Feet, Hands, Hands, Feet

Not exactly the workout I want to see when I’ve been trying to heal a tweaked calf for the last month and have had to baby a shoulder for over 3 months. But here we are. At least this workout isn’t a back breaker.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,309m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 3×10 Calf Raises
  • Shoulder Band Mobility
  • 40 Lateral Hops
  • 40 Front/Back Hops
  • 10/10 Single Calf Raises on Step
  • 10 Jump Rope
  • 10 Double Unders
  • 4 Wall Walks

I felt pretty good in warm-ups. My calf and shoulder both felt good with the movements.

Conditioning

CrossFit Open Workout 21.1 – 15:00 Time Cap

  • 1-3-6-9-15-21 Wall Walks
  • 10-30-60-90-150-210 Double Unders

The plan was to do a knee push-up on all wall walks to take some pressure of the shoulders and that worked really well, especially with the standard. I only missed one double under to start a round and every other break was me stopping on purpose for a rest. I stuck to sets of about 30 most of the workout. In my round of 150 I thought I miscounted at 80-90, so I actually did 10 extra reps just to be sure I got them all. So my tiebreak time ended up being five seconds before I actually stopped doing the double unders there. Only had to reset twice on the wall walks for moving a hand before my feet were on the wall, so not too bad. I finished the 15 and 150 and then got 3 more wall walks for a score of 377 and a tiebreak of 14:18.

Interesting workout for sure. Didn’t feel like I rested too much anywhere and my breaks with the double unders were good. Happy not to have missed after not doing any jump rope for over a month.

Since I’m workout out at home I’m recording all of my workouts so I can still register and compete in the Open, possibly making it to the 40-44 Masters Quarterfinals.

Of course I had to come back and do some time split evaluation.

I’m not a fan of redoing Open workouts, but this workout might be one where I could gain a lot of extra ground to help me make it to the top 10% and get to the Masters Qualifier. I highlighted the areas where I might be able to pick up significant time. Would I just give that time back by missing a bunch of double unders though?

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Banded Rotations w/ 10s Hold on each side (red band on rig)
  • 12 Seated Leg Tucks
  • 30/30s Side Plank
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)

This was a good one. Took about 12:40.

Upper Ab Burnout

Yesterday was a rest day with family in town. Kind of tired though. Out in the garage at about 12:45 for some quick work.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,268m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,075m)
  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.75km)

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 OH Crunches (55# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (55# plate)
  • 20 alt V-ups

The thick 55 pound plate is not fun for the twists. This was definitely an upper ab burnout. Finished in 9:28.

Another Killer 30 EMOM

Yep, my legs and ass are sore. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.84 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Scap Push-ups

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 16 Ring Rows
  • 18 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 40s Plank (elbows)
  • 24 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 24 Lunges

Opfhhh, that was another grind. Going in I was thinking 12 ring rows and 20 cal, but I changed those when I was doing the first round of each and it worked out to be a perfect adjustment. I’m really starting to like these 30 minute EMOMs.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 20 Crunches⁣
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 20 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips

Upping the ante on the three rounds of 25 reps of each, which ends up being five more reps of each movement. Took me 9:40 compared to compared to 9:34 for the three rounds.

I finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Pow Pow Triples

Took a full rest day yesterday after not getting much sleep. Out in the garage at 11:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 4:00 SkiErg (873m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×115
    • 3×135
    • 3×155
    • 3×175

Weightlifting

  • 5:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 5:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (195#)

Planned on 185 the whole way but it felt good so I made the jump.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 25 Ring Dips
  • 25 cal BikeErg
  • 50 Reverse Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 25 cal BikeErg
  • 75 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 25 cal BikeErg

I went 5×5 for the dips, 30-20 lunges, and 35-25-15 swings. Probably averaged around 1,100 cal/hr on the bike. Finished in 23:42.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 40s Mountain Climber Slides
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s Weighted Russian Twist (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s OH Crunch (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s OH Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest

Another Brutal 30 EMOM

My shoulder seems to be getting worse.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Burpees
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 20 Jump Rope Singles

Conditioning

30:00 alt EMOM

  • 20 cal Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 25 Air Squats

Going from roughly 40 seconds of 1,800+ cal/hr rowing to double unders was brutal. I was dying in the last two rounds. I missed at least once on the rope in every round. I was able to do every round of push-ups unbroken, but that last round was a struggle with slight pauses at the top. Felt good on the air squats taking about 28 seconds to do them each round.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (pause, 27#)
  • 12 OH Plate Crunches (pause, 55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 160′ Goblet Carry (53#)

Was supposed to be sandbag carry but I subbed in the goblet instead after the rowing and so many squats.

Late Start, Long Day

Busy Sunday morning before a bit of a late start at almost 10:30 and then a very busy day (as I’m typing this up on Monday morning and backdating it).

