2021 AGOQ Events 4 & 3

Woke up sore but feeling better than expected. Went for a 2.73 mile walk at 9:30 to loosen up. Out in the garage at 3 after a nap.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,434m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 4

4RM Front Squat

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×225
  • 4×250

About a week ago I hit a squat clean double with 220 so I was confident I could squat that for four reps. I put 225 on the bar and started the clock. If it felt good I’d stop after two reps and have a good idea of what to add to the bar. It did feel good and I had 250 in my head so that’s what I went with for my next set. Made it, but the third and forth reps were getting iffy so that was enough for me. I haven’t had that kind of weird on the bar in a couple of years.

Warm-up 2

  • 3 Sets
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
  • 20 DU
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)

2021 Age Group Online Qualifier Event 3

15:00 Time Cap

  • 75 Cleans (135#)
  • 300 Double Unders

This one looked really bad on paper. In reality it was just really fucking boring. Keep picking up the bar for one more rep and then another one. I kept a pretty solid pace and finished the cleans at 7:45. Then I went 50-45-36-30-41-38-29-27-3 on the double unders to finish in 12:06.

Starting to Squat Some Weight

Yesterday was cold and rainy, so no golf again. My upper body was sore from the dumbbell thruster and muscle-up workout. Didn’t seem to feel much of anything from the second dose of the vaccine, which was good. Sure was nice to have a rest day and I didn’t work on my living room project much either. My chest is pretty sore from the other day.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • DB Shoulder Press
    • 10×15
    • 5×30
    • 5×40

Weightlifting

Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 3×95
  • 2×135
  • 155
  • 175
  • 185
  • 195
  • 205
  • 210
  • 215
  • 220

I belted up starting with the 175. Felt pretty good overall. The program called for two sets at 80% and three sets at 85%, but I wanted to work my way through smaller jumps.

Conditioning

Partner

  • 800/550m Row
  • 40 Double DB Deadlifts (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Ski
  • 40 Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • 1,600/1,100m BikeErg
  • 40 Double DB Squats (50/35#)
  • 1,600/1,100m BikeErg
  • 40 Double DB Shoulder to Overhead (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Ski
  • 40 Double DB Deadlifts (50/35#)
  • 800/550m Row

So I did 400 on the SkiErg or Rower, 800 on the BikeErg, or 2×10 with the dumbbells and rested while B did her share of the work. We finished in 23:55.

Midline

E4M – 4 Rounds

  • 50s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Throughs (60#)
  • 50s Plank
  • 30 alt DB Side Crunches (25#)

No work on my project tonight or tomorrow either. Stepping up the extra five pounds for those side crunches made a difference.

Feeling Those Overhead Squats

Body is pretty wrecked from the 90 overhead squats. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warmup

  • 2:00 BikeErg (1,029m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 5 Snatch (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 3 Snatch (95#)
  • 3 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 3 Snatches (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar
  • 3 C&J (115#)
  • 3 Burpees over Bar

My goal for today was unbroken to work on my cycling. First round was done in around 45 seconds, which I knew was hot and wouldn’t hold. I was done with five rounds at 5:46 and finished at 11:53, so the second five rounds took me 6:07.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Pull (double handle, 115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 High Pulley Underhand Row (double handles, 82#)
  • 12/12 Elbow out DB Row (25# DB)

Busy day ahead.

Different Routes to 45

Took a complete rest day yesterday with the workouts coming up over these three days.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (650m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Kip Swings
  • 5 OHS (75#)

Conditioning

  • 21-15-9
    • OHS (95#)
    • C2B Pull-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 45 OHS (95#)
  • 45 Pull-ups

I literally haven’t done an overhead squat in over a year, except for some warm-ups a couple of weeks ago before squat snatches. This was supposed to be chest-to-bar pull-ups again for the 45, but that would have taken me a long time so I scaled back to pull-ups to keep up my intensity. I went 12-9, 9-6, and 9 on my overhead squats and 8-7-6, 6-5-4, and 4-2-3 for my chest-to-bars. Finished that at 5:47. Then I went 13-12-10-10 and 10-10-10-5-5-5 on my pull-ups to finish at 16:46. Kept my intensity up so that was a good call for the pull-ups. I did wear a belt with so many overhead squats, which actually felt pretty good. Overall this went much better than I expected.

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 16 alt V-ups
  • 16 Leg Lifts
  • 16/16 Side Plank Bounces

We’ve done this with 14s before at the park and my notes had said we could do 16s. I was getting 42-45 seconds of rest each round.

Three Position Squat Cleans

Last night both B and I were wrecked from that session!

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,506m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
    • 2 @ 95
    • 1 @ 135
    • 1 @ 155
    • 1 @ 175

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean

  • 2 @ 75%
  • 3 @ 80%
  • 2:00 Rests

My biggest recent clean was a 260 pound power clean at the end of February. Since I haven’t been squatting, I scaled back a little bit to 185-185-195-195-205. Started wearing a belt with 155 during the warm-ups. The working sets were a struggle; these legs don’t remember how to squat! I sure was glad I decided not to front squat yesterday.

