No Max Test Today

Complete rest day yesterday. Up in my left scap was feeling like there was a knot, but it’s improved today. My inner thighs are oddly sore. Workout at 3:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Was going to test a max set of strict ring dips, but my shoulders were not having it with.

Handstands

  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (finding balance)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 KB Sumo Deadlifts (70/53#)
  • 15 DB Hang Clean & Jerks (30/20#)

I did shoulder presses for the most part and some cleans right in to a push press. Unbroken all the way for a time of 4:55. Shoulders need some rest!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheel
  • 12 OH Crunch (60# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bend (60# DB)
  • 30s/30s Side Plank

Gonna be feeling this stuff!

Wrist / Forearms

  • 10/10s Bottoms Up KB Hold (20#)
  • 2 Sets 20/20s Bottoms Up KB Hold (15#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Wrist Curls (12#)
    • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (12#)

Pulsing

I walked 18 holes yesterday. I sold my Airdyne in the afternoon to make room for a new piece of equipment arriving in the next month. Workout at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,303m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 2×1:00 Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2x30s Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold

That was a lot on the shoulders!

Midline

2 Sets

  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8 Evil Wheels

Conditioning

10 Rounds (each) w/ Partner

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I warmed up with 10 bench press @ 35# and 5 kip swings. Brandi skipped her last 5 pull-ups because of a big blood blister. Adding in time for those would have put as at about 12:10 to finish, which is much faster than I was expecting. I wore grips and was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem. The dumbbell bench started to get tough in the last three rounds.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 20/20 Landmine Curtsy Lunge Pulses (45+30#)
  • BikeErg during rest (easy pace)

It ended up being about 1:10 on the bike and I probably did around 700 meters each time. This was nasty, especially when doing pulses with the second leg. I should have alternated which leg I started with each time.

3 Sets

  • 20 Wrist Curls (12#)
  • 15 Plate Pinch Hammer Curls (10#)

As I type this all up about an hour later, my upper body is already wrecked!

13.2 After 7.5 Years

I’m really sore in all areas of my upper body. Did a bunch of woodworking last night and this morning, which doesn’t help. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 5:00 Row (1,300m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,150m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Yesterday we started doing wrist warm-up and we’re going to continue before each handstand session. Should help with my hands. After yesterday’s session, I was thinking it was unlikely I’d be doing holds after the four weeks of this program and I wasn’t expecting much from the kick-ups today. But then I did one and it felt so good! We probably did about 15 of them because we were really enjoying it. I was getting right up in to a handstand and able to hold some of them. I was also able to feel myself going too far and save some without hitting the wall. This went so well!!! For the walks we alternated between the two of us and it pretty much ended up being 4-3-2-1 wall walks.

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.2
10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Shoulder to Overheads (115/75#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (115/75#)
  • 15 Box Jumps/Step-ups (24/20″)

Hard to believe I’ve never done this workout again, when it was one of my best Open workouts ever. I got 8+25 back in 2013. Today I was able to keep a steady, on the border of red lining, the entire workout. I knew I had to. I’m sure my deadlifts are slower these days, but I was still able to PR with 9+3, doing all step-ups.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (27#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (2s pause, 60# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 80m Sandbag Carry (100#)

Suped-up the original weighted ab workout we did in May to get this. It was very effective!

Going to do some yard work since it’s going to be a nice day before turning tomorrow. Will probably do some woodworking later too. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!

Team, Solo, Team


I walked 18 holes yesterday and I’m a bit tired today since I was up late working on some wiring stuff around the house. Legs are a little tight from Wednesday. Out in garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,247m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 15 Monster Squats
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)

Conditioning

  • 14:00 AMRAP w/ Partner
    • 30 Hang C&J (95/65#)
    • 20 HSPU
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 7:00 AMRAP
    • 15 Burpees
    • 15 Deadlifts (135/95#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 14:00 AMRAP w/ Partner
    • 15/10 cal Row
    • 20 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 30 DB Hang C&J (35/20# DBs)

I went first. We went alternated each doing eight and then seven clean and jerks. Back and forth doing sets of five handstand push-ups. On the SkiErg I probably averaged 1,050-1,100 cal/hr. We got through 3+26.

