On the Fourth

Yesterday evening we rode 9 holes of golf. Did some cleanup on the posts this morning and then were getting set for the workout at about 10:30.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Push Press (35#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Conditioning

Partner

  • 60 Strict HSPU (3×5, 5×3)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 100 Russian KB Swings (70/53, 20-20-10)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 60 DB Push Press (50/25#, all 5s)

Didn’t even run a clock today. Was a good one.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups (20# DB)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 4 Dragon Flags
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Damn this was burning at the end of round one. Took me 10:18.

Testing a Strategy Through Half Murph

Yesterday I got rained out of golf, so was able to spend the evening finishing the outside wall of my house. Today is was about 80° and humid as fuck at 4pm when we hit the garage.

Conditioning

  • 850m Run
  • 5 Rounds
    • 30 Air Squats
    • 10 Pull-ups
    • 20 Push-ups
  • 850m Run

I’ve been thinking about doing 10 rounds of 10-20-30 for Murph, so this was a good test. This morning I was reading Reddit and saw someone mention starting with the air squats, which I thought was brilliant because going from squats right to that last mile always sucks on the legs.

I did the first run in 4:29. My round splits were 1:26, 1:32, 2:01, 2:03, and 2:06. I was able to do two rounds of push-ups unbroken, but then 12-6-2, 10-6-4, and 4×5. I bet my squats got a little slower too. The last run was about 4:36. Total time of 18:13, which is a slower pace than my full Murph last year. Needless to say I won’t be doing the 10-20-30, because my average pace per round of “Cindy” today would have been 54.8 seconds and last year during Murph I averaged about 51.6 seconds per round. I think I will start with squats though.

Our plan is to do Murph on Sunday morning, which should be nice and cool. So that should be much better on the body because it was hard to breathe in the thick air today.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (red)
  • 10/10 KB Side Bends (70#)
  • 10/10 One Arm Weighted Single Leg V-ups (20#)

Legs

4 Rounds

  • ~35s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

2021 PairUP ThrowDOWN

Of course we actually got some rain this morning, so it delayed our workout and made it super humid. Finally out in the garage after 11am.

Warm-up

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Deadlifts (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (125#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Deadlifts (175#)

Conditioning

Pair UP ThrowDOWN
Time cap: 35:00

  • 30-20-10 synchro deadlifts (185/125)
  • 30-20-10 synchro bar-facing burpees
  • 400-m run

5:00 Rest

  • 10-20-30 synchro thrusters (75/55)
  • 10-20-30 synchro pull-ups
  • 400-m run

We broke the deadlifts up in sets of five throughout. Finished the first part at 18:41. Ten thrusters unbroken and then I think we did 4-3-3 pull-ups. Went 12-8 thrusters and 3-2-2 and singles for the 20 I believe. We got through 2/30 thrusters, which is 187 reps. Really rough one in the humidity this morning.

Now I’m getting a late start working on the outside wall of the house and the lawn needs to be cut at some point too.

Accessory Wipeout

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)

Conditioning

5 Rounds each (do entire round, while partner does holds)

  • 8 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38″) / 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 15/10 cal Row / 35s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 30 Plyo Lunges / 40s Plank

Brandi went first, so I was in the hold first. Took us 27:13.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 120/120′ Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (30# DBs)

I had energy until this accessory work, which kind of wiped me out!

Five More Pounds

I’ve been swamped at work, so yesterday ended up being a full rest day instead of active recovery. Workout at 10am this morning.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×165

Weightlifting

  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (185-185-195-195)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 2 Power Cleans (205-205-215-215)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 1 Power Clean (225-235-245-255)

All touch-n-go reps. Five pounds more than a few weeks ago. I haven’t picked that up since February of 2018. Felt good today and definitely had more in the tank. I’ll keep slowing working on my leg strong and confidence with the lift. Things are working. Maybe I can get back to my best of 275 or even more.

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 20 PVC Sit-ups (anchored + AbMat)
  • 30 Russian Twists (35# plate)

These PVC sit-ups are gross. My upper abs were on fire in round 3 and I had to start breaking them up. I did the twists all unbroken though. Finished in 7:11.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 10 Double DB Box Step Overs (50/35#, 24/20″)

Did step burpees from the start to help with heart rate. I missed a dub is 3-4 of my rounds I think. Never rested during the step overs. You just have to keep grinding. Finished 7+1.

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.

2 Months of Handstands

Decided to fully rest yesterday after not getting much sleep Thursday night watching the election results (or lack of haha). I did get in a 75 minute nap though. Stayed up even later last night. Workout at noon today, to take advantage of the weather.

Warm-up

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,410m)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 4 Sets
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

That ends phase 2 of our handstand work, which was a solid 8 weeks. Shoulders need some recovery! Will probably transition to just kick-ups because all the other stuff has our shoulders beat.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 French Press (60# DB)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Pulldown (red)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 Push-ups

I did the first run in about 1:45 and think I kept the others under 2:00. Running felt good. My back felt pretty tight throughout the squats. I did three rounds of 10-10 push-ups and then finished all 20 unbroken in round 4; probably should have tried unbroken ever round. Finished in 12:46. Such a nice day out!

More Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (15#)
  • Wrist Roller (5#)

Putting Band Peg to Use

My back is feeling pretty good. Worked out at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 cal Ski Erg
  • 10s Transition
  • 30s Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I got 18 calories every round and 10-10-8 pull-ups. Never did more than a set of 4 pull-ups.

Legs

Warmed up with 10 lunges each at 45 and 95 pounds.

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Step Downs (15”, 50# DB)

My left leg is definitely much better with the step downs.

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB RDLs (50# DBs)
  • 24 Banded Hamstring Curls (red)

Got to use my new band/rack pegs. 🙂

3 Beat Downs

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and otherwise had a rest day. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,620m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 15/15/15/15 Steamboats
  • Squat Cleans
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×115
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Weightlifting

E2M – 8 Sets

  • 10 Burpees
  • 3 Squat Cleans (increasing)

I was able to keep a steady pace on my burpees and then hit the numbers I planned, which brought me to my current limit. I did 135-145-155-165-175-185-195-205 pounds. After I got through 185# I actually thought about cutting back for the last round or two. Went for it though. Felt heavy. I haven’t done a squat clean since December and it’s probably been nearly that long since I’ve done any type of heavy front squat.

Conditioning

“Legs Gone Bad Vol 2”
150x

  • Squat Jump
  • 2 Plyo Lunges

I did doubles through 14 and then a few sprinkled in over the last 25 reps. Finished in 11:07 for a big PR compared to the 12:50 in May. Brandi was better by around three minutes! Good retest but I think this workout is retired; it’s just so brutal the entire way.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Another big PR with 9:01, beating the 10:19 from June. I didn’t have to break up the hollow holds, so those have come back a lot over the last few months.

Today beat us up the whole way.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

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

3 Sets

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

Those were some good supersets.

Conditioning

4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.