yesterday doing sandbag hop overs. The 2nd rep of the second working set it happened. I felt a pop deep in my quad on the opposite side from the rolled ankle. It’s towards the outside
It was a nice change of pace from the past couple of weeks to say the least. Having failed bench press the last bench session and back squats last session too they were both lighter weights. I feel like it might be the best of timing too since we’re doing Crossfit totals and other maxes in a week or two to get current baselines. The squats I did were at only 195 pounds today.
Sometimes even a failure is a success. Let me preface this whole post with the fact that I didn’t really have too high of a hopes for today given that my piriformis has been somewhat angry. That started a week or two ago when my foot slipped out from under me doing lunges. It’s getting better with stretching and movement seems to help it more than doing nothing. I figured I could at least try today’s planned strength and sort of feel it out on the warm up sets.
I have known since I was fairly young that you shouldn’t turn a fridge on after it’s been laying down since my parents bought from someone at my grandfather’s work that was moving. We took the old one we had in the kitchen down in the basement and put the new in the kitchen after they took it off the truck. It ran but never got cold. We learned from someone after that that you shouldn’t lay it down.
Today I am feeling really good and accomplished about my strength session. It has been a long time coming to make it to this mile stone with a few false starts on the way here. There were several mental blocks that helped prevent me from reaching this long time goal but I finally got it. it all started out with the big positive not for today’s strength work. I was set to do my old Crossfit Trinium one rep max weight for three sets of five.
First things first as far as lifting today I wasn’t really feeling like it. It’s hot and humid, I was hungry and didn’t really sleep enough last night thanks to alcohol from Joy’s with supper. Naturally feeling this way today was set to be an at least somewhat heavy day for my squats and bench press. I had accepted the fact that I may fail one or both of these lifts today and was fine with it.
Sometimes improvements are small little hidden details and other times they’re so blatantly obvious like today’s WOD. The WOD called for 4 3 minute AMRAPS of six pull ups and six hang cleans with the sandbag. Today It felt pretty good other than my hand wanting to rip. I forgot the granddaughter had chalk all over the tape on the bar that Molly like to use. That just made it way too grippy for me and my hands weren’t feeling great from the get go.
Today was was of those strange days when it comes to strength where it just feels light. I really wish that could happen more often so I wouldn’t overthink it when it when the weight gets heavier. First up were the squats at 255 pounds. For repping, especially five reps a set this is a relatively heavy weight for me. I’ve always had more trouble repping weights than I have had with heavy singles.
Today was definitely one of those days. You know the days where normal tasks seem to be a pretty good challenge. Mentally I am not here and I’m not really here physically too much either. It started out from waking up a bit early from some weird ass dream. There was some girl who I feel like I should know that had something wrong but wouldn’t say what it was. It’s left me with that off feeling all day.
Today was a great day for my strength. Unlike the last session where even the light 135 warm up sets felt terrible and super heavy they, along with even the working sets felt great, light and explosive today. My back squats today at 245 felt pretty great save a couple of sloppy reps. Other than the couple of sloppy reps they were all fast and explosive and feeling pretty light. I had failed this weight the other day but made the decision that I would give it another go give than it’s a weight I fell I should be able to make just about any day.
I woke up early today and well rested. It’s been a while. Finally we’ve been able to sleep with just the fan instead of the air conditioner which always allows me to have a better night’s sleep. The air conditioner is nice to make it more tolerable but the sound of them tends to keep me awake or annoy me a bit 95% of the time. The fan is quiet on low and it lets some of the outside noises in which tend to relax me.
I was watching lifting videos this morning and I noticed the belt and it dawned on me that I have never used one. I haven’t even tried using one since I never felt the need. It’s kind of hard to even test out using one if you don’t have one. It just never occurred to me before to even consider getting one thinking it would be like the other things I was told I’d need for Crossfit.
I have to admit I didn’t really have any high expectations for my strength workout today. Shortly before I was going to do it part of my one quad just suddenly started to cramp a bit. That just came right out of the blue and have no idea where it came from. I took a little time to stretch and warm up a little bit to felt things out. See I do stretch and warm up if I feel I need to!
I decided it’s time to start getting used to some dumbbell movements today. I chose to do one of street parking’s suns out guns out ones. It wasn’t for time so it made it easier to focus on taking my time with movements I haven’t done in years. The first part was 100 should presses with 15 v ups every time you break up the presses. I did sit ups because for some unknown to me reason my body just doesn’t seem to want to understand V ups.
I woke up pretty early today so I did my strength work somewhat early in the morning since I already had my coffee for the day. Not as early as I would have liked to have done it but I feel like the right thing to do is be respectful of the neighbors. I don’t know what they can here but we don’t hear much from them. Today was the first time in I have no idea how long that the air conditioner wasn’t necessary while doing my strength.
I have been feeling pretty run down the past few days. I think the biggest reason for feeling so run down the past few days is the fact that this annoying heat and humidity is back yet again. It kills me. It kills my appetite too and I think that it is stopping me from eating enough. It’s the middle of August so that shouldn’t be an issue much longer now.
