Pace By Feel

After the workout Tuesday, I started feeling sore in my lats and even more in my chest, so I’m thinking it has to be the pull-ups. Still pretty sore today. My shoulders were not ready for over 120 reps on the rig in two days I guess! Walked 18 holes yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 7

Accumulate 2:00 Single Arm Overhead Hold (per side)

4 Rounds

  • 30s Right Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)
  • 30s Left Arm Overhead Hold (35# DB)

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 20 Calorie Row
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)

Strength

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Bench Press (145#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 10 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Ring Rows

Conditioning

“Christine” – 3 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 12 Deadlifts (bodyweight – 200#)
  • 21 Box Jumps (20″)

Warmed up deadlifts with 10×45, 5×135, and 5×185. I had a feeling this workout would suit me well especially with the shorter box. Didn’t want to go out too hot though, so I did an easy 1:50 for my first row. I did the deadlifts in 2×6 each round with a short break so I could swap my hands and take the load off my back a little bit before the box jumps. All were jump up and step down. The monitor on my rower shut off right before round 1 started so I got a delay there and then it wouldn’t turn back on for the other rounds. So I rowed my pace for 2:00 on the clock, which was quite generous of me because I can row two minute 500s for a long time. Kind of sucks because I would have liked to push more in the 2nd and/or 3rd round. Oh well. Finished in 11:32

I Found a Limit

Walked 18 holes yesterday and went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 2

Accumulate 2:00 Pronated Bar Hang

4 Rounds

  • 30s Dead Hang
  • 30s Rest

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 20 Calorie Row

Strength

Bench Press (5×1)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 1×215
  • 1×225
  • 3x1x235

A long way from my 290 max.

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 10 Bench Press (155#)
  • 15 Kettlebell Swings (70#)

I’ve been feeling good on the rower, so I said the hell with it and went for it, doing 2,000 cal/hr for the first two rounds, finishing each in about 28 seconds. I was able to do the bench press unbroken for those two rounds too. Then I started to crash and burn! I think I did 1,600+ for a round or two and then tried to keep it over 1,200. Did 6-4 on the 3rd set of bench and then the final 4 rounds were a struggle to finish in the minute by doing 4-3-3 and almost failing on the last 2 rounds. Especially not being able to start on time because the rows were taking longer and I needed a few breaths. My hands were so fucking sweaty I even had to put the KB down and scaled back the reps to 12 with 7-5 for the final 3 rounds.

What a fucking disaster! I found my limit on the rower for an EMOM like this though. I think it would have been a much different story if I had just gone out at 1,600-1,700 cal/hr.

Walked 400 meters to cool down a bit.

Quads of Sore-y

Sunday afternoon I spent 4 hours processing a bunch of reclaimed lumber… pulling nails, cleaning up the wood, and then cutting it down in to more manageable pieces. My back was really tight from so much bending over.

Walked 18 holes yesterday and was super sore. My legs kept giving out while walking and anytime I had to walk downhill I almost fell on my face. Quads are so fucking sore! Today I’ve started walking down the stairs backwards. I don’t think I even get this sore from “Karen.” Went to the 5pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 9

2 Sets Each Arm

  • 100m Single Arm OH Carry (40# DB)
  • 30s

Was supposed to be a minute rest between arms but I had to rush it to get done before class started.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Shoulder Rolls
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 200m Run

Strength

Bench Press (6×2 @ 80-85%)

** After each working set complete 5 strict pull ups.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 5x2x215

I’ve definitely lost a lot from my 290 pound max. I did my pull-ups on the rope by reaching up as high as I could. Each set I alternated which hand was high.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

** Alternate rounds with a partner. Finish the round you’re on.

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 Double KB/DB Front Squats (30#)

Partnered with Jason, who was missing his rope so struggled on the DU. With my sore quads I wasn’t going heavy on the front squats and the thirty pound dumbbells turned out to be just fine. I missed 3 or 4 times on my first set of double unders but then got 4 sets unbroken. Started out by pulling 1,400+ cal/hr and went faster each round, getting around 1,700 on the 5th round. I was probably though about 12 calories when the clock ticked over, but then we each finished out our 5th rounds.

