It’s So Hot

My ass is still pretty sore. My quads and shoulders are getting a little sore. Outside at 9:30 with the bike on the driveway.

Warm-up

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,619 meters and got faster every five minute period.

Back

4:00 EMOM

  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (35#)
  • 6 Weighted Chin-ups (35#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (115-120-125-130#)

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (underhand, cross body, handle, 25-25-30-32.5#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 100-105-110-115#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline DB Fly (45#)
  • MAX incline DB Fly (40-35-30-25#)

8-10-10-12 last time where we helped each other change the adjustable set of dumbbells. Even less rest today with the new rack of DBs. I did 10-8-8-12 for the drop sets. Horrible!!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, pause)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Cable Rows (25#)
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (ankle weights)
  • 100m Farmer Carry (80# + 8# handle)

Only wore the ankle weights for the shoot throughs today. I had them stripped down to 3# each to start and loaded back up to 5# each for the last two sets. Was able to do the Farmer Carry unbroken each time, but those get nasty so heavy. I really like the handles I bought from Titan Fitness.

2:40

Everything hurts! I’m not even exaggerating. When I woke up in the middle of the night I even took an Aleve. Got started at 9:30 this morning.

Warm-up / Conditioning

30:00 BikeErg

I’m really enjoying this Sunday morning cardio, where I can just put on some tunes and zone out. Should probably run sometimes. I set the damper at four and was doing 77-81 RPM the entire way with an average pace of 1:58.9/1,000m. Went 15,147 meters.

Test

MAX Ring Rows

I’ve never attempted something like this so I didn’t have any expectations. Though this movement is not a strength of mine. I ended up getting 25 reps.

Back

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows

Much easier than the last time we did these. 💪

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (105-110-115-120#)

More reps and higher weight than 10s last week.

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (underhand, cross body, handle, 20-20-25-25#)

Felt like I was using more bicep with the underhand variation this week.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 90#)

Really like the squeeze on these.

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline DB Rows (50#)
  • MAX Incline DB Rows (45-40-35-30#)

I did 10-8-8-10 for my max sets, compared to 12-12-12-14 two weeks ago. It’s infinitely harder when you can quickly sub in sets of DBs. I will have to start putting plates back behind my feet or use the wall, because I kept sliding down the bench.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Twisted OH Crunch (45# DBs)
  • 30 Weighted Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • 15s RKC Plank
  • 100m Front Rack Carry (135/95#)

I came up with a brilliant idea and instead of putting the ankle weights on and off, I wore them for the whole thing! Those carries got nasty!

About two hours and 40 minutes today!

Same Leg, Different Assailant

Got out of bed at 5:30 this morning, but feeling good. I went out the garage early at 9:30.

Warm-up

  • 25:00 BikeErg (12,750m)
  • 20 PVC Passes

2020-06-21-bike-erg

The bike is really quite enjoyable for stuff like this. Nice to get some sun too. Was hoping to have time for a 30 minute ride, but I did not.

Test

MAX Butterfly Pull-ups
Had to beat 30 from May 24, 2016 and smoked it with 42. It wasn’t even really my pull-ups that gave out (all butterfly), it was the breathing! I think I could hold on and even switch to a regular kip if needed and get around 50.

Back Day!

4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups

Why are these so hard?

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (105-105-110-115#)

Switching things up and going heavy for a few weeks.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Pull Down (cross body, handle, 15-20-20-20#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 90#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Incline Back Fly (45# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (40-35-30-25#)

I increased 5# more than I used couple of weeks ago. Last time, with the lighter weights each set, I hit 12-12-12-20 for my drop sets. Today I did 8-10-10-12, also with the shorter rests since we are helping each other adjust a dumbbell weight.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Twisted Weighted Crunches (w/ pause, 75# barbell)
  • 50 OH Hollow Flutter Kicks (75#)
  • 15s RKC Plank
  • 100m Farmer Carry (83# handles)

I finally used the handles I bought three months ago! I was thinking they were 75# carries, but had forgot about the weights of the handles, which are 8# each.

While getting out some jerk blocks as a resting place for the handles, I dropped one down the same leg I got bit by the bike with the other day. Hurt so bad and had a big goose egg right away.

drop-jerk-block-on-leg

Now heading to Leaman’s Apple Barn to get treats for one of their Cider Sundae Fundays!

