First Amanda

First time I’ve been able to make it for a Saturday class in nearly 2 months I think.

Warm-up

  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • PVC Good Mornings
  • Air Squats
  • Bottom Squat Hold

Strength: 2 Front Squats + 3 Back Squats

  • 45#
  • 135#
  • 205#
  • 235#
  • 3 sets @ 255#

Nothing crazy compared to what I’ve done in the past. Solid positioning though.

Conditioning

“Amanda”

9-7-5

  • Muscle-ups
  • Squat Snatches (135#)

Went 3-3-3, 3-2-2, 2-F-1-1-1 on the muscle-ups. That first round of snatches felt like it took forever; I kept wondering if I missed counting some reps. With the extra rest I had to take during the round of 5 muscle-ups I was able to speed through the final snatches. Snatches were singles the entire way though. Finished in 9:26. My first try at Amanda last December was with a 10 minute cap and I still had 4 snatches left so this was a nice PR even though I haven’t been doing many MU or snatches lately.

Out in the garage around 6pm.

OHS: 33X3 Tempo

  • 3×45#
  • 3×65#
  • 3×85#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×145#

Started with the jerk grip again and slowly moved hands wider through the sets until I was touching the ends on the final set. Pretty unstable in those first few sets due to the grip width. Shaky at the end due to the time under tension and the load, but 10# heavier than last week with more sets.

Accessory & Aerobic

5 Sets

  • 10 Decline DB Bench Press (50# DBs)
  • 4:00 Air Dyne (AD2) in Z1

Figured I might as well combine these two to save time instead of sitting around doing nothing between the press sets. Wore the HRM to keep track and make sure I stayed in zone 1. Can you tell where I was pressing? ;-)

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Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Cut Another Twenty

Didn’t get to the gym early so none of my special warm-ups. :-(

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 2 Bar Hangs (30s)
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Air Squats
  • Mountain Climbers

Strength: Front Squats

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 3×185#
  • 3×225#
  • 3×245#
  • 3×265#
  • 2x3x285#

Wore a belt for 245 and above. Would have liked another set or two but everyone else rushed through and was done before I even did my first set with 285#.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 1:00 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 1:00 Thrusters (45#)
  • 1:00 Row (calories)
  • 1:00 Rest

Felt good and was able to keep pushing a little harder each round for 84-92-94 reps.

Midline

  • 10-20-30 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)
  • 10-20-30 Russian Twists (55# plate)
  • 1:00 Plank

Kept the GHDs to parallel today because touching the ground seems to aggravate my low back. Did everything unbroken.

Had an appointment at the chiropractor in the evening and then back to the gym for session 2.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Air Dyne (AD2)

Row: Power Intervals

  • 1:00 @ 24 s/m
  • 1:20 Rest
  • 1:00 @ 26
  • 1:20 Rest
  • 1:00 @ 28
  • 1:20 Rest
  • 1:00 28+ (must be rowing full length)
  • 1:20 Rest
  • 1:00 Flat-out (full length not required)
  • 15:00 Rest then repeat

Same thing as the last two weeks except cut out another 20 seconds of rest between each row.

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Even with the shorter rest periods, I was able to beat the 1,583 meters I got in both sets last week by a comfortable margin. I started to hit the wall in the second pass through but was still able to beat last weeks total with 3,174 meters today. Seems like this program is working really well.

Walked a couple hundred meters outside to cool down.

Match Game

Went to bed early so I could get a solid 8+ hours and actually woke up even later than I’d like. Walked into the gym a couple of minutes late for 9am.

Warm-up

  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder stretching

Strength – Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×135#
  • 1×145#
  • 1×155#
  • 1×165#
  • 1×170#
  • 1×175# (PR match)

I thought I missed 175 last month but it was actually a PR attempt at 177.5 that I missed. Grrr! Now I’m mad I didn’t look before so I could attempt that PR again today.

Apparently we were supposed to do push press max though. I thought it was odd we maxed out 2 months in a row on this.

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 12 Burpees
    • 4 Bear Complex (95#)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 6:00 AMRAP
    • 8 Deadlifts (95#)
    • 20 Sit-ups

A grind for those 10 minutes. I started out at a comfortable pace and dropped every rep of the bear knowing it was on the long side for those two movements. Finished 5 rounds plus 12 burpees. Thought about increasing the weight for the deadlifts even though it was programmed to use the same weight. Don’t really ever do super light deadlifts, so I stuck with it. It was pretty much a sit-up workout. Started to feel my upper abs in the 4th round. Finished 6 rounds plus 6 deadlifts.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Air Dyne
  • 12 Reverse Hyper (210#)

Row: Pacing & Engine

  • Interval 1
    • 3:00 @ 20 s/m
    • 3:00 @ 22
    • 2:00 @ 24
    • 2:00 @ 26
  • 5:00 Rest
  • Interval 2
    • 2:00 @ 22
    • 2:00 @ 24
    • 2:00 @ 26
    • 2:00 @ 28
  • 5:00 Rest
  • Interval 3
    • 3:00 @ 24
    • 3:00 @ 26
    • 1:00 @ 28
    • 1:00 @ Max speed with full length rowing

Week 4 begins. I figured even with the higher intensity I’d try to increase my pace/500m a little over what I’ve been doing for the corresponding stroke rates during these sessions. Worked out well. Total of 6,715 meters for the session and 21 extra meters on the 2nd interval compared to the same 8 minute breakdown last week, though it was 3rd then. Really happy with how I was able to nail the stroke rates and keep right around a 2 second change for every 2s/m.