No Go Bro

Sunday morning was wedding clean-up, drive home, and then chill because I was pretty damn tired. Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 6

3 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Body Shoulder Flexion (5#)

I also did a little stretching / dead hang on the bar and my shoulder still doesn’t feel comfortable.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (750m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Inchworms + 2 Push Ups
    • 30 Double Unders

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 2×225
  • 4x3x205

I should have known when 185 felt heavy that it wasn’t going to go as I hoped. I shouldn’t have expected much when it’s been so long since I benched. Good decision to not try the 3rd with 225.

Conditioning

  • 50 cal Row
  • 4 Rounds
    • 15 Push Jerks (115#)
    • 50 Double Unders
  • 50 V-ups

Held about a 1,200 cal/hr average and finished in 2:30. With scaling back from 135 pounds, the plan was to try to do each set unbroken. After the first one I knew that wouldn’t be a smart move so I did 9-6 the rest of the way. I missed DU at 23 in the first set, something like 22 and 40 in the second set, forced myself to stop at 30 in the 3rd, and did the final set unbroken. The v-ups were done without stopping. Finished in 12:05.

Light Linda

Rested and was pretty damn lazy yesterday. After the deadlift volume on Friday and the plan for today with Murph tomorrow I didn’t want to overdo it. In to the gym early today at 10am.

Warmup

Active Life – Hips

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Starting loading bars.

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Squat Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 5 Bench Press (95#)
  • 5 Squat Cleans (75#)
  • 5 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 5 Bench Press (115#)

Light Linda

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift (205#)
  • Bench Press (135#)
  • Squat Clean (105#)

Wanted to try it out with the loading used by women at Regionals and as I’m typing this I realize the deadlift should have been 220 pounds. Whoops! We still got a good workout. I did the first set of squat cleans unbroken and quickly decided not to do that again until the late sets. It sent my heart rate way up and then my round of 9s took almost twice as long as the 10s. I did the deadlift and bench unbroken the whole way and went back to unbroken cleans for the 3-2-1. Finished in 14:55.

Active Life – Hips

Workout: 4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squats (24kg, 5s pause)
  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (28kg)
  • 30s Rest

Holding the KB on the front rack for so long sucked! this took about 12 minutes.

Bench Day

Did a bunch of yard work yesterday and didn’t have time to workout with other stuff and family visiting. Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 1 Mile Run
  • Bench press
    • 10×45#
    • 10×95
    • 5×115

Had to get out of the house so I got the gym a little early to run.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 20 Air Squats

Did two sets of 5 for every round of bench press and my second sets were starting to get slow in the last few rounds, so I think it was a pretty good strategy. Based on my 8:43 for 100 reps with 135 pounds I was thinking somewhere around 10 rounds would be pretty good. Then I did the first round in just over a minute. I finished the 6th round at 7:30, so was able to keep that same pace to get 12+3.

I’ve been wanting to try a metcon with bench pressing, so finally pulled this out of my idea list. The only other times I’ve benched in a metcon were Linda and 100 reps for time.

Fitting that this morning Castro announced bench press would be at Regionals. I wonder what the workout will be.

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5 Rounds

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 100m Single arm OH Walk (44#)
  • 20 American KBS (44#)

The rounds were much quicker than I thought so instead of doing the planned 30 minutes, we cut it off after 5 rounds, which was at 21:09.

Break From Basement Project

Working on a shop project all day, but took a break after 1 to get in a workout. Had to do some ankle dorsiflexion assessments. My right heel was 18.75″ from the wall and 19 on the right side. Not very exact on my measurements though.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

3 Sets

  • 50m Farmer Carry (90# each handle)
  • 1:00 Rest

Nice enough to open the garage and walk and up and down the driveway.

Christmas Bow?

Then I had to retest and I got 18.5″ on the right and 18″ on the left. Got worse. Hmm, I tested in two different locations which probably had something to do with it.

Warm-up

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 20 Air squats
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (25#)
  • 5 Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 5 Bench Press (155#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (70#)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 100m Ski Erg
  • 5 Bear Hug Sandbag Squats (100#)
  • 5 Bench Press (155#)

Got through 10 rounds plus the ski and squats.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 30m/30m 1 Arm Overhead Carry (50#)
  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (3s pause at top)
  • 5 Strict Toes to Bar
  • 15/15 1 Arm Russian KBS (53#)

Back was tightening up whenever I sat down. The strict toes to bar are very difficult!