Grippy Repeaters

Got another good night of sleep. My traps, arms, and low back are all tight today. In the garage at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 SkiErg (460m)
  • 160′ Monster Walk
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (24″, 45#)
  • 16 Goblet Kossack Squats (45# DB in front rack)

4 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Three Position Calf Raises (45# DBs, out-neutral-in)
  • 10/10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (2@125, 2@135)

Those lunges turn in to a cardio session.

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 10 DB Box Step Overs (24/20″, 35/20# DBs)
    • 15 Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

This got grippy! The step overs were much quicker than I expected, but that was a goal with the lighter weight. I got a pretty good rhythm going. I forgot to chalk up my grips and couldn’t stay on the bar in the first set of pull-ups so after 5 I had to drop, chalk up, and then finish the 10. I did the next 15 unbroken and got 2+11 in that first cycle. In the second cycle I got 2+12 by doing 15 unbroken pull-ups and then I had to go 8-4-3.

Midline

2 Sets

  • 12 Decline Sit-up (30# DB)
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 Floor Wipers (55# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

2 Sets

  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Decline Sit-up (30# DB)
  • 20 Floor Wipers (55# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

That ab work was tough too. The shoot throughs really got to me today. I did wear the ankle weights for all of the movements.

Surprising DT

I decided not to golf yesterday because I didn’t sleep well Sunday night, rain was in the forecast, and after being off work for seven week days I had a lot to catch up on. I probably needed the complete rest day because I’d fitnessed nine days in a row! Out in the garage for 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,581m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 3 S2OH (45#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 S2OH (95#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 3 S2OH (135#)

Conditioning

“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 S2OH (155#)

I’ve been working on a post for nick.blog about the programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of months and I thought this would be a good final test for some data to include. We have barely touched a barbell at all, so how would I do on a hero workout that only had barbell movements? Another surprising result, getting a lifetime PR by 26 seconds with a time of 8:10! I followed the same strategy I used the last time I did this workout in 2017. Every round I did 6 deadlifts, 5 deadlifts, 1 deadlift + 4 hang cleans, 1 deadlift (extra credit) + 4 hang cleans, 1 deadlift (extra credit) + 1 hang clean + 6 push jerks. At the end I should have tried to go for 5 hang cleans + 6 push jerks and get under eight minutes. The hardest part was the second set of 4 hang cleans each round.

Here are my previous results for this workout.

  • 8:36 – 2017/04/30
  • 10:02 – 2016/06/12
  • 10:35 – 2014/11/11
  • 11:48 – 2013/05/10
  • 14:40 – 2013/02/15

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (50-50-55#)
  • 12 Seated Incline DB Curls (30# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 16 alt Cross Body Curl w/ Twist & Negative (30#)
  • 12 Rope Tricep Push Downs (55#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curl to Shoulder Press (30-30-35# DBs)
  • 10 Standing French Press (50# DB)

My biceps are weak!

Quality Sleep

Got a good night of sleep in my own bed! I feel good after working out every day for over a week. In the garage at 10am.

Accessory

  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict HSPU
  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict Pull-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Push-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Row (step on band)
  • 20-16-12-8-4 V-ups
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Tricep Push Downs
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Curls
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Band Pull Aparts
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Russian Twists

I got the idea from TeamRICHEY and modified it to suit two people. It was an I Go You Go style workout with Brandi. I went 9-6, 7-5, 9, 6, 3 on the handstand push-ups. The new mat is a lot nicer than using a plate and AbMat. The pull-ups gassed quick. Went 9-6, 5-4-3, 5-4, 6, 3 on those. The only other movement I had to take any kind of break was with the rows. I went first on the first five movements and then we swapped and Brandi went first the rest of the way. I used a blue band for everything

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Banded Partner Rotations/Holds (blue)
  • 14 OH Crunches (50# DBs)
  • 20/20s Weighted Side Planks (20# DB)
  • 16 Jack Knives (20# DB)

Even Faster 30

I had a nice vacation up at the lake and drove back home this morning. Went to the park at 5pm.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • Arm Circles & Swings
  • Toe Touches

Gymnastics

30 Muscle-ups

Two and a half months ago I did a set of three reps every 30 seconds and got a time of 4:48. Since then I’ve been doing a lot of sets of five, so my goal today was five reps every 45 seconds, which would have me finishing around 4:00. Aggressive, but my max unbroken set improved more than I could have imagined, so I wanted to go for it. Nailed it with a time of 3:51!

Last time I said my days of knocking a minute off my time were over, but now I’m really really sure! I still can’t believe the improvement on this workout.

  • 6:55 on 2019-01-31
  • 5:55 on 2019-12-19
  • 4:48 on 2020-05-16
  • 3:51 on 2020-08-01

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 70m Hill Sprint
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 70m Walk Downhill

I originally wrote down 20 squat jumps but that would have been way too many. Ten was the right amount to get what I was looking for out of this workout.

Last Day at the Lake

I’m posting a day late (backdated) again!

My shins started getting tight from the broad jumps and my neck was a little sore from playing Beat Saber with the VR headset I think. Laced up the shoes a little before 9am.

Conditioning

4 mile Run

This felt really good again and took me 35:26, with a 8:50/mile pace. Here’s a WHOOP comparison to March 19th, where I ran 3.81 miles in 35:47, which is a 9:23 pace.

