Hiya 2021

I think my tailbone is good to go and I’m noticing minor improvements to my shoulder. I was up way too early this morning, so I got in a nap before my workout at 11am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.8 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Landmine Floor Press (65-70-75-77.5#)
  • 10 Supinated Tricep Pulldown (bar, 49-60-60-65#)

Probably shouldn’t have done those floor presses because they were not kind to my left shoulder.

4 Sets

  • 10 Incline Bench Press (95-95-110-110#)
  • 10 Overhead Tricep Extension (rope, 49-49-54-54#)

The extensions weren’t great with my shoulder either, but the incline bench was fine.

4 Sets

  • 12 Incline Fly (25# DBs)
  • 12 French Press (50# DB)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20 Squat Jumps
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (50# DBs)
  • 10 DB Box Step Overs (24″, 50# DBs)

I went 4-3-3 for the first round of chin-ups and took a quick break after 5 step overs. In rounds two and three I did doubles and singles on the bar and unbroken on the step overs. Finished in 7:50.

Knocked out Crossover Symmetry Recovery and ohhh the burn after hitting upper body.

Explosive Supersets

I could get used to this vacation life. I took a nap two days in a row before gym time. My tailbone hasn’t improved from yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,548m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 8 Landmine Squats (45#)
  • 8 Plyometric Lunges
  • 6 Landmine Squats (80#)
  • 8 Plyometric Lunges (15# DBs)
  • 6 Landmine Squats (125#)
  • 5/5 Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (53# KB)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 2/2 Landmine Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (90#)
  • 4 Squat Jumps (8# DBs)
  • 5 Double Dumbbell Clean & Jerks (25# DBs)
  • 5 Double Dumbbell Snatches (25#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 10 Landmine Squats (155-165-175-175#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)

Hell of a burn from this superset.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Landmine Single Leg RDL (110#)
  • 10 Squat Jumps (20-25-30-35# DBs)

This was no joke either.

Conditioning

  • 30 Double Dumbbell Clean & Jerks (35# DBs)
  • 30 Double Dumbbell Snatches (35# DBs)

I saw a video of Kristi and Pat doing something like this for an online qualifier, but there was no way I was going to attempt it with 50s. I did 3×10 on the C&J and snatches were 4×5 with a final set of 10. Finished in 4:10. I’m not a fan of those double dumbbell snatches though. This was a lot of bending over in what probably wasn’t very good positioning.

Learning Curve

My ass is pretty sore already and my hamstrings are a bit. My scaps are also feeling that stuff from yesterday. I got a freight delivery today!!

It’s the TrueForm Trainer, which I ordered at the beginning of October with 6 week delayed shipping to save $2,000.

Out in the garage at 4:30 today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (530m)
  • Eagle Arms
  • Butcher’s Block
  • Back to Wall Shoulder Opener
  • Dead Hang Partner Push

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 300m TrueForm Run
  • 20 Squat Jumps
  • 24/16 cal Row
  • 20 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 24/16 cal Ski
  • 20 1-Arm DB Push Jerks (50#)

That runner is something else. Doesn’t feel like any other type of running and having to control the pace yourself is an odd feeling after having treadmills do it all of my life. I went 10/10 on the jerks every round and most of them were push presses. Finished 4 + 15m.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 20 Lying Leg raise to DB (30#)
  • 20 Leg Lifts over DB
  • 20 Overhead DB Sit-ups (30#)
  • 20 alt Hip Dips
  • 10/10 Plank Toe touch + knee to elbow + knee cross body
  • 1:00 Rest

We got this one from Kristi and it was a gnarly one. When I looked at the clock after round 1 it was 4:57!. I got quicker after that, with round times of 4:23 and 4:16 for a total of 15:26.

Lactic Burn

Warm-up

  • 6:00 BikeErg (3,052m)

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 20 Shoulder I-Y Band Drill
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30s Handstand 45° Hollow Hold
    • 30s Hollow Hold
    • Switch & Rest
    • 30s Handstand Tuck Balance
    • 30s OH Plate Hold (35#, flat palms under plate)
    • Switch & Rest

Hardest part of that for me is the long hollow hold.

Conditioning

  • 6 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal BikeErg (standing)
    • 15 Squat Jumps
  • 6 Rounds (each)
    • 15/10 cal SkiErg
    • 10 Ring Dips

Partner up and do a round at a time. My legs were on fire from round one. I wasn’t paying attention to when we completed part one. I thought my chest was going to blow up in the first round of the second part though. It took a couple of rounds for the lactic acid to flush out and then I was able to pick up the pace on the ski every round after that. I went 5-5 on every set of ring dips. We finished at 30:19.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 16 Floor Wipers (55# plate)
  • 12 Barbell Curls (45#)
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 12 Superman Rocks
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)

A Track Sunday

My back felt much better through the night and this morning. Went the the track at 10am. Ideal weather this morning for it.

Warm-up

  • 400m Walk
  • 400m Run

Speed / Explosive

E2M – 10 Sets

  • 5 Broad Jumps
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 100m Sprint

Was taking me about 35-37 seconds.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 400m Run
  • 30 Push-ups

I missed once on the rope after 47 reps in round four. Went out too fast on the first run, but settled in after that. I did 8-8-7-7 push-ups each round and maybe could have done 3×10. Finished in 16:57.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Raises
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

All while wearing five pound ankle weights. I went unbroken everywhere, which was really tough on the flutter kicks.

