Press & Run

It was a good call to drop out of the golf tournament. I’m haven’t felt much different from Thursday all day today and I was really stiff this morning. Out in the garage around 6pm.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 4x5x225
  • 7×225 (max reps)

Maybe could have gotten one or two more if I had someone here to spot me.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Shoulder IYT (CS purple)

Conditioning

Wanted to get in 30-40:00 run today. Went 3.59 miles at a slow pace, which took me 39:46.

The Banded March

Last night I think I was already starting to feel some effects of spending an hour on the Airdyne. The front of my ankles were getting tight again and my right knee was feeling a bit weird. My back is starting to feel better today, but had to skip out on golf.

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Push-up
  • 10s Rest

I did 6 sets of 11, then 9, and finished with 8. For the sets of 11 I should have been doing 6-5 instead of 11 unbroken because I had a lot of rest time each set. It was all I had to squeeze out 9 and 8 on the final 2 rounds.

Accessory

  • 4×15 DB Curls (20#)
  • 100 Bench Press (45#)

I did the bench presses in 1:39 with short pauses at the top after 67 and 93 reps. Never set the bar down, which I was not expecting to be able to do.

The Banded March

I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time. Since I can’t handle loading my spine, I thought it would be a good way to work my lower body. I put a green band around pegs at the bottom of my rig and hooked up my dip belt. Held a 20# medicine ball at my chest and went for 5:00. Would be fun to try with my new 100# sandbag when my back recovers.

Conditioning

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 5:00 Airdyne

I started out at 85 RPM. My legs were dying 2 minutes in so my pace slowly kept fading. Maybe I should have rested more after the march, because it felt like the lactic acid built up really fast. Managed to get 170 calories. On the second round I started at 78 RPM for 2+ minutes, picked up to 82 for a minute or two, then kicked it up with a minute left, and brought it home in the least 30 seconds. Got exactly 170 calories again. Not great on either interval considering I can do 340+ in 10 minutes.

Bad But Not Terrible

I had to skip out on the golf outing. Could barely walk in the morning and sitting in the car for over an hour wouldn’t help. It’s the afternoon and I still can’t stand in a golf stance, but my back has loosened up a lot compared to this morning, so it’s nowhere near as bad as the tweak I did during the Open. I’ve started using an aide for helping to realign the spine. Hopefully it helps.

Figured I might as well get back to some bench pressing today. Was going to make it the first day of a cycle of the No B.S. Bench Press program I’ve had great success with before. It’s a nice program because it’s only 1 workout per week. It starts off with a base number and then week through the program adds to that base number with different rep and set schemes. I picked 225# for my base number.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 4x5x205

After the first set of 225 was rough (I could also feel some stress on my back) I made the executive decision to back off for the 4 other sets and also skip the max rep set. So maybe I won’t count today as the first week of the program.

Conditioning

30 Rounds

  • 30s Airdyne (Fast)
  • 30s Airdyne (Slow)

Put on my headphones and watched the CrossFit Games Clean Ladder live while doing this. Ended up going 10.49 miles (785 cal).

Shoulder Annihilation

Feeling pretty good this morning. Out in the garage at 10:30 to finish up the Hybrid Performance Method Push Only program. Warmed up with 5 minutes on the Airdyne, which was about 1.26 miles. I prepared a bit this morning and referenced How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max on T Nation. The example for 185# was pretty much exactly what I needed since my previous best was a 180# shoulder press.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×170
  • 1×182.5 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)
  • 1×185 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)

Crazy how much of a difference two and a half pounds can make. So I ended up with a 5# PR. I was really hoping for 187.5 or more, but from previous programs I know how hard it is to increase the shoulder press.

I skipped the pull-up and accessory work so I could test a couple of other things and destroy my shoulders! Done with Push Only!! I’ll do a full recap/review post, probably on my main blog to share with a wider audience.

Update: posted Hybrid Performance Method – Push Only Program.

