Back is Acting Up Again

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and could feel my back at the top of my backswing. It wasn’t feeling great the rest of the day. It was rough getting out of my chair last night and I could feel it throughout the night. So modifying movements today. Out in the garage at 4pm. I did some monster walks without the band.

Legs

  • 10 DB Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 10 Reverse DB Lunges (30#)
  • 20 Reverse DB Lunges (30#)
  • 30 Reverse DB Lunges (30#)

It was definitely more comfortable doing them reverse, as long as I braced my core properly when I stepped back with my left leg.

Midline

  • 10/10 Bird Dogs
  • 10 McGill Curl-up
  • 5/5 Bird Dogs
  • 5 McGill Curl-up

All with two second pause.

More Legs

3 Sets

  • 40’ Tip Toe Farmer Carry (40# DBs)
  • 12 Calf Raises (40# DBs)

Conditioning

7 Rounds (each, IGYG)

  • 15/10 cal BikeErg
  • 12 Pull-ups / 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups

I did the strict pull-ups so I wouldn’t put that stress on my back. Got faster each round on the bike and stuck to 3-2 every round of the chest to bars. We finished in 14:58.

Went for a 2.08 mile walk.

Masters Appropriate

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (649m)
  • 4 Sets
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 3 HS Kick-ups
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×115
    • 3×135

I was starting to get the feel for the freestanding handstand again and kicking up without touching the wall.

Conditioning

9-6-3

  • Power Snatch (155#)
  • Burpee Box Jump Over (30″)

I took 2021 CrossFit Games Quarterfinal Test 5 and scaled it down from 185 pounds to something I thought was more appropriate for the Masters division. I could see using 165, but I felt like this would give me a truer sense of the sprint this workout should be. I went singles all the way and the last three got ugly! Did a lot of stepping on the burpee box jumps to save my heart rate, which turned out to be a smart move. I didn’t really want to bite it with a shin on the box either, so I was focused on the jumps. Finished in 4:44.

  • 1,000m SkiErg
  • 50 Devil Press (35# DBs)
  • 200′ DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (35# DBs, 25′ lengths)

I finished the ski around 4:15, with my triceps burning over the last 400 meters. Started with 15 devil presses before taking a rest and then a short rest every five reps! Eww. I went 50-50-100 feet on the lunges and finished in 16:22.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 5/5 Bird Dogs (2s pause)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations/Holds (half-kneeling, blue)

Quads Need Rest

My quads are really really sore and no rest for them with today’s metcon. Got my first dose of the COVID vaccine this morning, so my arm is getting a bit sore. It was almost 80° at 4pm when we took the bike to the back patio.

Conditioning

Partner workout

  • 5×20/14 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 125 Synchro Air Squats

My quads were burning up in the second 10 calories of the last three rounds on the bike. I let Brandi go first, so then I had to get off the bike and get right in to the squats. So unpleasant! We started off with a set of 25 and then did five sets of 20. Finished in 14:27.

Arms & Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (61#)
  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (20# DBs)
  • 8 Dumbbell Curls (20# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Underhand Dumbbell Bench Presses (35# DBs, bit of a cross body)
  • 10 Reverse Barbell Curls (35-50-55#)
  • 15 T2B

I didn’t wear grips and did the toes to bars unbroken each set

4 Sets

Hopefully going golfing tomorrow if I feel ok after the vaccine. Definitely need the rest day and some walking would do my legs good.

5×3 More

Later start at 11 this morning so I could work on a project in the basement.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,532m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Superman
    • 12 Bird Dog
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×155
    • 3×175

Weightlifting

E40S – 10:00

  • 3 Power Cleans (10 @ 185, 5 @ 195)

Thrilled with that since about a month ago I did an EMOM of 3, using 185 for five rounds and 195 for five rounds. So this was an extra 5x3x185 in the same amount of time!

Conditioning

Partner WOD

  • 4 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
    • 16 Single DB Box Step Overs (24/20″, 50/35#)
  • 4 Rounds (each)
    • 200/150m TrueForm Run
    • 24 Russian KBS (53/35#)

With Brandi, doing a round of the couplet while the other person rested. She went first and it took us 13:42 for the first couplet and a total of 25:38 or 11:56 for the second couplet. The first one was much worse, with the step overs really adding up.

Fundraiser #3

I decided to only mow the front yard Sunday night, so I did the back yard on Monday night. Yesterday my body felt a little beat from the previous three days and my abs were already feeling those parallette shoot throughs. Glad it was a rest day. I did do my floor PT exercises and the core work.

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-up
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (199 cals, 5.03 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Sit-ups
  • 5 Deadlifts (35# DBs)
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Deadlifts (50# DBs)

It’s been weeks since I’ve warmed up that much for anything.

Conditioning

Support Your Local Box Fundraiser #3

SITUP_Leah

  • 50 DB Deadlifts (50/35# DBs)
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups (no arms)
  • 50 Step-ups (24/20″)
  • 50 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)

My back was blowing up a bit in the deadlifts since I haven’t done the movement at all in months. I took an extra breath or two every 10 reps or so, but never put the dumbbells down. This workout has an interesting standard for sit-ups I hadn’t seen before; I’ve always touched my hands behind my head. It was fine for 50 reps, but I could see it adding up over 100 or 150 reps without being able to throw your arms in to it. I did two sets of 10 each leg and then a set of five each with quick transitions. I switched arms every 5 thrusters and never stopped. Finished in 7:56. Most importantly, no back pain!