Heavy Plyos

The last two nights I was in the garage until after 10pm to finish reorganizing the gym and I’m mostly done with the Gympac. Need to tweak a few things. I was off work today and walked 18 holes of golf in the morning. Worked out at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,400m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)

Leg Burn

5 Rounds (I Go, You Go)

  • 10 Weighted Plyo Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 10 Air Squats

Why not try some heavy plyos? 🙂 Brandi used 15 pound dumbbells and we finished in 6:34. Legs really started to feel it in the third round, which I predicted. The air squats were surprising difficult after the other 20 reps. Really good leg burn.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 24 Russian Twists (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Seated Leg Tucks (5# ankle weights)

This turned out well and I felt good.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP w/ Partner

  • 40 Single Arm DB Hang C&J (50/35#)
  • 20 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/38”)
  • 200m Suitcase Carry (70/50#)
  • 40 Ring Dips
  • 20/12 cal BikeErg

I went first and we split most things right down the middle. For two rounds I switched hands every five reps on the C&J, I went 10-10 in the third round, and I went 5-5 again at the end. We made quick work of changing the box height after my ten reps. I alternated hands every 25 meters on my 100 meter walk. We did swap every 10 reps for the rings dips because 20 would have sucked. I went 5-5 on most on my turns. Then the Bike was just 20 cals for me and 12 for Brandi. We finished 3+10.

3 Beat Downs

Yesterday I walked 18 holes and otherwise had a rest day. Out in the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,620m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 15/15/15/15 Steamboats
  • Squat Cleans
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×115
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Weightlifting

E2M – 8 Sets

  • 10 Burpees
  • 3 Squat Cleans (increasing)

I was able to keep a steady pace on my burpees and then hit the numbers I planned, which brought me to my current limit. I did 135-145-155-165-175-185-195-205 pounds. After I got through 185# I actually thought about cutting back for the last round or two. Went for it though. Felt heavy. I haven’t done a squat clean since December and it’s probably been nearly that long since I’ve done any type of heavy front squat.

Conditioning

“Legs Gone Bad Vol 2”
150x

  • Squat Jump
  • 2 Plyo Lunges

I did doubles through 14 and then a few sprinkled in over the last 25 reps. Finished in 11:07 for a big PR compared to the 12:50 in May. Brandi was better by around three minutes! Good retest but I think this workout is retired; it’s just so brutal the entire way.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

Another big PR with 9:01, beating the 10:19 from June. I didn’t have to break up the hollow holds, so those have come back a lot over the last few months.

Today beat us up the whole way.

Even Faster 30

I had a nice vacation up at the lake and drove back home this morning. Went to the park at 5pm.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • Arm Circles & Swings
  • Toe Touches

Gymnastics

30 Muscle-ups

Two and a half months ago I did a set of three reps every 30 seconds and got a time of 4:48. Since then I’ve been doing a lot of sets of five, so my goal today was five reps every 45 seconds, which would have me finishing around 4:00. Aggressive, but my max unbroken set improved more than I could have imagined, so I wanted to go for it. Nailed it with a time of 3:51!

Last time I said my days of knocking a minute off my time were over, but now I’m really really sure! I still can’t believe the improvement on this workout.

  • 6:55 on 2019-01-31
  • 5:55 on 2019-12-19
  • 4:48 on 2020-05-16
  • 3:51 on 2020-08-01

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 70m Hill Sprint
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 70m Walk Downhill

I originally wrote down 20 squat jumps but that would have been way too many. Ten was the right amount to get what I was looking for out of this workout.

553 Reps

Feeling pretty good. I started getting set up before 9am.

Warm-up

800m Run

Strength

3 Sets

  • 20 Front Rack Curtsy Lunges (50#)
  • 10/10/10 Front Rack Calf Raises (50#, out-neutral-in)
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL (50#, foot on wall)

Not bad. Nice to get in a little leg work.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Plyo Lunges
  • 50 Single Arm DB S2OH (50#)
  • 50 Squat Jumps
  • 50 Burpees

I had several different versions of the workout and settled on this one. Went 30-20, 5×10, and 5×10 on the lunges. In the first round of shoulder to overheads I did 20 by doing five each arm twice before putting down the dumbbell, did that again, and then finished with five each arm. In the other rounds I did ten each arm, rested, repeated, rested and then five each. I mixed jerks and push presses. All singles on the jump squats and picked up the pace in the third round, doing them in under 1:30. Watched the clock during my second set of burpees, which took 3:43. Overall I got through 2 rounds plus 153.

All done in less than an hour.

2x5s

What a day yesterday. I hit a PR for WHOOP strain.

Went to bed late (for my new normal) and didn’t even wake up to piss through the night. Would have liked to sleep in, so I’m feeling a bit tired this morning. Tried to take a half hour nap just before 9. Loaded up and headed to the park at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5 Ring Swings
  • 200m Run
  • 16 Walking Lunges
  • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

5 Rounds – (each, I Go You Go)

  • 10 Muscle-ups
  • 8/8 Single Arm OH Walking Lunges (50 DB)
  • 20 Squat Jumps

I went in hoping to be able to do two sets of five muscle-ups each round and I made it! That’s big for me it a workout with 50 muscle-ups. After the first round I did walk around the swing set for a quick rest between each set of five. I finished my rounds at 2:15, 6:40, 11:05, 15:35, and 20:10. Brandi was doing ten unbroken ring pull-ups so her rounds were much quicker than mine and our total time for the workout was 22:03.

5 Rounds

  • 140m Hill Sled (25# + 2×55, 3×90#, 70m backward up, 70m forward down)
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 70m Hill Sprint & Walk Down

I did not bend over and put the straps between my legs for the forward sled drags this time. Stood more upright with the straps coming around the sides of me to save my back. Had a 55# plate (80 total) on the sled for 2 rounds and then 55+35 (115 total) for 3 rounds.

Mom came down and we started painting what will be my new office. Then I had a “break” when some people came and bought my pool table and ping pong stuff. That was a bitch to get up the stairs!

As I finish typing this up at 10pm my WHOOP strain says 18.5, so another big day.