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.

Marathon Back Session

Getting pretty sore from yesterday in my ass, chest, shoulders, etc. My left leg is still bothering me too. Workout at 10 for 2.5 hours!

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (202 cals, 5.05 km)
  • 5:00+ Bottom Squat Hold

I haven’t sat in the bottom like that is a very long time. Need to do that more often.

Back Day

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat pulldowns (110#)
  • 12/12 Single arm supinated bent over DB row (45#)

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable row (75#, 2 sets wide, 2 sets close)
  • 12 Incline elbows out db row (30 deg, 25-20-20-25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 12 Cable row to neck (rope, 25#)
  • 12/12 Lying side straight arm db raise (10# DB)

4 Sets

  • 12 Incline Lat pulldowns (30 deg, 100#)
  • Max Strict Chin-ups (7-6-6-5)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Banded Sprinter Sit-up
  • 30/30s Banded Side Plank + Elbow to Knee
  • 30s Banded Elevated Mountain Climbers
  • 1:20 Rest

We built in a 10 second transition on the clock too for setting up each movement. This would work much better with rep counts instead of using the clock. Something like 30-20/20-30 reps would have been good.

Earned the rest day tomorrow!

Not the Chief

Yesterday was a rest day, except for shoveling the driveway twice. Way too fucking early for this much snow! My shoulders, and in general my upper body, still feel smoked. I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in awhile and was at 202 pounds. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

40:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

The last time I did one of these engine workouts was last Wednesday! Accidentally sprinted at 28:00 instead of 30, so also brought up the final one from 36 to 34. Got 1,092 calories and 23.22 km. Before this, 20.54 km is the most I’d done for 40 minutes.

Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
    • Hip Stretch
  • 2:00 Row (530m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Rack KB Squat (35-44-53-53-53#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridges

I did these instead of tempo back squats and barbell hip thrusts. Trying not to get hurt before I head to Miami for a wedding.

Conditioning

“Hanging Chief” – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

**Restart each cycle from the beginning of the AMRAP

When the gym workout said it was a climbing version of “The Chief” benchmark, I didn’t even look back to verify the movements were correct and it turns out the power cleans are supposed to be from the floor. Last time I did it, I got 5+3 or 5+2 every round. Turns out that’s a power clean from the floor though, not the hang and explains why I was so much faster today. I went out hot and was done with 2 rounds in about 45 seconds! Was worried I made a horrible mistake getting 6+9 in that first cycle. In my head I was comparing to the real version with cleans from the floor, which are slower! My pace did fall off some due to the squats and me being worried I’d crash and burn, but I was able to make a come back when I knew I could get through the last two cycles. Final scores were 6+9, 6+3, 5+14, 6, and 6+6. Total of 99 hang cleans, 189 push-ups, and 266 squats!

Avoid Americans

On Sunday night I woke up several times during the night with my shoulders just crying from the double overhead holds My shoulders and quads were pretty sore in the morning. Walked 18 holes, which I think helped a lot. Today I was out in the garage around 12:30.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Almost 2 months ago I did 15 rounds of this at a 1:39/500m pace, so my goal pace was a second faster. Felt good and I got 306 meters for 9 rounds, 3 @ 307, and 1 @ 308.

306-306-306-306-306-306-
306-306-307-307-307-308m

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 8 Plyo Lunges
  • 30s Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 American KBS (35#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Bulgarian Split Squats (53#)
  • 8/8 Single Leg Deadlifts (53#)

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 8-10-12… Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 8-10-12… American KBS (53#)
  • 30 Double Unders

I had no plans to try the 70# Rx weight. I missed a double under in round two, but otherwise every movement was unbroken the whole way. I finished the round of 18s, 20 wall balls, and 4 swings for 360 total reps. I had about 40 seconds left when I picked up the kettlebell and after those four reps I tweaked my back, so I was done. Couldn’t really stand up straight so I hope it’s not bad when I wake up tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Maybe I should stick to Russian Swings. At least my conditioning felt great; I could have kept doing unbroken wall balls for at least 2 more rounds.

CrossFit MouseTrap

Went to CrossFit MouseTrap today with a couple of other Automatticians for the 11:30 class since we had some free time before lunch.

crossfit-mousetrap

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • Line Drills
  • Stretching

Conditioning

They had options for a speed metcon (which I choose) or a power metcon, which is something I’ve never seen at any of the gyms I’ve been to. They also had 2 coaches running the class, but I guess they get a lot of drop-ins here.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 25m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53# KB)
  • 15 Goblet Squats (53# KB)
  • 100m Run

Felt pretty good even with the heat and humidity. Got through exactly 8 rounds and did all of the squats unbroken.

Skill

  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Hollow Hold
    • 20s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Thread the needle
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Plank
    • 10s Rest

After the first 4 hollow holds I did them with a bent body. I alternated sides for each round of thread the needle and then the last 2 movements were a piece of cake.

Felt good to get away from the hotel and sweat.

18.0

I’ve had that knot in my mid back when waking up a few times this week, so I’m wondering if it’s something to do with the way I’m sleeping or my mattress. My shoulders and upper back are pretty sore from Wednesday’s workout.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

  • 8 Rounds (Tabata)
    • 20s Side Shuffles (5m)
    • 10s Rest
  • 2:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10s L Hang
  • 10/10 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Conditioning

18.0
21-15-9

  • DB Snatch (50#)
  • Burpee over DB

Finally got to this one. I switched hands on the ground for all of my snatches, which is really slow. Took me 5:42. 👎🏻

Active Life – Back Max

Kettlebell March – 4 Sets

  • 60m One Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 5 Russian KBS every 10m (53#)
  • 30s Rest

The other time I tried this I went light with 35# and did 3 sets with each arm. Today with 53# was another story and I was barely able to make it through 2 sets per arm. Finished in 9:17.