Yesterday I had PT in the morning, did a 20 walk in the afternoon for 1.33 miles, and did some of the other PT exercises in the evening. At lunch today I did some all of the banded row, press, wood chop, and butter churner PT exercises. Went to the gym at 3.
Monster Walks (Hip Circle)
20 PVC Passes
12 cal Echo Bike
6 Reverse Lunge DB Thrusters (25#)
4 Box Jumps (30″)
I got faster on the bike. The weight was light for the lunging thrusters, but I didn’t want to push it since I haven’t been doing anything with weights. I went right from the box and jumped up on the rings each round. My times were 1:25, 1:28, 1:25, 1:21, 1:18, 1:27, 1:23, 1:22, 1:23, and 1:16. Whoops, I went 30 seconds early in the 6th round, which is why the time dropped back down. I felt good though!
15s Bent knee L-hang (bar)
5 Leg Raises
5 Knee Raises
15s Bent knee L-sit (rings)
5 Leg Raises
5 Knee Raises
I’m not used to bar time, so hanging that long was killing me. Going to the rings for the Ls helped. Then I jumped up on the bar for the raises.
Tonight I’ll do another round of steamboats and the core stability work below.
McGill Big 3
8-6-4 Side Plank
8-6-4 Bird Dog
Took a couple of days off from these. Time to increase the reps again. After this week I may switch to only doing them three times a week.
Got my cardio done in the morning so I’d have all day after the gym to clean the garage and maybe trim bushes.
Year of the Engine – Polarized
**Endurance pace. @ 4:00, 8, 12, and 16 sprint for 7s, recover back to endurance.
I felt good and was able to keep 73-75 RPM for the endurance pace. Racked up 530 cals and 6.72 miles (10,815m).
30s Handstand Hold
10 Barbell Curls (45-55-65-75#)
Still no chance of getting my legs in to a real L and doubt I’ll ever get there. Was nice to try some other curls after using dumbbells for months now.
12:00 Time Cap
EMOM – 30 DU
100 Goblet Squats (70#)
This is a Jacob Heppner workout (he used 124#) I had saved in my list. I wore my belt for seven minutes and then threw it off. Didn’t really need it and it was taking up too much time. I started with 12 and then did 10s to get to 52. In the 6th round I really struggled with my dubs and ended up skipping squats that minute. I came back with two sets of 12, had a rough round on the rope only allowing me to get 9 squats, leaving 15. I had some more misses with the rope and pushed hard to get those squats done, but came up one rep short! After trying to get in those reps my quads were on fire and I struggled to jump for the dubs. Didn’t leave myself much time, but got in my remaining rep and finished at 10:57. Gross workout!
Was supposed to start with Man Makers, but I’m laying off the weights until I get back from my trip. I did 11-11-12-12-13 burpees and 22-25-26-27-30 squats. Should have pusher harder earlier.
5 Negative Pull-ups
20s L-sit (rings)
It’s probably been years since I’ve done negative pull-ups.
40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
20 Side Plank Jumps
20s Hollow Hold
20 Alternating V-ups
Hardest part was holding the hollow each round, but I managed them all unbroken. A lot of core work today! Finished in 9:50.
10/10 Single Leg Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)
Did these a lot slower and controlled than I have in the past, going to the bottom of a deep pistol before touching my leg to the ground. I’m gonna feel those!
Finished cleaning up the rest of the sticks and tree tops in the yard. Beautiful “taps aff” day for it.
Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power
Was trying to decide on a pace for this. Was thinking about 1:42-1:43, but settled on 1:45/500m. Glad I did because I was at 1:44.8 for 9 of them and 1:44.6 for 3. My distances were 429-429-429-429-430-429-430-429-429-429-430-429 meters. Excellent consistency!
Stayed in last night, but was up way too early. Nice to get some things done though. Went to open gym at noon.
“Danny” – 20:00 AMRAP
30 Box Jumps (24″)
20 Push Press (115#)
I’ve done this once, two years ago, with all step-ups. I got 3+46 then. Today I got 3+53. Went 11-9 on the first three rounds of push presses and then 6-5-5-4 with shorter rest at the end. Pull-ups were all in done 5×6.
Nice to start 2019 with a PR! 🙂
I got a blood blister in the middle of my left palm. I’ve never had something there. Maybe it was because I was regripping the bar on a lot of my reps and I’m still getting used to the butterfly again. I didn’t wear any grips on my hands due to the push presses.
30 Russian Twists (45# plate)
30 Alternating V-ups
30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
30 Hollow Rocks
My abs were dying in the first round of v-ups! Very nasty and took 14:17!
Forgot how hard the L-sits are. Need to start doing those again.
