“I didn’t that you were going to get that last one.”

Uhm, I’ve completed a lot of snatches in the past 14 hours.

I worked out at 8:30 this morning, as I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to complete WOD 2 of the Paleo Challenge later today.

Snatch Grip Deadlift (5 reps @ 65, 75, & 85% of 1RM)

Deadlift (5 reps @ 65, 75, & 85% of 1RM)

My hamstrings were still tight, but snatch grip deadlifts went better than expected. Lifts at 185, 210, & 240#. I didn’t lose snatch grip. Yay!

PC2: Metcon (AMRAP – Reps)

9-minute AMRAP
20 G2OH – 65
7 Bar Facing Burpees
15 G2OH – 75
7 Bar Facing Burpees
10 G2OH- 95
7 Bar Facing Burpees
5 G2OH- 135
7 Bar Facing Burpees

In retrospect, I am very glad that I chose Option 2 instead of Option 3, as option 3 began with 95# G20.

My goal was to complete power snatches for as long as I could, i.e., not clean & jerk until necessary.

This was tough, but fortunately I wasn’t feeling lethargic.

I completed set of 20 power snatches @ 65# unbroken, 15 snatches @ 75# in as many as 5 unbroken but the last 2 as single reps. Uhm, the set of 10 power snatches @ 95# were done one at a time. One. At. A. Time. I also really had to struggle to finish the 10th rep, but fortunately I didn’t have any failed reps.

A little bit about the burpees. I mistakenly wore my weightlifting shoes, and to my dismay they impeded my performance. Dammit.

I completed set of 5 clean & jerks @ 135# one at a time. Notice that I completed first 45 G2O as power snatches? Did you notice? That’s quite an accomplishment.

I really, really, really had to fight for it to finish 5th rep. I completed 7 burpees but didn’t have enough time to get the 10# plates on the ends of the barbell.

Afterward my wonderful judge Kelli said, “I didn’t think you were going to get that last one.” I replied, “You know me well enough to know that I’m going to fight for every rep.”

Score = 78 reps.

I weigh 141 pounds.



A few things to note:

  1. I rested yesterday. It was much needed.
  2. I completed 3 sets of 10 thrusters Tuesday, but forget to record. Weights were 100, 105, & 115#. Sh!t felt heavy.
  3. I need to determine if I should continue using hook grip for OHS.
  4. Whilst playing with Luke one of his claws caught my navel ring and tore my skin. Wearing a weightlifting belt is somewhat painful.
  5. Paleo diet continues to go well, and I can already tell that my body and brain are adjusting.
  6. I got new glasses, and (like me) they are progressive. It’s going to take some getting used to.
  7. I finished the first season of the Blacklist. James Spader is awesome.
  8. I watched the first two episodes of True Detectives. Matthew McConaughey is awesome.

I didn’t participate in the Barbell Club Tuesday, so I was looking forward to doing so tonight.

A: Front Squat (Front Squat 5×3 1 and 1 Quarters @ 75% 1RM )
Uhm, 170# is heavy, although I remember a time in the not so distant past when that weight was my 1RM. James demonstrated, I completed, and he said, “Text book.” Best. Compliment. Ever. The last rep of each set felt like a 1RM attempt.
I love squatting. I have grown to love front squatting.
B: Snatch
Teach 3 Position snatch/snatch tech.  Establish snatch warmup, then 7 mins to work to moderate dbl  hang snatch with good mechanics
This was fun! James emphasized what I have taught, although he used slightly different terms. I snatched a mere 75#, working on technique and speed. And it’s the best that snatches have felt.
C: Snatch Grip Deadlift
Not really a snatch grip deadlift… I lifted 115#. Holding the bar with hook grip was becoming a challenge.
Isabel (Time)
For Time:  30 Snatches, 135# / 95#
Uhm, I’m not yet ready to snatch 135#. I may never be ready to snatch 135#. If I continue to lose weight on the Paleo diet (I’ve lost about 5# so far) that may very well be my bodyweight.
I had decided to snatch 85#, but since I completed snatches (albeit one at a time) during the snatch/GHD sit-up metcon, James encouraged me to lift 95# again. Dammit. He said, “There is a 10-minute time limit. If it takes you longer than 10 minutes than the weight was too heavy. If it takes you less than 5 minutes, the weight was too light.”
I positioned myself with my back towards the others, as I wanted to focus on form and not let anyone else’s pace influence my own. And I didn’t want to see the clock.
I also didn’t want anyone to see me cry.
When my form deteriorated, i.e., when I began pressing instead of pulling myself under the bar, I stopped, shook out my shoulders, and reminded myself to open my hips. This generally worked.
I completed in 3:40.
Yup, I should’ve gone heavier. Uhm, but my power snatch 1RM in 115. And I’ve only completed a power snatch at the weight, well, once.
I think I might be getting stronger.
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photo-137The title says it all. I felt so lethargic yesterday that I didn’t even post last night. Yesterday was Day 2 of Paleo Challenge, and it was a rough day indeed. I nonetheless felt compelled to complete WOD 1, and to add insult to injury the only time that I was able to do so was at 9:30 am. Uhm, that’s my least favorite time of day to work out. To add further insult to injury I hadn’t properly fueled my body, having only eaten a small apple and a couple of walnut halves.

