On a Summer Thursday

The outside of my hips are feeling that squat superset again and my upper body is kind of tired. Golf was rained out today, so getting in a workout since we’re heading out of town for vacation tomorrow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 BikeErg (450-475-500m)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 HR Push-ups

Oh man was I feeling it during the push-ups!

Back & Arms

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Curls (66#)

I could really feel my biceps from yesterday.

3 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (105#)
  • 10 Double DB Skull Crushers (35#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 1:20 Rest

I did 13-14-14-14-15. Originally I wrote it with 1:00 rests, but we shared a space, so I put 10 seconds of transition in between us so we could swap out the box height. The rest turned out to be just right.

More Double Dumbbells

Was thinking about doing some rowing intervals, but I wasn’t feeling well in the afternoon, so it became a complete rest day. I had today off work to prep a bunch of stuff for work on the living room and sunroom all weekend. Out in the garage just before 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (669m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (35#)
  • 6 Double DB Push Press (35#)
  • 12 Pendlay Row (45#)

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 12 Double DB Hang Power Cleans (50/35s)
  • 12 Double DB Push Press (50/35s)
  • 24 Sit-ups

My plan was to split the push presses up to 6-6 or 7-5 from the start but they felt good so I went for it. Finally had to break for the last 5 of them. Finished in 11:10. Really happy with how this went. I thought the push presses were going to be really bad after the way there were in that Qualifier workout I had tried.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 12 Pendlay Rows (95#)

This was a really tough superset after the workout.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12 Incline Back Fly (25# DBs)

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Toe Reach (35# DB)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Bicycle Crunch
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank DB Pull Throughs (50#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest

I did 15 toe reaches, 36 bicycles, 12 pull throughs, and 20 hollow rocks every round. This was rough after 144 sit-ups!

Burpees and Push-ups

My chest, lats, and shoulder area is all still sore from 21.3. My legs are a bit tired too. Calves are getting sore from yesterday. Out in the garage after 11am.

My chest, lats, and shoulder area is all still sore from 21.3. My legs are a bit tired too. Calves are getting sore from yesterday. Out in the garage after 11am.

Back

3 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 95#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (62# KB)

I also did 10×45# Pendlay rows to warm-up.

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldown (115-126-131#(
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Back Fly (30-35-35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 V Pulldown (double handles, 126-126-131#)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Pulldown (handle, 60-60-65#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (71-71-76#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Shrugs (60#)

Conditioning

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Burpees
  • 20 Push-ups

I wrote this as 10 minutes with 25 push-ups. LOL. After having to do 10-5-5 it quickly became 20. In the third round I had about 10 seconds left after barely being able to get my self up from the bottom of the burpees and then barely made the push-ups, having to do 10 sets of 2. Ended the workout there.

Dialing in Kick-ups

My inner thighs are still a bit sore and my shoulders need some rest. In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,845m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 3×20 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts
  • 2x45s Handstand Shape 45° Hollow
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (finding balance)

I still find it amazing how much the sponge shifts improved since the first time. Today I was even keeping my feet together instead of a big spread to help with a stable base up at the top. I’m starting to really dial in my kick-ups and think it’s time to just do them in the open floor from now on so I don’t kick the wall when I overshoot and can play around with saving some of those more.

Strength

  • 8 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 45#)
  • 4 Sets
    • 12 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (135#)
    • 12 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 95#)

Straight up cardio-ish!

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Russian KBS (53/35#)
  • 10/10 Lunge Pulses
  • 10 Weighted V-ups (15# DB)

No place to rest here. Got faster as we went. Finished 7+40.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 30 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 20 Band Tricep Pulldowns (red)
  • 8/8 Parallette Supported Renegade Rows (50#)

This was a rough combination and didn’t really rest between sets.

Almost Twenty

Yep, my hands are feeling the muscle-ups and carries from yesterday on top of what they’ve been feeling lately. My shoulders are feeling it as well. Workout at 9:30am this morning. Usually we do long monostructural work on chest and back day. Not today since we went long yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

The start of week 3 already!

We didn’t time the handstand split to stacked work, but kept alternating between us with time on the wall getting a feel for the drill. It was a new challenge for sure. Probably went 6-8 times each.

Gymnastics Test

MAX Strict Pull-ups

Haven’t tried this since May 10th when I got 17. Maybe not the best day to test after doing 56 muscle-ups last night, but I was still able to get 19! And I have the 🌲 back!!

Back & Chest

Warm-up

  • 5 Pendlay Row 45
  • 5 Bench Press 45
  • 5 Bench Press 115

3 Sets

  • 12 Pendlay Row (115#)
  • 12 Bench Press (165#)

I could definitely feel tired in the various muscles doing these sets.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (120#)
  • 12/12 Static DB Bench Press (60# DBs)

Wasn’t sure about the 60s for this, but they went well. Glad I bought them.

3 Sets

  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups
  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (15#)

2 Sets

  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)
  • 8-10-12 Renegade Row (Right, 50-40-30#)

Nasty. Go all three dumbbells with increasing weight on one arm before repeating with the other arm. Rest 2-3 minutes and do it again.

2 Sets

  • MAX Diamond Push-ups

Did 40 and 32 reps.

