After a Week Off

Spent five nights in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We didn’t workout at all but did over 8.5 miles of walking each of the first two full days there! Today was our first workout in a week and I can’t remember the last time I took a full week off! Out in the garage just before 1pm. Warmed up with 20 PVC passes.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×200
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Partner Arms

  • Plate OH Hold (45/25#)
  • 10->1 Plate Curl (45/25#)
  • 10->1 Plate OH Tricep Extension (45/25#)

This one came from Scott Panchik. One partner is doing the couplet while the other holds their plate overhead; you never put the plate down! Took us 5:08 to get through and my arms and shoulders were on fire!

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Burpees
  • 20 Russian KBS (45#)
  • 20 Reverse Lunges

Wanted to just coast through something today. I did the first two rounds in 7:31 and then when I went for the third round of burpees I was feeling good so picked up the pace to finish in 14:09.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20 alt Side Crunches
  • 14 Leg Lifts
  • 20 Bicycles (slow)
  • 14 Overhead Crunches (50# DB)

Finished in 7:19.

Felt good to move today.

Tweaked Back

I walked 18 holes on the golf course Friday in the heat and humidity. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 8×95
    • 6×135
    • 4×160
    • 2×180
  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • Power Cleans
    • 4×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Chest

MAX Bench Press (200#)

Got 15, which I’m pretty happy with.

MAX Decline Push-ups (12”)

Busted out 50 to beat the previous 40.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 50#)

75 DB Bench Press (40#)

Went 5×10, 8-7-5-5 to finish in 2:26 and beat the 2:48 from 4 weeks ago when I did 5×10 and 5×5.

Weightlifting

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 6 Power Cleans
    • 3@155
    • 3@165
    • 1@175

Was feeling pretty good so did a couple of increases.

Conditioning & Midline

2 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 50 Bicycles
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Side Crunches
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 10 Hollow Rocks

Heading out for the first run my back did not feel good and it didn’t get better with the movements. Took me 9:42.

Mowed the lawn and did a bunch of work on Brandi’s house. My back is not happy.

Betty

We did some reorg in the garage and then hit the workout around 11. Brandi’s middle name is Betty, so we put up this sign.

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Wide Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 8-6-6-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (126#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (107#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (96#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (85#)
  • 90s Rest

We used double handles.

Legs / Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20

  • DB Plyo Lunges

B didn’t use any weight. I used 25# dumbbells for 20-18, 15# for 16-14, and then 10# the rest of the way. I was dying! We finished in 7:40.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Wearing five pound ankle weights, I finished in 5:50, which is 17 seconds faster than Feb.

63 of Each

Ready for some normal June weather, because this 80+ bullshit is here way too early!

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Front Squats (95#)

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×167.5
  • 1×172.5

I think I put the belt on for 150+. Maybe could have done up to 180 or close today, but this was heavy enough and didn’t want to tweak my back going in to 63 front squats.

Conditioning

18-15-12-9-6-3

  • Front Squats (115#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

Scaled it back from 135, which was the right call. I wore a belt and adjusted between movements. Was able to do every set of squats unbroken and kept a steady controlled pace on the burpees. It felt better than expected and finished in 11:06. So sweaty!

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (20#)
  • 20 Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Crunches (20#)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 40 Bicycles

Nice burn in round three. Finished in 8:25.

260 Going Up

Felt beat this morning when I got out of bed. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,557m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 2x3x135

Weightlifting

12:00 – EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

I went 155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-260 as planned, which is another five pounds heavier than I’ve gone in a long time. Little by little!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 6 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 9 Burpee Pull-ups

I did the first and last rounds unbroken on the barbell and should have done that all the way. For the other rounds I dropped the bar after 8 deadlifts for a quick breath and regrip. The burpee pull-ups are just so slow and I was stepping back and up on them to try to save my heart rate some. Got through 6+18.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Pulled this one out of the logs. Wore 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

Late Start, Long Day

Busy Sunday morning before a bit of a late start at almost 10:30 and then a very busy day (as I’m typing this up on Monday morning and backdating it).

