The Same

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,013m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 20s Dead Hang

Conditioning

20.1 – 10 Rounds – 15:00 Time Cap

  • 8 G2OH (95/65#)
  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees

I started out much slower than in the Open last year and I was doing 2×4 clean and jerks. I did do the 10th round of C&J unbroken and had to bust through 3 burpees to end up with the exact same 9+11 I got in the Open a year ago. This was a much better effort and more consistent though. My round times were 1:17, 1:33, 1:34, 1:31, 1:35, 1:35, 1:42, 1:49, and 1:43. Compared to a year ago, when my first four rounds took 5:18 and 7:00, today it was 5:55 and 6:31.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Side Plank Bounces (35# DB)
  • 30 Russian Twists (35# DB)
  • 12 OH Crunch (35# DB, 2s pause)
  • 30 OH Flutter Kicks (35# DB)

Really felt this one the upper abs.

Handstands

  • 2x20s Dead Hang Partner Push
  • 4×5 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 4 Eagle Arms

The kick-ups went well after nearly a week break.

On a Thursday

Switching our rest day from Thursday to Friday and I’m feeling a little bit beat up. I didn’t sleep the greatest either. 5pm today.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 2x45s Wall Walk
  • 2x30s Wall Walk
  • 2x30s OH Plate Hold (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (104#)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Step-downs (15″, 35#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Weighted Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 12 DB Floor Press (60# DBs)
  • 12 T2B

Didn’t wear grips because of sore on my wrist and was able to go unbroken until the final round when I went 7-1 toes to bar. Finished 5+32 overall.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 24 Russian Twists (35# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Weighted Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)

Core is just tired from yesterday and the previous work.

Push-ups with Hands

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (693m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 20 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 12-9-6
    • Strict HSPU
    • Box Jump (24/20″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 15-12-9
    • HSPU
    • Box Jump Over (24/20″)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 18-15-12
    • HR Push-up
    • Box Jump (30/24″)

I felt good through most of this. Did 6-6, 5-4, 6 for strict handstand push-ups and finished that part in 2:40. Then went 9-6, 7-5, 9 for kipping handstand push-ups, taking 3:31 for part two. The hand release push-ups felt rough, but I did them slow and unbroken and finished part three in 4:24. Overall time of 18:35.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Hollow Flutter Kick (10# plate)
  • 20 Weighted alt V-Ups (10#)
  • 20 Weighted OH Crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twist (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

Slower than the 7:20 I did almost three weeks ago, with 7:58 today.

More Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 4:00 BikeErg
  • 4:00 SkiErg

I did 1,044 and 1,049 meters on the rower, 2,096 and 2,113 on the bike, and 961 and 970 on the skier.

Handstand Kick-ups

  • 5 bad leg
  • 5 good leg
  • 2×5 finding balance

Cramping in the Upper Abs

Not a great night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,527m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 12 Handstand Kick Up Against Wall (~10s + pull feet away)

Got 2-3 solid holds with my feet off the wall. Progressing!

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 8 HSPU
  • 12 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53/35#)
  • 16 Plyo Lunge
  • 12 HR Push-ups
  • 12/8 cal Row
  • 4 Power Cleans (185#)

The work is done by each person before moving to the next movement. I went first and got through 8 full rounds plus row. Handstand push-ups felt really smooth. My balance and cycling were feeling much improved from the handstand work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Hollow Flutter Kick (10# plate)
  • 20 Weighted alt V-Ups (10#)
  • 20 Weighted OH Crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twist (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

A good one from Ibex Training.

My upper abs felt like they were cramping in the middle of round two. I forgot to note the exact time but it was around 7:10-7:30.

Overlooked

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf and mowed the lawn. Worked out at 3pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,087m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 5/5 Standing Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

40 Standing Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)

Supposed to be alternating, but we don’t have pairs of KBs so we did five per side at a time until we did all 40 reps.

10 Handstand Kick-ups w/ ~5s Balance

I’ve been trying to keep an open mind about this program and starting from basics, especially since the first week went so well. When I saw this and read the notes I had my doubts. It turned out to be really good and I could feel myself starting to find that balance position. By the end I was kicking up without touching the wall.

Gymnastics & Weightlifting

14:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 T2B
  • 5 Power Snatch (95#)

Warmed up with 5×45# and 5×75# power snatches. Pretty excited I was able to get all seven rounds of toes to bars unbroken.

Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20 (I Go You Go)

  • Weighted Plyo Lunges (35/10# DBs)

Almost two months ago we did a 7:21 with Brandi going first and using 5# dumbbells. Had her go first again since it’s a bit easier and doubling her dumbbell weight was going to be a big jump. We both struggled a bit today. Maybe tired legs from Wednesday? I was feeling it in the early 18 and 16 and usually it doesn’t start to hit me until the 12 or 10. Today I was able to hold on and get every set unbroken due to it taking us longer overall and probably somewhat to do with doing a bunch of reps lately with 50# DBs. It took us 8:13, which is still our second best time at this workout.

Midline

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Mountain Climber Slides
  • Russian Twists (35# plate)
  • OH Crunch (35# plate)
  • Lying Leg Lifts

This Ibex Training workout was supposed to be 40 seconds of work with 20 seconds of rest each minute, but somehow that got overlooked and we worked the entire time except for transitions. Fucking brutal on the upper abs.