Shift It

Sore from yesterday already. Chilly this morning, but got started at 9:30.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 140 Double Unders
  • 700m Run

When it’s a 28 minute AMRAP and you can’t finish the final run, you call it a 5 rounder. 😉 I started with a set of 93 dubs and then a lot of my sets were in the 30-40 range the rest of the way. Took me 29:05.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

I did 10-10 for the swings and 4-8-8-8-6-6 for the shifts. Those are hard and balancing on my right arm is much worse than on my left.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (60# DBs)
  • 10 Incline DB Row (45# DBs)

Nice to have the heavier dumbbells. It was hard with the 60s.

3 Sets

  • 10 Bench Press (175#)
  • 10 Pendlay Row (Supinated, 135#)

Wouldn’t have made it much heavier for bench than the 175. Haven’t done the supinated rows in a long time. Brandi and I swapped who programs legs and chest/back to switch things up.

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline DB Fly (40#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (handles, 120-120-126#)

These cable rows keep feeling better, which I think is a good sign for my muscle-ups.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Standing Cable Crossover (facing sideways, 27#)
  • MAX Inverted Bar Rows (16-14-12)

Lighter to Keep up the Intensity

Worked on my cable pulley system this morning and then workout at 1pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (75#)
  • 5 Bench Press (135#)
  • 5 Bench Press (165#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Bench Presses (185#)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 5 Bench Presses (185#)
  • 2:30 Rest

Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20

  • Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

Done I Go You Go style. Repeat from two weeks ago, but I decided to decrease from the 35 pound dumbbells I had used since Brandi was decreasing from 20# DBs to a 12# vest. I got a lot of rest last time, so with less rest I wanted to be able to keep up my intensity. Turned out to the the perfect weight because I almost failed the final two sets and was able to stay unbroken. We finished in 8:37, which is over 4:30 quicker due to B speeding up her reps with the lighter loading (she eventually took the vest off).

Midline

5 Sets

  • 10 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 20 Alternating V-ups

We did this I Go You Go as well, but not for time. I could feel the shoot throughs right away in the first set! Will be feeling those for a few days.

Need to finish up my pulley system and then probably mow the lawn.

Triple Five

Went to the gym in the afternoon with Molly before classes started.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Echo Bike (50 cals)
  • 30 PVC Passes
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Kip Swings

Gymnastics

  • 30 Muscle-ups

In January I did 3 reps every 45 seconds for a time of 6:55, so today I went every 40 seconds. Then I went 5-10 seconds early on my last two sets so I could break six minutes. Finished in 5:55 for a sweet PR. I wasn’t in danger of missing and felt good, so I can cut that down next time.

Accessory

6 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Pull-ups (4×35, 2×26#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (28kg)
  • 1:30 Rest

Strict ring pull-ups suck after muscle-ups and weighted ones are even worse!

3 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 115-135-145#)
  • 1:30 Rest

These actually felt pretty good.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 6 Strict T2B
  • 20 Alternating V-ups
  • 45s Rest

It’s always weird going for that first strict toes to bar, trying to remember how to sequence it. This was absolutely fucking terrible!!! I had to break v-ups in round two and then do three sets in rounds three and four!

Gymnastics

Molly tried to help me out with handstand walking and we found some things to focus on:

  • Keep a neutral head position
  • Look with eyes (to help with head position)
  • Turn hands out
  • Push through shoulders
  • Bend knees forward to get weight going that way

Newer 4RM

My outer pecs are sore, probably from the 100 diamond push-ups I did on Sunday. Out in the garage by 4pm with Kevin.

Bench Press

  • 2x6x45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 4×245
  • 4×250
  • 4×255
  • 2×265
  • 2×270
  • 1×275

This turned out to be a lot of sets when adding the extra doubles or singles after the working sets. In the last cycle I did 240-245-240 for my working sets. Today sets another new 4RM, beating the 250# I set a few weeks ago. If I had gotten 2×275 that would have matched my 2RM, but I didn’t even attempt the second rep. The doubles with 265 and 270 are better than the 260 I was able to get in the final week of last cycle. Curious to see what I can get for 4×2 next week.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 15 Banded Tricep Press-downs (Fat Gripz)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#)

After standing up for the first set of pull-downs, I kneeled for the rest and they were still pretty easy. The rows felt easy as well.

One Lunge at a Time

Last night I could feel my triceps getting sore. My back is a lot less tight this morning and my chest is definitely sore from the increased ROM with those dumbbell bench presses. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Echo Bike (30 cals)
  • 2 Sets10/10 Leg Swings
    • 10 Toe Touches
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (45#)
  • 10 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (5# DBs)
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (75#)
  • 10 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (15# DBs)
  • 10 Cossack Squats

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 12 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises (20# DBs)
  • 10 Goblet Cossack Squats (44#)

Those cossack squats are nasty.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30s/30s Side Planks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 6 Evil Wheels

Finished in 8:10.

Conditioning

400m Walking Lunge

Went over to the track at the school across the street. Today I alternated between 20 step-through lunges and 20 bringing my feet together for a slight pause. It really helped me focus on something and keep up a solid overall pace. I finished in 10:39, which is a huge PR by 1:16!

Year of the Engine – Endurance

44:00 Run

I wanted to give my back more time to recover from 20.2 so I delayed rowing intervals a couple more days. Plus it was great weather for a run around 4pm. I had a little goal of 4.5 miles and ended up going 4.57.

Cool that I’m never going over a 10:00/mile pace now, even as the runs are getting longer.