High Bar Back Squat
There was a full house at the 9:30am session, yet I had the good fortune to share a rack with Paul A. After warming up with reps @ 95 and 135, I briefly contemplated lifting 180#, i.e., the same weight I lifted last week. I thought, “This is the last week that we’re doing this. Go all out, or go home.” I put 185# on the bar and told Paul A., “I may be doing all of these as singles.” And for the most part that’s what I did.
After I had completed about 10 reps, I heard Michael Kelley say, “Drive.” He’s the coach, so he’s allowed to provide direction and support. A small group then gathered behind me, including Michael Kelley, Chris S. (I think), and one or two others. I can’t recall exactly what they were saying, but it sounded somewhat like cheering. I don’t like cheering. Without turning around, I said, “Stop the cheering.” They were kind enough to do so. Twenty reps at 185# are quite challenging, and I didn’t want or need the distraction.
I was pleased with my performance, and Paul A. noted that I was breaking parallel. Paul A., I suggest that you do the same.
15-minute AMRAP in celebration of Inez’s birthday
37 air squats
12 push press
4 wall crawls
More than a few people asked me why I wasn’t doing 30 shoulder taps or 37m handstand walk, options for handstand walks, and I finally had to yell loudly enough for everyone to hear, “I’m doing wall crawls. I’m not doing handstand walks. Again, I am doing wall crawls.” Uhm, and then someone asked why.
Here’s why: it’s up to me to determine what my goals are for the day. Wall crawls, done correctly, are very challenging. You determine your goals and I’ll establish mine. Okay? Okay.
This was quite a challenging workout! I used 2, 30# dumbbells for push press. My goal was to complete all activities unbroken, and I achieved this goal. This did, however, seem like a loooooong metcon.
In retrospect, I made a mistake the first round in that I completed 47 air squats instead of 37. I know not why, but I do remember thinking, “Okay, that’s 37. Count down from 10.”
While pressing my hips and chest to the wall during the second round of wall crawls, I hurt my penis. Yes, I hurt my penis. After completing the wall crawls I yelled, “Michael Kelley, I think I broke my penis.” I don’t think he quite know what to say or do, so he merely chuckled.
As it was hot up in here, I took off all some of my clothes – specifically my shirt. I was facing Chris S., I had to remind him not to get excited, for he, too, might hurt his penis.
I either completed 4 or 5 rounds, as I think I forgot to record a round in my notebook. Note to self: use poker chips instead of notebook. Thus, I either completed 4 or 5 rounds + 37 airs squats, 12 push press, and 9 air squats. Uhm, plus an additional 10 air squats.
I coached the 10:30 session, and was delighted that there were just seven in attendance, including Kevin, Sarah, Kristin, John, CJ, Nicole, and Tom L. The athletes did an awesome job on both HBBS and metcon. I’m particularly proud of Kristin, who powered her way through all 20 HBBSs. I was literally breathing down her neck (and occasionally lightly touching her elbows) to ensure that she did.
I’m not done yet… I coached the Community WOD, which consisted of a half Kelly.
Finally, I joined Michael Kelley for sled work, although he didn’t do dead-lift pulls. I put 75# on the sled, just a couple of pounds more than 60% of 120#, i.e., what I pulled yesterday, and completed 3 x 3 of typical sled pulls.
Again, I’ll say this pulling that damn sled is exhausting, particularly with a damaged penis.
I joined a small group for lunch. If you’re not sitting down, you might want to do so now. Michael Kelley paid for my meal. This may be the first sign of the apocalypse.