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!

All the Way Over

Last night I used my massage gun on my quads and thighs, hoping it would help with recovery from that workout. My legs seem okay today and my back is feeling better each day. Met at the Heritage High School track at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 4x
    • 50m Run
    • 50m Backwards Run
  • 5 MB Push-ups
  • 2 Over the Box Jumps (24″)

Conditioning

IMG_744940:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 10 Over the Box Jumps (24”)
  • 10 MB Push-ups

I looked at my phone after the first round and it took 3:45 and then I was taking off to start my sixth round as the timer app let me know the workout was halfway through. Hoped I could keep up the same pace. I had to rush it in the final minute, but I finished my final push-up just before the buzzer to get exactly ten rounds.

The sweat was pouring off me in the first round since it was already 80Β° by the time we started. I ditched the sunglasses three or four rounds in because they were getting sweat on the lenses. I made sure to concentrate on those box jump overs because of how sketchy the boxes at the track were. Lots of legs in this one.

Recovery kept getting worse as the rounds progressed.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Plank Reaches
  • 20 Plank Breakdancer Kicks
  • 20 Russian Twists (20# MB)

When the Bike Bites Back

They changed our tee times yesterday and apparently nobody let me know, so I didn’t make it to golf. My back probably needed the rest though. I went for a 4.14 mile power walk instead to get some sun.

2020-06-18-walk

Out in the garage at 4pm. We swapped Friday and Saturday so we could go to the track tomorrow morning when it’s cooler.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,033 cals)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 PVC Passes

Skill

Jumping Bar Muscle-ups

  • 3-3 singles
  • 5-5-5 unbroken

Bit weird with the low ceiling. At first I was worried about smacking my head so that’s why the singles. Got confidence though. Helped B with some bar MU drills.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 cal BikeErg
  • 10 DB Reverse Lunges (50#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges
  • 2:00 Rest

Went out on the driveway for this and used puzzle mats so I wouldn’t have to wear knee sleeves out in the sun. It’s a new version of a workout we did over two months ago, which was my take on an Ibex Training workout. Holy Fuck! I could feel the quads burning in the first set of dumbbell lunges. I even had to break up my plyos! Went 10-10, 20, 3×12-8 on those. My bike and curtsy lunges got faster as the rounds went on. I even got negative splits with 2:13 – 2:10 – 2:06 – 1:59 – 1:55.

In round two I tried to get a quick stand up start going and I slipped off the pedal. Owww!

2020-06-19-pedal-bite

It swelled up immediately.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps (facing wall)
  • 30s Handstand Hold (facing wall)

The combination of taps and hold is really bad.

Seems Like a Minor One

Last night wasn’t bad so it seems like a minor back tweak; I didn’t have any shooting pains whenever I rolled over. After getting out of bed I was leaning to the side a bit while walking. Loosened up as I moved around. Will scale back and keep an eye on it for a week or two. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (201 cals, 5.05 km)

Conditioning

3 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 cal BikeErg (no seat!)
  • 60 HR Push-ups
  • 60 Single DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (50/35#)

We went five at a time on ring dips. We each went twice on the bike with me doing 18 calories and Brandi 12. Standing really changes it and gives a quad burn. Split push-ups in tens and did 16-14 walking lunges each. Finished in 22:46.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (25-30-30# DBs)

I might be able to try the 35s again for these.

3 Sets

  • 10 alt Underhand Bench Press (50# DBs)
  • 10 Underhand Front Raise (8# DBs)

Those underhand benches are awkward with the dumbbell wanting to go all over the place.

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (Rope, 45-50-50#)
  • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (10# DBs)

The pulley is much better after I recreated the main cable. Just need to shorten it now because I made it too long. Getting a lot of use out of that little DIY project. I need to make a blog post about it.