Before the Tweak

Felt pretty good this morning after another good night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,526m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

3 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90 degree Hover
  • 10 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Went with a light kettlebell so I wouldn’t tax my shoulders too much going in to the hovers. Yesterday was frustrating and I didn’t want a repeat of that after feeling like things had been progressing so well through this program. Today was 100 times better. I was really starting to balance in that hover position and I was able to do the sponge shifts unbroken each round with the final round being my best, especially when balancing on my right side, which struggles.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 20 Walking Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 10 Good Mornings (75#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Goblet Squats (70# KB)
  • 12 DB Step-ups (24″, 50# DBs)

This superset was absolutely brutal!

Was feeling like my back was going to tweak on me after getting through to this point, so I adjusted the next superset. I’ll bet it was the good mornings. I probably shouldn’t try to do those, even though I went super light.

3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)
  • 30s Superman Hold

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Push-up + DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 15s Rest

First round was 17-16-18-20 and then 20-19-20-22 for the second round. My legs were on fire during round two on the bike.

Recovery Will Be Fun

While working out yesterday we decided not to go to the track after feeling beat up from Friday. Good call, because I woke up sore! In the garage at 10am for a “recovery” type workout.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Goblet Squats (53#)

Conditioning

40:00 EMOM

  • 25/25m Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 12 Burpees
  • 10 HSPU
  • 40s Jump Rope / Lateral Hops
  • 12 Goblet Squats (53# KB)

Was happy to get every set of handstand push-ups done unbroken. Alternated between the jump rope and lateral hops each round. Worked up quite a sweat with the humidity from overnight rain.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations (blue)
  • 12/12 DB Side Plank Bounces (35#)
  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 12 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)

We hadn’t used the ankle weights in awhile. Adding a weight to the side plank bounces is tough!

Damn Sleep Again

On Sunday I woke up at 5am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. My ass and quads were starting to feel sore, as well as my chest. Tried to take a nap in the late morning, but it didn’t work. It was a beautiful day so I raked the front yard in the afternoon, which ended up being a higher WHOOP strain score than most CrossFit workouts! Last night I woke up for two hours in the middle of the night but luckily got back to sleep. Quads and ass aren’t nearly as sore as I expected them to be. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Step Downs (15″, 35#)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Calf Raises

Felt rough on the legs starting out, but got easier as I loosened up.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • cal Row
  • Pull-ups
  • cal Ski
  • Goblet Squats (35#)
  • Rest

My Black Diamond Bear KompleX grips are much better on my pull-up bar with a little chalk; they stick like they were on the Spealer bar without chalk. On my pull-ups I did 2×5 each time and then finished the rest with a third set. Split most rounds of goblet squats with a short break in the middle except the final set where I went straight through. Those squats burnt a lot more than I was expecting.

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Got in my floor PT exercises later in the evening.

Challenge Accepted

Yesterday I took a rest day and fixed the computers on two old Concept2 Model C rowers!

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I did my floor PT exercisese and had planned to do the core stability work since I missed it Saturday. Didn’t happen though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Today at lunch I did the banded PT exercises. Was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (35#)
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Band Pull Aparts (blue)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Jingle Jangles (21’ across garage)
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 12 Push-ups

That was good and the rounds went much faster than I expected. It’s crazy how much more stable I am on those reverse lunges with the knee drive than the first time I did them only 10 days ago. I was flying through them today. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken with ease too. Finished 12+2.

Challenge

Knocked out a set of 10 strict deficit handstand push-ups (~4″) for a challenge making the rounds on Instagram.

After trying one I wasn’t sure I’d get through ten, but that turned out pretty good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I definitely need to get in these today after skipping them the last two days.

An Odd Mix

I felt wrecked on Tuesday night, which I did not expect from that workout. Can’t say that I ever really go 60 minute straight like that though. My shoulders and neck were beat the fuck up. Glad yesterday was a rest day. Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 31 cal Row
  • 15 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 4x10s Star Planks
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts
  • Rest 5 mins
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

Pretty weird workout with a random assortment of movements, none of which fatigued any muscle group. It was really an E2M workout with a machine being the buy-in each minute, complete the other movement, and then rest. So depending on the movement you got about a minute of rest (KBS) or almost no rest (planks).

Deep Ab Burn

Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

24 Rounds

  • 15s Airdyne
  • 30s Rest

It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.

Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
  • 8 Front Raises (10# DBs)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
  • 8 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)

I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Alternating V-ups
  • 30 Side Plank Jumps
  • 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks

Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.

Nice to be done in less than an hour.

On to the Next Cycle

My legs are fucking sore! Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

12 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

On August 20th I averaged a 1:45.3 pace for this same workoutand the results were not good on the BTWB leaderboard. I think I should be going much faster for this, so my goal today was 1:40-1:41/500m. I did 1:40.8 for 446 meters every round. That’s a 226 total meter improvement from the last time.

