Pump Before Pull-ups

Nothing is sore for a change. Nice weather, which is very unusual. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3:00 SkiErg (701m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Cuban Rotations (15#)
    • 10 Rear Delt Band Pull Aparts (red)
  • 10 DB Bench Press (40#)
  • 5 Goblet Squats (35#)

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 8 DB Fly (40#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)

Was close to failure on the bench presses the last two sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Pull Over (60#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Down (bar, 60#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (115-125-135-145#)
  • 10 Cable OH Tricep Extension (rope, 38-43-43-43#)

The bench press felt really good here.

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not as good to start today, but better on the other two sets, with 35-25-22.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 20 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not my jam with so much of the time for squats and me being cautious with my back. My rounds were 1:08, 1:10, and 1:12.

Balance with Hand Swaps

Can’t wait to see a result of this damn election so it can stop affecting my sleep. Workout at 4pm today.

Handstands

  • Wrists
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold
  • 3×20 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (balance)

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225

Conditioning

5 Rounds (each) – I Go You Go

  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 5 C&J (135#)

I went 2×5 every round of ring dips. Cycling the barbell didn’t feel the greatest and I was cautious with the way my back has been feeling this week. Did them all unbroken though. I went first and Brandi finished at 15:45.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest

For the single leg balances, we kept swapping the kettlebell between hands during the hold. Definitely more difficult.

Hold for a Gold Star

My back is a little tight and my shoulders and elbows still feel pretty beat each morning. Didn’t get out of bed until 8, which is extremely rare these days. Workout at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,925m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

4 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90° Hover
  • 16 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Really nasty combo after yesterday.

Conditioning

To warm up my bench I did 10×45, 10×95, and 5×135.

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 15/10 cal BikeErg
  • 12 Broad Jumps

After two tough days I wanted something that wouldn’t be crushing. I picked up the pace on the machines each round, which got me a good sweat. Bench was easy to start but I think I would have been failing at the end if I’d done 10 more pounds.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (70#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (70#)
  • 10s Rest

Back in January I could not hold a star plank and I was able to every singe one today without falling. I really like the glue activation in those.

Almost Twenty

Yep, my hands are feeling the muscle-ups and carries from yesterday on top of what they’ve been feeling lately. My shoulders are feeling it as well. Workout at 9:30am this morning. Usually we do long monostructural work on chest and back day. Not today since we went long yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

The start of week 3 already!

We didn’t time the handstand split to stacked work, but kept alternating between us with time on the wall getting a feel for the drill. It was a new challenge for sure. Probably went 6-8 times each.

Gymnastics Test

MAX Strict Pull-ups

Haven’t tried this since May 10th when I got 17. Maybe not the best day to test after doing 56 muscle-ups last night, but I was still able to get 19! And I have the 🌲 back!!

Back & Chest

Warm-up

  • 5 Pendlay Row 45
  • 5 Bench Press 45
  • 5 Bench Press 115

3 Sets

  • 12 Pendlay Row (115#)
  • 12 Bench Press (165#)

I could definitely feel tired in the various muscles doing these sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (120#)
  • 12/12 Static DB Bench Press (60# DBs)

Wasn’t sure about the 60s for this, but they went well. Glad I bought them.

3 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups
  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (15#)

2 Sets

  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)
  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)

Nasty. Go all three dumbbells with increasing weight on one arm before repeating with the other arm. Rest 2-3 minutes and do it again.

2 Sets

  • MAX Diamond Push-ups

Did 40 and 32 reps.

Shift It

Sore from yesterday already. Chilly this morning, but got started at 9:30.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 140 Double Unders
  • 700m Run

When it’s a 28 minute AMRAP and you can’t finish the final run, you call it a 5 rounder. 😉 I started with a set of 93 dubs and then a lot of my sets were in the 30-40 range the rest of the way. Took me 29:05.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

I did 10-10 for the swings and 4-8-8-8-6-6 for the shifts. Those are hard and balancing on my right arm is much worse than on my left.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 Incline DB Row (45# DBs)

Nice to have the heavier dumbbells. It was hard with the 60s.

3 Sets

  • 10 Bench Press (175#)
  • 10 Pendlay Row (Supinated, 135#)

Wouldn’t have made it much heavier for bench than the 175. Haven’t done the supinated rows in a long time. Brandi and I swapped who programs legs and chest/back to switch things up.

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Fly (40#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (handles, 120-120-126#)

These cable rows keep feeling better, which I think is a good sign for my muscle-ups.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Standing Cable Crossover (facing sideways, 27#)
  • MAX Inverted Bar Rows (16-14-12)

9 is the Best Nano

Feeling yesterday’s workout already. Out in the garage at 9:30 to start.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg
  • 500m SkiErg

I got faster as it went because my heart rate and breathing felt good. Then I really picked it up in the third round because I wanted to make sure I had time to finish the next run. Got through 3+506m.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 20 Hollow Lats with Foam Roller
  • 45/30/45/30s Hollow Body Wall Walk w/ 1:00 rests
  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Those controlled wall walks with a focus on quality are a lot harder. Excited to see where this program goes.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Bench Press (105#, wide, neutral, close)
  • 12 Reverse Close Grip Kneeling Lat Pulldown (104#)
  • 20s Superman Hold

3 Sets

  • 12 Chest Fly (35-40-40#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Straight Arm Pull Down (49#)
  • 10 Supermen

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50#)
  • 12 Seated Cable Row (115#)

Yeah, the upper body is feeling rough from that weight vest work on the rings. Not looking forward to how tomorrow will feel.

