Back at It

I took a few rest days because I needed a break. Turned 41 on Saturday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (686m)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Scap Push-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 100 Ring Dips
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 200 Reverse DB Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 300 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)

I had planned this for last Saturday but ended up doing a solo version of it. Actually I adjusted it a bit for today after getting the feel for that other version. We alternated 5s on the dips, 10s on the lunges, and 25s on the swings. Finished in 38:09. Driving out of the lunges was slow because my tail bone is painful today for some reason.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 30/30s Single Leg Balance (5# ankle weights, 70# KB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)

Wasn’t sure what the shoot throughs would be like after not doing them for awhile, but they felt really good and I barely even slowed down by the end.

All Power, No Squat

My triceps were a bit sore. Solid night of sleep for a 92% WHOOP recovery score. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,506m)
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Weightlifting

  • 3:00 EMOM – 3 C&J (135-145-155)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 2 C&J (165-175-185)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 1 C&J (205-215-225-235)

I went TnG on all of the triples and doubles. Everything was a power clean and a push jerk. Weight felt good, but I felt the position in my back for the heavier jerks, so I didn’t push my luck. This was the plan going in and it was a success. It does feel really good to move some weight again.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 2:00 TrueForm Run
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 420-430-430-430-440 on the TrueForm (< 5:00/km pace) and 580-581-582-584-586 on the rower (< 1.43/500m pace). I was wrecked for about a half hour. Really had to push myself in the last two rounds.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 12/12 Side Bends (70# KB)
  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (red)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Floor Wipers (45# plate)

I’m going to be feeling that many evil wheels for the next couple days.

Row & Ski Intervals

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.56 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Hamstring Curl (w/ Sliders)
    • 5 Dragon Flags

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 SkiErg
  • 1:00 Rest

I held sub 1:43 on the row for 583, 584, 586, 588, and 590 meters. I think I was in the 1:58 range on the skier for 508, 510, 512, 513, and 518 meters.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 alt Renegade Rows (40# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (blue)

This was a really good core workout.

Stretching

  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push
  • Butcher’s Block (35#)
    • 2×10 reps
    • 2x30s holds

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)

Pulsing

I walked 18 holes yesterday. I sold my Airdyne in the afternoon to make room for a new piece of equipment arriving in the next month. Workout at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Row (1,303m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 2×1:00 Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2x30s Hollow Body Wall Walk
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold

That was a lot on the shoulders!

Midline

2 Sets

  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8/8 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 8 Evil Wheels

Conditioning

10 Rounds (each) w/ Partner

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I warmed up with 10 bench press @ 35# and 5 kip swings. Brandi skipped her last 5 pull-ups because of a big blood blister. Adding in time for those would have put as at about 12:10 to finish, which is much faster than I was expecting. I wore grips and was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem. The dumbbell bench started to get tough in the last three rounds.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 20/20 Landmine Curtsy Lunge Pulses (45+30#)
  • BikeErg during rest (easy pace)

It ended up being about 1:10 on the bike and I probably did around 700 meters each time. This was nasty, especially when doing pulses with the second leg. I should have alternated which leg I started with each time.

3 Sets

  • 20 Wrist Curls (12#)
  • 15 Plate Pinch Hammer Curls (10#)

As I type this all up about an hour later, my upper body is already wrecked!

Recovery Will Be Fun

While working out yesterday we decided not to go to the track after feeling beat up from Friday. Good call, because I woke up sore! In the garage at 10am for a “recovery” type workout.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Goblet Squats (53#)

Conditioning

40:00 EMOM

  • 25/25m Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 12 Burpees
  • 10 HSPU
  • 40s Jump Rope / Lateral Hops
  • 12 Goblet Squats (53# KB)

Was happy to get every set of handstand push-ups done unbroken. Alternated between the jump rope and lateral hops each round. Worked up quite a sweat with the humidity from overnight rain.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations (blue)
  • 12/12 DB Side Plank Bounces (35#)
  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 12 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)

We hadn’t used the ankle weights in awhile. Adding a weight to the side plank bounces is tough!

Brutal Leg Day

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 80′ Monster Walks (ankles)
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 6 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (75#)

My hips were burning after 20 feet of the monster walks with the circle around my ankles. It’s so much worse!

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125-135-145-155#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)

Good combo. Could have gone heavier for the lunges.

