My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): November 28 – December 4


Monday – Back Squat

4 at 60% (225 lb.)
4 at 70% (275 lb.)
4 at 80% (305 lb.)
2 at 85% (325 lb.)
4 at 80% (305 lb.)
2 at 85% (325 lb.)
4 at 80% (305 lb.)

This was one of my favorite strength workouts for the week. I didn’t set any PR’s but I did reach a milestone. I haven’t been confident in my squat since I came back from Europe. It was kind of a bummer but I knew it was going to take a while for my body to get used to the heavy weight again. Thankfully, I can finally see some progress. A few weeks ago, I wasn’t able to complete a set of squats at 80%. I needed a spot and was only able to get 2 reps and then 1 rep after a short rest. Now, I’m able to complete 4 reps without a spotter and I was able to get 2 reps at 85%. I wasn’t able to complete the last set at 85% because I wasn’t feeling it and it was putting a lot of strain on my knees. It’s going to take time, but I will get there.

Friday – Thruster 3 Rep Max

I set a new PR at 195 lb. My previous PR was set more than a year ago at 175 lb. My first attempt was at 185 lb. I was extremely happy and pumped up that I decided to go for 195 lb. My first rep wasn’t too bad but the second and third were a challenge. The hardest part of the lifts was the breathing. I had to brace my core while trying to take in big breaths. The last rep was tough and I almost didn’t make it. I got stuck for a second on the press and I barely completed the rep. Hopefully with this jump in weight, I’ll be able to set a new jerk PR.


Thursday – CrossFit Games Open 11.1/14.1 Workout

10 Minute AMRAP
30 double unders
15 power snatches (75 lb.)

This Open workout was programmed about a year ago and I was able to complete four rounds. I was hoping this time around I would be able to finish five rounds. I started the workout at a good pace. I was able to complete the first round of double unders unbroken as well as the first round of power snatches. This took about a minute to complete. I started to fatigue and I was not able to keep up that pace but I was determined to hit a PR. My double unders were not consistent. I would go for a string of 10-15 reps before breaking and in the later rounds maybe 5-10 reps. This was the hardest part of the workout, trying to string together enough double unders quickly. The power snatches were broken up into sets of seven and eight. In the later rounds it would be a fast set of five.

After ten minutes, completed four rounds, thirty double unders and two power snatches, setting a new PR! It wasn’t the five rounds that I initially wanted but I’m excited, since it show improvement. With the open coming up soon, I may have to focus more on metcons so I can work on muscle endurance.

Lift Heavy and Level Up!

My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): June 6 – June 12



Strict Press: 6×6 at 70% (115 lb.)
These strict presses felt really heavy. I was actually surprised, since we have been doing a lot of strict press over the past few weeks. I was able to get through it but I wan’t happy with my sets.
Power Snatch (Low Block) – 5×3 at 70% (110 lb.)
The strict presses didn’t feel great but the the power snatches felt a lot better. I haven’t done many snatches from the blocks so this was great practice. It took me a set or two to get into a good rhythm. My lifts felt a lot better after that initial warm up.
EMOM – 10 Minutes
2 Squat Cleans + Jerk at 70% (150 lb.)

I under estimated this workout. The weight wasn’t too heavy and I thought it would be easy. After the first minute, I realized it was going to be a lot harder. Two squat cleans and a jerk add up quickly. I tried to recover but I could never fully catch my breath. I was able to finish the workout but it was tough.

Back Squat – 3×3 at 70% (265 lb.)


I’m not sure if I was tired from all the squat cleans but the back squats felt very heavy.

Partner WOD
AMRAP 20 Minutes
100 cal. row
800 m shuttle run
60 sit ups
40 power cleans (95 lb.)
20 burpee box jump oversAfter doing a lot of Oly work, I decided to do the class WOD. I still want to increase my Open standing next year and I need to do more metcons. My partner had to scale a few things because of an injury but I was able to finish everything Rx. All work was broken up evenly.

