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Yesterday I took a rest day and fixed the computers on two old Concept2 Model C rowers!

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I did my floor PT exercisese and had planned to do the core stability work since I missed it Saturday. Didn’t happen though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Today at lunch I did the banded PT exercises. Was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (35#)
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Band Pull Aparts (blue)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Jingle Jangles (21’ across garage)
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 12 Push-ups

That was good and the rounds went much faster than I expected. It’s crazy how much more stable I am on those reverse lunges with the knee drive than the first time I did them only 10 days ago. I was flying through them today. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken with ease too. Finished 12+2.

Challenge

Knocked out a set of 10 strict deficit handstand push-ups (~4″) for a challenge making the rounds on Instagram.

After trying one I wasn’t sure I’d get through ten, but that turned out pretty good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I definitely need to get in these today after skipping them the last two days.

Jing-a-ling

I’m maybe a little sore today from the pull-ups. I did my PT exercises in the morning and then went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400/400′ Side Shuffle Walk
  • Steamboats
  • Backwards Walk
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Single Leg RDL (no weight)
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes

Strength

5 Sets

  • 3x10s RKC Plank w/ 5s rest
  • 10/10 Single Leg Half Squats (12”)

Those half squats are from PT and effectively a heel tap on the ground. Probably more like 1/3 squat. Supposed to be the best exercise for glute activation.

Conditioning

18:00 AMRAP

  • 6-8-10… Jingle Jangles (30’)
  • 20-30-40… Double Unders
  • 6-8-10… Air Squats (sit to MB on plate set at parallel)

I was planning on doing bike calories for the first movement, like the programmed workout, but got the idea to do the jingle jangles when I got to the gym. Didn’t miss a dub until 67/80 and then missed again right away. I think I missed 4x in the set of 90. Finished the round of 20-90-20 and then got three more runs. I looked at the clock just after four minutes in and thought, “Oh boy!” I kept up a solid pace throughout though, as evidenced by my double unders. I really concentrated on my air squats to keep a good back position. Felt really good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Side Plank
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dog

F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.

Run Inside

Complete rest day yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Couch Stretch
  • Figure 4 Stretch
  • Line drills

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Burpees
  • 15 cal Row
  • 8 Jingle Jangles (45′)

Was getting my burpees done in 41-43 seconds every round and kept my pace at about 1,400 cal/hour on the rower. Didn’t feel like running 200 meters outside (I was going to scale to 150 anyway to survive) with the weather and it turned out much nicer to run inside. 🙂

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bulgarian Split Squats (30# DBs)
  • 12 Strict T2B
  • 15 Strict Ring Dips

This was pretty terrible. Had a much tougher time doing multiples today for the toes to bars. I did 3×5 for every round of ring dips.

Move on Sunday

Rested yesterday.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Jingle Jangles
  • Front Leaning Rest (Plank) on Rings
  • Box Side Steps (14″)
  • Russian KBS (35#)
  • Duck Walk

Clock was set for :45/:15 to give time to move between areas. Try duck walking backwards.

3 Rounds

  • 20s L-sit
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s L-sit
  • 40s Rest
  • 20s Double Under
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Double Under
  • 40s Rest
  • 20s Push Press (45#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Push Press
  • 40s Rest

Run off a Tabata type interval on the clock. Did my L-sits with just knees up. I was getting 19-20 followed up by 16-17 push presses. Missed too many times in the first 2 rounds of dubs.

Nothing crazy today, but worked up a good sweat.

Squats & Presses

My body is feeling a little beat up today, but planned to rest tomorrow anyway, so might as well hit it hard. Matt, Cora, Kevin, and I trained at 10:30am.

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Back squat and shoulder press warm-up with light weights

Strength

Second week of the squat program, so while everyone did the 5 sets of 3 back squats around 90%, I did 4 sets of 8 with increasing weight.

10:00 EMOM MOFO

  • Evens: 3 Back Squats (90% of 1RM)
  • Odds: 3 Shoulder Presses (90% of 1RM)

I did my first 3 sets of back squats on time, took off the 4th round of back squats to rest for my heaviest set, and finished it on the 5th round. I had to do 8 reps each set, using 185, 205, 220, and 235. Pretty rough. On shoulder presses, 90% calls for 145#, but I don’t think that would be possible for me, so I used 135# for the first 4 sets and 140# for my final set.

Strength WOD

This one comes from some of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. They absolutely crushed it. I think Khalipa did it in 4:17.

For time:

  • 10 Shoulder Presses
  • 15 OHS
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

Rx is 115/75 for this one. My time was 14:03. Great barbell work there.

Conditioning WOD

Just keep moving in this one.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Jingle Jangles
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 HR Push-ups
  • 10 OH Walking Lunges (45/25)

I completed 7 full rounds, 10 jingle jangles, 10 v-ups, and 1 push-up for 7+21.

Finisher

Tabata Mash-up

  • Ring L-sit
  • Ball Slams (15#)

I did knee tuck sits each round.

Took us about an hour and 40 minutes to complete everything today. I have a feeling the legs are going to be wrecked for a couple of days.

