On Sabbatical

My three month sabbatical from work started this week, so I’ve been doing a lot of work to finish up the living room wall project and haven’t been in the gym since Friday. On Saturday we did go for a 8.53 mile hike that took almost 4 hours!

Warmed up with about 20 PVC passes.

Arms

4 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Barbell Curl (35-45-4×55#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Close Grip Bench Press (55-115-135-155-175-190#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Decline Hammer Curl (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (60#)
  • 20 Tricep Pulldown (Rope, 49#)

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Static DB Curls (25#)
  • 12 MB Push-up

Midline

4 Sets

  • 12 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 25s Rest
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 25s Rest

Cutting 5 seconds off those rests makes a big difference. Finished in 5:32.

Two Thirties Instead of One Minute

Did some PVC passes to warm-up, but that’s about it.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Barbell Curl (35-50-50-55-55#)

5 Sets

  • 12 Close Grip Bench Press (45-95-120-135-150#)

3 Sets

  • 10-10-12 Decline Hammer Curl (30#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Double DB Skull Crushers (30-30-35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Single DB Curl (60#)
  • 20 Reverse Tricep Pulldown (Bar, 49 – 51.5 – 54#)

3 Sets

  • 20 Cable Curl (43#)
  • 12 MB Push-up

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Partner Leg Lift + Throws

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 30s Rest

A version of workout we’ve done countless times, which is just a minute rest after each round. This allowed us to keep up the intensity. It took me 6:08.

Push Off the Side

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Monster Toe touches
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 10 RDL (85#)

Legs

  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (L, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up
  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (R, 40-45-50-60#, 20”)
  • 15 Side Lunge with knee up

The side lunge with knee up was something new to try for this superset. Wasn’t sure how it would go, so I didn’t increase weight.

4 Sets

  • 10 RDLs (2×135, 2×155#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went up 10 pounds on each.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP – 2-4-6…

  • Devil Press (35# DBs)
  • C2B Pull-ups

B had found this on the ‘gram several weeks ago and we saved it. Two of my least favorite movements. I pulled out an old pair of grips I hadn’t used in years and they weren’t the greatest. I did all double kipping chest-to-bar pull-ups because that movement seems to get me for some reason. Finished the 10s and then picked up the pace to finish the 12 devil presses.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

She keeps bringing this workout back out and sucks every time. I decided not to try going unbroken even from the start, so I took a quick break between movements. Finished in 6:42.

First Outdoor Gym Workout

I painted the wall ball targets during lunch so we could get in our first workout in the outdoor area today!

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Romanian Deadlifts (95#)

Legs

  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (L, 40-45-50-60#)
  • 20 Banded Adductor (L, purple)
  • 12-10-8-6 Lateral Step-ups (R, 40-45-50-60#)
  • 20 Banded Adductor (R, purple)

We’d superset with one leg before doing the second leg. Then increase the weight and decrease the reps and repeat.

4 Sets

  • 10 RDLs (2×125, 2×145#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP – Partner – IGYG Rounds

  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (12′)
  • 1 Rope Climb (12′)

This is the work I did. Had only done wall balls once or twice since the pandemic and they felt good, able to go unbroken with ease each round. The rope climbs were a bit of a struggle and will improve. I wasn’t jumping up like I normally would, to make the climb longer. I got through 7 rounds and B got 7 wall balls in to her 7th.

Midline

4 Round Tabata

  • 12 Windshield Wipers (40# DB)
  • 12 Tuck-ups
  • 36 Russian Twists
  • 8-9-10-11 Leg Lifts

Interesting that I was able to keeping getting another leg lift, since those are usually where I struggle.

Moving Sand

On Saturday we spent about 2 hours hauling sand and then I mowed the lawn. That was enough for the day.

On Sunday morning I did more yard work, we had some plans, and we got out in the garage around 4:30 to start a workout. Neither of us were in to it and we decided to go for a walk instead, which was about 2.7 miles. Bodies just needed a break I think.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. In the evening I made 10 more trips carrying two 5-gallon buckets of sand to the dumpster, which was done in less than 30 minutes.

