My Upper Body is Smoked

Another shitty night of sleep even getting to bed by 11. My entire upper body is sore and tired. So let’s hit it some more! Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Echo Bike (34 cals)
  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (45#)
  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (115#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (55#)

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (160#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (75#)

Why 160 pounds? Well, as I was putting the bar away I realized the left side had a 35-15-10 pound plates instead of 35-10-10. I never even felt the difference when doing my reps! Too bad it wasn’t on my right side, which tends to be the weaker one when I start struggling with a bench press rep.

Conditioning

  • 80 T2B
  • Every break – 4 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone with something that forces big sets every now and again. I decided to try a rep scheme that scared me. The plan was 18+16+14+12+10+10 and I felt good in that first set, even thinking about going for 20 plus. Good thing I decided against it because every set after that was a struggle and I had to rest after the BBGOs. Made it through my plan though and it took 9:14.

Midline

40-30-20

  • Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • Side Plank (seconds each side)

Took me 4:50.

For The Girls

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)

A lot of cheater reps! My upper body is so blown up from the last three days.

I’m not doing a Year of the Engine workout again. My body needs a break.

I’m out for 20.3

My back felt much better after the run yesterday. Since Wednesday it was feeling like something was out of place, so maybe it was and the run shifted things around. As I was chilling last night watching TV I was getting a little excited for 20.3 and thinking I might actually be able to go for the 315 bar this year. Then I woke up this morning and my back was pinching as I moved around the house. Open gym at 10.

Warm-up

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (35#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 6 Reverse Grip Bench Press (95#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (55#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (145#)
  • 12 Skull Crushers (65#)

That was getting rough!

Conditioning

5:30 AMRAP

  • 25′ Walking Lunges

This was obviously not the planned workout. My back tweaked as soon as I drove up for the first burpee box get over in the real workout, so I tried again. Nope. After putting my shit away I lunged for the last 5:30 on the clock, using the course set out for the Open. Got 20 lengths of the 25 foot course.

Means I won’t be doing 20.3 tomorrow. I did Diane earlier this year so it’s not really a big deal other than I won’t have a real ranking for the Open. Disappointing though, because if I could still deadlift like I could three years ago it would be a really good workout for me. My HSPU are stronger than they were in January when I did a 5:30 Diane.

Midline

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Handstand Hold
  • 20s Hollow Hold

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

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

Out in the garage after 1 o’clock. Might as well do some sweating today. I got 1,032 calories and 21.43 km. Only 0.07 km from my best at this time domain, which was with one more sprint.

I’m going to order pizza and watch Tiger get win #82 tonight!

High Strain Weekend

After hitting my highest WHOOP strain ever yesterday, with an 18.0, I recovered to 83% today on 7.5 hours of sleep. My body is sore in a few more places from the last two days and my glutes are the worst of it, though only about a 5/10. Open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang

Pretty much a non-existent warm-up to be honest. My shoulders were feeling pretty smoked from 20.1 and the strict HSPU I did last night.

Conditioning

2019-2020 Wodapalooza Online Qualifier Workout 4

  • 150 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • 75 T2B

**Perform in any order, until completion of total work. Can be broken down or performed in any order.

My plan was 5 Sets of 15 + 8 (4-4) and 5 Sets of 15 + 7 (4-3). Could I keep transitions to a minimum? I remembered to shave my calluses this morning and I wore grips.

The plan worked out well and it took me 10:52. I was done with three rounds in just over 3:00, so I didn’t slow down very much. Around the sixth round, the wall balls started to feel hard after 10 reps, but I wasn’t dropping it. My toes to bars felt good and I’m curious if I could have done all sets of 8 and 7 unbroken or if that would have forced me to break up or do singles late in the workout. Doing 4-4 and 4-3 gave me a few seconds of rest. I did the last set of 7 unbroken. My heart rate was in the 160s the whole workout.

Accessory

A friend recommended some accessory stuff to help with my bench press. I’d never done reverse grip bench, which was weird at first, but I ended up really liking it. To warm-up (plus get a feel for the hand placement, loading, and bar path) I did 10×45, 5×75, 5×95, and 5×115 for the reverse bench and 10×35 skull crushers.

