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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!

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.

Downhill Recovery

Was a little tired this morning and my back was tight, but WHOOP said my recovery was only 23%!

I honestly don’t feel that bad. Some days it seems to take the heart rate at a weird time that just throws off the formulas, because it said my resting heart rate was 48, which is much higher than my typical 38-40. Out in the garage at 3:30 today for a session that took 2 hours.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (103 cals, 2.55km)
  • 3:00 SkiErg (656m)
  • 2×15 Steamboats
  • 2 HSPU
  • 5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (25#)
  • 2 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 2 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40#)

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP Partner

  • 6/6 HSPU
  • 5/5 Burpee Pull-ups
  • 6/6 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 5/5 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40/25# DBs)

This was a new idea for a partner workout where the sets are small, so by the time you move to your next spot it’s almost your turn again. The way this one works is each partner does 6 handstand push-ups (one person working at a time), then each does 5 burpee pull-ups, etc. Brandi scaled back her HSPU to do Rx and eventually went to some DB push presses. It worked out pretty well, with the burpee pull-ups taking the most time by far. I originally was going to do 15 minutes, but pulled back to 12 today. Would have been fine with three more minutes. This would be a good one to try solo as well. I started, we got through five rounds and I got all of my burpee pull-ups done in the sixth.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×125
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225

Could have went more, but that was good enough for today with a lot of work left.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Chest Fly (35#)
  • 12 Underhand Front Raise (15# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25-30-30# DBs)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50# DB)

2 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 One Arm OH Tricep Extension (25-20# DB)

1 Set

  • 12 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

The single arm overhead tricep extensions were really bugging my left shoulder so I did kickbacks for the third set.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Jack Knives (20# DB + 5# ankle weights)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 20 alt V-ups (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Partner Banded Rotations/Holds (blue)

We should really do more of those renegade rows on back day. I feel like they isolate the back muscles better than a Kroc row, which are easy to rotate and cheat on.

Hold It

I’m starting to sleep in a little later again. Out in the garage for a 3pm workout today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,550m)
  • 2 sets of 15 Steamboats in each position

Strength

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Bench Press w/ OH Hold (50#)
  • MAX Dumbbell Bench Press (50#)

The single arm presses were done with the dumbbells in a line similar to a barbell and then the max set was with the DBs pulled in, parallel to each other. I did 16-12-10-20 for the max sets. It would be nice to have a set of 60s for dumbbell bench press.

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Static Bicep Curls (25#)
  • 12 Standing DB French Press (50#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25# DBs)
  • 12/12 Tricep Kickbacks (25# DB)

Those were some good supersets.

Conditioning

4 Rounds w/ Partner

  • 10 Burpees / Plank
  • 15 Pull-ups / Band Pull Down Hold
  • 15 DB Push Press (35#) / HS Hold
  • 30 Air Squats / Bottom Squat Hold

**One person does the hold while the other does their reps then switch places. Same thing with each movement pairing. Each round alternate your starting movement so you experience both orders for each pairing.

I haven’t done a partner workout with holds like this in years. After the strict handstand push-ups yesterday I didn’t want to get too heavy on the push presses, so I went with the 35 pounders and they were perfect because the last five reps got pretty slow each round. You don’t always have to go heavy to get in solid work. Did all pull-ups unbroken and they felt really good. Even my air squats were fast today. We finished in 18:46.

Heat is Draining

Was up early with some work stuff on my mind, so I got out of bed and spent an hour writing it up at a little after 5am. I need to get my sleep back on track because it hasn’t been very good the last 2-3 weeks. I’m either waking up way too early, going to bed later than I had been, or both. This heat is tiring too. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 Bike Erg (5,092m)
  • Steamboats
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (95#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Deadlift (155/105#)
  • 10 Pull-up

In round two I started going 5-5 on the deadlifts just to be safe with my back. In round three of the handstand push-ups I switched to 5-5. Pull-ups were all unbroken. Finished 5+27.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press
  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ OH Hold
  • 10 DB Bench Press

These were tough. I used 40-40-45#.

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 10 DB Chest Fly (30#)

3 Sets

  • 10 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (40#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Standing OH DB Tricep Extensions (50#)

I was close to failure on these. Upper body was dead after all that.

Matched with Chin-ups

Sore. All. Over.

Really feeling Friday’s burpees and push-ups in my shoulders and traps. I bought a massage gun for less than $95 on Amazon and I’m really liking it so far.

massage-gun

I jumped on the bike early and we got started with the meat of our workout at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 20:00 BikeErg (10,461m)
  • 40 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats

Test

MAX Strict Chin-ups

I managed 17, which is the same number of pull-ups I did about a month ago. I guess my biceps need more work.

Back

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (50#)

Used open palms and a grip width similar to bar muscle-ups.

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Lay Back Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Supinated Close Grip Lat Pulldowns

Started with 80#, which is what I’d been using for the other giant sets. Went up to 90# for the other three sets, which was rough!

4 Sets

  • 10 Prison Back Fly (20-25-25-25# DBs)
  • 10/10 Elbows Out Kroc Row (35#)

The prison fly is an interesting movement. You’re seated and start bent over with the dumbbells between your legs. As you do a fly, you sit up, rotating your arms, and continuing to raise the DBs overhead.

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 Incline Prone DB Rows (50#)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (45-40-35-30#)

Last time I did 12-10-10-16. Today Brandi started adjusting one DB to speed it up and cut the rest. I got 12-12-12-14.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (25#)
  • 12 Crunches w/ pause (30# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Took the first three movements up a notch. Front rack carries are so good/bad!

Single Linda

I can feel my hamstrings and ass a bit from yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,094m)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • Steamboats
  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

The lifts were done after the handstand push-ups test, using with a 35# dumbbell.

