College Football is Back!

With the return of college football this past weekend, I’ll leave this here.

Clemson Paw

GO TIGERS!!!

Okay, now on to this week’s training. Only a five day week for me. I felt like taking the whole weekend off with it being a holiday weekend. It’ll do my body good.

Fitness

27 August 2018

Row Conditioning

3 x 1000m with 90 seconds rest

4:31 – 4:13 – 4:05

3 Rds

In a 3 minute window, 3 minutes rest between rounds:

12/9/6 Power Cleans 135/155/185

15/12/9 Box Jumps 24″

Max Calorie Bike in remaining time

Scores – 29/30/35 Calories

AMRAP 13

60 DB Snatch 50#

50 Wallballs 20# 10ft

40 Calorie Row

30 Burpee Box Jumps

10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Score – 167 reps (17 Burpee Box Jumps)

28 August 2018

Back Squat

5@135 – 5@135 – 5@225 – 5@275 – 3@295 – 3@325 – 3@355

Partner WOD (Split Work)

6 RFT:

25 foot DB walking lunge 50#

15 Hand Release Pushups

30 Double Unders

15 Toes to Bar

25 foot DB walking lunge

Time – 14:38

Partner WOD (3 people, each does the same work back to back to back)

30-24-18-12-6 Calorie Bike

10-8-6-4-2 Power Clean 155#

Time – 19:32

29 August 2018

EMOM 10

3 Squat Snatch 135#

AMRAP 20

250m run

20 Calorie Row

20 DB Snatch 50#

20 Wallballs 20# 10ft

Score – 3 Rounds

Strength Endurance

100 Strict Press 95#

30 August 2018

3 RFT (Rest equal to work per round):

12 KBS 70#

12 Ring Dips

12 Abmat Situps

12 Pullups

Time – 9:47 (1:50/1:57/2:13 per round)

Bike Conditioning

25-50-75-100 Calories for time – Rest 3 min between efforts

1:27 – 3:56 – 5:59 – 7:55

31 August 2018

Deadlift x 3

225-275-315-365-385-405-435

Bench Press x 3

135-185-205-225-245-265-275

For Time:

“Air Force”

20 Thrusters 95#

20 Sumo Deadlift High Pull 95#

20 Push Press 95#

20 Overhead Squats 95#

20 Front Squats 95#

EMOM 4 burpees

Time – 7:50

6 Rounds

30 Calorie Row

15 GHD Situps

Typhoon Week!

So here in South Korea this week we had the threat of severe weather from a typhoon making its way through the peninsula. There was a lot of worry and panic with people rushing to the stores to stock up on water and foods. I’m happy to say that in our immediate area things were nothing more than a bit of winds and some rain. No major damage occurred and from what I know no injuries were sustained. The only down side was that the gym was closed on Thursday due to preparations for the storm so I had a mandatory rest day. Oh well, it may have been good for me.

Fitness

Here’s how the week looked. Toward the end I was feeling tired and sluggish so some times and weights were slower and lighter than normal.

20 August 2018

Row Conditioning

750m x 6 with 1 minute rest between efforts

3:12 – 3:07 – 3:04 – 3:04 – 2:58 – 2:55

Every 1:15 for 10 Sets

1 Hang Power Clean – 1 Hang Squat Clean – 1 Push Jerk

135-135-155-155-185-185-205-205-225-245

4RFT

24 Calorie Bike

18 KBS 53#

12 Box Jumps 30″

Time – 13:49

Partner Workout

5 Rounds each, alternate rounds, if you drop the bar, 10 bar facing burpees

5 Front Squats 95#

10 Shoulder to Overhead 95#

10 Alternating Overhead Lunges 95#

Time – 10:06

21 August 2018 

Deadlift x 5

225-275-315-365-405-435

Every 3:00 for 5 rounds

15 Calorie Row

10 Thrusters 95#

8 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

21-15-9

Hand Release Pushups

Wall Balls 30# 10ft

Abmat Situp

Time – 5:54

22 August 2018 

EMOM 20

  1. 10 Bar Dips
  2. 2 Rope Climbs 15ft
  3. 40 Double Unders
  4. 10 GHD sit-ups
  5. Rest

Bike Conditioning

With a partner bike 15,000 meters, switching every 750 meters.