This day was one of those days. I decided to get off my lazy ass and do a WOD. Enough of the excuses of being tired or hot or what ever else I could come up with. I’ve been wanting to do this week’s sandbag WOD but didn’t get around to it do to being so run down the past few days. The WOD consisted of 21 lungesters and then 21 sandbag power clean and toss over the box, rest a minute than 2 rounds of 15 of each.
For today’s strength in the program it’s squat, bench, good morning and pull ups. Probably my least favorite day of the three but it’s still good to work on things I don’t like or care all that much about even if it’s just for balance. Don’t get me wrong, I do stretch if I feel the need to and I’m in the minority that I am pretty flexible at my age but I prefer if anything to be a little tighter while lifting.
Today I ended up not doing a metcon. I’m just feeling a little burned out on them from the rough time I had on Friday. I normally don’t do Street parking’s “Oly” program. (BTW that word “oly” is fucking stupid.) Today it looked interesting enough I thought I would play today. The first part was work up to a heavy single power clean. This felt really good. I made it up to 195 which felt easy and looked easy.
I originally had planned on skipping today’s WOD but ended up deciding on doing it. The WOD was 3 rounds of row 500 meters, 20 back squats and 15 power cleans then row 500 more meters. I chose to do the RX+ weight since I knew I could handle it and have for a long time been feeling the need to get out of my comfort zone. The Street Parking WODS tend to be lighter weight wise than the WODS we did at our old gym.
First things first I have to acknowledge that we work out in a home gym now so we can do things our way and on our schedule. There’s a possibility I may even go do a WOD in the middle of writing this post. The post I saw on Reddit last night was about whether a coach should call out a member for being late to class in Crossfit. The comments mentioned various punishments that their gym used and it got me thinking.
I have to admit that I really wasn’t feeling it today. I felt like I didn’t really have the energy to do my strength let alone a WOD. The most likely culprit for me feeling run down the past day or two is being a bit dehydrated. The heat is catching up with me and geocaching a bit in the sun on Saturday didn’t help matters nor did waiting the the car while the girlfriend ran into the store.
I will preface this by saying that I really wasn’t feeling any WODS today. I don’t know why but I was just having that feeling where I want to sit around and be lazy all day type of day. I think I am just somewhat burned out from the heat and humidity and maybe a little dehydrated. The first WOD I did was an EMOM of 4 heavy deadlifts and one lateral burpee over the bar adding a burpee each minute.
I didn’t sleep all that well last night. I don’t know why but it was just one of those nights where I laid there in bed just awake. My brain wouldn’t shut off. That’s the story of my life though. It’s been a little better lately but After a couple of hours I just got up for a while. I was anticipating that putting a damper on my strength work today.
I was thinking about passing on today’s WOD being tired an it being once again hot but I gave the single shoulder squats a shot and they didn’t feel too bad. The squats were one shoulder sandbag squats. They felt a little awkward with the weight being on one side but there was no reason not to do it or go with a heavier sandbag. The WOD was 3 rounds of row 750 meters and 50 single shoulder squats with the sandbag.
I am continuing with trying to get baselines for my lifts by doing heavy singles. Today, I stopped at 255 pounds for front squats. I felt like there was more in the tank, but I stopped there today, thinking it was best for this day.
I decided to go for a Crossfit total this weekend. It’s been well over a year since I’ve had current numbers and I thought I needed to see where I stand. We’re going to do it again in September but I did it today. I wasn’t really feeling it today but went for it anyways and I am happy I did. I wasn’t going for all out maxes but instead I was going for heavy for today singles.
Today with my strength it was time to squat heavy again. I wasn’t really feeling it at all today but I had to give it the best effort I could. The heat and humidity is slowly running me down this year I think. I tried a warm up set without the air conditioner but quickly realized that wasn’t a good idea as it was so humid the bar was already feeling damp.
Today felt like I got one step closer to beating a longtime mental block. For my sets of five, I back squatted 260 pounds. That’s over my good form one rep max from when we went to Trinium.
Today’s WOD (well technically Thursdays’ we did it early) was one that I knew I’d be slower at and knew was the perfect opportunity to try one with 100 pound sandbag. It was only an AMRAP of 5 sandbag over the shoulders and 20 unweighted step-ups. I knew going into it the step-ups were going to slow me down. That’s a visual thing. While I can become somewhat faster at them and have already improved I know I will always be limited by having to “feel” whether I have solid footing on the box.
First things first I did not sleep well last night and have been tired all morning so I didn’t have all that much hope for my strength today. It’s also pretty hot out already at 9ish in the morning. I turned the air on but still I didn’t want to wait around too long. It was definitely more humid than yesterday was. The warm up sets felt pretty good although a lot slower today than last time.
It was hot today but the humidity wasn’t that bad.