Metcon (AMRAP – Reps)

4 Minutes – Row for Calories
1 Minute Rest
3 Minutes – Chest to Bar Pull Ups
1 Minute Rest
2 Minutes – 165# Back Squat
1 Minute Rest
1 Minute – 135# Shoulder to Overhead

This started of okay and then got progressively worse and worse. Dammit.

I rowed 68 in about 75 strokes, pretty close to 1 calorie per stroke. Not bad for someone 5’6″.

I only completed 36 chest to bar pull-ups, and had 1 failed rep in that chest, well, didn’t touch the bar. It’s estimated that, while we speak 120 to 160 syllables a minute, we can process up to 1000 syllables per minute. In a brief 1-second period of time these are the thoughts that went through my head (in stream of consciousness):

hips dammit my chest didn’t touch the bar my shirt did but that doesn’t count who would know? I would know don’t count that rep dammit dammit dammit…

Back squats felt very, very heavy, and I only completed 3 sets of 5 and 1 last set of 6 for a total of 21.

I was exhausted when it was time to complete shoulder to overhead. Uhm, 135# is 80% of 1RM and 94% of bodyweight. Dammit. I completed 3, a single, and 2 last reps for a total of a mere 6.

Total of just 131 reps.

A lot went wrong. In retrospect I needed to position myself so that I could better see the clock. (I like to hear a count that sounds like this 10…5…3, 2, 1.) For example, I had time to complete another shoulder to overhead but thought that time was close to running out when in fact there was plenty of time remaining.

I think I also need to hire a cheerleader.

That was yesterday. Today I feel better, although I still crave sweets. I was fearful that I would have to cheat, but fortunately have been able to resist the temptation.

For the first time in months I completed a back lever, and was quite surprised that I was able to do so. Yay!



I worked out at 8:30 this morning. And it was “fun.”

WL-A: Floor Press (5 reps @ 65, 75, & 85% of 1RM)

I completed sets at 130 & 150, but was only able to complete 4 reps @ 170#. I felt a slight twinge in my right shoulder. I must ensure that I warm up more thoroughly, even if I must do so on my own.

MC-B: Metcon (No Measure)

EMOTM for 10 minutes
Odd-numbered minutes – 3/leg (alternating leg) front rack forward lunges
Even-numbered minutes – 3/leg (alternating leg) behind the neck backward lunges
For added challenge hold bottom of squat remainder of minute

I put 15 & 10# plates on the bar in case I needed to drop the weight from 95 to 75#. I did not. Yup, I also held the bottom of a squat during “rest,” although I often waited until 30 seconds past the top of the minute to do so. Holding the squat was the most difficult part on the workout.

MC-C: Metcon (No Measure)

10 rounds (15 minutes total)
In 1 minute, complete 5 planks alternating arms/forearms (left and right = 1 rep) and plank hold remainder of minute; rest 30 seconds between rounds

My goal was to hold all 10 rounds of planks without breaking form. Oh, did I mention that I wore a 20# weight vest?

Deborah was stationed near me, and she counts out loud. I don’t mind in the least. I did, however, notice that she slowed down as the workout progressed, as I had often finished 5 forearm planks before she said, “Three.” (Hugs, Deborah! You were “spot” on with the spotting, though.)