Time – 21:29

24 August 2018

Front Squat

135×5 – 185×5 – 225×5 – 255×5 – 275×5

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Power Clean 115#

Bar Facing Burpees

Time – 10:18

Row Conditioning

2,000 meter row

Time – 8:25

25 August 2018

Push Press x 5

75-95-115-135-155-175

Partner Workout – Alternating rounds, untimed. 

20 Calorie Bike

40 Yard Sled Push (352# for 4 rounds, 488# on 5th round)

then 2 heavy 20 yard sled pushes

1) 622#

2) 737#

Core Work

10 GHD Sit-ups prior to each set of

2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2 Dual KB Deadlifts at 88#

Podcasts

Freedom

Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve found myself regularly listening to a few different ones over the last six months. There are so many different ones covering a host of different topics. I’d be willing to be there is a podcast out there for any topic you want to know about. Personally I listen to four Fitness and one Leadership podcasts regularly.

For the Fitness podcasts, I regularly listen to the Shrugged Collective (formerly Barbell Shrugged), Froning and Friends, Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron, and The Business of Fitness with Jason Kalipa. These offer a range of topics from general conversation and interviews with fitness personalities to knowledge about the latest and greatest research affecting the health and fitness field. I’ve learned quite a lot listening to these shows. Everything from effective ways to start and run a new fitness oriented business to how excellent coaches lead their athletes towards growth in their respective sports.

Regarding Leadership, The Jocko Podcast with Jocko Willink is the one I turn to. He is great at taking military leadership from both past and present and applying it to today’s business world. He often reads excerpts from books written by military leaders who recall great examples of supreme leadership. I often find myself wishing that the leaders of today’s military forces would listen to and apply the tactics he discusses so well on his show.

These shows have kept me great company during my time here in Korea. Make no mistake though, I’ll keep listening to them even after I return home. The information included is too good not to keep absorbing it. I’d love to know if you listen to podcasts and if so, which ones and why. Let me know!

Fitness 

Here’s the training I’ve done this week. High volume stuff.

13 August 2018

3RFT with 3 minutes rest between rounds:

25 Calorie Row

21 Burpees

15 Calorie Bike

12 Power Clean and Jerks 95#

Time – 22:50 (6 minutes rest included in that)

14 August 2018

Back Squat 4 sets of 5 reps (Reload Week)

135-185-225-275

Pull-up Skill Work

3 sets of 4 butterfly pull-ups

3 sets of 3 Chest to Bar pull-ups

AMRAP 5

10 Pushups

10 Goblet Squats 53#

Score – 6 +10

-rest 3 minutes-

AMRAP 5

10 Burpees

10 One Arm KB Thrusters 53#

Score – 3 Rounds

15 August 2018

Row Conditioning 

10x 500m with 1 minute rest between

2:11-2:04-2:01-2:00-1:58-1:56-1:56-1:55-1:55-1:53

Deadlift 3 sets of 5 (Deload Week)

135-225-275

Every 4:00 for 5 Rounds:

1k Bike

12 Deadlifts 155#

9 Hang Power Cleans 155#

6 Push Jerks 155#

16 August 2018

AMRAP 13

55 Calorie Row

55 Russian KBS

55 Burpees

55 Abmat Sit-ups

Score – 1 +27 Reps

4RFT (with a partner – you go, I go):

15/10 Calorie Bike

10 DB Push-ups

10 DB Bent Over Rows 55#

Time – 12:52

17 August 2018

Push Press x 3

75-95-125-135-155-175-185-205-215-225

EMOM 20

  1. 40 Double Unders
  2. 8 DB Thrusters 50#
  3. 10 Pull-ups
  4. 12 Box Jumps 24″
  5. Rest

