Something I Can Do!

Sitting hasn’t been the most comfortable the last couple of days and there really hasn’t been any change in how my back is feeling. Went to the 3pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (135#)

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 Bench Press (170#)

Oh boy those bench presses turned in to a struggle in round 3. Kept each round unbroken though!

Strength / Accessory

  • 10×2 Strict Pull-ups (2:00)
  • 13×5 Banded PVC Lat Pulldowns (green band doubled over a set of rings)

The workout was 10:00 to do 100 pull-ups, but with five dumbbell thrusters EMOM. My ass is not having anything to do with any type of squatting so I thought I’d see how many strict pull-ups I could do in 10 minutes. As I fatigued I was starting to arch and wanting to kip. That was no bueno, so I called an audible and had about five minutes of the pulldowns. Those created a nice burn.

Getting Images

I had a terrible sneeze in the evening last night that shot everything up a notch with my back. Sleep was pretty horrible and this morning was the worst yet. So I got back in to the Doctor this morning. Went and got an X-ray and I’m getting an MRI on Wednesday. He think I may have a disc out, which isn’t great, but I’m looking forward to some answer, eliminating the pain, and hopefully correcting my issues. I also got some pain drugs, but not sure I’ll use them or maybe before bed so I can sleep. Went to the gym at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (52 cals)
  • Short step-ups
  • 3 Sets
    • 10/10 Plate Slides (25#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 1:00 Rest

I was using my phone for a timer so it was covering the bike’s monitor, forcing me to go entirely by feel. I did 21-19-17-19-18-19-19-19-20-21 calories.

Strength-ish?

  • 3:00 Banded Bear Hug March (20# MB)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Banded Bear Hug March (20#)

I got 168 and 177 steps. Those might be slightly off because I seemed to lose my spot a few times.

Still far from what I’d call “good,” but I was feeling much looser than early in the day.

An Odd Mix

I felt wrecked on Tuesday night, which I did not expect from that workout. Can’t say that I ever really go 60 minute straight like that though. My shoulders and neck were beat the fuck up. Glad yesterday was a rest day. Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 31 cal Row
  • 15 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 4x10s Star Planks
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts
  • Rest 5 mins
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

Pretty weird workout with a random assortment of movements, none of which fatigued any muscle group. It was really an E2M workout with a machine being the buy-in each minute, complete the other movement, and then rest. So depending on the movement you got about a minute of rest (KBS) or almost no rest (planks).

The Final Workout

Got the stitches out of my head this morning and then went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10/10 Leg Swings
    • World’s Greatest Stretch

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 2×275

I had no interest in the 20 rep Super Squats since I missed the previous two weeks of it and my back has been solid. It’s been more than 2.5 years since I had that much on my back. Thought about going up again, but that last set felt like a struggle, so I’ll take it and be happy with slow progress.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 7 cal Echo/Assault Bike
  • 10 T2B
  • 2 Squat Cleans

** Start at 50% and increase 5% of 1RM every two rounds.

With the machines in the other room there is so much wasted time walking back and forth. I did 5-5 toes to bars every round and did all of my cleans unbroken, which felt great! Weights I used were 135-150-165-180 and I got through eight rounds, the bike, and two T2B. Would have liked to go at 195 next.

I stuck around to row with Molly.

Endurance

5 Rounds

  • 1,000m Row
  • 1:1 Rest

Since I had just done class I didn’t push to set any records on the rower. Just wanted to keep it under 1:50/500m. Mission accomplished and even with negative splits. My times were 3:38, 3:37.9, 3:37.6, 3:37.1, and 3:36.8.

This was my last time working out in this location! The new location is schedule to open up on January 3rd, so will be doing a lot of garage workouts over the next week or so.

Heading up north for a few days and going to take two full rest days!

Trending Up

Yesterday my calves started to feel sore in the morning, with my lats and upper abs still sore. Everything is still sore today. After nearly an entire week in the yellow, my recovery has been steadily going up.