5 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Skull Crushers (65#)
  • 20 Weighted Lunges (35# DBs)

Had some midline stuff planned, but it was already after 11:20 and that was enough. After lunch and mowing the lawn I went to work on the rower and the computer worked fine. Hopefully it continues to work. Out in the garage around 6pm.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

A few weeks ago I did 12.73 km and 656 calories. Today I wanted to do a better job of holding 80 RPMs, which I did. I started out faster in the first minute, found my pace, and then kicked in over last two minutes. Finished with 12.94 km and 683 cals, a big improvement.

It was another big WHOOP strain day. I need the rest day tomorrow.

Five More

Flew home from the conference yesterday and pulled in the drive after 11pm, so it was a rest day. Out in the garage around 4pm to start the 9th week of Hybrid Push Only.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x230
  • 3x10x210
  • 3x12x165 (wide grip)

Thankfully this is the last week of these fucking “drop set” 10s!! There was only wide grip bench one other time (3x10x165 about a month and a half ago) in the program and I don’t remember the sets being as horrible as these were. I had such an upper body pump after all these sets. Last time I did all 4 working sets at 220, so today was a 5# increase on one set and 10# on the other 3 sets. I added in the extra 215# warm-up set because I didn’t want to take a really big jump to get where I needed to be.

Accessories

  • 3×10 DB Skull Crushers (20-25-30#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-20-25#)
  • 3×10 DB Bent Over Side Raises (20-20-25#)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AirDyne
  • Rest ~5-10:00
  • 5:00 AirDyne

My plan was to go 15 minutes straight but after about 2 minutes I decided to go for 10. Then after resting I convinced myself I needed to get back on for another 5 minutes. Didn’t time the rest but I think it was closer to 10 minutes than it was to 5.

I did 345 calories (4.05 miles), which is only 12 calories shy of my best. My goal for the 5 minutes was to get 180 plus and I did with 182 (2.07 miles). Went for a 700m walk around the block to cool down but keep my legs moving.

Forced

Had to take a forced rest day yesterday after waking up with a headache that was giving me blurred vision and nausea. I went back to bed until 2:30! Got up and was able to work the rest of the day. Meant I had to skip out on golfing today, though it was quite chilly with rain on the way. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 4x8x185
  • 3x12x195
  • 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)

I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!

Accessory

  • 3×15 Skull Crushers (45-55-65#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Used a barbell for the skull crushers. I felt a lot more fatigued after the benching today, which made the raises harder than they have been.

Performance Plus

3 Sets

  • 30s Double DB Overhead Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

The double dumbbell overhead was the hardest part of the day and I didn’t even do it walking like it was supposed to. I took a few steps and nearly fell over. The fifties were too heavy for this, but after making it through the first round I didn’t want to bitch out.

The scap pull-ups were actually supposed to be paired up with 20 ring dips for 3 sets, but I moved things around.

Conditioning

  • 30-20-10 Ring Dips
  • 30-20-10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 30-20-10 Pistols 60-40-20 Air Squats

I figured the ring dips would be trouble and planned to start with sets of 5 and quickly switch to 2 or 3s if needed. I was able to continue sets of 5 the whole way. GHD sit-ups were harder than they should have been. I struggled through 12 of the ugliest pistols I’ve done in years. My left quad was not having it today. I probably should have warmed up my lower body some. After 12 pistols, a lot of falling over, and too much wasted time, I changed the workout to double reps of air squats. So I finished the first round with 48 air squats to get to 60. Total time was 12:42.

Bro!

Feeling a bit beat up today and originally planned a rest day, but switching it up to try to get on a schedule with Bryan.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3x3x235

Working sets at 85%. Wasn’t sure how it would go. Definitely felt awkward with so much weight on the bar after not having done much benching in a long time. Spotters said it looked easy though.

Dumbbell Bench Press

15 reps with 40# DBs. Yep, only one set. That’s the heaviest we have at the gym.

Dumbbell Fly

  • 15 – 20# DBs
  • 2×15 – 30# DBs

Strict Ring Dips

3×12 – all unbroken!

Skull Crushers

  • 12 – 20# DBs
  • 12 – 30# DBs

Was not pretty with the 30s. Felt like we should have had a wall of mirrors at the gym for this session!

Conditioning

5-10-15-20

  • Push Press (95#)
  • T2B

Have I not done enough push presses and gymnastics since Saturday? Unbroken on the first 3 sets and was hoping I’d be able to do the 20 but no way; went 12-8. Went 5 and 10 unbroken with toes to bar, then 6-5-4, and 6-5 before I hit my wall and had to finish with singles. Finished in 5:01.

