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.

Before the Tweak

Felt pretty good this morning after another good night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,526m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

3 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90 degree Hover
  • 10 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Went with a light kettlebell so I wouldn’t tax my shoulders too much going in to the hovers. Yesterday was frustrating and I didn’t want a repeat of that after feeling like things had been progressing so well through this program. Today was 100 times better. I was really starting to balance in that hover position and I was able to do the sponge shifts unbroken each round with the final round being my best, especially when balancing on my right side, which struggles.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 20 Walking Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 10 Good Mornings (75#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Goblet Squats (70# KB)
  • 12 DB Step-ups (24″, 50# DBs)

This superset was absolutely brutal!

Was feeling like my back was going to tweak on me after getting through to this point, so I adjusted the next superset. I’ll bet it was the good mornings. I probably shouldn’t try to do those, even though I went super light.

3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)
  • 30s Superman Hold

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Push-up + DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 15s Rest

First round was 17-16-18-20 and then 20-19-20-22 for the second round. My legs were on fire during round two on the bike.

EZ Does It

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf on a beautiful day. My legs are not happy from Sunday. Mainly shins from the broad jumps and my heels from working in my basement workshop a lot of hours over the weekend. Out in the garage at 3pm.

Bis & Tris

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Curls (56-61-66#)
  • 12 Tricep Push Downs (spinning bar, 71#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Seated EZ Bar OH Tricep Extensions (56-66-71#)
  • 24 alt Hammer Curls (35-35-40# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Static DB Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (46-51-56#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curls (5-10-10#)

You could say the EZ curl bar (which weighs 16# BTW) was a great addition!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

I didn’t put on my grips, which is the first time on that bar I believe, other than maybe for strict pull-ups. I was originally thinking I’d try 10 unbroken toes to bars, but I knew after a few reps wouldn’t fly without the grips. I was able to hold 2×5 the entire way though. Got through 6+30.

Moving Gingerly

My back is tender, sore, and tight after the tweak. Out in the garage at 9:30.

Conditioning

25:00 BikeErg

Went 12,515 meters and felt good, increasing the pace over the time. I really feel good on the bike during these longer sessions.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Lat Pulldowns (100#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (on Parallette, 35# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Barbell Pullovers (45#)
  • 16 alt Renegade Rows (50# DBs)

5 Sets w/ Drop Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Back Flies (50#)
  • 4 Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time, on July 5th, I did 10-8-8-12 with 5# less per set. Today I did 8-8-8-10 for the drop sets. It sucked right from start with the 50 pounders.

Chest

Warmed up by doing 12 supinated bench press with 65# loaded.

3 Sets

  • 12 Supinated Bench Press (135#)
  • MAX Diamond Push-ups (16-14-12)

The push-ups were the movement that aggravated my back the most if I wasn’t keeping a solid position.

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DP Bench Press with hold
  • 8 DB Bench Press

I used 40-45-45# and would not have made it with 50# dumbbells.

Tried to do some of the core movements and they didn’t feel good, so we skipped core work again. Maybe we’ll do some tomorrow at the track.

Cardio Rows

I forgot to post this yesterday, so I’m publishing a day late and back-dating it.

Last night I was exhausted but was up well past 11. My ass is still sore from the weighted plyo lunges! Worked out around 9am today.

Warm-up

  • 800m Run
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 4 DB Snatches (right, 20#)
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 4 DB Snatches (left, 20#)
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 4 DB Snatches (right, 35#)
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 4 DB Snatches (left, 35#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP
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  • 10 Air Squats
  • 9 DB Snatches (right, 50#)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 9 DB Snatches (left, 50#)

This was one of the first workouts I did with any weight after months of back rehab. I got 7+10 on April 23rd. I knew I could push the snatches and the squats harder, so today I did. At the 5:00 mark I was a few reps shy of four rounds and I finished with 7+31, so I was able to keep the same pace through the second half of the workout. It was a little harder to push myself going solo in a workout like this. Happy with my score and effort though.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8 Renegade Rows (R, 50#)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (R, 35#)
  • 16 Renegade Rows (R, 20#)
  • 8 Renegade Rows (L, 50#)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (L, 35#)
  • 16 Renegade Rows (L, 20#)

This was much more effective than expected; I was struggling to get through the 16 light reps in the 2nd and 3rd sets! It was one arm right to the other when it was time to work, but I rested 1-2 minutes between sets. It was damn near another cardio piece with 72 reps per set!

