Two Short of All Unbroken

My hips and low back were a tight yesterday but overall felt good and I walked 18 holes of golf. Almost every morning, as I lay in bed and then when drinking my coffee, my hands ache. It has to be from the handstand program because I don’t remember this ever happening each day like this. Goes to show how much of handstand balancing is in your hands. We went to the park at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 20 PVC Passes

Gymnastics

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 8 Muscle-ups

I was worried this was going to be too aggressive and kept debating what the workout should be. I’ve done eight E4M for five rounds alternating with other movements. I did 11 E3M for five rounds with the first two rounds unbroken. I wanted something I was afraid of.

I felt good through four rounds and started to feel it hitting me during round five. In round six I had to squeeze out the last two dips. In the final round I had to work for the dips in reps 5-6, I swung, and knew I wasn’t getting over the rings. I took a short break and did a single, rested 20 some seconds while Brandi did her pull-ups, and did my final single. Pretty pumped I got through six sets unbroken. At the end of December my max set was 9! I guess today would have been 50 reps in about 12:08, so I’ll note that as a benchmark. If I were to do a real test of 50 I’d start by trying five EMOM, which would be a time of around 9:20.

I think this video is some of the reps in round three.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 80/80m Hill Run
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers
  • 80/80m Hill Suitcase Carry (50#)
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers

My hips were not having it on the first run up the hill. I went at my pace and started to feel better for the final third of the workout. Got through the list three full times and all the way through the second set of crunches, so air squats and mountain climbers shy of finishing four rounds (or eight depending on how you look at it).

Without Rest

Played 18 holes yesterday and rode in a cart, which, I think, was the first time all season. Last night I got over 8 hours of sleep for the first time in over a month. Workout at 4pm with our friend Bryan in town from California.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Tris, Bis, & Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)
  • 12 Hammer Curls (40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Reverse Grip Tricep Push Downs (60-71-71#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Wrist Curls (10-12-12#)
  • 16 Shrugs (60# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • Partner A:
    • Row
  • Partner B:
    • 40 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Box Jump Overs (24/20”)
    • 30 Hollow Rocks
    • 14 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (60/40#)

Bryan started on the rower and I started with the movements. Split the clean and jerks 7/7 per arm. Wanted to use the new 60s I got and it felt good. When I was on the rower I got about 900, 780, and 940 meters. Was pulling 1:50/500m or better. Total time was 18:35. Partner workouts without any real rest are always brutal and this was no exception.

Oh, I also got a bunch of lighter kettlebells to replace the adjustable one.

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EZ Does It

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf on a beautiful day. My legs are not happy from Sunday. Mainly shins from the broad jumps and my heels from working in my basement workshop a lot of hours over the weekend. Out in the garage at 3pm.

Bis & Tris

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (56-61-66#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (spinning bar, 71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated EZ Bar OH Tricep Extensions (56-66-71#)
  • 24 alt Hammer Curls (35-35-40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Static DB Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (46-51-56#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curls (5-10-10#)

You could say the EZ curl bar (which weighs 16# BTW) was a great addition!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

I didn’t put on my grips, which is the first time on that bar I believe, other than maybe for strict pull-ups. I was originally thinking I’d try 10 unbroken toes to bars, but I knew after a few reps wouldn’t fly without the grips. I was able to hold 2×5 the entire way though. Got through 6+30.

Heavy Ankles

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. My lats starting getting sore and I realized we hadn’t done pull-ups since Memorial Day! Lats are triceps are sore today too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,076m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Lateral Hops
    • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • Calf Stretching
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg RDL with foot on wall (53# KB)
  • 10/10 Weighted Step Downs (15”, 40# DB)

Nice little combo.

Conditioning

  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 30 Double Unders
    • 10 Push Jerks (95/65#)
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

I had no idea how this would go when I created it and was worried about so much focus on the calves. That’s why I had a bunch of calf stuff in my warm-up. I started out a little conservative, getting 4+36 with one miss on the rope. Felt good, but I suspected the push jerks would start to add up in the second go. Went out faster though and tried to hold on, with 5+3 and two misses on the rope. My push jerks were definitely getting close to failure in rounds 4-5. Really happy with how that one turned out.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hanging Leg Raises (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Pike-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 15/15 Mountain Climbers (5# ankle weights, feet elevated)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

I wore my new five pound ankle weights through the entire thing. Just gross.

Back on the Rings

On Wednesday night my lats and outer pecs really started to get sore from Tuesday’s 75 pull-ups. Yesterday I had physical therapy at 9am and progressed to a bunch of more advanced moves. It was another good session. In the afternoon I power walked 20 minutes on the treadmill for 1.32 miles and did the PT exercises we didn’t hit at my session. Later in the evening I did second round of Steamboats and 7-5-3 of the McGill Big 3. My calves and ankles were getting sore by the end of the day.

All of that stuff is still sore today. I did my PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (red)
  • Steamboats
  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dog
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 DB Shoulder Press (10#)
    • 10 DB Lateral Raises (10#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers

That 30 calorie bike really gets my heart going, but it’s slowly getting easier. Took about 1:50 today.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 6 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)
  • 10 DB Front Raises (10#)

I used the smallest incline position from straight up on the bench to have a more comfortable sitting position and placed an AbMat at my lumbar spine. I also placed a small box in front of the bench so I could lift the dumbbells from there and put them back without having to strain anything that would get my back in a risky position.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 6 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 3 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I place a box in front of the bench again. After each set of bench press I dropped the weights to the floor while still laying there. Then I got up and deadlifted them one at a time back on to the box. Was a nice little breather before the rings. The muscle-ups felt really good and I had no trouble doing every set unbroken, even after not doing any for about six weeks. The lunging wall balls were a little more challenging with the standard 20 pound ball this time, but 10 reps was manageable. I did exactly eight rounds.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Side Plank

Since I did the curl-ups and bird dogs before class all I had left was the side planks.

F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.

Sandbag It

My hamstrings were getting sore yesterday too. My quads, hammies, and glutes are all still sore today.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 40 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Elbow Punches
    • 20 Alt. V-ups
    • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 7 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 7 Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Clean
  • 5 Back Racks (45#)
  • E90S
    • 8 Hang Power Cleans + 8 Back Squats (65#)
    • 6 Hang Power Cleans + 6 Back Squats (95#)
    • 4 Hang Power Cleans + 4 Back Squats (125#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (155#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (175#)

Quickly decided I didn’t want to try 155# for the workout.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Run around gym
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Back Squats (135#)

Since we’re obviously not running outside we did a minute run around in the gym instead of 200 meters. Generally I don’t like when a cardio movement is subbed in as a timed piece, because there is no real incentive (other than improving your running) to run faster because a minute will always take a minute. I’m really good at sandbagging runs. 🙂 I’d rather work on my endurance with the barbell anyway since the Open has never had any type of running.

I did eight hang power cleans, dropped it, did the other two and transferred it to my back for all ten squats. Wore my belt the entire time, so was tightening and loosening it. Got through 6 rounds, the run, and the cleans.

Midline & Skill

5 Sets

  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • HS Walk Practice

Got some good tips from another member. My hands are too wide, probably from being used to wider stance for HSPU. Need to keep practicing with the Open coming up.

Don’t Break

Much needed rest day yesterday after nine in-a-row, with two of those being active recovery days. My shoulders were a little sore, but felt fine this morning.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 4×195
  • 4×205
  • 4×215
  • 4×225

Barely made it on the last set. Improvement over the 5x5x215 from last week.

Conditioning

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Thrusters (135#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders

I got this one from Beyond the Whiteboard in the Heavy Fitness Level category. Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, and 3×115. My goal was to go unbroken, but I had no idea what the thrusters would feel like. I just remember being the EMOM with 3×155 a few weeks ago being nasty. I made it through everything unbroken and probably could have picked the bar sooner after each set of double unders. Finished in 4:57. I’m pumped I was able to do those unbroken.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30 V-ups
  • 60 Bicycles
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 60 Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Leg Raises
  • 60 Mountain Climbers

These higher rep core movements get so bad in the first round. Took about 14 minutes to finish.

An Early One

Planned to workout really but not be in the garage by 8am! Dad was coming down to help on the truck and left much earlier than I expected.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 3 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 1:00 Plank

Took me 9:45.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 10 Front squat (45#)
  • 10 Front squat (75)
  • 10 Front squat (95)
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Front Squat (115#)
    • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

Glad I got that done in case I don’t workout tomorrow.

Hot Hot

I came down with a killer headache last night from being out in the sun. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

Active Life Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel + Rock Backs
  • 5 Inchworms

Then I warmed up with 10 Sumo Deadlift at 45-95-145#.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo Deadlift (165-185-205#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Conditioning

Real easy 10:00 Airdyne for 3.05 miles.