Strict Improvement

Yesterday I went down to my brother’s and helped install flooring all day. Didn’t get home until almost midnight and was exhausted! Cut the lawn this morning, made a step for B to get up to the outdoor pull-up bar, and we got to the workout around 1pm I think.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (65#)
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Still rough, but felt better than recent strict work. I didn’t wear grips until the final two sets. Got 10-8-7-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#, supinated)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (126#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows (wide)
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (107#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (96#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (85#)
  • 90s Rest

We used the homemade, really wide bar today and I really tried to squeeze my reps and hold for a split second.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 24 Side Crunches
  • 20 Plyo Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50s Sandbag Hold (100#)
  • 12 Burpees

Didn’t run a clock for this one and kind of ran it as a partner workout, so B started with lunges, I did crunches, and then we switched. Then I held the sandbag while she burpeed and we switched. It was really hot out behind the house and it took a lot out of me.

Betty

We did some reorg in the garage and then hit the workout around 11. Brandi’s middle name is Betty, so we put up this sign.

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Wide Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 8-6-6-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (126#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (107#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (96#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (85#)
  • 90s Rest

We used double handles.

Legs / Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20

  • DB Plyo Lunges

B didn’t use any weight. I used 25# dumbbells for 20-18, 15# for 16-14, and then 10# the rest of the way. I was dying! We finished in 7:40.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Wearing five pound ankle weights, I finished in 5:50, which is 17 seconds faster than Feb.

Poor Pull-ups

I could feel my back several times through the night and my upper body is pretty sore from the muscle-ups and chest work. After cleaning up water in the basement, got to work in the garage around 9:30.

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Did I mention my upper body is shot? Only got 6-3-6-5.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Bent Over Row (40#)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (93#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (82#)
  • 90s Rest

Did these with the wide bar.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Sandbag Hold (100#)
  • 300m TrueForm Run
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1,000m BikeErg

We kind of alternated on the machines while the other was doing the hold and would get some rest, though B was skipping a lot of the rest and getting on the next machine since she went first. Took us 35:25.

30 Minute Back

Early one, out in the garage by 8:30. Warmed up with about 20 PVC passes. Brandi got the back portion of this session from Men’s Health and it was a killer.

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

My upper body is beat from the chest workout. Only managed to get 8-7-7-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated DB Bent Over Row (40#)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (104-115-115#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (93#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (82#)
  • 90s Rest

We used double handles.

Conditioning

  • 24-16-8
    • Step-up (24″)
    • V-up
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 24-16-8
    • PVC Sit-up
    • Plyo Lunge

Quick ones that were really good. Times were 3:22 and 2:55, or 9:17 total.

Out of the garage in just under an hour. Now it’s time to finish the outdoor gym area!

Friday Hour

My abs are finally not sore! My shoulders, upper back, and triceps are feeling the Murph prep though and my knees feel a bit odd today. Out in the garage at 4pm. I did some PVC passes to loosen up a little.

Back

3 Sets

  • 15 Seated Wide Grip Horizontal Row (93-104-104#)
  • 15 Incline Back Fly (20# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 15 Seated Double Handle Row (104#)
  • 15 Incline DB Row (30# DBs)

Higher rep back work to help with Murph volume.

Conditioning

  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 50 Handstand Push-ups
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 50 Push Press (95/65)
  • 50 Sit-ups

Heavily modified Mayhem workout, which was 30 GHD sit-ups throughout and had the push presses first. I knew doing the HSPU second would have been a disaster. I hoped to be able to do 5×10 on the HSPU but in the second set I quickly realized that would be a bad choice. I did 10, 5×6, and 2×5, taking over five minutes to get through them! For the push presses I was able to gut out 5×10. Nice to get a barbell back in our hands for pressing when it feels like we’ve used the dumbbells a lot lately. Finished in 14:29.

Everything done in under an hour and it was one of those workouts where lifting my arms in the shower after was a struggle.

Last Day of Holiday Vacation

Spent several hours yesterday sitting on the floor of my hobby room, organizing and working on stuff. Don’t seem to be experiencing any adverse effects from it or yesterday’s workout. My triceps are still sore and feeling some in my chest too. Out in the garage by 1:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows
  • 10 Overhand Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Incline Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Face Pulls
  • 10 Hammer Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Back Flies

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 120′ Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (55#)

Decided to do it for time, to get my heart rate up. It took 8:09. Gripping the 55 pound plate for the twists and moving it across the body took some getting used to.

Time for a rest day tomorrow, especially with having to go back to work. Vacation has been nice.

Coaster

Last week I had finally turned the corner and was sleeping past 7am. Shit happens though, so it didn’t last long and now it’s been three nights of shit sleep. As someone at work always says, we’re riding the COVID coaster.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.76 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • 15 PVC Passes

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 18-11-8. The 18 was one shy of matching my max set PR from September, which I’ll take with a bum shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Row (60# DB)
  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Wide Row (104-104-115-115#)
  • 10 Incline Curls (30# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pulldown (kneeling, 115#)

3 Sets

  • 15 Incline Pullovers (rope, 49-60-65#)
  • 15 EZ Bar Curls (46#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Shrugs (60# DBs)
  • 15s Shrug Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Midline

E2M – 5 Rounds

  • 14 alt V-ups
  • 14 Leg Lifts
  • 14/14 Side Plank Bounces

Was still getting over 40 seconds of rest. Could do 16 reps of each.

Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Recovery.

Late Start, Long Day

Busy Sunday morning before a bit of a late start at almost 10:30 and then a very busy day (as I’m typing this up on Monday morning and backdating it).

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • Cobra

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (rope, 49-49-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (green)

Drop Sets – Dumbbell Curls

  • 15 @ 35#
  • 12 @ 30
  • 12 @ 25
  • 12 @ 20
  • 20 @ 15

Much better doing these when we haven’t destroying our biceps already. I went five pounds heavier than last time and should probably try starting at 40 next time. I was swinging the weights quite a bit though.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Bicycles
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Crunches (Hands reaching OH)
  • 10s Rest

Another good one from IBEX! I tried to remember my numbers and think I did 32-34-34-36 bicycles, 8-8-9-9 leg lifts, and 14-15-15-15 crunches.

Hang Like a Monkey

My triceps were a little sore this morning.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (675m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (8# DBs)
    • 12 PVC Passes
    • 10 Push-ups

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Got one more on my first set that two weeks ago and same on the other sets, with 13-8-7.

4 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Straight Arm Lat Pull Down (49#)
  • 10/10 Static Curls (25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10/10 PVC Supported DB Row (53# KB)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Wide Underhand Row (104-115-115-115#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Flys (30# DBs)

Drop Sets – DB Curls

  • 18×30#
  • 12×25#
  • 12×20#
  • 16×15#
  • 20×12#

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10 Reverse V-ups (use sliders)
  • 10 Weighted Jack Knives (20#)
  • 10/10 Standing DB Windmill (15#)
  • 10/10 Weighted Side Plank Pulses (40#)

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 2 Wrist Roller (barbell on rack, blue band, 30#)
  • 20/20s Single Arm Hang

Working on a Room

I painted the old office (to be my hobby room) last night and again this morning, since I was up early. Out in the garage at 10am for the workout.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85 km)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,165m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,615m)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (49#, rope)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104-109-109-109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (2x blue, 2x green)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 25 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 25 Crunches⁣
  • 25 Leg Lifts
  • 25 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 25 Plank Hip Dips

This one came from Morgan, who I found when looking for handstand tips. Took me 9:34 to finish.

I had hoped to get new flooring installed in the hobby room today, but only got about 2/3 done. As I type this up at night I’m beat up!