Ran longer and faster, with a much lower heart rate. Not really sure what that high heart rate is about at the start of this run, but WHOOP sometimes does that for me. My Garmin watch doesn’t show anything like that. Here’s some data from Garmin and RunKeeper.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 Push-up + DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 20 Plank Jumps (5# ankle weights)
  • 50/50m Single Arm OH Carry (50#)

After dinner, I put my sister through another ab workout to finish out the week. This was kind of nasty.

553 Reps

Feeling pretty good. I started getting set up before 9am.

Warm-up

800m Run

Strength

3 Sets

  • 20 Front Rack Curtsy Lunges (50#)
  • 10/10/10 Front Rack Calf Raises (50#, out-neutral-in)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (50#, foot on wall)

Not bad. Nice to get in a little leg work.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Plyo Lunges
  • 50 Single Arm DB S2OH (50#)
  • 50 Squat Jumps
  • 50 Burpees

I had several different versions of the workout and settled on this one. Went 30-20, 5×10, and 5×10 on the lunges. In the first round of shoulder to overheads I did 20 by doing five each arm twice before putting down the dumbbell, did that again, and then finished with five each arm. In the other rounds I did ten each arm, rested, repeated, rested and then five each. I mixed jerks and push presses. All singles on the jump squats and picked up the pace in the third round, doing them in under 1:30. Watched the clock during my second set of burpees, which took 3:43. Overall I got through 2 rounds plus 153.

All done in less than an hour.

Almost a Complete Set

I scored pairs of 5 and 40 pound dumbbells at the Alpena Meijer this morning and was able to order 45s on Amazon, but they don’t know when those will ship. Now all I really need to find is 8s, which hopefully I can get at a Meijer. Worked out at about 12:15.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 20#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 20#)

Not that bad so I did four sets instead of three I had planned.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces
  • 20 Shotguns
  • 30 Russian Twists
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I forgot how potent the shotguns are! Put my sister through a scaled version of this.

Conditioning

“Brenton” – 5 Rounds

  • 100′ Bear crawl
  • 100′ Broad Jumps

*Do 3 burpees after every 5 broad jumps.

This is one of my go to workouts for summer vacation and it’s actually a CrossFit Hero workout. My best was 8:17 in 2015. At the cottage I can do a straight 100 feet, which make a big difference in this workout because I only had to do two sets of burpees each round. I got a nice PR with a time of 7:40. Turns out that AirPods are not very good with burpees and they kept falling out, so I ditched them after two rounds.

An Engine Without Engine Builder

Got a good night of sleep and finally a green WHOOP recovery score. Started getting setup around 9am for my workout

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Arm Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 12 Standing French Press (50#)

Conditioning

My jumping “box”

5 Rounds

  • 800m Run
  • 15 Box/Wall Jumps (24″)
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups

Last year my rounds were 6:00, 5:59, 6:02, 5:58, and 5:49 for a total of 29:49. I had been following The Gains Lab Engine Builder program for months. Today I did 6:02, 5:55, 6:01, 5:58, and 5:42 for 29:37. Very similar today with a little more turbo boost in the fifth round. Cool to see I’m about the same on a workout like this with significantly less time spent doing single modality cardio workouts. Ideally I’d like to move more of the Z2 heart rate up in to zone Z4 for a workout like this.

I love how heart rate data has these odd dips at times like you almost died.

Walked 18 holes of golf with my Dad after 3pm and then when I got back to the lake I put my sister through some core work. She’s lost a bunch of weight and was asking me how to get abs so I told her to give me two months for an experiment. Hopefully she’ll stick with it. I have to remember she’s not in CrossFit shape so I need to ease her in. Had her do a scaled version of my work.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 OH Crunches (2s pause, 35+50# DBs)
  • 100m Uneven Farmer Carry (35 & 50# DBs)

I wore ankle weights throughout and swapped hands with the dumbbells after 50 meters. Hollow holds with the ankle weights weren’t as bad as I was expecting.

Cardio Rows

I forgot to post this yesterday, so I’m publishing a day late and back-dating it.

Last night I was exhausted but was up well past 11. My ass is still sore from the weighted plyo lunges! Worked out around 9am today.

Warm-up

  • 800m Run
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 4 DB Snatches (right, 20#)
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 4 DB Snatches (left, 20#)
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 4 DB Snatches (right, 35#)
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 4 DB Snatches (left, 35#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP
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  • 10 Air Squats
  • 9 DB Snatches (right, 50#)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 9 DB Snatches (left, 50#)

This was one of the first workouts I did with any weight after months of back rehab. I got 7+10 on April 23rd. I knew I could push the snatches and the squats harder, so today I did. At the 5:00 mark I was a few reps shy of four rounds and I finished with 7+31, so I was able to keep the same pace through the second half of the workout. It was a little harder to push myself going solo in a workout like this. Happy with my score and effort though.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8 Renegade Rows (R, 50#)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (R, 35#)
  • 16 Renegade Rows (R, 20#)
  • 8 Renegade Rows (L, 50#)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (L, 35#)
  • 16 Renegade Rows (L, 20#)

This was much more effective than expected; I was struggling to get through the 16 light reps in the 2nd and 3rd sets! It was one arm right to the other when it was time to work, but I rested 1-2 minutes between sets. It was damn near another cardio piece with 72 reps per set!

Conditioning 2 / Pacing

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Burpees

Started out thinking I’d take it easy each minute and simply get in the 100 reps. I did, in the first set, with a 30 second pace. After I got slightly faster each of the next two rounds I set a challenge for myself to get faster each round. And I was successful, with the final round taking 19 seconds. I felt really good though.