Rough First Rep

Back to the 4:30 class for the third day in a row. What is wrong with me? Haven’t done that in 4 months maybe?

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 2x
    • 20 Air Squats
    • 10 Plyo Lunges
    • 20 Banded Pass Throughs
    • 10 Toe Touches

Strength

10/10 Single Leg KB Romanian Deadlift

  • 1 Set 44#
  • 3 Sets 53#

Class was doing deadlifts so I did these. Cut them off before I tweaked something.

Conditioning

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 10 Burpees
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 American KBS (62#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 American KBS (62#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Plyo Lunges
  • 10 Burpees
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 50 Air Squats

Decided to do the muscle-ups in place of a 10 meter bear crawl which seemed pretty pointless. I was questioning the idea when my right arm got caught up weird on my first rep and I had to fight for what felt like 5 seconds to get it in position and do the dip. So then I dropped. Did 4, 2 and missed, 2, and 1. That first rep really fucked with my head and used up some energy otherwise I think my plan of 4-3-3 would have been fine. Burpees were a slog after a while. Finished in 18:50.

Heading to Forest Dunes in the morning for a couple of days of golf!

Keep it Unbroken

My back has been tight since the workout yesterday. Had a chiro appointment today. Last one to use up my FSA before we change insurance at work. Glad to be switching to a HSA plan. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang
  • HS Hold practice
  • 2x
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Plyo Lunges
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5/5 PVC Around the Worlds
    • 10 Toe Touches

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 OHS (115#)
  • 10 T2B

My shoulders felt solid as fuck on the overhead squats! Thought about bumping it up after 2 rounds but didn’t want to push it with my back. Need to ease back into this stuff. Tried to work on quick cycling with the toes to bars, which were unbroken every set.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 15 American KBS (44#)
  • 20 Step-ups (24″)
  • 25 Double Unders

I had on my grips, but not with my fingers through the holes so I could quickly flip them around out of the way. It worked great again. I did the same during the EMOM. I wasn’t even going to try box jumps for that many reps; I knew my back would blow up if I did. Was able to go unbroken on every movement through the entire workout, even the dubs. Felt better and better as each round progressed and I fell into a pace. Made it through 8 rounds, the pull-ups, swings, and 16 of the step-ups.

Mostly Burpees

Played an ugly 18 yesterday and of course walked. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Shoulder Taps
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Pass Throughs (red band)

Strength

3 Shoulder Press + 4 Push Press

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Shoulder presses felt heavy today, but was not getting as much rest as I’m used to.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 6 Power Snatch (95#)

Started slow because I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain a hard burpee pace for 8 minutes. Paid off in the long run and was able to but out my last 10 in under 30 seconds. Finished 6 + 10.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest

I did 20 rocks and 10 lifts each time through.

Worked on my handstand hold after class. When I started falling away from the wall I went with it and walked backwards. I find it easier than kicking up and walking in the normal direction, probably because of the comfort of feeling that falling feeling that way.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Shoulder Annihilation

Feeling pretty good this morning. Out in the garage at 10:30 to finish up the Hybrid Performance Method Push Only program. Warmed up with 5 minutes on the Airdyne, which was about 1.26 miles. I prepared a bit this morning and referenced How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max on T Nation. The example for 185# was pretty much exactly what I needed since my previous best was a 180# shoulder press.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×170
  • 1×182.5 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)
  • 1×185 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)

Crazy how much of a difference two and a half pounds can make. So I ended up with a 5# PR. I was really hoping for 187.5 or more, but from previous programs I know how hard it is to increase the shoulder press.

I skipped the pull-up and accessory work so I could test a couple of other things and destroy my shoulders! Done with Push Only!! I’ll do a full recap/review post, probably on my main blog to share with a wider audience.

Update: posted Hybrid Performance Method – Push Only Program.

Gymnastics

After the big surprise when I tested my strict set about a week ago, I also wanted to get in a kipping test. I was able to get 23 for a 9 rep PR, which is almost a 65% improvement!

According to BTWB, my rankings on the HSPU max sets are an 82 for this one and a 76 for the strict set of 17. I would have expected those to be the opposite.

btwb-hspu-ranks

Strength Endurance / Conditioning

  • 100 Bench Press (135#)

I’d done this once, back in December of 2015 in a time of 9:37. I did it by hitting 5 reps every 30 seconds and then switching to sets of 3s after 85. I set an interval timer on my phone for 25 second rounds. Made it through 13 sets (65 reps) on pace at 5:10 on the clock. Then I changed to sets of 3 at shorter intervals and a final set of 2. Took me 8:43 today for a 54 second PR.

Here’s a compilation video from the day I made to share on Facebook with the bench press at 8x speed instead of 2x.

 

10 Pounds Short

Walked a round of golf yesterday. The humidity has definitely stepped up a few notches this week.

Today is the big day! Bench Max!!

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×255
  • 1×275
  • 1×285 (PR)
  • 1×290 (PR)

I decided to use some bigger jumps early in an attempt to be fresher later. Not sure if it was smart to throw away the warm-up sets I’ve pretty much been using every session for 4 months. When I got to 275 I felt like I came way too far down on my chest and had to grind out the rep. Then 285# was much better for the PR. 290 was a grinder, but I had to keep going. You’ll have to watch the video to see how I talked myself right out of 295 before I started.

Not the 300 I was hoping for, but I was able to add 15# to my previous best over the course of the program. I skipped the 3×10 drop sets and decided to do a push-up test.

100 HR Push-ups

My best is 5:04 from March of 2013!! I haven’t come close since according to my logs. My last attempts were 6:03 in October of 2015 and 7:25 a year ago. I started out with sets of 5s through about 45 when I started doing some doubles and triples. Then I did a whole bunch of quick singles in there somewhere. Tried to get back to doubles or triples, but resorted to singles again. Ended up at 5:18, which is the best I’ve done in a really long time. These get terrible so fast.

Accessory

  • 2×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (35#)

Skipped the Tricep Rock-n-Rolls.

2 Minute Challenge

Bryan picked T2B, went first, and got 40. We both started with sets of 5 and I actually was able to get more of sets of them when I went. I, on the other hand, had to switch to singles like I always do when my T2B go, otherwise I would have had him. Came up one shy with 39! He now has a 2-1 series lead with the challenges.