Bench Speed

My back and calf are still bothering me today. Out in the garage at 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** At endurance pace with 7 second sprints at 5:00, 10, 15, 20 and then recover to endurance pace again.

I got 693 cals and 8.91 miles (14,339m).

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

3 Rounds

  • 35s Assault Bike
  • 7 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 6 Ring Rows

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 5 Strict Pull-Ups
  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

There wasn’t a weight listed for the bench press, so I went in thinking I’d do 95# and fly through it. We had to share stations though because it was a big class and TJ wanted to do 135# so I was fine with that. Good thing too because I cruised through every round unbroken without any struggles. Wasn’t sure how I’d do after benching heavy yesterday.

The workout said 10 pull-ups (strict if possible). I thought 100 strict pull-ups is a lot to ask, so I decided to split it in half and keep the intensity high. I was a little faster in my early rounds, but slowed on the bike as the clock ticked away. Finished in 29:16, which is only 46 total seconds over a 1:30 per round average pace. My first round took exactly 1:30 so I stayed extremely close to that pace all the way through.

That was a good one and I didn’t have to scale anything for my current injuries.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Russian Twists (44# KB)
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was able to do rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the twists unbroken and went 24-16 in round 3.

Left Calf Issue

Kind of surprised I didn’t feel rougher from Sunday’s barbell carry. Still need to get to bed earlier though. My back seems a little tight from all of the bending over while trimming bushes last night. Shortly after noon I pulled the rower out to the back patio.

Year of the Engine – Interval

5 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My goal pace was 1:49/500m. Went 1,102 – 1,101 – 1,102 – 1,102 – 1,102 meters.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

3 Rounds

  • 30s Assault Bike
  • 30s Rest

3 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10 PVC Passes

Push Jerks

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95#

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP100 Double Unders
    • 20 Burpees
  • 5:00 AMRAP5 Push Jerks (135#)
    • 10 Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP100 Double Unders
    • 20 Burpees
  • 5:00 AMRAP5 Push Jerks (155#)
    • 8 C2B Pull-ups
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP100 Double Unders
    • 20 Burpees
  • 5:00 AMRAP5 Push Jerks (185#)
    • 3 Muscle-ups

In the first AMRAP I got through 1+114. In the second AMRAP I did 2×5 for every round of pull-ups, getting 4+13. In the third AMRAP near the end of the second set of dubs, my left calf area started to feel weird. I made it through 1+108. In the fourth AMRAP I wanted to stick to sets of 4 chest to bars. In my second set of push jerks, my left calf gave out, so I modified the rest of the workout. I ended up doing 1 full round, 3 push jerks, and then 6×4 C2B. For the fifth AMRAP I did burpees the entire time, which was horrible. I got 63 reps. Finally to finish out in the sixth AMRAP, I did sets of 3 muscle-ups and got through 6 sets.

The muscle-ups felt good considering it was after 25 minutes of work with both types of pull-ups and I hadn’t done any on the rings since the Open because of my right shoulder. Was never really in danger of missing any, though the dip was getting hard. I wore grips for the pull-ups and C2B and then thought I might rip during the last few sets of muscle-ups because I wasn’t wearing grips. I never wear grips for the rings, but this workout was a different beast. I did 48 pull-ups, 32 chest to bar pull-ups, and 18 muscle-ups. Great gymnastics volume for one workout. Oh yeah and how could I forget 125 burpees!

I really hope I didn’t do anything serious to my leg. If I can walk and swing my plan is to golf the next two days.

I also mowed the lawn and then noticed it was my highest stain day on WHOOP, already at 8pm.

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Morning Endurance Run

Woke up with my back feeling much better than yesterday morning. Was out the door for a run before 8am while it was cool out.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

27:00 Run

Ended up going 2.87 miles in 28:45, so only a 10:00/mile pace, but I averaged 170 steps per minute again. I’ll chalk the pace up to just getting out of bed. I wore an older pair of Saucony shoes I had actually been fit for at a runners store and they are not at comfortable as my Reebok runners.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

I also did some hanging to open up my shoulders, bar taps, and a few toes to bars to make sure my back could handle them for the workout.

3 Sets

  • 6 PVC Passes
  • 9 Air Squats
  • 4 cal Assault Bike

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95

Strength & Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • Rest

The bench press was a sub for push presses since I didn’t want to put that loading on my back. I used 135, 155, 175, 195, 205, 215, and 225, which is 92% of my 5RM. Felt good even as I got out-of-breath in the later rounds. I wore grips for the toes to bars and actually did every set unbroken without any struggle. I never do that large of sets so I was surprised I didn’t fade. Even though there is almost 4 minutes between each set it still adds up to 84 total reps. I started out with the Rx 12 calories for two rounds on the bike but even at 90+ RPM it was too easy, so I bumped up to the Rx+ of 15 calories and even caught up on the calories I was behind from the other rounds. Really not a bad workout, because there is a ton of rest.

Midline

20s Work : 10s Rest (Tabata) until finished

  • 200 DB Russian Twist (45# plate)

It was written to use a dumbbell, which I’ve never tried for Russian twists, so I gave it a try. Big mistake. It’s awkward to hold, I was falling over, and it felt like I was going to rub my knuckles raw. So after getting 18 reps in the first work interval I switched to a 45# plate. Took me 4:06.

