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.

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)