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!

40!!

I took a couple of rest days and ate everything! Got up this morning and drove home. Was out in the garage around 4pm.

Today is my 40th, so I came up with this gem of a workout.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 40 cal Row
  • 40 Russian KBS (70/53#)
  • 40 Deadlifts (115/80#)
  • 40 cal Ski
  • 40 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 40 Hand Release Push-ups

This went by faster than I expected, but I should have realized how much of a low back pump it would be. Got through 2+151.

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests

2 Sets

  • 10 Pallof Presses + 10 Rotations (per side)

Used the small blue band which was much harder.

4 Sets

  • 30s/30s Side Bends (53#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

100 Calorie Warm-up

My lats and upper abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • Front Rack Stretch
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (45#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 3 Front Squats (95#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (95#)

I was there early so jumped on the bike before class.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM

  • 5 Burpees over the Bar
  • 3 Front Squats (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

The Rx weight was 155, but I was having none of that. By using 135 I was able to keep a consistent pace with burpees and the barbell, getting over 30 seconds of rest every round. After 5 or 6 rounds I realized I could just go right from the third front squat into the jerk like I would with a C&J. Duh!

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 15s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian KB Swings (70#)

This was programmed as an alternating EMOM, but there is no way I can hold a one minute hollow five times. I broke it up and maximized a full minute with the kettlebell. I took a quick breather after 20 reps every round and did 33-32-32-32-33 reps for 162 total.

I’m out for 20.3

My back felt much better after the run yesterday. Since Wednesday it was feeling like something was out of place, so maybe it was and the run shifted things around. As I was chilling last night watching TV I was getting a little excited for 20.3 and thinking I might actually be able to go for the 315 bar this year. Then I woke up this morning and my back was pinching as I moved around the house. Open gym at 10.

Warm-up

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (35#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 6 Reverse Grip Bench Press (95#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (55#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (145#)
  • 12 Skull Crushers (65#)

That was getting rough!

Conditioning

5:30 AMRAP

  • 25′ Walking Lunges

This was obviously not the planned workout. My back tweaked as soon as I drove up for the first burpee box get over in the real workout, so I tried again. Nope. After putting my shit away I lunged for the last 5:30 on the clock, using the course set out for the Open. Got 20 lengths of the 25 foot course.

Means I won’t be doing 20.3 tomorrow. I did Diane earlier this year so it’s not really a big deal other than I won’t have a real ranking for the Open. Disappointing though, because if I could still deadlift like I could three years ago it would be a really good workout for me. My HSPU are stronger than they were in January when I did a 5:30 Diane.

Midline

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Handstand Hold
  • 20s Hollow Hold

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

Out in the garage after 1 o’clock. Might as well do some sweating today. I got 1,032 calories and 21.43 km. Only 0.07 km from my best at this time domain, which was with one more sprint.

I’m going to order pizza and watch Tiger get win #82 tonight!

Jump, Jump

I woke up sore in many different areas!! Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

5:00 Assault Bike

Just a casual 2.7km.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 8×185
  • 8×200
  • 8×210

Warming up the weights were feeling really heavy, until 200, which felt really good. The 210 is 5# more than the last time, so I was thinking it was a PR. I was wrong because I’ve done 8×225 when I was approaching a 300 pound max.

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • 25 DU
  • AMRAP Burpee Box Jumps (24/20″, facing the box)

I was missing once or twice per set on rounds 2-7. Started out with 8 burpee box jumps, then a 5, a bunch of 6s, and was able to speed up in the last few rounds. I found a nice step sequence for going into and out of the burpees. Ended up with 68 total burpee box jumps. I could really feel my engine work kick in over the second half of this workout. Probably should have pushed a bit harder in the first half, but I really thought this was going to be more miserable.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Wood Choppers (30# MB)
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Floor Wipers
  • 30s Hollow Hold

I will not be using a slam ball again for wood choppers; too awkward with the moving load inside of the ball. This was tougher than expected. Took me 9:20.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)

Planned to go 30-30-25, but decided to go for it.

Engine Builder – Endurance

36:00 Airdyne

I was not looking forward to this, but dragged myself out to the garage at 6pm. Ideally I’d like to get back to the 75 RPM pace I had been using up through 32 minutes, but the 34 and today were not up to par. Today’s average was probably 70 RPM. I got 917 calories and 12.65 miles. Just for comparison I had 924 calories on the 32 minute endurance ride.

I might golf tomorrow if the weather is decent, otherwise it’ll be a complete rest day.