I detest when people say shit like “Today’s WOD was planting the garden!” I didn’t workout Tuesday and Wednesday, as I spent an accumulated total of 10 hours working in the yard and spreading a shit-ton of mulch.

Thursday, April 18

30 RFT
Strict burpee with wall crawl
Run 100m (50m up and back)
200# deadlift with 5-second hold at extension

I worked continuously (even with interference from neighborhood children), and averaged a little more than a minute per round, with last 2 rounds being the fastest.

Friday, April 19

5-min AMRAP
Strict burpee + strict pull-up (3-second ascent, 3-second hold with chin above but not touching bar, 3-second descent)

This was tough. I completed 16 reps with about 10 seconds remaining. I didn’t start the 17th rep.

10 RFT
25 unbroken double unders
1 strict HSPU (3-second descent and 3-second ascent)

I set a goal to complete in fewer than 10 minutes and did so with about 45 seconds to spare. Boom.

10m shuttle sprints (forward odd- and backward even-numbered reps)

I set goals to complete HRPU unbroken but allowing brief rest in plank position if needed (’twas needed rounds of 18, 16, 14, & 12. I always completed a least 2 reps) and to complete in fewer than 15 minutes. I completed in 13:09. Boom and boom.

Oh, and interference from neighborhood children yet again.


Spring has Sprung

Tuesday, April 9

10 RFT
5 burpee + box jump, 24″
15 Abmat sit-ups
1 press + push press + power jerk @ 75#
10 BS

An all around good workout. Uhm, the 100 squats were certainly cumulative, and the last set, even though a mere 75#, felt heavy. All rounds of all activities completed unbroken. Boom.

Wednesday, April 10

I was on conference calls from 9 to 11, and immediately headed to the “gym” after last call.

25 strict & 3″ negative HSPUs; run to end of driveway and back (60m total) at beginning of each round
Immediately followed by
50 strict C2B chin-ups; run to end of driveway and back (60m total) at beginning of each round

I worked continuously beginning HSPUs and chin-up upon returning from sprint. There were times when I wanted to shake out my shoulders. I completed as many as 5 HSPU and no fewer than 2 and as many as 9 chin-ups and no fewer than 3.

10 RFT
Run 100m (50m up and back) + 10 air squats wearing 25# weight vest

Mah legs were ded.

Thursday, April 11


This did not start well, as it’s been ages since I ran longer than a half mile, and the first half mile that I ran was uphill and laborious. But then I got into my groove and began to enjoy myself. I had planned on running 2 or 3 miles and ended up running a little over 4 miles, with my fastest split being 7:27.

Unbeknownst to me, I ran an outline of the continental US. I fear for our democracy.

Friday, April 12

I took Luke and Cinna for a walk and then immediately began cleaning the garage. ‘Twas a 2.5-hour task, as I cleaned and mopped underneath all of the mats and then finally usedGorilla duct tape to connect mats. I had planned on resting, but as Jeff headed to the gym at 5 I decided to get in a relatively easy workout.

Strict negative HSPUs & strict weighted pull-ups

HSPUs 3, 6.5, 8.5, 10, 11.5, 13, & 13.5. Aaaand that’s all I’ll ever be able to do as that’s how long my arms are.

Pull-ups 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 48, 55, & 65. Aaaand 65 is a PR. I use the metal weights in new vest and attached some of the 1# sand weights with velcro. No weights swinging between the legs.

10-min AMRAP
Strict L-sit C2B pull-ups
5 V-ups

I had completed 11 rounds at the 5-min mark and set a goal to complete 22 rounds. Aaaand completed 24 + pull-up.

Sunday, April 14

Cinna spent the night and had me awake at 6:45. Luke, Cinna, and I went for a mile walk before the heavy rain began.

3 reps of SDHP, FP, and BS (with PC&J and behind the neck PP)

I completed rounds @ 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, & 95#. That’s 63 reps of each activity.

Work up to heavy set of 3

Sometimes it’s good to workout when body is well warmed up as well as tired. I completed sets @ 135, 155, 165, 175, & 180. As 3RM is 190, I’m pleased.

101 T2B and calorie row; T2B kipping and unbroken, i.e., no resting at extension; row as many calories and reps of T2B completed

This was exhausting! I completed is rounds of 16 (the most) 10, 10, 10, 8, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, & 7.

Dear Evan Hansen

1I traveled to NYC Tuesday, my first time flying Allegiant. Talk about no frills…

I walked the 3+ miles from the Tribeca apartment to Times Square to attend Dear Evan Hansen. Wow, what an incredible performance! I do wish I had seen with original cast.

