This was one of my most hated Open workouts. It seemed so simple on paper; 55 squats and 55 burpees. For whatever reason it destroyed me though and I got a very disappointing time of 9:44. I’ve been wanting to redo it for a long time. I found a nice rhythm with the burpees. When I jumped up out of the bottom I didn’t try to do too much and was ok with taking two short steps and then jumping over the bar. I think this really helped to pace me out. After the front squats didn’t feel very good yesterday I was worried. These squats felt great and I got faster and faster with them. At the end I busted ass through the final 10 burpees and finished in 7:50!!!! I’m so happy with that. I was surprised at how good I was feeling through the second half of the workout and even when I got done. Still not a great time compared to scores around the world but a huge improvement for me and I feel like I could push the pace more. I really didn’t know how hard to go early on because something like that can hit you out of nowhere (and did in 2018!).
Strength / Accessory
Warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 8×125#.
8 Bench Press (155#)
8 DB Chest Fly (35#)
8 Bench Press (155#)
Being smart with choosing my weight today instead of going for it in the early sets. Wanted to be able to have something left for shoulder presses. That’s a decrease on the bench and in increase on the fly. Every time I got to the second bench it was a fight.
5 Shoulder Press (115-125-135#)
12 Lateral Raises (15# DBs)
Shoulders were tired!
20s Ski Erg Triceps
12 OH Cable Tricep Extensions (35#, rope)
This was so hard after the first set. We weren’t taking much more rest than letting the other person do their set.
12 Knee-ins (5# ankle weights)
12/12 Side Plank Bounces/Pulses
24 alt Weighted V-ups (5# ankle weights)
12/12 Partner Banded Rotations
Another great ab workout. Those ankle weights were a good purchase.
Got this one from @ibex_training. I had just written my own version of DB Linda the night before they posted this. Mine was doing 20-18-16… so same number of overall reps, but with two dumbbells. My version would have been horrible!
I was a little worried about so much bending forward with my back so I kind of took it easy on the first few rounds of squat cleans. I took a short break between sides on the cleans through 8 or 7 and then switched arms to go unbroken the rest of the way. Once you get through 8 you’re basically halfway done with all the reps and can turn on the gas the rest of the way without even resting between the cleans and deadlifts. I finished in 14:19. That was a fun one! Will be interesting to retest it later in the year, trying to go unbroken all the way.
Strength / Gymnastics
10 Lateral Raises (behind back, 10# plates)
20 Shoulder Taps
30s HS Hold
I did the first set facing away from the wall and then wall walked up for the other four sets. It’s so much easier to stay in a good position, keep balance, and get my hand to actually touch my shoulder when facing the wall! This was a good little combo.
I did not sleep great on Sunday night and I’m sure having a large Coke from McDonald’s at 9pm was the main contributor to that. Yesterday I went out and messed around for 5 holes of golf. Felt great to be out on the course! In the afternoon I felt my pecs getting sore from the 100 toes to bars I did Sunday. My quads were still sore from Saturday too. Planned to do PT work, but it didn’t happen. Went to bed early again and got over 9 hours of sleep. Out in the garage at noon after my weekly video call.
3:00 Airdyne (63 cals, 1.58 km)
Shoulder Press (done after row)
So close to matching my old 38.3 PR from July 2016. If I could have started like I did for my 100m PR the other day I would have had it. Thought about making a second attempt, but I was breathing hard for several minutes and decided to move on.
5 Shoulder Press (130#)
8 Lateral Raises (15#)
Felt strong throughout and was able to keep a solid core.
2 Rounds (2:00 work, 1:00 rest)
I got 29-27 pull-ups, 57-66 squat jumps, 164-176 double unders, and 34-39 burpees. The wind coming through the back door was messing up my rope, I shit you not! Took me until about thirty seconds through round two to notice. This has happened to me out in the driveway before. Thrilled for all the numbers to go up in the second attempts, other than pull-ups, which is understandable. For pull-ups I think I went 5-3-2 then singles in the first round and 7×2 then singles in round two.
Not feeling sore anywhere. Out in the garage just before 4pm.
10:00 Airdyne (190 cals, 4.9km)
5 Shoulder Press (125#)
10 Lateral Raises (10# plates)
First time lifting a barbell overhead in over two months! Really tightened up my core and the weight felt good. I would have been struggling with 135#.
5:00 AMRAP — 1-2-3-4-5…
I’d done this one four times back in 2015 while following a gymnastics program. My best on 2015/12/23 was 6+5. I got through the round of 6s with two 2:09 on the clock, so I smoked it, getting 7+10 today. Unbroken through 6, then 3-2-2 on the set of 7, and I fell off the wall after the first HSPU in 8 and struggled through a second rep. Would like to give it a try without lifting first.
8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
6 Evil Wheels
30/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53# KB)
I haven’t done any rows like this through the rehab. They felt really good. Evil wheels felt great compared to about a month ago at the gym, when I couldn’t go all the way down. On my final set I was even doing two second pauses all the way at the bottom. The OH holds felt good too! It was a really good session.
I knocked out some banded PT exercises and will get my core work done after finishing up something for work work.
These handles from Titan Fitness are pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try them out in a workout.
On April 11th it will have been two months since my back tweak, so that’s the goal date for picking up a barbell again. It’s hard to be patient, but I want to make sure I give it all plenty of time to heal and it gives me another 2.5 weeks to correct my imbalances.