Heavy But Good

Went far a three mile walk last night. My lats are a bit sore. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Conditioning

Teams of 2 (cals each)

  • 50-40-30-20-10 / 35-28-21-14-7 cal BikeErg

Brandi went first, so I’d have the shorter rests. I picked up the pace each set. We finished in 14:36. My legs were burning near the end, but a pretty good warm-up for some squatting.

Gymnastics

7 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups

Done after each set of front squats. Starting to get some of the feel back already.

Strength

Front Squats

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185

Felt heavy, but overall pretty good. Easing back in to some squats in case there is a test during the AGOQ. I belted up for the last two or three sets.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 45s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 45s Plank
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB

Finished in 12:35.

Mayhem Daily

Yesterday was a rest day, but we went for a nice 3 mile walk in Rogers City. Drove back home this morning, took an hour nap, and worked out after 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Dead Hang
  • PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 27-24-21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Push-ups
  • 20 Squat Jumps

Going to follow the Mayhem Daily WOD for awhile to try something new and ramp things up over these four weeks before the Age Group Online Qualifier. Went back through the archives to start with January 1 since they often skip a bunch of days and some of the workouts repeated within a month. Since this was a New Years workout it was designed for athletes to do from home. It sure was effective! I split my push-ups in two sets from the begging, so 14-13, 12-12, 11-10, 9-9, and 8-7. Then I went unbroken from 12 down. Once the push-up reps decreased it became all about the squats so I started pausing on the first 10-12 reps each time. Finished in 9:52.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 40s Plank
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

Not for time. Was a good combination though, especially the pull throughs right to a plank.

Accessory

  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push
  • 2×30/30s Eagle Arms
  • 2×30/30s Single Leg Balance Board

Wrecked Upper

My upper body is wrecked from the week and my triceps are really sore. Out in the garage at about 3:30pm.

Back

4 Sets

MAX Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups

1:00 Rest

Should have done something to warm-up. Managed 11-7-6-5.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Bent Over Rows (30#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline Straight Arm Pulldowns (71#)
  • 10 Forward-facing Incline Cable Pulldowns (115#)

Midline

4 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s PVC Sit-ups (12)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts (10)
  • 10s Rest

I did better than the first time.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 14 cal BikeErg
  • 16 Lunges
  • 18 Russian KBS (53#)

I had something different planned, but had to change it to remove any upper body stuff. Got faster as I went and finished 5+17.

Bring on a complete rest day!

40 Cleans

My legs and shoulders seem tired.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,538m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Air Squats
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×155
    • 2×175
    • 1×195

Weightlifting

E15S – 10:00

  • 1 Power Clean (205#)

A month ago I did one every 20 seconds for 12 minutes with this same weight. Today was four more total reps in two fewer minutes!

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Single DB Box Step Overs (50#, 24″)
  • 20 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)

The step overs got tough in round two. I switched hangs after 10 reps on the box and every 5 reps for the clean and jerks. My first round was around 2:10 and I finished in 6:49.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (20# DB)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Sit-ups (20# DB)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

Took me 13:33, which is actually 22 second slower than last month with 25#.

2021 Valentine’s Day

Out in the garage around 10:30 with my Valentine.

Back

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (115-126-126)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54)

3 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pull Downs (126)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pull Downs (126)

3 Sets

  • 10 Incline Straight Arm Pull Downs (71)
  • 10 Forward-facing Incline Cable Pull Downs (82-93-104)

This was a DLB superset.

Midline

4 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s PVC Sit-ups (12-11-11-11)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts (9-9-9-10)
  • 10s Rest

My upper abs were on fire during the last two sets of PVC sit-ups and they were already sore in the evening.

Accessory Wipeout

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)

Conditioning

5 Rounds each (do entire round, while partner does holds)

  • 8 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38″) / 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 15/10 cal Row / 35s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 30 Plyo Lunges / 40s Plank

Brandi went first, so I was in the hold first. Took us 27:13.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 120/120′ Suitcase Carry (70# KB)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (30# DBs)

I had energy until this accessory work, which kind of wiped me out!