Matched with Chin-ups

Sore. All. Over.

Really feeling Friday’s burpees and push-ups in my shoulders and traps. I bought a massage gun for less than $95 on Amazon and I’m really liking it so far.

massage-gun

I jumped on the bike early and we got started with the meat of our workout at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 20:00 BikeErg (10,461m)
  • 40 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats

Test

MAX Strict Chin-ups

I managed 17, which is the same number of pull-ups I did about a month ago. I guess ym biceps need more work.

Back

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (50#)

Used open palms and a grip width similar to bar muscle-ups.

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Lay Back Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Supinated Close Grip Lat Pulldowns

Started with 80#, which is what I’d been using for the other giant sets. Went up to 90# for the other three sets, which was rough!

4 Sets

  • 10 Prison Back Fly (20-25-25-25# DBs)
  • 10/10 Elbows Out Kroc Row (35#)

The prison fly is an interesting movement. You’re seated and start bent over with the dumbbells between your legs. As you do a fly, you sit up, rotating your arms, and continuing to raise the DBs overhead.

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline Prone DB Rows (50#)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time I did 12-10-10-16. Today Brandi started adjusting one DB to speed it up and cut the rest. I got 12-12-12-14.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (25#)
  • 12 Crunches w/ pause (30# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Took the first three movements up a notch. Front rack carries are so good/bad!

Up to Twelve

It was nice to get out of town and see my Dad yesterday, walking 18 holes together. Today I was out in the garage early for some cardio (love the new BikeErg!) before a 10am start.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 BikeErg (7,832m)
  • PVC Passes

Wheeled the bike out back in the sun again. Increased pace every five minutes.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Pull Down (45#)

Use open palms, which forces you to engage your lats more because you can’t “pull down” with your arms.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

My bright idea to go from sets of 10 to 12. Idiot!

4 Sets

  • 12 DB Pullover (50#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (35-30-25-20#)

I did twelve reps for the first three drop sets and then hold on for a whopping 20 reps.

Skills

I helped Brandi with some bar muscle-up drills and worked on ring false grip and a strict muscle-up a bit with the rings at ring dip height. The false grip is so uncomfortable!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Improved the knee-in movement by getting some straps  to use around my feet instead of the band I used last week. I’d like to go even heavier for the crunches so may have to try with a barbell. Forgot how nasty a front rack carry can be.

Add Hip Abduction

Each night my back seems to be a bit worse, though hasn’t bothered me rolling over yet. Has been fine after I’m up and moving around, which is good. My ass is sore from yesterday! Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,426m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes

Back

5 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (35, 4×50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

This gets so bad. I think the 40 muscle-ups from yesterday really affected those close grip pull downs.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (75#)
  • MAX Strict Chin-ups (10-8-6-5)

Why are strict chin-ups so hard after all this stuff?

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Row
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Haven’t done the bar rows in a long time. I like those.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (45#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100#)

I’m going to be feeling this for a few days. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good with evil wheels, but the hip abduction is a game changer. I used a PVC pipe through a 45# plate, which also adds a lot more instability compared to a barbell with plates.

In the evening I modified an old ab wheel.

Another Pull-up Bar

Feeling my ass a bit from yesterday’s lunges. I was out in the garage working on a new pull-up bar before Monday. I might redo the board because the right side has some flex to it.

new-pull-up-bar

Finally started our workout around 10:30. Doing back day on Saturday this week since tomorrow will be a rest day.

5 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (45#)

5 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs

Nasty super set! I used 60-60-70-80-80#.

5 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (60#)
  • 10 Leaning Seated Cable Row (60#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline Prone DB Rows (50#)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

The idea here is to hit a heavy set of eight, then decrease the weight and hit a max set until you get in five total sets. I got 12-10-10-16 on my max rep sets.

We skipped ab work since we just did some yesterday and those were some brutal sets today!

In the afternoon I remounted the pull-up bar because one side of the board was flexing too much. It’s solid now!

pull-up-bar-v2

Marathon Back Session

Getting pretty sore from yesterday in my ass, chest, shoulders, etc. My left leg is still bothering me too. Workout at 10 for 2.5 hours!

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (202 cals, 5.05 km)
  • 5:00+ Bottom Squat Hold

I haven’t sat in the bottom like that is a very long time. Need to do that more often.

