Point One Away

I did not sleep great on Sunday night and I’m sure having a large Coke from McDonald’s at 9pm was the main contributor to that. Yesterday I went out and messed around for 5 holes of golf. Felt great to be out on the course! In the afternoon I felt my pecs getting sore from the 100 toes to bars I did Sunday. My quads were still sore from Saturday too. Planned to do PT work, but it didn’t happen. Went to bed early again and got over 9 hours of sleep. Out in the garage at noon after my weekly video call.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Airdyne (63 cals, 1.58 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Shoulder Press (done after row)
    • 10×45#
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Time Trial

250m Row

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So close to matching my old 38.3 PR from July 2016. If I could have started like I did for my 100m PR the other day I would have had it. Thought about making a second attempt, but I was breathing hard for several minutes and decided to move on.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (15#)

Felt strong throughout and was able to keep a solid core.

Conditioning

2 Rounds (2:00 work, 1:00 rest)

  • Strict Pull-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • DU
  • Burpees

I got 29-27 pull-ups, 57-66 squat jumps, 164-176 double unders, and 34-39 burpees. The wind coming through the back door was messing up my rope, I shit you not! Took me until about thirty seconds through round two to notice. This has happened to me out in the driveway before. Thrilled for all the numbers to go up in the second attempts, other than pull-ups, which is understandable. For pull-ups I think I went 5-3-2 then singles in the first round and 7×2 then singles in round two.

Smashed It

No issues with my back through the night or today. Started working on a cable pulley system for the garage gym. Then worked out at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks

Conditioning

Support Your Local Box Fundraiser #2

  • 100-75-50 DU
  • 21-15-9 Burpees

Wanted to redo this to see if I could get close to or sub 5:00. Only missed one double under the entire workout in the 75 with three to go. Crushed it with a 4:33 to smash the 5:23 from last Saturday! I was not expecting anything like that.

36:00 EMOM

  • 150m Run
  • 25 Banded Pushups (red, 10-5-5-5)
  • 24 Lateral Box Step Overs (14”)
  • 25/25m Suitcase Carry (70#)
  • 40s HS Hold (freestanding practice)
  • 40s Plank

Nothing crazy, but solid work. The handstand holding was not very good, but I kept trying.

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

Fundraiser Couplet

Out in the garage around 11:30.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • 50 Lateral Hops
  • 50 Forward/Back Hops

Conditioning

Support Your Box Fundraiser #2

  • 100-75-50 DU
  • 21-15-9 Burpees

Got through around 70 double unders and then missed like four times. Missed twice in the 75 I think and did the 50 unbroken. Finished in 5:23. Fun little burner workout!

Strength-ish

4 Cycles

  • 3 Sets each – 16 Plyo Lunges (35-35-20-20# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Did this with Brandi. The way it works is you go I Go You Go style, until you each complete three sets. Then you get another minute of rest. So it ends up being 196 lunges each. Originally I had programmed 4 sets per cycle, but that wasn’t going to fly so I changed it during that first cycle. Still had to decrease my weight after two cycles and was having to break on the end of cycles. We finished in 12:56. Nasty!

Going to clean all of the gym stuff and the garage floor today.

Tri-ing Interference

My quads and ass are barely sore anymore. Still can’t believe I wasn’t destroyed from Saturday. I guess all the other lunges and single leg work is paying off. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

10:00 Airdyne

Went 202 cals and 5.01 km.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Deficit Strict HSPU (0, 1.75, 3, 3.75, 4.5“)
  • 15 Front Raises (8#)

The most I’ve ever done for a one rep deficit was 11.5 inches, several years ago. A couple of weeks ago I did 10 reps at about 4 inches, so this was disappointing. I wonder if I don’t have my hands as wide when I’m on stacked plates, which would make it a lot more difficult. I’ll have to play around with it.

