Front Squats Feeling Good

Drove home from the lake today and got the lawn cut. Then out in the garage around 4:30.

Warmup

  • 80’ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80’ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Front Squats (95#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (115-125-135-145#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (50# DB)

Was up 10# on every set again and the weight felt the best it has in the three weeks of this. Went up from the 45# KB too.

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Glute Bridge + 2 Banded Hip Abduction (105#)
  • 15 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Was up 10# here. Should probably do more reps on the frogs or wear ankle weights.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP
2-4-6-8…

  • Burpee Pull-ups
  • Power Cleans (115/80#)

I didn’t wear grips since it was single pull-ups. I did a double power clean and then went singles in every other round. Got through 6 rounds plus 2/14 burpee pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds (20s/10s)

  • 12 Weighted Crunches (feet in air, 20#)
  • 16 Bicycle Crunches (slow)
  • 12 DB Pull Thru’s (60#)
  • 22 Hollow Rocks

Those slow bicycles are a whole new ballgame. I felt like I was cramping each time I rolled up from them.

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. Work 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

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.

Clean Triples

My ass is still sore and my shoulder is shitty. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3:00 SkiErg (647m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45
    • 5×95
    • 3×115
    • 3×135

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans

I increased the weight after every two sets, going 155-175-195-215-225. I did them touch-n-go through 195 and then singles. That jump to 215 got real!

Handstands

5 Sets

  • 3 Kick-ups

I’m still working on the head placement. I also focused on not reaching for the wall with my lead foot, since the wall won’t be there if I want to hold a real freestanding handstand.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Deadlifts (95/65#)
  • 10 Power Cleans (95/65#)
  • 20 DB Sit-ups (30/20#)
  • 20/20s Weighted Side Plank (30/20#)
  • 10 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 160′ Suitcase Carry (70#)

Haven’t done something long like this in weeks, at least. I liked it and glad we decreased the weight from the originally planned 115/80. Even round but the last I did the 10 deadlifts right in to 2 cleans without dropping the bar and then 2×4 cleans. At the end I did 10+4 and 6, which I really could have done every round. Got through 7+20.

New Block

Start of a new training block today! After taking four weeks away from a big focus on strength/accessory work and putting more time in metcons, we’re flipping back around with 3 strength based days per week. 4pm in the garage.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,456m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Scap Shrugs (on all 4s)
    • 5/5 Calf Raises (on step)
  • 10 alt Back rack reverse lunges 45#

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunge (115-115-125#)
  • 20 alt Cossack Squats

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Step Downs (15″, 50#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (70#)

Shoulders

3 Sets

These came from some things I’m reading about correcting an arched back in a handstand hold. Brandi and I both thought we’d never used some of these muscles before with these variations.

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (75/50#)

Designed to be and felt like an Open style workout. I got through 7+14.

The Push of Repeaters

Got over eight hours of sleep for the second night in a row! Who am I? In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 10-5 Shoulder I-Y Band Drill
  • 3x30s Handstand Shape 45 degree Hollow
  • 3x30s Hollow Hold
  • 3x30s Handstand Tuck Balance

All with 45 seconds of rest between the 30 seconds of work. This stuff is already feeling better. We’re excited to see where this program goes over the next three weeks.

Update: After going to log this on the platform I noticed more notes that explained how to do it. It was supposed to be done as 30 seconds of each of the three movements and then rest 1:30-2:00. Whoops! We still felt like it was effective.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 10/10 DB Split Squats
  • 10 DB Stiff Legged Deadlifts

I used the same pair of dumbbells for both movements and did 35-40-45-50#.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Front Squats (35# DBs)
  • 12 DB Sumo Squats (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
  • 10/10/10 Calf Raises (50# DBs, out, neutral, in)

Conditioning

Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, 3×135, and 2×165 touch-n-go power cleans.

5 Rounds

  • 10 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 5 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 1:00 Rest

My round times were 1:25 – 1:20 – 1:15 – 1:13 – 1:06, which I’m stoked about. After the first round I would have said that pace was going to be hard to keep. Burpee pull-ups are a movement where you find your rhythm and comfort once you get going.

I really love these repeater style workouts because they’re making me push much harder than I ever would and I’m learning new things.

Downhill Recovery

Was a little tired this morning and my back was tight, but WHOOP said my recovery was only 23%!