In the solo workout I went out conservative and really focused on my deadlifts, trying to brace my low core for each one. My back started to get tight in round one, but I kept at it and picked up the pace over the second half of the workout. I split my deads up 8-7 every time. Got exactly four rounds. I went in to the low back reset position on the ground for a few minutes before the final AMRAP just to be safe.

Brandi started, so I got a little extra rest. We split the HR push-ups down the middle and stuck to the same 8-7 routine for the clean and jerks. I mostly did my clean right in to shoulder press to try to speed them up. Sprinkled in a push press here and there. For the first two rounds I pulled about a 1,600 cal/hr average. Then I knew I had to really push the last two rows if I wanted to finish a 4th one, so I went all out over 2,200. We got it in and B was able to get 5 push-ups for a score of 4+30.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 50m DB Front Rack Carry (50# DBs)
  • 14 Landmine Twists (70#, club grip)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels

Decided to throw out 30 Russian KBS that were supposed to be at the end of this. I put enough stress on my back already. Play it safe! Those landmine twists are a great movement!

Brutal Leg Day

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 80′ Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 6 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (75#)

My hips were burning after 20 feet of the monster walks with the circle around my ankles. It’s so much worse!

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125-135-145-155#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)

Good combo. Could have gone heavier for the lunges.

3 Sets

  • 16 alt Pistols
  • 24 Banded Prone Hamstring Curls (red)

First time trying the banded hammy curls and they were pretty good.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 cal Bike Erg (standing, no seat, @10)
  • 10s Transition
  • 30s Weighted Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 1:20 Rest

I did two lunges and holy shit! In the first round I did some bigger sets but in rounds two and three I primary did a lunge on each leg and took a second rest. So much burn in the legs! I got 26-23-24 calories and the bike and get 18 lunges each time. This was just brutal.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Side V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)
  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 10 OH Crunches w/ 3s pause (50# DBs)

Really good combo here too. Great training day!

Stormy Ride

Turned out I didn’t have pink eye. Must have been some type of irritation after mowing the lawn in the morning yesterday. It was all good later in the day. My entire body hurt last night, through the night, and this morning from laying laminate flooring for almost 6 hours. I slept like shit because I couldn’t get comfortable. After my coffee and doing more work on the new office flooring this morning I actually felt much better. Out in the garage at 9:30 for the workout, in the middle of a big storm, which cooled things down and gave us a nice breeze. The humidity kicked in later.

Warm-up

  • 30:00 BikeErg

I was feeling even better as I got in to this and kept increasing my pace. Went 15,383 meters.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (55#)

I’m still doing these with an open palm, but I feel like my hands are going to slip sooner or later since my homemade lat bar rotates.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)

These are terrible every fucking time. The pulleys on my system seem to be failing. Maybe I need something that can handle more volume, because this is the second different type I’ve tried.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 85#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Fly (2@35, 2@30# DBs)

I was losing form and cheating too much so I dropped to lighter dumbbells for the last two sets.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Landmine Rows (45 + 40-45-50-55#)

I kneeled on a bench with one leg and arm again to help give my back some support. Felt better with the movement this week.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 16 OH Crunches (w/ pause, 50# DBs)
  • 40 Weighted Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 100m Front Rack Carry (155#)

I kept the ankle weights on for everything again. I really don’t even notice them on the carries anymore. This was one of the worst weighted ab workouts we’ve done, especially since it was only three sets. The front rack carries suck for that distance, but I got through them without a problem. Don’t get me wrong, I was breathing like I just ran a 7:00 mile after each set.

Real Dumbbells

Feels like my body is recovering from the weekend. On Sunday I finished my new weight plate storage rack and did more reorganizing. I need to update the Garage Gym page on this site. Here’s a picture of the main area for now.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and it was pretty hot. Going to be 85-90+ for the next week with no signs of rain. Worked out a 4 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,098m)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • Moved shelving units to basement 😂
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 160′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Landmine Lunges (45#)
  • 10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Lunges
  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges

I used 85-95-105-115#. Kind of awkward with the barbell to hold the position and when you switch to the other side. The curtsy lunges fired up the ass right away though. This came from Ryan Fischer.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 20 DB Hang Snatch (alt, 50/35#)
  • 30 K2E
  • 20 DB Hang Snatch
  • 3:00 Rest

I really wanted to do 5×6 for the knees to elbows, but I went for 12-10-8 and made it both rounds. In the first round I didn’t rotate my grips out of the way, which made the hang snatches tougher to deal with. My times were 2:53 and 2:42. I’m always happy to get faster in these! It’s so nice to have real dumbbells for this stuff.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Weighted Hanging Oblique Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 16 alt Weighted Hanging Single Leg Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 20 Weighted Hollow Flutter Kicks (5# ankles weights)

All wearing the five pound ankle weights. My grip was shot after the first set.