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Kevin came over around 4pm.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 4×145
  • 4×185
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 2×260
  • 1×260 (fail 2nd)
  • 1×260
  • 2x1x265

Was supposed to do 4×2 @ 265-275#, but that didn’t happen. With all the struggles lately I’ve completely lost all confidence on the bench. I have a long way to go to get 300 this year. Fresh start with this next cycle, so I’m going to try some other things:

  • Be more conservative with the weights in the program to keep speed through reps and not struggle so much.
  • Lift 2-3 doubles or singles after the working sets each week to get used to heavier weight.
  • Accessories on another day to target chest, back, and triceps.
  • More protein.

Accessory / Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups (fat bar)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 10 Banded Tricep Push Downs (green band with Fat Gripz)
  • 5/5 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30”)

I did 3-2 and then all singles with a drop from the top for the chin-ups. Sped up the squats and step-ups over the last 3-4 rounds. Finished in 20:08.

No Place to Rest

I didn’t feel like doing a Year of the Engine workout earlier in the day and don’t feel guilty since I plan to do two each of the next two days. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 PVC Pass throughs
    • 5 Goblet Squats (44#)
    • 5 Elbow Punches
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×165

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 1,000m Row
  • 15 Rounds
    • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 3 Burpees
    • 1 Power Clean (185#)

I rowed a 1:50/500m pace for the first 1k and a 2:00 pace for the second 1k. Once you get in to the 15 rounds there is no place to rest because the movements are so different and it’s constant movement. Burpees were by far the worst and again, really slow compared to what I’d usually do. I don’t seem to have full lung capacity from whatever this cough is. The clean was no issue, I took a second for a full breath before grabbing the bar each time. I finished in 30:48.

With 30 rounds to keep track of I wore my Garmin watch and used the lap counter.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Split Cumulative Split Cumulative
3:56
(row + transition)
3:56 4:45
(2 transitions + row)
19:38
0:39 4:35 0:41 20:19
0:40 5:15 0:44 21:03
0:41 5:55 0:44 21:46
0:44 6:39 0:43 22:29
0:41 7:20 0:44 23:13
0:42 8:02 0:46 23:59
0:43 8:45 0:46 24:45
0:42 9:28 0:47 25:32
0:45 10:13 0:48 26:20
0:45 10:58 0:49 27:09
0:45 11:43 0:49 27:58
0:49 12:32 0:45 28:43
0:49 13:21 0:46 29:29
0:48 14:09 0:42 30:11
0:45 14:53 0:37 30:48

The second row was slower, but there is also the extra transition of getting to the rower. With the row itself only taking an extra 20 seconds, I wasted some time there in the transitions. 14:53 for cycle 1 and 15:55 for cycle 2 isn’t too bad really, and even better when comparing 10:58 for the first 15 rounds and 11:11 for the second 15 rounds. There’s always some kind of data to keep out over! My heart rate quickly got up over 140 and stayed pretty much 142-155 with a few short parts up around 160-165. Why can’t I do that when I run?

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a long one like there where I basically don’t stop the entire time.

Double the Run

My abs are still sore and my back is a little tight. I’ve had a bit of a throat tickle and some hacking the last two days. Not sure where that came from. Out in the garage around 11am.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

39:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

I was able to keep a significantly better pace than I did for the 36 minute rides. Did 1,111 calories and 24.16 km. Later I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 8 Goblet Squats (40# DB)
    • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Front Squat

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 4x5x155

Single Leg KB Deadlift

5x 10/10 (53#)

My back is pretty tight from the lifting yesterday so I didn’t want to push it on the squats. The deadlifts were done in between squat sets.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 400m Run
  • 9 Sumo KB Deadlifts (88#)

I did every round of wall balls unbroken. I don’t know what I was thinking going out on the 400 meter course, but as soon as I hit the turn-around point I realized my mistake. Should have only been running 200s, but after one I already committed and stuck with it. The workout was programmed as 15 calories on the rower, but some of us ran since it was a packed house. I also modified from the 225# deadlifts. Finished 4 rounds plus 2 wall balls.

Looking back at my heart rate in WHOOP, it would get up during the wall balls and then it would drop on the run. I need to get better at pushing the runs in stuff like this with a higher heart rate because it was only around 130-135 which is more of what you’d want to see for endurance running.

Riding the Echo

Got some decent sleep last night after being exhausted and woke up with a WHOOP recovery score of 70%. I was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

I got 774 cals and 16.06 km

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • Hanging Shoulder Stretch

5:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Burpees

I got through exactly 3 rounds. Funny how that works. 😉

Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Banded Pull-throughs
  • 5 Goblet Squats (22kg)

Last week when I ripped my palm doing all of those pull-ups I thought it looked like I also had a blister under my left pinky. Nothing every came of it, until I noticed a bunch of skin pulled up there during this workout. Not a tear though, which is always good. I wore grips for 5 rounds and then took them off because they were bunching up too much and pulling on my wrists. Was able to do every set unbroken.

It was my first time riding on the Echo Bike and it’s really smooth. I’m feeling so much better on these bikes after all of the Engine Builder workouts and so much time on my Airdyne. Definitely the hardest part of this workout though. I subbed in the pull throughs instead of American swings and the goblet squats instead of three back squats. I sweated my ass off today with this new humidity that hit us with the warmer temperatures.