Return of the Squat

Walked 18 holes again yesterday. My inner thighs are a little sore from the sumo deadlift high pulls I guess. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 1

2 Sets

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push-up

Was supposed to be 3. Whoops.

Single Arm Shoulder Press

  • 2 Sets 6/6 x 30# DB
  • 10/10 x 40# DB
  • 10/10 x 44# KB

Maybe should have tried for the 50# DB, but class was about to start.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Good Mornings (PVC)
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 5/5 World’s Greatest Stretch

Strength

Tempo Front Squats (5 second descent)

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×165

I had always been missing squat days since the gym switched ownership. Hell of a day to get back to it after not squatting in almost a year and a half. My core and obviously my legs are not used to the loading and so much time under tension. Gotta start somewhere though.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (245#)
  • 50 Double Unders

Warmed up with 5×135, 5×185, and 5×225. I was thinking 245 when I saw this workout with the Rx being 275# and that last warm-up set reinforced my decision. Wasn’t going to push it with a golf trip this weekend. It’s been over a year now since the last big back tweak, so will keep progressing slowly. The weight felt good during the workout. I did 2×5 every round with a short drop to relieve tension and switch my grip. Missed two dubs in the first round and then got the other two unbroken. Finished in 3:28 for a nice burner.

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Bar Taps
  • Dead Hang Stretch

Seemed to be able to get a little deeper into extension in the kip swings.

Leet

Walked 18 yesterday and it was another hot day. This morning I was just under 198# on the scale for a new low. Felt tired through the day and actually laid down for about 20 minutes in the afternoon. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 12

**Accumulate 2:00 OH Hold with 80-100% of shoulder press

4 Rounds

  • 30s Overhead Hold (135#)
  • 1:00 Rest

That is it for the corrective action programs. I’ll start working in some of the Bulletproof Shoulders program now.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)
    • 20 Single Unders
    • 20 Double Unders

Weightlifting

Power Clean – TnG Triples

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 2×230

I’m still bruised up from The Chief last week. Caught the second with 230 with really wide feet, so then I “Clarked” the third one.

Conditioning

  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 50 HSPU
  • 50 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (95#)
  • 150 DU

Kept a 1,200 cal/hr pace on the rower and was done just under 2:30. Kicked up and did 10 sets of 5 handstand push-ups. I think I was done by 7:00. Earlier this year I did a WOD of 50s and HSPU were the first movement. I went 10-10-10-7-7-6 to get through them in 3:40, so I knew starting with a row that I should be a lot more conservative and it worked well.

Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a SDLHP and I’ll be the first to tell you I think it’s a stupid movement. Was really struggling with them and did 10×5 there as well. Was on to the rope around 11:00 I think. Tried to do sets of 15 to 35, which worked pretty well. After getting through the first 50 reps I think my heart rate slowed and then did much better through the rest. Finished in 13:37. Anyone who deals with computers should get a kick out of the Leet-ness of that number.

Mobility

Tricep smash with barbell for about six minutes.

Hitting the golf course again tomorrow and it looks like it’s going to be even hotter.

Kettlebell Thrusters

Body feels good. Went to open gym at noon.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 10

2 Sets

  • 100/100m Single Arm OH Carry (35# KB)

Conditioning

  • 1-2-3…10 Kettlebell Thrusters (35# KBs)
  • 5-10-15…50 Double Unders

Programmed it with dumbbells but figured I’d try something different with the kettlebells. Unbroken on all of the thrusters. Missed a double under in the round of 15 and another in the set of 40 otherwise all unbroken. Took me 7:59.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 10 Bird Dogs (3s pause)
  • 5 Box Jumps

Warmed up a little with 5×45 and 5×95 Pendlay rows and 5 box jumps at 24 and 30 inches. Wanted the box jumps to be high. I used 36″ for two sets, then 38.25 and 40.5. Little intimidating looking at the stack after not having jumped anything big in a long time, but no issues when I went for them.

Breathing Practice

Slight headache last night again after pushing hard in the day’s workout. This has happened several times lately. Maybe I’m not hydrating enough.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 11

**Accumulate 3:00 Pronated Bar Hang

6 Rounds

  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 30s Rest

Doing some overhead carries tomorrow, so I decided to jump ahead and add this one in today. I was out in the garage around 11:30 and then hit the road.