Strength

Superset these two movements. I thought I’d be more fatigued than I was from the thrusters, so was happy to get up to 145 while holding a solid back position.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×75#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×137.5
  • 3×140
  • 3×142.5
  • 3×145

Front Raises

  • 8x8x10# plates

Not a Good One

Yesterday was a rest day. I did do 10-8-6 of the McGill Big 3 though. Second day in a row in the green for WHOOP, which hasn’t happened in weeks! Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

Monster Walks

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 cal Ski/Row/Ski
  • 20 T2B
  • 25 Burpees
  • 5/5/5/5 Hang DB C&J (50/35#)
  • 100 DU

This was supposed to be a 40:00 AMRAP, but I felt a shot of pain in my back while bending over in the third round of double unders. So I finished the set and quit with three rounds in 30:57. I started on ski, so then did the row, and ski once more. I got more comfortable with the toes-to-bars each round and did 4×5 that third time. Burpees were horribly slow. I held on to the dumbbell each set which I was happy with.

This workout is one of my worst creations and definitely too much back flexion this early in the comeback. Hopefully I wake up fine in the morning.

Take it Overhead

Not feeling sore anywhere. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (190 cals, 4.9km)
  • Steamboats
  • Shoulder Press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (125#)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (10# plates)

First time lifting a barbell overhead in over two months! Really tightened up my core and the weight felt good. I would have been struggling with 135#.

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP — 1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

I’d done this one four times back in 2015 while following a gymnastics program. My best on 2015/12/23 was 6+5. I got through the round of 6s with two 2:09 on the clock, so I smoked it, getting 7+10 today. Unbroken through 6, then 3-2-2 on the set of 7, and I fell off the wall after the first HSPU in 8 and struggled through a second rep. Would like to give it a try without lifting first.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 30/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53# KB)

I haven’t done any rows like this through the rehab. They felt really good. Evil wheels felt great compared to about a month ago at the gym, when I couldn’t go all the way down. On my final set I was even doing two second pauses all the way at the bottom. The OH holds felt good too! It was a really good session.

I knocked out some banded PT exercises and will get my core work done after finishing up something for work work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Hello Barbell, my Old Friend

Yesterday my quads and ass were a little tight and sore. I worked the speed bag a couple of times for a few minutes and I’m already getting the hang of it. I took an awesome nap before a late lunch. Didn’t end up doing any PT or core work for the day.

Last night I slept 9.5 hours! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (99 cals, 2.51 km)
  • Monster Walks

Conditioning

“Jackie”

  • 1,000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45/35#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this girl WOD on my TODO list and didn’t end up doing it. Using an empty bar seemed like a good way to ease back in to the barbell. I rowed in 3:40 with my steady 1:50 metcon pace. Unbroken but way too slow on the thrusters. I was cautious with my back and not knowing how 50 reps would feel. I could have gone much faster. Finished those at 6:20. The pull-ups were much harder than I expected. I started out 7-5-5 I think and then like 3s and 2s. Pathetic. Finished at 7:45.

Accessory

2 Sets

  • 3:00 Banded Bear Hug Marches (30# Slam Ball)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 3:00
    • 12/12 Lateral Step-ups (24″)
    • 12/12 Banded Bulgarian Split Squats (red, 3 count descent)
  • 2:00 Rest

Got the idea for the banded split squats from Eramo again. The timing of the reps I chose for the two movements in the second three minutes was damn near perfect, giving just a little extra rest before the two minute clock started.

Then I did some of my floor PT exercises. Was hoping to get in my core work later in the evening, but didn’t get to it.

A New Speed Bag

Was planned to be a rest day yesterday anyways, but I took the day off work too after my episode on Wednesday night. This morning I hung up a speed bag, which I’ve always wanted.

speed-bag

Out in the garage around 4:30.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Walking
  • 3:00/3:00 Sideways Walking
  • Banded PT

Conditioning

30:00 Airdyne

Nothing crazy today. Went 726 calories and 16.56 km on my AD2.

A little later I did the core work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Gonna Feel Those

Feeling good. In the garage at 11.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Band Squats

Conditioning

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

  • Plyo Lunges (20/35# DBs)

This was done in the I Go You Go style with Brandi. Got it from TeamRichey, but went lighter than them and glad we did. It got terrible real quick. When I got to 16 I started to feel like I was going to fail a rep. I didn’t have to break though until I had 4 left in the final set. Almost made it unbroken! We finished in 13:12. I could barely stand up for a good 10-15 minutes afterwards. Those are going to hurt for 3-4 days.

Strength

Warmed up bench press with eight at 45-95-135.

  • 1 Giant Set
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
    • 8 DB Flyes (35#)
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
  • 3 Giant Sets
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)
    • 8 DB Flyes (30#)
    • 8 Bench Press (165#)

Much harder than I expected!

Did my banded PT exercises and then the core work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs