Weekly Workout Recap – setting new PRs

Hello, hello!

Happy Saturday! Do you have Monday off? 🙂

So, I’m out of the boot and I’m not sick (although, I still have a little congestion hanging around and there’s a dry spot in my nose that gets very painful sometimes. ugh. tmi?) and I was really motivated to get some good workouts in this week. Time to get back in the saddle!


I started Monday morning off with a cycling class (we were on Spin bikes, I guess it wasn’t called Spin because….?) at the Y.

I didn’t take a picture of the room because I didn’t bring my phone in there. I wasn’t sure what protocol was and I didn’t want to do something wrong and get yelled at. 🙂

It’s been a couple of years since I took a spin class but it felt pretty nice to be back on the bike. I was really looking forward to a good workout!

Except, I didn’t really get one. I mean, I got an okay workout but it wasn’t as dynamic and fun as I had hoped. The Monday instructor is apparently ‘not a morning person’ (as stated by one of the other riders. I’m sorry, who teaches a 5:30AM spin class and isn’t a morning person? Isn’t it almost a requirement?!) and she most certainly wasn’t peppy. I guess she had started a learning series the week before and this Monday was working on climbs – mostly seated – and cadence. I was a little bored. It’s an hour long class – that’s a long time to be actively doing stuff and still be bored. :/

I’m going to check out a couple of the other instructors (on other days, of course) and see how they are.

6pm CrossFit


It has been quite some time since I’ve done the “Total” workout and I was really, really, REALLY looking forward to it. ESPECIALLY since I’m not in the boot! I know I’ve made strength gains and I wanted to see where I’m at.

Basically, in this workout, you warm up and then you get 3 attempts at your 1 Rep Max of that lift and then you move on to the next. It’s not “add weight on in the smallest increments possible, starting really low, and go until you can’t anymore.” You have to be aware (and this is why my Journal Menu Wod book is so helpful!) of what your previous weights were and start somewhere near there so you can build appropriately.


I HIT PRs in 2 of my lifts!!!!!

And, to be fair, I PRd my press last week so I wasn’t expecting to set a new one this week.  My previous PR at back squat was 125#. Whoop! A 20# PR!!! And, that’s legitimately my 1RM because I was halfway in the ‘up’ part of the squat and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I had to really push myself. I was so proud when I got it back up!!!

I wish I knew what my 1RM of deadlift used to be but I think it was around 180-185#. Honestly, it’s probably in one of these entries but I don’t have it written down and, yes, I’m too lazy to search. 🙂  But, I can tell you I have never lifted more than 200# until Monday and I hit 205#!!!

So, the reason why it’s called CrossFit Total is because your score is the total of all your weights. So, mine was 425. (I know that it looks like I’m the weakest link but these numbers are excellent for me. And, Lauren and Theresa are bad ass chicks, so there’s that.) Based on my weight class, I fall in between intermediate and advanced on the ranking chart.  I’ll take that!


6pm CrossFit


Yes, they called this workout “Helen”-ish. It should have been called “Hell-ish.” Oof.

Helen is a benchmark WOD and is 3 rounds, for time, of 400m run, 21 kb swings, and 12 pull-ups. I last did Helen in October (was in between boots and able to run!) and scored 13:13.

“Helen”-ish was designed to be an interval workout and was to be scaled, if necessary. Coach wanted each athlete to be able to complete at least 2 rounds and if your previous Helen time was not 12:00 or less, you had to scale.

I am not yet ready to run so I rowed and Coach scaled me down to 300m and do the rest as prescribed. I did all 21 KB swings at 35# but, when I got to the pull-ups, could only get 9 done. So, I made the decision to stick with 9 and go from there.

I completed 4 rounds and was on my 5th pull up in round 5 when my 4 minutes were up. So, my score was 4 rounds.

Man, all those swings and pull ups were so HARD after all the pulling on the rower!


My arms/shoulders needed a break so I took a rest day. I had planned on going to an AM spin class but we had an “ice storm” and I wasn’t sure what the roads were going to be like. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I could have gone but better safe than sorry, right?!

Anyway, instead of an evening CrossFit class, I took half a day off work and went and help unload equipment at a new CrossFit box. Where I’m going to start going. 🙂


That counts as a workout, right? 🙂


6pm CrossFit


30 muscle ups.

Yeah, right.

I don’t even have 1 muscle up yet!

So, obviously, I scaled the workout.

I did option 3 because my hands were still pretty sore from Tuesday. Plus, ring rows help with the pulling aspect that helps in the muscle up transition from pulling to throwing yourself through the rings. I finished in 11:00.

The part I liked the best about this workout was we did muscle up practice and skill work before. So, I worked on my kip (swinging on the rings and trying to bring my hips up to touch the rings) and then I worked on the transition on a low set of rings. That’s seriously the hardest part!


Rest day!

I had the day off (YAY!) and had homework to do, housecleaning to get done, got my hair did, and went grocery shopping.



Back at the new box helping out. Pictures later! You can always follow me on Instagram if you want pictures faster than that! 🙂

Talk to me: How was your week of workouts? 🙂

– jennifer

Handstands are hard, fartleks are fun, and curry is YUM!

Hi there!

Could this week BE going any slower?

Seriously, it feels like it should be Thursday.

*sidebar* Remember this one? Haha!

Okay, sorry, got distracted.

I’m kind of in a mood today.

Not bad, not good just … a mood.

It’s cold, there’s a blend of snow/rain spitting out of the sky every so often and this week is dragging. Gah!

Anywho, I’m looking forward to CrossFit tonight.

We’re doing Helen!

I love benchmark WODs. It’ll be great for me to see where I’m at now so I know where I need improvement. Because, let me tell you, I need some improvement.

(For an explanation of the named WODs, check this out. Go to section 4.1 for the girls.)

Monday’s WOD was a toughie.


Especially since we started off with front squats and back squats for Strength work.


As I’ve mentioned before, this box is small and there are only 4 barbell racks. So, we were sharing. Which I really liked because I like having a “partner” there to boost my confidence.

Except for when my partner is a total badass chick and we have to take weight off just so I can do mine.

No, seriously. I didn’t mind. One day, I hope to push around that much weight!

Anyway, I managed 95# which I was TOTALLY stoked with!

Then, I knocked out the deadlifts at 115#. My PR was 125# before we moved and I wasn’t operating at my one rep max so I felt like 115# was pretty awesome.

And then, the WOD. Which involved handstand walks. Which I can’t do. At all.

I can’t even do a handstand.

handstand fail

So, to modify, I basically walked backwards up the wall and tried to hold a handstand for a minute. Yes, it sounds weird. And yes, it is very, very difficult.

4 rounds of that had my shoulders begging for mercy.

Add in kettlebell snatches – coach wisely dropped the overhead squat part since we were ALL wonky with that one – and I’m surprised I can lift my arms.

I ended up with 87 total kettlebell snatches (used 26# KB) and 27 toes to bar and 18 abmat situps (coach had us all drop to the floor for the 4th round).

And, I’m heading in to the box a little early tonight for some one-on-one coaching on that handstand.

It will not beat me. 🙂

Yesterday was a run day. It was actually pretty awesome. I did have 6x800s to do but my body is still adjusting to the extra bidness of CrossFit so I just went out for a run.


Okay, I kept a quick-ish pace (faster than marathon) for 3 miles and then did 1 1/2 miles of fartleks/strides. Finished up with a little over a mile back at the quick-ish pace.

It actually felt pretty good!

The best part?

Crockpot Brazilian Curry Chicken for dinner.



Talk to me: Is this week dragging for you? Are you looking forward to the weekend?

– jennifer