Getting Better at Burpees

I golfed on Friday, got busy working on the truck both Saturday and Sunday, and golfed again yesterday. So with the run last Thursday I hadn’t been in the gym or garage since Wednesday. Made myself go to the 4:30 class today, even though I should be pushing to get through these last 4 Active Life workouts.

“Warm-up”

5 Sets

  • 4 Tall Muscle Cleans
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans
  • 4 Power Cleans
  • 8 Burpees

I did 3 sets with the bar, then 75# and 95#.

Weightlifting

Power Clean

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235
  • 3×245

I think I did TnG through 205 and then dropped every rep at the heavier weights. According to BTWB that was a PR triple for me, which I thought might be the case. With 245# I caught with really wide feet on the 2nd rep and didn’t have my elbows all the way under with the 3rd, but was able to save it.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 8 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Chose not to Rx with the 165# since I already had in a bunch of cleans and then I could focus more on the burpees. Michelle gave me a good push because she Rx’d with the 110# so I couldn’t let her beat me. It was neck and neck but I was able to go unbroken on the last set to get a 4 burpee lead and then held on through the burpees.

So I did the 1st and 5th sets unbroken and I went 5-3 on the middle three sets. I made myself jump all of the burpees and I didn’t take any steps before jumping over the bar, so I’d take off right from wherever I jumped up to my hands. I think I did nearly every rep without a pause between the jump up and the jump over as well. Burned like hell though. Finished in 8:37.

Golf again tomorrow. 🙂

In other news, I’ve cleaned up my eating by getting meals from Factor 75 and the food is amazing. I was down 8 pounds already on the scale this morning. I haven’t been this “light” in a year and a half.

No Rest

I rested on Sunday after the stag party. Felt fine but was really tired. Golfed yesterday and went to the 4:30 class today. So the only workout I’ve done since Wednesday was the 40 minutes of Airdyne on Saturday!

Warm-up

9:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Row
  • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
  • 20s Dead Hang
  • 10 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 5 American KBS (35#)

I got through 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s DB Snatch (40#)
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s MB Sit-ups
    • 7 cal Row + 7 Burpees

There was pretty much no rest time even with rushing between stations. I did 18 snatches in the first round because I passed it hand to hand in the air. Then I got 14 every other round. I went 20-18-18-16-16-20 on the sit-ups.

More cardio…

  • 150 American KBS (35#)
  • Run 200m every break

I tried to push the first set but had to stop at 70. Then did 50-30 to close it out so I only had to run a couple of 200s. Finished at exactly 9:00.

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.

42 Minutes

Switched up my week since the forecast called for rain today, so I talked 18 holes yesterday instead of getting in a workout. Went to the gym at 11 today with Brandi and did the programmed workout.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 12 cal Row
  • 12 Plank Push-ups
  • 12 Ring Rows

Conditioning

  • E3M – 4 Rounds
    • 30 Wall Balls (14#, 10′)
    • 15 Burpees
  • 3:00 Rest
  • E3M – 4 Rounds
    • 30 OH Lunges (45#)
    • 15 Step-ups (24″)
  • 3:00 Rest
  • E3M – 4 Rounds
    • 15 cal Row
    • 15 V-ups
    • 15 OHS (45#)

Didn’t take much to decide to use 14# for the wall balls. Knew rest would be valuable and wanted to be able to keep going unbroken. Made the right choice. The first set of movements were by far the worst on the lungs. I used an empty barbell for the OH lunges and squats. The second set of movements were a huge leg burner and I did the step-ups instead of box jumps to help save my back. I increased my pace on the rower each round, starting at about 1,200 cal/hr and doing about 1,400 in the 4th round.

It took about 1-1.5 rounds to get a feel for each group of movements. I think I was faster on rounds 3-4 of each grouping. Overall probably averaged just over 1 minute of rest each round. Haven’t done something like this in a long time; it was a solid 42 minute grind.

One Third of Max

It was a great day for golf yesterday! I didn’t walk though because I was explaining our rules and stuff to a friend who is playing with our group this year.

Garage workout during lunch today.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each leg)

  • MAX Box Step-ups (35# DBs, 24″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

The step-ups are all with one leg per set. I went R-L-R-L and did 20-20-15-15. Plenty of reps.

Conditioning

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest

First set was all done with the rebounding jump forward into jump up. The other 2 sets I couldn’t keep that up. Got 25-20-20.

Active Life – Back Max

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 20 Front Squat (115#)
  • 30s/30s Banded Ankle Distraction

Glad I decided not to try 115-125-135, especially after seeing the notes when I finished that said to use 33% or less of 1RM. So I was even too heavy for what my current max would be.

All The Lunges

My ankle seems a little worse today, probably from lateral hops. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 50′ Bear Crawl
  • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
  • 8 Burpees

The burpees didn’t feel great on the ankle.

Front Squat

Each set starts with a 3 second pause on the first rep.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 3×185

Was plenty heavy enough with where my squatting strength is.

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 50’/50′ Suitcase Walking Lunge (40# DB)
  • 10 Strict Ring Dips

Go 25 feet down and back with the weight in the same arm and then repeat with the other arm. I got through 5 rounds plus 50 feet. Did every round of ring dips 4-3-3 and was surprised I didn’t die on them. My ass is gonna be sore from about 200 weighted lunges total today.

Midline

5 Sets

  • 10 Plank Pass Throughs
    • 3 Sets 30# DB
    • 2 Sets 35# KB

Tried something new I saw in an Instragram story.

WTF April

There’s about 0.5″ of fresh ice on my driveway in the middle of April. This weather combined with feeling tired yesterday led to a rest day. Out in the garage tonight.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 12 Box Step Ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

My ankles and calves are tight from the Thursday run.

Conditioning

1 -> 10 Burpees
2 -> 20 Air Squats

Could feel myself getting slower in round 5. Finished in 6:41.