Keep Grinding

We’re giving handstand work a break for another day, hoping to let the shoulders recover. In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Double Unders

Conditioning

E5M – 8 Sets

  • 24 cal Row
  • 18 Burpees
  • 50 DU

This is the next level of some similar workouts that came from Ben Smith’s programming. My goal was to pull 1,600 cal/hr on the rower because I’d done 1,500 in that similar workout I linked to. I wore my knee sleeves because that many burpees will give me a nasty knee bruise.

When I dropped down for the first burpees, the front of my shoulders were screaming a little bit. Not sure how much of a rest this ended up being for them. I hit my goal on the rower and bet that my times were all within a second. Burpees got slower in some rounds toward the end and overall my double unders were pretty good. Shit got real in round three and then it was just holding on and telling myself I could keep the pace. My burpees must have gotten slower in rounds 6-7. Pretty consistent though for so much high intensity work. Here are my round times and number of double under misses.

Accessory

6 Sets

  • 20 alt Incline DB Curls (25# DBs)
  • 10 Low Pulley Knee-ins (27#)
  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)

13.2 After 7.5 Years

I’m really sore in all areas of my upper body. Did a bunch of woodworking last night and this morning, which doesn’t help. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 5:00 Row (1,300m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,150m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Yesterday we started doing wrist warm-up and we’re going to continue before each handstand session. Should help with my hands. After yesterday’s session, I was thinking it was unlikely I’d be doing holds after the four weeks of this program and I wasn’t expecting much from the kick-ups today. But then I did one and it felt so good! We probably did about 15 of them because we were really enjoying it. I was getting right up in to a handstand and able to hold some of them. I was also able to feel myself going too far and save some without hitting the wall. This went so well!!! For the walks we alternated between the two of us and it pretty much ended up being 4-3-2-1 wall walks.

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.2
10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Shoulder to Overheads (115/75#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (115/75#)
  • 15 Box Jumps/Step-ups (24/20″)

Hard to believe I’ve never done this workout again, when it was one of my best Open workouts ever. I got 8+25 back in 2013. Today I was able to keep a steady, on the border of red lining, the entire workout. I knew I had to. I’m sure my deadlifts are slower these days, but I was still able to PR with 9+3, doing all step-ups.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (27#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (2s pause, 60# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 80m Sandbag Carry (100#)

Suped-up the original weighted ab workout we did in May to get this. It was very effective!

Going to do some yard work since it’s going to be a nice day before turning tomorrow. Will probably do some woodworking later too. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!

EZ

My back has not been feeling very good in the mornings this week. 😦 Last night I found an Olympic curl bar at Meijer for $50 after I’d just back ordered a rackable one a couple of days earlier. You can feel it’s cheap, but it’ll do the job.

Out in the garage at 3:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,313m)
  • 2×10/10/10/10 Steamboats (each leg)

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Strict T2B
  • 30s OH Barbell Hold (135#)
  • 15 Low-Pulley Knee-Ins (26#)
  • 30s OH Barbell Hold (135#)
  • 10/10 Rack Banded Rotations + 10s Hold at end range of rotation (blue)

Was drenched in sweat midway through this. Good combination.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • 20 alt DB Hang Snatches (35#)
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 1,000m BikeErg / 500m Row / 500m SkiErg
  • 30 Lateral Hops
  • 20 Single Arm DB S2OH (50#)
  • 10 Single DB Step-ups (24″, 50#)

I scaled back the dumbbell snatch from 50# because my back has been bothering me this week. I rotated through the machines every round in the order listed. Got through 5 rounds plus all the movements up to and including 101 meters on the SkiErg. Humid and sweaty mess!

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 my 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.