Conditioning

  • 30-20-10 Burpees
  • 30-20-10 Push Presses (75#)
  • 60-40-20 DU

In those first few push presses I could feel it was going to be terrible. Triceps were already blown up. I used a rack so I wouldn’t have to pick the bar up off the ground and I managed to stick to all sets of 10, resting the barbell on my back in two of the three breaks. Never missed a double under and finished in 8:39.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 45s Lying Leg Lifts
  • 45s Turtles (Heel Touches)
  • 45s Hollow Hold
  • 45s Russian Twist
  • 1:30 Rest

I had to do scaled hollow holds after round one and didn’t use any weight for the Russian twists. Been two months since I’ve done any ab work like this!

Tuesday Triceps

I don’t feel any tightness at all in my back after doing the goblet squats yesterday! Did my floor PT exercises during a lunch break. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (2.47 km, 96 cals)
  • PVC Passes

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 HSPU
  • MAX DB Shoulder Press (20/35#)
  • 3:00 Rest

My plan was to do all of the handstand push-ups strict, but in the first set I knew that wouldn’t hold. I was able to do all 10 strict for the first two sets. Then I did 6 strict plus 1 strict in to 3 kip, and finally 5 strict plus 5 kip in the fourth. I lost the shoulder presses real quick getting 15-8-6-5 reps.

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • cal Ski Erg
  • Burpees

5:00 Rest and Repeat

When I got a few reps in to that first set of 21 burpees I knew this was going to be bad. Oh shit! My triceps were blown! I was having a hard time pushing myself up off the ground. My ski pace slowed significantly after the first 21 calories. First time through took me exactly 6:00. I started out the second time much slower on the machine, but was able to pick up the pace for the 9 cals and then push the burpees, to make up some ground, getting 6:02.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Hammer Curls (20#)
  • 15 OH Banded Tricep Extension (single red)

What I Needed

My hamstrings are still sore. Worst sleep of the week last night and the rest of the week was terrible to begin with. Originally I had a vacation day schedule with my sister’s family due to visit. With the pandemic that trip was cancelled though. I woke up this morning and decided I needed the day off.

Out in the garage at 5pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Conditioning

10 Rounds – 30s Work 15s Rest

  • Ski Erg
  • Burpees
  • Reverse Lunges
  • HS Hold
  • Kossack Squats

I was getting seven calories on the ski, nine burpees, 16 lunges, and 16 squats. Just what I needed today.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50 Banded Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 50 Banded Curls (red)

I did 50, 50, 30-20 on the pulls and 50, 30-20, 30-20 for the curls.

Skipped PT exercises today.

Faster in Round Two

Well, more changes to life, as the State of Michigan ordered restaurants, bars, theaters, fitness centers, and many other types of businesses to close starting at 3pm yesterday. So I’m glad I stopped going to the gym last week. Looks like it’ll be garage gym workouts for the foreseeable future.

Yesterday I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill, going 1.38 miles, did some monster walks with the hip circle, and my banded PT exercises. Before I ate lunch today I did some PT exercises and the core stability work.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I really wanted to do these yesterday since I’m switching them to a Monday, Thursday, Saturday schedule. Increased the reps again too.

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (black band, ankles)
  • 2×15 Steamboats (blue)

Strength

5 Sets

  • 24 Walking Lunges with 30-degree diagonal step (single DB, switch arms after 12, 30#)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)

My left leg felt much better on the step downs today. Almost couldn’t even notice a difference.

Conditioning

box

2 Rounds

  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 20 Burpees
  • Rest 5:00

This was my first day doing any burpees since the back tweak. My times were 3:51 and 3:45. The ultimate goal was to go the same speed or maybe even faster in the second round. After getting through my burpees 10 seconds faster I knew I could do it. Felt great that I was able to pull that off!

Accessory

  • 100 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 100 Band Curls (red)

I did 50-30-20 on the pull aparts and 4×25 on the curls. Both were harder than expected!

F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.