Wednesday, April 3

I was exhausted after a day of teaching, and took a very short power nap just prior to working out 6:15 pm.

Every 15 seconds for 30 minutes
9-second count burpee
Second 1: bend and place hands on floor
2: jump to strict plank
3: nipples and face cheek to floor
4: push up to plank
5: knees to elbows
6: stand to full extension
7: squat
8: stand to full extension
9: jump and clap hands over head
10-15: rest

Certainly not an aerobic activity, but grueling nonetheless. And something I don’t want to do again anytime soon.

Thursday, April 4

I worked out at 6:15 am. Yup, just 12 hours after yesterday’s workout.

10 RFT
Row 250m
3 strict pull-ups with 3 second-rest at hang between reps 2 & 3
10 Russian KBS

This was an aerobic workout, and my average heart rate was 143, peaking at 160 bpm. Time = 23:23

Friday, April 5

25 RFT
25# DBs
DL + HPC + PP + Squat

I thought I’d be able to complete as TNG. This. Did. Not Happen.

10 RFT
10/leg lunges
30-second plank hold

Sunday, April 7

I felt somewhat guilty for not working out Saturday. Given that it was Jeff had very limited time together, ’twas wise of me to relax and enjoy the afternoon and evening.

Every 30 seconds for 50 rounds
1 strict pull-up
1 strict T2B
1 strict HRPU
5 air squats

This ended up being tabata-ish, and rounds took between 15 and 19 seconds. That’s just 250 squats.

Monday, April 8

Burpee + DL (150#) + twisting lateral bar hop
~Rest 2 minutes~
Burpee + DL (185#) + twisting lateral bar hop
~Rest 2 minutes~
Burpee + DL (225#) + twisting lateral bar hop

The bad kitties were, well, bad, and I was WIDE AWAKE at 6:30. I took Luke and Cinna for a walk around Carrier Park and then worked out.

I set a goal to complete just 1 fewer reps per previous round. And did the opposite. Ha! I completed 25, 26, & 27 reps. Perhaps I wasn’t warmed up enough when I began.

25 RFT
25 unbroken double unders
1 strict HSPU

Talk about a shoulder burner! I missed the 7th rep the 19th round, but completed the remaining 24 rounds in unbroken reps with no failed jumps. Yay!

I often found myself resting my shoulders before attempting HSPU, as I didn’t want any failed reps. I had none. Time = 22:07

Runnin’ is Funnin’

Thursday, March 28

Although ’twas a cold start to the morning, it was a pleasant 45 degrees when I worked out (in shorts and a tee) at 10.

AFAP 10 Days of March
1 strict HSPU*
2 strict L-sit C2B pull-ups
3/arm 3″ (45# plate) pushups
4 70# KB SDHP
5 parallette passthroughs
6 strict T2B
7 plate air squats
8 Russian KBS
9 WBS, 20# & 10′
100 (50/leg) mountain climbers
* Each activity begins with 20m (10m up & back) shuttle sprint

Begin with sprint and HSPU, followed by sprint and 2 pull-ups and sprint and 1 HSPU. Get it? Got it? Good.

I completed all rounds of activities in unbroken reps. I did slow down for the last 20 mountain climbers. Sheesh, my abs were on fire!

This was intense, as I worked constantly. The proof is in the average heart rate of 176 bpm.

Time = 26:45

Friday, March 29

The new front door was installed; thus, I needed to be home most of the day. Dammit. I wanted to go shopping. Mañana.

Every 45 seconds: rest additional 15 seconds when increasing weight; all rounds TNG
PC&J @ 65#
5 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 70#
5 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 75#
5 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 80#
4 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 85#
3 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 90#
2 rounds of 5 reps
PC&J @ 95#
1 round of 5 reps @ 100, 105, 110, & 115#

That’s 125 reps. That. Was. Rough.

Saturday, March 30

Another gorgeous day in Asheville! The day began with a 3.5-mile walk at The Biltmore with Luke and Cinna.

10 RFT whilst wearing 25# weight vest
12 calorie row
2 strict pull-ups
6/leg box step-ups 20″

I’m glad I purchased a new weight vest, as it’s much more comfortable than my old one.

This was exhausting, and I often had to briefly pause to wipe the sweat off of my brow.

The hardest and easiest activities, for whatever reason, were the box step-ups and HRPUs, respectively. Rowing is always awful, and today was no exception. I did manage to row 12 calories in 10 strokes a couple of the rounds. My average heart rate was 144, and steadily rose to a high of 157 by the end of the workout. That’s steady work, folks.

