About 8 Months Without Wall Balls

I “slept in” this morning, so got more sleep than I have been. My ass is sore from the weighted plyo lunges. We went to the track an hour earlier than normal, at 9am, to beat some of the heat.

Warm-up

Did 400 meters with various things to loosen up like walking backwards, high knees, butt kicks, side shuffles, etc.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 500m Run
  • 25 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 100m Weighted Run (20#)
  • 50 Lateral Hops

I hadn’t done a wall ball since November! I did every set unbroken though, so it wasn’t an issue and felt really good. Got through five rounds, the run, wall balls, and 50 meters running with the medicine ball.

10 Sets

  • 100m Walk
  • 100m Sprint

Five laps around the track, walking the curves and sprinting the straights. That was a good session. You don’t need fancy equipment to get in a good workout.

Now I have a full day to work on some projects!

Pick Things Up

Walked 18 holes yesterday in the heat. Over the last three holes my left calf really started to bother me and I was limping on it the rest of the day. It feels better today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Weightlifting

  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 2 C&J (135-145-155-165-175#)
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 1 C&J (195-205-225-235-245#)

In May I did a 10:00 EMOM of 3×155 power cleans, back in December I did 3×225 power cleans in a workout, and in September I did a power clean and push jerk with 245. I hadn’t lifted heavy in a very long time, but I’ve been wanting to for months. Today was finally the day.

The lifts felt pretty good overall, doing power cleans and push jerks for ever rep. I stopped doing touch-n-go with the doubles because I could feel it coming down for the second rep. Then I could feel some of the heavier jerks a bit. Having the 55# plates on the bar was really fucking up my math. After reviewing video I screwed up the second single, which I’d planned to be 215. But I guess I course corrected for the next weight. Thrilled to hit those weights after not lifting heavy all of 2020 so far due to my back issues.

Strength / Conditioning

4 Cycles

  • 3 Sets (each, I Go You Go)
    • 16 Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Last time I used 35# for two cycles and 20# for two cycles. We think Brandi wore a vest for two rounds and then took it off. We finished in 12:56 that day. I was hoping I’d be able to survive with 30# the whole way today and barely did. B wore the 8# vest the entire time. Our splits were 1:45, 1:45, 1:47, and 1:51 for a time of 10:08. So a harder version and we crushed our time. Those are pretty consistent splits too! I had to rest a few seconds extra before picking up the dumbbells for that last set or I wasn’t going to make it unbroken.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Russian Twists
  • 1:00 Leg Raises
  • 30s/30s Side Plank
  • 1:00 Prayer Crunches
  • 1:00 Rest

I based this off an old warm-up I’d done at Survival Fitness in 2012. I wasn’t thinking when I put the hollow hold back to back with twists. Oww! I held that first hollow for the entire minute to see if I could and I paid for it the rest of the way.

Then it was cookie time with a shake for post workout recovery. Everything from Phat Ash Bakes is amazing!

Heat is Draining

Was up early with some work stuff on my mind, so I got out of bed and spent an hour writing it up at a little after 5am. I need to get my sleep back on track because it hasn’t been very good the last 2-3 weeks. I’m either waking up way too early, going to bed later than I had been, or both. This heat is tiring too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Bike Erg (5,092m)
  • Steamboats
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (95#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Deadlift (155/105#)
  • 10 Pull-up

In round two I started going 5-5 on the deadlifts just to be safe with my back. In round three of the handstand push-ups I switched to 5-5. Pull-ups were all unbroken. Finished 5+27.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press
  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ OH Hold
  • 10 DB Bench Press

These were tough. I used 40-40-45#.

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (40#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Standing OH DB Tricep Extensions (50#)

I was close to failure on these. Upper body was dead after all that.

Real Dumbbells

Feels like my body is recovering from the weekend. On Sunday I finished my new weight plate storage rack and did more reorganizing. I need to update the Garage Gym page on this site. Here’s a picture of the main area for now.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and it was pretty hot. Going to be 85-90+ for the next week with no signs of rain. Worked out a 4 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,098m)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • Moved shelving units to basement πŸ˜‚
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 160′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Landmine Lunges (45#)
  • 10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Lunges
  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges

I used 85-95-105-115#. Kind of awkward with the barbell to hold the position and when you switch to the other side. The curtsy lunges fired up the ass right away though. This came from Ryan Fischer.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 20 DB Hang Snatch (alt, 50/35#)
  • 30 K2E
  • 20 DB Hang Snatch
  • 3:00 Rest

I really wanted to do 5×6 for the knees to elbows, but I went for 12-10-8 and made it both rounds. In the first round I didn’t rotate my grips out of the way, which made the hang snatches tougher to deal with. My times were 2:53 and 2:42. I’m always happy to get faster in these! It’s so nice to have real dumbbells for this stuff.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Weighted Hanging Oblique Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 16 alt Weighted Hanging Single Leg Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 20 Weighted Hollow Flutter Kicks (5# ankles weights)

All wearing the five pound ankle weights. My grip was shot after the first set.

