Pumped Up Biceps

Warm-up

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 5 Bench Press (120#)

Chest

MAX Bench Press (140/70#)

I got 33 reps. Pretty sure last night’s muscle-ups affected this.

MAX Decline Push-ups (12”)

40 reps

3 Sets

  • 8 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)

At this point my biceps were super pumped and I was definitely feeling all those muscle-ups from last night.

100 DB Bench Press (30/15#)

I went 6×15 and 10 to finish in 2:23.

Weightlifting

I warmed up with 10×45, 5×95, and 3×135.

15:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans
    • 2 @ 155#
    • 3 @ 165
    • 4 @ 175 (started wearing my belt)
    • 2 @ 185
    • 1 @ 195
    • 1 @ 205 (switched to singles)
    • 2 @ 215

Woof! I was starting to feel my back with the tough-n-gos, so I switched to quick singles.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Weighted Single Leg Single Arm V-ups (15#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Single Leg Single Arm V-ups (15#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Jack Knives (15#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Seated Leg Lift over DB
  • 50s Rest

Only Chest

On Sunday I spent about 5 hours working on the ground area of the outdoor gym space. Wiped me out because it was sunny and in the high 80s. Yesterday I walked 18 holes and then mowed B’s lawn in the evening after work.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×75#
    • 5×100#

MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

I was able to knock out an extra five reps compared to Saturday, with 45.

100 Push-ups

I was smarter this week and did 12×5, 12×3, and 1×4 to finish 32 seconds faster than week one with a time of 4:16.

Incline Bench Press

  • 3 sets to failure @ each of 3 weights
  • 3:00 Rest between sets

We used the women’s bar so that B could go lighter than 45#. The incline was a challenge!

  • 13-11-11 @ 120#
  • 19-14-15 @ 100#
  • 22-22-22 @ 80#

6 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (54#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Not sure I would have been successful with 60 pounds, so maybe I’ll try 56.5 next time.

We decided that was enough for the session. That’s a lot of volume to get through. A little later, we put up the second bar. I had painted one side with wall ball targets during lunch, but we got a little rain after our workout so didn’t want to paint the rest when the posts were damp.

Chest Week 2

This is the second week of the chest workout, so the weights go up.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (75#)
  • 5 Bench Press (100#)

In between some of the parts, we’d jump on the BikeErg. I did 2:30, 1:00, and 5:00.

Chest

MAX Bench Press (120/60#)

Was able to knock out 40 reps.

MAX Ring Push-ups

A bit of a struggle very early here. Only got 26.

3 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (elbows out, 45#)

It’s so much harder with elbows out and the dumbbells facing forward.

75 DB Bench Press (40/20#)

Felt pretty good here, doing 5×10 and 5×5 to finish in 2:48.

Weightlifting

Squat Cleans

  • 2 Squats Cleans + Bottom Squat Hold + 2 Front Squats (45#)
  • 4×95
  • 2×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205

I belted up at 165 or 185. The squats felt heavy!

E15S – 5:00

  • 1 Power Clean (185#)

This was tough, but very doable. Wore my belt.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 50m Uneven Farmer Carry (45+60#)
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations & Holds (red)

Then we spent 3-4 hours working on the outdoor gym and I mowed my lawn.

Getting Drunk on a Tuesday

On Sunday morning we made two trips to Menards and picked up the remaining 70 pavers for the outdoor gym area. Then spent some time cleaning up the area and had to do a PVC repair of the old sunroom downspout. Stopped after that because it gets so damn hot back there. I mowed B’s lawn, we played 9 holes of golf in the afternoon, and skipped our workout. I walked 18 yesterday and then mowed the lawn at night. I was out in the garage by 12:30 today because we have a Mixology event at work this afternoon with several drinks. This is the second session of the chest program for the week.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (75#)

Chest

MAX Bench Press (100/50#)

I got 55, which is five more.

100 Push-ups

I went 10-10-7-5-3-3, and then doubles. Finished in 4:48 and definitely need to start more conservative. I didn’t respect how fatigued I’d feel from that set of bench. Took exactly five minutes of rest before a lot of benching.

Bench Press

  • 3 sets to failure @ each (155/125/100#)
  • 3:00 Rest between sets

I did 15-14-12, 19-18-16, and 28-24-23. The program said to rest 5-6 minutes between sets, which I figured was way too much and it would have been. As you can see by my numbers I was plenty rested for my next set. This many reps seemed extremely excessive though and I’m worried for my future of moving my upper body the rest of the week!

