My hands were aching again this morning and my legs are feeling that Friday workout a little. Out in the garage at 10am.
5:00 BikeErg (2,511m)
80′ Lateral Monster Walk
80′ Monster Walk
3:00 Wrist Warm-up
10 Kip Swings
10 Air Squats
50 Thrusters (45#)
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…
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.
The last two nights I was in the garage until after 10pm to finish reorganizing the gym and I’m mostly done with the Gympac. Need to tweak a few things. I was off work today and walked 18 holes of golf in the morning. Worked out at 4pm.
5:00 BikeErg (2,400m)
80′ Lateral Monster Walks
80′ Monster Walks
10 Plyo Lunges
10 Air Squats
10 Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)
5 Rounds (I Go, You Go)
10 Weighted Plyo Lunges (50# DBs)
10 Squat Jumps
10 Air Squats
Why not try some heavy plyos? 🙂 Brandi used 15 pound dumbbells and we finished in 6:34. Legs really started to feel it in the third round, which I predicted. The air squats were surprising difficult after the other 20 reps. Really good leg burn.
24 Russian Twists (5# ankle weights)
12 Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)
12 Seated Leg Tucks (5# ankle weights)
This turned out well and I felt good.
30:00 AMRAP w/ Partner
40 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (50/35#)
20 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38”)
200m Suitcase Carry (70/50#)
40 Ring Dips
20/12 cal BikeErg
I went first and we split most things right down the middle. For two rounds I switched hands every five reps on the C&J, I went 10-10 in the third round, and I went 5-5 again at the end. We made quick work of changing the box height after my ten reps. I alternated hands every 25 meters on my 100 meter walk. We did swap every 10 reps for the rings dips because 20 would have sucked. I went 5-5 on most on my turns. Then the Bike was just 20 cals for me and 12 for Brandi. We finished 3+10.
Another shitty night of sleep even getting to bed by 11. My entire upper body is sore and tired. So let’s hit it some more! Went to open gym at 10am.
3:00 Echo Bike (34 cals)
8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
8 Skull Crushers (45#)
8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (115#)
8 Skull Crushers (55#)
8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (160#)
8 Skull Crushers (75#)
Why 160 pounds? Well, as I was putting the bar away I realized the left side had a 35-15-10 pound plates instead of 35-10-10. I never even felt the difference when doing my reps! Too bad it wasn’t on my right side, which tends to be the weaker one when I start struggling with a bench press rep.
Every break – 4 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)
It’s good to get out of your comfort zone with something that forces big sets every now and again. I decided to try a rep scheme that scared me. The plan was 18+16+14+12+10+10 and I felt good in that first set, even thinking about going for 20 plus. Good thing I decided against it because every set after that was a struggle and I had to rest after the BBGOs. Made it through my plan though and it took 9:14.
Russian Twists (45# plate)
Side Plank (seconds each side)
Took me 4:50.
For The Girls
Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
A lot of cheater reps! My upper body is so blown up from the last three days.
I’m not doing a Year of the Engine workout again. My body needs a break.
On Friday I woke up early to beat the heat and teed off by 8am, walking 18 holes. Yesterday I drove back to Saginaw. When I got home the heat index was 96 and rising! Due to the heat and I don’t really take many true rest days in the summer (I walk 5-6 miles on the golf course of my “rest” days) I decided not to exercise. WHOOP said I still wasn’t recovered this morning and I didn’t get enough. Went to open gym at 10am.
No B.S. Bench Press
Nice to have a spotter for a true max rep set. Beat my previous best, which was 9.
3 Cycles – E3M (2:00 cap on each section)
2 Strict Pull-ups
4 Hand Release Push-ups
15/10 cal Echo Bike + 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
AMRAP Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)
On the 3rd cycle, I got the final lunge done just after the 2:00 buzzer rang. The bike and wall ball combo was the worst. I had a good pace on the first round of bike, but after that cruised. Was able to do 30 unbroken wall balls for the first two, but couldn’t hold on and only managed 12-13 for the 3rd round. I did 15-13-14 burpee box get overs. Pretty brutal workout with the humidity.
After mowing the lawn in the evening (still 80+ out) and having a low WHOOP recovery score for 2 days I decided not to do rowing intervals.
Went to open gym at 10am. Body is feeling good (knock on wood).
1:00 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)
1:00 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
I’ve seen the Mayhem teams do these box get overs in several of their videos and they looked like fun. Took a couple of rounds to get the rhythm of the movement. They were really fun though. I held the plank for the entire minute and never dropped the ball. Went 8-8-9-9-10 on the get overs and 26-27-27-28-28 with wall balls.
I wish I could tell you that I planned for my total reps to increase by one every round, but I’d be lying. The numbers part of me loves how it turned out though.
Midline / Accessory
10/10 Side V-ups
30 Plank Jumps
30s Double KB Overhead Hold (44# KBs)
10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)
I could feel some hip fatigue when getting in to the plank jumps.
After doing some yard work I decided not to do a Year of the Engine workout.