Pump Before Pull-ups

Nothing is sore for a change. Nice weather, which is very unusual. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3:00 SkiErg (701m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Cuban Rotations (15#)
    • 10 Rear Delt Band Pull Aparts (red)
  • 10 DB Bench Press (40#)
  • 5 Goblet Squats (35#)

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 8 DB Fly (40#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)

Was close to failure on the bench presses the last two sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Pull Over (60#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Down (bar, 60#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (115-125-135-145#)
  • 10 Cable OH Tricep Extension (rope, 38-43-43-43#)

The bench press felt really good here.

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not as good to start today, but better on the other two sets, with 35-25-22.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 Pull-ups
  • 20 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not my jam with so much of the time for squats and me being cautious with my back. My rounds were 1:08, 1:10, and 1:12.

Chest and Tris

Yesterday was a rest day, but I spent about 90 minutes cleaning up leaves. Got a full night of sleep.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (570m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Cuban Rotations (15#)
    • 10 Band Rear Delt Pull Apart (red)
    • 10 Air Squats

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (50-60-60-60#)
  • 10 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 60#)

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Pull Over (50-50-60-60#)
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press (115-115-115-125#)

4 Sets

  • 10 DB Fly (35#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 40-20-20 and it burned!

Conditioning

4 Rounds (IGYG)

  • 18/12 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 30 Plyo Lunges

Started out way too hot on the bike and paid for it. For the lunges I went 16-14 and then 18-12 for the other three rounds. Brandi did Goblet squats because of a calf issue. We finished in 13:26. So much burn.

I walked two minutes on the TrueForm to try and flush out my legs a little.

A Kettlebell and a Partner

Body feels good. Worked out at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,902m)
  • 25 PVC Passes

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 10 Shoulder I-Y (red)
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

An extra round of each movement in that EMOM from a month ago. Much better with the hover, but that’s still a brutal combination on the shoulders. Started doing my balance kick-ups out on the open floor.

Conditioning

I did 8 kettlebell swings, 8 clean and jerks, 10 air squats, and 6 overhead lunges to get a feel for it.

30:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 80 H2H KBS (53/35#)
  • 60 Single Arm C&J (53/35#)
  • 80 T2B
  • 60 Goblet Squat (53/35#)
  • 80 Single Arm OH Lunge (53/35#)

Brandi used a DB for the C&J and did weighted V-ups instead of T2B. We did 20 each on the swings and 10 each everywhere else. I was really happy to get all of my toes to bar sets unbroken (wore grips). She went first and we got through 2+49.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 126#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)
  • 10 DB Fly (40# DBs)

I think I could really feel all of yesterday’s burpees in the front of my shoulders when doing the fly.

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.

Lucky 7s

I don’t think I’d mentioned it, but my WHOOP sensor died this week. They’re sending me a new one, but I feel so naked without it! I think I got a good night of sleep, but who really knows without the data to prove it. haha In the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,562m)
  • 7:00 Row (1,786m)
  • 7:00 SkiErg (1,621m)

Then we did some handstand kick-ups after measuring like we should have last week, and did one here and there between sets.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)
  • 10 Wide Grip Pull-ups

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Decline Static Bench Press (50-60-60#)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

3 Sets

  • 8 Chest Fly (40-45-45# DBs)
  • MAX Ring Rows (18-14-12)

9 is the Best Nano

Feeling yesterday’s workout already. Out in the garage at 9:30 to start.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg
  • 500m SkiErg

I got faster as it went because my heart rate and breathing felt good. Then I really picked it up in the third round because I wanted to make sure I had time to finish the next run. Got through 3+506m.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 20 Hollow Lats with Foam Roller
  • 45/30/45/30s Hollow Body Wall Walk w/ 1:00 rests
  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Those controlled wall walks with a focus on quality are a lot harder. Excited to see where this program goes.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Bench Press (105#, wide, neutral, close)
  • 12 Reverse Close Grip Kneeling Lat Pulldown (104#)
  • 20s Superman Hold

3 Sets

  • 12 Chest Fly (35-40-40#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Straight Arm Pull Down (49#)
  • 10 Supermen

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50#)
  • 12 Seated Cable Row (115#)

Yeah, the upper body is feeling rough from that weight vest work on the rings. Not looking forward to how tomorrow will feel.

Another pair of Nano 9! These shoes are so good.

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.

18.2 Redemption

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,535m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open 18.2: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

  • DB Squats (50/35# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees (w/ jump back and up)

This was one of my most hated Open workouts. It seemed so simple on paper; 55 squats and 55 burpees. For whatever reason it destroyed me though and I got a very disappointing time of 9:44. I’ve been wanting to redo it for a long time. I found a nice rhythm with the burpees. When I jumped up out of the bottom I didn’t try to do too much and was ok with taking two short steps and then jumping over the bar. I think this really helped to pace me out. After the front squats didn’t feel very good yesterday I was worried. These squats felt great and I got faster and faster with them. At the end I busted ass through the final 10 burpees and finished in 7:50!!!! I’m so happy with that. I was surprised at how good I was feeling through the second half of the workout and even when I got done. Still not a great time compared to scores around the world but a huge improvement for me and I feel like I could push the pace more. I really didn’t know how hard to go early on because something like that can hit you out of nowhere (and did in 2018!).

Strength / Accessory

Warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 8×125#.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (155#)
  • 8 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 8 Bench Press (155#)

Being smart with choosing my weight today instead of going for it in the early sets. Wanted to be able to have something left for shoulder presses. That’s a decrease on the bench and in increase on the fly. Every time I got to the second bench it was a fight.

3 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (115-125-135#)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (15# DBs)

Shoulders were tired!

4 Sets

  • 20s Ski Erg Triceps
  • 12 OH Cable Tricep Extensions (35#, rope)

This was so hard after the first set. We weren’t taking much more rest than letting the other person do their set.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Knee-ins (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces/Pulses
  • 24 alt Weighted V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations

Another great ab workout. Those ankle weights were a good purchase.

It’s So Hot

My ass is still pretty sore. My quads and shoulders are getting a little sore. Outside at 9:30 with the bike on the driveway.

Warm-up

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,619 meters and got faster every five minute period.

Back

4:00 EMOM

  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (35#)
  • 6 Weighted Chin-ups (35#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (115-120-125-130#)

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (underhand, cross body, handle, 25-25-30-32.5#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 100-105-110-115#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline DB Fly (45#)
  • MAX incline DB Fly (40-35-30-25#)

8-10-10-12 last time where we helped each other change the adjustable set of dumbbells. Even less rest today with the new rack of DBs. I did 10-8-8-12 for the drop sets. Horrible!!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, pause)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Cable Rows (25#)
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (ankle weights)
  • 100m Farmer Carry (80# + 8# handle)

Only wore the ankle weights for the shoot throughs today. I had them stripped down to 3# each to start and loaded back up to 5# each for the last two sets. Was able to do the Farmer Carry unbroken each time, but those get nasty so heavy. I really like the handles I bought from Titan Fitness.

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.