On a Summer Thursday

The outside of my hips are feeling that squat superset again and my upper body is kind of tired. Golf was rained out today, so getting in a workout since we’re heading out of town for vacation tomorrow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 BikeErg (450-475-500m)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 HR Push-ups

Oh man was I feeling it during the push-ups!

Back & Arms

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Curls (66#)

I could really feel my biceps from yesterday.

3 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (105#)
  • 10 Double DB Skull Crushers (35#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 1:20 Rest

I did 13-14-14-14-15. Originally I wrote it with 1:00 rests, but we shared a space, so I put 10 seconds of transition in between us so we could swap out the box height. The rest turned out to be just right.

March 22nd Outside!

It was 70° so for the abs and conditioning we went out on the patio.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (56#)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdown (71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 In and Out Curls (25#)
  • 12 Overhead Tricep Extensions (rope, 60#)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 30 alt Side Crunches
  • 20 Weighted Hollow Flutter Kicks (25# plate)
  • 10 Supermans

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 15 DB Push Press (30# DBs)
  • 30 Air Squats

Not used to that sun! This was a lot of volume for the legs.

31 Seconds Better For 50 Reps

Out in the garage at around 4pm.

Conditioning

  • 50 Bar-facing Burpees

Went out hot, settled in to a pace, and turned it back on for the last 10. I was done with 25 at 1:20 and finished at 2:58. I’d done this once before in August of 2016 and it took me 3:29, so 31 seconds in a huge PR! No warm-up either!

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curl (56-56-61#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 60-65-65#)

3 Sets

  • EZ Bar 21s (45-51-51#)
  • 10 Underhand Tricep Pulldown (60-71-71#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curls (35#)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 40 Weighted Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups
  • 20 OH Plate Crunches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

15# plate for everything. Finished in 6:18.

Coaster

Last week I had finally turned the corner and was sleeping past 7am. Shit happens though, so it didn’t last long and now it’s been three nights of shit sleep. As someone at work always says, we’re riding the COVID coaster.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.76 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • 15 PVC Passes

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 18-11-8. The 18 was one shy of matching my max set PR from September, which I’ll take with a bum shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Row (60# DB)
  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Wide Row (104-104-115-115#)
  • 10 Incline Curls (30# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pulldown (kneeling, 115#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline Pullovers (rope, 49-60-65#)
  • 15 EZ Bar Curls (46#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Shrugs (60# DBs)
  • 15s Shrug Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 14 alt V-ups
  • 14 Leg Lifts
  • 14/14 Side Plank Bounces

Was still getting over 40 seconds of rest. Could do 16 reps of each.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Shelf Upgrade

Yesterday afternoon I finally started working on my old office, tearing out the carpet, padding, and tack strips. My back got pretty tight. Last night my arms started getting pretty sore from Friday’s workout. This morning, I remade one of the garage gym shelves and then we worked out at 10am.

Warm up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.55 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 PVC Passes

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Wide Grip Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 12-8-7.

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (49-49-60-60#)
  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Kneeling Lat Pull Down (104-115-115-126#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Fly (35# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (wide bar, 104#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Curls (56#)

3 Sets

  • 21s (25#)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Plank Cross Body K2E
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s Jack Knives (20# KB)
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s OH Sit-up (20#)
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Holly Body Leg+Hip Lift (20#
  • 35s Rest

This is a DLB workout. The five seconds was basically a transition time so we’d get a full 30 seconds of work and then one full 30 seconds off. I don’t know my exact reps but it was around 26-12-12-10 every round.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 1 Wrist Roller (5#)

2 Sets

  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

Arms on Arms

I felt so much better the rest of Sunday after moving through the workout. Woke up yesterday feeling beat again, but felt fine once I got moving while walking 18 holes of golf. It was a beautiful day. I’ve been sleeping much better for the last week+. Woke up feeling beat again, especially my hands just have been aching in the mornings. 4pm workout today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,053m)
  • 20 PVC Passes

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

6:00 EMOM (alt)

We settled on setting the box to 32″ I think and did several sets of 15 seconds or so trying to get the feel for the hover practice. Just holding the handstand got really hard after the first time through and I was really frustrated when I almost crashed on my head. I was getting the feel a little bit warming up but then felt like I didn’t get the intended stimulus in the six minutes because my shoulders were blown!

Arms

3 Sets

  • EZ Bar 21s (56#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 65#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Bench Supported Curl (25#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66-71-76#)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Static DB Hammer Curl (30#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (25#)

3 Sets

  • 5 Wrist Curl (12#)
  • 5 Reverse Wrist Curl (12#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curl (10#)

Massive pump!

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups
  • 15 Ball Slams (20# MB)
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (40# DBs)
  • 15 Seated Tucks

More arms on arm day? Yep!! This went well and I got through 6+30.

Without Rest

Played 18 holes yesterday and rode in a cart, which, I think, was the first time all season. Last night I got over 8 hours of sleep for the first time in over a month. Workout at 4pm with our friend Bryan in town from California.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Tris, Bis, & Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)
  • 12 Hammer Curls (40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Reverse Grip Tricep Push Downs (60-71-71#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Wrist Curls (10-12-12#)
  • 16 Shrugs (60# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • Partner A:
    • Row
  • Partner B:
    • 40 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Box Jump Overs (24/20”)
    • 30 Hollow Rocks
    • 14 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (60/40#)

Bryan started on the rower and I started with the movements. Split the clean and jerks 7/7 per arm. Wanted to use the new 60s I got and it felt good. When I was on the rower I got about 900, 780, and 940 meters. Was pulling 1:50/500m or better. Total time was 18:35. Partner workouts without any real rest are always brutal and this was no exception.

Oh, I also got a bunch of lighter kettlebells to replace the adjustable one.

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More Gym Changes

Over the long weekend here’s the gym work I did:

Worked out at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (697m)
  • Dead Hang

Tris & Bis

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (66#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (spinning bar, 71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated EZ Bar OH Tricep Extensions (71#)
  • 24 alt Hammer Curls (40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Static DB Curls (25-25-30# DBs)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (56-61-66#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curls (10#)

I had a huge bicep pump going by the end of this. I’m feeling stronger with everything. I did start doing a second protein shake each day about two weeks ago.

Conditioning

  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 4 Strict Pull-ups
    • 8 Pistols
    • 12 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 4 Strict HSPU
    • 8 T2B
    • 12 Plyo Lunges

These went much better than expected. Should have warmed up the legs and hips for the pistols though. After round one I pretty much did 2-2 on the pull-ups. Got through 6+3. Everything was unbroken in the second AMRAP and felt really good. Finished exactly seven rounds.

EZ Does It

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf on a beautiful day. My legs are not happy from Sunday. Mainly shins from the broad jumps and my heels from working in my basement workshop a lot of hours over the weekend. Out in the garage at 3pm.

Bis & Tris

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (56-61-66#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (spinning bar, 71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated EZ Bar OH Tricep Extensions (56-66-71#)
  • 24 alt Hammer Curls (35-35-40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Static DB Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (46-51-56#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curls (5-10-10#)

You could say the EZ curl bar (which weighs 16# BTW) was a great addition!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

I didn’t put on my grips, which is the first time on that bar I believe, other than maybe for strict pull-ups. I was originally thinking I’d try 10 unbroken toes to bars, but I knew after a few reps wouldn’t fly without the grips. I was able to hold 2×5 the entire way though. Got through 6+30.