11 Seconds Better

Back to work after the holidays yesterday and I needed the full rest day. In the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,531m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 8 Landmine Squats (45#)
  • 16 Plyo Lunges
  • 8 Landmine Squats (90#)
  • 8 Plyo Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 4 Landmine Squats (135#)
  • 8 Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)
  • 4 Landmine Squats (160#)
  • 8 Landmine Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (90#)
  • 5 Back Squat Jumps (45#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 8 Landmine Squats (175-185-195-200#)
  • 16 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

For the last two sets I didn’t want to try cleaning the bar up so did my first rep from the dead stop at the bottom. Made a nasty superset even worse.

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Leg RDL (110#)
  • 10 Back Squat Jumps (95#)

Did the RDLs with the weight out to the side today. Was more comfortable, except then I was holding the fat end of the bar. I should have used the club grip!

Conditioning

Support Your Local Box Fundraiser #3

  • 50 DB Deadlifts (50/35# DBs)
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups (no arms)
  • 50 Step-ups (24/20″)
  • 50 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)

I never really stopped on the deadlifts and went 10-10-10-10-5-5 on the step-ups. For the thrusters I switched arms without ever putting the dumbbell down. Started with my right arm and my sets were 10-10-10-5-7-8. My left shoulder did not feel good with these and really slowed me down. I should have stuck to sets of 5 the whole way through like I did last time. Still good enough for an 11 second PR though, with a time of 7:45.

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)

Don’t Forget

I got about 9 hours of sleep last night! Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,077m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough
Forgot to do any wrist warm-up. Whoops!

The tuck balance felt much better than the first time we did them. The hold was only programmed as 15 seconds, but that seems like a waste of time, so we did a minute.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (25-30-35-40-45#)

3 Sets

  • 12 EZ Bar Preacher Curls (56-66-66#)
  • 12 French Press (60# DB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (underhand, 71#)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 30s Bicep Curls on Rower

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 25 T2B
  • 30 Burpees
  • 35 Sit-ups
  • 40 Double Unders
  • 45 Hollow Scissor Kicks

I went 20-5 and 10-5-5-5 on the toes-to-bars and wasn’t wearing any grips. My double unders were not very good today. Went 30-15 on both sets of scissor kicks. Finished in 14:06.

EZ

My back has not been feeling very good in the mornings this week. 😦 Last night I found an Olympic curl bar at Meijer for $50 after I’d just back ordered a rackable one a couple of days earlier. You can feel it’s cheap, but it’ll do the job.

Out in the garage at 3:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,313m)
  • 2×10/10/10/10 Steamboats (each leg)

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Strict T2B
  • 30s OH Barbell Hold (135#)
  • 15 Low-Pulley Knee-Ins (26#)
  • 30s OH Barbell Hold (135#)
  • 10/10 Rack Banded Rotations + 10s Hold at end range of rotation (blue)

Was drenched in sweat midway through this. Good combination.

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Tuck Jumps
  • 20 alt DB Hang Snatches (35#)
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 1,000m BikeErg / 500m Row / 500m SkiErg
  • 30 Lateral Hops
  • 20 Single Arm DB S2OH (50#)
  • 10 Single DB Step-ups (24″, 50#)

I scaled back the dumbbell snatch from 50# because my back has been bothering me this week. I rotated through the machines every round in the order listed. Got through 5 rounds plus all the movements up to and including 101 meters on the SkiErg. Humid and sweaty mess!

Fundraiser #3

I decided to only mow the front yard Sunday night, so I did the back yard on Monday night. Yesterday my body felt a little beat from the previous three days and my abs were already feeling those parallette shoot throughs. Glad it was a rest day. I did do my floor PT exercises and the core work.

McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-up
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Airdyne (199 cals, 5.03 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 Monster Squats
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Sit-ups
  • 5 Deadlifts (35# DBs)
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Deadlifts (50# DBs)

It’s been weeks since I’ve warmed up that much for anything.

Conditioning

Support Your Local Box Fundraiser #3

SITUP_Leah

  • 50 DB Deadlifts (50/35# DBs)
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups (no arms)
  • 50 Step-ups (24/20″)
  • 50 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)

My back was blowing up a bit in the deadlifts since I haven’t done the movement at all in months. I took an extra breath or two every 10 reps or so, but never put the dumbbells down. This workout has an interesting standard for sit-ups I hadn’t seen before; I’ve always touched my hands behind my head. It was fine for 50 reps, but I could see it adding up over 100 or 150 reps without being able to throw your arms in to it. I did two sets of 10 each leg and then a set of five each with quick transitions. I switched arms every 5 thrusters and never stopped. Finished in 7:56. Most importantly, no back pain!

Strength

Superset these two movements. I thought I’d be more fatigued than I was from the thrusters, so was happy to get up to 145 while holding a solid back position.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×75#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×137.5
  • 3×140
  • 3×142.5
  • 3×145

Front Raises

  • 8x8x10# plates

Smart Does Not Equal Fun

My ass is getting sore from the lunges yesterday. Went to 4pm class, but it kind of sucks with how much I’m limiting myself to let injuries heal because I have to sub out almost every movement. Making smart decisions isn’t fun.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • Zombie Kicks
  • PVC Passes
  • Butt Kicks

I jumped on the bike before class with the intention of doing 150 calories again. I just wasn’t feeling it though, knowing I had a harder 60 coming up in the workout.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 12 Walking Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 25 Sit-ups

The strength work was five sets of back rack lunges with the sit-ups. I did the walking lunges so I wouldn’t have load directly on my spine and so I could still load up my legs. Figured I might as well do it for time. Finished in 6:44. I think it’s been a month since I did a sit-up! Since the class got 18 minutes on the clock I had a nice long rest before the programmed met-con.