I just wasn’t sure how the strength would go today. My knee is a bit angry from yesterday’s WOD in which I did several hundred hop overs over the sandbag. No matter what those are always awkward for me. I would tend to guess it’s more the vision than anything. Lets see I am hopping back and forth sideways over an object I can’t really tell how close I am to it with really only any functional vision on one side from one eye.
Last week, I skipped my twenty rep front squats, thinking my heavy single would be too much in the same week. I failed the twenty reps at 170 pounds this week not because of weight, but I pressed it too tightly against my neck.
After we got done with the grocery store I did my strength for today and it felt great. Power clean day!! The squats really looked and felt awesome at 235. I am very happy with my progress back to where I should be with squats even if that hasn’t translate directly to numbers on a page it will. Better movement patterns will certainly eventually lead to that along with safer reps.
I did another WOD after I did my birthday burpees. I upgraded the burpees to burpee pull-ups again this year.
Today’s schedule had me doing my strength work and I was hoping to get at least one WOD in and I’ve done that now. I am happy to have done that already since tonight is our going out to eat night. In stead of going out though, we’ve been getting unhealthy takeout and alcoholic beverages to go since Pennsylvania has stepped out of the dark ages and is now allowing that.
I see the question asked frequently enough about what timer to get for WODS at home, and it dawned upon me today that I’ve never posted my thoughts on our GymNext Flex timer on here. The timer itself is almost perfect. It has nice big and bright numbers, and we don’t even have ours set to the maximum brightness. Even I can see them okay enough, being visually impaired and all.
It isn’t nearly as hot today as it has been but it’s still warm and humid. It could get nasty if the sun peaks out. I did turn the air conditioner on but not until I went out into the garage gym this time instead of a few minute earlier. I just wanted dry the air up a bit so I am not slipping on my sweat doing the squats and more importantly so the bar isn’t slipping around or out of my hands during the deadlifts.
It was a hot day today. Not all that humid, certainly not as bad as it could have been but still temperatures in the mid 90s is hot weather. The heat had my ass dragging all day until 1 or so I decided to just turn on the gym air conditioner and get my strength over with. It doesn’t help that I only had a couple of hours of sleep again last night.
After a nice relatively cool night in the low 60s for sleeping the sun came up. The temperature shot up to the mid 90s. I, unfortunately waited until 1 pm or so to do the first WOD I did. I didn’t feel like moving shit around and I was going to do the running version so I wanted to wait until the sun got high enough it wasn’t blinding me.
This morning we installed our old air conditioner in one of the garage windows since the temperature was supposed to get into the mid 90s. We had it available and got a smaller one for the bedroom so might else well make good use of it. I started it about 20 minute before lifting and it really was a game changer. The squats at 215 felt easy and explosive. They have really been feeling pretty great the past month or two.
After yesterday being such a clusterfuck, I am feeling a lot better today.
Let me first start out with making it clear I wasn’t feeling it at all before I even attempted to do the WOD today. It happens sometimes and thankfully not often at all. We’ll all have some somewhat off days here and there. I think more than anything it’s just the recent heat catching up with me. The last time I just plain couldn’t finish a WOD was when I had gone without thyroid pills for reasons I won’t get into on here.
It was not quite as humid today, so I did my strength, and it felt good.
I was lazy today. Not really lazy but it was hot and I didn’t sleep so well the night before thanks to someone deciding to start lighting off fireworks around midnight. I was thinking to do a WOD after we picked up the air conditioner that we ordered but decided not to pick it up. We had a very heavy shower that really did nothing to cool it off that much but instead bumped up the humidity.
I woke up this morning and peaked at the weather radar before getting out of bed and saw there were some weakening thunderstorms approaching. I got dressed and grabbed the cushions off the patio furniture and brought them in. By the time I got my coffee after finishing that the rain started. That was cutting it a little close. After drinking some coffee and it getting a little later in the morning I decided to work on my strength that I skipped over yesterday while sitting in the living room waiting for a package that I may have to sign for.
I would be lying if I’d say I am surprised at failing today but I would also be in denial if I would say it still didn’t disappoint me. The reality of it is for me I know summer kills me. It always has affected me even as a small child playing. The cold is something I can tolerate more than most people though. Today the dew point is back up to the 70 degree area which seems to be where it really starts to rear it’s ugly head in how it adversely influences my ability to stay reasonably cool.
I had an unexpected couple of day break from working out. Sometimes life throws curveballs at you. Our breaker box was shorting out and causing half the power to flicker. I was obviously too stressed to work out.
I definitely had a good but rough day at the home gym today. My strength today was to be heaviest squats, moderate strict presses and light deadlifts. I just reset the weights on those. I had failed the deadlifts last week. The squats were at 240. This to me is a moderately heavy weight. Today it didn’t feel heavy at all. It felt great for sure. My technique has so greatly improved it’s amazing.
I have a feeling that tomorrow, my legs will be pretty unhappy with me. I started with my normal strength. After that, I did a brutal WOD with lots of overhead lunges.