4×10 Double Kettlebell Deadlift (44# KBs)
20 Double Kettlebell Front Rack Walking Lunges (35# KBs)
10/10 Kroc Rows (53#)
I did the KB deadlifts and push-ups in place of heavy deadlifts, especially with more reps coming up in the WOD. Then did 3x5x135# deadlift to warm-up for the metcon.
10-12-14… Row calories
5-6-7… Deadlift (185#)
Had my belt on even though I don’t like it for the rowing. I went through 8 unbroken and then switched to quick singles because the eccentric part of the lift was feeling weird. Something I’d never do, but will try to protect my back at all costs now. I didn’t think I’d get through the 22 calories so I threw off my belt. Got through and knocked out a TnG set of 5 deadlifts to finish up.
Legs were feeling heavy this morning. Went to the gym tonight and Alex worked in with me on the snatch work. First day of Catalyst OTM Week 5.
I was rushing with the first rep at 88 due to 2 of us lifting in the minute and the weight change. Picked the bar back up and made the lift though. It was getting squirelly with the 88s but I made the rest of them. Not a good performance with the heavy ones after. I can’t get that shit locked in. 😦
3 Pause reps (knee) + 1 Floating
2 sets @ 90
First rep of each set has a 5 second eccentric tempo.
Things were feeling rough on the way up, so I scaled back from 3 sets with 137. Actually started feeling better in those last 3 sets so I think I could have made the prescribed weight.
30s L-sit (hands on boxes)
3 Rounds (for time)
5/5 Turkish Get-ups (35#)
Tried something different by using the boxes today for the L-sits. Definitely a lot easier on the arms without holding on to the rings or parallettes. I decided to go lighter on the get-ups and just get them done because I was almost at 2 hours already. Alternated arms every 5 reps. Finished in 4:55.
Out in the garage around 1. Combined the power cleans and push jerks into a complex to save time and make the jerks harder (even though it’s already heavier than the assigned % since I kept the loading based off my power clean).
Power Cleans + Push Jerks
5+5 @ 45#
5+5 @ 95
3+3 @ 135
3+3 @ 165
3+3 @ 185
2 Sets of 3+3 @ 195
3 Sets of 3+3 @ 205
All of the power cleans were touch and go. Took a little more time with the jerks.
Stood on a 3″ riser to get more depth. Used a neutral grip for every set, which almost made me lose hold with the last 2 sets of 245.
Midline & Accessory
E2M – 5 Sets
25s L-sit (parallettes, bent knees)
30 Russian Twists (45# plate)
Decided to do this part for time. Struggled too much on the pistols. Finished in 5:04 with all of the twist sets unbroken.
Back to work this week! I took a couple of rest days to start the week. I did do a 22 minute ROMWOD on Monday though and today I did a 20 minute during lunch. Out in the garage around 4pm
I was working on a shallow dip (still gets deep the heavier the load is) and getting under the bar instead of pressing out too much. The reps were feeling snappy and had no issues with the EMOM, where I started to struggle in the first week of the program and this was heavier. I almost stopped at 275 but it was feeling so good and looked smooth on video that I went again. After 285 I actually loaded 295 on the bar. But said fuck it and threw on the 2.5s. Why go for a PR of less than 2 pounds (133kg or 293+ pounds) when I was so close to that big number. Even after all of the volume it felt so much better than a couple of weeks ago when Alex and I tried. Excited!!
Squeezed out every last pound of the % by using my fractional washer plates. 🙂 These didn’t crush me either this time around, heavier. Wonder if I’ll be sore again though.
Back Squat Jump
20s L-sit (rings with bent knees)
16 K2E with twist (alt)
I will try to get in the next 23 min ROMWOD tonight to make up for yesterday. Could probably use it after throwing my body under so much weight.
Did a 20 min ROMWOD this morning before walking 18 holes of golf. Headed out to the garage after 6pm for the 2nd day of the first week of Catalyst OTM.
Started feeling heavy in the last 3 reps. After the set with 135# I went to get the next set of plates to add to the bar and all of a sudden… crash, bounce, boom, bounce, bounce! Scared the shit out of me, I look back, and one side of the bar had fallen off the jerk blocks. Learned to roll it to the back of the blocks after each set due to the slant of the garage floor.
Nice being able to go right into it without needing warm-ups after the jerks. Had the belt out, but didn’t use it at all today.
Back Squat Jump
Seems like pretty low volume, but no complaints from me. Fun exercise.
20s L-sit (parallettes with knees bent)
I’m so bad at these.
10 K2E with twist (alternating sides)
Was supposed to do 4×12, but felt my grip slipping so stopped at 10, kept there for each set, and decided to add another set to make up the volume. I wore my Bear Komplex grips after the first set. They still need a fair bit of break-in.