Nearly a Perfect Tabata

Walked 18 holes yesterday when the course was extremely wet from five or more inches of rain in 3 days. My feet were soaked after a few holes and the sloppy conditions definitely made my legs tired the rest of the day. Walked 18 again today and the course had dried up a lot. I shot my best round of the year with a 77!

Out in the garage at 7pm for some quick work.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 6

3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push Up

4 Sets

  • 6/6 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50# DB)
  • 1:00 Rest

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 20s Double Unders
  • 10s Rest

My only miss was at 260 and I finished with 280. Short of my 286 PR that had two misses. I feel like I’ve slowed my cycle speed, which has given me better consistency lately in workouts.

Nasty E3M

Got rained out for golf again. Well not quite a rain out at the time, but the course was closed because we’ve had so much rain. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 10 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats

Strength

Warmed up shoulders some more with 6×95# and 4×115#.

5 Sets

  • 2 Shoulder Presses (135#)
  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20# DB in feet)

Was supposed to be at 85%, but no idea what my shoulder press is these days. Ended up being a good choice in order to keep form. Been awhile since I’ve done some strict pull-ups.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 12 Double Dumbbell Thrusters (40#)
  • 12 T2B

This as an EMOM type workout is evil because you really have to go unbroken on the thrusters, which I wouldn’t do if it were an AMRAP. First round was done in 2:12 and then 2:16 for the second. Third was around 2:30-2:40 I think and in the fourth I had to start doing singles on the T2B, so I ran over time and took off for the run without any rest. Needless to say it was a very slow run there and on the final one. Turned into survival mode at that point. I got through the thrusters unbroken again and had to do all single T2B. Was about a minute late heading out for the 6th round and only had time for 8 thrusters before the clock hit 18:00. I had no intention of finishing out that final round today! Another high volume toes-to-bar day with 60 reps since I didn’t do the last set of them. Hopefully my stamina for them starts improving.

If that’s an AMRAP from the start I definitely go 7-5 on the thrusters, which would keep my heart rate down and maybe even get me through all six rounds. That run right into the thrusters sucks and the reps just add up after all those rounds. I was struggling with the 40# in the last couple rounds and the Rx was 53# kettlebells.

Hopefully get to golf tomorrow!

Muscle It

Got rained out for golf yesterday so it turned in to a rest day. I thought about going for a walk but it was fucking hot and humid.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 5:00 Stretching
  • 10 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Clean (45#)

Weightlifting

Hang Power Cleans

  • 2x3x95#
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Maybe my legs are coming back? Look like that was a PR.

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (155#)
  • 40 Push Ups
  • 80 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 40 Push Ups
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (155#)
  • 400m Run

I had planned on scaling back to 135# but Tom was going for it, so I had to do it. Heavy cleans are my thing anyway and I’m glad I Rx’d it. Paced the first run, did all singles on the cleans. All push-ups were done in sets of 5. I started out with 3×10 wall balls and pinning the ball against the wall for a 3 breath count instead of dropping it so I could go right into my next set. Then after those first 30 I started doing sets of 5 with a drop. I’d take a step back, breathe, step in, and pick it right back up. I think it helped keep me going when my legs and arms were starting to feel some fatigue. Same 5s on the push-ups and single cleans. Tried to pick up the pace on the run but I just can’t seem to do it when I’m breathing heavy like that. I did get a side stitch on the 2nd lap though, so I must have had some push. Finished in 14:23.

Having muscle cleans in a metcon was very different. I’ve done them plenty of times for lifting work, but never fatigued like that. Had a mental challenge to it as well because you really had to make sure not to drop under the bar.

Strict Sixty

Sold my power rack yesterday and did a bunch of clean up in the garage. Was exhausted last night. In for open gym at noon today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (95#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (135#)

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 6 Strict HSPU

Did something like this almost 2 years ago when we were doing the Hybrid Open prep, but it was 185# back then. I’m not in that kind of shape, so scaled back the weight, but bumped up the handstand push-ups from the five I did. Had my belt out in case I needed it, but never put it on. Had to be a little more careful with the last 2-3 rounds when my back started to get tight. Was able to do everything unbroken though. Not sure I would have got through every round if I had tried seven HSPU. Sixty strict handstand push-ups is a lot!

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Didn’t even make it through two unbroken rounds today, but was almost 30 seconds faster than the last time doing this. 4:34 today. Tough with a tight back.

Kayak

We rented some kayaks for a couple hours over in Midland. Beautiful day for it!

Thought I Was Faster

Out in the garage around 12:30.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 5

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Yoga Push-up
    • 10 Cuban Press with PVC
  • 1:00 Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

Those Cuban presses really get the shoulder into a bunch of different positions.

6 Rounds

  • 20s Overhead Hold (155#)
  • 35s Rest

**In less than 5 minutes accumulate 2 minutes overhead with 100% of your 1 rep max strict press.

Going with 155# was plenty and I have no idea where my shoulder press is at this point anyway.

Conditioning

  • 3.6 Mile Run

I really thought I was running faster, so was disappointed when I pulled out my phone to stop RunKeeper and saw the average pace. Took me 37:32 for the run. Looking at the splits, my first mile was ok or up until about 0.65 miles when my current pace (not average) starting getting over a 10:00/mile. I need to fix my Garmin watch so I can watch my pace better and maybe set some alerts to keep me going. My breathing felt good on this run and I was able to get the 3-step thing going the entire time.

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All About the T2B

Little hung over most of the day and even took a nap. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 50′ Walking Lunge
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (32″)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm Dumbbell Clean and Push Press (30#)

Strength

Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 3x1x215

Wasn’t pushing it after the deadlifts yesterday. Live to lift another day. 🙂

Conditioning

EMOM: 3 Burpees (Yes, included the first minute!)

  • 150′ Walking Lunge
  • 100 Air Squats
  • 75 T2B
  • 50 Single Arm Dumbbell Push Press (50#)

The lunges were a breeze and I only had 2 or 3 left when the first minute ran out. Was doing 26 or 27 squats a minute I think. I knew the toes-to-bars would be the challenge in this one and was hoping triples would last awhile. I think at 30 reps I started doing doubles and was down to singles before I hit 40. Tried to drop, turn and get right back up on the bar to keep it going. When I got to the push presses, those went quick. Finished in 15:33.

Shoulder feels pretty good considering how many reps some of these workouts on the rig have had the last couple of weeks.

Surprising Deadlift

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 30s Partner Front Rack Stretch each arm

Was getting about 10 calories each time on the bike.

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×245
  • 3×275
  • 3×295
  • 3×325

Debated if I should deadlift and had been thinking about doing some suitcase deadlifts. My back has felt better yesterday and today so gave it a go. Felt really good actually. I put on the belt with 215+ I think and used a neutral grip for all sets. Stayed with the 5s and 3s instead of doing three heavy singles which was programmed.

Back in February I did some sets of 305 for doubles and remember it feeling heavy. Other than that, the previous time I lifted over 300 was in March of 2017 before I tweaked my back really bad.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean (50# DBs)
  • 20 Air Squats

The Rx on the bench was 185 and I wasn’t confident I’d be able to hold that very long. Scaling back to 165 was the right choice and just close enough to a struggle as the rounds progressed. When I did the first round in a minute I knew it was too fast and slowed my pace a bit. Got through 7 rounds and the bench press.