Max Height Box Jump

30″ – 36″ – 42″

Bike Conditioning

5k for time – 7:33

4 Person Team

200 Burpees for Time – 7:01

18 August 2018

Squat Clean

95×3-135×3-185×3-215-225-245-265-275

For Time

50-40-30-20-10

Bike Calories

Wall Balls 20lb 10 ft

Row Calories

Time – 32:00

Core Work

5 sets of 10 GHD Sit-ups

Team of 3

90 Power Snatches 135#

Time – 5:00

Sharing a Better Man’s Words.

“In a country that most would struggle to find on a map, in a compound that few possess the courage to enter, men from my previous life took the fight to our enemy.

In that compound, they found men that pray five times a day for your destruction. Those men don’t know me, they don’t know you, and they don’t know America. They don’t understand our compassion, our freedoms, and our tolerance. I know it may seem as if those things are currently missing, but they remain, and I know they will return. Our capacity for them is boundless, and is only dwarfed by their hatred for you. They don’t care about your religious beliefs; they don’t care about your political opinions. They don’t care if you sit on the left or the right, liberal or conservative, pacifist or a warrior. They don’t care how much you believe in diversity, equality, or freedom of speech.

I’m sorry that you have never smelled the breath of a man who wants to kill you. I am sorry that you have never felt the alarm bells ringing in your body, the combination of fear and adrenaline, as you move towards the fight, instead of running from it. I am sorry you have never heard someone cry out for help, or cried out for help yourself, relying on the courage of others to bring you home. I am sorry you have never tasted the salt from your own tears, as you stand at flag draped coffins, burying men you were humbled to call your friends. I don’t wish those experiences on you, but I wish you had them. It would change the way you act, it would change the way you value, it would change the way you appreciate. You become quick to open your eyes, and slow to open your mouth.

Most will never understand the sacrifice required to keep men from that compound away from our doorstep, but it would not hurt you to try. It would not hurt you to take a moment to respect the sacrifices that others make on your behalf, whether they share your opinions or not. It would not hurt you to take a moment to think of the relentless drain on family, friends, and loved ones that are left behind. Ideas are not protected by words. Paper may outline the foundation and principles of this nation, but it is blood that protects it.

In that compound, a man you have never met gave everything he had, so that YOU, have the freedom to think, speak, and act however you choose. He went there for all of us, whether you loved him, or hated what he stood for. He went there to preserve the opportunity and privilege to believe, to be, and to become what we want. This country, every single person living inside of its borders and under the banner of its flag, owe that man. We owe that man everything. We owe him the respect that his sacrifice deserves.

Saying thank you is not enough.

We send our best, and lose them, in the fight against the worst this world has to offer. If you want to respect and honor their sacrifice, it needs to be more than words. You have to live it.

Take a minute and look around. Soak it in, all of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You have the choice, every day, as to which category you want to be in, and which direction you want to move. You have that choice, because the best among us, the best we have ever had to offer, fought, bled, and died for it.

Don’t ever forget it.” – A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid by Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf

One thing that being away from home has allowed me is a chance to do a lot of thinking, deep thinking. Today I stumbled upon these words again. This is not my first exposure to Mr. Stumpf’s words as I have followed his blog for a while. However, recently events that effect me personally have led me to questioning leadership surrounding me.

These words have allowed my tensions to ease a bit over my leadership dilemma. Re-reading these words have reminded me that I, and my family, are doing something so few do. We are sacrificing on behalf of others who have no idea what goes on in the military. We are sacrificing on behalf of so many who take for granted the freedoms and privileges they enjoy. We are sacrificing on behalf of a bunch of “adults” who act like children fighting over every single aspect of our society.

Mr. Stumpf hits my feelings on the head when he writes “It would change the way you act, it would change the way you value, it would change the way you appreciate. You become quick to open your eyes, and slow to open your mouth.” Unfortunately, in today’s world we have far too many people who need these changes.

