A 2 Minute Challenge

No golf again yesterday because we got so much rain on Thursday night. Courses are still closed today. So I took a complete rest day. Bryan came over at 1 today. I did an easy 5:00 Airdyne (1.43 miles) to get the blood flowing. I’m swapping the order of the pull-up workout this week since I wanted to have a spotter for this.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×225
  • 3×245
  • 3x3x255

That’s my 3RM, which was set about 3 months ago.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×150
  • 3×157.5
  • 3×162.5

Maybe I should do more warm-up sets on these because 150 felt rough but the 2 heavier sets were fine. Next time I’ll have to try an extra set and then do multiple sets at a higher weight. Wanted to get a feel for things today though. 2.5 7.5# under my 3RM.

Accessory

  • 3 Sets
    • 15/15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
    • 20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 3×10/10 Tricep Extensions (30#, single arm)
    • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 40#)

The lifts too a long time today because we were talking so much. Did the accessory as supersets to speed it up.

2 Minute Challenge

  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU

I got 191 and Bryan got 198. According to BTWB that was a 4 rep PR for me. Started with 81 in a row and hit 100 right at the minute mark, but then started missing over 20-30 reps.

Five More

Flew home from the conference yesterday and pulled in the drive after 11pm, so it was a rest day. Out in the garage around 4pm to start the 9th week of Hybrid Push Only.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x230
  • 3x10x210
  • 3x12x165 (wide grip)

Thankfully this is the last week of these fucking “drop set” 10s!! There was only wide grip bench one other time (3x10x165 about a month and a half ago) in the program and I don’t remember the sets being as horrible as these were. I had such an upper body pump after all these sets. Last time I did all 4 working sets at 220, so today was a 5# increase on one set and 10# on the other 3 sets. I added in the extra 215# warm-up set because I didn’t want to take a really big jump to get where I needed to be.

Accessories

  • 3×10 DB Skull Crushers (20-25-30#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-20-25#)
  • 3×10 DB Bent Over Side Raises (20-20-25#)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AirDyne
  • Rest ~5-10:00
  • 5:00 AirDyne

My plan was to go 15 minutes straight but after about 2 minutes I decided to go for 10. Then after resting I convinced myself I needed to get back on for another 5 minutes. Didn’t time the rest but I think it was closer to 10 minutes than it was to 5.

I did 345 calories (4.05 miles), which is only 12 calories shy of my best. My goal for the 5 minutes was to get 180 plus and I did with 182 (2.07 miles). Went for a 700m walk around the block to cool down but keep my legs moving.

No “Murph” This Year

Rested Friday, Saturday, and Sunday while attending the Central Regional in Nashville. Did an insane amount of standing over the weekend and the drive was 9-10 hours each way.

Not a barbell in sight on the competition floor, but it was the most exciting Regional I’ve attended, which is 5 years in a row now (actually that’s wrong! I didn’t attend Regionals last year because they were in Minnesota). The amount of bleachers they had set up was not near enough. They were packed at 9am and then everyone else had to stand in between the barriers and the stands. Other than that it was great.

With the ong trip back from Nashville and travelling the past 2 weeks, I needed a day to myself. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 3x2x240

Smooth.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×215
  • 3×220

I always reset with 200+, but today I did every set TnG. It was a mental challenge more than anything and making sure to focus on keeping my back in a good position.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Red)
  • 3×8 DB Side Raises (20-25-25#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-20-25#)

Took my time today, lasting about 75 minutes for the Push Only work.

Conditioning

  • 30:00 Airdyne

Going hard at this is my hero WOD for the day. I wanted to beat my best of 10.88 miles and 818 calories. Crushed it with 11.23 and 877!

Got a case of 24 for only $25 on the last day of the Regional

Back From Bulgaria

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30am UTC+3 (9:30pm Eastern on Sunday night) to travel home, so was up for over 24 hours again. I did get some little naps on the flights though. Planned to bench when I got home but all I wanted to do was be lazy. Bryan came over at 4 to bench with me. I warmed up with 3 minutes (0.89 miles) on the Airdyne. Start of week 6 on the Hybrid Push Only program and with a long weekend out-of-town I wanted to get in 2 days worth today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 4x5x210
  • 3x10x195
  • 3x10x165 (close grip)

The 4×5 working sets were prescribed to be at 75%. Thought I might feel weak, but felt good after the week of rest.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Tricep Rock-n-Rolls (30-35-35#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)

Pull-up Day

  • 3×10 Pull-ups (quick 6-4)
  • 3×10 Rack Chins (25#)
  • 3×15 Banded Lat Pull-downs (green)
  • 3×10 DB Curls (30#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYT (CS Purple)

I had just started to sprinkle but I headed out for a run. Went a shorter loop, which was 2.09 miles in 22 minutes.

Off to Bulgaria

Before I head to the airport this afternoon I figured I would knock out the pull-up day, since the hotel’s fitness center probably won’t have a pull-up bar. Looks like they have an assortment of dumbbells so I’ll try to get in some lifting while I’m on my trip. We’ll see how jet lagged I get with the 8 hour time difference though. Jumped on the Airdyne for a 5 minute warm-up and went 1.62 miles.

Push Only

  • 3×12 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×18 Rack Chins
  • 3×12 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Tricep Extensions (50#)

I did quick sets of 7-5 on the regular pull-ups and 5-4-3 with the wide grip.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 25 Push Press (35# DBs)
  • 50 DU

First 2 rounds I did 15-10 on the push press and then all 25 on the last round. Finished at 10:23 with shitty dubs.

Time to pack and head to the airport!

Pegboard Pull-ups

Sore all over from “Barbara”!! Quads, obliques, abs, lats, scaps, delts, and biceps. Did I forget anything? My early in the week plan for yesterday was to get in the Push-Only Pull-up day, but obviously that wasn’t going to work after that workout, so I had bumped it out until today. Got out in the garage at night after work. Thought I’d mix things up a bit and get some use out of the pegboard.

  • 3×15 Pegboard Pull-ups (3×5 each round)
  • 3×15 Rack Chins
  • Uneven Pegboard Pull-ups
    • 2×6/6
    • 2×4/4
  • 3×20 Hammer Curls (15#)
  • 3×20 Should IYTs (purple Crossover Symmetry)

Pump!! I really need to use the pegboard a lot more since I have it. If my previous uses have taught me anything, I’m going to be extremely sore for the next few days.

The Performance Plus programming fit in pretty well today…

5 Sets

  • 6 Russian Push-ups (video)
  • 6/6 Half Kneeling DB Press (40#)

Wow, I thought I was taking it easy picking 40#. Weak ass!! Supposed to be bottoms-up KB presses, but I have none at home. I could bring my 50# one home but that’s too heavy anyway.

Conditioning

  • 20:00 Airdyne

Aerobic work, but the damn Garmin was reading a heart rate of 101 again. Starting to really piss me off. I did 7.39 miles (11.89 km) for 568 calories. Thought about running, but it was already getting pretty dark outside. Good excuse anyway.