The hardest part for me was the row. We broke up the row into sets of 25 cals. which was bearable. I tried to keep a pace of one cal. per pull but I wasn’t able to keep it up for too long. The shuttle run wasn’t too bad. We did 100 m intervals which gave us enough time to catch our breath. The other movements were not too bad. I almost finished the power cleans unbroken but by grip started to give out. We finished the workout with 1 round plus 100 cal. row and 50 m run.


Strict Press – 7×5 at 75% (125 lb.)

This workout was better than Monday. I was able to finish it quickly without much trouble. I felt a lot stronger than Monday.

Power Snatch (Low Block) – 4×3 at 75% (115 lb.)
Snatches from the blocks are starting to become one of my favorite workouts. I don’t have to worry about the first pull and focus on the second and turnover. It’s a lot easier to work on form since I have less to think about. The first few warm up reps took some adjustment but I got the hang of it. The snatches felt great, and I was able to get through them quickly.
EMOM – 9 Minutes
1 Power Clean  + 1 Hang Squat Clean + 1 Front Squat (165 lb.)
This complex was a lot harder than I realized. I was comfortable with the the power clean but the hang squat clean and the front squat were a lot to handle. The weight wasn’t too heavy but the reps add up quickly. The good thing is that it forced me to set up and try to recover as fast as I could. Thankfully, I was able to push through, and finish each rep before time.
Back Squat – 3×3 at 75% (285 lb.)

This session of back squats was better than Monday. It was heavier than Monday but I wasn’t too worried. I was still feeling the aftermath of the clean complex but I took some time to recover before warming up. My legs felt great so I gained more confidence in my lifts. I was able to get through all the sets without much of an issue. 285 lb. is not as heavy as it used to be!


Lift Heavy and Level Up!

My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): May 23 – May 29



Strict Press – 6×6 at 70% (115 lb.)My strict press feels stronger. All the reps are starting to add up

Power Snatch
EMOM for 9 minutes
1 power snatch at 80% (125 lb.)I mainly focused on foot movement and a good first and second pull. I didn’t feel great during a few reps but I corrected it.

Clean Complex – 5×1 at 80% (185 lb.)
3 power cleans + 2 front squats
The power cleans felt great, better than the snatches. Was able to get through these without any issues.


Pause Front Squat – 5×3 at 70% (220 lb.) 

3 second decent, 10 second pause at bottom

I really hate pause front squats after this session. The 10 second hold was hard to handle. I couldn’t do the reps in quick succession. I would do one rep and then rest a minute or so. I had a hard time keeping my elbows up after five seconds. I was also trying to control my breathing. It was a lot harder than I thought.

Split Jerk (Behind the Neck) – 5×3 at 75% (175 lb.)

We did this workout last week but this time we had to add 5-10 pounds. Even with the heavier weight, the jerks were not too bad and I felt my form was good.


Strict Press – 7×5 at 75% (125 lb.)Heavier than Monday’s session. It took a bit longer to complete but I got through it.

Snatch Complex  – 5×2 at 80% (125 lb.)
Halting snatch deadlift + snatch high pull + snatch
This was a great complex but I need to work on my snatches. It would have been easier if it was power snatches but it did point out my weakness. I need to practice more squat snatches.
Yolk Carry 

AMReps in 5 Minutes at (375 lb.) 

This was the first time I used a yolk in a workout. I’ve done short yolk carries but they were done at a lighter weight. I was excited to see how far I could get in five minutes. We have a 50 m course set up in the gym but I decided to do intervals of 25 m. The first minute and a half, I was able to complete 50 m. The yolk might have been a bit tall and I should have adjusted it. The path wasn’t exactly straight all the time. Members from a class would be doing double unders near the path and I would have to shift a bit to avoid the ropes. The shifts would also cause the weight to become unwieldy. After 75 m, I could feel my legs buckling under the weight. I would be taking slightly shaky steps but I was able to make it over the 25 m interval. It was a fun workout and I hope I get to do more in the future. I was able to walk 150 m in five minutes.

Lift Heavy and Level Up!