More Gymnastics Success

Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Burpees
  • 20 PVC passes
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest

A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)

Phase 2

I got more sun that I thought yesterday and was exhausted after the BBQ at the gym. Still beat today, so I did some quick work in the garage. My quads are sore.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

15:00 Airdyne

At endurance pace, which is 73-75 RPM for me. At 3:00, 6, 9, 12 sprint for 7 seconds and then recover right back to the endurance pace. Interesting stuff. Got 457 cals and 5.68 miles (9,141m). This starts the next phase of the program.

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75
  • 6×95
  • 6×115
  • 6×125
  • 6×135
  • 5x6x115

We don’t hit shoulder presses very often at the gym and it’s an area not beat from Murph. Tried out sets of six for something different.

Barbell Chipper

Went out to a Brazilian steakhouse last night and ate so much meat that I still felt full this morning. I knew I needed the carbs though so I powered through my Sunday pancakes.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Various barbell reps
    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#

Conditioning

  • 10 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 15 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

I definitely have a love/hate for this workout. I love the beauty of its design and effectiveness, but I really hate the mental battle during the workout.

My strength is down, but my cardio seems to be up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started with 8 presses. Then did 2 presses, put it on my back for a grip reset, and 10 overhead squats. Then 5 OHS and dropped it for a quick breather instead of trying a fancy grip reset. I think I did 12 push presses, then 8 plus 5 front squats. Two sets of 10 front squats with 5 push jerks tacked on to the 2nd set. The push jerks seemed much harder than they should have been and I think I went 7-5-6-7 for the rest of them. I didn’t stop on the back squats, but they were pretty slow. Finished in 10:07 to keep the PR streak going on this one. Really happy with the effort.

  1. 4/15/2013 – 14:03
  2. 7/21/2014 – 13:34
  3. 9/3/2015 – 10:33
  4. 2/10/2019 – 10:07

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I programmed an 8:00 rest before starting a bodyweight metcon.

10 Rounds

  • 7 Burpees
  • 7 Knees to Elbows

This felt much worse than I was expecting. It seems like I always say that when K2E are involved; I’d rather do toes to bars. All the shoulder fatigue really carried over to the burpees. Took me 8:59 to get done. Wouldn’t mind trying this one again sometime when I’m fresh, especially since I got it from the BTWB Bodyweight Fitness Level workouts.

Midline

Stacked Plate Passes

The five of us lined up and passed plates down the line and then back. We went through it three times rotating positions to make sure everyone sat on the end at least once. I took double duty. The plate stack was 10-10-15-25-10-25-15-10-10.

Skill

Worked on my balance and handstand walking. Shoulders were very fatigued, but that’s some of the best time to work on it if you ask me. I think I just need to get away from the wall and get on the open floor because I’m probably adjusting knowing that I have the wall coming up since I’m only doing a few steps out.

It’s Coming Back

My shoulders felt tight through the night, but seemed fine today. This morning I posted a recap of my second week of calorie counting.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Step-Ups (24″)
  • 8 Behind the Neck Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 4 Inchworms
  • 4 Vertical Jumps

Strength

Push Press

  • 6×95#
  • 6×125
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Did 3×205# in August so I wanted to beat it today. Still not my best, but getting my strength back. I wore my belt for the last three sets.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Push Press (115#)
  • 15 Box Jump (24″)
  • 15 cal Row

We did the push presses from the rack today, though I’m not sure it helped because you have to control the descent and rack it. I did 9-6 for 5 rounds and then 6-4-5 at the end trying to go on short rest. All jump and step-downs on the box. Tried to keep above 1,100 cal/hr on the rower. Finished 5 rounds, 15 push presses, and 4 box jumps. My calves may feel this one for the next day or two.

Not counting calories today, because I’m headed to Brew Ha-Ha.

Fightin’

I’m pretty sore from yesterday. My hamstrings, glutes, low back (still tight), and I think my upper rhomboids are all feeling it. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Row
  • Air squat
  • Row
  • Step-up
  • Row
  • Burpee
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • Wall-balls (20#, 10′)
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • Box Jumps (20″)
  • Push Presses (75#)
  • cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 291 (with a 24″ box) the only time I’ve done this. That day I did 109-92-90 with 32-24-23 wall balls. Today I did 106-103-96 with 28-28-27 (I think) wall balls. Never dropped the ball today. I was very slow and deliberate on the SDLHP, a dumb movement. I know I could improve my score quite a bit if I busted them out, but it’s not worth it. Too easy to injure a shoulder with this movement and especially with how tight my back has been too. I pretty much stopped and reset on the ground with every single rep. Box jumps felt good and I kept the same pace through every round. Push presses were where I racked up the most reps, but that third round got really hard. I think I got about 15 cals on the first two rows and then pushed it for 17 at the end. I’ll take the 14 rep PR for my 3rd of 2019 already!

