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Wall Crawlers

Hey guys! Another instructional today for ya.  This is another fun one, especially on those “Push” days.  This is going to smoke your core, your horizontal push, and your vertical push like crazy.  They’re called……

wallcrawlers

 

The movements are simple: a push-up followed by a handstand push-up.  Where the real challenge comes in is the transition between the two.  You start off in a standard push-up position with your feet right next to a wall.  After completing the push-up, you maintain that plank position and begin walking your hands back while simultaneously walking your feet up the wall until you achieve the handstand position.  From them perform your standard handstand push-up, then walk it out back to the regular push-up position.  Confused? Yeah, me too.  Here’s a video to help clarify:

As I mentioned earlier, this combination movement hits on both vertical and horizontal pushing planes of motion as well as giving an incredible core workout due to the fact that you must maintain a rigid core throughout.

I DO NOT recommend this movement for beginners as the core demands are very high and the handstand push-up is an advanced technique.  For experienced lifters or athletes, this would be a great choice to get the heart rate up.

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Battle in the Burn Recap

Wow, what a weekend!  First off, thanks so much to Jamie Swagler and everyone at Burn City CrossFit for hosting such an amazing event.  Although it was only my first CrossFit competition, I felt the entire thing went very well.  So congrats to Jamie and everyone else behind the scenes who put the event together and made it such an amazing time!  You guys did great!

As for how I did, well…that’s another story!  I am a mere 5’5″, walking around at 155lbs.  Myself and my best friend, Zach Kellogg, were by far and away the smallest two competitors in the Rx division (the hardest division).  There were many guys our size and even bigger who opted to go with the scaled down division but we both wanted to run with the big dogs and show them we could hang.  And hang we did!  Albiet not incredibly well, but ya know, hanging by an entire hand or just a pinky; you’re still hanging none the less.  Out of 40 competitors in the Rx’ed division, I finished 31st and Zach finished 30th.  Being a glass half full kind of guy myself, I don’t see it as 30 people were better than me, I see it as I was better than 8 other people, who were all hardened badasses chiseled from moon rocks.  I can definitely hang my hat on that!

The first WOD was an alternating tabata of over the bar burpees and 95lb thrusters.  I know I can do 95lb thrusters but the problem was doing them in the tabata fashion.  I realized if I was to have a good score I’d have to do most of my work on the burpees so I went all out on those portions and just tried to stay steady and consistent with the thrusters.

The second WOD was just stupid.  Not because it was a bad WOD, but it was just so damn heavy!  3 complexes of overhead press, clean, front squat, deadlift @ 135lbs then 30 yd shuttle run, 6 complexes, 60yd shuttle run, 9 complexes 90yd shuttle run.  I did decent enough on WOD #1 but the weights for this workout really killed me.  Some of the bigger guys were finishing in 3 minutes or so….I finished in 8:01.  It was grueling but this is where size really helps.

The final WOD was another doozy.  7 minute AMRAP of 5 snatches at 135lbs and 20 double unders.  The snatches were difficult to begin with, doable, but difficult.  Now do them repeatedly for 7 minutes.  That was rough.  Ultimately, however, it wasn’t the snatches that bested me, it was those damn double unders!!  I have been practicing so much with a heavy rope that when I finally got my hands on a speed rope, my speed and timing was all wrong!! It was disastrous!  Oh well, I guess it’s time to get a legit speed rope.

Super Saiyan 2!!

Super Saiyan 2!!

All in all, this was an incredible experience and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to compete and try my very best.  I gave it my all and even though I didn’t win, I still walked away with my head held high that I did it.  It’s a great feeling.  Now it’s back to the gym to get bigger, faster, stronger!!!

-Weakness into Strength-

Last High Intensity Day Before The Battle!

Hey guys! Hope all is well.  Just wanted to shoot out a quick update for the literally 10s of people out there following me!  Today was my last high intensity training day before the competition in order to eleviate any soreness/stiffness.  Tomorrow will be some maintenance work on technique, a light WOD just to get moving to stave off soreness.  Then Saturday will be an all out mobility offensive.  Just work on range of motion exercises, foam roll, lacrosse ball smash and floss, etc.  Anything and everything I can do to properly prepare my body for the rigors of Sunday.  The last thing you want to do is show up sore to a competition!

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For anyone who lives under a rock and just got FiOS to run fiber wire to their area, I will be competing in a CrossFit competition called Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit this Sunday.  Stoked!!

Here’s a little taste of my workout today:

-Weakness into Strength-

11 Days out: Training Hard

Hey guys, so after forcing myself to curmudgeonly get out of bed this morning, I realized just how unbelievably sore I was!  Simple things like: sitting up, breathing, thinking; they all hurt! Unfortunately, today was not a scheduled rest day.  So rest I did not.  Instead, I combated my insufferable wuss-itude with a frienemy of mine: the lacrosse ball.  I smashed and flossed with that sucker and felt like a new man after.  I can not even begin to describe the multitude of benefits athletes, gym-goers, humans in general can receive from some good ole’ recovery/preventative maintenance work in their down time.  I went from barely being able to walk to this:

That’s just a little look inside my training for the upcoming Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit.  If you haven’t checked them out yet… you know what, just do it.  Anyways, here’s what my workout ended up looking like today:

Deadlift 5×5: 300 /305 /325 / 350 / 350 (x3)

Bench 3×15: 135 / 135 (x13) / 135 (9) + 95 (x12)

Good Mornings 3×15: 95 / 95 / (zercher styler) 95

Shoulder Bar Complex x3 @ 45 lbs:  5 Military Press, 8 Push Press, 10 Push Jerks

WOD: Tabata: Jump Rope / Mountain Climbers / Bike / Rower

Really focused on my hip hinge movements and my pressing movements considering yesterday was heavy on knee dominant movements and pulling.  Both workouts seem to compliment each other very well.  I won’t say that these are perfect in the least as  there are several components I am still lacking but in preparation for this competition, I have opted to stick to main lifts and things that I think will benefit me the most at the competition.  Finishing with the tabata sucked though….those are never fun.  Don’t let people fool you, they’re rough…but so worth it!

