Wednesday Cable Work

I guess I can support the CrossFit brand again, since Greg Glassman is selling to a real CrossFitter and a guy who knows how to run a business. Worked out at the usual 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 BikeErg (4,078m)
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 10 H2H KBS (35#)

Conditioning

  • 30 T2B
  • 40 cal Row
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)
  • 30 T2B
  • 40 cal Ski
  • 50 H2H KBS (53#)

When I came up with this one, I wrote “GRIPPY!!” in my notes.

I went 12-10-8 for the first toes to bars and then 6-6-6-4-3-3-1-1-1-1, so doing something like 5×6 both times probably would have been better. The row took me about two minutes and the ski around 2:45 I think. Swings were unbroken. Finished in 11:48.

Accessory

4 Sets

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

Used 45-95-105-115#, which is the same as last time we did this.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Cable Pull Down & Across (handle, 20#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Cable Tricep Cross Body Extension (handle, 20#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Overhead Tricep Cable Extensions (rope, 35#)

Took some more videos so I can hopefully get out a blog post about the cable pulley system soon. It’s getting so much use!

Strict Breather

Still no pain in my back. I decided to skip PT and core work again yesterday and didn’t really do anything all day.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Presses (25#)
  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises

Tried some toes to bars and I could feel the tightness in my back so did these instead.

Conditioning

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Strict Pull-ups
  • 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 Dumbbell Reverse Lunges (35# DBs)

Got me breathing much harder than I expected. Finished in 10:16.

More Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Ski Erg (triceps only)
  • 15 OH Banded Triceps Extensions (red)

The burn is so bad when you get to round three!

Then I did my floor PT exercises.

Tuesday Triceps

I don’t feel any tightness at all in my back after doing the goblet squats yesterday! Did my floor PT exercises during a lunch break. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (2.47 km, 96 cals)
  • PVC Passes

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10 HSPU
  • MAX DB Shoulder Press (20/35#)
  • 3:00 Rest

My plan was to do all of the handstand push-ups strict, but in the first set I knew that wouldn’t hold. I was able to do all 10 strict for the first two sets. Then I did 6 strict plus 1 strict in to 3 kip, and finally 5 strict plus 5 kip in the fourth. I lost the shoulder presses real quick getting 15-8-6-5 reps.

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • cal Ski Erg
  • Burpees

5:00 Rest and Repeat

When I got a few reps in to that first set of 21 burpees I knew this was going to be bad. Oh shit! My triceps were blown! I was having a hard time pushing myself up off the ground. My ski pace slowed significantly after the first 21 calories. First time through took me exactly 6:00. I started out the second time much slower on the machine, but was able to pick up the pace for the 9 cals and then push the burpees, to make up some ground, getting 6:02.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Hammer Curls (20#)
  • 15 OH Banded Tricep Extension (single red)

Blowing Up Triceps

Feeling pretty good after yesterday, but I’m sure my abs will start getting sore from those 150 sit-ups after zero in a month. My ass isn’t any extra sore from doing more walking lunges. Went in at 1:30.

Warm-up

  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching

I didn’t realize how tired my shoulders were until I started moving.

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

If my shoulders weren’t so beat I would have pushed more more reps. I missed the third rep and another attempt in round eight when I was trying to think about delaying my turnover a little bit. Did four reps in the last round to make up for it.

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2 Parallette HSPU (1 AbMat – 9.25″)
  • 10 HR Push-ups

My shoulders were on the parallettes at the bottom. Really have to concentrate on a deep maximum kip for that much of a deficit.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 8-12 Double DB Incline Skull Crushers (25#)

We weren’t sure what to do on the ski erg, so started out slow and controlled in the first round, which didn’t feel like it really did anything. So we sped up the pace after that and oh shit! You blow up after 15-20 seconds. Then the skull crushers were so much harder too. I did 12 reps for two rounds and then eight reps the other three rounds.

Was planning to do some handstand walking practice, but my triceps were so blown up I could barely hold a handstand! Maybe tomorrow.

Breaking Through

On Sunday night I was exhausted by 9pm. Dumb time change! Woke up with a headache on Monday and took a much needed rest day. Out in the garage around 3:30 today.

Warm-up

3:00 Airdyne

Went 69 calories and 1.6 km.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 2x6x45#
  • 6×135
  • 4×185
  • 2×215
  • 2x5x235
  • 5×240
  • 5×245
  • MAX @ 225 (9)

The program called for 4×5 @ 230-235 and then a max reps set at the base weight. Last cycle I did the four working sets all at 230, so today was a big improvement. My final set of five matches my 5RM and I finally beat my max reps with 225# by two reps after getting exactly seven reps the last four times I’ve tried. 💪 💪  My left arm was actually lagging a little on the heavy set and final max reps, when it’s always been my right. Maybe some of the accessory work is evening things out.

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Recap on BTWB

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated OH Tricep Extensions (50#)
  • 8/8 Concentration Curls (30#)

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

20 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 30s Rest

Settled in around 95 RPM. Total of 734 calories and 10.95 km.