Run

Went 3.85 miles in 41:00, with a short rest in the middle when I ran into some friends. Good day to practice my breathing, which I seemed to fall into naturally as soon as I took off. Felt like I had a better pace, but that’s fine on a recovery day.

Hang Needs Work

Legs seem a little tired today. My upper body is almost over the DOMs. Went to the 4pm class again.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 9

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Knee Supported Shoulder External Rotation (5# plate)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Airdyne
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 10 Inchworms

Weightlifting

Hang Power Clean

  • 2x5x45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 1×185
  • 1×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×225
  • 1×235

I chickened out on my first try with 235 and then got it after resting a few minutes. Much lighter than I can do from the floor, so I guess I need some work on my hang lifts.

Conditioning

The Chief – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

I’d only done this Rx once before¬†over three years ago, going 5+1, 2x 4+16, and 2x 4+9.

Today I did 5+3 for the first four cycles and 5+2 for the last. I had a really good push from Tom in class today or I would have let myself get slower. After the 2nd or 3rd cycle I realized I could keep track of my rounds and didn’t need to move power chips, so those first cycles could have been better. According to how BTWB adds it up, today was 26.556 rounds and my last attempt was 24.296 rounds, so this was a pretty big PR for me.

Ranks an 89 on BTWB and I’m thrilled anytime I’m around 90, especially with this one dominated by bodyweight movements. I think my new bodyweight of 200 pounds suits me much better than the 210-215 I’d been carrying around the last few years. Will I be able to stick to this weight as I get some of my strength back though?

Pace By Feel

After the workout Tuesday, I started feeling sore in my lats and even more in my chest, so I’m thinking it has to be the pull-ups. Still pretty sore today. My shoulders were not ready for over 120 reps on the rig in two days I guess! Walked 18 holes yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 7

Accumulate 2:00 Single Arm Overhead Hold (per side)

4 Rounds

  • 30s Right Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)
  • 30s Left Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 20 Calorie Row
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)

Strength

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Bench Press (145#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Ring Rows

Conditioning

“Christine” – 3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 12 Deadlifts (bodyweight – 200#)
  • 21 Box Jumps (20″)

Warmed up deadlifts with 10×45, 5×135, and 5×185. I had a feeling this workout would suit me well especially with the shorter box. Didn’t want to go out too hot though, so I did an easy 1:50 for my first row. I did the deadlifts in 2×6 each round with a short break so I could swap my hands and take the load off my back a little bit before the box jumps. All were jump up and step down. The monitor on my rower shut off right before round 1 started so I got a delay there and then it wouldn’t turn back on for the other rounds. So I rowed my pace for 2:00 on the clock, which was quite generous of me because I can row two minute 500s for a long time. Kind of sucks because I would have liked to push more in the 2nd and/or 3rd round. Oh well. Finished in 11:32

Only One

My quads are a bit more sore today and my outer chest is pretty sore. Maybe from pushing away on the pull-ups? Or maybe from the push-ups on Sunday? Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 8

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm High Pull (26# KB)

Skipped ahead because I wasn’t doing extra overhead holding before class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20 Jump Rope
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Box Jumps (24″)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50′ Double Overhead Walk (50# DBs)
    • 5 T2B
    • 5 V-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50 DU
    • 5 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Decided to scale back from 10 toes-to-bar, especially after all of the pull-ups yesterday and my back was feeling tight when I practiced a few. Awful lot of bar work these two days for my first time back on it in over 4 months. It was a nice change of pace sub in the v-ups and it allowed me to do every set of 5 T2B unbroken. Got through 9 rounds plus the entire walk.

I missed after five reps in my third round of double unders and somehow did every other round unbroken. Only one miss! My shoulders didn’t even start feeling the fatigue I often get after a lot of double unders. Weird, but I love it. Kept moving on the burpee box jumps, trying not to fall behind Tom too much and then was able to pass him when he started missing on the rope. I felt good in this one considering the shoulder fatigue from the first AMRAP. Was able to do 7+53. I might have been able to push it more on the burpees, but that may have caused a bunch of misses, so hard to say.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (44#)
  • 45s Handstand Hold

Looking forward to golfing tomorrow because I need a rest day.

