9am Rush

Went to see Spiderman last night so wasn’t in bed until after midnight. Woke up at 8am without an alarm so didn’t have much time for any morning routine in order to make it to the 9am class. Made sure to have a cup of coffee though.

Busiest I’ve seen the gym except for Murph. There seemed to be a lot of people for the 8am and we had about 24 for 9am.

Warm-up

Various line drills outside including toe walk, heel walk, jog, high knees, butt kicks, zombie walk, skaters, power skips, carioca, etc.

Conditioning

35:00 AMRAP (w/ partner)

  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 25 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 75 Front Squats (45#)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 25 Box Jumps
  • 50 Russian KBS
  • 75 Front Squats
  • 100 cals Echo Bike

I worked with Alec and we didn’t try to split things up evenly because these were some weird rep counts to try that. For example we never split up the wall balls, even doing the two sets of 10 at the beginning as a set of 20. I was thinking about doing step-ups with my calf, but it felt good and I made it through all of the jumps. Nice that they were only 20 inches today. He was doing American swings, so I tried to do more of the swings each set. The front squats were probably the hardest part of this workout. We got through a full round and all the way to the last set of box jumps where I got one right before time expired.

Another very sweaty one. Plenty of rest to be able to go when it was your turn. Really fried the low back, so I’m glad I did Russian swings.

Mowed the lawn and washed the truck throughout the day. Jumped on the rower after 6:30.

Year of the Engine – Interval

20 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

I thought it would be nice to average a pace under 1:30/500m, but wasn’t sure how my explosive power would fade, because it’s important for such a short duration.

The minimum time you can set for an interval on the PM3 is 20 seconds, so I set it for 0:20/0:40 and stopped with 5 seconds left. My average pace was under 1:28/500m and I was getting about 90 meters.

Keep in mind the data below is for 20 second intervals with no pulls for the last 5 seconds and the carryover meters.

Too Many Singles

I hoped to get out for an early run, but it was raining. At around 11:15 it brightened up, birds started to chirp, and radar showed a window in the weather, so I hit the pavement.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

24:00 Run

I mapped out a loop that ended up being 2.55 miles and took me 24:30. My focus for the run was on my stride rate, which was a lot more consistent than usual (often drops to 155-160 with an average in the low 160s) and must have helped with my pace. I’ll have to concentrate on my stride more often and would like to get it up to 180.

I rested and took my time setting everything up, so it was just over 30 minutes after the run when I got started on the workout.

Conditioning

  • 30 Strict HSPU
  • 40 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Bench Press (135#)
  • 40 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Bench Press (135#)
  • 30 Goblet Lunges (53#)

I went in to this workout planning to do 40-30 on every movement with the option for a third round of 20. That quickly changed when I went 5-5-3-singles and took five minutes to do 30 strict handstand push-ups! The next time around I did 2-2-2-singles, taking four minutes to knock out 20 reps. I recently felt good doing two rounds of 5×5 strict in a partner workout, so I never expected to drag behind the struggle bus like this. Either my shoulders are wiped out from yesterday or using plates and an AbMat is a lot harder than the big gymnastics mat at the gym. Box jumps were fine and mostly a rest before pressing again. I felt weak on the bench as well and did all sets of fives. I split the 40 lunges in half because I felt like I was fatiguing my triceps by holding the kettlebell and did the 30 unbroken. Finished in 21:42 with 9:00 spent on HSPU.

Test

100 Hand Release Push-ups

For some reason at 6:30pm I got the bright idea to test some push-ups after all of the pressing I’ve done in the last two days. I haven’t been able to beat my 5:04 PR on this from 2013, though I did 5:18 and 5:08 in 2017.

Some quick math told me five reps every 15 seconds would get sub five minutes, so that was my plan of attack. I did 5 reps and rested until the my 15 seconds was up. Rinse and repeat. It felt great through 50 reps. I could feel the fatigue kicking in as I got through 60 and by 70 I was barely making it in time. After that I knew I couldn’t keep up the fives any longer, so I resorted to whatever I could manage until it was singles. Finished in 5:14, so with all of the reps done yesterday and today I’m confident I can break that barrier soon.

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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All The Scaling

Can still feel that back tweak there. Was out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 30s Rest

I was really struggling to figure out a goal pace for this. In the last two months I have plenty of different samples, but the work:rest ratios are all a bit different. Going in I was set on 1:50/500m, but was doing 1:49 in the first interval so I stuck with it. Could have gone faster. My meters were 413-413-413-414-413-414-414-413, so another consistent one.

