Almost a Complete Set

I scored pairs of 5 and 40 pound dumbbells at the Alpena Meijer this morning and was able to order 45s on Amazon, but they don’t know when those will ship. Now all I really need to find is 8s, which hopefully I can get at a Meijer. Worked out at about 12:15.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 20#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 20#)

Not that bad so I did four sets instead of three I had planned.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces
  • 20 Shotguns
  • 30 Russian Twists
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I forgot how potent the shotguns are! Put my sister through a scaled version of this.

Conditioning

“Brenton” – 5 Rounds

  • 100′ Bear crawl
  • 100′ Broad Jumps

*Do 3 burpees after every 5 broad jumps.

This is one of my go to workouts for summer vacation and it’s actually a CrossFit Hero workout. My best was 8:17 in 2015. At the cottage I can do a straight 100 feet, which make a big difference in this workout because I only had to do two sets of burpees each round. I got a nice PR with a time of 7:40. Turns out that AirPods are not very good with burpees and they kept falling out, so I ditched them after two rounds.

Real Dumbbells

Feels like my body is recovering from the weekend. On Sunday I finished my new weight plate storage rack and did more reorganizing. I need to update the Garage Gym page on this site. Here’s a picture of the main area for now.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and it was pretty hot. Going to be 85-90+ for the next week with no signs of rain. Worked out a 4 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,098m)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • Moved shelving units to basement 😂
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 160′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Landmine Lunges (45#)
  • 10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Lunges
  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges

I used 85-95-105-115#. Kind of awkward with the barbell to hold the position and when you switch to the other side. The curtsy lunges fired up the ass right away though. This came from Ryan Fischer.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 20 DB Hang Snatch (alt, 50/35#)
  • 30 K2E
  • 20 DB Hang Snatch
  • 3:00 Rest

I really wanted to do 5×6 for the knees to elbows, but I went for 12-10-8 and made it both rounds. In the first round I didn’t rotate my grips out of the way, which made the hang snatches tougher to deal with. My times were 2:53 and 2:42. I’m always happy to get faster in these! It’s so nice to have real dumbbells for this stuff.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Weighted Hanging Oblique Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 16 alt Weighted Hanging Single Leg Raises (5# ankles weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 20 Weighted Hollow Flutter Kicks (5# ankles weights)

All wearing the five pound ankle weights. My grip was shot after the first set.

Sunday is For Back

I feel surprisingly good after that leg killer yesterday. Last night I poured myself a drink after a tough week and got some solid recovery sleep. WHOOP has me at 46% recovery today, which is understandable after some drinking and two days of tough workouts. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 Airdyne (319 cals, 7.79 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes

Sunday is going to be focused on back for awhile.

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pull Downs (90#)
  • 12 DB Pullovers (40-50-50-50#)

The damn pulleys on my cable system were causing too much friction even after I added a bunch of 3-in-1 oil before we started. So then the coating on the cable split open. Guess I’ll have to find some better pulleys.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Horizontal Banded Rows (2x red)
  • 12 Seated Back Fly (30#)

This combo was probably the toughest of the day.

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight-ish Arm Banded Pull Down and Backs (2x red)
  • 12/12 Single Arm Seated Banded Pull Downs (red)

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Cross Body Single Arm 90 (15#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (elbow out, 30#)

I wasn’t confident in the shoulder positions for those 90s. Flaring out the elbow for the rows is much harder!

Gymnastics

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

Wasn’t expecting much, but I set a PR by two reps on the first set with 17!! Fell off a cliff from there though with 9-7-7.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Push-up w/ reach across and move dumbbell (50#)
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Floor Wipers (45# plate)

I was able to keep everything unbroken. Took me 7:30.

It was a monster session over 2.5 hours with my time on the bike.

A Grinder from Ben

My triceps started getting sore yesterday afternoon. I took a break from work in the afternoon for some bodyweight step downs and banded wood chops. In the evening I did 10-8-6 of the McGill Big 3. Today starts another three day weekend for me, which has been a nice reset every few weeks during this weird time we’re living in.

Warm-up

Monster Walks

Conditioning

E4M for 40:00

  • 20 cal Row (goal pace: 1,500 cal/hr)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 40 DU

This is from late 2018, when the gym followed Ben Smith’s programming. I really miss his workouts! I’m five pounds lighter, so could I go faster?

Round 2018/11/07 2020/05/01
1 2:10 2:06
2 2:13 2:08
3 2:15 2:09
4 2:11 2:08
5 2:13 2:12
6 2:13 2:10
7 2:12 2:09
8 2:17 2:09
9 2:13 2:08
10 2:11 2:04

💥 💥 💥 Damn right! Faster every single round for a total of 45 seconds.

Last time I did this workout I tried to keep > 1,400 cal/hr and today I was able to do over 1,500, while still keeping a solid pace on my burpees. My only misses on the rope were two back-to-back misses in round five with about five reps to go. This workout is such a grinder.