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Strength: Push Press

Was nice and warmed up so I jumped in with Weston.

  • 5×115#
  • 3×135#
  • 3×155#
  • 1×175#
  • 1×195#
  • 1×215#
  • 1×230#
  • 1×245# (PR)

There, got that PR for the day! :-) Normally I don’t like to make such big jumps towards the end, but it worked out for this.

Out Front

No golf today since I had work to get done this morning. Out in the garage around lunch.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (180#)
  • 1:00 Air Dyne (AD2)

Strength

Safety Bar Squats

  • 10×65#
  • 5×115#
  • 5×155#
  • 5×205#
  • 5×235#
  • 5×245#
  • 5×255#
  • 5×265#
  • 5×275#

Finally made time to use the new bar. Completely different feel to it with the weight so far forward. Really had no idea what I’d be capable of. Wasn’t easy at the end but I didn’t want to push it too hard. Wore the belt for at least 3 sets I think.

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Accessory

Messed around on the peg board with a few attempts at climbs, some static holds, and negatives.

Decline DB Bench Press

  • 10×25#
  • 10×35#
  • 10×45#
  • 10×50#
  • 10×50#

Easy, but 50# is the heaviest I can go with my adjustables.

Single-leg RDL

  • 8/8 x35#
  • 8/8 x45#
  • 8/8 x50#
  • 8/8 x50#
  • 8/8 x50#

I suspect my back tweaks are partially due to a deficiency in my hamstrings so I’m finally going to put a little focus on them each week. Held a single DB in one hand on the same side as the leg in use.

That peg board has my upper arms and back feeling jacked.

3-Part Metcon

Got a solid night of sleep, which I needed after that rowing workout.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2×10 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Agility Ladder Drills
  • Hang Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 3×75#
    • 3×95#

Conditioning

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (115#)
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 20 Back Squats (115#)
  • 400m Run
  • 20 Back Squats (115#)
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (115#)
  • 200m Run

Couple of sprint type sections sandwiched around a little grind with the squats. I went 6-4 on both sets of snatches but looking back wish I would have held on to the bar. 3-2 the first time with the MU, then all 5 unbroken in the final part. Squats were unbroken both sets. My work times were 2:16 – 3:47 – 2:25 so I finished everything at 16:28 on the clock. The rest was long enough to allow for a good push going into each part.

Accessory

2 Rounds NFT

  • 200m Farmer’s Carry (25# bumper in each hand)
  • 50 OH Walking Lunges (50#)

I had to stop for a quick break at about 150m each time on the carry. Did the lunges in 2 sets of 25 both times. I really tried to pull my shoulders down and back holding those plates overhead. Should help with my stability.

Midline

8 Rounds

  • 20s Banana Rolls
  • 20s Rest

You have to picture Tony Horton saying “Superman…. ba-NANA” in your head when you do these. Didn’t feel much fatigue in the core doing these, but rolling around did put some pressure on the hips.

Power Rowing

Played 18 last night and this morning, but rode a cart both rounds. Took a little nap before heading to the gym before 7.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (210#)
  • Crossover Symmetry Activation

Strength

OHS (33X3 tempo)

  • 3×45#
  • 3×65#
  • 3×85#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×115#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×135#

I’ve been wanting to do these for the last couple months since my overhead squat has been in the shitter for the last 2 years. My shoulder stability hasn’t felt very good lately for a lot of movements. I started out with a jerk grip at 45#, and slowly moved my hands out each set until I was in my normal snatch grip for the final set.

Rowing Power Intervals

  • 1:00 @ 24 s/m
  • 1:40 Rest
  • 1:00 @ 26
  • 1:40 Rest
  • 1:00 @ 28
  • 1:40 Rest
  • 1:00 28+ (must be rowing full length)
  • 1:40 Rest
  • 1:00 Flat-out (full length not required)
  • 15:00 Rest then repeat

Same idea as last week, but 20 seconds less rest between intervals. Not sure what I was doing last week, but I was much faster in the first 4 of each time through and still able to hold on pretty well for that final one. Total of 3,166 meters this week compared to 3,088 last week. 26 s/m felt really good last week and still felt good today, but 28 s/m felt ever better.

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I planned on some accessory work after, but I was spent.

That Pump

Woke up even later this morning, but got moving and didn’t need a shower, so made it for the 9am.

Warm-up

  • 2×10 Reverse Hypers (210#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Front Squat
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135#
    • 3×205#

Strength

12:00 EMOM alternating

  • 3 Front Squats (225#)
  • 10 OH Walking Lunges (55#)

My squat feels week after backing off recently.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (70#)
  • 10 Barbell Curls (45#)

Wow, bicep pump!

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 5 HSPU
  • 8 T2B
  • 30 DU

Missed one set of dubs at 27 and one at 29. Everything else unbroken on every movement. Finished 5 rounds plus 5, 8, and 8.