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.

Cheatin Sets

My low back was in minor tweak mode this morning, unable to bend over the sink without supporting myself. Upper body is beat from yesterday. In the garage at 4pm.

Handstands

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 4×4 Handstand Tuck Balance
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 2x45s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Accessory

Hammer curls

  • 12×35# DBs
  • 8×30
  • 8×25
  • 8×20
  • 8×15

Tricep pulldowns (rope)

  • 12×71#
  • 8×60
  • 8×54
  • 8×49

Drop sets, but I completely screwed up the number of sets. Should have been five sets of eight after the 12 for each movement.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Box Step-up (24/20″)
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 20 Push Jerk (75/50#)

This went well. My runs were under or right at 2:00 each time. After two rounds I put the bar on my back for a short rest after 12 reps. Then I powered through all 20 at the end. Finished at 28:37.

13.2 After 7.5 Years

I’m really sore in all areas of my upper body. Did a bunch of woodworking last night and this morning, which doesn’t help. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • 5:00 Row (1,300m)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,150m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

Yesterday we started doing wrist warm-up and we’re going to continue before each handstand session. Should help with my hands. After yesterday’s session, I was thinking it was unlikely I’d be doing holds after the four weeks of this program and I wasn’t expecting much from the kick-ups today. But then I did one and it felt so good! We probably did about 15 of them because we were really enjoying it. I was getting right up in to a handstand and able to hold some of them. I was also able to feel myself going too far and save some without hitting the wall. This went so well!!! For the walks we alternated between the two of us and it pretty much ended up being 4-3-2-1 wall walks.

Conditioning

CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.2
10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Shoulder to Overheads (115/75#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (115/75#)
  • 15 Box Jumps/Step-ups (24/20″)

Hard to believe I’ve never done this workout again, when it was one of my best Open workouts ever. I got 8+25 back in 2013. Today I was able to keep a steady, on the border of red lining, the entire workout. I knew I had to. I’m sure my deadlifts are slower these days, but I was still able to PR with 9+3, doing all step-ups.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In (27#)
  • 15 OH Crunches (2s pause, 60# DBs)
  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 80m Sandbag Carry (100#)

Suped-up the original weighted ab workout we did in May to get this. It was very effective!

Going to do some yard work since it’s going to be a nice day before turning tomorrow. Will probably do some woodworking later too. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!

Literally Everything

I’m sore in every part of my body. No exaggeration. No outdoor workout this weekend because of the chilly weather and our schedules. In the garage at 10am today.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (40s Work / 20s Rest)

  • cal Row
  • Step-ups (20″)
  • cal Bike Erg
  • Push-ups
  • H2H KBS (53#)

Meant to be a recovery type workout. Of course after I got a couple of rounds and was feeling good I decided to push it. I went 12-13-13-15-15-16 on the row, 14-15-16-16-16-18 on the step-ups, 12-12-14-14-15-16 on the bike, 32-37-38-39-40-42 push-ups, and 22-22-24-24-24-24 with swings. My body felt much better after moving through this.

Midline

6 Sets

  • 12 Superman
  • 16 Medicine Ball Dead Bug (20#)
  • 25/25m Single Arm OH Carry (53# KB)

Really nice low-key session for a Sunday.

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

Gettin’ Some Vitamin D

My hips were even more sore yesterday and my calves started to get sore. It was a beautiful day, so in the afternoon I went for a 3.5 mile walk. In the evening I did my floor PT exercises. Soreness is mostly gone today. Another great day in the mid 50s. Out in the garage at 4pm

Warm-up

6:00 Airdyne

Went 111 calories and 2.92 km.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Step-ups (27″)
  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 15 HSPU
  • 20 Step-ups (27”)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 5 HSPU
  • 700m Run (around block)

After a few reps I realized I had put a 15″ block in my stack instead of the 12, making it 27 instead of 24. Whoops! Stuck with it. I broke the pull-ups and handstand push-ups in to all sets of fives. On the 30 step-ups I went 10 each leg and then five each and then 10 each for the 20. My first round was somewhere around 9:30 and total time was 30:31.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 50 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 24 Hammer Curls (alt, 25# DBs)

Felt good so I kept going from one to the other without rest. Also added the fourth set for more of a burn. The pull aparts got nasty in the third set, but I was able to stay unbroken on them.

