On to the Next

I was too tired from the weekend to golf, so it was a complete rest day. I was right about losing weight from working on the truck in the garage all weekend in that heat. Was 205 in the morning yesterday.

Now that the back rehab is done, I figure I’ll try out some of the other Active Life programs, especially as my 2-day/week membership at the gym is through the end of this month and then there is an ownership change taking place. Looking forward to getting in the gym more often again. Went out in the garage around 4pm.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Warmup

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Lateral Box Step-ups (18″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion

4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 50m Overhead Carry (70# KB)
  • Rest 30-60s

Might as well try to correct this shoulder impingement, which has kept me off the rig.

Conditioning

  • 300m Run
  • 30 Back Squats (135#)
  • 300m Run

I guess counts with 3 are my thing lately. Slow but unbroken on the squats and felt pretty good on the run. Funny how dropping 10 pounds makes running easier. 🙂 Finished in 5:21.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Workout

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 10 Curl-ups (3s hold)

This first day of “Thick Pack” work was exactly the same as I’d done in some of the other programs. Got through 5 rounds.

Lunge to the Death

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 50′ Butt Kicks + 50′ High Knees
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 15 Supermans

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 10×185
  • 20×135

Can’t remember the last time I’ve squatted that many reps. Felt fine.

Conditioning

12:00 EMOM

  • 5 Burpees
  • MAX Front Rack Lunges (75#)

I did 2 rounds of 12, then 8 rounds of 10, 12, and 14 for a total of 130 lunges. Fucking terrible, especially in the front rack.

Walked 400m to cool down.

Raked

I did a bunch of raking on Sunday and wanted to finish up the front yard before today’s trash collection, so I ended up making yesterday a rest day to rake. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 8 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 20 Walking Lunge (25# DBs)
  • 10 Alternating Kossacks

Cooldown

  • 1:00/1:00 Hip Wind Up Stretch

Conditioning

10 -> 1

  • Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • Back Squats (95#)

Didn’t look at the clock the entire workout and was surprised to see it took 10:27. Felt like I went much faster than that.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Prone Thoracic Extension Rotation
  • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
  • 10 Alternating Dead Bug
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Bottom of Burpee

Work for quality. Got through twice plus through the evil wheels in a 3rd round.

Fight the Urge

Planned to workout yesterday, but after watching golf and being 6pm I wasn’t up for it. In to the gym at noon today.

25-20-15

  • HSPU
  • Box Jumps (24″)

Did the handstand push-ups 10-8-7, 8-7-5, and 8-7. Had to resist the urge to do 3×5 for the 15. Jumped and stepped down every rep. Finished in 8:17.

Warmed up Pendlay rows with 8×45#.

4 Sets

  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Pendlay Rows (115#)

Warmed up back squats with 4×115, 2×165, and 2×185 to also give me a feel for what load to use.

E30S 10:00 (alt)

  • 5 Burpees
  • 2 Back Squats (205#)

Maybe should have used 225#, but didn’t want to push it.

Go Eagles!

Back to reality with snow overnight. Slowly made it to the gym today.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias – Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3s pause)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 15 Back Squats (95#)

Been a couple of months since I did a muscle-up on the rings I think. Did 3-2 on all MU and jumped all my burpees and box jumps. Got through 4+3.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias – Workout

4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 100m One Arm Farmer Carry
  • 1:00 Rest between arms

I used 28kg and 32kg. Rough with that 32!

Midline

Tabata – 6 each, alternating

  • Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • Hollow Rocks

Got ugly real quick. I did 20-20-18-18-18-24 for the twists and 20-18-12-12-12-16 for the rocks.

2018 Begins

A few areas of my upper legs are lit up! Could it be from those squat jumps? Finished making my Bluetooth speaker. It’s soooo nice having some real volume in the garage.

garage-bluetooth-speaker.jpg

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Will my calves ever stop being sore when I do these?

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 12 One Arm Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

This combo really gets be breathing heavy. It’s essentially 120 mountain climbers.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x245

Humbling. I try not to think about what I could squat before. As I was walking the bar in after my final set I felt a little something in my left lower back. Fuck!

Then as I was getting out the dumbbell, this mother fucking 2.5# plate dropped right on the nail of big toe. I let out a bit yell. No marks on my foot yet.

plate-drop.jpg

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (45# DB)
  • 8/8 1 Arm RKB Swing (70#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Good Morning (125#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (125#)

Wasn’t sure if I was going to feel anything in my back, but seemed ok. Using the seventy pounder for the one arm swings may be a bit much. Realized in the second set of good mornings that they should have been sumo stance. Next time.

Making Men

Rested yesterday. I switched my gym membership to the 2x/week plan. I’ve only been to the gym more than that 2-3 times since the program switch, which is disappointing. I’m not going to risk injury and overtraining though; I’m over those years. I’ve still been working out 5 days a week on average, but making use of my garage. I have to admit, getting back an extra hour+ in the day (without prep, travel, and social time) is a nice bonus. My cardio has been feeling good, so I’ll continue what I’m doing. I think the lower volume is helping a lot.

Out in the garage for a workout before a late lunch.

Warm-up

5:00 Airdyne – 1.51 miles

Strength – Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3x3x225

I think I forgot how to squat. Felt fine, but I can tell I’m hesitant with each rep.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 10 Renegade Man Makers (35# DBs)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (parallel)

Been a long time since doing man makers. If you’ve never done them, it’s a push-up on the dumbbells, a row with each arm in the plank position (helps to keep wide feet), jump/step feet up to hands, clean, and shoulder to overhead. I wasn’t fast with them, but never stopped and did all sets of sit-ups unbroken too. Finished in 12:54.