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Went to the gym for the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 3 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (135#)

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 2 Mile Assault Bike
  • 30 C&J (135#)
  • 2000m Row
  • 30 C&J (155#)
  • 2000m Row
  • 30 C&J (185#)

I paired up with Chris who used his own bar and loading. We swapped out on the bike every half a mile and it was programmed to swap every 200 meters on the rower. Instead of running outside in the cold for two miles we did the rower for the third set, which is easier than the bike, but took at almost 50% longer. The scaling between the three modalities didn’t really make sense in this workout because the time domains are extremely different. On the barbell we swapped every five reps for the first two weights and then every three for the final. I was unbroken with 135, 3-1-1 with 155, and 1-1-1 with 185. It felt good and I was able to pick the bar right back up for all of my quick singles. I wore my belt for 155 and 185. We finished in 28:01. This kind of workout is my jam.

Midline

I stayed after class and did some stability work for my back since I’ve been skipping it all week.

2 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups (3s pause)

2 Sets

  • 10/10 Bird Dogs + 10 second hold

8 Sets (Reverse Tabata)

  • 10s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

Back From Miami

Was busy with the wedding all day Saturday and then was hungover and traveled home yesterday. So I only had the hour long run since Wednesday and wasn’t sure how I’d feel today. Took a nap after lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike (22 cals)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Good Mornings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
  • 5 Power Snatches (45#)

Weightlifting / Conditioning

E2M – 8 Rounds

  • 200m Row
  • 2 Power Snatches

Rowed at a 1:35/500m average through each round and went 75, 95, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, and 165# with all touch-n-go reps.

Conditioning

  • 50-40-30-20-10 DB Hang Power Snatch (50#, alt)
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 50 Double Unders

The Rx was regular dumbbell snatches from the floor, but I wasn’t about to do 150 of those and blow up my back. They were hard enough from the hang. The weight on the wall balls was 30#, but the normal weight is just fine, with no rest for the shoulders in this workout. I went 20-15-15, 20-20, 15-15, 20, and 10 on the snatches. I missed a double under in 2 or 3 rounds. Finished just under the time cap at 14:59.

40 Inches

My back is feeling better. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 2:30 Rest

My goal was 95+ RPM. My rounds were 50-51-52-51-52-51-53-52 calories and 0.77, 0.77, 0.77, 0.75, 0.77, 0.76, 0.77, 0.77 km. Happy with the consistency. Yeah, I definitely should have been doing more intervals on the bike throughout the program. The leg burn is real.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Assault Bike (20 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • Box Jumps
    • 5×20″
    • 5×24
    • 5×30
    • 3×37

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 40 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 Rounds
    • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 3 Burpees
    • 1 Box Jump (40″)

The single rep movement was programmed as a heavy (315#) deadlift, which I obviously was not doing in my condition. I stacked a couple of 20″ boxes up against the wall, which worked great and was a lot of fun. I did the first bike in less than 2:30 and took the second one nice and easy, somewhere in the 3-3:30 range I think. Finished in exactly 26:00 and felt good with the cardio aspect to it. During the 15 round portions my heart rate was 155+ the entire time.

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Pull-up PR

Didn’t sleep well at all and got out of bed around 6am. My back is really tight from 20.2. Went to the gym during the morning 8 and 9am classes to do my own thing, so I could use the 60 pound dumbbells.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (45 cals)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 DB Bench Presses (30-40-50#)

Strength / Accessory

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Presses (60#)
  • 3:00 Rest

I got 15-12-10-10-10 on the pull-ups, which sets a new PR set! I haven’t maxed out strict pull-ups since 2014 when I did 13. I weighed about 200 pounds back then and I’ve been around 202 lately. The bench started to feel pretty heavy in the last two sets.

E20S – Until Failure

  • 3 Strict HSPU

I wrote numbers up to 20 on the board kind of joking and ended up maing it through 17 rounds. My first idea was to do a 5:00 AMRAP, so this was just an extra 40 seconds and made sure I didn’t blow up too early. In round 12 I made the mistake of stopping in the bottom on my second rep. I eventually was able to press out of it, but it ruined me for the rest of the way. I had to do three singles in my last two rounds and barely made it so didn’t attempt the 18th round.

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30″)
  • 30s/30s Single Leg Standing Balance (70#)

Then I was out in the garage around 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne
**Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 8, 16, 24, 32

976 calories and 20.88 km.

Time for some food and a nap.

Where Did That Come From?