My Music Genre of Choice

Freedom

As I sit here tonight writing this I’m listening to some of the newer country music albums I’ve purchased lately. Currently I’m playing Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore album. Throughout my life country music has always been my favorite, and to be honest, many people who I’ve encountered in my life often questioned why I like music that’s all about “losing the girl, the dog dying and trucks breaking down.” Those people always give me a chuckle because I know right then they’ve never actually listened to country music. I mean really listened to it.

You see, I look at country music as a genre capable of telling stories, generating emotions, and throwing a party. It’s an all inclusive genre nowadays. Artists create songs with amped up energy as well as songs meant to slow you down. Many artists create stories in their songs. There really is no limit to how a country artist can use his or her music. Yet a lot of people write it off as nothing but sad, sappy stuff. I honestly feel sorry for those people.

Another reason I enjoy country music is because I never feel like its hateful or degrading. In today’s world, there is so much negativity and violence in entertainment and media. I never have encountered a country music song that has an angry tone or encourages violence. To me it’s a genre focused solely on producing quality music. In today’s rap music for example, all too often artists don’t even use words that are found in a dictionary. Then some pop songs get away with using as little as 15 words on repeat and it becomes a hit. I just don’t get it. To me there was no thought or actual work put into such songs. With country music you will find songs with lots of different, real words found in a dictionary. It just seems to be a better representation of what music was meant to be. Country music also doesn’t use derogatory language like some other genres do. Personally, I think some of the “music” played today plays a role in how people treat each other. I believe violent, disrespectful music can lead to that type of behavior in people. In today’s societies, we just do not need that. So I stay with my country music that focuses on producing unifying and loving music.

Lastly, everyone has their own musical tastes, and you are entitled to it. I won’t argue that. But I enjoy country the most, and if you’re a good human being, I’ll never judge you based on your musical choice. So enjoy what you enjoy and I’ll do the same and we’ll all go on living happy lives.

Fitness

Now, onto the training from the week.

6 August 2018

Back Squat

135×5 – 225×5 – 275×5 – 295×3 – 315×3 – 365×1

AMRAP 8

6 Deadlifts 275#

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Score – 6+2 reps

6 Sets Untimed

15 DB Strict Press 35#

30 Calorie Bike

7 August 2018

Core Work

4×15 GHD Situps

Conditioning

3×4:00 rounds – rest 4:00 between efforts

400m Run

12/9/6 Calorie Bike

Max Effort Hand Release Pushups in remaining time

Scores – 33/30/33 HR Pushups

Row Conditioning

5 x 500m – rest 1 minute

2:09 – 2:05 – 2:05 – 2:02 – 2:02

8 August 2018

Row Conditioning

10-20-30-40-50 Calories – rest 90 seconds

:36 – 1:07 – 1:40 – 2:23 – 2:54

Olympic Lifting

Every 1:30 for 12:00 – Squat Clean/Front Squat/Split Jerk

135-165-185-185-205-205-225-245

EMOM 15

15 KBS 53#

10 T2B

5 HSPU (Scaled to 4-3-3-3-4)

Skillwork

150 Double Unders

Time – 3:53

Bike Conditioning

5k for time

Time – 8:41

10 August 2018

Overhead Squat

95×5 – 115×5 – 135×5 – 165×3 – 185×3 – 205×3 – 225×1 – 245×1 – 270×1(PR) – 275×1(PR)

3RFT

60 Double Unders

20 Air Squats

10 Sumo-deadlift High Pull 95#

Time – 6:40

Cardio/Core Conditioning

10-20-30-40-50 Calorie Row

30-25-20-15-10 GHD Situps

11 August 2018

Bench Press

95×10 – 135×10 – 185×5 – 205×5 – 225×5 – 245×5 – 265×3 – 275×1 – 295×1 – 315×1

Deadlift/DB Bicep Curl Supersets

135×10/35×10 – 185×10/35×10 – 225×10/35×10 – 275×5/35×5 – 315×5/35×5 – 365×5/35×5