More Gym Changes

Over the long weekend here’s the gym work I did:

Worked out at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (697m)
  • Dead Hang

Tris & Bis

3 Sets

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

3 Sets

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

3 Sets

  • 12 Static DB Curls (25-25-30# DBs)
  • 12 Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 60#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (56-61-66#)
  • 10 Plate Hammer Curls (10#)

I had a huge bicep pump going by the end of this. I’m feeling stronger with everything. I did start doing a second protein shake each day about two weeks ago.

Conditioning

  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 4 Strict Pull-ups
    • 8 Pistols
    • 12 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 4 Strict HSPU
    • 8 T2B
    • 12 Plyo Lunges

These went much better than expected. Should have warmed up the legs and hips for the pistols though. After round one I pretty much did 2-2 on the pull-ups. Got through 6+3. Everything was unbroken in the second AMRAP and felt really good. Finished exactly seven rounds.

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.

Quality Sleep

Got a good night of sleep in my own bed! I feel good after working out every day for over a week. In the garage at 10am.

Accessory

  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict HSPU
  • 15-12-9-6-3 Strict Pull-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Push-up
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Row (step on band)
  • 20-16-12-8-4 V-ups
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Tricep Push Downs
  • 20-16-12-8-4 Banded Curls
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Band Pull Aparts
  • 30-24-18-12-6 Russian Twists

I got the idea from TeamRICHEY and modified it to suit two people. It was an I Go You Go style workout with Brandi. I went 9-6, 7-5, 9, 6, 3 on the handstand push-ups. The new mat is a lot nicer than using a plate and AbMat. The pull-ups gassed quick. Went 9-6, 5-4-3, 5-4, 6, 3 on those. The only other movement I had to take any kind of break was with the rows. I went first on the first five movements and then we swapped and Brandi went first the rest of the way. I used a blue band for everything

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Banded Partner Rotations/Holds (blue)
  • 14 OH Crunches w/ pause (50# DBs)
  • 20/20s Weighted Side Planks (20# DB)
  • 16 Jack Knives (20# DB)

Almost a Complete Set

I scored pairs of 5 and 40 pound dumbbells at the Alpena Meijer this morning and was able to order 45s on Amazon, but they don’t know when those will ship. Now all I really need to find is 8s, which hopefully I can get at a Meijer. Worked out at about 12:15.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (R, 20#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 50#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 35#)
  • 12 Single Arm Floor Press (L, 20#)

Not that bad so I did four sets instead of three I had planned.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Plank Bounces
  • 20 Shotguns
  • 30 Russian Twists
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks

I forgot how potent the shotguns are! Put my sister through a scaled version of this.

Conditioning

“Brenton” – 5 Rounds

  • 100′ Bear crawl
  • 100′ Broad Jumps

*Do 3 burpees after every 5 broad jumps.

This is one of my go to workouts for summer vacation and it’s actually a CrossFit Hero workout. My best was 8:17 in 2015. At the cottage I can do a straight 100 feet, which make a big difference in this workout because I only had to do two sets of burpees each round. I got a nice PR with a time of 7:40. Turns out that AirPods are not very good with burpees and they kept falling out, so I ditched them after two rounds.

Pick Things Up

Walked 18 holes yesterday in the heat. Over the last three holes my left calf really started to bother me and I was limping on it the rest of the day. It feels better today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,078m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 10 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Weightlifting

  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 2 C&J (135-145-155-165-175#)
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 1 C&J (195-205-225-235-245#)

In May I did a 10:00 EMOM of 3×155 power cleans, back in December I did 3×225 power cleans in a workout, and in September I did a power clean and push jerk with 245. I hadn’t lifted heavy in a very long time, but I’ve been wanting to for months. Today was finally the day.

The lifts felt pretty good overall, doing power cleans and push jerks for ever rep. I stopped doing touch-n-go with the doubles because I could feel it coming down for the second rep. Then I could feel some of the heavier jerks a bit. Having the 55# plates on the bar was really fucking up my math. After reviewing video I screwed up the second single, which I’d planned to be 215. But I guess I course corrected for the next weight. Thrilled to hit those weights after not lifting heavy all of 2020 so far due to my back issues.

Strength / Conditioning

4 Cycles

  • 3 Sets (each, I Go You Go)
    • 16 Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

Last time I used 35# for two cycles and 20# for two cycles. We think Brandi wore a vest for two rounds and then took it off. We finished in 12:56 that day. I was hoping I’d be able to survive with 30# the whole way today and barely did. B wore the 8# vest the entire time. Our splits were 1:45, 1:45, 1:47, and 1:51 for a time of 10:08. So a harder version and we crushed our time. Those are pretty consistent splits too! I had to rest a few seconds extra before picking up the dumbbells for that last set or I wasn’t going to make it unbroken.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Russian Twists
  • 1:00 Leg Raises
  • 30s/30s Side Plank
  • 1:00 Prayer Crunches
  • 1:00 Rest

I based this off an old warm-up I’d done at Survival Fitness in 2012. I wasn’t thinking when I put the hollow hold back to back with twists. Oww! I held that first hollow for the entire minute to see if I could and I paid for it the rest of the way.

Then it was cookie time with a shake for post workout recovery. Everything from Phat Ash Bakes is amazing!