2 Months of Handstands

Decided to fully rest yesterday after not getting much sleep Thursday night watching the election results (or lack of haha). I did get in a 75 minute nap though. Stayed up even later last night. Workout at noon today, to take advantage of the weather.


  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,410m)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Wrist Warm-up


  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 4 Sets
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

That ends phase 2 of our handstand work, which was a solid 8 weeks. Shoulders need some recovery! Will probably transition to just kick-ups because all the other stuff has our shoulders beat.


3 Sets

  • 10 French Press (60# DB)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Pulldown (red)


4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 Push-ups

I did the first run in about 1:45 and think I kept the others under 2:00. Running felt good. My back felt pretty tight throughout the squats. I did three rounds of 10-10 push-ups and then finished all 20 unbroken in round 4; probably should have tried unbroken ever round. Finished in 12:46. Such a nice day out!

More Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (15#)
  • Wrist Roller (5#)

Don’t Forget

I got about 9 hours of sleep last night! Workout at 4pm.


  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,077m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough
Forgot to do any wrist warm-up. Whoops!

The tuck balance felt much better than the first time we did them. The hold was only programmed as 15 seconds, but that seems like a waste of time, so we did a minute.


5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (25-30-35-40-45#)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Preacher Curls (56-66-66#)
  • 12 French Press (60# DB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (underhand, 71#)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 30s Bicep Curls on Rower


2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 25 T2B
  • 30 Burpees
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 45 Hollow Scissor Kicks

I went 20-5 and 10-5-5-5 on the toes-to-bars and wasn’t wearing any grips. My double unders were not very good today. Went 30-15 on both sets of scissor kicks. Finished in 14:06.

Surprising DT

I decided not to golf yesterday because I didn’t sleep well Sunday night, rain was in the forecast, and after being off work for seven week days I had a lot to catch up on. I probably needed the complete rest day because I’d fitnessed nine days in a row! Out in the garage for 4pm.


  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,581m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 3 S2OH (45#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 S2OH (95#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 3 S2OH (135#)


“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 S2OH (155#)

I’ve been working on a post for nick.blog about the programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of months and I thought this would be a good final test for some data to include. We have barely touched a barbell at all, so how would I do on a hero workout that only had barbell movements? Another surprising result, getting a lifetime PR by 26 seconds with a time of 8:10! I followed the same strategy I used the last time I did this workout in 2017. Every round I did 6 deadlifts, 5 deadlifts, 1 deadlift + 4 hang cleans, 1 deadlift (extra credit) + 4 hang cleans, 1 deadlift (extra credit) + 1 hang clean + 6 push jerks. At the end I should have tried to go for 5 hang cleans + 6 push jerks and get under eight minutes. The hardest part was the second set of 4 hang cleans each round.

Here are my previous results for this workout.

  • 8:36 – 2017/04/30
  • 10:02 – 2016/06/12
  • 10:35 – 2014/11/11
  • 11:48 – 2013/05/10
  • 14:40 – 2013/02/15


3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (50-50-55#)
  • 12 Seated Incline DB Curls (30# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 16 alt Cross Body Curl w/ Twist & Negative (30#)
  • 12 Rope Tricep Push Downs (55#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curl to Shoulder Press (30-30-35# DBs)
  • 10 Standing French Press (50# DB)

My biceps are weak!

An Engine Without Engine Builder

Got a good night of sleep and finally a green WHOOP recovery score. Started getting setup around 9am for my workout


4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Arm Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 12 Standing French Press (50#)


My jumping “box”

5 Rounds

  • 800m Run
  • 15 Box/Wall Jumps (24″)
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups

Last year my rounds were 6:00, 5:59, 6:02, 5:58, and 5:49 for a total of 29:49. I had been following The Gains Lab Engine Builder program for months. Today I did 6:02, 5:55, 6:01, 5:58, and 5:42 for 29:37. Very similar today with a little more turbo boost in the fifth round. Cool to see I’m about the same on a workout like this with significantly less time spent doing single modality cardio workouts. Ideally I’d like to move more of the Z2 heart rate up in to zone Z4 for a workout like this.

I love how heart rate data has these odd dips at times like you almost died.

Walked 18 holes of golf with my Dad after 3pm and then when I got back to the lake I put my sister through some core work. She’s lost a bunch of weight and was asking me how to get abs so I told her to give me two months for an experiment. Hopefully she’ll stick with it. I have to remember she’s not in CrossFit shape so I need to ease her in. Had her do a scaled version of my work.


4 Sets

  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 OH Crunches (2s pause, 35+50# DBs)
  • 100m Uneven Farmer Carry (35 & 50# DBs)

I wore ankle weights throughout and swapped hands with the dumbbells after 50 meters. Hollow holds with the ankle weights weren’t as bad as I was expecting.

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.


  • 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#)


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.


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.


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.


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.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.


  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position


4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25#)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

Those were some good supersets.


4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.