Yesterday I didn’t end up doing a WOD at all. My calves were very crampy so I erred on the side of caution and rested and stretched them. I’m sure I was just dehydrated from the recent heat and humidity and additionally drinking copious amounts of alcohol Thursday night. I’d always rather take a rest day now than exasperate an unknown injury. I did do very heavy deadlifts for me in the heat on Thursday.
I was very disappointed with failing the back squats yesterday early on and knew they were rather light and I only failed because of sweat allowing the bar to shift a bit. Yesterday and even early this morning there was a ridiculously high tropical humidity. It was the kind where sweating does absolutely no good. It just makes your skin wet. Towards late morning the dew point had been slowly falling from around 75 to 70.
It wasn’t all that bad when I woke up this morning. pretty humid but tolerable. As the morning went on the temperature has increased over time. I did a lot of debating in my head on whether I wanted to attempt my strength work today or push it back a day or two when it’s cooler and less humid About 9:00 I decided it was time to go do my strength work for today.
Today was one of those days in the Garage gym that seem to be destined to be complete failures with everything going wrong that could but at least in this case it worked out okay all things considered. I did manage to complete two WODS today. The first one was just back squats and running 400 meters. As I would expect the business along the alley once again decided that a truck with a trailer needed to stop and sit in the road blocking most of it.
Even a bad day lifting is better than a day with no lifting but Sunday and today were two great days for lifting and general fitness to boot. Yesterday I was feeling pretty tired but I decided to get off my lazy ass and go do some stuff in the garage. I started out with this week’s 20 rep front squats. I did them at 150 pounds this week and I don’t think they could have felt any better than they did.
It was humid this morning, very humid. You know when everything feels wet and won’t dry, well that’s how it felt. Sort of like when your down the shore but there is no beach here nor is there a nice refreshing ocean to take a dip in. The dew point and temperature were maybe a degree or two a part at the most. I miss having a personal weather station to see neat information like this.
I can’t deny it. Honestly this week at least WOD wise I’ve been sort of lazy. Part of it was the heat and humidity this week. I’m getting more used to it but it will take time. We just haven’t had any this week. Even if it weren’t for the heat I’m okay with having a few days here and there where I’m somewhat lazy. Well I’m okay with it as long it doesn’t become a pattern but I can’t say I can really imagine that happening since I do love to work out and push myself.
Given the fact that my back squats today were only 205 pounds and I only had three sets of five to do today I again did them with a pause in the hole. Just a few sessions of doing this has my bottom position in much better shape than it was before. There wasn’t anything wrong with it before but improvement is always possible. I also did my strict presses since they were back to 95 pounds.
From the time I woke up I’ve had a bit of a pressure headache from everything being all closed up. No matter what I couldn’t get my nose to really open up for more than a few seconds. I don’t think I have any allergies but do get irritated from the fine particles. I can even get the same way with dust. Just to be sure I checked my temperature and it’s still 97 point something so n fever.
I turned my 3 x 5 back squats into paused ones again today since it was only 200 pounds. I am hoping history for me repeats itself an as it did in the past the paused squats help me get stronger in the sticking point. Not using any bounce really seems to help me out of the hole. Another nice thing about the paused squats is the help remind me how to stay more up right and push my knees forward forward and out coming out of the bottom rather than my ass shooting up and trying to get me out of good position.
I Realized today during my WOD that I do like sandbag burden runs. I think they’re a great use of the sandbag for working out.
What Can I say. It’s June and certainly time for this sort of weather. I’ve been spoiled by the springs persistent cooler weather with low humidity when it was a warmer day. Over the past few days that’s absolutely changed. Yesterday wasn’t necessary warm but it was very humid. Today it got into the mid to upper 80s again but with a dew point near 70. There was a nice strong south breeze at least to make it a little more tolerable.
It’s been quite a while since I have used 135 pounds for front squats in a WOD setting. If I had to give an estimate it would have to be around two years since I’ve done so since. It wasn’t uncommon for me to use it in at the old gym depending on the WOD and what else the WOD would entail. I had gotten to the point that I might go lighter to go faster or of my wrist was acting up.
Once again today I was supposed to do back squats at 255 pound and once again I failed at it. I failed the last rep of the first set this time. Honesty this time around I don’t feel it was a strength issue at all though, today was the first humid day of the year or at least the first humid day I had to lift heavy. The heat kills me but even more so the humidity does.
I didn’t sleep all that well last night. I fell asleep easily then less than an hour later I was awake. Eventually I grabbed my tablet and went downstairs. I guess it was midnight or 1:00. It was just a bit too warm in here and I’m in no way used to the summer like temperatures. Fire pit smoke didn’t help matters. This morning I was to do squats, bench press, good mornings and pull ups.
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good so I decided I would do my twenty rep front squats today and if I felt up to a WOD I’d to tomorrows. The front squats went really well for me at 140 pounds. Between the weight increasing and me obviously getting some practice in again my front rack position is greatly improving. Several years ago I managed to get the mobility to do front squats and hold a good front rack position with a full grip on the bar and that greatly improved my confidence in heavier weights and and just felt more stable in general.