Conditioning

6 Sets

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 20 cal BikeErg
    • MAX Distance Farmer Carry (60# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Was written using 100s but I didn’t feel like loading up my handles, especially with it being cold outside so there was a lot of turning around in the garage. This was a different type of workout. I kept getting faster on the bike. I started losing my grip in the last three sets at around my 10th time across the garage, which is about 20 feet. I went 12-13-14-14-14-15 times the 20 feet.

Midline

E4M – 4 Rounds

  • 50s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Throughs (60#)
  • 50s Plank
  • 30 DB Side Crunches (20#)

Do All Ten

Traps are still sore. Had a long busy day yesterday, which included mowing the lawn for the first time. Also was up later than usual watching Godzilla vs. Kong. Out in the garage after 11.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,553m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)
  • 2x Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (135#)
  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean (95#)

Weightlifting

5 Sets

  • Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean
  • 65-65-70-70-70% 1RM Clean
  • 90s Rest

I belted up and went 165-165-175-185-185 since I didn’t like the big 20 pound jump. I haven’t squatted anything like this in some time.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 GHDs (modified sitting on a MB with feet DB anchored)
  • 10 Thrusters (115#)

I went 4×5 on the first three rounds of pull-ups and then went 2×10 at the end. Happy with that because I was just hoping to be able to hold to fives the whole way. My plan was to do five thrusters, drop it for 3-5 seconds and then do the other five. When I got to the bar I decided I needed to push myself to go unbroken and I did every round. This workout went much better than I expected. Finished in 10:26.

Squatting a Snatch and Heavy Thrusters

No invitations yet for the Age-Group Online Qualifiers, but they did release the cutlines. For the Men’s 40-44 it’s 2,025th place and I’m ranked 1,941st. Quads are already getting sore from the squat jumps yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (757m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches (w/ mini band)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Squat Snatches (45#)

I think it’s been over two years since I’ve done a squat snatch and probably almost that long for overhead squats. I was falling over with the empty bar in this warm-up!

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

The workout was take 12 minutes to do five complexes @ 65% of 1RM Snatch or a moderate weight. I did it twice with 75, then once at 95 and 115 before loading my working weight of 135 pounds. I wasn’t really thinking about the percentage until after my first set and then calculated 143 pounds off my all-time 220 max, so I was actually heavy for any recent lift I’ve done. Really started to feel better after the first two complexes with 135. Like riding a bike.

Conditioning

15-12-9

  • Thrusters (115#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

The actual Mayhem workout was 135# thrusters and strict weighted pull-ups with 50 pounds. Was always going to modify that, especially training for the AGOQ. It would be a good version to try some day, but not this day. I warmed up with 5 thrusters at each of 45 and 95 pounds.

In the workout I went 9-6, 7-5, 5-4 on my thrusters and wore a belt. Just making sure not to push it too hard or take too many risks as my back gets used to some of this stuff again. The lifts themselves actually felt ok, but just gassed me. Looking back at WHOOP, my heart rate wasn’t even that high, so I probably should have pushed more with shorter rests. I went 9-6, 7-5, 7-1-1 on the chest-to-bar pull-ups and was losing my butterfly in some of the later sets since I’m out of practice. Finished in 5:24.

Skill / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)
  • 40′ Tip Toe Farmer Carry (20# DBs)
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)

Not Doing 1,000 Reps

My shoulders don’t feel too bad. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,572m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 5 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 5 C&J (135#)
  • 3 C&J (155#)

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 C&J (165#)

Did quick singles all the way.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 20 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • 20/20 Side Plank Pulses
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
  • 20 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

This series of movements comes from a DLB 1,000 rep ab challenge. That’s a silly number of reps and 200 was plenty to get a good core workout. Took me 4:20 for the first round and 9:11 for both.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)

I stepped down every rep but switched the leading step down leg after 8, 16, and 23 reps. Almost took a spill on my very last box jump in round one and no repped myself on one jump in round two when I was falling backwards. I alternated arms every 5 reps on the dumbbell. Finished in 6:29.

Pool Noodle

My legs and knees are still feeling that stuff from Sunday. I should have wore knee sleeves or put down the foam mats for the lunges and burpees. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,534m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)
  • 6 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)

Legs

How do you like the $1 addition to the gym?

4 Sets

  • 16 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125#)
  • 12 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

I had programmed another superset for legs, but my back was feeling tight and no reason to kill it going in to the first week of the Open.

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 C&J (135#)
  • 10 Burpees

The barbell felt extremely heavy in that first minute and the burpees felt like I was going to die. Near ten minutes I finally seemed to catch a rhythm and started getting faster. Linking together the clean and jerks was smoother and I was dropping down quick to my chest (I’ve been hesitant with my left shoulder). Don’t get me wrong, the workout was pretty nasty, but it felt good to make a push through the back half of it and really dig.

Can’t Keep Up With the Right

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 5 RDL (115#)
  • 5/5 DB Push Press (35#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 20 Pistols
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

3 Sets

  • 10 RDL (185#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 50 Single Arm Push Press (35# DB)

I went 15-15-10-10 on the push presses each round and my injured left arm definitely can’t keep up with the right. Finished in 8:07.