Time = 24:30


Thursday, March 21

Although I didn’t realize this until I posted results in MyWod, I achieved a press 5RM one year and one day ago. And then today. I gave it away, didn’t I?

Establish 5RM

I completed sets of 5 @ 65, 75, 85, 95, 105, 115, & 127, a 1# PR. I’m confident I could’ve gone heavier, but I decided to leave that for another day.

35 strict L-set C2B pull-ups & BoR (matching reps each round)

I began with 7 unbroken reps, completed 3 reps rounds 2 & 3 and the last 2 rounds, and completed 4 reps the remaining rounds. You do the math, because I don’t feel like it.

10 forward & backward lunges

I knew I needed to work out some of the soreness in my legs. Ouch to lunges.

Jeff and I travel to PA to celebrate my mother’s 85th birthday. What fun!

Sunday, March 24

20-min AMRAP
3 strict weighted (25#) ring dips
5 strict weighted HRPUs
11 weighted air squats

Oh. Em. Effing. Gee. That was challenging! I set a goal to complete 20 rounds, knowing that I’d slow down as my muscles fatigued. I completed all activities in unbroken reps through round 15, and was completing single dips and pushups by the final round. Well, at the very least I did all rounds of squats in unbroken reps.

Score = 20 rounds + 9 reps

Average heart rate was 157 bpm. Yup, ’twas a gasser.

Monday, March 25

I worked out at 11, after walking Luke and attending a TC. Work has been busy as of late, and I’m currently juggling 4 “jobs.” Holy shit.

20 RFT
5 strict and unbroken K2E
1 DL, 245#
10-second handstand hold

Not aerobically challenging, but a good workout nonetheless.

I took a little less than 20 minutes.

Tuesday, March 26

100-80-60-40-20 sprinting singe unders
50-40-30-20-10 Abmat sit-ups

Annie-esque. A time of 9:54 and average heart rate of 167 bmp. That should tell you that I worked continuously and intensely.

50 RFT
R-leg step-up and step-down
L-leg step-up and step-down
Box jump with l- and r-leg step-downs on odd- and even-numbered rounds, respectively.

An average of 142 bpm, so another aerobically challenging workout. Aaaaand, my arms are still sore from Sunday’s workout.

Mean Girls

The title of blog is testimony: I enjoyed Mean Girls on Broadway.

Monday, March 18

I once again had the gym all to myself. Just the way I like it.

11 RFT
15c sprint row (goal 30 seconds)
5/arm 30# DB HPC&J
5 dips
30-second plank hold

As is often the case, it looks easier than it turned out to be, and ’twas an exhausting 30 minutes. Average HR was 132, peaking at 154 during row and dipping into 80s during plank. Graph looks like cascading waves.

Tuesday, March 19

Uhm, there was a grunting man doing DB bench press. Even though I was wearing headphones, I could hear his every gasp. Yup, sounded like gay porn.

I warmed up with a row. Good times.

15 RFT
2 strict pull-ups
4 53# Russian KBS
4 20# MBC


15 back extensions
10 6-count burpee + twisting jump over bench

Average heart rate for both was 131. Interesting.

Wednesday, March 20

A beautiful NC day, although it was cold for my morning walk with Luke and Cinna. I worked out around noon, and enjoyed doing so in just shorts and a tee. Aaaaand I programmed running. Running!

Run .5 mile
fast and unbroken back squats @ 100#
fast and unbroken strict HSPUs

I wore my Apple Watch set to “Outdoor Run” but without auto pause when stopping.

It took exactly 26 minutes, thus 5:12 a round. Not bad, particularly considering that transition nonetheless took a little time. I expect my glutes to be sore mañana.

Uhm, average heart rate was 167, so I was sprinting from start to finish.

Every 10 seconds for 25 rounds
Strict 25# weighted pull-up

Perhaps the only valuable thing I learned from the personal coach I used years and years ago was that when you push be sure to pull. Twenty-five HSPUs and 25 pull-ups. I like my new weight vest! Oh, and I wore new NoBulls.

I confirmed 9 days of training with a client. That’s about 4 years of teaching 3 classes a semester, including Summer sessions, at AB Tech. Puts things into perspective.

Just 6 more weeks of teaching, followed by a week in Dallas and the next week in Charlotte. Shit’s about to get busy.

Luke at Imperial Burger. Actually Universal Joint, but I call it Imperial Burger. Because.

Runnin’ and pressin’

I renewed my WordPress subscription for another year of blogging. It’s likely to be a bumpy ride.