Another pair of Nano 9! These shoes are so good.

Double Duty Day

I took the day off from work for Labor Day. Decided to “rest” yesterday though I was going nonstop all day on projects around the house and yard. Out in the garage at 11am for same cardio.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 700m Run
  • 1,500m BikeErg

I planned on 1,400 meters, but I was day dreaming during round one and went too far, so I adjusted. Really happy with my effort on both movements. My runs took 3:22, 3:16, 3:18, and 3:14. My rides on the bike took 2:52, 2:50, 2:50, and 2:42. Each time there was about about 10 total seconds of transition getting on the bike, starting up the computer, and getting off to head back out. Total time was 25:03. I did some math and that was a sub 8:00/mile pace for the running.

Sweet, WHOOP even recognized it was a duathlon(ish)!

Brandi didn’t make it home in time, so I hit a second session solo at 6pm.

Back & Chest

I did 10×45 and 5×115 to warm up my bench press.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 93-98-104-109#)
  • 10 Bench Presses (165#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (kneeling, 109-115-120-126#)
  • 14 Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60-65-71-71#)
  • 10 Incline DB Flies (35-40-40-45#)

A lot of increases over last week. The movements are feeling good!

5 Rounds

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 10 Clapping Push-ups

This was a nice explosive burner to finish the session. Took me 4:13.

I was kind of exhausted in the afternoon. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a double session and I actually felt much better after lifting.

Bring it Back

Pulled the bikes out on the back patio at 9:30.

Conditioning

30:00 Airdyne (AD2)

I haven’t been on the Airdyne in a long time and always tend to use the BikeErg now. Figured I’d change things up. Went 16.36km with 706 calories.

Chest

6 Sets

  • 20s Banded Ring Push-ups (red)
  • 40s Rest

I did 12 reps each time. This didn’t feel great on the outside of my arms, which were all rubbed up from the straps doing ring dips yesterday.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 10×195
  • 8×205
  • 6×215
  • 4×225
  • 3×235
  • 2×245
  • 1×255 (fail)

Brought out this 10-8-6-4-3-2-1 bench workout I used to do with my buddy Tom over 15 years ago. The idea is to be near failure on every set. Glad I decided to drop down from my planned starting weight. I gave up mentally before even unracking the bar with 255. Too much negative self talk after being afraid at 245.

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Back

5 Sets – EMOM

  • MAX Weighted Strict Pull-ups (40# vest)

Went better than expected, but was really hard! I did 6-4-4-3-3.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12/12 PVC Parallette Kroc Rows (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (104#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Used the new pulley system and made it work for today. So nice to have a real weight stack. Now it’s time to take it all back apart and make some more improvements.

Moving Gingerly

My back is tender, sore, and tight after the tweak. Out in the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,515 meters and felt good, increasing the pace over the time. I really feel good on the bike during these longer sessions.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Lat Pulldowns (100#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (on Parallette, 35# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Pullovers (45#)
  • 16 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)

5 Sets w/ Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Back Flies (50#)
  • 4 Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time, on July 5th, I did 10-8-8-12 with 5# less per set. Today I did 8-8-8-10 for the drop sets. It sucked right from start with the 50 pounders.

Chest

Warmed up by doing 12 supinated bench press with 65# loaded.

3 Sets

  • 12 Supinated Bench Press (135#)
  • MAX Diamond Push-ups (16-14-12)

The push-ups were the movement that aggravated my back the most if I wasn’t keeping a solid position.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DP Bench Press with hold
  • 8 DB Bench Press

I used 40-45-45# and would not have made it with 50# dumbbells.

Tried to do some of the core movements and they didn’t feel good, so we skipped core work again. Maybe we’ll do some tomorrow at the track.

Downhill Recovery

Was a little tired this morning and my back was tight, but WHOOP said my recovery was only 23%!

I honestly don’t feel that bad. Some days it seems to take the heart rate at a weird time that just throws off the formulas, because it said my resting heart rate was 48, which is much higher than my typical 38-40. Out in the garage at 3:30 today for a session that took 2 hours.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (103 cals, 2.55km)
  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)
  • 2×15 Steamboats
  • 2 HSPU
  • 5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (25#)
  • 2 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 2 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40#)

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP Partner

  • 6/6 HSPU
  • 5/5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 6/6 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5/5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40/25# DBs)

This was a new idea for a partner workout where the sets are small, so by the time you move to your next spot it’s almost your turn again. The way this one works is each partner does 6 handstand push-ups (one person working at a time), then each does 5 burpee pull-ups, etc. Brandi scaled back her HSPU to do Rx and eventually went to some DB push presses. It worked out pretty well, with the burpee pull-ups taking the most time by far. I originally was going to do 15 minutes, but pulled back to 12 today. Would have been fine with three more minutes. This would be a good one to try solo as well. I started, we got through five rounds and I got all of my burpee pull-ups done in the sixth.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×125
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Could have went more, but that was good enough for today with a lot of work left.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 12 Underhand Front Raise (15# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25-30-30# DBs)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50# DB)

2 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 One Arm OH Tricep Extension (25-20# DB)

1 Set

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

The single arm overhead tricep extensions were really bugging my left shoulder so I did kickbacks for the third set.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (blue)

We should really do more of those renegade rows on back day. I feel like they isolate the back muscles better than a Kroc row, which are easy to rotate and cheat on.