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • Cobra

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (rope, 49-49-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (green)

Drop Sets – Dumbbell Curls

  • 15 @ 35#
  • 12 @ 30
  • 12 @ 25
  • 12 @ 20
  • 20 @ 15

Much better doing these when we haven’t destroying our biceps already. I went five pounds heavier than last time and should probably try starting at 40 next time. I was swinging the weights quite a bit though.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Bicycles
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Crunches (Hands reaching OH)
  • 10s Rest

Another good one from IBEX! I tried to remember my numbers and think I did 32-34-34-36 bicycles, 8-8-9-9 leg lifts, and 14-15-15-15 crunches.

All 30

My hands were aching again this morning and my legs are feeling that Friday workout a little. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,511m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

“Jackie”

  • 1,000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

Still hard to believe the first time I ever did this benchmark workout was on April 13, with a time of 7:45. I pulled a 1:50/500m pace on the rower and was extremely cautious doing thrusters since it was my first time touching a barbell in months after a back tweak and physical therapy. I struggled though 7-5 and then 2s and 3s on the pull-ups.

Today I was having a hard time slowing down at the beginning of the row because it felt so good. Ended up a little over a 1:48/500m pace when I hopped off. I knew I wasn’t going to make up significant time on the row and didn’t want it to leave me too gassed for the thrusters and pull-ups. I did very controlled thrusters and focused on breathing. My shoulders were on fire for the last 15. Finished them at 6:11 and I was hoping to be able to do 3×10 pull-ups. The first ten felt great so I decided to keep going for 15-20. Then I got to 20 and knew I could go unbroken. Finished at 6:58 for a big PR! That felt really good and there is still a lot of room for improvement with the thrusters.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 50 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts (3×10, 20)
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold

Even after the thrusters and pull-ups, this was a huge improvement since trying the sponge shifts 15 days ago. Look at these videos…

More Conditioning

With Partner

  • 100 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38″)

Went back and forth with Brandi, doing 10 each and then I’d pull off the 12″ block and she’d add the 2″. Then vice versa after her set. We finished in 10:46, so would have been around 10 minutes if we had 2 stacks.

Midline

4 Rounds (20s work / 15s rest)

  • Landmine Twists (45+25#, club grip)
  • Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • Leg Lefts (5# ankle weights)
  • Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)

A Track Sunday

My back felt much better through the night and this morning. Went the the track at 10am. Ideal weather this morning for it.

Warm-up

  • 400m Walk
  • 400m Run

Speed / Explosive

E2M – 10 Sets

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 100m Sprint

Was taking me about 35-37 seconds.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 400m Run
  • 30 Push-ups

I missed once on the rope after 47 reps in round four. Went out too fast on the first run, but settled in after that. I did 8-8-7-7 push-ups each round and maybe could have done 3×10. Finished in 16:57.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Raises
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

All while wearing five pound ankle weights. I went unbroken everywhere, which was really tough on the flutter kicks.

Stormy Ride

Turned out I didn’t have pink eye. Must have been some type of irritation after mowing the lawn in the morning yesterday. It was all good later in the day. My entire body hurt last night, through the night, and this morning from laying laminate flooring for almost 6 hours. I slept like shit because I couldn’t get comfortable. After my coffee and doing more work on the new office flooring this morning I actually felt much better. Out in the garage at 9:30 for the workout, in the middle of a big storm, which cooled things down and gave us a nice breeze. The humidity kicked in later.

Warm-up

  • 30:00 BikeErg

I was feeling even better as I got in to this and kept increasing my pace. Went 15,383 meters.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (55#)

I’m still doing these with an open palm, but I feel like my hands are going to slip sooner or later since my homemade lat bar rotates.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)

These are terrible every fucking time. The pulleys on my system seem to be failing. Maybe I need something that can handle more volume, because this is the second different type I’ve tried.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 85#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Fly (2@35, 2@30# DBs)

I was losing form and cheating too much so I dropped to lighter dumbbells for the last two sets.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Landmine Rows (45 + 40-45-50-55#)

I kneeled on a bench with one leg and arm again to help give my back some support. Felt better with the movement this week.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 16 OH Crunches (w/ pause, 50# DBs)
  • 40 Weighted Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 100m Front Rack Carry (155#)

I kept the ankle weights on for everything again. I really don’t even notice them on the carries anymore. This was one of the worst weighted ab workouts we’ve done, especially since it was only three sets. The front rack carries suck for that distance, but I got through them without a problem. Don’t get me wrong, I was breathing like I just ran a 7:00 mile after each set.