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“The Swinger.” PUC Day 29.

My wake-up was a little hard. I went to bed at 10:30 but some itinerant folks were making loud party sounds in the creek behind my house the first part of the night, keeping Yael and I up. Not sure when I fell asleep, but not until after 11:00 pm. Also, I woke up spontaneously at 3:30 am, and didn’t fall asleep again until 4:15. Then up at 5:15 am. Which means less than 6 hours of sleep, and not continuous.

Nevertheless, yesterday’s eating was good, mostly healthy, entirely moderate, and today I felt good after a little bit of food, water, and coffee. Then off to the 6:00 am CrossFit Asheville class.

Warm Up

Agility running, shoulder dislocates, Sampson and Hip openers, other stretching, push-ups (15 strict), sit ups (10 strict), overhead squats (15), pull ups (8 dead hang, 8 band assisted).


The assignment was to find a 3 rep Front Squat Max. The last record I could find in my notebook regarding a 3 rep max attempt on the Front Squat was March 24th, 2009, were my 3 rep max was 160#. It’s hard to evaluate that number. I’ve lost about 18 pounds since then, since I weighed in at 201 lbs on 3/22/09. Anyway, I had a 5 rep max attempt on April 8th, I think, and there the five rep max was a lot less, about 130#. And at that time I weighed 10 pounds more than I do today. Hmmm.

10 x 45 #
5 x 95 #
3 x 115 #
3 x 125 #
3 x 135 #
2 x 155 #
1 x 165#;
1 x 165#, fail on 2; finished.

Technically, this was not a 3 rep PR, since the highest 3 rep set was 135#. But it was an overall PR on the Front Squat, since I am certain I have never done 165# before. So call it a 1-rep max PR of 165, and a day of stressing muscles, learning movement, and building strength.

WOD: “The Swinger”

3 rounds of:
25 consecutive Kettlebell swings immediately followed by…
Max Rep Ring Dips.
Rest as needed between rounds. Increase Kettlebell weight as capable b/w rounds. Complete 5 burpees for every KB swing short of 25 per round and be sure to get DEEP in those dips!

Round 1: 44 lb. KB, 13 dips w/ band
Round 2: 45 lb KB, 12 dips w/ band
Round 3: 52.9 lb (24 kg) KB, 13 dips w/ band

I felt good about this.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 29

Reps 1 / 2-3 / 4-6 / 7-8: during warm-up at CFA (see above).
Reps #9-14: Yes, my first set of 6! Reverse grip. At 2:47 pm.
Reps #15-19: Set of 5! Front grip. At 3:06 pm.
Reps #20-24: Set of 5. Reverse grip. At 3:27 pm.
Reps #25-29: (in three sets: 25 / 26-28 / 29). Front grip. At 3:48 pm.

I failed after the first rep on the last set only because I tried to “cinch up” (shift and correct) my grip, and this aggravated my calluses. Done for now. Day 30 tomorrow!

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Active Rest. PUC Postponed. Ring Play.

Active Rest and Recovery

I think I knew by 11:30 pm last night that I wasn’t going to make the 6:00 am workout at CrossFit Asheville today. I definitely knew at 5:20 am when my alarm went off. The past two days of Olympic lifting (Overhead Squats and Snatches) along with or incorporated into hard-ass MetCon workouts—plus my Pull-Ups at home—have left me feeling like I need the extra rest (this is similar to last Wednesday, except then I went in to the 6:00 am workout anyway, and just did the warm-up and some rowing). So I turned off the alarm and slept in until 8:30 am! Thank you Yael, for letting me sleep. Summer is awesome!

Today I did not work out, but I did do a lot of physical work. I was putting in nice horse-stall flooring in my basement workshop area… where my pull-up bar is. The heavy 3/4″ rubber mats I have been installing — I finally finished today ! — are wicked heavy. It was a dirty, sweaty day, and quite active overall. I also ate far less than usual.

Pull-Up Challenge Day 26 — Postponed

I’ll do day 26 tomorrow, on my regularly scheduled rest day. Today I really needed the recovery.

Ring Play

After Lena’s bedtime was over, I couldn’t resist playing around in my newly cleaned and organized workshop with my pull up bar, resistance bands, and recently acquired gymnastics rings. I did some band assisted pull-ups with the rings, band assisted handstands and handstand pushups, and band-assisted L-pull-ups with the rings. And a few dips. Just messing around, really.

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