72 Pull-ups

Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 5 & 6

4 Sets

  • 10 Knee Supported Shoulder External Rotation (5#, alternate sides each set)
  • 30s Supinated Bar Hang

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 5/5/5/5 World’s Greatest Stretch
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 10 Front Squats (barbell)

Weightlifting

Squat Clean

  • 5x20kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×50
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 1×80
  • 1×90
  • 1×100
  • 2x1x105

Holy shit my squat is weak. I could barely stand it up so I stuck with 105 for a final rep. I put on my belt for the last one, which helped my midline and did feel better. I can power clean that shit all day long, but can barely stand it up now.

Conditioning

  • 30-24-18 Pull-ups
  • 100-75-50 Air Squats

After the swings and T2B felt okay yesterday I figured I’d give regular kipping pull-ups a try today. Wasn’t going to do butterfly and put all that strain on my shoulder though. The last time I did pull-ups was on April 1st, so over 4 months ago! It had been so long when I pulled out my grips I remembered I hadn’t been able to completely break them in.

The reps are a 2x scale from the Rx of 15-12-9 muscle-ups. Maybe doing pull-ups when there are 72 reps wasn’t such a good idea, but I’ll find out how the shoulder feels over the next few days. Going in I thought it would be a good goal to be able to do three even sets each round and surprisingly I was able to do the 3×10, 3×8, and 3×6 without any trouble. My air squats were slow but controlled and I kept moving through each set. Finished in 13:06.

After class I jumped up and did a bar muscle-up, which felt fine too. Something is still going on in my shoulder, but if I can do movements without pain I’ll try.

Light Wall Balls

Got a bit of a headache again a few hours after the workout on Friday night. Could have been from hitting the redline again or maybe from doing HSPU. Decided to take a rest day yesterday since I’ll go to the gym tomorrow instead of golfing. Plus it was hot and I just wanted to kick back, relax, and watch the CrossFit Games after being out-of-town to play in a golf scramble.

11-12-13…20

  • Wall Balls (14#, 10′)
  • Sit-ups

The goal was to go unbroken and it wasn’t that hard to do. Nice to go light for a change. Finished in 11:08.

Tabata Work

  • 4 Rounds Push-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Hollow Rocks
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Push-ups

Bit of a false start when I set my phone app to reverse tabata. Had done 13 push-ups in those 10 seconds, which obviously affected things the rest of the way after resetting and starting over. I was able to do 17-17-12-11 on the push-ups, 36-30-35-36 dubs, 23-22-22-19 hollow rocks, 36-35-29-35 dubs, and 15-15-13-10 push-ups. Looks like missing a double under costs about 5-6 reps. This was harder than the wall balls.

Accessory

Wanted to get in the 4th shoulder abduction workout which was 3×10 single arm presses. Went with something a little more challenging and added the back work.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (28kg)

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Kig Swings / Bar Taps
  • 3×5 T2B

First T2B I’ve done in months. Meh.

2x3x400

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Hand Release Push Ups
  • 50′ Walking Lunge

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 25 Hand Release Push-ups

Pushed the runs and felt good. Did my push-ups in sets of 5, trying to keep rests short. Finished in 7:59. Got about 5 minutes of rest before the next one.

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 25′ Right Arm DB Overhead Walking Lunge (50# DBs)
  • 25′ Left Arm DB Overhead Walking Lunge (50# DBs)

**Use two dumbbells, holding the second one on the other shoulder.

Felt like I was able to do the first run about the same as the first workout. Then came those lunges, which I thought I would be able to go down and back without dropping. Oh boy was I wrong! They really jacked my heart rate and my last two runs were so fucking slow. Took me 10:35 to finish.

That was a lot of running yesterday and today. Happy I was able to run had for four of the six.

Gymnastics Strength

4 Sets

  • 2×5 Strict Rope Pull-ups (alternating high hand each set of 5)
  • 2×5 Strict HSPU

Would have liked to do 10 handstand push-ups unbroken each round but there was no way after those metcons. Glad to be able to get all of the reps in though.

I have a golf scramble in the morning, so not sure if I’ll exercise tomorrow.