I won’t deny it in anyway at all. My lifts this morning were all relatively heavy. They all felt soul crushingly heavy, squats at 245, strict presses at 125 and deadlifts at 275. I got through them, they all felt slow and grindy but my video shows they were all pretty fast and good form so I got through them. I think one of the bigger factors in everything feeling so heavy today was ding a WOD with 200 lunges and 100 push ups in it yesterday.
First things first I woke up this morning not feeling all that well rested. I felt like I slept well and don’t remember waking up at all last night. I just felt like I didn’t sleep enough. In spite of feeling tired and lazy today I did my lifting this morning and while I felt like my ass was dragging I got through everything. The back squats are starting to feel heavyish again as I’m up 240 pounds.
We were originally going to do this WOD yesterday together but Molly got home from work too late to do one so we waited until today. Going into the WOD I knew I would be at least slightly slower than I would typically be in a sandbag WOD using a different filling material than the sand I am used to and probably a slightly different weight. The sand had leaked so many times I surely lost some over time and didn’t keep reweighing it but I know the currently pea gravel filled one is 53 pounds.
It Never Fails When I'm Doing A Running WOD, Everyone Needs To Drive In The Alley When It's Time To Run
It’s one of those annoying things to me but there seems to always be people driving down the alley. I’m not complain about them driving there in any way because they have as much right to be there as me. It’s just the timing sucks. It goes hours between cars any other part of the day but whenever I am out there they appear like magic. It always slows me down as I am extra cautious when there are cars around since so many people are off in their own little world once they get behind the wheels.
I don’t even try to make it a secret that I just love using the sandbag and doing WODS with it. I find it to be a really versatile addition to our fitness stuff. It doesn’t take up much space and it’s easy to take outside and we plan on taking them to the park sometime. The one disappointment with the rep fitness one is the filler bags have on several occasions opened up and either made a bit of a mess on the garage door or dust in the face cutting a workout short.
I started at the weekly 20 rep front squats a few weeks ago at 95 pounds after finally failing at the back squats. With the back squats I got a lot further along that I anticipated I would. I’m hoping I hit body weight with the front squats too and it’s certainly possible. Once I got the mobility for front squats I’ve been able to hit a high percentage of my back squats max.
First of all, I’ll start off with the slightly disappointing part. It’s not the end of the world or anything but I wouldn’t have minded for it to be successful. I make it no secret that Bench press is a weak lift for me and one I am so uncomfortable with it that it makes it difficult to advance it but doing it in the rack with the safeties set is helping with that uneasiness slowly.
Today’s WOD was a redo of an old one and they gave the day of when it was last programmed so I was able to look it up and see what my past time was for it. Wodify is a steaming pile of shit but at least I was able to get it to work enough to find that. I through on Virvum’s Illuminance for my music choice and embraced the pain.
It got reasonably nice outside today with a temperature near 70 and the sun was shining. The WOD for today was a sort of a deadlift ladder with a 100 meter run between sets so it was the perfect one to do out in the backyard. It was nice to be able to just drop the last rep of the deadlifts. I miss being able to drop it but don’t want to destroy our garage floor or potentially annoy the neighbors too much.
I failed my back squats today at two hundred and fifty-five pounds, but crushed the bench at one hundred and ninety pounds. I’ll call it a decent day.
These squats aren’t getting any easier, that’s for damn sure. The weight is feeling heavier than ever and it’s getting mentally tougher but I am truly enjoying pushing myself in a different way than I have before. With the frequent squatting my technique is drastically improving. That was expected of course because with anything more frequent practice helps improve things. The tendency to want to collapse forward a bit has all but disappeared.
My lifting program had be doing back squats at 245 5x3 today and although I know I can do it it still feels heavy as fuck. Your body screams at you that this shit is too heavy. I did the squats and got through them. They felt slow but the video shows them being pretty quick still. The fact that I did a WOD with high reps of sandbag step ups yesterday didn’t help matters nor did the fact that I stepped up on a 24 inch box rather than the normal 20 inches that I’m used to.
I chose not to do yesterday’s WOD on that day since the wind wasn’t ideal for running. It was a nice temperature but the wind got very gusty after the cold front and showers moved through. so I opted to wait to day given the forecast looked decent enough. Sure enough it was still breezy this after noon but nice and dry and sunny. Now that it’s later in the season the sun doesn’t bother me as much for running since it’s higher in the sky.
If there is one thing that I can always count on after doing a WOD with either heavy or high rep deadlifts it’s the unsatisfied raging appetite. No amount of food seems to fill me up and no type of food does. My stomach just growls and growls. The WOD it self was 30 deadlifts and 20 burpee pull ups, three rounds of them for time. I chose the RX weight on the lower end at 165.
We’re finally getting a dry day when it’s not too windy. We’ve been wanting to take our new toy outside to play with it in the ally. The sled is just as nasty as we’d hoped.