2:40

Everything hurts! I’m not even exaggerating. When I woke up in the middle of the night I even took an Aleve. Got started at 9:30 this morning.

Warm-up / Conditioning

30:00 BikeErg

I’m really enjoying this Sunday morning cardio, where I can just put on some tunes and zone out. Should probably run sometimes. I set the damper at four and was doing 77-81 RPM the entire way with an average pace of 1:58.9/1,000m. WentΒ 15,147 meters.

Test

MAX Ring Rows

I’ve never attempted something like this so I didn’t have any expectations. Though this movement is not a strength of mine. I ended up getting 25 reps.

Back

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows

Much easier than the last time we did these. πŸ’ͺ

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (105-110-115-120#)

More reps and higher weight than 10s last week.

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (underhand, cross body, handle, 20-20-25-25#)

Felt like I was using more bicep with the underhand variation this week.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 90#)

Really like the squeeze on these.

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline DB Rows (50#)
  • MAX Incline DB Rows (45-40-35-30#)

I did 10-8-8-10 for my max sets, compared to 12-12-12-14 two weeks ago. It’s infinitely harder when you can quickly sub in sets of DBs. I will have to start putting plates back behind my feet or use the wall, because I kept sliding down the bench.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Twisted OH Crunch (45# DBs)
  • 30 Weighted Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • 15s RKC Plank
  • 100m Front Rack Carry (135/95#)

I came up with a brilliant idea and instead of putting the ankle weights on and off, I wore them for the whole thing! Those carries got nasty!

About two hours and 40 minutes today!

A Decade of Use

My legs are tired and my hands ache. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (192 cals, 4.94 km)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8 Front Squats
  • 16 Kossack Squats

I used 45-95-115-115-115# for the front squats and unweighted Kossacks. Keeping it light to go easy on my back, especially after so much sandbag work yesterday.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Goblet Curtsy Lunges (35#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Step-ups (24”, 35#)
  • 8 HSPU

Took a couple rounds to get the hang of the reverse lunge step-up. Got it from Ibex and you lunge and step up with the same leg. The opposite knee drives up over the box and you hold the weight on the same side as that knee drive. Produces a lot of quad burn. I messed up and did 8/8 on the first round of reverse lunge step-ups. 😦

This was a good little workout, but could be bumped up to a 6-8 rounder with slightly heavier weight. I was able to turn up the pace in the second half of the workout and finished with 3+31 (was stepping up on that final rep of the movement.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s alt Weighted V-ups (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s OH Side Bends (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest

I got 12-14-14-16 on the V-ups and 18 each time on the bends. I was worried about the long hollow holds, but did them all unbroken.

After lunch I sold my adjustable dumbbells, since I no longer have a use for them. Got $350 and I had paid $300 new about a decade ago. The market for fitness equipment is wild right now!

How Many Did You Get?

Yesterday I walked 9 holes and mowed the lawn. I took a road trip today to get a complete set of dumbbells.

Now I need to come up with some type of rack solution for the garage and will probably reorganize a bunch of stuff.

We swapped workouts between today and Saturday due to rain coming tonight. Wouldn’t want to go to the park the morning with soggy ground.

Warm-up

Ran about 150m. Probably should have done more.

Gymnastics

E3M – 5 Sets

  • MAX Muscle-ups / Pull-ups

My largest set of muscle-ups ever was 10 last February, so I had something like 12 in my head. Especially since I was only able to get nine unbroken in January. My mind wandered around five reps in, so I wasn’t sure where I was. Reps were feeling effortless for much longer than expected so I kept riding the wave. When I got done with that first set, Brandi asked how many and I cautiously said 15 and that it may have only been something like 13. After reviewing the video it was 16!!!! I was not expecting that. I was feeling my hands close to ripping in the other sets so didn’t push them too hard when I maybe could have done another rep or two. Happy to get 8-8-6-6 in those other sets, which made it 44 total for the day.