Cardio Sunday

Pretty sore from yesterday. It hurts to even touch my traps. Went in for the noon class and was thrilled to see it was an “easy” one.

Warm-up

Tabata Mash-up

  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Jumping Jacks

WOD

  • 100 Jump Rope Singles
  • 50 Lunges
  • 50 Push-ups
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 100 Jump Rope Singles
  • 40 Lunges
  • 40 Push-ups
  • 40 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 100 Jump Rope Singles
  • 30 Lunges
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 30 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 100 Jump Rope Singles
  • 20 Lunges
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 100 Jump Rope Singles
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 AbMat Sit-ups

At least they weren’t hand-release push-ups, but still were the toughest part and I had to break them up a lot. Finished in 17:53.

Finisher

Death by Jingle Jangles (18′, by 3s)

Got through 27 and was on pace to get through 30, but slipped on some sweat or water around number 22 and nearly did the splits. I was so pissed because I wanted a shot at breaking my 30 + 21 gym record.

Road Work Circuit

I’m feeling pretty good after yesterday’s WOD and then the explosive training we did at night. Little sore in a lot of places, but nothing bad. Went to the 11am today and 14 of us were there to get our sweat on.

Warm-up

Matt called this a road work circuit, with the goal being to keep your heart rate in the 130-150 range, but work hard enough to get a sweat on.

5 Rounds

  • 1m Russian KBS (40# KB)
  • 1m Lateral Step Overs (12″ box)
  • 1m Air Squats
  • 1m Jump Rope
  • 1m Jingle Jangles
  • 1m Rest

It was kind of hard not to push the pace, but at the same time nice to work at a steady pace. I started out a little slow and my heart rate was less than 130, so I stepped it up a bit and each round it went up progressively, while still staying below the high-end of the range. Solid long “warm-up” that would be harder than most fitness classes out there.

WOD

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Box Jumps (32″)
  • 6 Thrusters (75#)
  • 6 Burpees

This is actually based off the hero WOD “Rahoi” but due to space and box availability we had to switch it up. We don’t have the room for bar-facing burpees so we just did normal ones and our supply of 24″ boxes ran out quick so I went with the 32″ box. Since my box was so high, I scaled the thruster weight down from 95# to try to even it out a bit. You can’t really even out those box jumps though. The level of concentration and effort needed to keep jumping on that box is so much more than a 24″. The jump down off the box is really taxing too. Thrusters were probably too easy at 75# so it’s time to start stepping up my game on those. I was able to do 5 complete rounds plus 12 box jumps, 6 thrusters, and 3 of the burpees for a 5 + 21 score.

Kevin’s First Class

Went out to the Michigan Tap Room at Stardust last night with some of the Survival Fitness crew. Not feeling the greatest today because of the beer, but I hoped a workout would fix that. Kevin was doing the programming and teaching, so wanted to support him as well. Went in for the 11am.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 50 Russian Twists (30# KB)
  • 40 Bicycles
  • 30s Plank
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 10 Inch Worms

Took between 14 and 15 minutes for me to finish this off. Good work for the midline.

WOD

3 Rounds

  • 1m Russian KBS (53#)
  • 1m Over the Shoulder Sandbags
  • 1m Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target)
  • 1m Thrusters (75#)
  • 1m Jingle Jangles
  • 1m Rest

This was a good Fight Gone Bad style WOD. My rep counts for each round were 107, 111, and 107 for a 325 total. Staying consistent is a key in a WOD like this. The bulk of my reps came in the KBS and jingle jangles, with thrusters definitely having the lowest counts.

Finisher

Death by Pull-ups (by 2s)

I finished the round of 16 and then got 17 of 18. Total of 89 pull-ups. Last time doing a “death by” for pull-ups was back in May by 3s and I got through the round of 15, which was a total of 45, so that’s quite an improvement. Really happy with how far my pull-ups have come.

Turning the Tables

It was great to rest up yesterday. I did walk 18 holes of golf in the morning. Back to it for the 9am class this morning. My back is feeling better after a few days of the standing desk and the massage on Tuesday. I have another massage and adjustment this afternoon.

Warm-up

4 rounds

  • 15s Jumping Jacks
  • 15s Air Squats
  • 15s Mountain Climbers
  • 15s Jump Squats

Midline

We partnered up to do 200 AbMat sit-ups. One person held a plank and the other knocked out reps. I was doing sets of 30 on my turns so got 120 sit-ups.

WOD

3 rounds

  • 1m Push Presses (30# DBs)
  • 1m Wall Balls (20# MB, 10′ target)
  • 1m Jingle Jangles
  • 1m Burpees
  • 1m SDLHP (53# KB)
  • 1m Rest

Push presses and SDLHP were I got most of my reps each round. My rounds were 122, 107, and 104 for a 333 total. Fight Gone Bad style WODs are always ass kickers because it’s like 3 rounds of 5 mini AMRAPs.

Finisher

Prowler Suicides

After class, I stuck around to help out with a group of high school varsity soccer guys. We put them through the same workout. It was a lot of fun and nice to put someone else through the pain for a change. Makes me look forward to getting my CrossFit Level 1 Certification even more now.