Digging

I walked 18 holes yesterday and my back got tight on the back nine. I also spent about 30 minutes in the evening compacting sand to prepare for digging the post holes. My back is feeling good today though.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 BikeErg (861m)
  • Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 50 Parallette-facing Burpees
  • 400m Run

The parallette is a little over two inches taller than the barbell and roughly twice as wide too. My runs were about 2:00 each, so I was doing about 10 burpees a minute. Finished at exactly 9:00.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Wide Grip Cable Row (93#)
  • 12 Seated Back Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (lean back, 93#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (60# DB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 DB Pullover (50#)

Then we spent about an hour digging a couple of the post holes and made pretty good progress for neither of us having any experience doing it.

Feeling Those Overhead Squats

Body is pretty wrecked from the 90 overhead squats. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warmup

  • 2:00 BikeErg (1,029m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 5 Snatch (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 3 Snatch (95#)
  • 3 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 3 Snatches (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar
  • 3 C&J (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar

My goal for today was unbroken to work on my cycling. First round was done in around 45 seconds, which I knew was hot and wouldn’t hold. I was done with five rounds at 5:46 and finished at 11:53, so the second five rounds took me 6:07.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Pull (double handle, 115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 High Pulley Underhand Row (double handles, 82#)
  • 12/12 Elbow out DB Row (25# DB)

Busy day ahead.

Burpees and Push-ups

My chest, lats, and shoulder area is all still sore from 21.3. My legs are a bit tired too. Calves are getting sore from yesterday. Out in the garage after 11am.

My chest, lats, and shoulder area is all still sore from 21.3. My legs are a bit tired too. Calves are getting sore from yesterday. Out in the garage after 11am.

Back

3 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 95#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (62# KB)

I also did 10×45# Pendlay rows to warm-up.

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldown (115-126-131#(
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Back Fly (30-35-35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 V Pulldown (double handles, 126-126-131#)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Pulldown (handle, 60-60-65#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (71-71-76#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Shrugs (60#)

Conditioning

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Burpees
  • 20 Push-ups

I wrote this as 10 minutes with 25 push-ups. LOL. After having to do 10-5-5 it quickly became 20. In the third round I had about 10 seconds left after barely being able to get my self up from the bottom of the burpees and then barely made the push-ups, having to do 10 sets of 2. Ended the workout there.

Over the Dumbbell

Out in the garage a little after 12.

Back

4 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (lean back, 126-131-131-131#)
  • 8 Seated Bent Over DB Rows (45-50-50-50# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 8 Straight Arm Pulldown (71#)
  • 8 DB Bent Over Back Fly (35-40-40-40# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 8 Double Handle Pulldowns (137#)
  • 8 DB Shrugs (60# DBs)

Weightlifting

I warmed up with 8×45, 4×75, and 4×95 pound snatches.

  • 5:00 EMOM – 4 Power Snatch (115#)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 6 Power Snatch (115#)
  • 1:00 EMOM – 8 Power Snatch (115#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15/15 Single DB Lunges (50# on shoulder)
  • 15 Over the DB Burpees

I kept the dumbbell on one shoulder and lunged with that leg for 15 reps before switching to the other shoulder and leg. The burpees were much harder than over the barbell for some reason. Maybe because a dumbbell is wider? Or because I was making sure to jump over it instead of in front or behind it? Or maybe because the lunges were killing me. Finished in 7:04.

Wrecked Upper

My upper body is wrecked from the week and my triceps are really sore. Out in the garage at about 3:30pm.

Back

4 Sets

MAX Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups

1:00 Rest

Should have done something to warm-up. Managed 11-7-6-5.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Bent Over Rows (30#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline Straight Arm Pulldowns (71#)
  • 10 Forward-facing Incline Cable Pulldowns (115#)

Midline

4 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s PVC Sit-ups (12)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts (10)
  • 10s Rest

I did better than the first time.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 14 cal BikeErg
  • 16 Lunges
  • 18 Russian KBS (53#)

I had something different planned, but had to change it to remove any upper body stuff. Got faster as I went and finished 5+17.

Bring on a complete rest day!