I walked 18 holes yesterday. My biceps and lats are still sore from Tuesday. The muscle-ups on Wednesday may have contributed to that too. Out in the garage before lunch. Warmed up with a two minute row for 520 meters.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

This is the start of phase 3, differentiation, where we work on speed and power, now that we’ve built up a solid capacity. Looking forward to an even better engine!

There were some 20 second intervals in phase one with 1:40 rests, so I wasn’t sure what kind of pace to go for these. I thought 1:26-1:28/500m might be good, but was worried about the short rest. Since there is a minimum interval time of 20 seconds on my rower I set it for 20/40, didn’t use the first interval, and waited until there was 16 seconds left before I grabbed for the handle each time. This makes the average pace and stroke rate useless though. My meters were:

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88-86-87-87-87-87-87-88-88

As you can see it took several intervals to get a feel for the short time duration. After finding myself, I was hitting 1:21-1:23 by the fourth pull and holding it. Using the pace calculator, 86-88 meters would be an average pace of 1:25.2-1:27.2, so I was pretty close with my guess. On BTWB I saw a guy, who I consistently beat on every other type of interval, post an average of 107 meters for this. Come on buddy, that would be an average pace of 1:10/500m!!! Not a chance. If I started at the beginning of the 20 second intervals, stopped at 15, and included the rollover meters I would have done that, so that’s probably what he did.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 16 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 PVC Passes
    • 8 DB Shoulder Presses (25#)
    • 10 Ring Rows

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×170
  • 1×180

Going in I was hoping to hit 165 pounds because I haven’t done much shoulder pressing in the last two years. Basically since I hit my all-time best of 185 I haven’t had an estimated max come close to that, as you can see below.

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I have no idea where this 180 lift came from, but it sure was a nice surprise. Must be a lot of carry-over from the bench program. That last rep may have gotten my back though, with over-extension, even though it went up pretty smooth. Should have wore my belt! Hopefully I’m ok when I wake up tomorrow.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 10 Power Cleans (115#)

We did something very similar almost 4 months ago and it wrecked me because I increased the reps by one each round! It was jerks, t2b, hand power cleans, and HSPU. Today actually had SDLHP, so I subbed in power cleans since I’m not risking a shoulder impingement on that stupid movement. This time instead of cutting back to 95# and increasing the reps by 1 each round I stuck to the Rx weight.

My goal was to do everything unbroken. I didn’t even come close! After 3 rounds I took the tens off and was down to 95#, just in time to start round 4. Then I was off pace the rest of the way. I was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken, but the quick turn-around from jerks to HSPU is what really got me. They were so slow and then I had to start breaking them up in the 3rd or 4th round. I did a whole bunch of singles on the cleans because I was so blown. I kept going to finish my full 6 rounds after the clock, so it was probably 19:00-19:30. I should have gone 95# the whole way like last time.

Ten Without a Problem

My biceps and lats are sore from yesterday. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

45:00 Airdyne
** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42

I did 1,240 calories and 26.26 km on my AD2.

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That wraps up the second phase (polarization) of the program. I really enjoyed the polarized workouts and am glad to see some of them continue in the next phase. I made it through the first 24 weeks of the program and can’t wait to see what progress comes during the next phase.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 Lunges
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Inch Worms

Strength & Gymnastics

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 10×115
  • 10×165
  • 10×195

3×10 Bar Muscle-ups

After the dumbbell snatches and box jumps my back was tight from yesterday, so definitely wasn’t pushing deadlifts today. There was an option to do muscle-ups in between sets, so I focused on those instead. I’ve never tried more than 6 before so it seemed like a good day to go for it. I got three unbroken sets of 10 without a problem, which in my new max set. I bet I can get 15+.

Conditioning

  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 cal Assault Bike
    • 20 cal Row
    • 20 Front Rack Lunges (115#)
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)

So in reality it was 2 rounds of the second part as well, but the Assault bike was in use when I got there so I finished out on the Echo. Looks like the Echo knocks out the calories quicker. Noted for future workouts! I started out hotter on the first row and was able to keep over a 1,200 cal/hr pace on them all and pushed that last one extra to give myself time to finish under the 15:00 cap. Barely got it, in 14:59! I never dropped the bar during any of the lunge sets.