Over the past couple of days I have basically been too lazy to do a WOD. I’ve done my strength stuff on the days I was supposed to but didn’t do the WODS. I am perfectly fine with that too. I don’t do rest days per se but I do rest when I feel like I need it. Maybe I needed it the past few days or maybe it was just the waking up with a nasty headache from a stuffy head thanks to all of the lovely pollen.
I had originally bought a fitbit quite a while ago to encourage the grand kids to move since they got them for Christmas. It turned out I found the insights if not useful at least they were interesting and helped me push more out of my comfort zone with different types of activities. The band that it came with broke so I ordered a new one on Amazon lover the summer but that one broke a few months later.
I woke up extra early today and was feeling tired and lazy all day. I was thinking if I didn’t get an increase in energy I’d skip the starting strength today and push it back by a day. Eventually Around 1 I want out in the garage and started setting up but I noticed everything was slippery and wet from the humidity increase. Today was power clean day and didn’t need the bar slipping out of my hand.
Although I do very much enjoy box jumps in spite of my visual handicap I do think they are used wrongly and over used in the program we do. Regardless of that there’s something primal about jumping on an object. It brings me back to being a kid growing up with 3 brothers. Among other things it was one of the things you did, if you saw something you tried to jump on or over it.
Most of this spring so far other than a few days here and there have featured rain at various times of the day. The rain puts a damper on my ability and desire to do running WODS out side. For one I don’t want to track mud through our garage. The other main reason to defer the running WODS is that Crossfit type of shoes tend to be very slippery when they’re wet and that wouldn’t end well with weight or explosive movements like box jumps or the like.
The inevitable happened today. Going through the street parking’s starting strength program I finally failed at deadlifts. Other than bench press these are probably one of the my weakest lifts compared to where it should be. Grip strength has hurt these in the past for me not to mention earlier on I tended to pull with a bit of a rounded back and knew I did so preventing me from being too aggressive with the weight.
I don’t really make it a secret that I’m legally blind and therefore have very poor vision. I also do at least to the best of my ability keep it from being a limiting factor. I do realize and accept that it does cause some reasonable limitations if for any reason due to safety. Box jumps are one of those movements used in Crossfit that always have and always will make me nervous due to the poor depth perception of only having one useful eye and sometimes misjudging the angle or distance I am to the box.
I failed hard at about rep 7 of my 20 rep back squats doing 205 pounds today. I couldn’t possibly say I’m not disappointed in this, especially after last week felt so good but it is what it is. The last rep was too sloppy.. Really It was a shitty rep so I racked it and aborted there. Started back at 95 pounds for front squats to see where that brings me.
Today was another cool dreary day and my ass has been dragging since I woke up. It happens sometimes. I thought I slept well and my Garmin seems to think I did too but I just have been feeling exhausted all day. We’ll blame it on the weather. I have the stuffy head thing going on from the clouds of pollen out there right now and that is not improving anything with how I’m feeling.
As I’ve posted before, Molly had the bright idea to do a thousand burpees in the month of March challenge. Me being me I had a minor lapse of better judgment and decided to do it with her. No, honestly I’m usually game for bad ideas like this. We both decided we wouldn’t count the burpees in programmed WODS because those were ones we’d do anyways. This would have to be a thousand additional burpees.
Today’s WOD was one of them that on paper looked like It would be challenging but doable. 50 barbell man makers, which consist of a deadlift, bent over row and cluster complex and then some running. I was tired all day but my choices of days to do this WOD look like it would either be today or Thursday due to rain in the weather forecast. Warming up with the bar I thought today’s might be one of those that I could RX+ So I threw on tens in addition to the 25 pound plates so I could readily and quickly pull off some weight if I need to.
I did my twenty rep squats today and couldn’t be more ecstatic with how it’s gone the past few weeks. Normally I do it Mondays but I am not going to bullshit myself or anyone else. With the potential snow storm I am going to probably be up all night tonight so I thought it would be smart to o the squats while I am well rested. The first month or so was a struggle with the leg burn and breath but breath still runs out.
I am continuing with my starting strength and still going strong with the deadlifts. Last week’s deadlifts felt pretty slow and grindy.. Per the video the form was still good and saw no reason no to finish the set so I did but I strongly suspected this week would be the week I fail at the prescribed weight. Don’t get me wrong I was hopeful I would get through them but I kept the realistic expectation in the back of my mind that I’d have to discontinue and restart at a lower weight.
I have been genuinely thankful that we have our garage gym set up now. I am even more grateful now with the pandemic and things that being closed. Our gym never closes.
I’ve done it a few times this spring so far with the sandbag and with the bar once when it was sunny but in the 20s in February so we could do a WOD together. Let’s be real. A few minutes that day I was still pouring sweat. This is about today though. It rained this morning and was cloudy and cool most of the day. Around 1:00 PM the sun was starting to peak through the clouds as they were thinning and breaking up and the temperature was beginning to spike upwards from the low 40s.
