Chest Week 2

This is the second week of the chest workout, so the weights go up.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (75#)
  • 5 Bench Press (100#)

In between some of the parts, we’d jump on the BikeErg. I did 2:30, 1:00, and 5:00.

Chest

MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

Was able to knock out 40 reps.

MAX Ring Push-ups

A bit of a struggle very early here. Only got 26.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 45#)

It’s so much harder with elbows out and the dumbbells facing forward.

75 DB Bench Press (40/20#)

Felt pretty good here, doing 5×10 and 5×5 to finish in 2:48.

Weightlifting

Squat Cleans

  • 2 Squats Cleans + Bottom Squat Hold + 2 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4×95
  • 2×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205

I belted up at 165 or 185. The squats felt heavy!

E15S – 5:00

  • 1 Power Clean (185#)

This was tough, but very doable. Wore my belt.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 50m Uneven Farmer Carry (45+60#)
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations & Holds (red)

Then we spent 3-4 hours working on the outdoor gym and I mowed my lawn.

TRAIN Chest

I was flipping through an issue of TRAIN this week and saw some chest work so we’re going to try it out.

Chest

Warmed up with some PVC Passes and then 10 bench each at 45 and 75 pounds.

MAX Bench Press (100/50#)

I stopped at 50 reps since I was getting pretty slow.

MAX Push-ups

Supposed to vary the feet and hands each time we do this, but we stuck to standard this week and I got 35.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (40#)

I did the first set like I normally do with elbows pointing forward and palms paralles to each other. We’re kind of subbing these in for military press, so B suggested the other position and I did the last two sets with elbows out and palms facing forward. Much harder!

50 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I started out with a set of 15, which was probably a mistake. Then I went 10-10-8-7 and finished at 2:26. Quick sets of 5 would probably be a good strategy.

We were hopping on the BikeErg in between ad I ended up doing rides of, 2:00, 1:00, 1:00, and 5:00. Done in less than 40 minutes. Now we’re heading to Midland to watch the LPGA event.

High Rep Dumbbell Bench

My back is feeling much better. In the garage just after 11am.

Conditioning

E80S – 10 Rounds

  • 250m BikeErg

Was taking me 21-22 seconds. Much harder than I expected.

Chest & Midline

I warmed up with 10+10 @ 20 pounds.

E2M – 3 Rounds (alt)

  • 10 Chest Fly + 20 DB Bench Press
  • 30 alt Side Crunches + 30 Reverse Crunches (ankle weights)

This was alternating every two minutes between the two supersets. I kept to one set of dumbbells for the bench press and double the reps because Brandi was handing the me weights after I laid down on the bench so I didn’t tweak my back getting down in to position. The really high reps was tough!

Hopefully I’ll be able to mow the lawn later, but it’s raining again now.

Tabata 300

My body is beat. We worked out at 10:45 today.

Warm-up

5x400m BikeErg, done in between chest sets.

Chest

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 Seated DB Pec Deck (20# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Fly (30# DBs)
  • 10 Standing Plate Press (25#)

Conditioning

Keep going until 300 reps are completed

  • 20s Pull-ups
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Push-ups
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Reverse Lunges
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Air Squats
  • 10s Rest

I got 16 pull-ups each full 20 seconds and they felt great! My push-ups actually gave out in the last 2-3 sets, but I’m 99% sure that’s because of the chest work. Lunges and squats are just slow. I finished by getting my last eight pull-ups nine seconds in to round 21, so 10:09. This was a pretty cool workout, with barely enough time to remember what you were doing next before the clock beeped.

Midline

20-20-10

  • V-ups
  • Plank Knee to Elbow
  • Reverse Crunch
  • Side Plank Pulse
  • Side Plank Pulse
  • alt V-up
  • Big Hollow Flutter Kick (single leg raises)
  • Oblique Heel Touch
  • Russian Twist
  • Lying Leg Lift (w/o hip raise)

Were stepping it up from two rounds of 20. I finished the first 20 at 3:57, the second 20 at 8:24, and 10 at 10:23.

Then is was back to my living room project until almost 9pm.

Shoulders on Fire

Warm-up

  • 16 PVC passes
  • 10 DB Bench Press (35#)
  • 10 DB Fly (20#)

Chest

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 DB Fly (35# DBs)
  • MAX Plate Press (35#)

This added up quick. Got 20-20-10 for the plate presses.

3 Sets

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Sandbag Bearhug Hold (100#)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 40s Double DB Overhead Hold (35# DBs)
  • 60 Double Unders

Hard to try an catch your breath holding a sandbag on your chest. haha High speed burpees all the way. The overhead hold was miserable. Missed a dub at 17 in round one and at 53 in round three. Three unbroken sets of 60 is great for me!