6 Sets

  • 12 Double DB French Press (20#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Calls for tricep extensions or pushdowns, so this is the movement I picked today.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 700m Run
  • 2:00 Rest

My legs felt sooo heavy going out for that first run! My times were 3:15, 3:02, 3:04, and 3:02. Really happy with my performance.

TRAIN Chest

I was flipping through an issue of TRAIN this week and saw some chest work so we’re going to try it out.

Chest

Warmed up with some PVC Passes and then 10 bench each at 45 and 75 pounds.

MAX Bench Press (100/50#)

I stopped at 50 reps since I was getting pretty slow.

MAX Push-ups

Supposed to vary the feet and hands each time we do this, but we stuck to standard this week and I got 35.

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (40#)

I did the first set like I normally do with elbows pointing forward and palms paralles to each other. We’re kind of subbing these in for military press, so B suggested the other position and I did the last two sets with elbows out and palms facing forward. Much harder!

50 DB Bench Press (50/25#)

I started out with a set of 15, which was probably a mistake. Then I went 10-10-8-7 and finished at 2:26. Quick sets of 5 would probably be a good strategy.

We were hopping on the BikeErg in between ad I ended up doing rides of, 2:00, 1:00, 1:00, and 5:00. Done in less than 40 minutes. Now we’re heading to Midland to watch the LPGA event.

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.

Feels Like 97

Yesterday I walked 18 holes in the 90° heat and we were behind a slow group so it was our slowest round of the year too, clocking in at about four and a half hours! I mowed the lawn in the evening after work. Today the heat index was at 97° when we got out in the garage for our workout.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Seated DB Shoulder Press
    • 10×15#
    • 5×20
    • 5×30
  • 5 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 C&J (75#)

Strength

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 10 Seated DB Shoulder Press (35-40-40-40-45#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 700m Run
  • 15 C&J (95/65#)

With the heat I made sure not to go out hot on the run. I figured 3×5 would be good on the barbell, so that’s what I did for the first two rounds. I decided I was going to try two sets for the last round, and when I got to eight I thought I’d do 9-6, but then I said fuck and and try to go unbroken, which I was able to. Finished in 15:30.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 12 Hanging Half Circle Knee Raises
  • 12 alt Single Leg Lifts (hold up on PVC)
  • 16 Plank Hops
  • 12 Seated Pike Double Leg Lifts

On the Fourth

Yesterday evening we rode 9 holes of golf. Did some cleanup on the posts this morning and then were getting set for the workout at about 10:30.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Push Press (35#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Conditioning

Partner

  • 60 Strict HSPU (3×5, 5×3)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 100 Russian KB Swings (70/53, 20-20-10)
  • 256′ Sled Drag (25 + 90/55#, forward)
  • 60 DB Push Press (50/25#, all 5s)

Didn’t even run a clock today. Was a good one.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted alt V-ups (20# DB)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 4 Dragon Flags
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Damn this was burning at the end of round one. Took me 10:18.

Plus a Hike

Packed day yesterday and stayed up late watching a Marvel series. Out in the garage around 11:30.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 20 Trunk Twists
  • Seated DB Shoulder Press
    • 10×25
    • 6×35
    • 4×45
    • 3×50
    • 3×60

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Seated DB Shoulder Press (60# DBs)

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP – Partner

  • 128′ Sled Drag (25 + 80/55#, forward)
  • 15/10 DB Push-ups
  • 12 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (40/30#)
  • 20 Reverse Lunge
  • 10 Burpees

I go, you go with Brandi. Took us about 31 minutes, but my phone overheated so the timer kind of messed up.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Side Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Dragon Flags (3)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Windshield Wipers (15)
  • 10s Rest

We were going to do four rounds, but I messed up setting the timer. Oh well, that was hard enough.

We headed over to Midland City Forest after 4pm and went for a 2.95 mile hike, which took just over 57 minutes.

Not Doing 90 From the Floor

Walked 18 holes yesterday in the heat again, but it didn’t hit me as hard the rest of the day.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 40′ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
  • Calf Stretches
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatch (75#)

Conditioning

  • 2000-1500-1000m BikeErg
  • 3-2-1 Rounds
    • 15 Hang Power Snatch (75#)
    • 45 Double Unders

Modified the Mayhem version, which was power snatches with 95 because I wasn’t doing 90 snatches from the ground. I held under a 2:00/1,000m pace on the bike and got faster each time I was on it. Taped my thumbs and went 8-7 for the snatches until the final set where I did them unbroken. Too many misses on the double unders. Finished in 19:55 in a pool of sweat.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 15 V-ups
  • 10 Plank Walkout
  • 30 alt Side Crunches

Burn started in the middle of round two! Finished in 6:48.