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.

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.

3 Beat Downs

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and otherwise had a rest day. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,620m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 15/15/15/15 Steamboats
  • Squat Cleans
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×115
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Weightlifting

E2M – 8 Sets

  • 10 Burpees
  • 3 Squat Cleans (increasing)

I was able to keep a steady pace on my burpees and then hit the numbers I planned, which brought me to my current limit. I did 135-145-155-165-175-185-195-205 pounds. After I got through 185# I actually thought about cutting back for the last round or two. Went for it though. Felt heavy. I haven’t done a squat clean since December and it’s probably been nearly that long since I’ve done any type of heavy front squat.

Conditioning

“Legs Gone Bad Vol 2”
150x

  • Squat Jump
  • 2 Plyo Lunges

I did doubles through 14 and then a few sprinkled in over the last 25 reps. Finished in 11:07 for a big PR compared to the 12:50 in May. Brandi was better by around three minutes! Good retest but I think this workout is retired; it’s just so brutal the entire way.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Another big PR with 9:01, beating the 10:19 from June. I didn’t have to break up the hollow holds, so those have come back a lot over the last few months.

Today beat us up the whole way.

An Engine Without Engine Builder

Got a good night of sleep and finally a green WHOOP recovery score. Started getting setup around 9am for my workout

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Arm Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 12 Standing French Press (50#)

Conditioning

My jumping “box”

5 Rounds

  • 800m Run
  • 15 Box/Wall Jumps (24″)
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups

Last year my rounds were 6:00, 5:59, 6:02, 5:58, and 5:49 for a total of 29:49. I had been following The Gains Lab Engine Builder program for months. Today I did 6:02, 5:55, 6:01, 5:58, and 5:42 for 29:37. Very similar today with a little more turbo boost in the fifth round. Cool to see I’m about the same on a workout like this with significantly less time spent doing single modality cardio workouts. Ideally I’d like to move more of the Z2 heart rate up in to zone Z4 for a workout like this.

I love how heart rate data has these odd dips at times like you almost died.

Walked 18 holes of golf with my Dad after 3pm and then when I got back to the lake I put my sister through some core work. She’s lost a bunch of weight and was asking me how to get abs so I told her to give me two months for an experiment. Hopefully she’ll stick with it. I have to remember she’s not in CrossFit shape so I need to ease her in. Had her do a scaled version of my work.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 OH Crunches (2s pause, 35+50# DBs)
  • 100m Uneven Farmer Carry (35 & 50# DBs)

I wore ankle weights throughout and swapped hands with the dumbbells after 50 meters. Hollow holds with the ankle weights weren’t as bad as I was expecting.

Pick Things Up

Walked 18 holes yesterday in the heat. Over the last three holes my left calf really started to bother me and I was limping on it the rest of the day. It feels better today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Weightlifting

  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 2 C&J (135-145-155-165-175#)
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 1 C&J (195-205-225-235-245#)

In May I did a 10:00 EMOM of 3×155 power cleans, back in December I did 3×225 power cleans in a workout, and in September I did a power clean and push jerk with 245. I hadn’t lifted heavy in a very long time, but I’ve been wanting to for months. Today was finally the day.

The lifts felt pretty good overall, doing power cleans and push jerks for ever rep. I stopped doing touch-n-go with the doubles because I could feel it coming down for the second rep. Then I could feel some of the heavier jerks a bit. Having the 55# plates on the bar was really fucking up my math. After reviewing video I screwed up the second single, which I’d planned to be 215. But I guess I course corrected for the next weight. Thrilled to hit those weights after not lifting heavy all of 2020 so far due to my back issues.

Strength / Conditioning

4 Cycles

  • 3 Sets (each, I Go You Go)
    • 16 Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Last time I used 35# for two cycles and 20# for two cycles. We think Brandi wore a vest for two rounds and then took it off. We finished in 12:56 that day. I was hoping I’d be able to survive with 30# the whole way today and barely did. B wore the 8# vest the entire time. Our splits were 1:45, 1:45, 1:47, and 1:51 for a time of 10:08. So a harder version and we crushed our time. Those are pretty consistent splits too! I had to rest a few seconds extra before picking up the dumbbells for that last set or I wasn’t going to make it unbroken.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Russian Twists
  • 1:00 Leg Raises
  • 30s/30s Side Plank
  • 1:00 Prayer Crunches
  • 1:00 Rest

I based this off an old warm-up I’d done at Survival Fitness in 2012. I wasn’t thinking when I put the hollow hold back to back with twists. Oww! I held that first hollow for the entire minute to see if I could and I paid for it the rest of the way.

Then it was cookie time with a shake for post workout recovery. Everything from Phat Ash Bakes is amazing!

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!