All The Pumps

Up at my parents for a few days. Legs feel a little tired this morning. Worked out around 10:30.

Strength / Midline

  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Alternating Bicep Curl (15# DB)
    • 10s Rest
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Superman Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Dumbbell Skull Crushers (15# DBs)
    • 10s Rest

Arms were really pumped up after this. Low back had a nice pump too. Work the hollow positions a lot, but I think the arch/superman gets overlooked. Need to improve flexibility for the back swing of kipping movements.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP (“300 FY”)

  • Air Dyne (calories)

Dad had a AD2 just like mine so it’s nice to be able to compare numbers. Didn’t realize it had been over 2 years since I did this. Beat my old 342 calories with 358. Started out too hot but it’s hard to know without being able to see your RPMs until you’re about 25 seconds in to the workout. Scaled it back to 80-81 and tired to hold that. Started picking it up with 90 seconds left and then pushed hard in the final minute. You start to feel the burn in the first 2 minutes but you just have to keep telling yourself it’s not going to feel any worse and you can hold on to your pace.

Quads are so pumped up after this. I did an easy 5 minutes back on the bike after I caught my breath for 1.26 miles. Now I feel good that I’ve got in some exercise and I can rest for the next 2 days. Merry Christmas!!

Central Beast

Legs feel a little fatigued from those squats yesterday. Smolov is no joke, especially with that 20# jump for the 2nd week. Out in the garage at 9 for the last training session until Monday. Looking forward to a few days of rest and watching some of the best CrossFit athletes in the world this weekend.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • CS Activation
  • 3 Rounds
    • 40 DU
    • 1:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10×45# Shoulder Press

Made all 3 sets of DU unbroken. This will be the 12th day in a row of holding the bottom squat for 30 minutes. Taking a break from it tomorrow and then 5 more days to finish out by going 28/30 days.

Jerks

Work to a Heavy Double.

  • 2×95#
  • 2×115#
  • 2×135#
  • 2×155#
  • 2×175#
  • 2×195#
  • 2×205#
  • 2×215#

Didn’t feel nearly as fast as with the C&J the other day and my dips started to go lower and slower too. Decided to call it a success at 215 with no misses.

Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×205#
  • 3×235#
  • 3×255#
  • 5x7x275#

Fuck me! I think it was not enough rest from last night to this morning. Talk about a quad pump!

5:00 squat hold

5 Rounds

  • 10 GHD Sit-ups (20# vest)
  • 3 Chin-ups (20# vest)

Wasn’t going for time, but it took me 5:47 walking directly from movement to movement.

30-12-10-8-6

  • Seated Incline 2-arm DB Curls
  • Concentration Curls

Did the first set of concentration curls in 2 sets of 15 each arm with no rest between. Used the same DBs for both exercises, with 10-20-20-20-20# DBs. My biceps are so weak.

30-12-10-8-6

  • Skull Crushers
  • 1-arm OH DB Tricep Extension

For the skull crushers I used 20-50-55-60-70# on the bar and for the OH extensions I used a 10-20-20-25-30# DB.

Finished with CS Recovery and a 6:00 squat hold.

Building the Body

Was nice to have a rest day yesterday. I got a massage that made me exhausted the rest of the day. I did manage to get in 5 bottom squats holds of 6:00 for my half hour on the day even though I debated resting from them too. Excited to finish out week 1 of Smolov programming.

Out in the garage just after 10 and started with CS Activation.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 50 DU
  • 1:00 Squat Hold

Back Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×205#
  • 3×235#
  • 3×265#
  • 10x3x290#

I rested about 2:30 between the 10 sets and it wasn’t really that bad. I was expecting much worse. Did a 5:00 squat hold right after. Up 10# for the next week of Smolov lifts.

Time for some bodybuilding!!

7 Rounds
* Keep moving, no real rest

  • 10 Incline DB Bench Press (20-25-30-35-40-45-50)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (3×53# KB, 4×70# KB)

4 Rounds

  • 10 Incline Flyes (15-15-20-25)
  • 10 Band Pulldowns (like pull-up motion, green, kneeling)
  • Rest 1:00

4 Rounds

  • 12 Skull Crushers (45#)
  • 12 Barbell Curls (45#)
  • Rest 1:00

3 Rounds

  • MAX Ring Dips (Strict, then kipping)
  • MAX C2D Push-ups
  • MAX Speed Band Curls (red)
  • 2:00 Squat Hold

I haven’t felt an arm pump like that in ages.