  • Buy-in: 60 cal Echo Bike
  • 7 Rounds
    • 14 Air Squats
    • 7 T2B
    • 7 Burpees

The bike was a replacement for rowing 1,000 meters and it took me about 3:50, which is just slightly longer than I would have taken for the row. I did 2x air squats in place of 115# front squats and burpees instead of 70# American kettlebell swings. Turned out to be a good workout and I did all of my toes to bars unbroken. Took me 12:41.

An Odd Mix

I felt wrecked on Tuesday night, which I did not expect from that workout. Can’t say that I ever really go 60 minute straight like that though. My shoulders and neck were beat the fuck up. Glad yesterday was a rest day. Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 31 cal Row
  • 15 PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Assault Bike Calories
  • 4x10s Star Planks
  • 12 Ski Erg Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Echo Bike Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts
  • Rest 5 mins
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 14 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 10 Hand-to-Hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 12 Row Calories
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

Pretty weird workout with a random assortment of movements, none of which fatigued any muscle group. It was really an E2M workout with a machine being the buy-in each minute, complete the other movement, and then rest. So depending on the movement you got about a minute of rest (KBS) or almost no rest (planks).

Time for More Metcons

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. My hamstrings started getting sore last night.

It’s less than 3 weeks until Open Workout 20.1 gets announced, so it’s time to kick up my training a notch or 12 and do more metcons after 2 weeks of undertraining. I need to start practicing my handstand walking again too. Was out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

30:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

Was doing about 72-73 RPM most of the time for endurance pace. Went 811 cals and 17.36 km.

Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3 sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • Front Rack stretch
    • Chest stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 HR Push-ups
  • 5 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 5 Bench Press (135#)
  • 3 Power Cleans (165#)

Conditioning

19:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 5 Bench Press (165#)
  • 200m Run
  • 1:30 Rest

It was on a 25 minute running clock, but by the time I got through all the warm-up sets above I was starting my first round at exactly 6:00 on the clock. So effectively a 19 minute AMRAP. I got through 7 full rounds and had 23 seconds left, with very consistent round times of 1:22, 1:27, 1:21, 1:22, 1:22, 1:19, and 1:24. I put my belt on for the cleans each round, did them touch-n-go, and then removed my belt as I moved over to the bench.

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10:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 30 Double Under
  • 15 Sit-Ups

I missed once on the dubs in my third round and finished 5+30. That was a good burner with no spot to rest because the movements didn’t interfere with each other at all.

I really liked both of those workouts and felt great, considering I haven’t slept worth a shit for the last two days.

Russian Annie

I slept in, but made it for open gym at 10am. I was the only one working out today!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Watched some videos on technique again and made some corrections to what I was doing. Felt the movement in a lot more muscles even with the lighter load.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×205
  • 5×220
  • 4x5x230
  • MAX @ 225 (7)

Matched my max reps from the first week of this cycle. The descent on the 7th rep felt like a really weird path and then I really struggled pressing it. Disappointing, especially since I stayed at the low end of the recommended 230-235 for the working sets. I guess another way to look at it is I was able to hit the same max reps number as 3 weeks ago with the seven previous sets all being heavier. 🤷🏻‍♂️ It’s important to remember that I’m still progressing and I have enough time to run a 3rd cycle before testing my 1RM.

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Conditioning

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • AbMat Sit-Ups
  • Russian KB Swings (53#)

My back is really tight so I scrapped other ideas I had for today. This was the gym’s metcon on Thursday and I’m always game for an Annie variation. I did everything unbroken in 10:39. There is a small chance I did 10 extra sit-ups in the round of 40 because one of the kids was grabbing my jump rope and I wasn’t sure if I was on 26 or 36 before I yelled at him. I’m 95% sure I did the correct number, but there is always that doubt.

No Year of the Engine workout today since tomorrow is a very leg intensive workout for Labor Day and my back could use more recovery time. I also don’t plan to have a rest day from the gym until I golf on Thursday.

Back in the Gym After a Lot of Golf

It was a fun golf weekend and then I walked 18 holes yesterday as well to play four days in a row. Should have exercised yesterday instead because I couldn’t string together good shots! Out in the garage during lunch today.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 9×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 5x3x240

Haven’t got in a workout from the program since last Sunday, but did get a little benching in during a metcon least week. This second cycle doesn’t seem to be progressing as well, which may have something to do with my inconsistent training lately because of so much golfing. Today’s working sets should have been in the 240-245 range but I stuck with the low end and it was plenty difficult. I’d probably feel more confident with a spotter instead of just spotter arms on the rig.

Went to the gym at 4pm. Hadn’t been there since Thursday!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs

Strength

  • 5 Split Jerks
  • 5 Weighted Pull-Ups (15#)

Since it was set for 5 working sets, I did the pull-ups after the first five sets of jerks to get them out of the way. All TnG sets on the jerks where I went right in to the dip when lowering the bar. Wore my belt for 155# and up, doing 45-95-115-135-155-175-195#. Obviously could have gone heavier since I was still able to TnG them, but that was enough after bench pressing earlier.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Pull-Ups
  • 8 Alt. DB Snatch (50#)
  • 8 Box Jumps (30″)

The Rx was a 70# dumbbell for the snatches, which we don’t even have and isn’t necessary unless you’re a Sanctionals type athlete.

I wore grips and didn’t use the holes so I could easily flip them around for the snatches. Was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken. I bitched out on a set or set and a half of snatches during the first half of the AMRAP and changed hands at the ground for those. Otherwise I switched hands in the air for the rest. The box jumps were just slow because I was stepping down and then would take a step back from the box as well. Got through 8+18.

I thought about doing one of the Year of the Engine workouts in the evening, but I was tired.