We really haven’t worked out since Friday! Up near my hip socket started feeling weird today around 3pm when I was sitting at my desk.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,041m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster walks
  • 80′ Monster walks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 2×165

I was supposed to be doing a 10:00 EMOM of 3 reps, but I only got through the first set and then on in the second set I had some shooting pain from that left leg. So after pouting a couple of minutes I sat down and worked my shoulders

6:00 EMOM

  • 5 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (50#)

Conditioning

27-21-15-9

  • cal BikeErg
  • Push-ups

Was supposed to be deadlifts with 225 (planned to scale back to 185), but I could feel my leg when I tried a couple reps with 95 pounds. So I decided to use the bike. Was able to go unbroken on the push-ups and finished in 5:01

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Been a long time since we’d done this one and it showed. Took me 6:43.

Back

3 Sets

  • 12 High pulley underhand row (double handle, 93-82-82#)
  • 12 Incline DB Row (35#)

3 Sets

  • 12 Incline Straight Arm Pulldown (60#)
  • 12 Incline Lat Pulldown (forward facing, 93#)

I’m going to sit here and hit my leg with the massage gun. I really hope this isn’t some new injury. Maybe some kind of pinched nerve from sitting all day.

Unbroken Thirty Minutes

Normal 4pm workout.

Warm-up

  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Burpees
    • 20/20/20 Banded Arm Circles
    • 20s Dead Hang
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 6 Step-ups (24″)
  • 8 Lunges
  • 5 C&J (65#)

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 C&J (95#)
  • 15 Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Step-ups (24″, 40# DBs)
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 16 DB Lunges (40# DBs)

Straight 🔥 with this one, as expected. The clean and jerks, step-ups, and lunges were each taking about 30 seconds. The pull-ups and push-ups were around 15. I was able to do everything unbroken all the way through. Solid combination of movements with this.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

We hadn’t done this one since May and it showed. Took me 6:29 with several breaks in rounds three and four.

Whole Again

My calves were sore yesterday. I didn’t feel like golfing with the cooler temperature. Thought about going for a run, but it didn’t happen. This morning I got the replacement WHOOP sensor so I feel whole again. Workout at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,138m)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

  • Wrist Warm-up
  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red band)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30s Handstand 90° Hover
    • 20s Hollow Hold

The hovers were so much more comfortable than the first time we tried them when I got so frustrated. They really tax the shoulders unlike the other drills. By the end of the third round I was almost at failure.

Arms

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (35-40-45-47.5-50#)

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Static DB Curls (30-35-35#)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Tricep Pull Downs (rope, 29.5-34.5-34.5#)

3 Sets

  • 10 Hammer Curl + Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 10 EZ Bar Skull Crushers (66-71-71#)

3 Sets

  • Barbell 21s (45#)
  • 55m Plate Pinch Walk (25# plates)

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 10 cal SkiErg
  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 50 Double Unders

Our old friend with the four core movements through smack in the middle of a metcon. My double unders were terrible today, missing at least twice in every round. Finished in 12:24.

Front, Pistol, and Air

Rained for almost two straight days so no golf yesterday and it may not dry up enough to play Thursday. I got some water in my basement that I had to clean up and later spent a little time making improvements to the cable pulley system. In the evening I spent about five minutes practicing hand balancing with the frog stand and wow do my hands and wrists feel it today! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8:00 Airdyne (158 cals, 4.01 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Squats
  • Front Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Front Squat (165#)
  • 16 Pistols

Front squats felt much heavier than I’d like and the pistols got my heart rate going. Happy to be squatting though. Haven’t done a workout with pistols since November, so they went surprisingly well.

Conditioning

  • 25 T2B
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 25 Pull-ups
  • 4:00 Rest & Repeat

The plan was 25 Goblet Squats (53#), but I didn’t want to push it after the strength work. Fifty air squats turned out to be the worst part of the workout; going from hip flexors in toes-to-bars to that many squats lit up my hips! I went 15-10 on both gymnastics movements for 3:01 in the first attempt. Then I jumped the gun and got up for a few reps after only three minutes of rest! Went 15-10 T2B and 15-5-5 pull-ups for 10:09 with the second attempt.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

It’s been over a year since we did this one. It also happened to be the first time I made it through unbroken with a time of 6:08. I was falling apart in round three and then hit the wall in round four and had to break. Still managed a 6:12 though.