This was tough, and I sometimes doubted that I’d be able to complete all rounds without breaking plank and assuming child’s pose or down dog.

Okay, so this happened. In order to make the time go faster I began to loudly sing aloud to the songs playing. Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” got me thinking about “If I Were a Rich Man” which got me thinking about “Fiddler on the Roof” which got me thinking about Bette Midler playing the part of Tzeitel on Broadway. Yup, that’s how my mind works.

I held plank all ten rounds without breaking form. That. Was. Tough.

Today was the first day of the 56-day Paleo Challenge. So far, so good. I do crave sweets, though. I’m okay with coffee without cream, I’m okay without bread, and I love walnuts & almonds & pumpkin seeds. I crave sweets.


I heart BBC


As much as I wanted to do so, I did not work out yesterday. ‘Twas difficult to rest. I watched the first 4 episodes of Game of Thrones.

I attended the 3rd session of the Barbell Club, and I can’t emphasize enough what an excellent coach James is!

A: Front Squat (5×3 @ 2,1×1 75% of 1RM)
One one thousand, two one thousand (descent), three one thousand (hold at bottom of squat). four one thousand (ascent), five one thousand (rest between reps). And then other two times per set.
As I just established new 1RM of 225 this week, I front squatted 170#. This was tough, the last rep of the set in particular. James critiqued my squats and said, “Nice job, Paul.” That’s all I need to hear to have my day made.
A mere 15 front squats yet I was a sweaty mess from start to finish.
B: Clean (Not TNG)
Not touch and go. I asked James what percentage of 1RM the cleans should be and he said, “The same as the front squats, about 70 to 75 percent.” I hovered the mouse over the graph for clean and as my 1RM is a recently achieved 170 that put the weight at about 125#. I had 135# on the bar. I said, “Good, that means I can lower the weight.” James replied, “Just do 135.” I honestly thought he was kidding, so I laughed and said, “You’re kidding, right?” “No,” he replied.
One hundred thirty-five is almost 80% of 1RM and almost 95% of my bodyweight.
I knew this was going to be tough, and it was. I surprised myself, however, in that I did a pretty good job, yo. I did miss the 3rd rep of the last set. Yup, I redid.
C1: Clean Grip RDL (Rest 60 seconds)
C2: Pendlay Row (Rest 90 seconds)
I worked up to 160 for RDL and 115 for row. This was also tough, and my hamstrings were on fire.
D: Metcon (Time)
PS & GHD sit-ups
James let us know that the prescribed weight for power snatches was 135#. Ha! He instructed us to choose a weight that wouldn’t allow us to complete the sets unbroken, i.e., that we’d likely need to drop the bar from the top.
I’ve never power snatched 95# in a metcon. Until today. My current 1RM is 105.
This was f@cking awful.
I completed all snatches as single reps. The GHD sit-ups were exceedingly easy in comparison, and I completed all rounds unbroken and quickly.
Time = 5:49.
Nineteen seconds slower than Jeff.

A Man with a Plan

I worked out at 8:30 this morning, although I had briefly considered resting today instead. As I no longer rest on Thursday due to Barbell Club, I am going to be resting on Saturdays and as needed.

I need far less recovery than most.

WL: Snatch Grip Deadlift (Establish baseline 1RM)

I had a less than successful lift at 175 (in that I didn’t lock my knees at top of lift) and thought, “Just put 285 pounds on the bar and make it a good lift.” And that’s what I did. I attempted 300. It wasn’t going to happen today.

MC: Nicole

20-Minute AMRAP of:
400m Run
Max Rep Pull-ups

Last July 25 I only managed 128 pull-ups, 2 shy of PR. I set my goal to complete 131 reps, as gains at this point in my development are incremental and not exponential. The temperature had risen to the low 80s and it was humid. This makes for slippery bars, so I set up pumice and chalk beside my station.

I took it easy on the 1st 400m run and didn’t even bother to look at the clock upon my return to the box. I completed 32 unbroken pull-ups, i.e., I didn’t pause between any of the reps. I also wanted to make sure that I didn’t go to muscle failure. I also kept a running count of pull-ups, not so that I wouldn’t have to do the math but because I wanted to make sure that I reached my goal of 131 reps.