I honestly don’t feel that bad. Some days it seems to take the heart rate at a weird time that just throws off the formulas, because it said my resting heart rate was 48, which is much higher than my typical 38-40. Out in the garage at 3:30 today for a session that took 2 hours.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (103 cals, 2.55km)
  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)
  • 2×15 Steamboats
  • 2 HSPU
  • 5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (25#)
  • 2 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 2 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40#)

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP Partner

  • 6/6 HSPU
  • 5/5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 6/6 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5/5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40/25# DBs)

This was a new idea for a partner workout where the sets are small, so by the time you move to your next spot it’s almost your turn again. The way this one works is each partner does 6 handstand push-ups (one person working at a time), then each does 5 burpee pull-ups, etc. Brandi scaled back her HSPU to do Rx and eventually went to some DB push presses. It worked out pretty well, with the burpee pull-ups taking the most time by far. I originally was going to do 15 minutes, but pulled back to 12 today. Would have been fine with three more minutes. This would be a good one to try solo as well. I started, we got through five rounds and I got all of my burpee pull-ups done in the sixth.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×125
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Could have went more, but that was good enough for today with a lot of work left.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 12 Underhand Front Raise (15# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25-30-30# DBs)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50# DB)

2 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 One Arm OH Tricep Extension (25-20# DB)

1 Set

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

The single arm overhead tricep extensions were really bugging my left shoulder so I did kickbacks for the third set.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (blue)

We should really do more of those renegade rows on back day. I feel like they isolate the back muscles better than a Kroc row, which are easy to rotate and cheat on.

Machine Madness

Yesterday I worked on the room for my office in the early morning before work, walked 18 holes in the last day of the heat wave, and worked on the room again late at night. Today I had a vacation day, so again I worked on the room in the morning and walked 18 holes. Worked out at 4pm.

Skill

Practiced some handstands with feet off the wall.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Incline DB Curl (30#)
  • 12 Cable Hammer Curl (rope, 40#)

3 Sets

  • DB Curl 21s

I used 25-30-30#. Looks like I was up to three sets with 30# late last year, so not bad considering we haven’t been focusing on biceps.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 2:00 SkiErg
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 400m Run + Rest
  • 2:00 BikeErg
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

This was really good. A battle, but a good one. I went out too hot on the bike, not really knowing my pace yet, otherwise improved on every other movement through the workout. Running felt really good too and I was not expecting to be able to run that fast. For the machines, the numbers below are distances in meters.

An hour and a half later I’m feeling rocked from today so far. I still need to do some work on that room though, so things dry before painting tomorrow afternoon. I should sleep well tonight!

Man Down in the Third

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,058m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Did the monster walks around my ankles it’s a whole different ball game.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95-115-125-135-145#)
  • 16 Kossack Squats

Felt good. I loosen up so much after two sets of the Kossack squats.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups (20# MB)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (20# DB)

That was tough, especially the parter stuff!

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10-8-6
    • Thruster (95/65#)
    • Burpee Pull-ups (normal height)
  • Rest 3:00

I warmed up with five empty bar thrusters. Went out a little too hot on the burpees and it took some getting used to them. Settled in on a mostly step up and down method. The thrusters felt good. My times were 3:54 and 3:45. It was actually supposed to be three rounds, but two thrusters in to the third I tweaked my back. FML!! Hopefully it’s just minor because after about five minutes in the reset position, I was moving around pretty well. I’m setting here with ice on my back as I type this.

Rankel

This shoulder impingement is really starting to piss me off. Felt pretty good last night and today after the 40 minute workout. Went in at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 10×45# Deadlift
  • 6×135# Deadlift

Conditioning

“Rankel” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 7 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 10 American KBS (62#)
  • 200m Run

Scaled the deadlift back from the 225# and we don’t have a 2 pood (71#) kettlebell, so I used the heaviest we had. My legs felt heavy on the run from yesterday’s workout. Finished 6+18.

I’m AMRAP’d out for awhile. 25, 40, and 20 minute AMRAPs in the last 4 days!

Accessory – 4 Sets

  • 200m Farmers Carry
  • 45s HS Hold

I held a 25# and a 15# bumper plate, switching at the turn-around. On the last set I held the handstand for 1:30.