Back at It

I took a few rest days because I needed a break. Turned 41 on Saturday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (686m)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Scap Push-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 100 Ring Dips
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 200 Reverse DB Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)
  • 300 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 5x 12/8 cal BikeErg (standing)

I had planned this for last Saturday but ended up doing a solo version of it. Actually I adjusted it a bit for today after getting the feel for that other version. We alternated 5s on the dips, 10s on the lunges, and 25s on the swings. Finished in 38:09. Driving out of the lunges was slow because my tail bone is painful today for some reason.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 30/30s Single Leg Balance (5# ankle weights, 70# KB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (blue)

Wasn’t sure what the shoot throughs would be like after not doing them for awhile, but they felt really good and I barely even slowed down by the end.

Pow Pow Triples

Took a full rest day yesterday after not getting much sleep. Out in the garage at 11:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 4:00 SkiErg (873m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45
    • 5×95
    • 5×115
    • 3×135
    • 3×155
    • 3×175

Weightlifting

  • 5:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 5:00 EMOM – 3 Power Cleans (195#)

Planned on 185 the whole way but it felt good so I made the jump.

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 25 Ring Dips
  • 25 cal BikeErg
  • 50 Reverse Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 25 cal BikeErg
  • 75 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 25 cal BikeErg

I went 5×5 for the dips, 30-20 lunges, and 35-25-15 swings. Probably averaged around 1,100 cal/hr on the bike. Finished in 23:42.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 40s Mountain Climber Slides
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s Weighted Russian Twist (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s OH Crunch (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest
  • 40s OH Flutter Kicks (20# KB)
  • 20s Rest

Balance with Hand Swaps

Can’t wait to see a result of this damn election so it can stop affecting my sleep. Workout at 4pm today.

Handstands

  • Wrists
  • 1:00 Handstand 45° Hollow Hold
  • 3×20 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shifts
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (balance)

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225

Conditioning

5 Rounds (each) – I Go You Go

  • 12/8 cal SkiErg
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 5 C&J (135#)

I went 2×5 every round of ring dips. Cycling the barbell didn’t feel the greatest and I was cautious with the way my back has been feeling this week. Did them all unbroken though. I went first and Brandi finished at 15:45.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Star Plank Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest
  • 30s Single Leg KB Balance Hold (35#)
  • 10s Rest

For the single leg balances, we kept swapping the kettlebell between hands during the hold. Definitely more difficult.

Lactic Burn

Warm-up

  • 6:00 BikeErg (3,052m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 20 Shoulder I-Y Band Drill
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30s Handstand 45° Hollow Hold
    • 30s Hollow Hold
    • Switch & Rest
    • 30s Handstand Tuck Balance
    • 30s OH Plate Hold (35#, flat palms under plate)
    • Switch & Rest

Hardest part of that for me is the long hollow hold.

Conditioning

  • 6 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal BikeErg (standing)
    • 15 Squat Jumps
  • 6 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
    • 10 Ring Dips

Partner up and do a round at a time. My legs were on fire from round one. I wasn’t paying attention to when we completed part one. I thought my chest was going to blow up in the first round of the second part though. It took a couple of rounds for the lactic acid to flush out and then I was able to pick up the pace on the ski every round after that. I went 5-5 on every set of ring dips. We finished at 30:19.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 16 Floor Wipers (55# plate)
  • 12 Barbell Curls (45#)
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 12 Superman Rocks
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)

Heavy Plyos

The last two nights I was in the garage until after 10pm to finish reorganizing the gym and I’m mostly done with the Gympac. Need to tweak a few things. I was off work today and walked 18 holes of golf in the morning. Worked out at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,400m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)

Leg Burn

5 Rounds (I Go, You Go)

  • 10 Weighted Plyo Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 10 Air Squats

Why not try some heavy plyos? 🙂 Brandi used 15 pound dumbbells and we finished in 6:34. Legs really started to feel it in the third round, which I predicted. The air squats were surprising difficult after the other 20 reps. Really good leg burn.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 24 Russian Twists (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Seated Leg Tucks (5# ankle weights)

This turned out well and I felt good.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP w/ Partner

  • 40 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (50/35#)
  • 20 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38”)
  • 200m Suitcase Carry (70/50#)
  • 40 Ring Dips
  • 20/12 cal BikeErg

I went first and we split most things right down the middle. For two rounds I switched hands every five reps on the C&J, I went 10-10 in the third round, and I went 5-5 again at the end. We made quick work of changing the box height after my ten reps. I alternated hands every 25 meters on my 100 meter walk. We did swap every 10 reps for the rings dips because 20 would have sucked. I went 5-5 on most on my turns. Then the Bike was just 20 cals for me and 12 for Brandi. We finished 3+10.

Seems Like a Minor One

Last night wasn’t bad so it seems like a minor back tweak; I didn’t have any shooting pains whenever I rolled over. After getting out of bed I was leaning to the side a bit while walking. Loosened up as I moved around. Will scale back and keep an eye on it for a week or two. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (201 cals, 5.05 km)

Conditioning

3 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 cal BikeErg (no seat!)
  • 60 HR Push-ups
  • 60 Single DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (50/35#)

We went five at a time on ring dips. We each went twice on the bike with me doing 18 calories and Brandi 12. Standing really changes it and gives a quad burn. Split push-ups in tens and did 16-14 walking lunges each. Finished in 22:46.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (25-30-30# DBs)

I might be able to try the 35s again for these.

3 Sets

  • 10 alt Underhand Bench Press (50# DBs)
  • 10 Underhand Front Raise (8# DBs)

Those underhand benches are awkward with the dumbbell wanting to go all over the place.

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pushdowns (Rope, 45-50-50#)
  • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (10# DBs)

The pulley is much better after I recreated the main cable. Just need to shorten it now because I made it too long. Getting a lot of use out of that little DIY project. I need to make a blog post about it.

Partner Up

My back was better through the night again. Feeling good. Garage time at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (102cals, 2.54 km)
  • 2×10 Steamboats

Gymnastics Test

  • 1 Set of MAX Strict HSPU

I got 16, which is one shy of PR.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 Dumbbell Z Press (35#)
  • 10 Bent Elbow Lateral Raise (20# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Combo Shoulder Raise (15# DBs)
  • 10 Upright Rows (53# KB)

Combo shoulder raises are done one arm doing a lateral raise while the other does a front raise. I warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 5×145.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (2×165, 2×155)
  • 8 DB Fly (30#)
  • 8 Bench Press

I used 170 the last time we did this, but it wasn’t after a bunch of other work like today. I was smoked!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 Hang Power Cleans (95/65#)
  • 30 Box Jump (30/24″)
  • 60 Russian KBS (53/35#)

Decided to make this a partner workout at the last minute (and switch from 15:00 of 25-50-25-50) because I only have one set of rings and starting in different positions would have created a completely different workout for each of us. Worked out well and was fun. We split the dips and jumps in fives. The hang power cleans were in tens until the last round where we did fives. Kettlebell swings were in 15s. We finished 3+77 with me going first. That was 115 hang power cleans for me. My hook grip isn’t used to that!

Pump Everything

Glad I took it easy yesterday. Haven’t been getting the sleep I need, so something to work on. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning (upper body)

“J.T.”
21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

With the way my push-ups felt from the get go I wasn’t sure I could beat the 8:04 I did back in March. I went 3×7, 3×5, and 5-4 on the handstand push-ups. Ring dips were 7×3, a double, and then all singles. I did 7×3, 5×3, and then whatever I could do to finish the push-ups. New PR by five seconds with 7:59.

For the Girls

3 Sets

  • 7 Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 7 Hammer Curls (30#)
  • 7 Hammer Curls (25#)

So much upper body pump after those first two pieces.

