9am Rush

Went to see Spiderman last night so wasn’t in bed until after midnight. Woke up at 8am without an alarm so didn’t have much time for any morning routine in order to make it to the 9am class. Made sure to have a cup of coffee though.

Busiest I’ve seen the gym except for Murph. There seemed to be a lot of people for the 8am and we had about 24 for 9am.

Warm-up

Various line drills outside including toe walk, heel walk, jog, high knees, butt kicks, zombie walk, skaters, power skips, carioca, etc.

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP (w/ partner)

  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 25 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 75 Front Squats (45#)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 75 Front Squats
  • 100 cals Echo Bike

I worked with Alec and we didn’t try to split things up evenly because these were some weird rep counts to try that. For example we never split up the wall balls, even doing the two sets of 10 at the beginning as a set of 20. I was thinking about doing step-ups with my calf, but it felt good and I made it through all of the jumps. Nice that they were only 20 inches today. He was doing American swings, so I tried to do more of the swings each set. The front squats were probably the hardest part of this workout. We got through a full round and all the way to the last set of box jumps where I got one right before time expired.

Another very sweaty one. Plenty of rest to be able to go when it was your turn. Really fried the low back, so I’m glad I did Russian swings.

Mowed the lawn and washed the truck throughout the day. Jumped on the rower after 6:30.

Year of the Engine – Interval

20 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

I thought it would be nice to average a pace under 1:30/500m, but wasn’t sure how my explosive power would fade, because it’s important for such a short duration.

The minimum time you can set for an interval on the PM3 is 20 seconds, so I set it for 0:20/0:40 and stopped with 5 seconds left. My average pace was under 1:28/500m and I was getting about 90 meters.

Keep in mind the data below is for 20 second intervals with no pulls for the last 5 seconds and the carryover meters.

Calf Cautious

Got to bed later than I wanted and had a hard time falling asleep. Out in the garage at lunch.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

33:00 Airdyne

Got 929 cals and 19.56 km. Completely drenched in sweat and so was the full-size towel I used. Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

6:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Step-ups (14″)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 20 PVC Passes

Did the step-ups instead of double unders because I’m being cautious with my calf. Got through two rounds, step-ups, and burpees.

Conditioning

  • 1,500-1,000-500m Row
  • 63-42-21 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 36-24-12 Shoulder Presses (95#)

More scaling instead of 1,200-800-400 meter runs, American KBS, and push jerks. My calf has been feeling good, so I’m going to continue to baby it and then hopefully I’ll be able to run when I start vacation on the 12th.

I held a 1:50/500m pace for every row even though I didn’t want to after the first one. Kettlebell swings were all unbroken, with really sweaty hands for the 42 and 21. I did all of the shoulder presses in sets of sixes and was close to failure at the end of each round. Finished in 24:05. Hot sweaty mess again.

Fitting

Walked 18 holes yesterday and got one of my headaches for the rest of the day. I think I’m going to try taking some electrolytes with me to mix in my water from now on. Maybe that’s part of my problem. Woke up feeling good though, with a WHOOP recovery score of 96%.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

I felt really good keeping a higher pace and beat the last couple of times I’ve done this time domain. Got 809 calories and 16.4 km.

Sweaty

In the middle of the day I took a “quick” trip down to Carl’s Golfland for a TaylorMade driver fitting and hit drives for an hour on the hottest day of the summer. Kind of bummed to skip out on the gym, but proud that it no longer bothers me like it used to, especially since I can get in the quality cardio work at home in a lot less time on days like this. Got on the rower in the evening.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 30s Rest

A month and a half ago for 18 rounds of this I averaged 1:45.8/500m and my notes say I could have gone harder. I was thinking something in the 1:43-1:44/500m range would be good. I pulled 1:42.7 every round for 292 meters and could have gone faster. I was surprised how good I felt.

Get Over It

Went to open gym at 10am. Body is feeling good (knock on wood).

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 1:00 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • 1:00 Rest

I’ve seen the Mayhem teams do these box get overs in several of their videos and they looked like fun. Took a couple of rounds to get the rhythm of the movement. They were really fun though. I held the plank for the entire minute and never dropped the ball. Went 8-8-9-9-10 on the get overs and 26-27-27-28-28 with wall balls.

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I wish I could tell you that I planned for my total reps to increase by one every round, but I’d be lying. The numbers part of me loves how it turned out though.

Midline / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Side V-ups
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (44# KBs)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

I could feel some hip fatigue when getting in to the plank jumps.

After doing some yard work I decided not to do a Year of the Engine workout.

Til Death Do Us Part

My legs felt heavy on the stairs this morning. Out in the garage after 10:30.

No B.S. Bench Press Program

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×210
  • 5×220
  • 3x5x225
  • 9×215 (MAX reps)

Kevin couldn’t make it over so I used the spotter arms. Wanted to try for a 10th rep but figured I better not push it. Beats my set of eight in week one and is actually a new 9RM PR.

Year of the Engine – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I pulled the rower outside in the sun. Changed directions after 4 rounds to get that even tan! My goal pace going in was 1:43-1:44/500m and I averaged under 1:43 with negative splits. I got 582-583-583-583-584-584-585-585 meters.

I was soaked with sweat and still sweating in the house over 30 minutes later. Need to get used to this humidity! Going to mow the lawn and then some friends from the gym are getting married this afternoon.

Riding the Echo

Got some decent sleep last night after being exhausted and woke up with a WHOOP recovery score of 70%. I was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

I got 774 cals and 16.06 km

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • Hanging Shoulder Stretch

5:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Burpees

I got through exactly 3 rounds. Funny how that works. 😉

Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Banded Pull-throughs
  • 5 Goblet Squats (22kg)

Last week when I ripped my palm doing all of those pull-ups I thought it looked like I also had a blister under my left pinky. Nothing every came of it, until I noticed a bunch of skin pulled up there during this workout. Not a tear though, which is always good. I wore grips for 5 rounds and then took them off because they were bunching up too much and pulling on my wrists. Was able to do every set unbroken.

It was my first time riding on the Echo Bike and it’s really smooth. I’m feeling so much better on these bikes after all of the Engine Builder workouts and so much time on my Airdyne. Definitely the hardest part of this workout though. I subbed in the pull throughs instead of American swings and the goblet squats instead of three back squats. I sweated my ass off today with this new humidity that hit us with the warmer temperatures.

Night Endurance

Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf and it’s starting to heat up in Michigan after a very rainy May and June. I didn’t get much sleep last night and was awake before 4am. Spent the day down in Detroit walking around the course watching the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Still wanted to get in some exercise when I got home though, so I was out in the garage at 7:50pm I think.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

30:00 Airdyne

I went 829 cals and 17.62 km.