SHOULDAAA BURN

I mowed the lawn on Saturday and helped a friend concrete in the base for a basketball hoop in the morning. Then we walked 9 holes of golf and got hame for a workout.

Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 14 alt Lateral Raise + Hold (8#)
  • 14 Arnold Press (20#)
  • 14 DB Upright Rows (20#)
  • 14 Complex DB Press (40#)
  • 14 alt DB Shoulder Press + Hold (25#)
  • 14 Around the Worlds (8#)

Sure was a burn with so many movements back-to-back.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 26 Swimmer Crunches
  • 26 Crunches
  • 26 Leg Lifts
  • 26 Single Leg Lifts
  • 26 Plank Hip Dips

Late Upper

First 18 holes walking yesterday and my legs are feeling it, so we pushed leg day to tomorrow. We had to workout at 5 today because I had a late meeting.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Seated DB Shoulder Press
    • 12 @ 15#
    • 6 @ 30#

Shoulders & Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (40)

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Lateral Raise (15)

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Upright Row (25)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curl (56)
  • 12 Double DB Skull Crusher (30)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt DB Curl (25)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdown (60)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Incline Hammer Curl (25)
  • 12 OH Cable Tricep Extension (49)

Back Rib

My legs are getting a little sore. My mid left side of the back feels like I pulled something or a back rib is out of place or something. Maybe it’s just from hitting golf balls for an hour though.

Warm-up

  • Stretching
  • PVC Passes
  • 6 DB Shoulder Press (15#)
  • 6 DB Shoulder Press (25#)

Arms & Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (35-40-40)

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Lateral Raise (15)

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Upright Row (25)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Curl (55)
  • 12 Double DB Skull Crusher (30)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt DB Curl (25)
  • 12 Tricep Pushdown (60)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Incline Hammer Curl (25)
  • 12 OH Cable Tricep Extension (49)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 10 DB Hang C&J (35#)
  • 20 alt Side Crunches
  • 40 Jump Rope

Wrote it with five pull-ups but they didn’t feel very good with my back so I did the knee raises instead. Never missed with the jump rope and got through 8+65.

Struggling Pulldowns

My hamstrings are feeling yesterday a bit.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 7 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Floor Press (40#)

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (50#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 60#)

I was on the struggle bus with the pulldowns today and had to take breaks in my final set.

3 Sets

  • 10 Front Raises (10#)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (10#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Push Jerks (75#)
  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (75#)
  • 15 DB Floor Press (35#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I finished at 12:04 with round times of 1:49, 1:30, 1:32, 1:33, and 1:29. Not sure why round one was so slow. The push jerks were getting tough in those final two rounds.

Upper Body Supersets

My legs and posterior are a bit sore.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • PVC Presses, shrugs, upright rows

Shoulders and Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Lateral Raise (12#)
  • 12 Bent Over Reverse Fly (underhand, 15#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Front Raise (25#)
  • 12 Upright Row (25#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Curl (45#)
  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Bench Dip
  • 12 Seated Hammer Curl (25#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Air Squats
  • 15 Plate Push-ups (to 35#)
  • 20 Reverse Lunges
  • 30 Band Bicep Curls (blue)

I went 20-10 on the curls each round. Finished in 5:53.

18.2 Redemption

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,535m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open 18.2: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

  • DB Squats (50/35# DBs)
  • Bar-facing Burpees (w/ jump back and up)

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#.

4 Sets

  • 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.

3 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (115-125-135#)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (15# DBs)

Shoulders were tired!

4 Sets

  • 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.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 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.

Single Linda

I can feel my hamstrings and ass a bit from yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,094m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats
  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

The lifts were done after the handstand push-ups test, using with a 35# dumbbell.

Gymnastics Test

MAX HSPU

My old PR was 23, done three years ago. Was feeling good and got 30!!

Conditioning

Single DB Linda (50/35#)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

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

5 Sets

  • 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.

Point One Away

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.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Airdyne (63 cals, 1.58 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Shoulder Press (done after row)
    • 10×45#
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Time Trial

250m Row

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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.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (15#)

Felt strong throughout and was able to keep a solid core.

Conditioning

2 Rounds (2:00 work, 1:00 rest)

  • Strict Pull-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • DU
  • Burpees

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.

Take it Overhead

Not feeling sore anywhere. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (190 cals, 4.9km)
  • Steamboats
  • Shoulder Press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Strength

5 Sets

  • 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#.

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP — 1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

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.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 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.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

New Farmer’s Carry Handles

My triceps aren’t sore yet, which is surprising. I did my banded PT exercises and three sets of 15 step downs at 14″ on each leg before lunch. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 DB Bench Press (50#, on exercise ball)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (10#)

That was a new challenge on the ball!

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 OH Plate Lunges (35#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Tried to stay controlled and use good movement patterns with the cleans. Got through 4+30.

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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.