Coaster

Last week I had finally turned the corner and was sleeping past 7am. Shit happens though, so it didn’t last long and now it’s been three nights of shit sleep. As someone at work always says, we’re riding the COVID coaster.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.76 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • 15 PVC Passes

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 18-11-8. The 18 was one shy of matching my max set PR from September, which I’ll take with a bum shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Row (60# DB)
  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Wide Row (104-104-115-115#)
  • 10 Incline Curls (30# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pulldown (kneeling, 115#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline Pullovers (rope, 49-60-65#)
  • 15 EZ Bar Curls (46#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Shrugs (60# DBs)
  • 15s Shrug Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 14 alt V-ups
  • 14 Leg Lifts
  • 14/14 Side Plank Bounces

Was still getting over 40 seconds of rest. Could do 16 reps of each.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

All of the Dumbbells

At 4pm, not too long after getting back from a day+ trip to my brothers to help him with electrical work.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m Row
  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m SkiErg

I think I pulled around 1:55 on the rower and 2:08 on the SkiErg.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • Kick-ups (goal: land soft on wall and come down)
    • 2×5 (bad leg)
    • 2×5 (good leg)
  • 1:00 45° hollow hold
  • 45s 45° hollow hold
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (w/ finding balance)

I’m using the four week program we did as a base to create another four weeks as phase two. Stepping things up and adding in things I’ve found from other handstanders.

We were both extremely surprised how kick-ups went on our bad legs. We’re really getting the feel for how much power is needed to get up to vertical.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Arm Floor Press (45 + 50#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (70#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (25#)
  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups

3 Sets

  • 8 Dumbbell Fly (40# DBs)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

DB Bench Press

  • 12×60#
  • 8×50
  • 8×40
  • 8×35
  • 8×30
  • 8×25

In the style of doing drop sets, but with prescribed rep counts for every set. Do the 12, pick up the next dumbbells, and right in to the next set until all sets are completed. I make a smart move skipping over the 45s. When I picked up the 40s they felt really light though and I busted out my reps. As I got towards the end of the 35s and through the finish it was a burn though.

Lucky 7s

I don’t think I’d mentioned it, but my WHOOP sensor died this week. They’re sending me a new one, but I feel so naked without it! I think I got a good night of sleep, but who really knows without the data to prove it. haha In the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,562m)
  • 7:00 Row (1,786m)
  • 7:00 SkiErg (1,621m)

Then we did some handstand kick-ups after measuring like we should have last week, and did one here and there between sets.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)
  • 10 Wide Grip Pull-ups

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Decline Static Bench Press (50-60-60#)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

3 Sets

  • 8 Chest Fly (40-45-45# DBs)
  • MAX Ring Rows (18-14-12)

Bring it Back

Pulled the bikes out on the back patio at 9:30.

Conditioning

30:00 Airdyne (AD2)

I haven’t been on the Airdyne in a long time and always tend to use the BikeErg now. Figured I’d change things up. Went 16.36km with 706 calories.

Chest

6 Sets

  • 20s Banded Ring Push-ups (red)
  • 40s Rest

I did 12 reps each time. This didn’t feel great on the outside of my arms, which were all rubbed up from the straps doing ring dips yesterday.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 10×195
  • 8×205
  • 6×215
  • 4×225
  • 3×235
  • 2×245
  • 1×255 (fail)

Brought out this 10-8-6-4-3-2-1 bench workout I used to do with my buddy Tom over 15 years ago. The idea is to be near failure on every set. Glad I decided to drop down from my planned starting weight. I gave up mentally before even unracking the bar with 255. Too much negative self talk after being afraid at 245.

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Back

5 Sets – EMOM

  • MAX Weighted Strict Pull-ups (40# vest)

Went better than expected, but was really hard! I did 6-4-4-3-3.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12/12 PVC Parallette Kroc Rows (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (104#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Used the new pulley system and made it work for today. So nice to have a real weight stack. Now it’s time to take it all back apart and make some more improvements.

Moving Gingerly

My back is tender, sore, and tight after the tweak. Out in the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,515 meters and felt good, increasing the pace over the time. I really feel good on the bike during these longer sessions.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Lat Pulldowns (100#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (on Parallette, 35# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Pullovers (45#)
  • 16 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)

5 Sets w/ Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Back Flies (50#)
  • 4 Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time, on July 5th, I did 10-8-8-12 with 5# less per set. Today I did 8-8-8-10 for the drop sets. It sucked right from start with the 50 pounders.

Chest

Warmed up by doing 12 supinated bench press with 65# loaded.

3 Sets

  • 12 Supinated Bench Press (135#)
  • MAX Diamond Push-ups (16-14-12)

The push-ups were the movement that aggravated my back the most if I wasn’t keeping a solid position.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DP Bench Press with hold
  • 8 DB Bench Press

I used 40-45-45# and would not have made it with 50# dumbbells.

Tried to do some of the core movements and they didn’t feel good, so we skipped core work again. Maybe we’ll do some tomorrow at the track.