We warmed up with a 800 m row and then lots of stretching because we were all pretty stiff from earlier in the week.

We spent some time working on handstands. There are two handstand moves in Crossfit – handstand push ups and walking on your hands. I can’t do either. I can’t even get into a handstand and I’ve pretty successfully avoided it so far. I’ve been thinking though that I should practice it at home. I haven’t been able to make myself do it though. But I decided to try today. I can’t kick up. I kick and get about halfway up and then flail around. I’m fine if someone grabs my legs and then puts them up against the wall. I can hold the handstand then so I guess that’s progress.

The workout was as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:

  • 4 wall balls – Squat with a 20 lb medicine ball and then stand up and throw it 9 feet up against the wall.
  • 5 stone to shoulder – Take a concrete stone and take it from the floor to your shoulder.  The recommended weight for women was 95 lbs.  I started with that but it got too heavy.  I moved down to 75 lbs for the rest of the workout.
  • 120 foot farmer’s carry – This means you carry something heavy in each hand and walk with it.  I used 45 lb kettle bells.  I spent most of my formative years doing this while carrying water buckets to horses so it was no problem.

I got all the wall through 4 rounds and did the wall balls and 3 stone to shoulders again.


I went swimming.  I couldn’t get warm in the water so I swam for about 20 minutes only.


We worked on deadlifts.

from The Art of Manliness


We did 5 sets of 5.  I did 125 lbs.

The workout was as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:

  • 9 box jumps
  • 20 lunge steps with a 25 lb plate held overhead
  • 11 pull ups or ring rows.  I did rows.

I did 4 rounds.