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • Cobra

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (rope, 49-49-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (green)

Drop Sets – Dumbbell Curls

  • 15 @ 35#
  • 12 @ 30
  • 12 @ 25
  • 12 @ 20
  • 20 @ 15

Much better doing these when we haven’t destroying our biceps already. I went five pounds heavier than last time and should probably try starting at 40 next time. I was swinging the weights quite a bit though.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Bicycles
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Crunches (Hands reaching OH)
  • 10s Rest

Another good one from IBEX! I tried to remember my numbers and think I did 32-34-34-36 bicycles, 8-8-9-9 leg lifts, and 14-15-15-15 crunches.

Working on a Room

I painted the old office (to be my hobby room) last night and again this morning, since I was up early. Out in the garage at 10am for the workout.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85 km)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,165m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,615m)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (49#, rope)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104-109-109-109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (2x blue, 2x green)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 25 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 25 Crunches⁣
  • 25 Leg Lifts
  • 25 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 25 Plank Hip Dips

This one came from Morgan, who I found when looking for handstand tips. Took me 9:34 to finish.

I had hoped to get new flooring installed in the hobby room today, but only got about 2/3 done. As I type this up at night I’m beat up!

Two Short of All Unbroken

My hips and low back were a tight yesterday but overall felt good and I walked 18 holes of golf. Almost every morning, as I lay in bed and then when drinking my coffee, my hands ache. It has to be from the handstand program because I don’t remember this ever happening each day like this. Goes to show how much of handstand balancing is in your hands. We went to the park at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 20 PVC Passes

Gymnastics

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 8 Muscle-ups

I was worried this was going to be too aggressive and kept debating what the workout should be. I’ve done eight E4M for five rounds alternating with other movements. I did 11 E3M for five rounds with the first two rounds unbroken. I wanted something I was afraid of.

I felt good through four rounds and started to feel it hitting me during round five. In round six I had to squeeze out the last two dips. In the final round I had to work for the dips in reps 5-6, I swung, and knew I wasn’t getting over the rings. I took a short break and did a single, rested 20 some seconds while Brandi did her pull-ups, and did my final single. Pretty pumped I got through six sets unbroken. At the end of December my max set was 9! I guess today would have been 50 reps in about 12:08, so I’ll note that as a benchmark. If I were to do a real test of 50 I’d start by trying five EMOM, which would be a time of around 9:20.

I think this video is some of the reps in round three.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 80/80m Hill Run
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers
  • 80/80m Hill Suitcase Carry (50#)
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers

My hips were not having it on the first run up the hill. I went at my pace and started to feel better for the final third of the workout. Got through the list three full times and all the way through the second set of crunches, so air squats and mountain climbers shy of finishing four rounds (or eight depending on how you look at it).

Overlooked

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf and mowed the lawn. Worked out at 3pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,087m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 5/5 Standing Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

40 Standing Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)

Supposed to be alternating, but we don’t have pairs of KBs so we did five per side at a time until we did all 40 reps.

10 Handstand Kick-ups w/ ~5s Balance

I’ve been trying to keep an open mind about this program and starting from basics, especially since the first week went so well. When I saw this and read the notes I had my doubts. It turned out to be really good and I could feel myself starting to find that balance position. By the end I was kicking up without touching the wall.

Gymnastics & Weightlifting

14:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 T2B
  • 5 Power Snatch (95#)

Warmed up with 5×45# and 5×75# power snatches. Pretty excited I was able to get all seven rounds of toes to bars unbroken.

Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20 (I Go You Go)

  • Weighted Plyo Lunges (35/10# DBs)

Almost two months ago we did a 7:21 with Brandi going first and using 5# dumbbells. Had her go first again since it’s a bit easier and doubling her dumbbell weight was going to be a big jump. We both struggled a bit today. Maybe tired legs from Wednesday? I was feeling it in the early 18 and 16 and usually it doesn’t start to hit me until the 12 or 10. Today I was able to hold on and get every set unbroken due to it taking us longer overall and probably somewhat to do with doing a bunch of reps lately with 50# DBs. It took us 8:13, which is still our second best time at this workout.

Midline

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Mountain Climber Slides
  • Russian Twists (35# plate)
  • OH Crunch (35# plate)
  • Lying Leg Lifts

This Ibex Training workout was supposed to be 40 seconds of work with 20 seconds of rest each minute, but somehow that got overlooked and we worked the entire time except for transitions. Fucking brutal on the upper abs.

Recovery Will Be Fun

While working out yesterday we decided not to go to the track after feeling beat up from Friday. Good call, because I woke up sore! In the garage at 10am for a “recovery” type workout.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Goblet Squats (53#)

Conditioning

40:00 EMOM

  • 25/25m Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 12 Burpees
  • 10 HSPU
  • 40s Jump Rope / Lateral Hops
  • 12 Goblet Squats (53# KB)

Was happy to get every set of handstand push-ups done unbroken. Alternated between the jump rope and lateral hops each round. Worked up quite a sweat with the humidity from overnight rain.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations (blue)
  • 12/12 DB Side Plank Bounces (35#)
  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 12 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)

We hadn’t used the ankle weights in awhile. Adding a weight to the side plank bounces is tough!