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.

Push Press PR

On Thursday I golfed like usual. While out on the course Alex texted to ask if I wanted to play Warwick Hills on Friday. I got the go ahead to take the day off work at the last minute and had a lot of fun. A lot of people may not believe it, but 2 days of golfing out in the heat took a lot out of me. Was in bed early and slept in, but got out in the garage around 11:30 today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 3x2x255

Bumped 10# over the last time. I set my 3RM with 255 a few months ago, so was happy to get all 3 sets. Felt like it got easier each set.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×245
  • 1×250 (PR)


The program called for three singles at 85%, which comes out to just under 210 pounds. In my notes planning out the day I already had decided to go 235 and then increase by feel. It was feeling good, so I went for the PR. Not sure what I’ll do for the next two weeks now that call for an increase of 5-10#. I’ll probably stay around 235-245 and then go for the big PR in the final week of the program.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Bent-over DB Side Raises (20#)

That wraps up the 8th week. Three more and then a week dedicated to setting new maxes in the shoulder press, bench press, and push press.

Conditioning

  • 1,000m Ski Erg
  • 100 Lateral hops (over line)
  • 100 H2H KBS (50#)
  • 100 Lateral hops
  • 1,000m Ski Erg

rope-snappedThe plan was to do 100 double unders, but when I got to the rope I forgot that the rings were hanging in the way. I tried a couple reps and nailed a ring right off the bat. So I thought maybe I could go facing another wall next to my rack, but was a little worried about the car behind me. Two reps in, I caught the rope on the barbell rack and it snapped.

Quick thinking decided I would do lateral hops over a line and get on with it. I kept wanting to stop on the kettlebell swings, but went unbroken. My splits on the Ski Erg were 3:57.8 and 3:56.8. The computer said the time between was exactly 6:00, which is kind of crazy. Finished at 13:58 on the clock.

I’m flying out to Minneapolis/St. Paul tonight a few days.

Getting Scary

Busy day. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×220
  • 2x3x240
  • 3×245

Not a lot of time left so I figured it was time to start doing some bigger increases. Need to start getting closer to failure in these last few weeks. I’ve been benching inside the rack with support straps whenever I’m alone, but it’s starting to get a little scary as I approach PR weights. I think this is the most I’ve had on the bar since hitting 3×255# during the Open.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×150
  • 3×152.5
  • 3×155

Accessory

  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3×10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (30#)
  • 3×10 Tricep Extensions (single arm, 30#)
  • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 35#)

Ugh – KB presses. I haven’t done them in a few weeks. Swapping for the wider 10# plate on my adjustable bell (to go from 25->30) shifted the balance a lot! I really don’t like the single arm Tricep extensions; feels like a lot of pressure on the elbow.

Conditioning

  • 30 cal Ski Erg
  • 20 Goblet Squats (70#)
  • 10 Target Burpees (ceiling – 14″)

Calories are much different from on the rower! I felt like I was getting 2 for every 3 pulls with an average around 1,250 cal/hr most of the time. Went unbroken on the goblet squats but was breathing really heavy by the end. That jump to the ceiling is big! I missed once being lazy and had to jump again. Finished in 3:13.

90s Are Coming

Walked 18 holes yesterday and it was the hottest day we’ve had so far. Felt it out there and felt the fatigue in my legs this morning. Out in the garage at about 4 with Bryan.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 4x5x220
  • 3x10x205
  • 3x10x175 (close grip)

Accessory

  • 3×10 Tricep Rock-n-Rolls (35# DBs)

Skipped the side raises and bent-over side raises due to time. They are usually in the program a couple of times a week anyway.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 C&J (95#)
  • 20 Toes to Rings
  • 400m Run

I was planning on doing 2 sets of 5 clean and jerks, but Bryan was going unbroken so I did too. No problem doing every set unbroken. The rings are not in a great position relative to my rack for doing much. I had to kind of twist to one side to miss hitting it. I started out with 10/10 on the rings for the first 2 rounds and then started to break them up into mostly sets of 5 with some 3s and 4s.

When I finished the first round at about 3:33 I felt like sub 20 was possible if I didn’t rest too much between movements or between sets on the rings. Each round my average pace got closer to 4 minute rounds. I had just over 4 minutes to get in the final round. I shortened my transition rests and was able to step it up on my run to came in at 19:44.

This next week is supposed to be at or above 90 every day. Yuck!

HPO Week 7

Played another solid round of golf yesterday, with an 82, which was 2nd best at the course. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 3x2x245

Still feeling great!

Push Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 2x3x225

Wore a belt for the final 3 sets. Not very fun.

Accessory

  • 3×20 Seated alt DB Shoulder Press (40-45-45#)
  • 3×10 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×15 DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Shoulder Ts (CS Blue)

That wraps of week 7 of the Hybrid Push Only program. Still loving it, though today was a lot of accessory work!

Conditioning

  • 250m Ski Erg
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 100 DU (62-0-38)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

I wanted to go a bit on the erg since I’d be able to catch my breath on the sit-ups. Averaged a 1:45/500m to get through it in about 52 seconds. Should have pushed harder. Never stopped on either set of sit-ups or cleans, though the first set of medicine ball cleans was slower. I got 62 double unders to start, then missed again, and then got the last 38. Finished the workout in 8:50.

Felt it Coming

Made it in for the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Burpee
    • Squat Jump
    • American KBS (35#)

Lifting

Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • E90S – 5 Sets
    • 3×135

It’s been at least 2.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell for any olympic lifts. Felt pretty good. I taped some gauze on my hand and wore one of my Bear Complex grips to help protect it.

It was going to be the same E90S but with a squat clean + thruster next. I was warming up with 3 reps using 135# and my back was feeling like it might go, so I stripped the bar and bowed out before it turned into a full-on tweak. The overhead squats seem to aggravate it. 😦

Gymnastics

E90S – 5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold

I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.

Conditioning

Team with Jason and Gavin:

  • 9 Prowler Sprints (1 set 135# & 2 sets 180#)
  • 72 Burpee KB Thrusters (2×26#)
  • 800m Run

We didn’t time it. Rotated through the prowlers and then did sets of 8 burpee thrusters for 3 sets each. Felt pretty good on the run, but couldn’t stick with Gavin.

Out in the garage in the evening after mowing the lawn and watching some of the other Regionals.

Bench Press

donut-recovery

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x230
  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

My bench press has been feeling really really good!

Shoulder Press

  • 8×95#
  • 4×115
  • 4×130
  • 3x4x140

Meh. Did the work, but was careful to squeeze with the minor back tweak this morning.

Tomorrow we are doing “J.T.” so I decided to skip the half kneeling kettlebell presses and tricep kickbacks. I also skipped one arm farmers carries due to my back.