Matched with Chin-ups

Sore. All. Over.

Really feeling Friday’s burpees and push-ups in my shoulders and traps. I bought a massage gun for less than $95 on Amazon and I’m really liking it so far.

massage-gun

I jumped on the bike early and we got started with the meat of our workout at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 20:00 BikeErg (10,461m)
  • 40 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats

Test

MAX Strict Chin-ups

I managed 17, which is the same number of pull-ups I did about a month ago. I guess my biceps need more work.

Back

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (50#)

Used open palms and a grip width similar to bar muscle-ups.

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Lay Back Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Supinated Close Grip Lat Pulldowns

Started with 80#, which is what I’d been using for the other giant sets. Went up to 90# for the other three sets, which was rough!

4 Sets

  • 10 Prison Back Fly (20-25-25-25# DBs)
  • 10/10 Elbows Out Kroc Row (35#)

The prison fly is an interesting movement. You’re seated and start bent over with the dumbbells between your legs. As you do a fly, you sit up, rotating your arms, and continuing to raise the DBs overhead.

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline Prone DB Rows (50#)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time I did 12-10-10-16. Today Brandi started adjusting one DB to speed it up and cut the rest. I got 12-12-12-14.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (25#)
  • 12 Crunches w/ pause (30# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Took the first three movements up a notch. Front rack carries are so good/bad!

Up to Twelve

It was nice to get out of town and see my Dad yesterday, walking 18 holes together. Today I was out in the garage early for some cardio (love the new BikeErg!) before a 10am start.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 BikeErg (7,832m)
  • PVC Passes

Wheeled the bike out back in the sun again. Increased pace every five minutes.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Pull Down (45#)

Use open palms, which forces you to engage your lats more because you can’t “pull down” with your arms.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

My bright idea to go from sets of 10 to 12. Idiot!

4 Sets

  • 12 DB Pullover (50#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (35-30-25-20#)

I did twelve reps for the first three drop sets and then hold on for a whopping 20 reps.

Skills

I helped Brandi with some bar muscle-up drills and worked on ring false grip and a strict muscle-up a bit with the rings at ring dip height. The false grip is so uncomfortable!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Improved the knee-in movement by getting some straps  to use around my feet instead of the band I used last week. I’d like to go even heavier for the crunches so may have to try with a barbell. Forgot how nasty a front rack carry can be.

Four Rounds Worked Out

I’m surprised I didn’t get super sore from Sunday. I can feel it some but not bad at all. Out in the garage around 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 Airdyne (305 cals, 7.62 km)
  • Monster Walks

Strength

Back Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 8×185
  • 8×205

Easing my way in and going by feel. Gotta build up the confidence and strength under load. Didn’t wear a belt. Stopped before I had to start straining on any reps.

Conditioning

  • 4 Rounds
    • 5/5 Single DB Hang C&J (50/35#)
    • 10 Burpee Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5:00 Rest & Repeat

I felt good the first time through with a time of 5:58. I was pretty much doing push presses the entire way for the jerks. In round one of the second time through I figured out that I could save time and energy by stepping up with my left leg from the burpee, stepping up the other leg and then get right into my jump from there. Made me faster and my second time was 5:34. Good and sweaty one!

When I came up with this one I was thinking it would be in the 4-5 minute range, so after a round or two I almost called an audible and switched us to three rounds. Glad we stuck with it even though in ended up being a longer time domain than I had planned. I’m really enjoying this style where you rest and repeat the same workout; gives me a chance to try some different things.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30/30s Star Plank
  • 10 Evil Wheels

Oh boy, those star planks will get ya! Took me 6:35.