Power Doubles

My shoulder is angry with me from yesterday’s movements. 😦 My triceps were already sore this morning. I guess my tailbone isn’t completely 100% because I can feel it a bit when I sit on the couch. Nothing like it was at the beginning of the week though. I woke up with a little headache that lingered through the workout. I shoveled snow this morning before a 10am workout. Too early to get in a nap before. 😉

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,510m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×135
    • 2×165
    • 2×185
    • 2×195

The weight was feeling heavy so I even did the unplanned set with 195 to keep warming up.

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Power Cleans (7@ 205, 3 @ 215#)

Took me several sets to start feeling good about it. By the end I was wanting to go up again, but I’m really trying to be smart and not push my luck to an injury. Slow and steady. Everything touch-n-go.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Side Bends (70# KB)
  • 10 Low Pulley Knee-Ins (32#)
  • 20/20s Star Plank
  • 10 Strict T2B

I used to be terrible at strict toes to bars, but they’re really no problem now. I reset my feet on the ground each rep to keep from swinging, but never came off the bar.

Conditioning

E5M – 6 Rounds

  • 15 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 cal SkiErg
  • 10 C&J (95#)
  • 15 cal Row

My round times were 3:02 – 3:01 – 2:53 – 2:52 – 2:46 – 2:42. When I saw the clock after round three I was worried because it was such a drop and I didn’t know where it came from. Turned out I could have gone faster throughout. The clean and jerks slowed after 5 or 6 reps each round but I wasn’t in danger of putting the bar down.

All Power, No Squat

My triceps were a bit sore. Solid night of sleep for a 92% WHOOP recovery score. In the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,506m)
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (115#)

Weightlifting

  • 3:00 EMOM – 3 C&J (135-145-155)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 2 C&J (165-175-185)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 1 C&J (205-215-225-235)

I went TnG on all of the triples and doubles. Everything was a power clean and a push jerk. Weight felt good, but I felt the position in my back for the heavier jerks, so I didn’t push my luck. This was the plan going in and it was a success. It does feel really good to move some weight again.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 2:00 TrueForm Run
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 420-430-430-430-440 on the TrueForm (< 5:00/km pace) and 580-581-582-584-586 on the rower (< 1.43/500m pace). I was wrecked for about a half hour. Really had to push myself in the last two rounds.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 12/12 Side Bends (70# KB)
  • 12/12 Partner Banded Rotations & Holds (red)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Floor Wipers (45# plate)

I’m going to be feeling that many evil wheels for the next couple days.

Four Dozen Minutes

Tomorrow I’m doing my traditional Thanksgiving workout, so today is an easy, low intensity day. I still took three days off work even though I’m stuck at home. Out in the garage a bit after 11:30.

Conditioning

  • 12:00 SkiErg (2,580m)
  • 12:00 TrueForm Run (2,050m)
  • 12:00 Row (2,933m)
  • 12:00 BikeErg (2,962m)

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10/10 KB Side Bends (70#)
  • 10 Strict T2B
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 30s Superman Hold
  • 30/30s Side Plank

Took about 20 minutes!

Destroying Angie

My low back is a little tight from yesterday and my ankles are still tight from the broad jumps. In the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,060m)
  • 20 PVC Passes

Conditioning

“Angie”

  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 100 Sit-ups
  • 100 Air Squats

Been almost three years since I’ve done this workout. My best time was 20:40 from late 2014, at 1.5 miles above sea level in Colorado and I did 22:27 in January of 2018.

I was confident I could set a nice PR today by being more aggressive on the pull-ups and push-ups. I definitely work grips and shaved my calluses earlier. I started out doing a set of 10 pull-ups every 30 seconds and made it through 60. Then I did 5 more butterfly before switching to sets of 5 with a gymnastics kip, eventually dropping to 4s, to finish at 5:18, which was almost 2 minutes faster that when I set my PR. I did four sets of 10 push-ups and then all 5s to get done at 9:18, almost 4 minutes ahead of my PR pace! Sit-ups were kind of slow and were done at 13:03. Kept moving on the squats and was done at 16:10 for a 4:30 PR!!

Handstands

  • 2×5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 2×5 Kick-ups (good leg)

Upper body was a bit tired so we didn’t do what was planned. This was enough. It’s hard being upside down and trying to balance when you’re tired!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 20/20s Weighted Side Plank (30#)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10/10 Side Bends (70# KB)

No joke here!

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridge (2s pause)

No Max Test Today

Complete rest day yesterday. Up in my left scap was feeling like there was a knot, but it’s improved today. My inner thighs are oddly sore. Workout at 3:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Was going to test a max set of strict ring dips, but my shoulders were not having it with.

Handstands

  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (finding balance)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 KB Sumo Deadlifts (70/53#)
  • 15 DB Hang Clean & Jerks (30/20#)

I did shoulder presses for the most part and some cleans right in to a push press. Unbroken all the way for a time of 4:55. Shoulders need some rest!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheel
  • 12 OH Crunch (60# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bend (60# DB)
  • 30s/30s Side Plank

Gonna be feeling this stuff!

