I admit to being a wee bit sore and quite spent after three consecutive days of 40-minute workouts. I enjoyed my day of rest on Wednesday, although I didn’t like that my flight from Greenville to Newark was delayed almost three hours.

I was aware early to prepare for the first day of training in the Big Apple. I’m happy to say that the training went well. I’m kinda sorta good at teachin’ that there public speakin’ and alls.

I worked out after grading outlines. The gym at the Tuscany hotel is quite nice. The nicest part? I was the only one working out!

Thursday, June 14

5 rounds
200m row
10 6-count burpees
10 DB thrusters from the hand position
10 rounds 
100m row
5 6-count burpees
5 DB thrusters from the hand position

What a gasser! I did have to set up DBs on lower level but enjoyed skipping up and down the stairs.

Time = 29:19

I had intended to work out Friday before a day of training but, alas, I did not. ‘Twas an exceptionally long day, as my flight was once again delayed. I didn’t get home until after 2 in the morning.

Saturday, June 16

My ass was dragging, and it took positive self-talk to drag said ass to the gym/garage. I’m glad that I did, as the workout was just what I needed.

Every other minute for 10 rounds
5 strict presses, increasing weight 5# each round

I began at 65#. Uhm, and completed 11 rounds, completing last round at 120#, 6# less than PR. My arms were tired. But that didn’t keep me from doing thrusters! Make that clusters.

Cluster @ 95# + lateral barbell burpee + 5 LBHs

What a cluster fiesta! See what I did there?

Time = 18:50

Sunday, June 17

I was awake at 6. I fed the kitties, took Luke for a long walk around the neighborhood, went grocery shopping, and then baked a coconut cake. As the cake was cooling on the racks, I worked on my rack. Not really, although I have bench press programmed for later this week.

EMOM for 32 rounds (2 miles)
Strict and freestanding HSPU + 100m sprint + high box jump

Each round took about 30 seconds, which was just enough time to set up box and more than enough time to recover.

16 rounds (1 mile)
100m sprint + 315# deadlift

I was shirtless (I know, right?!) and wore weightlifting belt. I focused on sprinting very quickly and then immediately setting up for a heeeeeaaaaaavy deadlift.

Time = 8:20

Uhm, and that’s faster than some of you can run a mile of shuttle sprints.

I was spent. I had a cold glass of chocolate milk as my recovery. I then showered, had a light lunch, made the frosting for the coconut cake, and then enjoyed a slice.


3 X 40

I’m not recording many of my workouts, e.g., 20/10 tabata DB hang power cleans (score = 10), 10/10 tabata mountain climbers (score = 12 r&l), 100, 90… 10 r&l steps on treadmill @ 7:30 mpm pace and 10, 9… 1 50# DB burpess (time = 12:13).

Oh, wait, I guess I just did.

The gym at the SF hotel consisted of a treadmill, broken bike, elliptical, and a strange assortment of DBs. And just enough space for that equipment. I did quite a few additional squats, pushups, sit-ups, and burpees in my hotel room.

Presentational Speaking training was a success. I travel to NY this week and Boston the last week of the month.

Sunday – Tuesday, June 10 – 12

40-min AMRAPS

100m row
2 strict HSPUs
4 pull-ups
8 HR pushups
16 Abmat sit-ups
32 air squats

See what I did there? This was tough, particularly when the air squats arrived.

Score = 12 rounds + row, 2 HSPUs, & 1 pull-up
1200m row
26 HSPUs
49 pull-ups
96 pushups
192 sit-ups
384 air squats

Yes, all bodyweight. Yes, much volume. Yes, a shitload of squats.

5 reps each of:
Stiff-legged deadlifts
Then 25 unbroken double unders

As there was, again, much volume, I kept the weight at a light 75#. Uhm, light at the beginning of the 40 minutes but increasingly heavy as the workout progressed. In addition, HPC, PP, and BOW were TNG. My forearms were on fire!

Knowing that I had to do unbroken dus was a MF. I did, however, complete all rounds in unbroken reps and therefore didn’t have to redo any reps. Yay for that! I had completed just under 10 rounds at the 20-minute mark so I set a goal to complete 20 rounds. I surpassed that goal.

Score = 20 rounds + 18 reps
105 DLs, SDHPs, & HPCs
103 PP
100 BOR
500 double unders

3 reps each of:
Ring rows
Russian KB swings, 53#
Medicine ball cleans, 20#
Box jumps, 20″
Then 100m sprint (50m up and back)

Again, see what I did there? Just 3 reps allowed me to work consistently and with little rest. Once again a high volume. I had completed just over 18 rounds at the 20-minute mark and set a goal to complete 39 rounds.

Score = 39 rounds + 15 reps (just 100m shy of 40 rounds)
120 reps of all activities and 3,900m run. Uhm, that’s just 100m shy of 2.5 miles of running.

I was a sweaty, blathering mess. And happy!

I don’t recommend that many folks complete 3 back-to-back endurance workouts. And certainly not some of the fools that I call friends. You know who you are.


BTW, three training attendees took me aside on three separate occasions to ask me if I had ever been told that I look like Stanley Tucci. That shit never gets old.



Thursday, May 31

Yup, the last day of the month, and what a month it’s been! It’s looking like Jeff and I will see each other a half a dozen days in June. I’m looking forward to the trips to SF and NY.

Today’s workout was kind of a MF. I’ll let you figure out that acronym.

50-40-30-20-10 unbroken dus & headstand hold

I determined that if I missed a du I had to start again. From the beginning. A very good place to start! Yup, ’twas a MF. Aaaaaand, I didn’t miss a single rep.

25-20-15-10-5 unbroken dus & unbroken with rebound 24″ box jumps

I once again didn’t miss a single rep of dus and, whilst it was close a couple of times, I both rebounded and fully extended hips for all of the box jumps.

20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 unbroken dus
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 95# cleans

Holy shit, Batman, double unders after full squat cleans is no joke! No missed reps.

That’s a total of 335 dus, 75 box jumps, and 55 cleans. I was a soaking wet mess when all was said and done.

My legs and ankles were a wee bit sore, so I rested Friday.

Saturday, June 2

Whaaaaat? Two consecutive days of NFT workouts? I don’t mind if I do.

— DL @ 135#
— FP @ 95#
— Presses @ 65#
— Lunges @ 65#
— 10 calories row; 30 sec rest between intervals

Low weight and high volume. Yes, it’s possible to get in a a very good workout without lifting heavy shit.

And I was quite spent after each activity. Why no squats? Uhm, I mentioned that my legs were tired. Lunges were active recovery, albeit grueling.

I played around with rowing for calories, kipping the damper set @ 6.5. Conclusion? Fewer meters, faster pace, higher strokes. For example, I could row 10 calories in 10 strokes in about 30 seconds. The very last interval I went all out, rowing in 15 strokes but in a fast time of 21 seconds.


When it’s over it’s over. For example, once I quit teaching at NCSU and Meredith, I never stepped foot on the campuses again. When I stopped running in races I quit cold turkey. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll return to Apex (unless absolutely necessary). It’s also highly unlikely that I’ll ever step foot in a CrossFit again. So there’s that.