I based the remaining 400m runs on my breathing, running the 2nd 400m with a breath every 4th step and the remaining 400m runs with a breath every 3rd (or sometimes even every 2nd) step. I ran 400m seven times for a total of 2,800m, just 400m shy of 2 miles.

I completed 18, 20, 18, 14, 16, & 15 pull-ups the remaining rounds, having written down 32, 50, 70, 87, 101, 117, and 132. I was disappointed in the 5th round in that I only completed 14 pull-ups, as I was concerned that I’d reach muscle failure and not achieve my goal. I did complete as many of the last 5 reps of rounds as singles, attempting to get in as big of a kip as I could.

I also made sure that I had enough time after the 7th 400m run to rest and then get on the bar. I didn’t rest long enough, as there was still time remaining on the clock when I dropped from the bar. Being the purist that I am, I finished with about a 75m run.

I surpassed my goal by one rep. Yup, just one rep. Again, gains are incremental and not exponential.

I. Was. Spent. It took me another 30 or so minutes to stop sweating.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays are my Favorite Days

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I coached the 6 am BC (fun group) and the 7 am endurance athletes. I enjoyed today’s endurance session, as I got to run with the athletes for “Native American” run. Holly was the second to the last Native American standing. Standing is if she were holding a purse, but standing nonetheless. 

I had my annual eye exam this morning as well. My vision is still 20/15 ten years after having lasik surgery. Myopia has set in, though, and I need progression glasses. Imma gonna look like Clark Kent. 

I attended the Barbell Club led by Coach James. I am delighted with his coaching, as he confirms what I instruct but often in a different manner. We complement each other well. For example, I say, “Drop your hips, knees over your toes” and he says, “Imagine that you’re scratching your back on a wall.” Same concept, different delivery. 

A1: Press (Complete 5 sets of 5 reps)

I completed the first set @ 95 and the remaining sets @ 105#. James told me to think about drawing my belly button to my sternum — and it worked! I made sure to ask for his coaching, and he obliged. He reminded me to not hyperextend my back when the weight gets heavy. 

A2: Push Press (Complete 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps)

I completed the 1st set @ 125, 2nd @ 135, 4th set @ 145, and 5th sets @ 155# — but only 3 reps. The last rep was a struggle. 

B: Hang Power Clean (Work up to 3RM in 7 minutes)

I approached this in the wrong way. Uhm, because I thought the clock was counting down instead of counting up. Dammit. I completed sets of 3 reps @ 115, 135, but then failed at 155#. Dammit. I had more than 4 minutes left and not less than 3 as I thought! dammit. I dropped the weight to 140 and successfully completed 3 reps. I increased the weight to 150 and successfully completed 3 reps. I increased the weight to 155 — and only got 2 reps. Dammit. Yup, that’s what I said: Dammit. 

James reminded me to have “fast elbows.” That’s always been very challenging for me to do. 

C: Metcon (Weight)

4 Sets
Clean grip DL 2+1 clean pull 1.1.1 (3 singles)

Per James’ suggestion, I kept 155# on the bar. He instructed us to begin each dead-lift and pull with a squat below parallel. I recorded myself the last set to ensure that I did. 

D: Metcon (No Measure)

EMOM for 15 min
Min 1: 2 Wall Walks
Min 2: 30 DUs
Min 3: 8 Russian KBS (heavy)

James suggested that I complete 40 double unders instead of 30, and I did. I should’ve completed more than just 2 wall walks, as wall walks aren’t the least bit challenging for me. Just saying. We weren’t instructed to record our times, but I did so nonetheless. 

Wall walks: 10, 8, 8, 8, & 9. When I ascended the wall I left a trail of sweat that made ascending the wall the second rep, well, slippery. 

Double unders: 20, 19, 25, 21, & 18. The 3rd round was quite shitty, but I finished with a round of 40 unbroken double unders. I felt relaxed. 

70# KB swings: 13, 13, 13, 12, & 12. Try as I might, I couldn’t swing half of my bodyweight 8 times any faster than 12 seconds. 

I was a sweating, disgusting, smelly, and elated mess!