Nearly a Perfect Tabata

Walked 18 holes yesterday when the course was extremely wet from five or more inches of rain in 3 days. My feet were soaked after a few holes and the sloppy conditions definitely made my legs tired the rest of the day. Walked 18 again today and the course had dried up a lot. I shot my best round of the year with a 77!

Out in the garage at 7pm for some quick work.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 6

3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push Up

4 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50# DB)
  • 1:00 Rest

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

My only miss was at 260 and I finished with 280. Short of my 286 PR that had two misses. I feel like I’ve slowed my cycle speed, which has given me better consistency lately in workouts.

Nasty E3M

Got rained out for golf again. Well not quite a rain out at the time, but the course was closed because we’ve had so much rain. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats

Strength

Warmed up shoulders some more with 6×95# and 4×115#.

5 Sets

  • 2 Shoulder Presses (135#)
  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20# DB in feet)

Was supposed to be at 85%, but no idea what my shoulder press is these days. Ended up being a good choice in order to keep form. Been awhile since I’ve done some strict pull-ups.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 12 Double Dumbbell Thrusters (40#)
  • 12 T2B

This as an EMOM type workout is evil because you really have to go unbroken on the thrusters, which I wouldn’t do if it were an AMRAP. First round was done in 2:12 and then 2:16 for the second. Third was around 2:30-2:40 I think and in the fourth I had to start doing singles on the T2B, so I ran over time and took off for the run without any rest. Needless to say it was a very slow run there and on the final one. Turned into survival mode at that point. I got through the thrusters unbroken again and had to do all single T2B. Was about a minute late heading out for the 6th round and only had time for 8 thrusters before the clock hit 18:00. I had no intention of finishing out that final round today! Another high volume toes-to-bar day with 60 reps since I didn’t do the last set of them. Hopefully my stamina for them starts improving.

If that’s an AMRAP from the start I definitely go 7-5 on the thrusters, which would keep my heart rate down and maybe even get me through all six rounds. That run right into the thrusters sucks and the reps just add up after all those rounds. I was struggling with the 40# in the last couple rounds and the Rx was 53# kettlebells.

Hopefully get to golf tomorrow!

Muscle It

Got rained out for golf yesterday so it turned in to a rest day. I thought about going for a walk but it was fucking hot and humid.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 5:00 Stretching
  • 10 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Clean (45#)

Weightlifting

Hang Power Cleans

  • 2x3x95#
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Maybe my legs are coming back? Look like that was a PR.

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (155#)
  • 40 Push Ups
  • 80 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 40 Push Ups
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (155#)
  • 400m Run

I had planned on scaling back to 135# but Tom was going for it, so I had to do it. Heavy cleans are my thing anyway and I’m glad I Rx’d it. Paced the first run, did all singles on the cleans. All push-ups were done in sets of 5. I started out with 3×10 wall balls and pinning the ball against the wall for a 3 breath count instead of dropping it so I could go right into my next set. Then after those first 30 I started doing sets of 5 with a drop. I’d take a step back, breathe, step in, and pick it right back up. I think it helped keep me going when my legs and arms were starting to feel some fatigue. Same 5s on the push-ups and single cleans. Tried to pick up the pace on the run but I just can’t seem to do it when I’m breathing heavy like that. I did get a side stitch on the 2nd lap though, so I must have had some push. Finished in 14:23.

Having muscle cleans in a metcon was very different. I’ve done them plenty of times for lifting work, but never fatigued like that. Had a mental challenge to it as well because you really had to make sure not to drop under the bar.

Strict Sixty

Sold my power rack yesterday and did a bunch of clean up in the garage. Was exhausted last night. In for open gym at noon today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (95#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (135#)

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 6 Strict HSPU

Did something like this almost 2 years ago when we were doing the Hybrid Open prep, but it was 185# back then. I’m not in that kind of shape, so scaled back the weight, but bumped up the handstand push-ups from the five I did. Had my belt out in case I needed it, but never put it on. Had to be a little more careful with the last 2-3 rounds when my back started to get tight. Was able to do everything unbroken though. Not sure I would have got through every round if I had tried seven HSPU. Sixty strict handstand push-ups is a lot!

