Fear of Burpees

Training Cycle: Week 3/6 (Work Week)
Dietary Cycle: Week 3/3 (Cutting)
Daily Calorie Target: 2800
(Zone “blocks:” approx 24, 2.5x fat)
Second WOD of this Week

Struggling to get out of bed today, I said to myself, concerning the WOD: “please, please, at least, let there be no burpees.” There were burpees. Why do I hate them so? I need to adjust my attitude.


Agility Ladders. Stretching. Calisthenics: Push-Ups (15), Sit-Ups (15), Overhead Squats (20), Pull-Ups (10, deadhang, in three sets: 2, 4, 4).

Strength: Push-Press

It’s time for a 3 rep max Push-Press. My current PR was set on June 6th, 2009 at 130 lbs.

It went well today.

Result: 5 x 45 / 3 x 95 / 3 x 105 / 3 x 115 / 3 x 125 / 3 x 135 (pr).

Form felt solid. It was nice to get a PR. To be perfectly clear: prior to pressing, we cleaned these weights from the ground. We did not use a rack.

WOD: “Jeremy”

Our WOD today is based on a CrossFit Kids WOD known simply as “Jeremy” or “Little Jeremy”, a memorial workout for a six year old kid named Jeremy Bloniasz. The original design was to use a broomstick or PVC for the overhead squats. I guess our version has been amped up for adults.

Overhead squats
For time.
Use 50-60% of your max OHS weight not to exceed 95/65lbs.

My max overhead squat weight remains stuck at 75 lbs, a PR set last month. The truth is I just haven’t done that much with this movement. I did the WOD using 60%, which is a 45 lb bar.

Result: 6:33.


To combat pain in my leg while running, I am doing short sessions on the treadmill after the WOD. They seem to help, by stimulating (or positively stressing) the old break site. In the past, I have found that increasing my running distance a bit really helps my leg feel better overall.

Yesterday: 5 minutes. Today: 7 minutes, 5.5 mph.


  1. Hey Matt,
    I don’t know if you recall the name, but we went to Columbia together back in the day. I was pals with Jehanne Henry and Liz Craft, and we had fun talking sub-genius blues.
    In any case, I’m teaching writing courses at University of Miami now, and raising two kids, and dedicated to all forms of husbandry.
    I just wanted to let you know that I find the blog weirdly interesting and inspiring.
    The discipline I guess, and the effort to link body/spirit/sacred/profane. All that good stuff.
    Best to you,

    • Wow Ben, sure I remember you. Very nice to hear from you. I thank you kindly. “Weirdly interesting” is a high compliment in my lexicon.

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