3 Sets

  • 16 alt Pistols
  • 24 Banded Prone Hamstring Curls (red)

First time trying the banded hammy curls and they were pretty good.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 cal Bike Erg (standing, no seat, @10)
  • 10s Transition
  • 30s Weighted Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 1:20 Rest

I did two lunges and holy shit! In the first round I did some bigger sets but in rounds two and three I primary did a lunge on each leg and took a second rest. So much burn in the legs! I got 26-23-24 calories and the bike and get 18 lunges each time. This was just brutal.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Side V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)
  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 10 OH Crunches w/ 3s pause (50# DBs)

Really good combo here too. Great training day!

Grippy Repeaters

Got another good night of sleep. My traps, arms, and low back are all tight today. In the garage at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 SkiErg (460m)
  • 160′ Monster Walk
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walk

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (24″, 45#)
  • 16 Goblet Kossack Squats (45# DB in front rack)

4 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Three Position Calf Raises (45# DBs, out-neutral-in)
  • 10/10 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (2@125, 2@135)

Those lunges turn in to a cardio session.

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 10 DB Box Step Overs (24/20″, 35/20# DBs)
    • 15 Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

This got grippy! The step overs were much quicker than I expected, but that was a goal with the lighter weight. I got a pretty good rhythm going. I forgot to chalk up my grips and couldn’t stay on the bar in the first set of pull-ups so after 5 I had to drop, chalk up, and then finish the 10. I did the next 15 unbroken and got 2+11 in that first cycle. In the second cycle I got 2+12 by doing 15 unbroken pull-ups and then I had to go 8-4-3.

Midline

2 Sets

  • 12 Decline Sit-up (30# DB)
  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 Floor Wipers (55# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

2 Sets

  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Decline Sit-up (30# DB)
  • 20 Floor Wipers (55# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

That ab work was tough too. The shoot throughs really got to me today. I did wear the ankle weights for all of the movements.

Quality Sleep

Got a good night of sleep in my own bed! I feel good after working out every day for over a week. In the garage at 10am.

Accessory

  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict HSPU
  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict Pull-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Push-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Row (step on band)
  • 20-16-12-8-4 V-ups
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Tricep Push Downs
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Curls
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Band Pull Aparts
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Russian Twists

I got the idea from TeamRICHEY and modified it to suit two people. It was an I Go You Go style workout with Brandi. I went 9-6, 7-5, 9, 6, 3 on the handstand push-ups. The new mat is a lot nicer than using a plate and AbMat. The pull-ups gassed quick. Went 9-6, 5-4-3, 5-4, 6, 3 on those. The only other movement I had to take any kind of break was with the rows. I went first on the first five movements and then we swapped and Brandi went first the rest of the way. I used a blue band for everything

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Banded Partner Rotations/Holds (blue)
  • 14 OH Crunches w/ pause (50# DBs)
  • 20/20s Weighted Side Planks (20# DB)
  • 16 Jack Knives (20# DB)

Downhill Recovery

Was a little tired this morning and my back was tight, but WHOOP said my recovery was only 23%!

I honestly don’t feel that bad. Some days it seems to take the heart rate at a weird time that just throws off the formulas, because it said my resting heart rate was 48, which is much higher than my typical 38-40. Out in the garage at 3:30 today for a session that took 2 hours.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (103 cals, 2.55km)
  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)
  • 2×15 Steamboats
  • 2 HSPU
  • 5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (25#)
  • 2 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 2 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40#)

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP Partner

  • 6/6 HSPU
  • 5/5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 6/6 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5/5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40/25# DBs)

This was a new idea for a partner workout where the sets are small, so by the time you move to your next spot it’s almost your turn again. The way this one works is each partner does 6 handstand push-ups (one person working at a time), then each does 5 burpee pull-ups, etc. Brandi scaled back her HSPU to do Rx and eventually went to some DB push presses. It worked out pretty well, with the burpee pull-ups taking the most time by far. I originally was going to do 15 minutes, but pulled back to 12 today. Would have been fine with three more minutes. This would be a good one to try solo as well. I started, we got through five rounds and I got all of my burpee pull-ups done in the sixth.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×125
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Could have went more, but that was good enough for today with a lot of work left.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 12 Underhand Front Raise (15# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25-30-30# DBs)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50# DB)

2 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 One Arm OH Tricep Extension (25-20# DB)

1 Set

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

The single arm overhead tricep extensions were really bugging my left shoulder so I did kickbacks for the third set.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (blue)

We should really do more of those renegade rows on back day. I feel like they isolate the back muscles better than a Kroc row, which are easy to rotate and cheat on.