Wrist / Forearms

  • 10/10s Bottoms Up KB Hold (20#)
  • 2 Sets 20/20s Bottoms Up KB Hold (15#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Wrist Curls (12#)
    • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (12#)

Tippy Toes

I slept over 9 hours on Monday night and took a much needed full rest yesterday. I did wake up with a bit of the side lean, which usually comes with a back tweak. Was planning on golfing today so no workout, but we had a bunch of storms earlier. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,314m)
  • 80’ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80’ Monster Walks
  • 10 Cossack Squats

Legs

4 Sets

  • 16 alt Goblet Cossack Squats (35-40-45-50# DB)
  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (115-115-125-135#)

Might as well call this cardio! I planned to go up 10# each set of lunges, but forgot. Maybe it’s good I didn’t.

3 Sets

  • 16 alt Double Dumbbell Step-ups (24″, 40# DBs)
  • 50m Tip Toe Farmer Carry (40# DBs)

I bet we’ll feel those new farmer carries in a day or two.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Burpees over Rower
  • 15 cal Bike Erg
  • 2:00 Rest

No reason to slow down in this and I kept pushing harder. My times were 1:56, 1:50, and 1:45.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 Parallette Shoots Throughs
  • 12 OH Crunches (50# DBs, 2s pause)
  • 20 Floor Wipers (50# DB)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (25# DB)

So much shoulder fatigue here from holding shit overhead!

A Decade of Use

My legs are tired and my hands ache. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (192 cals, 4.94 km)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks

Strength

5 Sets

  • 8 Front Squats
  • 16 Kossack Squats

I used 45-95-115-115-115# for the front squats and unweighted Kossacks. Keeping it light to go easy on my back, especially after so much sandbag work yesterday.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Goblet Curtsy Lunges (35#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Step-ups (24”, 35#)
  • 8 HSPU

Took a couple rounds to get the hang of the reverse lunge step-up. Got it from Ibex and you lunge and step up with the same leg. The opposite knee drives up over the box and you hold the weight on the same side as that knee drive. Produces a lot of quad burn. I messed up and did 8/8 on the first round of reverse lunge step-ups. 😦

This was a good little workout, but could be bumped up to a 6-8 rounder with slightly heavier weight. I was able to turn up the pace in the second half of the workout and finished with 3+31 (was stepping up on that final rep of the movement.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s alt Weighted V-ups (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s OH Side Bends (25# DB)
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 15s Rest

I got 12-14-14-16 on the V-ups and 18 each time on the bends. I was worried about the long hollow holds, but did them all unbroken.

After lunch I sold my adjustable dumbbells, since I no longer have a use for them. Got $350 and I had paid $300 new about a decade ago. The market for fitness equipment is wild right now!

Man Down in the Third

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,058m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Did the monster walks around my ankles it’s a whole different ball game.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (95-115-125-135-145#)
  • 16 Kossack Squats

Felt good. I loosen up so much after two sets of the Kossack squats.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 alt V-ups (20# MB)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)
  • 20 OH Side Bends (20# DB)

That was tough, especially the parter stuff!

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10-8-6
    • Thruster (95/65#)
    • Burpee Pull-ups (normal height)
  • Rest 3:00

I warmed up with five empty bar thrusters. Went out a little too hot on the burpees and it took some getting used to them. Settled in on a mostly step up and down method. The thrusters felt good. My times were 3:54 and 3:45. It was actually supposed to be three rounds, but two thrusters in to the third I tweaked my back. FML!! Hopefully it’s just minor because after about five minutes in the reset position, I was moving around pretty well. I’m setting here with ice on my back as I type this.

The Rematch

On Sunday afternoon I made a new shoe rack for all of my workout kicks. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf.

90 fucking degrees outside at 4pm for our workout today!

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,340m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Band Squats
  • 8 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45#)

Strength

5 Sets

  • 16 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (85-105-115-125-135#)
  • 8/8 Step Downs (15″)

I really liked those lunges, but easing in to the weight. Could feel my ass in the middle of the sets probably starting with 115. Step downs felt extremely easy without any weight.

Conditioning

  • 42-30-18 Air Squats
  • 21-15-9 HR Push-ups
  • Rest 4:00 and repeat

We did this 2 months ago when I may have been in the middle of a TIA (not Tia-Clair Toomey!) and my times were 4:28 & 4:22. Brandi work a weight vest that day and had beat me, but since I was nearly stroking out we needed a rematch. Well, she didn’t wear the weight vest today and beat me again. My times today were 2:42 and 2:53 so just goes to show how out of it I was last time.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 6 Weighted Strict T2B (5# ankle weights)
  • 20 OH Side Bend (20#)
  • 12 Weighted V-up (5# ankle weights)
  • 20/20 Pallof Press (red band)

Brandi bought some heavier ankle weights so I gave them a try for this. Oh boy!

40!!

I took a couple of rest days and ate everything! Got up this morning and drove home. Was out in the garage around 4pm.

Today is my 40th, so I came up with this gem of a workout.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 40 cal Row
  • 40 Russian KBS (70/53#)
  • 40 Deadlifts (115/80#)
  • 40 cal Ski
  • 40 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 40 Hand Release Push-ups

This went by faster than I expected, but I should have realized how much of a low back pump it would be. Got through 2+151.

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1x 20/20s w/ 10s Rests

2 Sets

  • 10 Pallof Presses + 10 Rotations (per side)

Used the small blue band which was much harder.

4 Sets

  • 30s/30s Side Bends (53#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest