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.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

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

3 Sets

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

Those were some good supersets.

Conditioning

4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.

Heat is Draining

Was up early with some work stuff on my mind, so I got out of bed and spent an hour writing it up at a little after 5am. I need to get my sleep back on track because it hasn’t been very good the last 2-3 weeks. I’m either waking up way too early, going to bed later than I had been, or both. This heat is tiring too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Bike Erg (5,092m)
  • Steamboats
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (95#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Deadlift (155/105#)
  • 10 Pull-up

In round two I started going 5-5 on the deadlifts just to be safe with my back. In round three of the handstand push-ups I switched to 5-5. Pull-ups were all unbroken. Finished 5+27.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press
  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ OH Hold
  • 10 DB Bench Press

These were tough. I used 40-40-45#.

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (40#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Standing OH DB Tricep Extensions (50#)

I was close to failure on these. Upper body was dead after all that.

Low Bar Muscle-ups

Made the last minute decision to golf yesterday morning because the weather forecast showed rain for today. Last night I had to mow the damn lawn again. When I got in bed last night I felt my back a bit and then each time I got up to use the bathroom; like a very minor tweak. After properly waking up and moving around it hasn’t bothered me throughout the day though. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (99 cal, 2.51 km)
  • Steamboats
  • 5 Wide Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Close Grip Bench Press (45#)

Strength / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Bench Press
  • 10 Bench Press
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press

I used 95-105-115# and it made me feel so weak. Haha!!

3 Sets

  • 12 Underhand DB Bench (45#)
  • 24 Single Arm Underhand DB Fly (20#, standing, alternating)

3 Sets

  • 10 Z Press (30-35-35# DBs)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Windmill Press (25# KB, 35-35# DB)

Nasty superset.

4 Sets

  • 10 Front to Lateral Raise (8# DBs)

Wouldn’t really want to go much heavier than that to keep safe.

Was screwing around on the pull-up bar that I lowered since adding the one built from pipe and realized I can do jumping bar muscle-ups in a workout!

Conditioning

12:00 EMOM (45s Work)

  • cal BikeErg
  • Parallette HSPU (4” deficit)
  • T2B
  • 50m Farmer Carry (70# & 53# KBs)

I hit back on the monitor going in to round two and it took forever to save, so didn’t start up right away, but I assume I was pretty close to my other rounds, which were both 20 calories. Went 5-4 on the handstand push-ups each round. Got 20 toes-to-bars each time, but with a different strategy each round, doing 10-10, 10-5-5, and 4×5. I did not wear grips today. Had some extra rest time on the carry, but that got shorter each round.

Area Flooding

I got some super sleep with about 9.5 hours last night and woke up to massive flooding in the surrounding areas. Luckily I’m five miles from the Tittabawassee River. My body feels pretty good. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (635m)
  • Steamboats

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP – 1-2-3…

  • HSPU
  • Burpee
  • Power Clean (115/80#)

Thinking back, this is 3x as long with one more movement, compared to five minutes of burpees and HSPU last month, when I did 7+10. Definitely required more pacing today. I started out at a pretty solid pace though and was through round six around 5:00. I had done all my handstand push-ups unbroken at that point. Then I started breaking them up, going 4-3, 4-4, 3-3-3, 4-3-3, 6-2. Final score was 10+8. I was able to do every set of cleans unbroken, which felt good.

Strength / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Shoulder Press (35#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (35#)

Holding two dumbbells overhead is a real mobility test!

4 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press (50#, w/ rotation)
  • 6 DB Bench Press (50#)

This was much harder than I expected.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Underhand Bench Press (40#)
  • 24 Alt Seated Underhand Raise (20# DBs)

Gymnastics

Later in the evening I did five minutes of practice doing frog stands to work on hand balance. Then I also did this long hold after a bit of rest to get a video for the ‘gram.

40 Rep Superset

With rain in the forecast pretty much all day today I walked 18 holes yesterday and shot another good score. Should I be afraid I’m using it up so early or excited for how good the rest of season could be? My left calf/achilles is still bothering me. Out in the garage at 1:30.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 3 HSPU

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 Deadlifts (135/95#)
  • 10 Russian KBS (70/53#)
  • 10 HSPU

I was thinking somewhere around six rounds would be good for this and I was pretty close. Kept everything unbroken and nearly got through seven, with 6+34. That was a lot of back work and I could feel the first deadlift rep each set when I wasn’t setup properly. So I went slow on the bar, making sure to be solid.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (45°)
  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (30°)
  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (15°)
  • 10 DB Bench Press
  • 3:00 Rest

Big 40 rep superset!! Had no idea what weight to use and I lowered a couple of times before starting. Ended up using 20-25-30-30 pounds and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to make it through a set with 35 pounders!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Standing Snow Angels (8# DBs)
  • 10 Banded Face Pull (red each arm)

I had planned to hit some push presses but my upper body was shot and my back was feeling that workout a bit, so I settled on these movements instead.

15 Butterflies

I feel good! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (210 cals, 5.15 km)
  • 15 DB Bench Press (30#)

Strength

5 Sets

  • 15 DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 8 Front Raises (15#)

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Pull-ups
  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)
  • 15 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 150m Run

All unbroken 🦋  pull-ups!! I don’t remember the last time I tried a set 15, let alone five sets. This was a good combination of movements.

Gymnastics

5 Sets

  • 1:00 HS Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Last two were not fun.

New Farmer’s Carry Handles

My triceps aren’t sore yet, which is surprising. I did my banded PT exercises and three sets of 15 step downs at 14″ on each leg before lunch. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 DB Bench Press (50#, on exercise ball)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (10#)

That was a new challenge on the ball!

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 OH Plate Lunges (35#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Tried to stay controlled and use good movement patterns with the cleans. Got through 4+30.

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These handles from Titan Fitness are pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try them out in a workout.

On April 11th it will have been two months since my back tweak, so that’s the goal date for picking up a barbell again. It’s hard to be patient, but I want to make sure I give it all plenty of time to heal and it gives me another 2.5 weeks to correct my imbalances.