Cycling AMRAPs

Not enough sleep again. I did take a 35 minute nap this afternoon though. Workout at 4.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (696m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Scap Push-ups
  • 30 Hops

Conditioning

3 Cycles

  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 18 Russian KBS (53/35#)
    • 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 30 DU
    • 12/8 cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest

This really escalated! I missed a double under in three of the four sets in cycle one, went all unbroken in cycle two, and missed in two sets of cycle three. Need to get rid of those misses before the Open! Going between the two different AMRAPs was a fun way to mix it up. My scores for the first one were 3+6, 3+15, and 3+18 and for the second they were 3+30, 3+34, and 3+35.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 OH Leg Lifts (25# DB)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 OH Sit-ups (25# DB)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

I don’t remember the last time a plank felt so difficult! In sets 2-3 I had to take a 10 second rest after the hip dips and I went to my hands because my position on the elbows was failing. I was able to do the other movements unbroken though. Finished in 13:11.

Was pretty exhausted after today’s work.

Another Killer 30 EMOM

Yep, my legs and ass are sore. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.84 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Scap Push-ups

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 16 Ring Rows
  • 18 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 40s Plank (elbows)
  • 24 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 24 Lunges

Opfhhh, that was another grind. Going in I was thinking 12 ring rows and 20 cal, but I changed those when I was doing the first round of each and it worked out to be a perfect adjustment. I’m really starting to like these 30 minute EMOMs.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 20 Crunches⁣
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 20 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 20 Plank Hip Dips

Upping the ante on the three rounds of 25 reps of each, which ends up being five more reps of each movement. Took me 9:40 compared to compared to 9:34 for the three rounds.

I finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Vested Muscle-ups

Not getting enough sleep and can’t seem so sleep in like I was early on in the pandemic. I need to shift this somehow so I’m not up at 5 or 6am every day.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

I finally decided to pay for a handstand balance program. It’s
from Pamela Gagnon (her Instagram) and Performance Plus Programming. It cost $25 and is a four week program that takes about 10 minutes a day, four times a week. I never know what to work on, so I end up not working on anything. Having a program to follow will guide me and keep me going. Makes sense to learn how to balance before spending more time trying to walk, which I hadn’t really thought about before.

  • 45s Overhead Opener
  • 45s Wrist Warm-up
  • Accumulate 2:00 in a 45 degree hollow
  • 30s Wall-facing HS Hold

Did the 45 degree hold in two 1:00 blocks. Wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

With the weather changing, we wanted to take advantage, so are doing two out of the gym workouts this week. Went to the park.

Conditioning

5 Rounds (30s work / 30s rest)

  • Weighted Muscle-ups (12#)
  • Weighted Plank (12#)
  • Weighted Toes to Rings (12#)
  • DB Plyo Lunges (25# DBs + 12#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I almost never wear my vest, but I wanted a new challenge for muscle-ups. Loaded it to 12 pounds and wore it for the entire workout. I can’t believe I got eight unbroken muscle-ups each round! After round two I was convinced I’d only get six the next round. It wasn’t easy but I got the eight and then I really wanted the full 5×8. The last two rounds were a fight for the final 2-3 reps, but I got them. I did 13 T2R each time and went 24-22-22-22-22 on the lunges. The plank was a nice break before getting back on the rings. The 30 second plus 1:00 rest after lunges went by way too quick. Here’s a video of my first set of muscle-ups.

3 Rounds

  • Sandbag Hill Carry (up, 100#)
  • Hill Run (down)
  • 40 Push-ups
  • Hill Run (up)
  • Sandbag Hill Carry (down, 100#)
  • 30 alt V-ups

Didn’t even run a clock for this. Get work done. Went 4×10 push-ups each time.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

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

3 Sets

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

Those were some good supersets.

Conditioning

4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.