Repeating Thrusters

My back was slightly better through the night Sunday and fine during the day again on Monday. My ass was still pretty sore and my quads when I pressed on them. Was surprised my abs weren’t sore though. I walked 18 holes in great weather yesterday. My back was about the same last night. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 20:00 BikeErg (9,530m)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises

I pulled the bike out to the back patio and just felt like riding under the sun. The bike is so much more enjoyable for something like this. Slowly ramped up my pace.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 25# KB)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises (25# KB)

Conditioning

I did one set of 10×45# thrusters to warm-up.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95/65#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters
  • 2:00 Rest

The only thrusters I’ve done since December were in Jackie! I purposely went very controlled on the first 10 thrusters to see how my back would take it. Felt good so I knew I could push them the rest of the way. After round one my burpees slowed down, but it nearly evened out with the quicker thrusters. My times were 2:03, 2:05, and 2:06. Happy with that consistency for a movement that’s usually not very good for me.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

This was terrible in the first round. Took 10:19 to finish.

Finally got back to PT by doing of the floor movements.

Front, Pistol, and Air

Rained for almost two straight days so no golf yesterday and it may not dry up enough to play Thursday. I got some water in my basement that I had to clean up and later spent a little time making improvements to the cable pulley system. In the evening I spent about five minutes practicing hand balancing with the frog stand and wow do my hands and wrists feel it today! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 Airdyne (158 cals, 4.01 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Squats
  • Front Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Front Squat (165#)
  • 16 Pistols

Front squats felt much heavier than I’d like and the pistols got my heart rate going. Happy to be squatting though. Haven’t done a workout with pistols since November, so they went surprisingly well.

Conditioning

  • 25 T2B
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 25 Pull-ups
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

The plan was 25 Goblet Squats (53#), but I didn’t want to push it after the strength work. Fifty air squats turned out to be the worst part of the workout; going from hip flexors in toes-to-bars to that many squats lit up my hips! I went 15-10 on both gymnastics movements for 3:01 in the first attempt. Then I jumped the gun and got up for a few reps after only three minutes of rest! Went 15-10 T2B and 15-5-5 pull-ups for 10:09 with the second attempt.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

It’s been over a year since we did this one. It also happened to be the first time I made it through unbroken with a time of 6:08. I was falling apart in round three and then hit the wall in round four and had to break. Still managed a 6:12 though.

I did a little bit of floor PT exercises, which I’ve been slacking on.

Complex Bears

My shoulders are a little sore and I can feel the evil wheels in my abs. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks

Increased to 4 times across the garage for both the lateral and front/back walks.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (25-25-30-35-40#)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Press Downs (red)

Those pull-ups felt good.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bear Complex (65/45#)
  • 15 Box Jumps (24/20″)

Now here was going to be a real test of the back with all of the squatting and also picking the bar up for cleans. My quads started to light up about halfway through the workout. Was through three rounds at about 5:00 and set a goal to get to six rounds. I had to pick up the pace over the last round and a half but I hit it with about 8 seconds to spare. Didn’t bother rushing over to the bar.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (25-25-35-35#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (25-25-35-35#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

This one comes from Tia and we did it last year. I had used a 45# plate then, but wanted to be conservative today. First two rounds felt fine, so I bumped it up. Only doing three wipers per side is kind of a joke and the twists were no issue either. Hollow holds were another story though. I held the full 30 seconds for the first two and then held a bent knee hold for the last two.

Did my floor PT exercises, which were much worse than usual after that metcon! I tried a couple of pistols and those felt good. Also did a toe-to-bar, which was good. The comeback is on!

Tri-ing Interference

My quads and ass are barely sore anymore. Still can’t believe I wasn’t destroyed from Saturday. I guess all the other lunges and single leg work is paying off. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

10:00 Airdyne

Went 202 cals and 5.01 km.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Deficit Strict HSPU (0, 1.75, 3, 3.75, 4.5“)
  • 15 Front Raises (8#)

The most I’ve ever done for a one rep deficit was 11.5 inches, several years ago. A couple of weeks ago I did 10 reps at about 4 inches, so this was disappointing. I wonder if I don’t have my hands as wide when I’m on stacked plates, which would make it a lot more difficult. I’ll have to play around with it.

Conditioning

  • 30-20-10 Burpees
  • 30-20-10 Push Presses (75#)
  • 60-40-20 DU

In those first few push presses I could feel it was going to be terrible. Triceps were already blown up. I used a rack so I wouldn’t have to pick the bar up off the ground and I managed to stick to all sets of 10, resting the barbell on my back in two of the three breaks. Never missed a double under and finished in 8:39.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 45s Lying Leg Lifts
  • 45s Turtles (Heel Touches)
  • 45s Hollow Hold
  • 45s Russian Twist
  • 1:30 Rest

I had to do scaled hollow holds after round one and didn’t use any weight for the Russian twists. Been two months since I’ve done any ab work like this!