For Time

21 Calorie Bike

21 Bar Facing Burpees

21 Power Cleans 165#

21 Bar Facing Burpees

21 Calorie Bike

Time – 10:10

3RFT

20 Calorie Row

20 Shoulder to Overhead 115#

Time – 7:14

EMOM 10

3 Strict Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Thoughts On Programming Workouts and Fitness Certifications

Fitness

Since coming to South Korea on this rotation, I’ve done a lot of thinking about whether or not I should pursue obtaining my CrossFit Level 1 certification again. I let if expire back in 2015 when we moved to Georgia. I knew I was heading out on a rotation to Europe shortly after moving, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to coach again, so I let is lapse rather than spend the money on the certification weekend. Over the last year or so, both in Georgia and here in Korea I’ve experienced and been made aware of situations that leave me wanting to go get my certification again, along with a couple others as well.

My faith in good, efficient, and effective workout programming has been challenged over the last year. In my opinion, it’s not good when a movement shows up in high volume in 4 workouts in a 6 workout span. It also tends to get pretty boring when you see the same variation of a movement on a weekly basis. With all the variety of movements available to be used in a typical CrossFit workout, a programmer should not be relying on one or two as consistent “safety nets.” That’s not good for your athletes and shows a lack of creativity in thought and application of the lessons taught in the CrossFit Level 1. Some other things I’ve experienced would be days when the workout is just one movement with a set number of reps to be done as fast as possible. As an example, let’s say the workout calls for 25 handstand push-ups for time. If you ask me, that’s a waste of your athlete’s time. My reasons for thinking so are this: 1) If your athlete is proficient at the handstand push-up, then this workout is so short it’s not worth showing up to an hour long class to do it. 2) If you have athletes who are not yet proficient at the movement, then they get discouraged because they cannot complete the workout. This happens probably more than most coaches want to acknowledge. Athletes see such a workout and think to themselves “I know I physically cannot complete this workout as written. And only one movement? I’ll get so little work out of this, why bother wasting my hour?” The other thing I’ve see happen with a single movement workout, excessively long and complicated warmups. One workout I experienced was something like 5 sets of 2 heavy squat cleans. That was it. Simply some strength work for Olympic weightlifting. I can handle that, and I enjoy lifting weights. However, the warmup that day involved three times as many cleans at increasing weights before getting to the first “working set.” By the time we got to the first “set” our legs had already been so taxed not much weight was added to our bars. In my opinion, warmups need to be mostly general in nature. Get the body and its systems warm and moving through general joint range of motion. Dynamic efforts and light plyometrics are great for general body warmup. After this, hit some of the movements for the day at little to no weight or move through the range of motion on any gymnastics movements to prime the system for a serious effort. Warmups should be kept simple and to the point.

Being such, without my certifications being valid I can only do programming for myself and any friends who may be willing to participate as well. I want to re-certify so I can officially write workout programs and have the credentials to back up my knowledge and experience. I also have been considering getting back into coaching and training, having my certifications is a must for that. Especially with CrossFit, my main chosen method for training. They are very good at stopping people from using the CrossFit name in their programs when a valid Level 1 certification is not possessed. I do not blame them one bit either. They have a lot invested in their brand, and if someone markets themselves as a CrossFit trainer or facility without valid training in their eyes, then CrossFit as a brand has a liability and reputation issue. Being as I enjoy CrossFit and am grateful to have found it, I want to be certified before trying to provide programming or coaching in their methods to anyone. A couple other certifications I’m looking to obtain are a personal training certification, probably from a company like ISSA or the NSCA. I’m leaning towards the NSCA because they offer a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator course. Being in the military, I think this would be a great certification to obtain and bring that knowledge to my units. Eventually I’d probably add on a general strength and conditioning certification and nutritional certifications as well. I really want to start building my knowledge portfolio going forward.