I Started Physical Therapy

Yesterday I started PT and had the evaluation. He thinks my big muscles around the spine are doing too much of the work and the smaller stabilizer muscles aren’t firing. Since I wanted to go with a Monday and Thursday schedule he gave me a few things to get started.

pt-kegels

Yesterday I did those twice, did the McGill Big 3 and power walked a mile on the treadmill at about 3.8 mph. Before lunch today I walked 20 minutes and did the PT exercises. Then went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups

Air squats were a little iffy, so I held on to the rig for the second set.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 12 DB Lateral Raises (10#)

I used a slight incline on the bench so that it wouldn’t be sitting at a straight 90 degrees and I put an AbMat at my low back. Class was doing shoulder presses. The raises were becoming a challenge after a few sets.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 8 Step-ups (22″)
  • 2×50’ Sled Push (90#)
  • 8 Bench Press (135#)

All subbed movements for cal row, high box jumps, burpees, and dumbbell snatches. The sled push was a good idea from Casey and today was the first time I’d done some step-ups since the injury. Felt more like myself today, though I still didn’t get my heart rate up that high. Finished in 15:16.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises tonight.

F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.

Back at the Whip

Holy shit, by 7pm last night my back was twitching all over the place (and still is doing it some this morning) from concentrating on better movement with the Kroc rows! I got another 9+ hours of sleep last night, but this cold is still lingering. I’m limping a little on both calves instead of only the right one. My back is a bit aggravated. I got to the scale for the first time in weeks and as expected my weight is up. Was just over 206 pounds, so it’s time to cut.

Today CrossFit Whip reopened in the basement, which will be where the less skill focused “Sweat” classes will be held. The CrossFit area upstairs isn’t ready yet. I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10/10 Leg Swings

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP

  • 50 Push-ups
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters (20# DBs)
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50 Step-ups (24″)
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 H2H KBS
  • 50 Step-ups
  • 50 Overhead Walking Lunges
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 50 Push-ups

I did 5×10 push-ups, 5×10 thrusters, and averaged around 1,200 cal/hr on the rower the first time. It was 12 steps for me to get across the floor, which was a good place to rest and then I took two extra steps on my fourth length. Alternated lead legs every five step-ups, did the swings unbroken and kept slowly moving through the burpees. My second row was more like 1,000 cal/hr or lower. I think I started with 10 thrusters, and then did some fives with holding the dumbbells at my sides for a quick rest, then held on for 15 final reps. I ended up getting through 45 thrusters, so only had five left and the 50 push-ups. I subbed step-ups instead of box jumps because of my calves and hand-to-hand swings instead of American swings because of my back.

I can’t remember the last time a chipper like this was programmed. I bet this didn’t come from the Chalk Online – CrossFit program, which is what we usually follow. Looks like one of Ryan Fischer’s Chalk Online – Sweat! workouts.

Midline & Gymnastics

3 Sets

Stayed after for some extra work.

60 Strict

My back is feeling pretty good, but my legs and ass are getting sore. Out in the garage around 10:30.

Intervals

4 Rounds

  • 4:30 Airdyne
  • 4:30 Rest

I tried to average around 85 PRM, doing 169, 169, 166, and 169 calories and 3.04, 3.02, 3.01, and 3.04 km.

Back in the garage around 4pm.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (40s of work)

  • Strict Pull-ups
  • Double Unders
  • HS Hold
  • Step-ups (20″)
  • Ski

I did 5×2 pull-ups, about 55 dubs, the full handstand hold, 5-5-3-3 step-ups, and 10 calories on the Ski Erg. Got shitty after about three rounds. Felt good about the consistency though, especially being able to do 60 strict pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 20 Alternating V-ups

After the first round I did 20-10 plank jumps and 10-10 on the V-ups. Finished in 7:15.

I may rest tomorrow.