Tuesday, March 12

I had initially planned on working out during evening, but was itching to go. So go I did! At 10 am.

Run 400m
Max rep (up to 10) FP, beginning at 95# & adding up to 10# each round

I’m still getting used to the Apple Watch 4, and this is only the second time I’ve used “Outdoor Running” feature. Uhm, and I mistakenly had auto pause turned on. Dammit. Thus, I don’t have accurate time it took to complete.

I competed rounds of 10 reps @ 95, 105, 115, 125, 135, & 145, followed by 9 reps @ 155 (missed the 10th because my BBF texted me), 5 @ 154, 3 @ 175, and singles @ 185 and 190#. I failed @ 195. Given the 1RM is 205, I’m pleased.

And that’s 83 reps of FP. My chesticles will likely be feeling it mañana.

I may have mistakenly recorded 400m (200m up and back) distance, as Apple Watch recorded a grand total of 3.69 miles and 12 X 400m = 4,800m, i.e., a mere 3 miles. Uhm, and that would explain why I thought I had slowed down considerably since moving to Asheville. Ha! I’ll remeasure soon.

I’m enjoying contract work at IndieBeautyExpo, and am looking forward to Dallas Summit. I’m not looking forward to visiting TX.

Did I yet mention that I purchased a standing desk? Did I? DID I?! I’m standing at I write this (Monday evening). My goal is to stand for 12 hours a day, and I’ve exceeded the goal many days. I’m not a fan of sitting.

Thursday, March 14

I arrived in NYC Thursday morning, attended meetings most of the day, and worked out in the apartment gym Thursday evening. And the gym is pretty nice. Aaaaaaand I was the only person working out. Yay!

Row for calories
Russian KBS, 53#

50 RFT
1 strict pushup
2 strict pushups
3 air squats

I did some other shit, too, but much has happened since Thursday and now (Sunday evening) when I’m writing. So there’s that.

Friday, March 15

I once again worked out in the apartment gym, this time at 7:30 am. I walked into the gym and it was immediately evident that someone was coaching a client. How was this evident? A whole lot of cheering and very little coaching. I’d describe some of the movements but it’d make my skin crawl. Okay, here’s one: “Keep your knees forward and make sure you don’t squat too low. Your butt should never go below your knees.” Oh, and here’s another: “Set the rower to 10. You’ll get a better workout that way.”


I warmed up with a 500m row.

25 RFT
2 strict pull-ups
2 pushup + row (l + r)
5 jumping air squats

A little different than the day before.

As the only non-mirrored wall space was in front of the door, I risked it and set a towel on the floor to do strict HSPUs. I did politely ask the dynamic duo to allow me to use the space.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I wore my air buds whilst working out, the very first time I’ve done so. And they stayed in my ears! Even when upside down.

25 strict HSUPs

I completed in reps of 7, 5, 4, 4, 3, & 2. After the third or fourth round I heard the coach jokingly say to his client, “Go ahead and give that a try.” It’s likely they didn’t know that I could hear them. I looked at the client and said, “I’ve been doing this for years. I started just like you. Everybody has to start somewhere.” He smiled at me. I continued working out.

25 strict T2B

Or toes past hands, as there wasn’t a bar. I completed first round with 10 and remaining rounds of 5 reps.

25 burpees + MC + 50# DB DL

That was “fun.” I do love burpees.

Uhm, I get lost in a bathtub. I decided to walk from the apartment in Tribeca to Hudson Yards to meet the team. ‘Twas a 3-mile walk that ended up being more than 5 miles. I also walked back to the apartment. I ended up walking almost 16 miles. Ha!

Saturday, March 16

I slept until 8:30. I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept that late.

10 RFT
Row 15c
15-second headstand hold

Max weight strict pull-up

I started at 25 and worked up to 55#, placing DB between legs above knee and wearing ankle bracelets.

0:00 | 5 rounds of 4 Russian KBS + 1 American KBS
1:00 | 4 rounds
2:00 | 3 rounds
3:00 | 2 rounds
4:00 | 5 rounds

My forearms were on fire, I tell you. Fire!

I met Jeff at the W Hotel in Times Square. We went shopping, enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Lamb’s Club, and then saw “Mean Girls” on broadway. I loved the show! Jeff thought that mean girls weren’t mean enough.

I walked more than 11 miles Saturday.

We went shopping this (Sunday) morning. I walked from the hotel to the apartment, and ended up walking more than 10 miles today. I also completed the Rhone XXX Challenge and got a 20% discount on our purchase. No surprise there.

Luke. I am his father.