5 Rep Bench

I didn’t get out golfing yesterday because I found a bunch of water in the basement and spent almost 2 hours cleaning it up. I’m sore from that today. Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 10 PVC Passes

Ended up with about 45 calories on the AB.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×200
  • 5×220
  • 5×235
  • 5×245

My ass came off the bench a little in my last two reps, but that ties my old PR for a set of 5, when I had gotten my max up to 290. Can I hit 300 in the next few months?

Conditioning

25:00 EMOM (40s work / 20s rest)

  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Plank
  • Jump Rope Singles
  • Sit-ups
  • Lateral Step Overs (14″)

I was getting 22 swings and 22 sit-ups each round. Never missed on the jump rope. Perfect little workout for today that didn’t get me breathing or sweating very hard. Ready for Murph tomorrow!

I wouldn’t mind getting out to golf but I need to do yard work and a bunch of other shit, so we’ll see.

So Much for Shoulders

IMG_2739Walked 18 holes in the cold yesterday and got more sleep last night after WHOOP told me I needed 9 hours. I haven’t been getting 8+ every night since my Utah trip, so I’d like to get back on track. Around noon I pulled the rower outside and did this on the back patio.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 2k Row
  • 3:00 Rest

Almost 2 months ago I tried to hold 1:50/500m for a 3k + 2k with 3:00 rest but couldn’t maintain for the final 1k. How far has my conditioning come? Could I make it through all 6,000 meters at that pace?

Yessir! My times were 7:19.9, 7:19.7, and 7:19.7. I really had to push over the last 1,200 meters.

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Went to the 4pm class and got there a little early for some rehab stuff.

Accessory

2 Sets

  • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (30″)
  • 10 Back Extensions

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 15 PVC Passes
  • 10 Pause Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 10 Pause Split Jerk (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Power Clean & Jerks (95#)

Weightlifting

E2M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Power C&J

Fatigued lifting! For some reason I was thinking this was only 5 rounds, so I was almost to my goal weight in the 4th round. A bunch of other people made the same mistake and the morning class actually only did 5 rounds! So I didn’t go as hard on the bike from the 4th round on. I did 135, 165, 185, 205 (6 sets!), and 225. All push jerks until the last set when I did split jerks. I think I belted up starting with the 205. I went straight from the clean into the jerk, without the pause and reset, on everything until the 225.

Conditioning

2 Rounds – EMOM 4 Burpees

  • 50 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 25 Toes-To-Bar

When I saw this workout I thought I’d try the Rx+ 115#, but after the mistake on the lifting I changed back to the Rx weight and was glad I did. It was horrible going between burpees and jerks with no rest for the shoulders. I did something like 20-13-9-8 in the minutes and those were not all unbroken sets. I had enough time to get in 5 T2B, then did 5-5 in each of the next two minutes. I took advantage of a little rest before burpees and then did a set of 10 in each of the next three minutes, resting with whatever time I had left. I did 5-5 in each of the next two minutes. Shoulders were completely rocked. Then I did 2×5, and 3×5 on my T2B. I could have pushed more on the T2B in both rounds of the workout. I was done in 12:53.

Without the Push-up

Feeling pretty good this morning. Open gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • Bench Press
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Bench Press (115#)
  • 20 No Push-up Burpees
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)

I wrote this one with 200 meter runs, but it started raining out right before we started, so I substituted the burpees.  The no push-up variation was so they wouldn’t interfere with the benching. I had no idea how to pace out the bench press. I felt good in the first set so did 11-9. Felt a lot different in round two so I did 7-7-6 for five rounds and then I was able to get 11-9 at the end to score 6+20. Was 140 reps on the bench press. Felt really good on the burpees and box jumps, so it seems like the conditioning work is paying off.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50/50m Single Arm OH Carry (53#)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand (70#)

After each single leg stand I was really feeling off-balance. Must have been from standing so long with the weight on one side of the body

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
  • 30 Side Plank Jumps
  • 20 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
  • 10 Supermen (3s pause)

Haven’t done weighted v-ups in a long time. Forgot how hard they get.

Out in the garage in the evening.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

20 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 15s Rest

I had 18 rounds of this about a month ago and starting at just under 1:48 was too fast that day where my average pace ended up being 1:49.9. Today my plan was to start at 1:49. I felt much better and could have gone even faster. 207-208 meters every round.

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Tuesday Duathlon

My hips and legs are a little sore from the squats. Got a really good night of sleep though.

Engine Builder – Endurance

40:00

  • 2 Mile Run
  • 20:00 Airdyne

Instead of doing a straight 40 minutes on the Airdyne I thought I’d take advantage of the nice weather. Before lunch I ran a loop around the neighborhood and then jumped right on the bike. My heart rate was stable through the transition between running and biking. The run ended up being 2.08 miles according to RunKeeper and took 20:21. I went with an even 20 minutes on the Airdyne for 7.17 miles and 532 calories.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 10 Push Presses (PVC)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30/30s Banded Overhead Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes

Midline

5 Sets

  • 40 Russian Twists (35#)

Worked these in between the first five sets of push presses. Forty reps is a lot!

Strength

Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×195

Wasn’t sure if I should go again after the 175. I got out my belt, which helped a lot and the weight felt a lot better.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 8 DB Snatches (50#)
    • MAX T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

Was nervous about the snatches because that’s where I got my last minor back tweak. I started out HOT on the bike with RPMs up over 90 and the other rounds were in the 70-75 range. I got 25-17-16-16-16 for 90 total T2B.