Here’s the training from the week:

30 July 2018

Snatch 

Every 1:20 for 12 minutes, snatch on this rotation –

3 snatches at 110#

2 snatches at 130#

1 snatch at 150#

3RFT 

10 Overhead Squats 135#

50 Double Unders

Time – 5:29

Cash-out

60 Toes to Bar in as few sets as possible

31 July 2018

Strict Press

5-5-5-3-3-3

95-135-155-165-175-185(2)

For Time –

20 Calorie Bike

30 Wallballs 20lb 10ft

10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

10 Feet elevated box dips

15 Calorie Bike

24 Wallballs

8 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

8 Feet elevated box dips

10 Calorie Bike

18 Wallballs

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

6 Feet elevated box dips

Time – 11:38

1 August 2018

Three 5 minute AMRAPs with 5 minute rest between each. 

100 DU buy in each time, then AMRAP

Round 1

8 Power Cleans 115#

4 Burpee Box Jump Overs 24″

Round 2

6 Power Cleans 135#

4 Burpee Box Jump Overs 24″

Round 3

4 Power Cleans 155#

4 Burpee Box Jump Overs 24″

Scores – 3+9 reps / 3+6 reps/ 3+3 reps

Accumulate 3 minutes dead hang from a pull-up bar

2 August 2018

Skill Work

GDH Sit-ups 4×10 reps

AMRAP 18- 

14 Calorie Row

12 Pull-ups

10 Power Snatch 95#

Score – 6+1 rep

Bike Conditioning

5,000 meters

Time – 9:06

3 August 2018

Sumo Deadlift x 5 Reps

135-185-225-275-315-365-400

*Videos on my IG, follow me there at @hulk_v2.0

For Time – 

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 reps of

Front Squat 95#

Bar Facing Burpees

Time – 9:37

EMOM 10

10 KB Press 53# (5 Right/ 5 Left)

Bike Conditioning

10,000 meters at conversational pace

Time – 19:26

Just the Training.

Not a lot happened this week in Korea, so all I have to share is my training for the week. Maybe over the coming week I’ll think of something to write about for you.

Fitness

23 July 2018

Snatch 

Find a heavy single

75-75-95-95-115-115-135-155-165-175-185

5RFT

5 Deadlifts 275#

10 Burpees

Time – 4:25

24 July 2018

Double Under EMOM 10

First 5 minutes – 40 DUs

Second 5 minutes – 50 DUs

Partner AMRAP 20

25 Calorie Bike

50 KBS 53#

25 Calorie Row

Score – 4 Rounds +95 reps

25 July 2018

Clean and Jerk

Find a heavy single

95-95-135-155-185-205-225-245-265-275

For Time

15-10-5

Power Cleans 135#

Ring Dips

Time – 3:38

Not for time

20-15-10-5 GHD situps

20 HR pushups after each set

26 July 2018

EMOM 10

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

For Time

7-5-3 HSPU

21-15-9 Box Jumps 24″

Time – 7:58

Bike Conditioning

5 Miles – 14:55

27 July 2018

8RFT

13 Deadlifts 185#

17 Wallballs 20lb 10ft

Row 500m

Time – 38:49

For Time

2k Bike

3 RDS

15 Power Snatch 95#

45 DUs

1500m Bike

2 RDS

15 Power Snatch 95#

45 DUS

1k Bike

1 RD

15 Power Snatch

45 DUs

Time – 27:28

28 July 2018

Back Squats

Reps of 10-10-10-5-5-5-5

135-185-225-275-315-365-385

Partner WOD – Split evenly

40 Calorie Bike w/ 225# deadlift hold each time

40 Push Press 95#

40 Front Squats

40 Weighted Sit-ups 20#

30 Calorie Bike

30 Push Press

30 Front Squats

30 Weighted Sit-ups

20 Calorie Bike

20 Push Press

20 Front Squats

20 Weighted Sit-ups

10 Calorie Bike

10 Push Press

10 Front Squats

10 Weighted Sit-ups

Time – 20:57