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.

Power It

Body is still feeling pretty good. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (30 cal)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 3×95
    • 3×115

Gymnastics + Weightlifting

15:00 EMOM

  • 7 T2B
  • 1 Power Snatch

Easily did the toes to bars unbroken every round, wearing grips. Started the snatch at 135#, added five pounds every round, never missed, and finished at 205. From the first rep I was working on landing the catch in a lower position so I’d be more comfortable dropping under the heavier weights. Seemed to help some. I’ve only ever powered more than 195 once and it was in a competition in 2015. Sure feels good to rip some weight!

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 50 DU
  • 15 Deadlifts (185#)

Missed twice in the first set of dubs and then did 30-20 on purpose the next two rounds for a quick breather before deadlifts. I did 3×5, 8-7, and 3×5 for the deadlifts with no belt and they felt pretty good after all of those snatches. Finished in 11:26. Not the greatest setup for speed with the bikes and rowers all the way in the other room and having to reset the height on the seat every round and adjust the rower feet each time I’d get on.

Settle In

Went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 5 Scap Pull-ups

4 Rounds

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • World’s Greatest stretch
  • 6 Lunges
  • 6 Air Squats
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 PVC Good Mornings

Strength

  • 8/8 Back Rack Reverse Lunge
  • 8/8 Single Leg KB RDL
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 45-75-95-105-115-125-135# for the lunges. On the RDLs I did one set with a 44# KB and then 6 sets with 53#.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Front Squats (75#)
  • 8 T2B

I went 4-4 toes to bars for nine rounds and then unbroken to finish at 10:04. Could I have gone unbroken the entire way? I doubt it. This one really hit those hip flexors!

Stayed after class for this little gem.

45:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s cal Echo Bike
  • 40s Cal Row
  • 30s Target Burpees

That might be the longest EMOM I’ve ever done. You kind of settle in on a pace about halfway through.

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When I’m in the heart of the Sissy Test tomorrow I may wish I hadn’t done all of these burpees! Now I’m heading up north for the weekend.

Back From Miami

Was busy with the wedding all day Saturday and then was hungover and traveled home yesterday. So I only had the hour long run since Wednesday and wasn’t sure how I’d feel today. Took a nap after lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike (22 cals)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Good Mornings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
  • 5 Power Snatches (45#)

Weightlifting / Conditioning

E2M – 8 Rounds

  • 200m Row
  • 2 Power Snatches

Rowed at a 1:35/500m average through each round and went 75, 95, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, and 165# with all touch-n-go reps.

Conditioning

  • 50-40-30-20-10 DB Hang Power Snatch (50#, alt)
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 50 Double Unders

The Rx was regular dumbbell snatches from the floor, but I wasn’t about to do 150 of those and blow up my back. They were hard enough from the hang. The weight on the wall balls was 30#, but the normal weight is just fine, with no rest for the shoulders in this workout. I went 20-15-15, 20-20, 15-15, 20, and 10 on the snatches. I missed a double under in 2 or 3 rounds. Finished just under the time cap at 14:59.

Max Chins

Last night my legs were really tired from the squats. Woke up with my upper body being sore again. Out in the garage before lunch.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

Started fast for a minute, settled in to 80 RPM, and picked up the pace over the last four minutes. I could average a quicker pace through this whole thing next time. Did 685 cals and 12.99 km, which is 0.05 km better than last month.

Went to the gym at 4pm

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (25 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Air Squats

Strength

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Was planning to do this work before or after class to keep the gains going until I can bench again next week. Decided to do it in place of the 3RM snatch that was programmed. Again, not risking getting hurt before I leave for the wedding in the morning. I got 16-10-8-8-8 for the chin-ups.

Conditioning

  • 60 cal Row
  • 30 T2B
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 10 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Deadlifts
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 30 T2B
  • 60 cal Row

I did 10×45# and 5×135# deadlift to warm-up. The workout was 40 calories on the bike, but I did enough of that today, so subbed in the 60 calorie rows. I scaled the deadlifts back from 225# to be cautious. First T2B were done in 3×10, wall balls were 2×10 both times because I was weak sauce after all of those squats yesterday and I needed some air. I did 2×5 on both sets of deadlifts, unbroken muscles, and 6×5 on the second 30 T2B. Finished in 16:16, I think, but it may have been in the 16:40s.

40 Inches

My back is feeling better. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 2:30 Rest

My goal was 95+ RPM. My rounds were 50-51-52-51-52-51-53-52 calories and 0.77, 0.77, 0.77, 0.75, 0.77, 0.76, 0.77, 0.77 km. Happy with the consistency. Yeah, I definitely should have been doing more intervals on the bike throughout the program. The leg burn is real.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Assault Bike (20 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • Box Jumps
    • 5×20″
    • 5×24
    • 5×30
    • 3×37

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 40 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 Rounds
    • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 3 Burpees
    • 1 Box Jump (40″)

The single rep movement was programmed as a heavy (315#) deadlift, which I obviously was not doing in my condition. I stacked a couple of 20″ boxes up against the wall, which worked great and was a lot of fun. I did the first bike in less than 2:30 and took the second one nice and easy, somewhere in the 3-3:30 range I think. Finished in exactly 26:00 and felt good with the cardio aspect to it. During the 15 round portions my heart rate was 155+ the entire time.