Take care everyone!! -Colin

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-Weakness into Strength-

12 days out: Prepping for Battle!

Hey guys, so as I mentioned in my post yesterday, I will be competing in a CrossFit competition on June 2nd called Battle in the Burn.    Again, if you are interested in testing your athletic capacity, I STRONGLY encourage you to give this a shot! You can register here: Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit.  Great dudes, great community.

Battle in the Burn

To prepare for this event, I have tailored a specific program designed to increase performance in certain key areas I know will be vital in the competition.  My day today looked a little something like this:

Front Squat 5×5: 205 / 225 / 225/ 225/ 225

Lat Pulldown 3×15: weight plate 8 / 9 / 8

Depth Jumps: 3×15

Standing Row 3×15: weight plate 8 / 8 / 8

WOD A: 10 GHD Situp / 10 Depth Jumps / 10 Pullups / 10 Military press  REPEAT X5

WOD B: “Angie” 100 pullups / 100 pushups / 100 situps / 100 squats for time.  Completed in 19:00.

To summarize, well… just take a look at the aftermath:

Angie Aftermath

Yeah, today was a rough one, but well worth it.  Now it’s time to sit back with a good book (Kelly Starrett’sBecoming a Supple Leopard“….if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for?!?! This thing is a treasure trove of invaluable knowledge!! Go get it! Now!) and recover.

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Oh and Ps, I am not sponsored by anyone or paid to promote anything.  I do it because I FIRMLY believe in these people or these products.  My goal is to make everyone around me better, and if it takes referring you to people more knowledgable than myself, then that is what’s going to happen!

Take care everyone and see you at the Battle!

-Weakness into Strength-

13 Days out: Battle in the Burn Prep!

Hey guys! Sorry about my absence for so long, just officially graduated from SUNY Cortland with my bachelors in Fitness Development so I’ve been pretty busy to say the least.  A quick update is in order:

First: Set a new Front Squat PR! Up to 275lbs now, pretty happy about that.  Still chasing 300, but with consistency comes results; just gotta stay at it.  Next, I’ve increased my clean from 245lbs to 255lbs.  There’s video below if you’d like to check it out.  Attempted 265 a few times because I was feeling strong.  I was able to get it decently high, got under it just fine, but I jumped backwards and landed on my toes so I had no choice but to drop the bar in front of me.  By that point I was pretty spend and only getting sloppier, so I chose to shut it down for the day.

In addition to those new PR’s, I also set a new power snatch PR at 180lbs.  It’s not pretty at all, but at least it’s a jumping off point.  I know I can do it now so it’s just time to clean it up.

Lastly, I have been signed up for a CrossFit competition held by my good friend and all around awesome dude, Jamie Swagler at Burn City CrossFit.  The competition is called “Battle in the Burn” and Jamie actually had me design the logo as well.  It will be an outdoor event in an open field so chances are good there will be a decent amount of running/sprints, bodyweight exercises, light barbell work, and (according to the hints) a tabata!  If you are interested in competing, please visit: Battle in the Burn.

So today, I wasn’t able to proceed with the program I put together to train for this, so I did an impromptu outdoor workout with my 15lb dumbbells and my 25lb sandbag.  Not a lot of weight but you can sure put together a lot of suck when there’s also stairs, hills, and a big open area!  That and I’ve been pampered with indoor, air conditioned training areas.  Training outside in the hot, muggy environment just made everything that much worse.

WOD A)

  1. 5 burpee-high pull w/25lb sandbag (SB)
  2. 15yd sprint
  3. 5 clean and press w/ 15lb dumbbells (DB)
  4. 15yd sprint
  5. 15yd hill sprint
  6. 45yd sprint back to starting postion
  7. Repeat x3

WOD B)

  1. 21-15-9 of Deadlift and Hang Clean w/SB

WOD C)

  1. 30yd SB Right shoulder carry
  2. 30yd sprint
  3. 30yd DB lunges (these were just the worst!)
  4. Repeat x2

WOD D)

  1. 25-20-15-10-5 of DB Floor Press w/elevated feet and DB Chest Fly.  DB’s do not leave the hand until full completion of a round.

WOD E)

  1. 20 minute AMLAP (As Many Laps As Possible) of:
  2. 45yd run (up the stairs at the end)
  3. 10 Pushups (at top of stairs)
  4. 45yd run (across to other set of stairs then down the stairs)
  5. 5 Pull-ups on the side of the wall
  6. 45yd run
  7. 10 Military Press w/DB
  8. 45yd run
  9. 10 Bent over rows w/SB

The Quad Part 1 The Quad Part 2

WOOF!  Rough day but I love it.  This is what it is all about, see you all June 2nd at the Battle!!

Here’s the videos I promised earlier:

Stay Strong!