Conditioning 2 / Pacing

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Burpees

Started out thinking I’d take it easy each minute and simply get in the 100 reps. I did, in the first set, with a 30 second pace. After I got slightly faster each of the next two rounds I set a challenge for myself to get faster each round. And I was successful, with the final round taking 19 seconds. I felt really good though.

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.

Man Down in the Third

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,058m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Did the monster walks around my ankles it’s a whole different ball game.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95-115-125-135-145#)
  • 16 Kossack Squats

Felt good. I loosen up so much after two sets of the Kossack squats.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups (20# MB)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (20# DB)

That was tough, especially the parter stuff!

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10-8-6
    • Thruster (95/65#)
    • Burpee Pull-ups (normal height)
  • Rest 3:00

I warmed up with five empty bar thrusters. Went out a little too hot on the burpees and it took some getting used to them. Settled in on a mostly step up and down method. The thrusters felt good. My times were 3:54 and 3:45. It was actually supposed to be three rounds, but two thrusters in to the third I tweaked my back. FML!! Hopefully it’s just minor because after about five minutes in the reset position, I was moving around pretty well. I’m setting here with ice on my back as I type this.

Weight on the Curtsy

News if the golf course was able to open flip-flopped yesterday morning and then eventually they opened. I took advantage of the beautiful day and it was so nice to be out on the course. Mowed the lawn in the evening too. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,056m)
  • Monster Walks
  • Muscle Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75#
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×95#

Gymnastics / Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 45s HS Hold
  • 5 Power Snatch (115#)

Had to get this combo in because I had to bail out a couple weeks ago an the snatches and did seated dumbbell shoulder presses instead. I haven’t done a snatch since February 9th, when I returned from Dubai and then it led to the bad back tweak the next day. Felt ok today.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 20 Front Rack Curtsy Lunges (95/65#)
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I was going to do a goblet variation of these curtsy lunges last week but decided to go unweighted being the first time with them. Saw these front rack lunges from Eramo’s training and had to try them. My round times were 1:53, 2:12, 2:26, 2:23, and 2:28 to finish at 15:22 on the clock. The plyo lunges got real nasty in the third round, but I held on doing both lunge movements unbroken throughout. I stuck to 4×5 on the push-ups every round, but got progressively slower.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 6 Strict T2B
  • 20 alt Weighted V-ups (15# plate)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (35# DBs)
  • 45s Rest

Finished this in 8:34.

Balancing

5:00 Frog Stands

I’m already so much better with these in this being my third session.

Deadlift Soreness

My legs and back are really sore from RDLs on Sunday and deadlifts yesterday. I used the foam roller for the first time today. Wow it really brings everything out in those sore areas.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 3 rounds
    • 10 PVC Shoulder Pass-thrus w/ shrug
    • 15s Dead Hang
    • 30s Plank (on hands)

First time doing a dead hang during class. Focus for them is on keeping the shoulder engaged. I think it was also the first time I had done planks on my hands.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 2-3 Weighted Pull-ups, 2-1-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • MAX Strict Pull-ups, 2-0-X-0 tempo
  • 20s Rest
  • 30-45s L-Sit (cumulative)
  • 2m Rest

I really struggled with the strength work today. I used an 18# KB for the weighted pull-ups and was able to get 2 or 3 each round. But that completely knocked me out for doing strict pull-ups. It was an adventure trying to get 2 or 3 of those with such a short rest. I did the L-Sits on PVC parallettes with my knees slightly bent and tried to get 10-15 seconds at a time.

WOD

In teams of 2, complete the reps however you want, but you must run together.
4 Rounds

  • 12 DB Renegade Rows
  • 400m Run

I paired up with Dominic, who I hadn’t met before. We split up the renegade rows by each doing 6 in each round. I used 25# DBs but should have used 30s. We finished first in 11:43. My endurance is improving a lot lately. I really pushed my pace in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

I took out the jump rope after a rest and knocked out a couple of good DU streaks. Didn’t try more than a minute. I’ll do a longer practice session on them tonight. Last night while looking for tips on DUs, I found a great video for progressing through DUs, from Again Faster. Check it out.

http://vimeo.com/2969537