Conditioning (lower body)

42-30-18

  • Russian KBS (70#)
  • Pistols
  • Walking Lunges

How about some work on the legs?! I put on my lifters and knee sleeves. Felt pretty good and I really liked this one. Finished in 10:33.

After lunch it was time for a bunch of yard clean-up.

Double Airdyne Day

Rest day yesterday. I got blurry vision with a headache late in the afternoon and took a long nap. I also slept in this morning. My hamstrings are getting pretty sore from something.

I was really hoping we wouldn’t get something heavy for 20.3, because yesterday my back was not feeling good from Wednesday, and probably mostly from 20.2. Heavy deadlifts are better than heavy squats I guess. It definitely wouldn’t be smart for me to attempt those today, so hopefully I can recover for a Sunday go at it.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

4 Rounds

  • 4:00 Airdyne
  • 2:00 Rest

Out in the garage around noon. Protecting that back by not using the rower, which isn’t working anyway. I tried to keep ~85 RPM, doing 156, 158, 150, 152 calories and 2.76, 2.74, 2.67, 2.7 km.

I really need to make a v2 of the custom monitor for my AD since the first one was over complicated and stopped working with Raspbian OS updates. Being able to always see the important info (not alternating through) and on some type of stand at eye level will be a huge difference, especially for intervals like this.

It might be a good idea for me to switch things up more often like this. I’m able to get my heart rate up quite a bit higher on the rower. On the Airdyne, my legs start to burn far before I get my heart rate up.

That finishes month 8 of the program, which leaves one more month of this differentiation phase. A few hours later I was out in the garage again.

Accessory

  • 2 Sets
    • 5 Weighted Chin-ups (25#)
    • 2×5 Strict Ring Dips
    • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (24”)
  • 2 Sets
    • 5 Weighted Chin-ups (30#)
    • 2×5 Strict Ring Dips
    • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (24”)
  • 1 Set
    • MAX Weighted Chin-ups (35#)
    • MAX Strict Ring Dips
    • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (24”)

I got 8 chin-ups, though the weight was briefly resting on the ground between each rep and 18 ring dips. Really close to my best of 21 strict ring dips, after already doing 40 reps! I decided to use a lower box than normal, doing them slower with control.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 30s Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

I felt my back pinch during rounds 3-4, so I hopped off, moved around a little bit, and was back on. Didn’t happen again. Held >100 RPM every round to get 549 calories and 7.12 km.

Strict EMOM

I’m still sore from Barbara. Could feel some tightness in my low back this morning that seemed to be from the reverse hypers I did yesterday. Before lunch I got on the rower in the garage.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 5:00 Rest

To improve on a month ago my goal was a pace of 1:35/500m, which I beat without a problem. My splits were 1:15.9, 1:15.5, 1:15.3, 1:15.2, and 1:15.0. It always feels good to get negative splits and I was able to recover really well in the five minutes, which probably means I should be pushing harder for this type of workout. Supposed to go at 90-95%, but it’s hard to know what that is exactly, so maybe I’m my recovery is just improving. Averaged 1:34.2 and was 14 seconds faster overall than a month ago.

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Went to the 4pm class, which was a small one today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 on a machine
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Inchworms
    • 10 PVC Passes

Gymnastics Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Ring Dips

Was programmed as 5 muscle-ups (same as last week), but my right shoulder is still bothering me, so I’m not doing those any time soon. Did strict pull-ups last week in this format, so tried chest to bars today. I did 3-2 for the first three rounds of pull-ups, but then did singles for the rest of the way. Dips were all unbroken.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 20 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)

Knew I wasn’t trying the Rx 225. Thought about 185, but settled on 155 and figured I’d just be faster. Warmed up with 10×45, 5×95, and 5×125. My hamstrings started to feel tight in the 3rd set of deadlifts, but overall I felt good in this one, going unbroken on everything. Finished in 6:23.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand

Did the T Nation A version again for 21s. I could really feel the stands in my glutes after doing those deadlifts.