Turn Out

Went out for a huge dinner at the Japanese steakhouse last night. Not sure it counts as a full-on cheat meal because it was pretty much all whole foods, other than the green tea ice cream. It’s an insane amount of food and some of the sauces probably weren’t great.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row
  • 5/5 wrist circles
  • 10 elbow punches
  • 5 inch worms
  • 10 clean deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 5 high hand clean pulls (45#)
  • 5 hang muscle cleans (45#)
  • 10 alt cossack squats
  • 5 power cleans (45#)
  • 10 lateral jumps
  • 5 power cleans (95#)
  • 3 power cleans (115#)

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM – Power Cleans

  • 3×135#
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175
  • 3×185
  • 5x3x205

Screwed up with going to 165 when I should have gone to 175 so then I’d naturally get to 195. Instead I figured it out right before it was time to start the 5 working sets and had to make the 20 pound jump. Did every set touch-n-go. Tighted up the belt with 165 I think.

Conditioning

30-20-10

  • Burpees Over the Bar
  • Power Cleans (135#)

Flew on the burpees to get a really nice lead and was able to catch up during the 20 burpees as well. Went with two sets of five but then bitched out, doing singles for the last 20 and all singles for the set of 20. Thought I might be able to get through 10 unbroken, but at four I knew I wouldn’t make it so did 2×5. Finished in 9:10.

So many cleans today! Oh, I wore a glove on my right hand to protect where the blister was yesterday. I prefer to keep the skin on it as long as possible because it helps with healing.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Evil Wheels

These are really easy now at my lighter weight. Maybe I’ll start adding a pause at extension; I’ve done that before and it definitely ups the difficulty.

Skill

Asked Molly for some tips and she gave me a few things to work on. Turning my hands out made a huge difference and I was consistently able to go five feet on the open floor. I tried doing some one arm holding on the wall but it’s really hard for me to lift one arm up and then hold unless I’m doing shoulder taps.

My wrists and forearms started to burn from all the attempts, which was more volume than I’ve been doing. I was just so excited to finally be getting five feet at a time.

One Extra = One Too Many

Last night my legs felt really heavy. Probably from the thrusters and single leg deadlifts, but possibly also a bit from Saturday’s work on the Airdyne and rower. Today I posted about weeks five and six of calorie counting. Our buddy Bryan was in town today, so we had a bro sesh.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • Kip Swings

Gymnastics

E50S – 8 Sets

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups

Wore my newer set of Bear KompleX grips today and they are much better for bar muscle-ups, which is good to know. Felt really good on every set and even better than when I did this many EMOM a couple of weeks ago. Improves my 30 rep time to 4:27 and 40 to 6:07 compared to 5:17 and 7:16 doing it as an EMOM.

After we finished I was helping someone else and did one more bar muscle-up with my grips off. It was enough to blow out my hand and I got a huge blood blister! I’m still so pissed it happened from that one rep. I hope it heals fast and there isn’t a bunch of bar work in Open Workout 19.1.

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 5×20 kg
  • 3×40
  • 3×50
  • 3×60
  • 2×65
  • 1×70
  • 1×75
  • 1×80
  • 1×85
  • 2 Misses @ 88
  • Miss @ 87
  • 87
  • Miss @ 88

Some old thing for me where I get it overhead without a problem but can’t stabilize it. Happy to make 87 though, which is 192 pounds. I haven’t done that since February 6, 2017 when I did 205.

Power Clean & Push Jerk

  • 3×60 kg
  • 3×70
  • 2×80
  • 1×90
  • 1×95
  • 1×100
  • 1×110

Squat snatches have historically aggravated my back and it was feeling tight, especially after several misses, so I didn’t even try to squat clean anything. Stay healthy! Felt pretty good with the cleans and push jerks. I did belt up for the last one, which is about 243 pounds.

Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

Oats & Whey

Threw together some overnight oats last night and they may become my go-to breakfast. Except for pancake Sundays of course! My back has been really tight all morning, which is a surprise since I didn’t feel anything over the last few days of workouts. Looking back I did feel tight after the stretching on Thursday. Maybe it’s the cumulative effect of pushing hard for 3 days. Hopefully today’s cardio will loosen it up. I was out to the garage by noon and I did not use the heater.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

I guess I’ll do these twice a week, trying to increase the weight of one set every other session.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 3:00 cal Airdyne (AD2)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My goals were to hit 80 cals (70-75 RPM) on the Airdyne and 60 cals (>1,200 cal/hr) on the rower every round. These are paces I want to be able to sustain for 60-90 efforts during 15-20 minute metcons.

I felt good about my mental and physical effort. Was able to get negative splits, which is always a win. Went 82-84-85-86 on the AD and 60-61-61-62 on the rower (#gram). My hoodie came off after round 2 and probably should have after round 1 because it was a thick one. After I finished, I checked my Tesla and it was 41° in there, so I bet the garage was in the high 30s.

Picked this new BSN protein powder (buy one get one 50% off at bodybuilding.com) based on flavor reviews, so I’m excited to try them. I’ve been using MusclePharm for a few years and am getting close to finishing a supply that had been saved up (months past the expiration date) in the closet when I wasn’t taking protein powders.

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.

EMOM AMRAPs

Finally ventured out to the gym today after being at home for a couple of days with the weather. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 30s Double Dumbbell Curls (12#)
  • 30s Piked Shoulder Taps
  • 30s Single Leg Plank
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Everyone was making fun of me for my light curls!

Conditioning

  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Alt. Lunges + 4 Push-ups
    • Row
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Air Squat + 4 DB Push Press (35#)
    • Row

I managed to get 4 rounds each minute on both AMRAPs. In the first 10 minutes I felt good on the rower, averaging > 1,300 cal/hour, and getting 99 calories. The second 10 minutes was much harder with the air squats and push presses; they took all the power out of my legs for the row. I struggled to hit 1,200 cal/hr after the first row and totaled 88 calories.

I guess the NCFit programming has already started to ramp down for the Open (or at least on Thursdays). It actually said to row at a moderate pace for this but I wanted to go hard because there are still plenty of gains to get in the next 5 weeks, before the end of the Open. 🙂

Mobility

  • 1:00/1:00 Pigeon
  • 2:00 Saddle
  • 1:00/1:00 Dragon
  • 2:00 Seated Fold Forward

This made my back tight!

Gymnastics

7:00 EMOM

  • 2×5 C2B

Had weird rhythms in some of my sets of 5 but never came off the bar. With my extra gymnastics work usually I go until I have to break a set, but 70 reps was plenty. Stop before a tore hand happens. When I had the correct rhythm, the reps were so much easier, even in the final minute. Watch, there will be pull-ups programmed tomorrow!

Steaming

I started getting a headache on Monday night and still had a bit of it when I woke up on Tuesday. This seems to be happening now that I’m pushing myself harder in workouts. My body definitely told me it was a rest day yesterday, though I did get exercise clearing snow several times throughout the day.

Today I decided to stay home and do a garage workout instead of being out on the roads. We got a lot of snow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 Inchworms

Strength

Deadlift (Build to Workout Weight)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 6×185
  • 3×225
  • 3×255

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (275#)
  • 15 Thrusters (45#)
  • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Came up with this based on the gym’s programmed workout which is an alternating EMOM of 3 heavy (athlete choice) deadlifts, 20 wall balls, and a 200m run (or 50 seconds of shuttle runs). Figured I’d get rid of the extra resting by making it a straight 5 rounds. No place for wall balls in the garage so empty bar thrusters sounded like a good swap. Obviously not running in the garage and wanted to get in more bar-facing burpees before the Open anyway.

I didn’t wear a belt in the warm-ups or the workout because it would get in the way for the burpees. Had thought about doing 315 when I first saw the gym’s workout, which probably would have been fine in the EMOM, but glad I cut back for this. I was resting too much before picking up the deadlift each time. Thrusters were at a controlled pace each round because the burpees were really jacking my heart rate. Was able to stick to my burpee technique and keep a pretty good pace every round on them. Finished in 11:01.

 

Accessory

DB Curl 21s

Remembered to stick to 7 reps for each part today. Did two sets with 15s and a set with 20s.

Skill

3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

Started with 83 unbroken and had one or two other decent sets, but too many misses. Ended up with 253.