Back Scare

When I got up to pee a couple times during the night I couldn’t stand up straight and even when I woke up for good my back wasn’t great. Was just like a back tweak. After sitting and drinking my coffee I felt pretty fine though. I spent two hours in my workshop milling up some boards and then hit a workout at noon today.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.49 km)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (rope, 60-65-65-65#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (115-120-120-120#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54-54#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pulldown (104-115-115#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldown (104-115-115#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldown (104-115-115#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 60-65-65-65#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (rope, 60-65-65-65#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (green)

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 alt Hanging Straight Single Leg Raises (5# ankle weights)
  • 10/10 Hanging Oblique Knee Raises (5# ankle weights)
  • 40 Hollow Scissor Kicks (5# ankle weights)
  • 6/6 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels

Spent close to three more hours in the workshop later on, which I think my legs will feel tomorrow. I felt a twinge in my back a few times through today’s workout, but otherwise I would never believe how I felt early this morning.

Last Day of Holiday Vacation

Spent several hours yesterday sitting on the floor of my hobby room, organizing and working on stuff. Don’t seem to be experiencing any adverse effects from it or yesterday’s workout. My triceps are still sore and feeling some in my chest too. Out in the garage by 1:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows
  • 10 Overhand Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Incline Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Face Pulls
  • 10 Hammer Curls

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Back Flies

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 120′ Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 15 OH Plate Crunches (55#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (55#)

Decided to do it for time, to get my heart rate up. It took 8:09. Gripping the 55 pound plate for the twists and moving it across the body took some getting used to.

Time for a rest day tomorrow, especially with having to go back to work. Vacation has been nice.

Late Start, Long Day

Busy Sunday morning before a bit of a late start at almost 10:30 and then a very busy day (as I’m typing this up on Monday morning and backdating it).

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 Superman
    • Cobra

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (rope, 49-49-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (54#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (green)

Drop Sets – Dumbbell Curls

  • 15 @ 35#
  • 12 @ 30
  • 12 @ 25
  • 12 @ 20
  • 20 @ 15

Much better doing these when we haven’t destroying our biceps already. I went five pounds heavier than last time and should probably try starting at 40 next time. I was swinging the weights quite a bit though.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Bicycles
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Crunches (Hands reaching OH)
  • 10s Rest

Another good one from IBEX! I tried to remember my numbers and think I did 32-34-34-36 bicycles, 8-8-9-9 leg lifts, and 14-15-15-15 crunches.

Hang Like a Monkey

My triceps were a little sore this morning.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (675m)
  • 3 Sets
    • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (8# DBs)
    • 12 PVC Passes
    • 10 Push-ups

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Got one more on my first set that two weeks ago and same on the other sets, with 13-8-7.

4 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Straight Arm Lat Pull Down (49#)
  • 10/10 Static Curls (25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10/10 PVC Supported DB Row (53# KB)
  • 8/8 Static Hammer Curls (25# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Wide Underhand Row (104-115-115-115#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Flys (30# DBs)

Drop Sets – DB Curls

  • 18×30#
  • 12×25#
  • 12×20#
  • 16×15#
  • 20×12#

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 10 Reverse V-ups (use sliders)
  • 10 Weighted Jack Knives (20#)
  • 10/10 Standing DB Windmill (15#)
  • 10/10 Weighted Side Plank Pulses (40#)

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 2 Wrist Roller (barbell on rack, blue band, 30#)
  • 20/20s Single Arm Hang

Working on a Room

I painted the old office (to be my hobby room) last night and again this morning, since I was up early. Out in the garage at 10am for the workout.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85 km)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,165m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,615m)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (49#, rope)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104-109-109-109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (2x blue, 2x green)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 25 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 25 Crunches⁣
  • 25 Leg Lifts
  • 25 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 25 Plank Hip Dips

This one came from Morgan, who I found when looking for handstand tips. Took me 9:34 to finish.

I had hoped to get new flooring installed in the hobby room today, but only got about 2/3 done. As I type this up at night I’m beat up!

Shelf Upgrade

Yesterday afternoon I finally started working on my old office, tearing out the carpet, padding, and tack strips. My back got pretty tight. Last night my arms started getting pretty sore from Friday’s workout. This morning, I remade one of the garage gym shelves and then we worked out at 10am.

Warm up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.55 km)
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 30s Dead Hang
    • 10 PVC Passes

Back & Biceps

3 Sets

  • MAX Wide Grip Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 12-8-7.

