2 Months of Handstands

Decided to fully rest yesterday after not getting much sleep Thursday night watching the election results (or lack of haha). I did get in a 75 minute nap though. Stayed up even later last night. Workout at noon today, to take advantage of the weather.

Warm-up

  • 7:00 BikeErg (3,410m)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 4 Sets
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (balance)

That ends phase 2 of our handstand work, which was a solid 8 weeks. Shoulders need some recovery! Will probably transition to just kick-ups because all the other stuff has our shoulders beat.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 French Press (60# DB)
  • 25 Banded Tricep Pulldown (red)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 20 Push-ups

I did the first run in about 1:45 and think I kept the others under 2:00. Running felt good. My back felt pretty tight throughout the squats. I did three rounds of 10-10 push-ups and then finished all 20 unbroken in round 4; probably should have tried unbroken ever round. Finished in 12:46. Such a nice day out!

More Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (15#)
  • Wrist Roller (5#)

Cheatin Sets

My low back was in minor tweak mode this morning, unable to bend over the sink without supporting myself. Upper body is beat from yesterday. In the garage at 4pm.

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×4 Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 2x45s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Accessory

Hammer curls

  • 12×35# DBs
  • 8×30
  • 8×25
  • 8×20
  • 8×15

Tricep pulldowns (rope)

  • 12×71#
  • 8×60
  • 8×54
  • 8×49

Drop sets, but I completely screwed up the number of sets. Should have been five sets of eight after the 12 for each movement.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Box Step-up (24/20″)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 20 Push Jerk (75/50#)

This went well. My runs were under or right at 2:00 each time. After two rounds I put the bar on my back for a short rest after 12 reps. Then I powered through all 20 at the end. Finished at 28:37.

All of the Dumbbells

At 4pm, not too long after getting back from a day+ trip to my brothers to help him with electrical work.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m Row
  • 700m Run
  • 1,000m SkiErg

I think I pulled around 1:55 on the rower and 2:08 on the SkiErg.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • Kick-ups (goal: land soft on wall and come down)
    • 2×5 (bad leg)
    • 2×5 (good leg)
  • 1:00 45° hollow hold
  • 45s 45° hollow hold
  • 1:00 Wall-facing HS Hold
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (w/ finding balance)

I’m using the four week program we did as a base to create another four weeks as phase two. Stepping things up and adding in things I’ve found from other handstanders.

We were both extremely surprised how kick-ups went on our bad legs. We’re really getting the feel for how much power is needed to get up to vertical.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Arm Floor Press (45 + 50#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (70#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Ring Dips (25#)
  • 10 Close Grip Chin-ups

3 Sets

  • 8 Dumbbell Fly (40# DBs)
  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (126#)

DB Bench Press

  • 12×60#
  • 8×50
  • 8×40
  • 8×35
  • 8×30
  • 8×25

In the style of doing drop sets, but with prescribed rep counts for every set. Do the 12, pick up the next dumbbells, and right in to the next set until all sets are completed. I make a smart move skipping over the 45s. When I picked up the 40s they felt really light though and I busted out my reps. As I got towards the end of the 35s and through the finish it was a burn though.

Not Today

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Was chilly to start and turned out great. May have been one of the last decent days to play. Went to the park at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Kip Swings
  • 400m Run

Gymnastics

MAX Muscle-ups

I did 14-10-8. Not my day for a new max set, even though 14 is still solid and only two shy of my best.

Conditioning

10 Rounds (each)

  • Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • Shuttle Run (10-10-20-20-30-30y)
  • 15 Push-ups

I started with the hold and Brandi did the running and push-ups, then we’d swap work. We got through five rounds at 8:35 and finished at 17:38.

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 16 alt V-ups
  • 16 Lying Leg Raises
  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces

Don’t Forget

I got about 9 hours of sleep last night! Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,077m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough
Forgot to do any wrist warm-up. Whoops!

The tuck balance felt much better than the first time we did them. The hold was only programmed as 15 seconds, but that seems like a waste of time, so we did a minute.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (25-30-35-40-45#)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Preacher Curls (56-66-66#)
  • 12 French Press (60# DB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (underhand, 71#)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 30s Bicep Curls on Rower

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 25 T2B
  • 30 Burpees
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 45 Hollow Scissor Kicks

I went 20-5 and 10-5-5-5 on the toes-to-bars and wasn’t wearing any grips. My double unders were not very good today. Went 30-15 on both sets of scissor kicks. Finished in 14:06.

Two Short of All Unbroken

My hips and low back were a tight yesterday but overall felt good and I walked 18 holes of golf. Almost every morning, as I lay in bed and then when drinking my coffee, my hands ache. It has to be from the handstand program because I don’t remember this ever happening each day like this. Goes to show how much of handstand balancing is in your hands. We went to the park at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 20 PVC Passes

Gymnastics

E2M – 7 Sets

  • 8 Muscle-ups

I was worried this was going to be too aggressive and kept debating what the workout should be. I’ve done eight E4M for five rounds alternating with other movements. I did 11 E3M for five rounds with the first two rounds unbroken. I wanted something I was afraid of.

I felt good through four rounds and started to feel it hitting me during round five. In round six I had to squeeze out the last two dips. In the final round I had to work for the dips in reps 5-6, I swung, and knew I wasn’t getting over the rings. I took a short break and did a single, rested 20 some seconds while Brandi did her pull-ups, and did my final single. Pretty pumped I got through six sets unbroken. At the end of December my max set was 9! I guess today would have been 50 reps in about 12:08, so I’ll note that as a benchmark. If I were to do a real test of 50 I’d start by trying five EMOM, which would be a time of around 9:20.

I think this video is some of the reps in round three.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 80/80m Hill Run
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers
  • 80/80m Hill Suitcase Carry (50#)
  • 7/7 Single DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (50#)
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 30 Mountain Climbers

My hips were not having it on the first run up the hill. I went at my pace and started to feel better for the final third of the workout. Got through the list three full times and all the way through the second set of crunches, so air squats and mountain climbers shy of finishing four rounds (or eight depending on how you look at it).

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)

9 is the Best Nano

Feeling yesterday’s workout already. Out in the garage at 9:30 to start.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg
  • 500m SkiErg

I got faster as it went because my heart rate and breathing felt good. Then I really picked it up in the third round because I wanted to make sure I had time to finish the next run. Got through 3+506m.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 20 Hollow Lats with Foam Roller
  • 45/30/45/30s Hollow Body Wall Walk w/ 1:00 rests
  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Those controlled wall walks with a focus on quality are a lot harder. Excited to see where this program goes.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Bench Press (105#, wide, neutral, close)
  • 12 Reverse Close Grip Kneeling Lat Pulldown (104#)
  • 20s Superman Hold

3 Sets

  • 12 Chest Fly (35-40-40#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Straight Arm Pull Down (49#)
  • 10 Supermen

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50#)
  • 12 Seated Cable Row (115#)

Yeah, the upper body is feeling rough from that weight vest work on the rings. Not looking forward to how tomorrow will feel.

Another pair of Nano 9! These shoes are so good.

Double Duty Day

I took the day off from work for Labor Day. Decided to “rest” yesterday though I was going nonstop all day on projects around the house and yard. Out in the garage at 11am for same cardio.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 700m Run
  • 1,500m BikeErg

I planned on 1,400 meters, but I was day dreaming during round one and went too far, so I adjusted. Really happy with my effort on both movements. My runs took 3:22, 3:16, 3:18, and 3:14. My rides on the bike took 2:52, 2:50, 2:50, and 2:42. Each time there was about about 10 total seconds of transition getting on the bike, starting up the computer, and getting off to head back out. Total time was 25:03. I did some math and that was a sub 8:00/mile pace for the running.

Sweet, WHOOP even recognized it was a duathlon(ish)!

Brandi didn’t make it home in time, so I hit a second session solo at 6pm.

Back & Chest

I did 10×45 and 5×115 to warm up my bench press.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 93-98-104-109#)
  • 10 Bench Presses (165#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (kneeling, 109-115-120-126#)
  • 14 Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60-65-71-71#)
  • 10 Incline DB Flies (35-40-40-45#)

A lot of increases over last week. The movements are feeling good!

5 Rounds

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 10 Clapping Push-ups

This was a nice explosive burner to finish the session. Took me 4:13.

I was kind of exhausted in the afternoon. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a double session and I actually felt much better after lifting.