Almost Twenty

Yep, my hands are feeling the muscle-ups and carries from yesterday on top of what they’ve been feeling lately. My shoulders are feeling it as well. Workout at 9:30am this morning. Usually we do long monostructural work on chest and back day. Not today since we went long yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

The start of week 3 already!

We didn’t time the handstand split to stacked work, but kept alternating between us with time on the wall getting a feel for the drill. It was a new challenge for sure. Probably went 6-8 times each.

Gymnastics Test

MAX Strict Pull-ups

Haven’t tried this since May 10th when I got 17. Maybe not the best day to test after doing 56 muscle-ups last night, but I was still able to get 19! And I have the 🌲 back!!

Back & Chest

Warm-up

  • 5 Pendlay Row 45
  • 5 Bench Press 45
  • 5 Bench Press 115

3 Sets

  • 12 Pendlay Row (115#)
  • 12 Bench Press (165#)

I could definitely feel tired in the various muscles doing these sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (120#)
  • 12/12 Static DB Bench Press (60# DBs)

Wasn’t sure about the 60s for this, but they went well. Glad I bought them.

3 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups
  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (15#)

2 Sets

  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)
  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)

Nasty. Go all three dumbbells with increasing weight on one arm before repeating with the other arm. Rest 2-3 minutes and do it again.

2 Sets

  • MAX Diamond Push-ups

Did 40 and 32 reps.

The Push of Repeaters

Got over eight hours of sleep for the second night in a row! Who am I? In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 10-5 Shoulder I-Y Band Drill
  • 3x30s Handstand Shape 45 degree Hollow
  • 3x30s Hollow Hold
  • 3x30s Handstand Tuck Balance

All with 45 seconds of rest between the 30 seconds of work. This stuff is already feeling better. We’re excited to see where this program goes over the next three weeks.

Update: After going to log this on the platform I noticed more notes that explained how to do it. It was supposed to be done as 30 seconds of each of the three movements and then rest 1:30-2:00. Whoops! We still felt like it was effective.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 10/10 DB Split Squats
  • 10 DB Stiff Legged Deadlifts

I used the same pair of dumbbells for both movements and did 35-40-45-50#.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Front Squats (35# DBs)
  • 12 DB Sumo Squats (70# KB)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (70# KB)
  • 10/10/10 Calf Raises (50# DBs, out, neutral, in)

Conditioning

Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, 3×135, and 2×165 touch-n-go power cleans.

5 Rounds

  • 10 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 5 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 1:00 Rest

My round times were 1:25 – 1:20 – 1:15 – 1:13 – 1:06, which I’m stoked about. After the first round I would have said that pace was going to be hard to keep. Burpee pull-ups are a movement where you find your rhythm and comfort once you get going.

I really love these repeater style workouts because they’re making me push much harder than I ever would and I’m learning new things.

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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9 is the Best Nano

Feeling yesterday’s workout already. Out in the garage at 9:30 to start.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg
  • 500m SkiErg

I got faster as it went because my heart rate and breathing felt good. Then I really picked it up in the third round because I wanted to make sure I had time to finish the next run. Got through 3+506m.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 20 Hollow Lats with Foam Roller
  • 45/30/45/30s Hollow Body Wall Walk w/ 1:00 rests
  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Those controlled wall walks with a focus on quality are a lot harder. Excited to see where this program goes.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Bench Press (105#, wide, neutral, close)
  • 12 Reverse Close Grip Kneeling Lat Pulldown (104#)
  • 20s Superman Hold

3 Sets

  • 12 Chest Fly (35-40-40#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Straight Arm Pull Down (49#)
  • 10 Supermen

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50#)
  • 12 Seated Cable Row (115#)

Yeah, the upper body is feeling rough from that weight vest work on the rings. Not looking forward to how tomorrow will feel.

Another pair of Nano 9! These shoes are so good.

Vested Muscle-ups

Not getting enough sleep and can’t seem so sleep in like I was early on in the pandemic. I need to shift this somehow so I’m not up at 5 or 6am every day.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

I finally decided to pay for a handstand balance program. It’s
from Pamela Gagnon (her Instagram) and Performance Plus Programming. It cost $25 and is a four week program that takes about 10 minutes a day, four times a week. I never know what to work on, so I end up not working on anything. Having a program to follow will guide me and keep me going. Makes sense to learn how to balance before spending more time trying to walk, which I hadn’t really thought about before.

  • 45s Overhead Opener
  • 45s Wrist Warm-up
  • Accumulate 2:00 in a 45 degree hollow
  • 30s Wall-facing HS Hold

Did the 45 degree hold in two 1:00 blocks. Wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

With the weather changing, we wanted to take advantage, so are doing two out of the gym workouts this week. Went to the park.

Conditioning

5 Rounds (30s work / 30s rest)

  • Weighted Muscle-ups (12#)
  • Weighted Plank (12#)
  • Weighted Toes to Rings (12#)
  • DB Plyo Lunges (25# DBs + 12#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I almost never wear my vest, but I wanted a new challenge for muscle-ups. Loaded it to 12 pounds and wore it for the entire workout. I can’t believe I got eight unbroken muscle-ups each round! After round two I was convinced I’d only get six the next round. It wasn’t easy but I got the eight and then I really wanted the full 5×8. The last two rounds were a fight for the final 2-3 reps, but I got them. I did 13 T2R each time and went 24-22-22-22-22 on the lunges. The plank was a nice break before getting back on the rings. The 30 second plus 1:00 rest after lunges went by way too quick. Here’s a video of my first set of muscle-ups.