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 OH Hollow Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 30 Reverse Crunch
  • 20 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 10 PVC Sit-ups

This was a grinder! I slowed a bit between some sit-ups, but otherwise went unbroken, which was not easy at all. Finished in 8:27.

Time for More Shoulder Rest

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.54 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes

Chest & Triceps

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 5×125#
  • 5×145
  • 5×165

Wasn’t great on my shoulder so I switched to close grip.

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 DB Fly (35# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (bar, 71#
  • 30 Incline Bar Push-ups (bench press height)

Was supposed to be max push-ups, but that also is not a good position for my shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 12 Overhead Cable Tricep Extensions (rope, 49#)
  • 12 DB Pull Over (50-60-60-60#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Goblet Squats (50# DB)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)

Time to start doing single dumbbell movements that could be in the Open. Squats felt good and I learned I actually prefer the dumbbell for a goblet squat. I broke the last 2-3 rounds of ring rows 5-5. Deadlifts got slow. Took me 6:36.

AMRAP Pulldowns

Solo session at 5pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,554m)
  • 2 Sets
    • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (8# DBs)
    • 12 PVC Passes

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 8 DB Fly (30#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)

4 Sets

  • 12 Incline Bench Press (95-105-110-115#)
  • 12/12 One Arm Pull Down (rope, 27#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Plate Press (25-35-45-45#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (20#)

5:00 AMRAP

  • Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 38#)

Feel the burn! My sets were 4×10, 8×7, 2×5, and 1×3 for a total of 109 reps. When Brandi and I alternated back and forth for five minutes and I used 37# I did 88 total reps.

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 45-24-20, which is 7 more total reps than on Nov 20.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 20s Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)
  • 20s Rest

Glad I didn’t try the 30 or 35s! I did 16-16-16-12-14-14-14-14, which is 116 reps.

All of the Dumbbells

At 4pm, not too long after getting back from a day+ trip to my brothers to help him with electrical work.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m Row
  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m SkiErg

I think I pulled around 1:55 on the rower and 2:08 on the SkiErg.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • Kick-ups (goal: land soft on wall and come down)
    • 2×5 (bad leg)
    • 2×5 (good leg)
  • 1:00 45° hollow hold
  • 45s 45° hollow hold
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (w/ finding balance)

I’m using the four week program we did as a base to create another four weeks as phase two. Stepping things up and adding in things I’ve found from other handstanders.

We were both extremely surprised how kick-ups went on our bad legs. We’re really getting the feel for how much power is needed to get up to vertical.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Arm Floor Press (45 + 50#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (70#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (25#)
  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups

3 Sets

  • 8 Dumbbell Fly (40# DBs)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

DB Bench Press

  • 12×60#
  • 8×50
  • 8×40
  • 8×35
  • 8×30
  • 8×25

In the style of doing drop sets, but with prescribed rep counts for every set. Do the 12, pick up the next dumbbells, and right in to the next set until all sets are completed. I make a smart move skipping over the 45s. When I picked up the 40s they felt really light though and I busted out my reps. As I got towards the end of the 35s and through the finish it was a burn though.

Done Early

Last night while sitting on the couch I noticed my hamstrings were sore when I put a little pressure on them. Maybe from something on Wednesday? Out in the garage at 9:30 this morning.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 20:00 BikeErg (10,012m)

Back & Chest

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (82-93-98-104#)
  • 16 DB Bench Presses (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns (104-115-120-126#)
  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60-60-65-65#)
  • 10 Incline DB Flies (30-35-35-40#)

I felt strong today or maybe it’s a real pulley system feels that much better. All done before 11am!

Moving Gingerly

My back is tender, sore, and tight after the tweak. Out in the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,515 meters and felt good, increasing the pace over the time. I really feel good on the bike during these longer sessions.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Lat Pulldowns (100#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (on Parallette, 35# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Pullovers (45#)
  • 16 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)

5 Sets w/ Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Back Flies (50#)
  • 4 Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time, on July 5th, I did 10-8-8-12 with 5# less per set. Today I did 8-8-8-10 for the drop sets. It sucked right from start with the 50 pounders.

Chest

Warmed up by doing 12 supinated bench press with 65# loaded.

3 Sets

  • 12 Supinated Bench Press (135#)
  • MAX Diamond Push-ups (16-14-12)

The push-ups were the movement that aggravated my back the most if I wasn’t keeping a solid position.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DP Bench Press with hold
  • 8 DB Bench Press

I used 40-45-45# and would not have made it with 50# dumbbells.

Tried to do some of the core movements and they didn’t feel good, so we skipped core work again. Maybe we’ll do some tomorrow at the track.