Gymnastics / Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups (10 kip, 10 butterfly)
  • 20 V-ups
  • 60 Hollow Body Flutter Kicks
  • 1:30 Rest

Wore grips and chalked up before starting. The pull-ups felt good and happy to be able to do six sets of ten unbroken between the two styles. The core work got rough after doing the first round unbroken; I had to do 4×5 v-ups and 3×20 flutter kicks. Took me 9:14 to finish.

60 Strict

My back is feeling pretty good, but my legs and ass are getting sore. Out in the garage around 10:30.

Intervals

4 Rounds

  • 4:30 Airdyne
  • 4:30 Rest

I tried to average around 85 PRM, doing 169, 169, 166, and 169 calories and 3.04, 3.02, 3.01, and 3.04 km.

Back in the garage around 4pm.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (40s of work)

  • Strict Pull-ups
  • Double Unders
  • HS Hold
  • Step-ups (20″)
  • Ski

I did 5×2 pull-ups, about 55 dubs, the full handstand hold, 5-5-3-3 step-ups, and 10 calories on the Ski Erg. Got shitty after about three rounds. Felt good about the consistency though, especially being able to do 60 strict pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Alternating V-ups

After the first round I did 20-10 plank jumps and 10-10 on the V-ups. Finished in 7:15.

I may rest tomorrow.

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.

Last Day in Utah

Another 7am drop-in at CrossFit St. George.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 5:00 Rest

My goal was < 1:34/500m and I ended up 3.2 seconds faster overall. Last time 1:15.0 was my fastest and these are my times: 1:15.1, 1:14.7, 1:14.8, 1:14.6, 1:14.5.

Conditioning

  • 15-10-5 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 15-10-5 Toes to Bars
  • 45-30-15 Air Squats

Came up with this one last night. Thought I might be able to keep all sets of five, but wasn’t able to using the AbMat and 25# plates compared to my big mat at home. I think I did 3×5, 5-3-2, 2-2-1 on the HSPU. All sets of fives on the T2B. Squats were slower than I’d like, but had to recover a bit before going back to the HSPU. Finished in 7:20.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Floor Wipers
  • 1:00 Rest

This took me 7:34.

That’s a Negative

My arms are all bruised and I’m beat from moving so much wood around yesterday. Started Sunday off right though…

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Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds (40s Work : 20s Rest)

  • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Plank
  • Bear Hug Squats (20# MB)
  • Handstand Hold

Was supposed to start with Man Makers, but I’m laying off the weights until I get back from my trip. I did 11-11-12-12-13 burpees and 22-25-26-27-30 squats. Should have pusher harder earlier.

Gymnastics Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Negative Pull-ups
  • 20s L-sit (rings)

It’s probably been years since I’ve done negative pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Side Plank Jumps
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Alternating V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Hardest part was holding the hollow each round, but I managed them all unbroken. A lot of core work today! Finished in 9:50.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)

Did these a lot slower and controlled than I have in the past, going to the bottom of a deep pistol before touching my leg to the ground. I’m gonna feel those!

Finished cleaning up the rest of the sticks and tree tops in the yard. Beautiful “taps aff” day for it.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

12 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 1:30 Rest

Was trying to decide on a pace for this. Was thinking about 1:42-1:43, but settled on 1:45/500m. Glad I did because I was at 1:44.8 for 9 of them and 1:44.6 for 3. My distances were 429-429-429-429-430-429-430-429-429-429-430-429 meters. Excellent consistency!

My Highest WHOOP Strain

Didn’t get as much sleep as I’d like last night, but feel pretty good. More importantly I had pancakes for breakfast since it’s Sunday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (42 cals)
  • Dead Hang & Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

  • 4:00 EMOM5 Burpees
    • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP10 Goblet Squats (53#)
    • 6 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest, Then Repeat

The burpees should be very fast to create fatigue going into the strict handstand push-ups. I was able to get every set of HSPU unbroken, but the last set in the first cycle was hard and then the last 2-3 sets in the 2nd cycle were a struggle. My quads got super pumped during the goblet squats. In the first cycle I was marking off rounds on the board, which just wasted time in such a short workout. Skipped that in the second cycle and did better. I did 3+12 and then exactly 4 rounds.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50′ KB Dead Walk (44# KBs)
  • 50′ KB Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)

Got some of the idea here from a T-Nation article and video.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 30 Russian Twists (20kg plate)
  • 1:00 Rest

My upper abs were cramping up from the combination of hollow rocks and flutter kicks. Was able to do every movement unbroken, with my only extra break being between the rocks and kicks is the third round. Finished in 7:41.

Went golfing and played a quick 18 holes in a cart.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

I wanted to shoot for 82-83 RPM and my average was probably close. I got 173-174-177 calories and went 6.09 miles or 9,800 meters.

All of the activity made for my highest strain day on WHOOP so far and since I waited so late to publish this, it won’t go up much more tonight.

Burning 4,500 calories was a good excuse to get some ice cream. 🙂

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.