Gymnastics Test

MAX HSPU

My old PR was 23, done three years ago. Was feeling good and got 30!!

Conditioning

Single DB Linda (50/35#)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift (right)
  • Deadlift (left)
  • Floor Press (right)
  • Floor Press (left)
  • Hang Squat Clean (right)
  • Hang Squat Clean (left)

Got this one from @ibex_training. I had just written my own version of DB Linda the night before they posted this. Mine was doing 20-18-16… so same number of overall reps, but with two dumbbells. My version would have been horrible!

I was a little worried about so much bending forward with my back so I kind of took it easy on the first few rounds of squat cleans. I took a short break between sides on the cleans through 8 or 7 and then switched arms to go unbroken the rest of the way. Once you get through 8 you’re basically halfway done with all the reps and can turn on the gas the rest of the way without even resting between the cleans and deadlifts. I finished in 14:19. That was a fun one! Will be interesting to retest it later in the year, trying to go unbroken all the way.

Strength / Gymnastics

5 Sets

  • 10 Lateral Raises (behind back, 10# plates)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 30s HS Hold

I did the first set facing away from the wall and then wall walked up for the other four sets. It’s so much easier to stay in a good position, keep balance, and get my hand to actually touch my shoulder when facing the wall! This was a good little combo.

Partner Up

My back was better through the night again. Feeling good. Garage time at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (102cals, 2.54 km)
  • 2×10 Steamboats

Gymnastics Test

  • 1 Set of MAX Strict HSPU

I got 16, which is one shy of PR.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 Dumbbell Z Press (35#)
  • 10 Bent Elbow Lateral Raise (20# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Combo Shoulder Raise (15# DBs)
  • 10 Upright Rows (53# KB)

Combo shoulder raises are done one arm doing a lateral raise while the other does a front raise. I warmed up bench press with 8×45, 8×95, and 5×145.

4 Sets

  • 8 Bench Press (2×165, 2×155)
  • 8 DB Fly (30#)
  • 8 Bench Press

I used 170 the last time we did this, but it wasn’t after a bunch of other work like today. I was smoked!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP w/ Partner

  • 30 Ring Dips
  • 60 Hang Power Cleans (95/65#)
  • 30 Box Jump (30/24″)
  • 60 Russian KBS (53/35#)

Decided to make this a partner workout at the last minute (and switch from 15:00 of 25-50-25-50) because I only have one set of rings and starting in different positions would have created a completely different workout for each of us. Worked out well and was fun. We split the dips and jumps in fives. The hang power cleans were in tens until the last round where we did fives. Kettlebell swings were in 15s. We finished 3+77 with me going first. That was 115 hang power cleans for me. My hook grip isn’t used to that!

Low Bar Muscle-ups

Made the last minute decision to golf yesterday morning because the weather forecast showed rain for today. Last night I had to mow the damn lawn again. When I got in bed last night I felt my back a bit and then each time I got up to use the bathroom; like a very minor tweak. After properly waking up and moving around it hasn’t bothered me throughout the day though. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (99 cal, 2.51 km)
  • Steamboats
  • 5 Wide Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Bench Press (45#)
  • 5 Close Grip Bench Press (45#)

Strength / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Bench Press
  • 10 Bench Press
  • 10 Close Grip Bench Press

I used 95-105-115# and it made me feel so weak. Haha!!

3 Sets

  • 12 Underhand DB Bench (45#)
  • 24 Single Arm Underhand DB Fly (20#, standing, alternating)

3 Sets

  • 10 Z Press (30-35-35# DBs)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Windmill Press (25# KB, 35-35# DB)

Nasty superset.

4 Sets

  • 10 Front to Lateral Raise (8# DBs)

Wouldn’t really want to go much heavier than that to keep safe.

Was screwing around on the pull-up bar that I lowered since adding the one built from pipe and realized I can do jumping bar muscle-ups in a workout!

Conditioning

12:00 EMOM (45s Work)

  • cal BikeErg
  • Parallette HSPU (4” deficit)
  • T2B
  • 50m Farmer Carry (70# & 53# KBs)

I hit back on the monitor going in to round two and it took forever to save, so didn’t start up right away, but I assume I was pretty close to my other rounds, which were both 20 calories. Went 5-4 on the handstand push-ups each round. Got 20 toes-to-bars each time, but with a different strategy each round, doing 10-10, 10-5-5, and 4×5. I did not wear grips today. Had some extra rest time on the carry, but that got shorter each round.

Area Flooding

I got some super sleep with about 9.5 hours last night and woke up to massive flooding in the surrounding areas. Luckily I’m five miles from the Tittabawassee River. My body feels pretty good. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (635m)
  • Steamboats

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP – 1-2-3…

  • HSPU
  • Burpee
  • Power Clean (115/80#)

Thinking back, this is 3x as long with one more movement, compared to five minutes of burpees and HSPU last month, when I did 7+10. Definitely required more pacing today. I started out at a pretty solid pace though and was through round six around 5:00. I had done all my handstand push-ups unbroken at that point. Then I started breaking them up, going 4-3, 4-4, 3-3-3, 4-3-3, 6-2. Final score was 10+8. I was able to do every set of cleans unbroken, which felt good.

Strength / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Shoulder Press (35#)
  • 50m Double DB OH Carry (35#)

Holding two dumbbells overhead is a real mobility test!

4 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press (50#, w/ rotation)
  • 6 DB Bench Press (50#)

This was much harder than I expected.

3 Sets

  • 12 DB Underhand Bench Press (40#)
  • 24 Alt Seated Underhand Raise (20# DBs)

Gymnastics

Later in the evening I did five minutes of practice doing frog stands to work on hand balance. Then I also did this long hold after a bit of rest to get a video for the ‘gram.