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Didn’t even make it through two unbroken rounds today, but was almost 30 seconds faster than the last time doing this. 4:34 today. Tough with a tight back.

Kayak

We rented some kayaks for a couple hours over in Midland. Beautiful day for it!

Thought I Was Faster

Out in the garage around 12:30.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 5

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Yoga Push-up
    • 10 Cuban Press with PVC
  • 1:00 Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

Those Cuban presses really get the shoulder into a bunch of different positions.

6 Rounds

  • 20s Overhead Hold (155#)
  • 35s Rest

**In less than 5 minutes accumulate 2 minutes overhead with 100% of your 1 rep max strict press.

Going with 155# was plenty and I have no idea where my shoulder press is at this point anyway.

Conditioning

  • 3.6 Mile Run

I really thought I was running faster, so was disappointed when I pulled out my phone to stop RunKeeper and saw the average pace. Took me 37:32 for the run. Looking at the splits, my first mile was ok or up until about 0.65 miles when my current pace (not average) starting getting over a 10:00/mile. I need to fix my Garmin watch so I can watch my pace better and maybe set some alerts to keep me going. My breathing felt good on this run and I was able to get the 3-step thing going the entire time.

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All About the T2B

Little hung over most of the day and even took a nap. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 50′ Walking Lunge
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (32″)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm Dumbbell Clean and Push Press (30#)

Strength

Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 3x1x215

Wasn’t pushing it after the deadlifts yesterday. Live to lift another day. 🙂

Conditioning

EMOM: 3 Burpees (Yes, included the first minute!)

  • 150′ Walking Lunge
  • 100 Air Squats
  • 75 T2B
  • 50 Single Arm Dumbbell Push Press (50#)

The lunges were a breeze and I only had 2 or 3 left when the first minute ran out. Was doing 26 or 27 squats a minute I think. I knew the toes-to-bars would be the challenge in this one and was hoping triples would last awhile. I think at 30 reps I started doing doubles and was down to singles before I hit 40. Tried to drop, turn and get right back up on the bar to keep it going. When I got to the push presses, those went quick. Finished in 15:33.

Shoulder feels pretty good considering how many reps some of these workouts on the rig have had the last couple of weeks.

Surprising Deadlift

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 30s Partner Front Rack Stretch each arm

Was getting about 10 calories each time on the bike.

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×245
  • 3×275
  • 3×295
  • 3×325

Debated if I should deadlift and had been thinking about doing some suitcase deadlifts. My back has felt better yesterday and today so gave it a go. Felt really good actually. I put on the belt with 215+ I think and used a neutral grip for all sets. Stayed with the 5s and 3s instead of doing three heavy singles which was programmed.

Back in February I did some sets of 305 for doubles and remember it feeling heavy. Other than that, the previous time I lifted over 300 was in March of 2017 before I tweaked my back really bad.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean (50# DBs)
  • 20 Air Squats

The Rx on the bench was 185 and I wasn’t confident I’d be able to hold that very long. Scaling back to 165 was the right choice and just close enough to a struggle as the rounds progressed. When I did the first round in a minute I knew it was too fast and slowed my pace a bit. Got through 7 rounds and the bench press.

Odd Rest Periods

With the way my back was feeling this weekend and then an uncomfortable feeling with the final heavy thruster yesterday, when I saw back squat singles programmed today I was going to stay home and do something in the garage. Changed my mind because I could sub something in during class. Went to 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 1:00/1:00 Twisted Cross
  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Lat Stretch
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Air Squats

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 4

2 Rounds

  • 5/5/5 PVC Passes (standing, squat, prone on chest)
  • 30s Overhead Hold (35# KBs)
  • 60m Farmer Carry (35# KBs)

2 Sets (each arm)

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry
  • ~ 1:00 Rest

The idea being to set a MAX carry. I used the 28kg KB and then the 40kg, which was tough. Probably not the greatest to tax my grip right before a bunch of pull-ups.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 14 C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest

Oddly programmed workout with the way the rest was programmed and all the stuff that had to be done in class (we didn’t even have time for the handstand hold cash out). It said to pair up in a team of 3 to share a machine, so basically your rest would be less than twice as long as it would take to get through your work on the machine. We paired up with one other person for less than 1x rest. That Assault Bike is no fucking joke. My legs were burning up already in the first round. I averaged about 2:00 on the bike each round and if I had to estimate, got about 1:30 of rest once I finished my C2B. I think I did my C2B like so:

  • 4-4-1-1-1-1-1-1
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-3-3-2-2

The first round was a bit of an anomaly and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried for the rest of the workout as I finished those 6 singles. I may have actually done a double and then 4 singles, but can’t remember for sure. I think I forgot how to use my kip to drive up to the bar since it had been 4+ months since doing any C2B pull-ups. I felt much better on the bar from the second round forward. I stuck to a regular kip since I’m not ready to subject my shoulder to the butterfly yet. A 20 minute clock ran out just after I got off the bike for the last time, but I finished my last round, so total time was around 21 minutes.

Weird workout, but I was able to get in a solid 10 minutes of work on the Assault Bike (probably more time than I’ve been on it total in my life) and I did 70 chest-to-bar pull-ups.

Tight on Thrusters

Was gone all weekend golfing at Arcadia Bluffs. Amazing! My back has been tight ever since making a hard swing at a ball that was burried in some foot long rough. I felt it right away and was tight the rest of the trip. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 10 Rower Pulls Sub (1:30/500m Pace)
  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 15 Push Ups

Strength

Thrusters

  • 6×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

I started using my belt with 165 and up. Felt the last rep with 205 a little bit in the bottom of the 3rd squat, so stopped after that. My goal was to at least match the 3×205 push press I did last week, thinking my squat would be the current weak link. Mission accomplished. In December of 2016 I did 215# for a triple, which is the heaviest I have recorded, so 205 is good for my current strength.

Conditioning

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Dumbbell Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • 15 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 12 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 12 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 9 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 9 Hard Row Pulls

Normally a row would be to my advantage in a workout, but everyone is doing the same number of pulls here. Sprinting on them just killed me for the rest of the movements. I scaled back from 50# dumbbells to protect my back and make sure I could go unbroken. I didn’t quite get up to the 1:30 Rx pace, but figured I wouldn’t when I was barely able to pull it fresh in the warm-up. It took me 3-4 pulls to get up to speed each round before counting the reps. I pulled 1:35 the first round, 1:38 in the second, and 1:35 in the third. Was able to do the thrusters all unbroken, but the second and third runs were a slow jog, trying to catch some breath. Finished in 7:49.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 3

3 Sets

  • 100m Right Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 100m Left Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest

I used a 40# DB for the first two rounds and then a 50# to finish it off. Couldn’t have gone much heavier.

Shoulder Shit Show

Legs feel good after squatting yesterday. Went to the 4pm again, but did the Active Life stuff in my garage before heading to the gym.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 2

2 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing (35#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (35#)

Single Arm High Pull

  • 2×6/6 (25#)
  • 10/10 (30#)
  • 10/10 (35#)

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Shoulder Rolls
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Far from the 5×225 (plus cleaning it) I did in January 2017. Maybe could have done 5-10 pounds more today.

Conditioning

21-18-15-12-9

  • Push Press (95#)
  • T2B
  • Burpees

I went 12-9, 10-8, 8-7, 7-5, and 9 on the push presses, knowing that going unbroken from the start would be a bad idea. Of course that weight is going to feel light after the strength reps, but this workout is a lot of shoulders. For the toes to bars I did 6-5-5-5, 5-5-4-4, 5-5-5, and then singles for the 12 and 9. The good news is my shoulder felt pretty good. Actually surprised I was able to get through 11 good sets before dropping to singles, so taking 4 months off the movement didn’t set me back too much. Tried to keep a pretty good pace on the burpees. Finished in 16:18.

Heading out of town in the morning for a golf weekend!