Strict Improvement

Yesterday I went down to my brother’s and helped install flooring all day. Didn’t get home until almost midnight and was exhausted! Cut the lawn this morning, made a step for B to get up to the outdoor pull-up bar, and we got to the workout around 1pm I think.

Warm-ups

  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (65#)
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Back

4 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Still rough, but felt better than recent strict work. I didn’t wear grips until the final two sets. Got 10-8-7-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#, supinated)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (126#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows (wide)
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (107#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (96#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (85#)
  • 90s Rest

We used the homemade, really wide bar today and I really tried to squeeze my reps and hold for a split second.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 24 Side Crunches
  • 20 Plyo Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 50s Sandbag Hold (100#)
  • 12 Burpees

Didn’t run a clock for this one and kind of ran it as a partner workout, so B started with lunges, I did crunches, and then we switched. Then I held the sandbag while she burpeed and we switched. It was really hot out behind the house and it took a lot out of me.

Betty

We did some reorg in the garage and then hit the workout around 11. Brandi’s middle name is Betty, so we put up this sign.

Back

4 Sets

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

I got 8-6-6-6.

4 Sets

  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#)
  • 1:00 Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (126#)
  • 30s Rest

3 Sets

  • 10 Inverted Bar Rows
  • 30s Rest

2 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (107#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (96#)
  • 10 Seated Cable Row (85#)
  • 90s Rest

We used double handles.

Legs / Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20

  • DB Plyo Lunges

B didn’t use any weight. I used 25# dumbbells for 20-18, 15# for 16-14, and then 10# the rest of the way. I was dying! We finished in 7:40.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Bicycles
  • 30 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 15 Leg Lifts
  • 15/15 Side Plank Bounces

Wearing five pound ankle weights, I finished in 5:50, which is 17 seconds faster than Feb.

Our Own Thing

My back is tight and my shoulders need a rest from kipping, so we didn’t go to the park to hang up the rings like we were talking about. Doing our own thing for the workout today.

5 Rounds (IGYG per movement)

  • 50m Farmer Carry (handles, 98#)
  • 150m Run
  • 25/25m Single Arm OH Carry (50# DB)
  • 8/8 Single Arm Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)

Took us exactly 27:00. Really good combination of movements. Sweaty one today.

6 Rounds (each, IGYG)

  • 10 Plyo Lunges (40# DBs)
  • 8 Parallette Shoot Throughs

B felt something in here knee in the last round so didn’t finish and she had been cutting back the shoot through reps. It was just over 8:00 when I finished.

Can’t Keep Up With the Right

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (95#)
  • 5 RDL (115#)
  • 5/5 DB Push Press (35#)

Legs

3 Sets

  • 20 Pistols
  • 10 Barbell Hip Thrusts (115#)

3 Sets

  • 10 RDL (185#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 50 Single Arm Push Press (35# DB)

I went 15-15-10-10 on the push presses each round and my injured left arm definitely can’t keep up with the right. Finished in 8:07.

Leg Combos

Yep, as Sunday night went on, my legs were feeling those 5 hours in the workshop, mostly standing on concrete. Yesterday I didn’t wake up with the back tweak feeling, so that’s great news. I slept for shit though and even took a nap in the middle of my work day, which never happens. Out in the garage at 4.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,523m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 6 Landmine Squats (45#)
  • 12 Plyo Lunges
  • 6 Landmine Squats (90#)
  • 12 Plyo Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 6 Landmine Squats (125#)
  • 12 Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 6 Landmine Squats (155#)
  • 6 Landmine Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (90#)
  • 10 Back Squat Jumps (45#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 6 Landmine Squat (180-195-210-215#)
  • 12 DB Plyo Lunge (40-40-45-50# DBs)

4 Sets

  • 6/6 Landmine Single Leg RDL (club grip, 115-125-135-145#)
  • 10 Back Squat Jump (95#)

These supersets crush me.

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Chin-ups
  • 6 Power Cleans (115/80#)
  • 9 Box Jumps (24/20″)

I forgot how nasty the combination of cleans and box jumps / step-ups can be. By about the third round I really had to concentrate on my jumps so I wouldn’t fail. did the cleans unbroken every round and got through 8+3.

11 Seconds Better

Back to work after the holidays yesterday and I needed the full rest day. In the garage at 4pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,531m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 8 Landmine Squats (45#)
  • 16 Plyo Lunges
  • 8 Landmine Squats (90#)
  • 8 Plyo Lunges (20# DBs)
  • 4 Landmine Squats (135#)
  • 8 Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)
  • 4 Landmine Squats (160#)
  • 8 Landmine Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (90#)
  • 5 Back Squat Jumps (45#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 8 Landmine Squats (175-185-195-200#)
  • 16 DB Plyo Lunges (30# DBs)

For the last two sets I didn’t want to try cleaning the bar up so did my first rep from the dead stop at the bottom. Made a nasty superset even worse.

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Landmine Single Leg RDL (110#)
  • 10 Back Squat Jumps (95#)

Did the RDLs with the weight out to the side today. Was more comfortable, except then I was holding the fat end of the bar. I should have used the club grip!

