New Block

Start of a new training block today! After taking four weeks away from a big focus on strength/accessory work and putting more time in metcons, we’re flipping back around with 3 strength based days per week. 4pm in the garage.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,456m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Scap Shrugs (on all 4s)
    • 5/5 Calf Raises (on step)
  • 10 alt Back rack reverse lunges 45#

Legs

3 Sets

  • 10/10 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunge (115-115-125#)
  • 20 alt Cossack Squats

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Step Downs (15″, 50#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (70#)

Shoulders

3 Sets

These came from some things I’m reading about correcting an arched back in a handstand hold. Brandi and I both thought we’d never used some of these muscles before with these variations.

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (75/50#)

Designed to be and felt like an Open style workout. I got through 7+14.

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.

Handstand Graduation

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,562m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Probably did about 8 sets of 5 kick-ups. Had some really good ones where I was holding for 4-5 seconds I think.

That completes the 4 week program. We made so much progress in that time. We’re going to continue a lot of the drills and try adding some other ones I’ve found. I’ve already written the first 2 weeks of our phase 2.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (145#)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Bulgarian Split Squats (35-40-45# DBs)
  • 8 DB Stiff Leg Deadlifts (60# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Front Squats (85#)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-downs (50# DB, 15”)

2 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Calf Raises (60# DBs)

Conditioning

5:00 AMRAP
1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

When we did this on April 14th I got through the 7s + 10, which was a big PR at the time. Today I was able to stay unbroken, even though my HSPU got slow with some pausing. Another PR, by 11 reps this time, finishing the 8s and then getting 5 more burpees. No doubt the handstand work is helping a lot here as well.

Club Grip

My pecs are a little sore. Worked out at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 BikeErg (3,856m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 5/5 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (club grip, 45#)

Legs

5 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Leg RDL (foot on wall, 70# KB)
  • 6/6 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (club grip, 115-125-135-145-155#)

This new club grip is awesome for these!

3 Sets

  • 50m Tip Toe Farmer Carry (50# DBs)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Step Downs (15″, 50# DB)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 10 Plyo Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 14 Pull-ups
  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:30 Rest

Another good #repeater workout. I wore my grips and easily did all pull-ups unbroken. They felt soooo good! I was even playing around with cycling my butterfly quicker. My times were 1:10 – 1:04 – 1:02 – 1:00.

Putting Band Peg to Use

My back is feeling pretty good. Worked out at 3pm.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 cal Ski Erg
  • 10s Transition
  • 30s Strict Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I got 18 calories every round and 10-10-8 pull-ups. Never did more than a set of 4 pull-ups.

Legs

Warmed up with 10 lunges each at 45 and 95 pounds.

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Back Rack Reverse Lunges (125#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Step Downs (15”, 50# DB)

My left leg is definitely much better with the step downs.

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB RDLs (50# DBs)
  • 24 Banded Hamstring Curls (red)

Got to use my new band/rack pegs. 🙂

Where Did Time Go?

I finished the flooring on Sunday afternoon, painted the trim throughout the day, and installed the trim yesterday morning. Walked 18 holes on the golf course. I still need to get more sleep, but I’m feeling good today. Worked out at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,571m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster walks
  • 160′ Monster walks
  • 5 Devil Presses (25# DBs)
  • 3 Devil Presses (40#)
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 2 Devil Presses (40#)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 5 Devil Press (25/40# DBs)
  • 20 T2B
  • 5 Devil Press
  • 2:00 Rest

I was hoping to do 12-8 toes to bar every round. I did for three and knew I wouldn’t make the last so I went for three sets and that failed. I had to end up going 8-6 and six quick singles to get through. My times were 1:34, 1:32, 1:33, and 1:46. Faster than I was thinking when I wrote this workout, but glad I did the two minutes of rest because it allowed the T2B to come back some. That was a good one. I did wear my grips through the entire workout and taped my thumbs for the dumbbells.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg RDL w/ foot on wall (70# KB)
  • 12/12 Weighted Single Leg Step Downs (15″, 40# DB)

Will have to remember this superset. It blew up my glutes!

3 Sets

  • 20/20 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (pulses, lighter – 45+30#)
  • 10/10/10 Weighted Calf Raises (3 position – out-neutral-in, 45# DBs)

Another good pairing. Those pulses really burn at the light weight and I didn’t expect them to affect the calf raises as much as they did.

We were already at almost 90 minutes and needed to drop off my truck so we skipped the ab work today.

Heavy Ankles

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. My lats starting getting sore and I realized we hadn’t done pull-ups since Memorial Day! Lats are triceps are sore today too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,076m)
  • 160′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 160′ Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 2 Sets
    • 20 Lateral Hops
    • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • Calf Stretching
  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg RDL with foot on wall (53# KB)
  • 10/10 Weighted Step Downs (15”, 40# DB)

Nice little combo.

Conditioning

  • 4:00 AMRAP
    • 30 Double Unders
    • 10 Push Jerks (95/65#)
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

I had no idea how this would go when I created it and was worried about so much focus on the calves. That’s why I had a bunch of calf stuff in my warm-up. I started out a little conservative, getting 4+36 with one miss on the rope. Felt good, but I suspected the push jerks would start to add up in the second go. Went out faster though and tried to hold on, with 5+3 and two misses on the rope. My push jerks were definitely getting close to failure in rounds 4-5. Really happy with how that one turned out.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hanging Leg Raises (5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Pike-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 15/15 Mountain Climbers (5# ankle weights, feet elevated)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (red)

I wore my new five pound ankle weights through the entire thing. Just gross.

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!

Repeating Thrusters

My back was slightly better through the night Sunday and fine during the day again on Monday. My ass was still pretty sore and my quads when I pressed on them. Was surprised my abs weren’t sore though. I walked 18 holes in great weather yesterday. My back was about the same last night. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 20:00 BikeErg (9,530m)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises

I pulled the bike out to the back patio and just felt like riding under the sun. The bike is so much more enjoyable for something like this. Slowly ramped up my pace.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 25# KB)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises (25# KB)

Conditioning

I did one set of 10×45# thrusters to warm-up.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95/65#)
  • 20 Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters
  • 2:00 Rest

The only thrusters I’ve done since December were in Jackie! I purposely went very controlled on the first 10 thrusters to see how my back would take it. Felt good so I knew I could push them the rest of the way. After round one my burpees slowed down, but it nearly evened out with the quicker thrusters. My times were 2:03, 2:05, and 2:06. Happy with that consistency for a movement that’s usually not very good for me.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10 Pike-ups
  • 10 V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

This was terrible in the first round. Took 10:19 to finish.

Finally got back to PT by doing of the floor movements.

Invested in Calves

Yesterday I walked my first 18 holes of golf for the year, which was over 6 miles. Was nice to be outside for so long. Out in the garage at 1:30 today.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 40# vest)
  • 10/10 Calf Raises (40# vest)

Big jump adding 40 pounds to the calf raises, so I’m sure I’ll feel those.

Skill/Gymnastics Conditioning

E2M – 12:00

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 10 HSPU

This was a good combo. I think I missed 3-4 dubs total. Was able to do every set of handstand push-ups unbroken. Averaged about one minute per round.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 6 Strict Toes to Rings
  • 20 Alternating V-ups
  • 45s Rest

First two rounds unbroken and then 12-8 on the v-ups to finish in 5:51.