Arms Week 2

Yesterday I was the only one who showed up for golf so I was able to walk a quick 18 in about 2:45. Second week of the arm program.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Trunk Rotations
  • 8 Barbell Curls (45#)
  • 8 Close Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Close Grip Bench Press (95#)

Arms

4 Sets

  • 8 Barbell Curl (57.5#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Close Grip Bench Press (120-140-160-180#)

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Cross-body Hammer Curl (25#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 One Arm OH Tricep Extension (25-30-30# DB, standing)

3 Sets

  • 12 Incline DB Curl (25#)
  • 20 Tricep Pulldown (rope, 51.5#)

3 Sets

  • 20 Cable Curl (40.5#)
  • 12 Diamond Push-up

Increased weight just a little bit on a lot of the movements. Those supersets are so rough!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

We did these correctly this week by holding each other’s ankles while laying on the floor.

2 Sets

  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 10/10 Side Plank Bounces (10#)
  • 30 Mountain Climbers
  • 20 DB OH Crunches (2×30#)

Took me 3:55.

45 Reps on the Bar

I walked 18 holes on Thursday and played great.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • Partner does couplet
  • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 12 cal Row
  • Partner does couplet
  • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 20 Reverse Lunges
  • Partner does couplet

We finished in 27:31. Great new style of workout with the lower rep MU, but a lot of them! My hands weren’t going to take much more, so we called it at five rounds. Was playing around with my bar muscle-up technique and remembering some of the tricks.

Midline

4 Round Tabata

  • OH Crunches (legs up, 50# DB)
  • Bicycles
  • DB Pull-throughs (50#)
  • Hollow Hold

I got 12 crunches, 20 slow bicycles, 12 pull-throughs, and held the hold the entire 20 seconds each time.

Humid Summer

This summer has been over-the-top humid almost every day.

Midline

  • 50 Leg Lifts
  • 50 DB OH Crunches (50# DB)
  • 50 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 50 V-ups
  • 50 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Plank Hip Dips

Today I went 30-20 on the leg lifts, felt myself slowing a lot on the v-ups, and was able to do sets of 10 for the hollow rocks. Finished in 7:31, which smashes the 9:13 from a month ago.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 5 HSPU

I got through five rounds, the run, and 12 box jumps. I rested between the types of handstand push-ups each round except the fifth one where I stayed on the wall because I knew I needed some time to finish the sixth run, but then I ran so fast I had enough time for a lot of jumps. Really sweaty from the heat and humidity, but a great workout.

Gross 50s

My triceps, biceps, and front shoulders all were getting sore in the morning already.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 6 Front Squats (95#)
  • 6 DB Deadlifts (35#)
  • 4 DB Hang Cleans (35#)
  • 4 DB S2OH (35#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 12-10-8-6 Front Squats (125-135-145-155#)
  • 20 Pulsing Goblet Squats (53# KB)

I didn’t wear a belt. Glad this was the 4th week and we can move on to something else.

4 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Glute Bridge + 2 Banded Hip Abduction (105#)
  • 20 Banded Frog Reverse Hypers

Conditioning

DB DT – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (50#)
  • 9 Hang Cleans (50#)
  • 6 S2OH (50#)

I went unbroken each round, with mostly push presses. My grip was smoked and I probably should have set the dumbbells down after 11 deadlifts for a very short break because the cleans really sucked. Finished in 6:28.

Midline

  • 50 Leg Lifts
  • 50 DB OH Crunches (50# DB)
  • 50 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 50 V-ups
  • 50 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Plank Hip Dips

Oh my! I went 25-15-10 on the leg lifts. Could barely do hollow rocks and had to limit myself to all 5s. Then I finished with 2×25 hip dips. Took me 9:13.

Burpees and Push-ups

Walked 18 holes yesterday and mowed the lawn at night. My legs are getting sore in some new places from that DLB stuff.

Back & Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Double Handle Lat Pulldown (104-104-115#)
  • 12 Dumbbell Curls (25#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 French Press (50#)

Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 MAX Sets
    • 10 @ 35#
    • 10 @ 30#
    • 10 @ 25#
    • 14 @ 20#

Much better starting out heavier for this drop set type stuff. Still nasty though.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 12 Burpee
  • 16 OH Crunch (40# DBs)
  • 20 Push-up

Fell in to a pace and picked it up at the end. I went 10-5-5 on every set of push-ups, which was tough. Finished in 14:28.

Then we spent an hour digging the final post hole for the outdoor gym area.

63 of Each

Ready for some normal June weather, because this 80+ bullshit is here way too early!

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Front Squats (95#)

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75
  • 3×95
  • 2×115
  • 1×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×167.5
  • 1×172.5

I think I put the belt on for 150+. Maybe could have done up to 180 or close today, but this was heavy enough and didn’t want to tweak my back going in to 63 front squats.

Conditioning

18-15-12-9-6-3

  • Front Squats (115#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

Scaled it back from 135, which was the right call. I wore a belt and adjusted between movements. Was able to do every set of squats unbroken and kept a steady controlled pace on the burpees. It felt better than expected and finished in 11:06. So sweaty!

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (20#)
  • 20 Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Crunches (20#)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 40 Bicycles

Nice burn in round three. Finished in 8:25.

Feeling 21.2

My shoulders and back (lower and upper) are really tight this morning. Out in the garage at 11.

Chest

  • 10 Incline Bench Press (45#)
  • 4 Sets
    • 8 Incline Bench Press (95-105-115-125#)
    • 12 DB Pullover (50#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline DB Bench Press (40#)
  • 12 Incline DB Fly (20#)
  • 10 Incline Plate Presses (35#)

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP – Partner

  • 4x 3/2 Strict Pull-ups
  • 12 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 12 OH Crunch (55# plate)
  • 2×10 Lunges / DB RDLs
  • 2x 8/5 cal BikeErg (standing)

This was a good sweater and those pull-ups were hard. The way this worked was B and I alternated between me doing 3 pull-ups and her doing 2 until we each went twice. Then we each did 12 leg lifts and 12 crunches. I did 10 lunges and she did 10 RDLs, twice. Then we each got on the bike twice doing 8/5 calories respectively. It was a really good variation.

Feet, Hands, Hands, Feet

Not exactly the workout I want to see when I’ve been trying to heal a tweaked calf for the last month and have had to baby a shoulder for over 3 months. But here we are. At least this workout isn’t a back breaker.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,309m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 3×10 Calf Raises
  • Shoulder Band Mobility
  • 40 Lateral Hops
  • 40 Front/Back Hops
  • 10/10 Single Calf Raises on Step
  • 10 Jump Rope
  • 10 Double Unders
  • 4 Wall Walks

I felt pretty good in warm-ups. My calf and shoulder both felt good with the movements.

Conditioning

CrossFit Open Workout 21.1 – 15:00 Time Cap

  • 1-3-6-9-15-21 Wall Walks
  • 10-30-60-90-150-210 Double Unders

The plan was to do a knee push-up on all wall walks to take some pressure of the shoulders and that worked really well, especially with the standard. I only missed one double under to start a round and every other break was me stopping on purpose for a rest. I stuck to sets of about 30 most of the workout. In my round of 150 I thought I miscounted at 80-90, so I actually did 10 extra reps just to be sure I got them all. So my tiebreak time ended up being five seconds before I actually stopped doing the double unders there. Only had to reset twice on the wall walks for moving a hand before my feet were on the wall, so not too bad. I finished the 15 and 150 and then got 3 more wall walks for a score of 377 and a tiebreak of 14:18.

Interesting workout for sure. Didn’t feel like I rested too much anywhere and my breaks with the double unders were good. Happy not to have missed after not doing any jump rope for over a month.

Since I’m workout out at home I’m recording all of my workouts so I can still register and compete in the Open, possibly making it to the 40-44 Masters Quarterfinals.

Of course I had to come back and do some time split evaluation.

I’m not a fan of redoing Open workouts, but this workout might be one where I could gain a lot of extra ground to help me make it to the top 10% and get to the Masters Qualifier. I highlighted the areas where I might be able to pick up significant time. Would I just give that time back by missing a bunch of double unders though?

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Banded Rotations w/ 10s Hold on each side (red band on rig)
  • 12 Seated Leg Tucks
  • 30/30s Side Plank
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)

This was a good one. Took about 12:40.

Upper Ab Burnout

Yesterday was a rest day with family in town. Kind of tired though. Out in the garage at about 12:45 for some quick work.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,268m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,075m)
  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.75km)

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 OH Crunches (55# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (55# plate)
  • 20 alt V-ups

The thick 55 pound plate is not fun for the twists. This was definitely an upper ab burnout. Finished in 9:28.

Shoulder Still Not Ready

My shoulder area and back were tight this morning from the snatches, but nothing horrible. I can feel my hammies from the leg work. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 cal SkiErg
  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 DB Push Press (20# DBs)

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 20 DB Goblet Lunges (50#)
  • 20 cal Row
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups

I did three rounds of 5×2 and two rounds of 2×2 plus 6×1 for the pull-ups. Averaged just over 1,200 cal/hr on the rower. Finished with 4+21.

I wanted to do 10 handstand push-ups for the last movement, but I kicked up and did one before the workout and my shoulder still isn’t ready. To be honest I probable shouldn’t hake picked the push-ups because those didn’t feel awesome either.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 30s Sandbag Hold (100#)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 30/30s Side Planks

Took about 17 minutes to do without breaks.