3 Rounds

  • Sandbag Hill Carry (up, 100#)
  • Hill Run (down)
  • 40 Push-ups
  • Hill Run (up)
  • Sandbag Hill Carry (down, 100#)
  • 30 alt V-ups

Didn’t even run a clock for this. Get work done. Went 4×10 push-ups each time.

Hold It

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

Warm-up

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

Strength

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.

Conditioning

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.

Machine Madness

Yesterday I worked on the room for my office in the early morning before work, walked 18 holes in the last day of the heat wave, and worked on the room again late at night. Today I had a vacation day, so again I worked on the room in the morning and walked 18 holes. Worked out at 4pm.

Skill

Practiced some handstands with feet off the wall.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Incline DB Curl (30#)
  • 12 Cable Hammer Curl (rope, 40#)

3 Sets

  • DB Curl 21s

I used 25-30-30#. Looks like I was up to three sets with 30# late last year, so not bad considering we haven’t been focusing on biceps.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 2:00 SkiErg
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 400m Run + Rest
  • 2:00 BikeErg
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

This was really good. A battle, but a good one. I went out too hot on the bike, not really knowing my pace yet, otherwise improved on every other movement through the workout. Running felt really good too and I was not expecting to be able to run that fast. For the machines, the numbers below are distances in meters.

An hour and a half later I’m feeling rocked from today so far. I still need to do some work on that room though, so things dry before painting tomorrow afternoon. I should sleep well tonight!

A Decade of Use

My legs are tired and my hands ache. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (192 cals, 4.94 km)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8 Front Squats
  • 16 Kossack Squats

I used 45-95-115-115-115# for the front squats and unweighted Kossacks. Keeping it light to go easy on my back, especially after so much sandbag work yesterday.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Goblet Curtsy Lunges (35#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Step-ups (24”, 35#)
  • 8 HSPU

Took a couple rounds to get the hang of the reverse lunge step-up. Got it from Ibex and you lunge and step up with the same leg. The opposite knee drives up over the box and you hold the weight on the same side as that knee drive. Produces a lot of quad burn. I messed up and did 8/8 on the first round of reverse lunge step-ups. 😦

This was a good little workout, but could be bumped up to a 6-8 rounder with slightly heavier weight. I was able to turn up the pace in the second half of the workout and finished with 3+31 (was stepping up on that final rep of the movement.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s alt Weighted V-ups (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s OH Side Bends (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest

I got 12-14-14-16 on the V-ups and 18 each time on the bends. I was worried about the long hollow holds, but did them all unbroken.

After lunch I sold my adjustable dumbbells, since I no longer have a use for them. Got $350 and I had paid $300 new about a decade ago. The market for fitness equipment is wild right now!

When the Bike Bites Back

They changed our tee times yesterday and apparently nobody let me know, so I didn’t make it to golf. My back probably needed the rest though. I went for a 4.14 mile power walk instead to get some sun.

2020-06-18-walk

Out in the garage at 4pm. We swapped Friday and Saturday so we could go to the track tomorrow morning when it’s cooler.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,033 cals)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 PVC Passes

Skill

Jumping Bar Muscle-ups

  • 3-3 singles
  • 5-5-5 unbroken

Bit weird with the low ceiling. At first I was worried about smacking my head so that’s why the singles. Got confidence though. Helped B with some bar MU drills.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 cal BikeErg
  • 10 DB Reverse Lunges (50#)
  • 20 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 Curtsy Lunges
  • 2:00 Rest

Went out on the driveway for this and used puzzle mats so I wouldn’t have to wear knee sleeves out in the sun. It’s a new version of a workout we did over two months ago, which was my take on an Ibex Training workout. Holy Fuck! I could feel the quads burning in the first set of dumbbell lunges. I even had to break up my plyos! Went 10-10, 20, 3×12-8 on those. My bike and curtsy lunges got faster as the rounds went on. I even got negative splits with 2:13 – 2:10 – 2:06 – 1:59 – 1:55.

In round two I tried to get a quick stand up start going and I slipped off the pedal. Owww!

2020-06-19-pedal-bite

It swelled up immediately.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps (facing wall)
  • 30s Handstand Hold (facing wall)

The combination of taps and hold is really bad.

Single Linda

I can feel my hamstrings and ass a bit from yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,094m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats
  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

The lifts were done after the handstand push-ups test, using with a 35# dumbbell.

Gymnastics Test

MAX HSPU

My old PR was 23, done three years ago. Was feeling good and got 30!!

Conditioning

Single DB Linda (50/35#)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

Got this one from @ibex_training. I had just written my own version of DB Linda the night before they posted this. Mine was doing 20-18-16… so same number of overall reps, but with two dumbbells. My version would have been horrible!

I was a little worried about so much bending forward with my back so I kind of took it easy on the first few rounds of squat cleans. I took a short break between sides on the cleans through 8 or 7 and then switched arms to go unbroken the rest of the way. Once you get through 8 you’re basically halfway done with all the reps and can turn on the gas the rest of the way without even resting between the cleans and deadlifts. I finished in 14:19. That was a fun one! Will be interesting to retest it later in the year, trying to go unbroken all the way.

Strength / Gymnastics

5 Sets

  • 10 Lateral Raises (behind back, 10# plates)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 30s HS Hold

I did the first set facing away from the wall and then wall walked up for the other four sets. It’s so much easier to stay in a good position, keep balance, and get my hand to actually touch my shoulder when facing the wall! This was a good little combo.