Went to the gym at 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bike
  • 10 RDL (45#)
  • 30 Jump Ropes

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl – 21s (30-25-25#)
  • 10 GHR (red band)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand (62# KB)

I did this instead of 5×5 deadlifts. First 2 sets I was holding the KB in the wrong hand and it was an awkward stance. In addition to the red band, I’m pushing off the pads a bit with my hands so I don’t put stress on my back.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 50 DU
  • 8 Pull-ups
  • 8 T2B
  • 5 Box Jumps (36″)
  • 50’ Farmer Carry (53# KBs)
  • 1:00 Rest

I think I got 2 sets of dubs unbroken and missed 3x in one of the sets! Scaled 8 muscle-ups down to the 8+8 and was able to do each movement unbroken, wearing grips. The bar I was using was a tad too low for me, so I actually had to spread my legs in my kip which felt really weird. Instead of doing 5 muscle cleans (155#) I figured the high box jumps would still get me working on leg drive and hip extension. Cruised through this one in 12:55.

Tabata Rows Suck

Stayed up later than I’d like, but got up and went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Stretch

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 5 Rounds
    • 10 DB Snatch (50#)
    • 20 Burpees
  • 4 Rounds
    • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
    • 40 Pull-ups
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30 Calorie Row
    • 60 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I teamed up with Tom and we crushed! For the first four rounds of snatches one person did them and then we split them 5-5 in the fifth round. Burpees were split 10-10 each round. Box jumps were split 10-10 each round and we alternated sets of 5 pull-ups. Those pull-ups started feeling hard in the 2nd round! We split the calories 15-15 every round. First two rounds we alternated 20-20-20 on the wall balls and then 30-30 to finish. Took us 25:51, well under the 35 minute time cap. That felt really good!

I might have aggravated my back a little bit with the snatches. I could feel it on the box jumps, so I went a little bit slower. It felt good for wall balls though.

I was planning on doing my EB work later tonight, but my dad made a last minute decision to come down and watch the Masters, so I got it done before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

2 Cycles

  • 8 Rounds (Tabata)
    • 20s Row
    • 10s Rest
  • 5:00 Rest

I had no clue on a pace for this. Maybe something faster than a 1k PR pace? Sounded good to me, so my goal pace was 1:30/500m.

That was a terrible strategy!! I underestimated how much energy is required to get the flywheel up to speed each time, especially on such short rest. New goal for the second cycle was a 1:38 pace. That worked out much better!

My meters were:

108-110-106-98-95-96-97-97 (807)
103-102-102-102-101-101-100-102 (813)

When I hit my average at exactly 1:38 it was 102 meters. Consistency is key and worked out to more meters. I took a look at BTWB and people must use the clock when they do a Tabata row instead of programming the monitor, allowing them to get a lot of carryover meters every interval. 800 meters is only like the 40th percentile!

I did a real slow 1,000 meters in 5:00 to cool down.

I’ll be watching the Masters the rest of the day.

15 Feet

My lower body is still really sore from Sunday.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Box Step-Ups (20-24-27″)
  • 10 Banded Good Morning
  • 20s Row

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5 False Grip Ring Row (feet under me to cut down on weight)

Damn the false grip hurts!

Conditioning

E5M – 4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 15 Box Jumps (30″)
  • Max Muscle-ups

My goal was 3×4 muscle-ups each round, but I had a suspicion that hip fatigue would kick in from the rowing and high box jumps. Well, I’m not sure if that was the case or it was the breathing, because after round two my pace fell off a lot. I rowed 1:50-1:51 for the first two rounds and then 2:00 was a struggle for the last two. I stepped down from the box for most of the first two rounds and jumped down after that (no rebound though). On the rings I went 4-4-4, 4-4-4, 4-2-2-2, and 4-2-1-1 for a total of 42 muscle-ups. I don’t think I’ve ever accumulated that many in a workout. After finishing the box jumps I walked right over and jumped up to get that first set at fatigue and I’m really happy I was able to start with a set of four each time.

No grips (have never needed them on the rings) and no rips. The big blood blister from last Tuesday is healing well.

I think this was the end of my first set…

Skill

I did some handstand walking after class. I went 10 feet a bunch of times after just getting it on Sunday for the first time. Even got over 15 feet once! It’s feeling a lot more comfortable.

Here’s one of the times I went ten feet…

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.