On Sabbatical

My three month sabbatical from work started this week, so I’ve been doing a lot of work to finish up the living room wall project and haven’t been in the gym since Friday. On Saturday we did go for a 8.53 mile hike that took almost 4 hours!

Warmed up with about 20 PVC passes.

Arms

4 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Barbell Curl (35-45-4×55#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Close Grip Bench Press (55-115-135-155-175-190#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Hammer Curl (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (60#)
  • 20 Tricep Pulldown (Rope, 49#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Static DB Curls (25#)
  • 12 MB Push-up

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 25s Rest
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 25s Rest

Cutting 5 seconds off those rests makes a big difference. Finished in 5:32.

Two Thirties Instead of One Minute

Did some PVC passes to warm-up, but that’s about it.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Barbell Curl (35-50-50-55-55#)

5 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Bench Press (45-95-120-135-150#)

3 Sets

  • 10-10-12 Decline Hammer Curl (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (30-30-35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (60#)
  • 20 Reverse Tricep Pulldown (Bar, 49 – 51.5 – 54#)

3 Sets

  • 20 Cable Curl (43#)
  • 12 MB Push-up

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 30s Rest

A version of workout we’ve done countless times, which is just a minute rest after each round. This allowed us to keep up the intensity. It took me 6:08.

Tweaked Back

I walked 18 holes on the golf course Friday in the heat and humidity. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 8×95
    • 6×135
    • 4×160
    • 2×180
  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • Power Cleans
    • 4×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Chest

MAX Bench Press (200#)

Got 15, which I’m pretty happy with.

MAX Decline Push-ups (12”)

Busted out 50 to beat the previous 40.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 50#)

75 DB Bench Press (40#)

Went 5×10, 8-7-5-5 to finish in 2:26 and beat the 2:48 from 4 weeks ago when I did 5×10 and 5×5.

Weightlifting

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 6 Power Cleans
    • 3@155
    • 3@165
    • 1@175

Was feeling pretty good so did a couple of increases.

Conditioning & Midline

2 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 50 Bicycles
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Side Crunches
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 10 Hollow Rocks

Heading out for the first run my back did not feel good and it didn’t get better with the movements. Took me 9:42.

Mowed the lawn and did a bunch of work on Brandi’s house. My back is not happy.

Humid Summer

This summer has been over-the-top humid almost every day.

Midline

  • 50 Leg Lifts
  • 50 DB OH Crunches (50# DB)
  • 50 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 50 V-ups
  • 50 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Plank Hip Dips

Today I went 30-20 on the leg lifts, felt myself slowing a lot on the v-ups, and was able to do sets of 10 for the hollow rocks. Finished in 7:31, which smashes the 9:13 from a month ago.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5 HSPU

I got through five rounds, the run, and 12 box jumps. I rested between the types of handstand push-ups each round except the fifth one where I stayed on the wall because I knew I needed some time to finish the sixth run, but then I ran so fast I had enough time for a lot of jumps. Really sweaty from the heat and humidity, but a great workout.

Push Off the Side

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe touches
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 10 RDL (85#)

Legs

  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (L, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up
  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (R, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up

The side lunge with knee up was something new to try for this superset. Wasn’t sure how it would go, so I didn’t increase weight.

4 Sets

  • 10 RDLs (2×135, 2×155#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went up 10 pounds on each.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP – 2-4-6…

  • Devil Press (35# DBs)
  • C2B Pull-ups

B had found this on the ‘gram several weeks ago and we saved it. Two of my least favorite movements. I pulled out an old pair of grips I hadn’t used in years and they weren’t the greatest. I did all double kipping chest-to-bar pull-ups because that movement seems to get me for some reason. Finished the 10s and then picked up the pace to finish the 12 devil presses.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

She keeps bringing this workout back out and sucks every time. I decided not to try going unbroken even from the start, so I took a quick break between movements. Finished in 6:42.

Gross 50s

My triceps, biceps, and front shoulders all were getting sore in the morning already.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 6 Front Squats (95#)
  • 6 DB Deadlifts (35#)
  • 4 DB Hang Cleans (35#)
  • 4 DB S2OH (35#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (125-135-145-155#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (53# KB)

I didn’t wear a belt. Glad this was the 4th week and we can move on to something else.

4 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Glute Bridge + 2 Banded Hip Abduction (105#)
  • 20 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Conditioning

DB DT – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (50#)
  • 9 Hang Cleans (50#)
  • 6 S2OH (50#)

I went unbroken each round, with mostly push presses. My grip was smoked and I probably should have set the dumbbells down after 11 deadlifts for a very short break because the cleans really sucked. Finished in 6:28.