I’m so pumped! I guess all of the back work and our programming is paying off on multiple fronts.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50y Sandbag Carry (100/65#)
  • 5 Sandbag Squats
  • 50y Sandbag Carry
  • 4x50y Side Shuffle
  • 50y Sandbag Carry
  • 5 Sandbag Squats
  • 50y Sandbag Carry
  • 4x50y Run

Multiple adjustments today. Just before starting we decided to decrease from ten to five squats. It was supposed to be shuffles for all six rounds, but during that first set of shuffles we made the call to alternate with running. I thought shuffling might be a break, but it definitely was not. I dropped the sandbag after squats until my final carry. After my first three lengths of carrying I realized bear hugging the bag would not hold up so I hoisted it on to a shoulder and alternated sides each time. Finished in 19:17.

We skipped out on the planned hill sprints because that was brutal and it was a long day. Headed back to the garage and reorganized due to the new purchases.

dumbbell-rack

I’m so excited to have a full set of dumbbells to replace my adjustable pair. I should do a gym tour video soon.

Wednesday Cable Work

I guess I can support the CrossFit brand again, since Greg Glassman is selling to a real CrossFitter and a guy who knows how to run a business. Worked out at the usual 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 BikeErg (4,078m)
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 10 H2H KBS (35#)

Conditioning

  • 30 T2B
  • 40 cal Row
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 30 T2B
  • 40 cal Ski
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)

When I came up with this one, I wrote “GRIPPY!!” in my notes.

I went 12-10-8 for the first toes to bars and then 6-6-6-4-3-3-1-1-1-1, so doing something like 5×6 both times probably would have been better. The row took me about two minutes and the ski around 2:45 I think. Swings were unbroken. Finished in 11:48.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Bench Press
  • 10 Bench Press
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press

Used 45-95-105-115#, which is the same as last time we did this.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Cable Pull Down & Across (handle, 20#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Cable Tricep Cross Body Extension (handle, 20#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Overhead Tricep Cable Extensions (rope, 35#)

Took some more videos so I can hopefully get out a blog post about the cable pulley system soon. It’s getting so much use!

Heavy Ankles

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. My lats starting getting sore and I realized we hadn’t done pull-ups since Memorial Day! Lats are triceps are sore today too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,076m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Lateral Hops
    • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • Calf Stretching
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg RDL with foot on wall (53# KB)
  • 10/10 Weighted Step Downs (15”, 40# DB)

Nice little combo.

Conditioning

  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 30 Double Unders
    • 10 Push Jerks (95/65#)
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

I had no idea how this would go when I created it and was worried about so much focus on the calves. That’s why I had a bunch of calf stuff in my warm-up. I started out a little conservative, getting 4+36 with one miss on the rope. Felt good, but I suspected the push jerks would start to add up in the second go. Went out faster though and tried to hold on, with 5+3 and two misses on the rope. My push jerks were definitely getting close to failure in rounds 4-5. Really happy with how that one turned out.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hanging Leg Raises (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Pike-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 15/15 Mountain Climbers (5# ankle weights, feet elevated)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

I wore my new five pound ankle weights through the entire thing. Just gross.

Same Leg, Different Assailant

Got out of bed at 5:30 this morning, but feeling good. I went out the garage early at 9:30.

Warm-up

  • 25:00 BikeErg (12,750m)
  • 20 PVC Passes

2020-06-21-bike-erg

The bike is really quite enjoyable for stuff like this. Nice to get some sun too. Was hoping to have time for a 30 minute ride, but I did not.

Test

MAX Butterfly Pull-ups
Had to beat 30 from May 24, 2016 and smoked it with 42. It wasn’t even really my pull-ups that gave out (all butterfly), it was the breathing! I think I could hold on and even switch to a regular kip if needed and get around 50.

Back Day!

4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups

Why are these so hard?

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (105-105-110-115#)

Switching things up and going heavy for a few weeks.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (cross body, handle, 15-20-20-20#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 90#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Incline Back Fly (45# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (40-35-30-25#)

I increased 5# more than I used couple of weeks ago. Last time, with the lighter weights each set, I hit 12-12-12-20 for my drop sets. Today I did 8-10-10-12, also with the shorter rests since we are helping each other adjust a dumbbell weight.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Twisted Weighted Crunches (w/ pause, 75# barbell)
  • 50 OH Hollow Flutter Kicks (75#)
  • 15s RKC Plank
  • 100m Farmer Carry (83# handles)

I finally used the handles I bought three months ago! I was thinking they were 75# carries, but had forgot about the weights of the handles, which are 8# each.

While getting out some jerk blocks as a resting place for the handles, I dropped one down the same leg I got bit by the bike with the other day. Hurt so bad and had a big goose egg right away.

drop-jerk-block-on-leg

Now heading to Leaman’s Apple Barn to get treats for one of their Cider Sundae Fundays!