Today went surprisingly well for what ended up being more less a rest day other than my normal Monday 20 rep back squat program from street parking that I thought I’d try out.. I started way back at 135 pounds since high reps have never been my thing. I’ve always had a more challenging time with higher reps of squats for some reason so this has been going surprisingly well.
Today was a good day for me in the home gym. It was one where things go much better than I expected. I really do wish they were a more common occurrence.
Today’s WOD involved hang power snatches and weighted situps. I’ve been sticking with the normal weights for the power snatches and just flying through that aspect of the WOD so today I decided to give 95 pounds a go. One of the reasons I’ve been hesitant to do so here at home in the garage is it’s a bit too tight of a space for my liking. I like to have room to bail the snatches and when I have missed them in the past it’s almost always been behind.
I got suckered into doing a thousand burpees during March. I don’t personally like these kinds of things, but my girlfriend does, and I figured it wouldn’t kill me to do it with her to be supportive.
Working Through the starting strength program today I was back to Bench press and pull ups day today. I’ve been taking it somewhat easy on the pull ups since I lost a lot with a lump on my one wrist last year that head me back for like a year. It was only effecting pull ups. While the lump is still there bit it hasn’t been effecting me in any way since I started the street parking thing.
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while my hamstring gets a good cramp on a tough bench press. Today was one of those days.
It was very dry today, too dry even. My nose felt like it was drying out. Local weather stations showed the relative humidity being around eleven percent.
Improvements don’t always have numbers. Every so often, it’s more about just how you feel doing a repeat WOD. Occasionally, it’s just being able to do something that you were unable to do in the past. It being time for the Crossfit Open reminded me of this thought.
I have no idea when or how it happened, but lunges have finally clicked into place for me. For many years, I struggled with lateral balance. I wrote it off as something I might never get, with only having one eye that’s really even useful for anything.
Doing Today’s WOD I realized that I am able to to keep the intensity high with the WODS from street parking which really is the main purpose of doing them in this manner. The movements have been put together in a way that there’s not the things I can do well and fast with one that I am not good at thrown in every day. I am much more comfortable with running here during the day.
I don’t really keep it a secret that I love lifting. Squats are my favorite lift. It’s just me against the weight and gravity. My low vision really isn’t a factor, and I love that I don’t have something uncontrollable holding me back.
I really haven’t been doing much of anything for strength in the past nine months or so. I’ve been doing the Street Parking 20 rep squat programming but that’s only once a week and still relatively light for me. About A week ago I started to do Starting Strength to see where that takes me. I like experimenting at times. Today was my third day of the starting strength thing and I was doing my last set of power cleans when Cryptopsy’s Phobophile came on.
We were able to do the sandbag version of today’s WOD together out in the back yard. It was just sandbag burpees and 400 meter carry for basically two rounds. The weather was decent for the winter. it was by no means warm or anything but it was mild enough to do a workout, out in the backyard and ally. The WOD itself was harder than I expected, particularly the carries.
When we still went to the gym, Molly had found and ordered some fairly bright green j cups that would fit the rig. The black ones matched the black rig and had no contrast so I tended to have some trouble re racking by being off center or maybe too low. Those things were a game changer. The gym owner allowed us to leave them there so I could us them when I was there.
I still remember and think of the kind words that Mike Jenkins, the strongman had said to me. He just seemed to be such a genuine person.
I did the first WOD earlier. That was deadlifts and burpees. Not bad. The burpees slowed me down a decent amount do to space and not having room to trip over the bar safely. The deadlifts went really well. I chose 225 pounds for basically 4 a minute adding another burpee each minute and they felt light. I’m happy with that considering I haven’t been deadlifting or lifting anything heavy for that matter in a few months.
My girlfriend came up with a great idea last night. Her idea was to do an EMOM with a heavier sandbag than usual. I’ve been using 50 pounds in WODS for a while and it’s a bit too light but I haven’t wanted to over do it and push it too hard with the second filler. Turns out with the second Filler it makes the total weight 90 pounds. I was originally going to do the EMOM with ground to overhead but that just wasn’t feeling quite right.
After doing the WOD this morning I realized that the bench was out of the way of the pull up bar so I gave l pull ups a shot again. For quite a while I’ve been able to do sloppy ones but yesterday they looked and felt nicer than ever before. Pretty cool being able to do stuff that I don’t even practice as much as I should. I really haven’t worked on strict pull ups in months other than a few here or there or some weighted ones here and there.
A little while back I was looking into the other things that street parking offers and I came across the 20 rep squat program. I decided to give it a try. So far so good, I started at only 95 pounds and now I am up to 155 as of today. It’s been feeling pretty good with no missed reps and not feeling heavy yet. In the past I have had success with lots and lots of heavy singles but I saw this program and thought I’d see how it feels.
If there is one thing I miss about going to an actual gym to work out is there is usually more options for space. We’d often try to set up near each other so we could watch each other and try to keep up with each other. We also did partner WODS together The one downfall about doing workouts in the garage is there is much less space. Stuff with barbells tends to take up to much space at least for my own comfort.
