A Healthy Christmas

Each year part of me dreads the holiday’s. This has a lot to do with all the memories of years past when the holiday’s meant eating poorly, not training, and often times getting injured. For some reason the culture I’ve been surrounded by feels that in order to celebrate our families we need to sit around all day, eat lots of food, and watch television or movies constantly. Add in a few hours in the car in order to drive from family one family gathering to the next and I found myself feel physically ill. This always troubled me because emotionally I felt love and comfort in the ritual. I enjoyed all the down time with my family. Even if we didn’t have anything to say we were together. Even if there was nothing to do we could enjoy one another’s presence. But by the time I had reached the new year I felt just like most people feel, I needed to reset and start over. My body felt achy and sore without having done any training. My back would usually be angry with me and my body felt swollen from the bad food.

This year has been different. The family time has been great and there has been a good amount of it. There has been lots of food but less of the bad stuff and just more and more of the good stuff. I worked through the weekend and the early part of the week which was a blessing. It gave me routine and kept me from lounging too much of the day. And I trained hard every day. I had 3 workouts to do on Christmas day and I don’t think I would have wanted it any other way. I’m happy to report good spirits and health post Christmas. I’m grateful to my family and my girlfriend for understanding my choices around this time of year. Not many families would understand going to the gym 3 times on Christmas day to train. Mine does. Do your loved ones get you?

Monday Training Part 1 – 8:30am

35 min airdyne easy pace

Monday Training Part 2 – 12:00pm

A. Squat snatch from high blocks; 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1; rest 2 min
230, 235, 240, 245, 250, 255 (miss)
B. 3 position paused snatch high pulls 2, 2, 2; rest 2 min
185, 195, 195
C. GH raises weighted 3, 3, 3; rest 2 min
45, 40, 40

*Snatch from the blocks was feeling good. Just missed 255 and pretty sure if I tried again would have nailed it. Funny how pulling from the blocks feels. Hard to find the right position and tightness when I start the pull. Sometimes it feels money, other times it feels funky. Not the same feeling as pulling from the floor.


Monday Training Part 3 – 3pm

5 rounds for time:
5 power clean 225#
5 muscle ups

*Feel like I’m getting much better at pushing my pace when the breathing gets heavy and it feels like my chest is being compressed.


Tuesday (Merry Christmas) Training Part 1 – 8:30am

Row 30 sec @95%
Row 30 sec @50%
155m most intervals

*significantly harder this morning than last week. not hydrated properly. poor sleep. late christmas eve party with family last night.

Tuesday (Merry Christmas) Training Part 2 – 10:00am

A. Clean and jerk 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1; rest 2 min
245, 265, 275, 290, 305, 320 (would have been a PR and didn’t feel like it was, miss jerk, hand position when I reset got too narrow)
B. Push jerk 1, 1, 1; rest 2 min
275, 295, 305

Thruster 175#
Bar muscle up


*Felt strong on the cleans and jerks today. Thruster muscle up workout was similar to the Power clean muscle up workout from yesterday in that it really tested my ability to push my pace under fatigue. First time doing Bar Muscle Ups in a tester.

Tuesday (Merry Christmas) Training Part 3 – 3:30pm

10 rounds for time:
10 kbs 1.5 pood
10 calories airdyne
20 double unders
– 9:59

*Was averaging about a minute per round. Later rounds were closer to 1:02. Last round I picked up the pace considerably to try and get under 10mins. Felt really solid pushing the breathing pace on the entire workout. On the edge of discomfort the whole time. Quads would get filled up by the AD and recovered by the next ride.


Wednesday Training Part 1 – 7am

Swim 25m on the minute for 35 min @85-90%

*Felt great. All were around 18sec

Wednesday Training Part 2 – 10:30am

Emom for 20 min:
Odd- 4 power snatch 165
Even- 4 parallete hspu
Emom for 20 min:
Odd- 7 power clean 155
Even- 12 ring dips
Emom for 20 min:
Odd- 10 power snatch 75#
Even- 5 bar facing burpees

*Sweaty mess of thing this was. All moves felt strong and fast except for p-HSPU. Those were tougher than normal. I think the shoulders were fatigued from heavy thrusters yesterday.


Wednesday Training Part 3 – 2pm

60-90 min z1
Row/Airdyne/Skipping/Run/Swim/Flow or combo

90sec – AD
3 TGU/arm – 35#
90sec – Row
3 Wall Walks
90sec – Skipping
10 GHD Sit Ups
400m Run
– 6 rounds in 70 mins

*Just kept moving. Big Dawg Brandon Henry was in town visiting and kept me company while he was rowing 250m repeats. Good to have someone around to chat.