Struggling Pulldowns

My hamstrings are feeling yesterday a bit.

Warm-up

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 7 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Floor Press (40#)

Arms

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (50#)
  • 12 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 12 Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 60#)

I was on the struggle bus with the pulldowns today and had to take breaks in my final set.

3 Sets

  • 10 Front Raises (10#)
  • 10 Lateral Raises (10#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Push Jerks (75#)
  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (75#)
  • 15 DB Floor Press (35#)
  • 1:00 Rest

I finished at 12:04 with round times of 1:49, 1:30, 1:32, 1:33, and 1:29. Not sure why round one was so slow. The push jerks were getting tough in those final two rounds.

Straight Through Legs

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe Touches
  • 20 Trunk Twists

Legs

  • 3 Rounds
    • 20 Skaters
    • 250m Standing BikeErg
    • 16 Air Squats
  • 3 Rounds
  • 4 Sets
    • 6/6 Lateral Step-ups (20″, 30-40-50-60# DB)

Slight tweaks to the format we’ve been liking with different movements and placements for the types. Was supposed to be 10 goblet squats in that first section, but my back has something lingering so I scaled back and did the Sumo deadlifts instead of a classic. We went straight through again and I went first today. Took us 27:12.

Storming

Planned on golfing today, but the course was closed when I pulled in. We had a big storm last night with trees down everywhere and a lot of places, including the course, without power.

30:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Burpees Box Get Overs (47″)
  • 200m Run
  • 50m OH DB Carry (50#)
  • 60 DU
  • 15 KB Sumo Deadlift (70#)

This was really good. I held a steady pace and got through 6 rounds, 6 burpees, and about 180 meters of the run.

Sorry Snatch

Warm-up

2 Sets

  • 10 Weighted Dead Bugs (15# plate)
  • 10 Half Kneeling Pallof Press (red)
  • 10 Front Rack Marches (30# DBs)
  • 10 Straight Legged Glute Bridge Marches
  • 10 Slow Goblet Squats (35#)

This came from Bethany.

  • 5 Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Power Snatch (75#)
  • 3 Power Snatch (95#)

Weightlifting

  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Power Snatch (115-115-125-125)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 2 Power Snatch (135-145-155)
  • 3:00 EMOM – 1 Power Snatch (175-185, 2 misses at 195)

I “Clarked” that second miss. Just haven’t been lifting heavy all of 2020. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Conditioning

Partner Chipper

  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)
  • 40 Burpees
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 80 Sumo Deadlifts (155/105#)
  • 60 cal SkiErg
  • 40 Burpees
  • 80 Thrusters (45/35#)

We went 15-15-10 on the thrusters to start and then 4×10 at the end. Burpees were 5 at a time and I flew through mine on the return. We did 3 rounds on the ski with a 12/8 split to get our 60s and I tried to hold around 1,200 cal/hr. The deadlifts lit up my hammies and ass, doing 10 at a time. Finished in 21:11.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 16 Landmine Twists (45# + 25#, club grip)
  • 10/10 Hanging Oblique Knee Raises
  • 20 Weighted Jack Knives (20# DB)
  • 20s Hollow Hold

Handstands

  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push (wide)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 4 Eagle Arms
  • 30s Dead Hang Partner Push

That was a full two hour session today.

No Max Test Today

Complete rest day yesterday. Up in my left scap was feeling like there was a knot, but it’s improved today. My inner thighs are oddly sore. Workout at 3:30.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,539m)
  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Was going to test a max set of strict ring dips, but my shoulders were not having it with.

Handstands

  • 5 Kick-ups (bad leg)
  • 5 Kick-ups (good leg)
  • 2×1:00 Wall-facing Handstand Hold
  • 2×1:00 Frog Stands
  • 3×5 Kick-ups (finding balance)

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 KB Sumo Deadlifts (70/53#)
  • 15 DB Hang Clean & Jerks (30/20#)

I did shoulder presses for the most part and some cleans right in to a push press. Unbroken all the way for a time of 4:55. Shoulders need some rest!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 7/7 Hip Abducted Evil Wheel
  • 12 OH Crunch (60# DBs)
  • 10/10 Side Bend (60# DB)
  • 30s/30s Side Plank

Gonna be feeling this stuff!

Wrist / Forearms

  • 10/10s Bottoms Up KB Hold (20#)
  • 2 Sets 20/20s Bottoms Up KB Hold (15#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Wrist Curls (12#)
    • 10 Reverse Wrist Curls (12#)

Cramping in the Upper Abs

Not a great night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,527m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 40 Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 12 Handstand Kick Up Against Wall (~10s + pull feet away)

Got 2-3 solid holds with my feet off the wall. Progressing!

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP (Partner)

  • 8 HSPU
  • 12 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53/35#)
  • 16 Plyo Lunge
  • 12 HR Push-ups
  • 12/8 cal Row
  • 4 Power Cleans (185#)

The work is done by each person before moving to the next movement. I went first and got through 8 full rounds plus row. Handstand push-ups felt really smooth. My balance and cycling were feeling much improved from the handstand work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20s Weighted Hollow Flutter Kick (10# plate)
  • 20 Weighted alt V-Ups (10#)
  • 20 Weighted OH Crunches (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twist (10#)
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts

A good one from Ibex Training.