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Rocket Bike

My legs have gotten pretty sore from the wall balls and probably some from the squats yesterday as well. With rowing in today’s workout at the gym I thought I’d switch things up and do intervals on the bike. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 45s Airdyne
  • 45s Rest

Was doing around 90 RPM through the first 9 or 10 rounds and then started to pick it up and was doing 95-97 by the end. Total of 652 calories and 9.77 km.

Loaded up my GHD in the truck, hauled it across town, and unloaded it for a friend who bought it. It’s nice to get more space back in the garage. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 8 PVC Good Mornings
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 5 Deadlifts (245#)

I belted up for the deadlifts to be safe and used a neutral grip for every set. Going in my plan was to row around a 1:43 pace, but I was feeling good. I did 1:41.5, 1:41.5, 1:41.0, 1:40.0, and 1:37.5. Didn’t really screw around getting to the bar and wasting time before lifting either. I’m loving how well I’m able to recover now in a workout with rest like this.

Since the rower felt great, I checked the drag factor afterwards and it was at 114, so maybe I should lower mine even more at home.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 20 Russian Twists (30# MB)
  • 10 Barbell Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 1:00 Rest

This took around 2:05-2:10 per round.

A Griptastic Return

Monday was a rest day and yesterday was a travel day. After I got home my legs were feeling rough from the dance floor and long night on Monday. I was exhausted and decided not to workout. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

My best, though not as a test, was 11.94 km. Figured 80 RPM throughout would be a good goal as a first trial for this length of time. Was probably short of that overall, but could have gone harder. Got 12.73 km and 656 calories.

Went to the 7pm class because I was busy with a project at work all day.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)
    • 10 Pass Throughs
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 10 Lateral Hops
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (115#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (115#)

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 15 cal Row
  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 10 Hang Power Cleans (115#)
  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 10 T2B
  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 10 Deadlifts (185#)

No extra rest other than when you’re done with a movement each minute. I felt good at the beginning and pulled ~1700-1800 cal/hr. Then I did each movement unbroken. The second time through was a different story! I pulled ~1400 cal/hr. I did 2×5 on each minute of cleans, then 3 minutes of 2×5 with the final set of T2B unbroken. I picked up the deadlifts and my grip was shot! After doing the first round through all with a neutral grip, after doing 5, I started doing a mixed grip. I was able to go 2×5 for the first two minutes, but then I just couldn’t hold the bar, so I went 2 and 8 singles, finishing with 10 singles.

Rough one after not touching a bar since the previous Sunday.

Repeat of 2 & 2

Still coughing, but I picked up the inhaler this afternoon, so hopefully it goes away soon. My WHOOP recovery was only 32% this morning, but I feel pretty good and am planning to golf the next two days. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I did these same intervals on June 29th with an average pace of 1:42.8/500m, so today I was shooting for 1:42. Got 588-588-589-588-588-588-588-588 meters, which is 36 more overall than last time.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Good Mornings
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Air Squats

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 T2B
  • 3 Deadlifts (4×185, 4×225, 2×245)

The bike got a little slower over time. Could really feel the leg fatigue from the last few days. Wore my Bear KompleX grips and kept the toes-to-bars all unbroken. The deadlifts got heavy and I didn’t wear a belt. Did them all with a neutral grip too, which I’ve been doing a lot of since I haven’t been going heavy.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 50 Russian Twists (35# KB)

The end of set 3 and about half way through 4 really started to slow.

My body is ready for the “rest” days!

Ten Without a Problem

My biceps and lats are sore from yesterday. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

45:00 Airdyne
** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42

I did 1,240 calories and 26.26 km on my AD2.

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That wraps up the second phase (polarization) of the program. I really enjoyed the polarized workouts and am glad to see some of them continue in the next phase. I made it through the first 24 weeks of the program and can’t wait to see what progress comes during the next phase.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 Lunges
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Inch Worms

Strength & Gymnastics

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 10×115
  • 10×165
  • 10×195

3×10 Bar Muscle-ups

After the dumbbell snatches and box jumps my back was tight from yesterday, so definitely wasn’t pushing deadlifts today. There was an option to do muscle-ups in between sets, so I focused on those instead. I’ve never tried more than 6 before so it seemed like a good day to go for it. I got three unbroken sets of 10 without a problem, which in my new max set. I bet I can get 15+.

Conditioning

  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 cal Assault Bike
    • 20 cal Row
    • 20 Front Rack Lunges (115#)
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)

So in reality it was 2 rounds of the second part as well, but the Assault bike was in use when I got there so I finished out on the Echo. Looks like the Echo knocks out the calories quicker. Noted for future workouts! I started out hotter on the first row and was able to keep over a 1,200 cal/hr pace on them all and pushed that last one extra to give myself time to finish under the 15:00 cap. Barely got it, in 14:59! I never dropped the bar during any of the lunge sets.