The idea for this originally popped into my head a week or two ago as a sarcastic comment. Originally I wanted to start about 11:00 PM so I could finish 2019 and start 2020 with it. I was already tired before doing the WOD in the morning so I decided to just row the half marathon after that. The worst part about these long rows is they’re fucking boring. It’s just so long repeating the same thing over and over again.
Even though I loathe running, I have been working on improving it. I have hated to run ever since I was a small child.
I’ve been wanting to get back into longer rows for a while now. Well not really wanting but more less knowing it would be beneficial to my health and WODS. Last time I started rowing longer distances it greatly improved my rowing technique. I couldn’t get a stroke rate below 28-29 with fast weak pulls. The longer rows forced my to learn to row efficiently and now I can’t get a high stroke rate any more.
One of the things I enjoy about doing the street WODS is once in a while they throw in a different movement. A while back it was knee jumps which I had actually done once in a while on my own but it was cool seeing how many people found out they can do a new thing that they thought they couldn’t do. Anyways Today’s WOD included seated box jumps. I’ve always wanted to try them but was overwhelmed by the visual aspect of it.
I’ve really enjoyed using the sandbag in WODS when it’s an option. I feel it’s very close to real life situations. Either way I’ve been using just the 50 pound filler in our brute for sand bag to practice with it and get used to it. This week I’ve done two WODS with both the 50 and 25 pound fillers and honestly it still felt pretty light to me. Of course it’s more draining than the 50 pounds but certainly a usable weight.
Even though I’m not giving Crossfit my money to sign up for the open I still like the idea of using the WODS as a personal benchmark. I know not going to a gym will probably limit my ability to to some of them because of equipment or height restrictions in the garage but I’ll still do what I can. I’ve always struggled with power snatches, not with weight or getting it over head but the lockout so I always was working on trying to correct that.
I’m legally blind with one eye that sees anything more than light or dark. This really makes my depth perception pretty useless. I used to think I need to just try harder or something but eventually realized that it’s one of those things I cannot change. I just need to figure out ways to work through it. In at the old gym I did box jumps 90% of the time or so.
Most times I can judge by how it feels what weights I should be using. Today was an example of the opposite. Warming up the weight felt heavy but it when I got to my working weight it felt easy and great.
We started doing Street Parking WODS a month or so ago and noticed they had a sandbag WOD and sandbag options for lots of the daily ones. I thought that looked like a interesting new twist and I’ve been wanting a sandbag for a while. Picked up a Brute Force one that takes 25 to 75 pounds figuring it would work for both of us. The 50 has felt almost too light for me but I’ve stuck with it to practice.
We’ve been in a very long rut with getting into the Crossfit gym for various reason but mainly because of scheduling. By the time Molly got home from work we had to wait to get into the box at 6pm. It was just enough time to almost eat supper and digest before going into the gym. The biggest benefit to this change is we’re able to schedule our workouts around what works for us?
Most years since I’ve done Crossfit I’ve signed up for the open. Not to win or qualify for anything but to push myself out of my own comfort zone. Last year I did not sign up because I’d been out of thyroid meds and between doctors so my cardio was a steaming pile of shit in the beginning. I did do the WODS but didn’t think I should push myself too much having not done a lot of fitness related things for a couple months other than pure strength work.
I’ve always struggled mentally with deadlifts. I think that comes from back when I wasn’t able to set my back well. It was OK but not great. I just didn’t have the control of it for what I needed so my deadlifts were always limited and it’s frustrating at times. Most times going for a max my brain just shuts it down when it’s heavy enough to bend the bar.
I’ve been trying to get my cardio back so I’m starting to row again. Last winter I did that and it did wonders for me and my breathing during WODS last year. I think it helped some physically but really helped mentally. Basically made me realize that yes this sucks but you can keep going. Last year when I did it my rowing for was pretty shitty. I knew it was shitty and knew what I needed to do to fix it but just couldn’t make that brain body connection at first but then it clicked.
I have been on the hunt for a 32 kg kettlebell for the garage. The normal place we got them before locally changed the coating and I didn’t like it. I bought a Kettlebell Kings one and really like it.
I decided today would be the day that I try something stupid. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but my rowing sucked and I knew it. I had know I wasn’t finishing the pull for years and that I needed to slow the stroke rate down but just couldn’t seem to figure out how to do that. Having it in the mid 30s just isn’t efficient and kills your ability to keep going.
I upgraded my birthday burpees to burpee pull-ups. I wanted to do something more challenging with it.
I have been seeing and hearing about the warrior dash a lot recently. I am glad I didn’t do something stupid like sign up for it again. When I watched Molly do it the other year, the year I had my thyroid yanked out actually, it looked like a lot of fun. I would actually love to do it myself but there’s one snag in the whole idea of doing it.
I am still doing Crossfit. I’m signed up for the Crossfit open again to challenge myself for new things.
We finally made it back to the gym today. We have been too busy to get there. I had personally lost my drive a few months ago when Nan died, but it’s back now.