Touch the Sky

Hot one! Made it for the 4:30 and was the only person at class.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion

3 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Body Shoulder Flexion (2.5#)

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 250m Row
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 4 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 4 Shoulder Press (95#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)
  • 4 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 200m Run

Can’t remember the last time I did a rope climb and it’s been rare to even do shoulder presses in a metcon. Not bad, but hard to breathe on the runs with it being about 90° outside. Finished at exactly 19:00.

This is from the Ben Smith affiliate design program, which they’re following at the gym. Not sure if I mentioned a couple of old friends from a previous gym bought out Mid Michigan Muscle and it’s now Malott Athletics. It’s been a goal of theirs for years, so I’m excited to see someone taking over that should do well to grow the gym.

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Midline / Skill

4 Sets

  • 1:00 HS Hold
  • 2:00 Rest

All The Rowing

Went to the 4:30 class again. My back is a little tight after yesterday’s workout.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 PVC OHS
    • 30s HS Hold
    • 1:00 Row
  • 45# Snatch Warm-up

Weightlifting

  • 3x30kg Squat Snatch
  • 3×95# Squat Snatch
  • 3×115# Squat Snatch
  • 3×135# Squat Snatch
  • 2×135# Squat Snatch
  • 2x2x145# Power Snatch
  • 2x1x165# Power Snatch

My shoulder was very uncomfortable in the hole and I was not able to feel stable, so I actually missed the 3rd rep of the second set with 135#. Switched to powers after that and those were easy.

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 100 cal Row
  • 100 DB Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • 100 cal Row

Partnered up with Weston and Michelle joined us as well, going at the same time as Weston. We did 25 cals each time (20 for the women) and did 10 thrusters at a time. I felt good on the rower but those thrusters are terrible with dumbbells. The 50# DBs would have been miserable because we both wanted to drop the 40s in the last two sets. We finished at 14:54

 

Counting Cals

Golfed yesterday. Went to the 4:30 class today

Warm-up

  • 300m Run
  • Wrist Stretch
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 10 Push Press (45#)
  • 10 Split Jerk (45#)

Weightlifting

Push Press + Split Jerk

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 2×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×175
  • 1×195
  • 1×215
  • 1×225

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 20 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Ring Rows

I did the ring rows instead of 5 muscle-ups. Had to really push on the rower to get in the 20 cals. Laxed on the burpees after 3 rounds to try to recover a bit. Ring rows were no joke either. Good workout.

Too Heavy

At the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 pushups
    • 10/10 Single Arm DB Push Press (35#)
  • 3 Deadlifts + 2 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Push Jerk
    • 2×45#
    • 2×95
    • 125
    • 155

Conditioning

E30S – 10:00

  • 3 Deadlifts
  • 2 Hang Power Cleans
  • 1 Push Jerk

I originally wrote this with 185# as the weight, but switched to 175 today. Still too heavy. I was starting to struggle in the 6th or 7th round I think. Held on through the first 10 rounds, took one 30 second round off as I stripped down to 155, and then finished with 10 rounds at that weight. Definitely much harder than I expected. But good to push it with some weights again.

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30 DU

Missed a double under after 6 in the first round but then the rest were unbroken. Finished in 6:27.

Not Even Close

Golfed the last two days and realized one of the reasons I don’t get worked up about missing a workout two days in a row (or 3 of the last 4, like I just did) is that especially when I golf I’m walking over 6 miles on the course. Just as I believe in a healthy work/life balance, I think it’s important to find a balance with your exercise.

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm KBS
  • 10/10 Single Arm Shoulder Press

Strength – Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×145
  • 3x5x165

Conditioning

Nancy – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 15 OHS (95#)

Ran the straight out and back route today. After the first set I didn’t think I’d be able to get every set of OHS unbroken, but I did. Finished in 16:24, which is not even close to the 13:35 I somehow did two years ago.

On to the Next

I was too tired from the weekend to golf, so it was a complete rest day. I was right about losing weight from working on the truck in the garage all weekend in that heat. Was 205 in the morning yesterday.

Now that the back rehab is done, I figure I’ll try out some of the other Active Life programs, especially as my 2-day/week membership at the gym is through the end of this month and then there is an ownership change taking place. Looking forward to getting in the gym more often again. Went out in the garage around 4pm.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Warmup

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Lateral Box Step-ups (18″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion

4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 50m Overhead Carry (70# KB)
  • Rest 30-60s

Might as well try to correct this shoulder impingement, which has kept me off the rig.

Conditioning

  • 300m Run
  • 30 Back Squats (135#)
  • 300m Run

I guess counts with 3 are my thing lately. Slow but unbroken on the squats and felt pretty good on the run. Funny how dropping 10 pounds makes running easier. 🙂 Finished in 5:21.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Workout

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 10 Curl-ups (3s hold)

This first day of “Thick Pack” work was exactly the same as I’d done in some of the other programs. Got through 5 rounds.

Finished!

Worked on the truck all weekend with my Dad and then buttoned up a few things after my parents took off. Made it to the gym at 6pm with B.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout

  • 3 Sets (each arm)
    • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squat (5 count pause, 53#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • MAX Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Repeat with other arm

Those squats are terrible with the 5 count pauses. I got 180 meters with each arm on the carries.

Conditioning

  • 30 HSPU
  • 30 Bar-facing Burpees

I’ve loving these little quick hitters lately. Not a great workout for my wrist though. I did 13-10-7 and finished the handstand push-ups at 1:42. Kept up a good pace and technique on the burpees and finished at 3:47.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Overhead Barbell Hold (125#)
  • 50m Double KB Front Rack Carry (53#)

Yuck! Even worse on my wrist.

That’s a rap with the Active Life back work. Really enjoyed it and it seems to have paid off. I think I’m going to try out their Shoulder Max program here and there to help with my right shoulder impingement and maybe will look at their Thick Pack workouts for some ideas.

Did I mention it was scorching hot all weekend? Ninety degrees inside the garage doing all that work on the truck. I bet I’m dehydrated and probably lost some considerable weight sweating this weekend.

An Early One

Planned to workout really but not be in the garage by 8am! Dad was coming down to help on the truck and left much earlier than I expected.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 3 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 1:00 Plank

Took me 9:45.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 10 Front squat (45#)
  • 10 Front squat (75)
  • 10 Front squat (95)
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Front Squat (115#)
    • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

Glad I got that done in case I don’t workout tomorrow.

Two More

I’m all over the place with reordering these last few workouts of each program. Only two days left after this!

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Single Leg Deadlifts
  • 45s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

Went with 125-145-165#.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10/10 Single Arm Kneeling Press (25#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Halos (25#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (70#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Push Press (50#)

Got through 3 rounds plus the halos.