I did a little bit of floor PT exercises, which I’ve been slacking on.

A Completely Different 12 Rounds

Yesterday I got up early to play in a golf outing. It was a long day and I didn’t feel like doing anything when I got home, so I made it a rest day. At the gym for open gym at 10am this morning.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 3x2x260

I was hoping to push near my old 2RM of 275 as a test, but I didn’t have it today. The suggested range for the four working sets was 255-265, but I didn’t even feel good enough to try 265, because I was struggling with 260. To be honest, unracking 255 and doing the double felt sketchy as fuck for some reason. Maybe all of the dumbbell shoulder presses I did on Friday? WHOOP did have me at only 31% recovered this morning.

This completes one cycle of the program. Instead of testing a max next week I’m going straight to a second cycle, since I know I’m not capable of 300 yet. After today, I might be further away than I thought.

2019-08-04-year-of-bench-press.png
The last 12 months of bench pressing. I love the progression.

Conditioning

  • 5-4-3-2-1 Muscle-ups
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Bear Complex (135#)
  • 10-8-6-4-2 Bar-facing Burpees

I’m not sure if my muscle-ups have ever felt better in a workout, especially that first set of five. All sets were unbroken on the rings. I dropped the bar after every bear complex, which was the worst part of this workout. Looks like I haven’t done the combo since late in 2017 and my barbell conditioning is definitely lacking with how little I’ve been lifting due to injuries over the last year or two. Tried to catch my breath a little bit on the burpees, but keep moving. My first round was a little under 3:00 and I finished in 9:43. Where I could make up time would be picking the barbell back up quicker.

Midline

2 Cycles

  • 6 Rounds
    • 3 Tuck-ups
    • 3 V-ups
    • 3 Straddle-ups
    • 9 Side V-ups (alt sides each round)
  • Rest 2:00

Cruised through the first two rounds in a minute and then slowed considerably. My first cycle was done in 3:49 and my second cycle took 3:47, which is a big surprise. I think I was just a lot more consistent the second time through. With the rest it took 9:36 to get through everything.

After watching the Games, it was time to jump on the rower.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Could I hold a 1:46/500m pace? No! After getting a little over halfway through round one I made the call to cut back the pace. It’s amazing how much an extra second can change the feel on the rower. I got 562-563 meters every round.

It was hot and humid in the garage. This workout rolled past 200,000 meters since I bought the rower back in January.

Here is a neat comparison. The left chart is my heart rate from March 15th, doing 12x500m with 1:00 rests, where my average pace was 1:49.8. The right chart is today’s workout, which was a pace over three seconds faster and longer time duration since it was two minutes instead of a set 500 meters.

Hold On Or Else

My pecs are still sore if I press on them. Legs feel good though. In at 10am for open gym.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 3x4x240

Yeah! Doubles next week and then I’ll start another cycle of the program instead of testing a max.

Conditioning

  • 30 Snatches (75#)
  • 30 Thrusters
  • 30 C&J

** 100m run each time you drop the bar

This was inspired by a workout Brooke Wells did with the Buttery Bros, but I moved the thrusters from the end to the middle and added the running penalty to force large sets.

It went better than expected. I was able to do the snatches unbroken. My runs weren’t anything fast because I was trying to recover before hitting another large set. I did 20 thrusters before breaking. Then 10 thrusters plus 15 C&J because they were getting slow and my shoulders were getting tired. This allowed me to fly through the final 15 thrusters and finish in 8:01, while running three times.

Midline

4 Cycles

  • 6x Tuck-up, V-up, Straddle-up
  • 30s Rest

Got this from Kari Pearce and decided on the 30 second rest on my own since she didn’t say. At the end of the 3rd cycle it get tough and then the second half of the last cycle was a bit of a struggle. The v-ups were the hardest by far because of the increased range of motion. Only took 3:07 to complete, but it was intense.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

36:00 Run

I was hoping it would cool off in the evening, but it definitely didn’t. I headed out at 7:45pm. It was 84° when I got done. Ran 3.63 miles. Spent too much time in zone 4, so maybe I should switch my Garmin to alert me when I go out of zones 2-3 instead of concentrating on averaging under a 10:00/mile pace. The WHOOP heart rate data shows that it just keeps rising over the entire run.