Conditioning

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  • 50 DB Deadlifts (50/35# DBs)
  • 50 AbMat Sit-ups (no arms)
  • 50 Step-ups (24/20″)
  • 50 Single Arm DB Thrusters (50/35#)

I never really stopped on the deadlifts and went 10-10-10-10-5-5 on the step-ups. For the thrusters I switched arms without ever putting the dumbbell down. Started with my right arm and my sets were 10-10-10-5-7-8. My left shoulder did not feel good with these and really slowed me down. I should have stuck to sets of 5 the whole way through like I did last time. Still good enough for an 11 second PR though, with a time of 7:45.

Explosive Supersets

I could get used to this vacation life. I took a nap two days in a row before gym time. My tailbone hasn’t improved from yesterday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,548m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 8 Landmine Squats (45#)
  • 8 Plyometric Lunges
  • 6 Landmine Squats (80#)
  • 8 Plyometric Lunges (15# DBs)
  • 6 Landmine Squats (125#)
  • 5/5 Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (53# KB)
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 2/2 Landmine Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (90#)
  • 4 Squat Jumps (8# DBs)
  • 5 Double Dumbbell Clean & Jerks (25# DBs)
  • 5 Double Dumbbell Snatches (25#)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 10 Landmine Squats (155-165-175-175#)
  • 20 DB Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)

Hell of a burn from this superset.

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Landmine Single Leg RDL (110#)
  • 10 Squat Jumps (20-25-30-35# DBs)

This was no joke either.

Conditioning

  • 30 Double Dumbbell Clean & Jerks (35# DBs)
  • 30 Double Dumbbell Snatches (35# DBs)

I saw a video of Kristi and Pat doing something like this for an online qualifier, but there was no way I was going to attempt it with 50s. I did 3×10 on the C&J and snatches were 4×5 with a final set of 10. Finished in 4:10. I’m not a fan of those double dumbbell snatches though. This was a lot of bending over in what probably wasn’t very good positioning.

AMRAP Pulldowns

Solo session at 5pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,554m)
  • 2 Sets
    • 12 Combo Shoulder Raises (8# DBs)
    • 12 PVC Passes

Chest & Triceps

4 Sets

  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 8 DB Fly (30#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (60#)

4 Sets

  • 12 Incline Bench Press (95-105-110-115#)
  • 12/12 One Arm Pull Down (rope, 27#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Plate Press (25-35-45-45#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (20#)

5:00 AMRAP

  • Tricep Pulldowns (rope, 38#)

Feel the burn! My sets were 4×10, 8×7, 2×5, and 1×3 for a total of 109 reps. When Brandi and I alternated back and forth for five minutes and I used 37# I did 88 total reps.

3 Sets

  • MAX Push-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

I did 45-24-20, which is 7 more total reps than on Nov 20.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 20s Plyo Lunges (25# DBs)
  • 20s Rest

Glad I didn’t try the 30 or 35s! I did 16-16-16-12-14-14-14-14, which is 116 reps.

On a Thursday

Switching our rest day from Thursday to Friday and I’m feeling a little bit beat up. I didn’t sleep the greatest either. 5pm today.

Warm-up

  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • Wrist Warm-up

Handstands

  • 2x45s Wall Walk
  • 2x30s Wall Walk
  • 2x30s OH Plate Hold (45#)

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12 Lat Pulldowns (104#)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Step-downs (15″, 35#)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Weighted Plyo Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 12 DB Floor Press (60# DBs)
  • 12 T2B

Didn’t wear grips because of sore on my wrist and was able to go unbroken until the final round when I went 7-1 toes to bar. Finished 5+32 overall.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 12 Parallette Shoot Throughs (5# ankle weights)
  • 24 Russian Twists (35# plate, 5# ankle weights)
  • 12 Weighted Leg Lifts (5# ankle weights)

Core is just tired from yesterday and the previous work.

Overlooked

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf and mowed the lawn. Worked out at 3pm today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,087m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 5/5 Standing Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)

Handstand Balance Breakthrough

40 Standing Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)

Supposed to be alternating, but we don’t have pairs of KBs so we did five per side at a time until we did all 40 reps.

10 Handstand Kick-ups w/ ~5s Balance

I’ve been trying to keep an open mind about this program and starting from basics, especially since the first week went so well. When I saw this and read the notes I had my doubts. It turned out to be really good and I could feel myself starting to find that balance position. By the end I was kicking up without touching the wall.

Gymnastics & Weightlifting

14:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 T2B
  • 5 Power Snatch (95#)

Warmed up with 5×45# and 5×75# power snatches. Pretty excited I was able to get all seven rounds of toes to bars unbroken.

Conditioning

20-18-16-14-12-10-12-14-16-18-20 (I Go You Go)

  • Weighted Plyo Lunges (35/10# DBs)

Almost two months ago we did a 7:21 with Brandi going first and using 5# dumbbells. Had her go first again since it’s a bit easier and doubling her dumbbell weight was going to be a big jump. We both struggled a bit today. Maybe tired legs from Wednesday? I was feeling it in the early 18 and 16 and usually it doesn’t start to hit me until the 12 or 10. Today I was able to hold on and get every set unbroken due to it taking us longer overall and probably somewhat to do with doing a bunch of reps lately with 50# DBs. It took us 8:13, which is still our second best time at this workout.

Midline

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Mountain Climber Slides
  • Russian Twists (35# plate)
  • OH Crunch (35# plate)
  • Lying Leg Lifts

This Ibex Training workout was supposed to be 40 seconds of work with 20 seconds of rest each minute, but somehow that got overlooked and we worked the entire time except for transitions. Fucking brutal on the upper abs.