Midline

  • 50 Leg Lifts
  • 50 DB OH Crunches (50# DB)
  • 50 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 50 V-ups
  • 50 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Plank Hip Dips

Oh my! I went 25-15-10 on the leg lifts. Could barely do hollow rocks and had to limit myself to all 5s. Then I finished with 2×25 hip dips. Took me 9:13.

Front Squats Feeling Good

Drove home from the lake today and got the lawn cut. Then out in the garage around 4:30.

Warmup

  • 80’ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80’ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 Front Squats (95#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (115-125-135-145#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (50# DB)

Was up 10# on every set again and the weight felt the best it has in the three weeks of this. Went up from the 45# KB too.

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Glute Bridge + 2 Banded Hip Abduction (105#)
  • 15 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Was up 10# here. Should probably do more reps on the frogs or wear ankle weights.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP
2-4-6-8…

  • Burpee Pull-ups
  • Power Cleans (115/80#)

I didn’t wear grips since it was single pull-ups. I did a double power clean and then went singles in every other round. Got through 6 rounds plus 2/14 burpee pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds (20s/10s)

  • 12 Weighted Crunches (feet in air, 20#)
  • 16 Bicycle Crunches (slow)
  • 12 DB Pull Thru’s (60#)
  • 22 Hollow Rocks

Those slow bicycles are a whole new ballgame. I felt like I was cramping each time I rolled up from them.

On the Fourth

Yesterday evening we rode 9 holes of golf. Did some cleanup on the posts this morning and then were getting set for the workout at about 10:30.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Push Press (35#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Conditioning

Partner

  • 60 Strict HSPU (3×5, 5×3)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 100 Russian KB Swings (70/53, 20-20-10)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 60 DB Push Press (50/25#, all 5s)

Didn’t even run a clock today. Was a good one.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups (20# DB)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 4 Dragon Flags
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Damn this was burning at the end of round one. Took me 10:18.

Moving Sand

On Saturday we spent about 2 hours hauling sand and then I mowed the lawn. That was enough for the day.

On Sunday morning I did more yard work, we had some plans, and we got out in the garage around 4:30 to start a workout. Neither of us were in to it and we decided to go for a walk instead, which was about 2.7 miles. Bodies just needed a break I think.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. In the evening I made 10 more trips carrying two 5-gallon buckets of sand to the dumpster, which was done in less than 30 minutes.

We really haven’t worked out since Friday! Up near my hip socket started feeling weird today around 3pm when I was sitting at my desk.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,041m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster walks
  • 80′ Monster walks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 2×165

I was supposed to be doing a 10:00 EMOM of 3 reps, but I only got through the first set and then on in the second set I had some shooting pain from that left leg. So after pouting a couple of minutes I sat down and worked my shoulders

6:00 EMOM

  • 5 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (50#)

Conditioning

27-21-15-9

  • cal BikeErg
  • Push-ups

Was supposed to be deadlifts with 225 (planned to scale back to 185), but I could feel my leg when I tried a couple reps with 95 pounds. So I decided to use the bike. Was able to go unbroken on the push-ups and finished in 5:01

Midline

4 Rounds

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

Been a long time since we’d done this one and it showed. Took me 6:43.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 High pulley underhand row (double handle, 93-82-82#)
  • 12 Incline DB Row (35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Incline Straight Arm Pulldown (60#)
  • 12 Incline Lat Pulldown (forward facing, 93#)

I’m going to sit here and hit my leg with the massage gun. I really hope this isn’t some new injury. Maybe some kind of pinched nerve from sitting all day.

More Double Dumbbells

Was thinking about doing some rowing intervals, but I wasn’t feeling well in the afternoon, so it became a complete rest day. I had today off work to prep a bunch of stuff for work on the living room and sunroom all weekend. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (669m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (35#)
  • 6 Double DB Push Press (35#)
  • 12 Pendlay Row (45#)

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 12 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (50/35s)
  • 12 Double DB Push Press (50/35s)
  • 24 Sit-ups

My plan was to split the push presses up to 6-6 or 7-5 from the start but they felt good so I went for it. Finally had to break for the last 5 of them. Finished in 11:10. Really happy with how this went. I thought the push presses were going to be really bad after the way there were in that Qualifier workout I had tried.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 12 Pendlay Rows (95#)

This was a really tough superset after the workout.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 Incline Back Fly (25# DBs)

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Toe Reach (35# DB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Bicycle Crunch
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank DB Pull Throughs (50#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest

I did 15 toe reaches, 36 bicycles, 12 pull throughs, and 20 hollow rocks every round. This was rough after 144 sit-ups!