Back Day

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat pulldowns (110#)
  • 12/12 Single arm supinated bent over DB row (45#)

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable row (75#, 2 sets wide, 2 sets close)
  • 12 Incline elbows out db row (30 deg, 25-20-20-25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 12 Cable row to neck (rope, 25#)
  • 12/12 Lying side straight arm db raise (10# DB)

4 Sets

  • 12 Incline Lat pulldowns (30 deg, 100#)
  • Max Strict Chin-ups (7-6-6-5)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Banded Sprinter Sit-up
  • 30/30s Banded Side Plank + Elbow to Knee
  • 30s Banded Elevated Mountain Climbers
  • 1:20 Rest

We built in a 10 second transition on the clock too for setting up each movement. This would work much better with rep counts instead of using the clock. Something like 30-20/20-30 reps would have been good.

Earned the rest day tomorrow!

Sunday is For Back

I feel surprisingly good after that leg killer yesterday. Last night I poured myself a drink after a tough week and got some solid recovery sleep. WHOOP has me at 46% recovery today, which is understandable after some drinking and two days of tough workouts. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 Airdyne (319 cals, 7.79 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes

Sunday is going to be focused on back for awhile.

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pull Downs (90#)
  • 12 DB Pullovers (40-50-50-50#)

The damn pulleys on my cable system were causing too much friction even after I added a bunch of 3-in-1 oil before we started. So then the coating on the cable split open. Guess I’ll have to find some better pulleys.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Horizontal Banded Rows (2x red)
  • 12 Seated Back Fly (30#)

This combo was probably the toughest of the day.

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight-ish Arm Banded Pull Down and Backs (2x red)
  • 12/12 Single Arm Seated Banded Pull Downs (red)

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Cross Body Single Arm 90 (15#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (elbow out, 30#)

I wasn’t confident in the shoulder positions for those 90s. Flaring out the elbow for the rows is much harder!

Gymnastics

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

Wasn’t expecting much, but I set a PR by two reps on the first set with 17!! Fell off a cliff from there though with 9-7-7.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Push-up w/ reach across and move dumbbell (50#)
  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Floor Wipers (45# plate)

I was able to keep everything unbroken. Took me 7:30.

It was a monster session over 2.5 hours with my time on the bike.

Lunging Wall Balls

I took a 90 minute nap yesterday and slept over 8 hours last night. Woke up with 98% recovery on WHOOP! I did a session of my PT exercises in the morning. Decided not to eat before going to open gym at 10.

Warm-up

10:00 Echo Bike

Did 120 calories and 3.73 miles.

3 Sets

  • 100/100’ Bottoms Up KB Carry (26#)

I didn’t rest since I was switching arms every down and back.

Accessory

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Bear Hug Banded March (20#)
  • 3:00 Rest

Today I concentrated on raising my knee high as well as lifting my heel towards me ass at the same time. Got 166 and 174 reps and felt like I was able to keep a consistent pace.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Rower Curls
  • 12 DB Curls (20#)

Damper was set at 10 but maybe should be a lot lower. Glad I decided to go lower than normal with the dumbbbells.

4 Sets

  • 10 Prone DB Fly (25#)
  • 10 Banded Lat Pull Downs (2x double green)

Set mine up on the triangle bar so it was out away from the rig and used a 35# barbell instead of a PVC, which seemed safer and helped stretch the band some. I sat on a blue plate on the white bench.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Barbell Push-ups
  • 30 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (14#, 10’)

I originally had programmed 15 air squats, 20 dumbbell walking lunges, and 25 push-ups. Last night I made the call that I’m not ready for a lot of air squats yet. Then today at the gym I got the idea to try out the reverse lunge wall balls. Took a round or so to get the hang of the movement, but I really liked it. Using a light medicine ball probable helped. 😉 I did 4×5 on every round of push-ups and 20-10 on the lunge wall balls. Got through 4+20. Felt good to do a metcon where I didn’t have a “cake walk” (essentially rest) movement and was able to get my heart rate up.

Gymnastics

3 Sets

  • 10 Kip Swings

Just small kips, but I wanted to see how it felt. No issue.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’m becoming a master at these! Was a solid two hours at the gym.

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises at some point.