Gymnastics

After the big surprise when I tested my strict set about a week ago, I also wanted to get in a kipping test. I was able to get 23 for a 9 rep PR, which is almost a 65% improvement!

According to BTWB, my rankings on the HSPU max sets are an 82 for this one and a 76 for the strict set of 17. I would have expected those to be the opposite.

btwb-hspu-ranks

Strength Endurance / Conditioning

  • 100 Bench Press (135#)

I’d done this once, back in December of 2015 in a time of 9:37. I did it by hitting 5 reps every 30 seconds and then switching to sets of 3s after 85. I set an interval timer on my phone for 25 second rounds. Made it through 13 sets (65 reps) on pace at 5:10 on the clock. Then I changed to sets of 3 at shorter intervals and a final set of 2. Took me 8:43 today for a 54 second PR.

Here’s a compilation video from the day I made to share on Facebook with the bench press at 8x speed instead of 2x.

 

10 Pounds Short

Walked a round of golf yesterday. The humidity has definitely stepped up a few notches this week.

Today is the big day! Bench Max!!

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×255
  • 1×275
  • 1×285 (PR)
  • 1×290 (PR)

I decided to use some bigger jumps early in an attempt to be fresher later. Not sure if it was smart to throw away the warm-up sets I’ve pretty much been using every session for 4 months. When I got to 275 I felt like I came way too far down on my chest and had to grind out the rep. Then 285# was much better for the PR. 290 was a grinder, but I had to keep going. You’ll have to watch the video to see how I talked myself right out of 295 before I started.

Not the 300 I was hoping for, but I was able to add 15# to my previous best over the course of the program. I skipped the 3×10 drop sets and decided to do a push-up test.

100 HR Push-ups

My best is 5:04 from March of 2013!! I haven’t come close since according to my logs. My last attempts were 6:03 in October of 2015 and 7:25 a year ago. I started out with sets of 5s through about 45 when I started doing some doubles and triples. Then I did a whole bunch of quick singles in there somewhere. Tried to get back to doubles or triples, but resorted to singles again. Ended up at 5:18, which is the best I’ve done in a really long time. These get terrible so fast.

Accessory

  • 2×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (35#)

Skipped the Tricep Rock-n-Rolls.

2 Minute Challenge

Bryan picked T2B, went first, and got 40. We both started with sets of 5 and I actually was able to get more of sets of them when I went. I, on the other hand, had to switch to singles like I always do when my T2B go, otherwise I would have had him. Came up one shy with 39! He now has a 2-1 series lead with the challenges.

Closing in on 300

That damn “Annie” DOMS is killing my abs. I’ve had twitches and cramps all day. Walked 18 holes yesterday. It was 93% humidity in the middle of the round when I checked. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Today Bryan came over to workout. I warmed up with 500m on the Ski Erg.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×255
  • 1×270
  • 1×280 (PR)

Was supposed to work up to an opening attempt as if I were doing a push-only powerlifting meet. Since I hit 275# (my previous 1RM) for a double on Sunday, I wanted to hit 280 today and have a good idea of what I might be capable of next week when going for a max. I don’t if I have much more than that I have in me!

Accessory

  • 2×10 DB Side Raises (25#)
  • 2×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (30#)
  • 3×10/10 Bottoms-up KB Presses (30#)

There were pull-ups and rack chins programmed, but they are in tomorrow’s workout too (I actually swapped the order of the days), so no need to hit them 2 days in a row. I did add the KB presses though.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (115#)

Meh. I did the snatches in 2×5 each set. I don’t feel comfortable cycling hang snatches from a high position with 115# so it took me a lot longer. Bryan smoked me by almost 90 seconds. I finished at 7:55.

2:00 Challenge

  • Ski Erg Calories

Since I was down 0-1 in the series I had to pick something I was 99% sure I’d win. Got 49 calories to Bryan’s 43 and tied up the series.