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.

One Left

Got my cardio done in the morning so I’d have all day after the gym to clean the garage and maybe trim bushes.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

18:00 Airdyne

**Endurance pace. @ 4:00, 8, 12, and 16 sprint for 7s, recover back to endurance.

I felt good and was able to keep 73-75 RPM for the endurance pace. Racked up 530 cals and 6.72 miles (10,815m).

Accessory Warm-up

4 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20s L-sit
  • 10 Barbell Curls (45-55-65-75#)

Still no chance of getting my legs in to a real L and doubt I’ll ever get there. Was nice to try some other curls after using dumbbells for months now.

Conditioning

12:00 Time Cap

  • EMOM – 30 DU
  • 100 Goblet Squats (70#)

This is a Jacob Heppner workout (he used 124#) I had saved in my list. I wore my belt for seven minutes and then threw it off. Didn’t really need it and it was taking up too much time. I started with 12 and then did 10s to get to 52. In the 6th round I really struggled with my dubs and ended up skipping squats that minute. I came back with two sets of 12, had a rough round on the rope only allowing me to get 9 squats, leaving 15. I had some more misses with the rope and pushed hard to get those squats done, but came up one rep short! After trying to get in those reps my quads were on fire and I struggled to jump for the dubs. Didn’t leave myself much time, but got in my remaining rep and finished at 10:57. Gross workout!

More Accessory

4 Sets

  • 30s Double KB OH Hold (44# KBs)
  • 20 Wood Choppers (30# DB)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#, supinated)
  • 5 Evil Wheels

Those holds are so good for shoulder mobility.

An Extra 27

Felt good after the workout yesterday and since. Was up really early this morning and made it for a packed 9am class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 20 Reverse Lunges
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (45#, 2s pause)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 1:00 Airdyne

Cleans

  • 10 Full Grip Elbow Punches
  • 10 Tall Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)

Conditioning

27-21-15-9 – “Eliza-Plus”

  • Power Cleans (135#)
  • Ring Dips

I did power Elizabeth in March and it took 7:24, so I was thinking this could get close to double that time. Singles all the way on the cleans, but I didn’t mess around when I was at the bar; pick it back up. Mostly triples for ring dips with 5-6 doubles sprinkled in during the middle two rounds. Finished in 12:26, so better than expected. I need to work on my kip.

Chippin’ Away

My legs were extremely fatigued Friday night and until about 10pm yesterday. Felt like I ran 10 miles. Or that’s what I imagine it would feel like. Rested yesterday, but went on a little road trip, which was a tiring day in its own way.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Hang & Stretch
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 6 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 6/6 Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Might be time to try the presses with 35#.

Conditioning

Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×65, and 3×95.

  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 45 Wall Ball Sit-ups (30#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)

Realized it had been a long time since I’d done a chipper, so I came up with this one. My only miss on the rope was 2 reps in after the first round of C2B. Snatches were all quick singles, chest to bar pull-ups were 5×5, push-ups were 7×5, and sit-ups were 3×15. The sit-ups with that heavier medicine ball were the hardest part of the workout. Excited I was able to do all sets of 5 for the C2B, though I maybe could have gone a lot faster  in the workout without as much rest between the sets. Finished in 18:57. I really liked that one.

I did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but was tired.