A 2 Minute Challenge

No golf again yesterday because we got so much rain on Thursday night. Courses are still closed today. So I took a complete rest day. Bryan came over at 1 today. I did an easy 5:00 Airdyne (1.43 miles) to get the blood flowing. I’m swapping the order of the pull-up workout this week since I wanted to have a spotter for this.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×225
  • 3×245
  • 3x3x255

That’s my 3RM, which was set about 3 months ago.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×150
  • 3×157.5
  • 3×162.5

Maybe I should do more warm-up sets on these because 150 felt rough but the 2 heavier sets were fine. Next time I’ll have to try an extra set and then do multiple sets at a higher weight. Wanted to get a feel for things today though. 2.5 7.5# under my 3RM.

Accessory

  • 3 Sets
    • 15/15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
    • 20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 3×10/10 Tricep Extensions (30#, single arm)
    • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 40#)

The lifts too a long time today because we were talking so much. Did the accessory as supersets to speed it up.

2 Minute Challenge

  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU

I got 191 and Bryan got 198. According to BTWB that was a 4 rep PR for me. Started with 81 in a row and hit 100 right at the minute mark, but then started missing over 20-30 reps.

Getting Scary

Busy day. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×220
  • 2x3x240
  • 3×245

Not a lot of time left so I figured it was time to start doing some bigger increases. Need to start getting closer to failure in these last few weeks. I’ve been benching inside the rack with support straps whenever I’m alone, but it’s starting to get a little scary as I approach PR weights. I think this is the most I’ve had on the bar since hitting 3×255# during the Open.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×150
  • 3×152.5
  • 3×155

Accessory

  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3×10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (30#)
  • 3×10 Tricep Extensions (single arm, 30#)
  • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 35#)

Ugh – KB presses. I haven’t done them in a few weeks. Swapping for the wider 10# plate on my adjustable bell (to go from 25->30) shifted the balance a lot! I really don’t like the single arm Tricep extensions; feels like a lot of pressure on the elbow.

Conditioning

  • 30 cal Ski Erg
  • 20 Goblet Squats (70#)
  • 10 Target Burpees (ceiling – 14″)

Calories are much different from on the rower! I felt like I was getting 2 for every 3 pulls with an average around 1,250 cal/hr most of the time. Went unbroken on the goblet squats but was breathing really heavy by the end. That jump to the ceiling is big! I missed once being lazy and had to jump again. Finished in 3:13.

8am

Can definitely feel my shoulders and neck this morning! I’m guessing it’s already from the 100 handstand push-ups last night. Out in the garage early before hitting the road.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3x3x225

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×115
  • 3x4x135

Accessory

  • 3×15 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 2×10 Tricep Extensions (single-arm, 30#)
  • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 25#)

Good session. Now we’re off to Nashville to watch the Central Regional.

Off to Bulgaria

Before I head to the airport this afternoon I figured I would knock out the pull-up day, since the hotel’s fitness center probably won’t have a pull-up bar. Looks like they have an assortment of dumbbells so I’ll try to get in some lifting while I’m on my trip. We’ll see how jet lagged I get with the 8 hour time difference though. Jumped on the Airdyne for a 5 minute warm-up and went 1.62 miles.

Push Only

  • 3×12 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×18 Rack Chins
  • 3×12 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Tricep Extensions (50#)

I did quick sets of 7-5 on the regular pull-ups and 5-4-3 with the wide grip.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 25 Push Press (35# DBs)
  • 50 DU

First 2 rounds I did 15-10 on the push press and then all 25 on the last round. Finished at 10:23 with shitty dubs.

Time to pack and head to the airport!

Perfect Pacing

Forgot to hit publish on this yesterday, so it’s going live the morning after, but the post date is correct.

Monday night I started having issues with my sinuses and it hit me full on yesterday. Took the day off work since I couldn’t sit or stand for more than a few minutes without my nose and eyes watering like Niagara Falls. Was supposed to golf, but had to bail again. 🤒  I got out in the garage around 5:30.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×195
  • 5×210
  • 5x5x220

Used 215 last time. Not sure how long these 5# jumps are sustainable.

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×130
  • 3x5x140

Last time I did 2 sets at 135 and one at 140, plus adding in the extra warm-up set. These increases really aren’t sustainable on the shoulder press so I jumped up a bit in volume and increased the weight on 2 of the working sets.

Accessory

  • 3×16 Alternating Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Red)
  • 3×15 Tricep Extensions (40-45-50#)
  • 3×15/15 Landmine Press (80#)

Performance Plus

4 Sets

  • Bench HS Walk (3s hold at end of turn – video)
  • 10 Straight arm pull-downs on low rig (feet on box – video)

Interesting.

Conditioning

10x

  • 1:00 Ski Erg (90% of 500m PR pace)
  • 1:00 Rest

Pace goal came out to about 1:45, which I was holding after the start, but that’s not enough to bring the average down low enough. I got progressively better and longer sprint starts. Splits in meters and average pace were…

  • 282-1:46.3
  • 283-1:46.0
  • 284-1:45.6
  • 284-1:45.6
  • 285-1:45.2
  • 285-1:45.2
  • 286-1:44.8
  • 287-1:44.5
  • 289-1:43.8
  • 293-1:42.3

Came out to a total of 2,858 meters and … 1:44.9! Made it. 😉