Posterior Chain

3 Sets

  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold

I wasn’t reading right and thought we only had to do 30 total reps, so I went pretty slow to start out. After I got done with the 30 and people who started before me were still going I realized my mistake. Went much faster for the other two sets but the damage had been done. My glutes were on fire! Being sore didn’t help.

Feeling Squats

Last night I noticed my hamstrings and ankles starting to get tight from the squats, but my back has felt great. Not feeling any worse today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 40 Double Unders

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×145
  • 2×150
  • 2×155

Was hoping to get 150-155 after doing a 165 single a couple of weeks ago. Barely made the 155 and it was starting to look ugly. Nowhere near what I used to press!

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 40 DU
  • 5 DB Thrusters (50#)

Missed 4 or 5 double unders through the workout. The thruster reps were low enough to keep moving. Finished in 9:54.

Skill

The cash-out was actually handstand work, so I did some of my practice walking up in to the wall.

Under Press-ure

Rest day yesterday, but I spent about 10 hours in my workshop. Carb loaded for today’s workout by eating sweet potato pie for breakfast.

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Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went out hot on that first round of burpees. Was really close to failing on the last thrusters of the last two rounds. My round times were 0:57, 1:08, 1:12, 1:15, and 1:17 to finish at 9:49.

I think I got the idea for this from a partner workout I saw on the TeamRICHEY channel.

Strength & Midline

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels

My shoulders were fried! Went 95-105-105-110-115 and didn’t have much more.

Did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but I was toast.

Not an Olympian

Planned to go to class yesterday, but I could still barely straighten my arms and was extremely sore. Doing 10 rounds with 5 muscle-ups each round wouldn’t have been wise. Had a poor night of sleep anyway, so decided a rest day would be smart.

My lats and biceps are still extremely sore today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row (without straps)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
  • 10 Front Raises (5#)
  • 10 Rotator Cuff (5#)
  • 10 Strict Press (5#)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 5x
    • 100m Row (faster than 2k pace)
    • 20s Rest
  • 10 Tempo Dumbbell Bench Press (50#, 2s down, 2s up)
  • 5:00 Rest

I was thinking a 1:40/500m pace going in, but was able to go much faster than that without a problem. My first round was slower, with the first 100 being 19.6 I think. After that I was getting low 19 or in the 18 second range. The bench press was the hardest part. I finished in 31:30.

Skill

More handstand walk practice and feeling better each time. Really starting to push and start out further from the wall. I just need to go for it without the wall there as safety. I’m probably slowing down after a few step as I know the wall is coming up.

Racked

Had a minor procedure done yesterday to remove another cyst from my head, so I rested. Spent most of today finally putting the new Titan Fitness folding rack up in the garage. I should have a post on nick.blog about it tomorrow. Finished around 4pm and got into the gym’s Friday workout, with a modification to sub the Ski Erg since I don’t have a rower.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 10x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 20 PVC Passes

Strength

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (105#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 5 Shoulder Press (115#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (140#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (160#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (165#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Added one extra single above the programmed rep scheme. That was my heaviest press of 2018. I decided to do chin-ups instead of pull-ups because it’s been far too long since I did some. They felt much easier. Sure was nice to have a rack for lifting, though shoulder press would be just fine off jerk blocks.

Conditioning

2k Ski Erg

I would much rather have done 2,000 meters on the rower at the gym. My time to beat for skiing is 7:39.6, so my goal was to hold a sub 1:55/500m pace. I did it for the first quarter of the race, but fell off quick after that. I bumped the damper up to around 5 after noticing it was near 3, so I wonder if that affected me. Or I just didn’t have it today. Finished in 7:49.2.

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Hang On After Hangs

Thought about golfing today with the threat of rain tomorrow, but I really had a bunch of work to get done. If it does rain tomorrow I think I’ll hit the gym and try to golf on Friday. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Pass Throughs
  • 200m Run
  • 30s Handstand Hold

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5x5x105

Each rep was with a pause in the bottom so no bounce. Kept it light due to that and with all the push presses coming up.

Conditioning

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Push Press (95#)
  • Burpee
  • Hang Power Clean (95#)

Scaled back from the prescribed 115 pounds because I knew I wouldn’t be able to go unbroken with that weight. I wanted to keep the intensity high. Even with the scale back, Michelle still whooped my ass with 75# and I never put the bar down between the cleans and the push presses or broke anything up. I did slow down on my burpees and tried to catch my breath there. Finished in 8:53. Would have been a good workout for bar-facing burpees.

Mobility

2 Sets

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Samson Stretch

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 13

  • 3 Sets (each arm)
    • 8 Single Arm High Pull (35#)
    • 45s Rest
  • 75s Wall Facing Handstand Hold

Meant to get this in yesterday but got talking and forgot. That HS hold was shaky after all of the shoulder work. Glad it was only a single hold.