Last Before 21.1

I woke up with my body wrecked from yesterday. My shoulders and ass were really feeling it. Out in the garage at 4pm.

40:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 15 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 20 Single Shoulder DB Box Step Overs (24″, 50#)
  • 15 cal SkiErg
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 35 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I did sets of 2 chin-ups all the way through. For the step overs I held the dumbbell on my shoulder and switched sides after 10 reps. I worked on facing the box to start every step up and turned around as I went over and down. Worst movement of the workout. Took less than a minute to ski every round. Got through 6+32.

I hope the first workout of the Open is something I can do. I haven’t done a double under in a month because of the calf tweak. With my shoulder I haven’t done kipping toes to bars in two months and butterfly or kipping pull-ups in over three months. But maybe I won’t get hurt during the Open this year because I’ve been hurt for months. I can hope!

260 Going Up

Felt beat this morning when I got out of bed. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,557m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 2x3x135

Weightlifting

12:00 – EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

I went 155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-260 as planned, which is another five pounds heavier than I’ve gone in a long time. Little by little!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (95#)
  • 6 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 9 Burpee Pull-ups

I did the first and last rounds unbroken on the barbell and should have done that all the way. For the other rounds I dropped the bar after 8 deadlifts for a quick breath and regrip. The burpee pull-ups are just so slow and I was stepping back and up on them to try to save my heart rate some. Got through 6+18.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Pulled this one out of the logs. Work 5# ankle weights and finished in 6:07.

Taters

Much needed rest day yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Taters (45#)
  • 10 alt Curtsy Lunges (35# KB)

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 24 Taters (35#)
  • 10/10 alt Curtsy Lunges (switch arms after 10, 35#)
  • 36 Incline Bar Push-ups

Got this one from Ibex, except I scaled 24 push-ups to these since my shoulder isn’t happy with regular push-ups yet. They didn’t say how heavy, but I made the right kettlebell choice. I never set the KB down, by my hips were already in fire by the end of round one. I split the push-ups 20-16 for five rounds and then finished unbroken at 19:15.

Midline

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 16 alt V-ups
  • 16 Plank Jumps
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks

Took about 50-55 seconds and there was some real burn!

Finished with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

By the end of the day my back was pretty tight. May retire the taters after our first time with them.

Damn Shoulder

I took a full rest day yesterday. My left shoulder is really starting to bother me.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (678m)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Toe Touches
    • 10 PVC Passes

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:30 DB Burpee Box Step Overs (24″, 35# DBs)
  • 1:30 Rest
  • 1:30 cal SkiErg
  • 1:30 Rest

I chose a good weight to keep moving with intensity, even though I started out too slow. I did 12-13-14-15-16 step overs and 25-25-26-27-28 ski calories.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 w. Hollow Flutter Kicks (10# plate)
  • 20 w. alt V-ups (10#)
  • 20 w. OH crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

We’ve done this one from Ibex two other times and my best was 7:20. Today I smoked it in 5:57.

Push-ups with Hands

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (693m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 20 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 12-9-6
    • Strict HSPU
    • Box Jump (24/20″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 15-12-9
    • HSPU
    • Box Jump Over (24/20″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 18-15-12
    • HR Push-up
    • Box Jump (30/24″)

I felt good through most of this. Did 6-6, 5-4, 6 for strict handstand push-ups and finished that part in 2:40. Then went 9-6, 7-5, 9 for kipping handstand push-ups, taking 3:31 for part two. The hand release push-ups felt rough, but I did them slow and unbroken and finished part three in 4:24. Overall time of 18:35.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Hollow Flutter Kick (10# plate)
  • 20 Weighted alt V-Ups (10#)
  • 20 Weighted OH Crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twist (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

Slower than the 7:20 I did almost three weeks ago, with 7:58 today.

More Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 4:00 BikeErg
  • 4:00 SkiErg

I did 1,044 and 1,049 meters on the rower, 2,096 and 2,113 on the bike, and 961 and 970 on the skier.

Handstand Kick-ups

  • 5 bad leg
  • 5 good leg
  • 2×5 finding balance

A Track Sunday

My back felt much better through the night and this morning. Went the the track at 10am. Ideal weather this morning for it.

Warm-up

  • 400m Walk
  • 400m Run

Speed / Explosive

E2M – 10 Sets

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 100m Sprint

Was taking me about 35-37 seconds.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 400m Run
  • 30 Push-ups

I missed once on the rope after 47 reps in round four. Went out too fast on the first run, but settled in after that. I did 8-8-7-7 push-ups each round and maybe could have done 3×10. Finished in 16:57.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Raises
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

All while wearing five pound ankle weights. I went unbroken everywhere, which was really tough on the flutter kicks.

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

  • 100β€² Bear crawl
  • 100β€² 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 πŸ˜‚
  • 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

πŸ’₯ πŸ’₯ πŸ’₯ 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.