Struggling Pulldowns

My hamstrings are feeling yesterday a bit.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 7 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Floor Press (40#)

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (50#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 60#)

I was on the struggle bus with the pulldowns today and had to take breaks in my final set.

3 Sets

  • 10 Front Raises (10#)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (10#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Push Jerks (75#)
  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (75#)
  • 15 DB Floor Press (35#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I finished at 12:04 with round times of 1:49, 1:30, 1:32, 1:33, and 1:29. Not sure why round one was so slow. The push jerks were getting tough in those final two rounds.

Humid and Slick

I could feel my hips from the stretching we did yesterday and my posterior chain was a little sore. Warmed up with some PVC passes.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (50#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 71-60-60#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 DB Push Press (40#)
  • 50 Jump Rope
  • 10 Renegade Rows (40#)

The mats were damp because it was so humid, and I was slipping a bit even with step back/up burpees. Got through 4+20.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 11 Hollow Rocks
  • 11 V-ups
  • 20s Rest
  • 11 Tuck-ups
  • 11s Hollow Hold
  • 20s Rest

Thought I might have to bail in round one with my back, but it was ok. Just slow. Took me 5:39.

Tuesday Arms & Abs

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Trunk Rotations
  • Shoulder Mobility

Arms

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Barbell Curl (35-45-50-50-50#)

5 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Bench Press (45-95-115-130-145#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline Hammer Curl (25#)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (56-61-66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Incline DB Curl (arms out, 15#)
  • 20 Reverse Tricep Pulldown (Bar, 49#)

3 Sets

  • 20 Cable Curl (43#)
  • 12 MB Push-up

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

4 Rounds – Tabata

  • Plank Hip Dips
  • Plank
  • Side Jack Knife
  • Side Jack Knife

I was getting about 26 hip dips and 15 jack knives.

Still Struggle with Hand Release

Another brutally hot and humid day. My back was much better through the night and it was tons easier to stand up out of bed this morning.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 8×95
    • 6×135
    • 4×165
    • 2×180

MAX Bench Press (200#)

One better than Saturday with 16 reps.

100 HR Push-ups

We decided to switch it up for the final two weeks and try hand releases. I’ve never been good at this and can’t beat the time I set way back in 2013. Today was not the day either. I did threes through 54 and then had to go to doubles. It took me 6:03! Probably halfway through or more I realized that putting my arms above my head to rest at the bottom was probably a bad idea. I need to rest with arms down to sides.

Incline Bench Press

  • 3 Sets @ 3 Weights
    • MAX Reps
  • 3:00 Rest between sets

12-11-11 @ 135#
16-15-15 @ 115#
20-20-21 @ 95#

I don’t really like the feeling of incline on my shoulders.

6 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (56#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Breaking Bench

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 10×95
    • 5×120
  • Decline Bench Press
    • 5×65
    • 5×80

Chest

MAX Bench Press (140#)

Managed three more than Saturday for 36 reps.

100 Push-ups

I was able to go all fives for a big improvement over last week’s 4:16. Took me 3:39 today.

Decline Bench Press

3 Sets

  • MAX Decline Bench Press (175#)
  • 3:00 Rest

I did 15-15-10. On the first set I hit the j-cups like three times, so had to move the bench further away after that. Then on the final set, the bench kind of broke for declines. That was the end of that! Too bad because we really liked the decline, with the different feel.

Bench Press

  • 3 Sets
    • MAX Bench Press (145#)
    • 3:00 Rest
  • 3 Sets
    • MAX Bench Press (125#)
    • 3:00 Rest

I got 14 each time with 145 and 20 each time with 125. The first few reps my body kept trying to go through the decline range of motion. Very weird!!

6 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (51#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Quads Need Rest

My quads are really really sore and no rest for them with today’s metcon. Got my first dose of the COVID vaccine this morning, so my arm is getting a bit sore. It was almost 80° at 4pm when we took the bike to the back patio.

Conditioning

Partner workout

  • 5×20/14 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 125 Synchro Air Squats

My quads were burning up in the second 10 calories of the last three rounds on the bike. I let Brandi go first, so then I had to get off the bike and get right in to the squats. So unpleasant! We started off with a set of 25 and then did five sets of 20. Finished in 14:27.

Arms & Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (61#)
  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (20# DBs)
  • 8 Dumbbell Curls (20# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Underhand Dumbbell Bench Presses (35# DBs, bit of a cross body)
  • 10 Reverse Barbell Curls (35-50-55#)
  • 15 T2B

I didn’t wear grips and did the toes to bars unbroken each set

4 Sets

Hopefully going golfing tomorrow if I feel ok after the vaccine. Definitely need the rest day and some walking would do my legs good.

Turnt Curls

My back was feeling off through the night and when I woke up, so I adjusted today’s workout to give it some rest. Workout at about 12:30 today.

Arms

3 Sets

  • 15 Single DB Curls (40-45-50#)
  • 15 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (56-61-61#)

These single dumbbell curls were holding a head of a dumbbell in each hand and curling it up. Different.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (25#)
  • 8 DB Curls (25#)
  • 15 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Turned Out DB Curls (20-20-25#)
  • 15 Tricep Pushdowns (bar, 60#)

I kind of liked these “turnt” curls.

Conditioning

15:00 BikeErg

Took me a little bit to settle in and probably warm-up. Went 8,110 meters.

No Ring Support

My back was tight getting out of bed this morning, my legs are feeling yesterday for sure, and my shoulder is shit. I hit 100% of my sleep need though! Out in the garage at 3:30.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (695m)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Chest & Triceps

Incline Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×75
  • 15×95
  • 12×115
  • 10×125
  • 8×135

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline DB Bench Press (45# DBs)
  • 12 Incline Fly (25# DBs)
  • 10 Incline Plate Press (35#)

I’m so glad I didn’t grab the 50s! With heating up the garage, a lot of the equipment gets condensation, so those plate presses got sketchy.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Pull Over (50-60-60#)

Couldn’t even support myself on the rings so super setting with MAX Strict Ring Dips was a no go. ☹️

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 60-65-65#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crusher (56-61-66#)

Conditioning

E3M – 4 Rounds

  • 500m Row

I fucked up trying to coast in way too early on the last two rounds. Otherwise I think I would have had negative splits. Live and learn. My times were 1:35.0, 1:34.7, 1:35.5, and 1:35.0.

I planned to do Crossover Symmetry Recovery, but I was wiped out after those rows.

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.

9 Years

I started CrossFit 9 years ago!

I’ve been really sore and beat from going three days in a row during the week, with my lats being the worst after 100 pull-ups and 68 toes to bars over two days. Took a complete rest day yesterday to recover. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,318m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,158m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,662m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×6 alt Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

I did my best freestanding hold ever. Getting close to that 10 seconds!

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 30 Double Under
  • 10 Devil Press (30/20# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

I missed a double under in rounds one, two, and seven. Felt good in this one, with times of 1:13 – 1:13 – 1:08 – 1:08 – 1:06 – 1:04 – 1:02 – 1:01.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 20 alt DB Curls (35#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (71#)
  • 8-12 Inverted Bar Rows (supinated)