Duckin’ Out

Yesterday we did day 3 of MOVE – A 30 Day Yoga Journey, which was 24 minutes long. My chest is still sore from the ring dips.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • 8 Back Squats (35#)
  • 6 Step-ups (20”, 40# DBs)
  • 6 DB RDLs (20# DBs)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 140/120m TrueForm Run
  • 12 Double DB RDLs (40#)

3 Sets

  • 8 Back Squats (65#)
  • 8 Broad Jumps

3 Sets

  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg
  • 14 DB Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Duck Walk in Place (Half squat down to kneeling and back up to half squat)
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges

We did this alternating rounds like we have been on leg day and it took us 30:34. This was money for the first week of a new cycle. The run felt really good today (maybe because it was first) and I could feel my hamstrings lighting up on the RDLs in the second set. Those step-ups were so terrible. Might try wearing a weight vest for the last superset next week.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30s Dead Bugs
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank Twist (on elbow)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank Twist
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Bear Crawl (forward/back over 6′)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Lateral Plank Walk
  • 10s Rest

This really elevates the heart rate for being a core workout.

With a Knee Tap

Warm-up

  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Air Squats 
    • 10 Calf Raises
    • 30s TrueForm Walk
  • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 5 Back Squats (65#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (85#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 70 Jump Rope

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Walking Lunges (45#)
  • 20 Lateral Hops (over 8# DB)
  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg

4 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Box Step-ups (45# DBs)

We went straight through again, resting while each other did their round. I decided to stick with the dumbbells I had instead of going from 30 up to 45 each set. We ran a clock and it took us 26:17.

Midline

Tabata

  • 12-14-16-17 Sprinter Sit-ups
  • 14 Side V-ups
  • 14 Side V-ups
  • 14 Plank Knee Taps

It’s Been a Week

One of those weeks for us, but Brandi closed on her house yesterday so that’s a big load off of us.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 5 Back Squats (65#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (85#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 70 Jump Rope

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Walking Lunges (45#)
  • 20 Lateral Hops (over 8# DB)
  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg

4 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Box Step-ups (30-35-40-45# DBs)

Today we went from one section right to the next without additional rest and everything was IGYG rounds. It was challenging but not destroying. Saved a lot of time and kept up the heart rate.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 25s Rest
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 25s Rest

4:07

Heavy Steppin’

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 30 Trunk Rotations
  • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 5 Back Squats (65#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (85#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 70 Jump Rope

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Walking Lunges (45#)
  • 20 Lateral Hops (3″)
  • 250/200m Standing BikeErg

In the third round I did 30 mountain climbers instead of the hops because it felt like my calf was about to give out.

Strength

  • 20 Double DB Box Step-ups (30#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 12 Double DB Box Step-ups (35-40-45#)

These were rough after the other two pieces.

Bump Up the Legs

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • Trunk Rotations
  • 10 Back Squats (35#)
  • 5 Back Squats (55#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10 Back Squats (75#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Walking Lunges (45#)
  • 20 Skaters

3 Sets

  • 12 alt Double DB Step-ups (20″, 40#)
  • 12 Froggers

I increased the weight on everything today.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 OH Lying Leg Raises (30# DB)
  • 10 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 10 OH Sit-ups (30# DB)
  • 10 Plank Hip Dips
  • 1:00 Plank

Upper abs were already burning in the first set. Finished in 7:43.

Four Rounds Worked Out

I’m surprised I didn’t get super sore from Sunday. I can feel it some but not bad at all. Out in the garage around 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 Airdyne (305 cals, 7.62 km)
  • Monster Walks

Strength

Back Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 8×185
  • 8×205

Easing my way in and going by feel. Gotta build up the confidence and strength under load. Didn’t wear a belt. Stopped before I had to start straining on any reps.

Conditioning

  • 4 Rounds
    • 5/5 Single DB Hang C&J (50/35#)
    • 10 Burpee Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5:00 Rest & Repeat

I felt good the first time through with a time of 5:58. I was pretty much doing push presses the entire way for the jerks. In round one of the second time through I figured out that I could save time and energy by stepping up with my left leg from the burpee, stepping up the other leg and then get right into my jump from there. Made me faster and my second time was 5:34. Good and sweaty one!

When I came up with this one I was thinking it would be in the 4-5 minute range, so after a round or two I almost called an audible and switched us to three rounds. Glad we stuck with it even though in ended up being a longer time domain than I had planned. I’m really enjoying this style where you rest and repeat the same workout; gives me a chance to try some different things.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30/30s Star Plank
  • 10 Evil Wheels

Oh boy, those star planks will get ya! Took me 6:35.

Another Ben Grinder

Yesterday my left achilles felt weird, but I didn’t notice it while walking 18 holes on the golf course. Could feel it after today’s conditioning too. Must be from the calf raises I did early in the week.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3×245

Haven’t had any real weight like that on my back since the end of December.

Conditioning

E3M – 30:00

  • 15/12 cal Row
  • 15 Burpees
  • 30 Double Unders

Similar to last Friday, this one is from the old Ben Smith programming.

Round 2018/09/05 2020/05/08
1 2:02 1:52
2 2:01 2:01
3 2:00 1:51
4 2:00 1:48
5 1:59 1:48
6 2:00 1:51
7 2:00 1:51
8 1:59 1:48
9 1:59 1:50
10 1:59 1:47

 

When I did this before I never missed a double under. Today I missed three times in the second round and then once in rounds three, six, and seven (all 1:51). Pulled over 1,500 cal/hour throughout and picked up the pace a little over the last few rounds. Total improvement of 92 seconds over the ten rounds!!

Midline

5 Sets

    • 10 Parallette Shoot Throughs
    • 30 Russian Twists

 

The shoot throughs are much easier when not paired with V-ups!

First Back Squat Since December

Another early night in bed and another night getting a lot of sleep. Maybe I’m on to something. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Steamboats

Strength

  • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 5/5 Landline Rows (45#)
  • 10 Back Squats (95#)
  • 5/5 Landline Rows (65#)
  • 5 Sets
    • 10 Back Squats (135#)
    • 5/5 Landmine Rows (75#)

I haven’t done a back squat since December 23rd! Body didn’t know what to do, especially for 10 reps.

Update: not entirely true because I did light Bear Complex two weeks ago, which involves a thruster from the back.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Push Jerks (75#, from the rack)
  • 20 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 20 Plank Jumps

I did the jerks unbroken in the first two rounds and then rested it on my back after 10 reps in the final round. The push-ups got a lot harder than I expected. I think I started out 2×10 and then 4×5 the other rounds. Finished in 8:42.

Also did some floor and banded rehab, which I’ve been slacking on.

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!