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!

Bring it Back

Pulled the bikes out on the back patio at 9:30.

Conditioning

30:00 Airdyne (AD2)

I haven’t been on the Airdyne in a long time and always tend to use the BikeErg now. Figured I’d change things up. Went 16.36km with 706 calories.

Chest

6 Sets

  • 20s Banded Ring Push-ups (red)
  • 40s Rest

I did 12 reps each time. This didn’t feel great on the outside of my arms, which were all rubbed up from the straps doing ring dips yesterday.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 10×195
  • 8×205
  • 6×215
  • 4×225
  • 3×235
  • 2×245
  • 1×255 (fail)

Brought out this 10-8-6-4-3-2-1 bench workout I used to do with my buddy Tom over 15 years ago. The idea is to be near failure on every set. Glad I decided to drop down from my planned starting weight. I gave up mentally before even unracking the bar with 255. Too much negative self talk after being afraid at 245.

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Back

5 Sets – EMOM

  • MAX Weighted Strict Pull-ups (40# vest)

Went better than expected, but was really hard! I did 6-4-4-3-3.

3 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 12/12 PVC Parallette Kroc Rows (53# KB)

3 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (104#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Used the new pulley system and made it work for today. So nice to have a real weight stack. Now it’s time to take it all back apart and make some more improvements.

AC-less

Spent all day yesterday withDad pulling out some old AC units and patching up the holes in the walls. Was not a rest day! Now I’ll be without AC in my bedroom for just over two weeks until the mini splits are installed. We worked from before 8am to after 8pm without much break time.

Fitnessed at noon today.

Conditioning

20:00 BikeErg

Real easy pace today out on the back patio. It was hot in the sun. Went 9,548 meters.

Chest

3 Sets

  • 8 Incline DB Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Incline DB Chest Fly (25#)
  • 8 Incline DB Bench Press (45#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Dead Bug Single Arm Bench Press (50# DB)
  • 10 Decline Push-ups

Back

3 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (60#)
  • 10 Bent Over Back Fly (35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (115#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (40-45-50#, alt elbow in/out)

Midline

3 Sets

  • 50/50m Single Arm OH Carry (50#)
  • 30 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 100m Sandbag Carry (100#)
  • 12/12 Side Plank Row (cable, 30#)

This was like an old school strongman metcon. Nice change up for the core work.

Stormy Ride

Turned out I didn’t have pink eye. Must have been some type of irritation after mowing the lawn in the morning yesterday. It was all good later in the day. My entire body hurt last night, through the night, and this morning from laying laminate flooring for almost 6 hours. I slept like shit because I couldn’t get comfortable. After my coffee and doing more work on the new office flooring this morning I actually felt much better. Out in the garage at 9:30 for the workout, in the middle of a big storm, which cooled things down and gave us a nice breeze. The humidity kicked in later.

Warm-up

  • 30:00 BikeErg

I was feeling even better as I got in to this and kept increasing my pace. Went 15,383 meters.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (55#)

I’m still doing these with an open palm, but I feel like my hands are going to slip sooner or later since my homemade lat bar rotates.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)

These are terrible every fucking time. The pulleys on my system seem to be failing. Maybe I need something that can handle more volume, because this is the second different type I’ve tried.

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 85#)
  • 12 Seated Bent Over Back Fly (2@35, 2@30# DBs)

I was losing form and cheating too much so I dropped to lighter dumbbells for the last two sets.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Landmine Rows (45 + 40-45-50-55#)

I kneeled on a bench with one leg and arm again to help give my back some support. Felt better with the movement this week.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 16 OH Crunches (w/ pause, 50# DBs)
  • 40 Weighted Bicycles (5# ankle weights)
  • 8/8 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 100m Front Rack Carry (155#)

I kept the ankle weights on for everything again. I really don’t even notice them on the carries anymore. This was one of the worst weighted ab workouts we’ve done, especially since it was only three sets. The front rack carries suck for that distance, but I got through them without a problem. Don’t get me wrong, I was breathing like I just ran a 7:00 mile after each set.

Paint, Workout, Paint

Didn’t sleep great, but WHOOP has me in the green for the first time in over a week. My body feels pretty beat from the last two days. My hands probably feel the worse, from 50 muscle-ups and then moving the pool table. More painting today. Out in the garage at 3pm.

Back

After a few weeks of mostly heavy work, we’re going back to higher rep supersets and we’ll go heavy on the stuff we were doing drop sets with.

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns (55#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (85#)
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (85#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (double handle, 80#)
  • MAX Ring Rows (13-10-8-8)

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Row
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Fly (35# DBs)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm Landmine Rows (45+40#, 45+50#, 45+55#)

Midline

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Oblique Knee Raise (5# ankle weights, hands on bench)
  • 12 Yoga Ball Crunch (30# DB)
  • 8/8 Standing DB Windmill (30# DB)
  • 100m Sandbag Bear Hug Carry (100/65#)

Wore my 5# ankle weights for every movement of the three sets.

Straight back to more painting after the workout!

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!

Up to Twelve

It was nice to get out of town and see my Dad yesterday, walking 18 holes together. Today I was out in the garage early for some cardio (love the new BikeErg!) before a 10am start.

Warm-up

  • 15:00 BikeErg (7,832m)
  • PVC Passes

Wheeled the bike out back in the sun again. Increased pace every five minutes.

Back

4 Sets

  • 12 Straight Arm Pull Down (45#)

Use open palms, which forces you to engage your lats more because you can’t “pull down” with your arms.

4 Sets

  • 12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

My bright idea to go from sets of 10 to 12. Idiot!

4 Sets

  • 12 DB Pullover (50#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)

5 Set Drop Set

  • 8 DB Back Fly (40# DBs)
  • 4 Max rep Drop Sets (35-30-25-20#)

I did twelve reps for the first three drop sets and then hold on for a whopping 20 reps.

Skills

I helped Brandi with some bar muscle-up drills and worked on ring false grip and a strict muscle-up a bit with the rings at ring dip height. The false grip is so uncomfortable!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (55#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Front Rack Carry (155/105#)

Improved the knee-in movement by getting some straps  to use around my feet instead of the band I used last week. I’d like to go even heavier for the crunches so may have to try with a barbell. Forgot how nasty a front rack carry can be.

Add Hip Abduction

Each night my back seems to be a bit worse, though hasn’t bothered me rolling over yet. Has been fine after I’m up and moving around, which is good. My ass is sore from yesterday! Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 10:00 BikeErg (4,426m)
  • Monster Walks
  • 20 PVC Passes

Back

5 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pull Down (35, 4×50#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Behind Neck Lat Pull Downs (80#)
  • 10 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs (80#)

This gets so bad. I think the 40 muscle-ups from yesterday really affected those close grip pull downs.

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (75#)
  • MAX Strict Chin-ups (10-8-6-5)

Why are strict chin-ups so hard after all this stuff?

4 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Row
  • 10 Seated Bent Over Back Flies (30# DBs)

Haven’t done the bar rows in a long time. I like those.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Low-Pulley Knee-In w/ pause (20#)
  • 12 Plate Crunches w/ pause (45#)
  • 5/5 Hip Abducted Evil Wheels
  • 50m Sandbag Carry (100#)

I’m going to be feeling this for a few days. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good with evil wheels, but the hip abduction is a game changer. I used a PVC pipe through a 45# plate, which also adds a lot more instability compared to a barbell with plates.

In the evening I modified an old ab wheel.