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (49-49-60-60#)
  • 10 Hammer Curls (30# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Kneeling Lat Pull Down (104-115-115-126#)
  • 10 Seated Bent Over DB Fly (35# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (wide bar, 104#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Curls (56#)

3 Sets

  • 21s (25#)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30s Plank Cross Body K2E
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s Jack Knives (20# KB)
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s OH Sit-up (20#)
  • 5s Rest
  • 30s Weighted Holly Body Leg+Hip Lift (20#
  • 35s Rest

This is a DLB workout. The five seconds was basically a transition time so we’d get a full 30 seconds of work and then one full 30 seconds off. I don’t know my exact reps but it was around 26-12-12-10 every round.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Wrist Curls (15#)
  • 1 Wrist Roller (5#)

2 Sets

  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

Back Again

I did another hour of yard work yesterday afternoon to finish the leaf cleanup for the year. My upper body started getting sore from Friday. Headed out to the garage just after 7am for some cardio before watching the Masters.

Conditioning

  • 10:00 TrueForm Run (1.72km)
  • 10:00 SkiErg (2,180m)
  • 10:00 BikeErg (5,018m)
  • 10:00 Row (2,557m)

As I cooled down I did 10 minutes of breath counting meditation, which I’ve been doing daily since Thursday.

With our new training block, epic back days are making a return. Out in the garage at 3:30pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run
  • 2 Sets
    • 10 DB Shrugs (40#)
    • 10 Kip Swings (wide grip)
    • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Rope Face Pull (49#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 External rotation pull down (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (blue)

It was good to be back to doing a long back day!

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 PVC Sit-ups (feet anchored)
  • 10 Strict Hanging Leg Lifts
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Didn’t expect the sit-ups to burn so much, but my upper abs were on fire! Finished in 7:21. This is another good one from Kristi.

9 is the Best Nano

Feeling yesterday’s workout already. Out in the garage at 9:30 to start.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 400m Run
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg
  • 500m SkiErg

I got faster as it went because my heart rate and breathing felt good. Then I really picked it up in the third round because I wanted to make sure I had time to finish the next run. Got through 3+506m.

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • 20 Hollow Lats with Foam Roller
  • 45/30/45/30s Hollow Body Wall Walk w/ 1:00 rests
  • 30s Wall-facing Handstand Hold

Those controlled wall walks with a focus on quality are a lot harder. Excited to see where this program goes.

Back & Chest

3 Sets

  • 10/10/10 Bench Press (105#, wide, neutral, close)
  • 12 Reverse Close Grip Kneeling Lat Pulldown (104#)
  • 20s Superman Hold

3 Sets

  • 12 Chest Fly (35-40-40#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Straight Arm Pull Down (49#)
  • 10 Supermen

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm DB Bench Press w/ Hold (50#)
  • 12 Seated Cable Row (115#)

Yeah, the upper body is feeling rough from that weight vest work on the rings. Not looking forward to how tomorrow will feel.

Another pair of Nano 9! These shoes are so good.

Double Duty Day

I took the day off from work for Labor Day. Decided to “rest” yesterday though I was going nonstop all day on projects around the house and yard. Out in the garage at 11am for same cardio.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 700m Run
  • 1,500m BikeErg

I planned on 1,400 meters, but I was day dreaming during round one and went too far, so I adjusted. Really happy with my effort on both movements. My runs took 3:22, 3:16, 3:18, and 3:14. My rides on the bike took 2:52, 2:50, 2:50, and 2:42. Each time there was about about 10 total seconds of transition getting on the bike, starting up the computer, and getting off to head back out. Total time was 25:03. I did some math and that was a sub 8:00/mile pace for the running.

Sweet, WHOOP even recognized it was a duathlon(ish)!

Brandi didn’t make it home in time, so I hit a second session solo at 6pm.

Back & Chest

I did 10×45 and 5×115 to warm up my bench press.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (double handles, 93-98-104-109#)
  • 10 Bench Presses (165#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (kneeling, 109-115-120-126#)
  • 14 Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60-65-71-71#)
  • 10 Incline DB Flies (35-40-40-45#)

A lot of increases over last week. The movements are feeling good!

5 Rounds

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 10 Clapping Push-ups

This was a nice explosive burner to finish the session. Took me 4:13.

I was kind of exhausted in the afternoon. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a double session and I actually felt much better after lifting.

Done Early

Last night while sitting on the couch I noticed my hamstrings were sore when I put a little pressure on them. Maybe from something on Wednesday? Out in the garage at 9:30 this morning.

Warm-up / Conditioning

  • 20:00 BikeErg (10,012m)

Back & Chest

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Rows (82-93-98-104#)
  • 16 DB Bench Presses (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns (104-115-120-126#)
  • 12 Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldowns (60-60-65-65#)
  • 10 Incline DB Flies (30-35-35-40#)

I felt strong today or maybe it’s a real pulley system feels that much better. All done before 11am!