My upper abs felt like they were cramping in the middle of round two. I forgot to note the exact time but it was around 7:10-7:30.

Before the Tweak

Felt pretty good this morning after another good night of sleep. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,526m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

3 Rounds (NFT)

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (15#)
  • 20s Handstand 90 degree Hover
  • 10 Wall-facing Handstand Sponge Shift

Went with a light kettlebell so I wouldn’t tax my shoulders too much going in to the hovers. Yesterday was frustrating and I didn’t want a repeat of that after feeling like things had been progressing so well through this program. Today was 100 times better. I was really starting to balance in that hover position and I was able to do the sponge shifts unbroken each round with the final round being my best, especially when balancing on my right side, which struggles.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 20 Walking Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 10 Good Mornings (75#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Goblet Squats (70# KB)
  • 12 DB Step-ups (24″, 50# DBs)

This superset was absolutely brutal!

Was feeling like my back was going to tweak on me after getting through to this point, so I adjusted the next superset. I’ll bet it was the good mornings. I probably shouldn’t try to do those, even though I went super light.

3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)
  • 30s Superman Hold

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Push-up + DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s cal BikeErg
  • 15s Rest
  • 45s Renegade Rows (50# DBs)
  • 15s Rest

First round was 17-16-18-20 and then 20-19-20-22 for the second round. My legs were on fire during round two on the bike.

Sick, but Recovering

Started getting stuffed up on Monday night and woke up with my WHOOP recovery in the yellow after a seven day green streak. Sinuses really started bothering me as the day progressed. My quads and ass were getting very very sore! Made New Year’s Eve a rest day. I took a nice nap, loaded up on drugs through the day, and was in bed at 10pm. Still not feeling great this morning and my quads are still on fire. Out in the garage at 11.

Warm-up

5:00 Airdyne

Did 112 calories and 2.66 km.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)

A way for me to easy back into some lifting and see how my back handles a little load. When holding the kettlebell in my right arm I could feel my back a little unless I made an adjustment to my positioning.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 2:00 Sandbag Cleans over the Box (100#, 48″)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Rope Pulls
  • 1:00 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Not going to lie, I was scared when I went to pick up the sandbag for a warm-up attempt. No issues though. I twisted my ankle on a rep in the first or second round when I came down on the sandbag, but walked it off right away and it never bothered me. Just made sure to jump down to the side of the bag from there on out. I did 10-12-12-13 with the sandbag, 9 rope pulls each time, and 25-23-25-25 push-ups. Tried for some larger sets in that third round, which just made me rest more, hence the fewer reps.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups (3s Pause)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bird Dogs + 10s pause

Double the Run

My abs are still sore and my back is a little tight. I’ve had a bit of a throat tickle and some hacking the last two days. Not sure where that came from. Out in the garage around 11am.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

39:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

I was able to keep a significantly better pace than I did for the 36 minute rides. Did 1,111 calories and 24.16 km. Later I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 8 Goblet Squats (40# DB)
    • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Front Squat

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 4x5x155

Single Leg KB Deadlift

5x 10/10 (53#)

My back is pretty tight from the lifting yesterday so I didn’t want to push it on the squats. The deadlifts were done in between squat sets.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 400m Run
  • 9 Sumo KB Deadlifts (88#)

I did every round of wall balls unbroken. I don’t know what I was thinking going out on the 400 meter course, but as soon as I hit the turn-around point I realized my mistake. Should have only been running 200s, but after one I already committed and stuck with it. The workout was programmed as 15 calories on the rower, but some of us ran since it was a packed house. I also modified from the 225# deadlifts. Finished 4 rounds plus 2 wall balls.

Looking back at my heart rate in WHOOP, it would get up during the wall balls and then it would drop on the run. I need to get better at pushing the runs in stuff like this with a higher heart rate because it was only around 130-135 which is more of what you’d want to see for endurance running.

10×10 Unbroken

Walked 18 holes on the golf course yesterday and my calf wasn’t an issue. Today it feels even better. Out in the garage at noon.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

**Endurance pace with sprints for 7 seconds @ 5:00, 10, 15, 20 and recover to endurance

Went 700 calories and 14.37 km. I finally switched the units on my Airdyne over to kilometers, which should give me more distance precision. Less than 6 months through 2019 and I’ve already put more distance on my bike than any other year.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)
  • 500m Row
  • Tabata
    • Good mornings (PVC)
    • PVC Passes
    • 15 Hand Release Push-ups
    • Jumping Jacks

I started to head out for a 400m run but only made it a few steps. My calf was having none of that. The jumping jacks weren’t great either.

Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 15 cal Row
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (88#)
  • 5:00 EMOM
    • 10 HSPU

My average pace on the rower was around 1,700 cal/hr and it was taking me 28-32 seconds to finish. Regular 225# deadlifts were programmed, but I’m not going crazy with my back. I figured I’d see how long I could stay unbroken on the handstand push-ups and I made every set! They slowed down over time, but it wasn’t really a struggle. I didn’t expect that for 100 reps.