Ripe from the Rope

Glad I did the active recovery yesterday with more gymnastics pulling today. People are messed up from so much grippy stuff. My hamstrings are actually feeling a little sore today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike
  • 5 Rounds
    • 3/3 Worlds Greatest Stretch
    • 7 Hand Release Push-Ups
    • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

18:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Assault Bike
  • 20 V-Ups
  • 2 Legless Rope Climbs

Held 75-78 RPM on the bike without any trouble. Could have reached higher with my legs on the v-ups, but didn’t stop during any set. The rope climbs weren’t programmed legless, but with only two every three minutes I went for it. After the first three rounds, the second rep started to get tough. Made it through them all.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left over, so I wanted to get in some pull-ups since I missed 100+ of them yesterday.

5:00 EMOM

  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

Was able to do all unbroken butterfly except two regular kipping chest-to-bars at the end of the last 2 sets. I didn’t come off the bar though. Hands were feeling pretty ripe after the rope climbs and I didn’t want to rip, so 5 sets was enough. I did wear grips for the pull-ups.

Body Says

After tough workouts the last two days, my back is hinting that I need a rest, especially with heavy deadlifts programmed at the gym. So I jumped on the Airdyne for 30 minutes of active recovery before lunch and went 9.78 miles. I’ll plan a complete rest day on Saturday.

Keep Squatting

I was messed up for the rest of the day yesterday and wanted to eat all the things. Stuck to my macros though. Woke up with a sore chest and by lunch my legs were starting to get sore. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be rough. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 4 Rounds
    • 10 MB Hang Cleans (20#)
    • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 5 Front Squats (45#)
  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 Hang Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Like I didn’t do enough squats with the medicine ball yesterday!

Weightlifiting

Hang Squat Clean

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175

Worked up to a moderate weight or basically something heavier than we planned to use in the workout.

Conditioning

  • 12-10-8-6-4 Hang Squat Cleans (155#)
  • 12 Burpees to 6″ Target

Decided I’d try to get the cleans done in 2 sets every round, so I split the reps in half. Made it and did the set of 4 unbroken. Just kept moving on the burpees and then picked up the pace in the final round. I wore my belt for this one, loosening it and turning the buckle towards the back for the burpees. Finished in 11:08. Glad I went with the Rx weight instead of scaling back. The issue was breathing with that front rack position and the burpees bumping up the heart rate.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 25 Weighted Sit-ups (30# DB)

Big 11.5 PR

My legs were actually heavy last night and this morning from the cardio I did. Made Kodiak Cakes this morning to load up on carbs for the long metcon today.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210
  • 5×215

An improvement over the last 5×5 in October.

Conditioning

Open 11.5
20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145/100#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

The Open is right around the corner, so it’s time to start pushing the conditioning. I’ve only attempted this workout once and it was three years ago. I got through 9+12 then by doing 4-3-3 on all of the toes to bars, so my goal was 10+ rounds for today.

I got out ahead of a 2:00 pace early and gave myself over a minute to play with after 4 rounds I think. Then I seemed to hold a 2:00 pace for several rounds, before starting to trail in the last couple of rounds. I did all single power cleans again. T2B were all 5-5 and I played around with my technique. If I keep my legs tighter and really get my shoulders through in the kip they are so much smoother. I made myself zone out on the wall balls to keep every round unbroken.

Finished with 10+9 for almost a full round PR. Chalk up another 2019 PR! Amazing how the body can keep improving at 39 years old when it’s healthy. The score of 309 ranks in the 94th percentile for all men on BTWB. I don’t push like that very often. Was doing a good job of not resting much at all between movements.

Ski & Bike

Busy day, but made time in the afternoon for some active recovery.

4 Rounds

  • 5:00 Ski Erg
  • 15s Rest
  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 15s Rest

The rest was essentially just transition as I wrote down my score and jumped on the other machine. I did 1,089, 1,096, 1,113, and 1,123 meters on the skier, and 1.64, 1.67, 1.70, and 1.76 miles on the Airdyne. Fell in to a good feel and was able to pick up the pace each round.

Registered

I registered for the Open last night! It’ll be my last year in the Men’s 35-39 Masters division. Missed out on official participation in 2018 due to our gym not being affiliated during ownership changes. This morning I posted over on nick.blog about the first week of my nutrition experiment. It is going really well.

Warm-up

Tabata

  • Hollow Body Hold
  • Superman Hold
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Goblet Split Squats
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • DB Sumo Deadlift
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • Single Arm DB Hollow Hold
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Russian Swing
  • DB Russian Swing
  • Supermans
  • V-Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Front Rack Step Ups
  • DB Snatch
  • DB Snatch

Nine minutes worth. When a movement was twice in a row it just meant we did one arm and then the next arm.

Skill

10:00 Bar Muscle-Up Development

I probably did around 10 reps and helped some people with their technique. It makes a huge difference when I can get a solid kip in.

Conditioning

  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 20 Bar Muscle-Ups
  • 30 Single DB Front Rack Box Step-Ups (24″, 50#)
  • 50 Dumbbell Snatches (50#)

I went 30-20 for the snatches and 16-14 on step-ups. Was wearing grips and started with a set of five bar muscles-ups before doing the rest in five sets of three. The second round of step-ups really sucked so I did 3×10. Started snatches with 3×10 as well and fought through the final set of 20. Finished in 14:20 to beat the 15:00 time cap.

Assaulted

Rested yesterday. My forearms were sore to the touch. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

6:00 “Running” Clock

Run. Starting at 1:00 and every minute on the minute do 8 air squats and 5 hand release push-ups.

Conditioning

E10M – 30:00

  • Row 1,000m
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 30 cal Assault Bike

I was right around a 1:48/500m average for the first round, was done with the sit-ups at 5:00, and finished the round in 7:04. Couldn’t keep up the pace on the rower after that, with just over a 1:50 average I think. Did that round in 7:08. In the third round I asked Brandi to adjust the seat on the bike for me so I didn’t have to waste time messing with it. That made up some time because my row was shot with an average over 1:53 and I manage to put it on the bike to finish in 7:09. Talk about a leg pump. Nothing else can do to your legs what that Assault Bike can. Nasty! My total working time was 21:21.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Tuck Hold
  • 30/30s Side Plank
  • 30 Bicycle Crunches

Wasn’t bad and was done in 8:17.