Chippin’ Away

My legs were extremely fatigued Friday night and until about 10pm yesterday. Felt like I ran 10 miles. Or that’s what I imagine it would feel like. Rested yesterday, but went on a little road trip, which was a tiring day in its own way.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Ring Hang & Stretch
  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 6 Pendlay Rows (95#)

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 6 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • 6/6 Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Might be time to try the presses with 35#.

Conditioning

Warmed up snatches with 5×45, 5×65, and 3×95.

  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 45 Wall Ball Sit-ups (30#)
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 35 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 C2B Pull-ups
  • 55 Double Unders
  • 15 Power Snatches (115#)

Realized it had been a long time since I’d done a chipper, so I came up with this one. My only miss on the rope was 2 reps in after the first round of C2B. Snatches were all quick singles, chest to bar pull-ups were 5×5, push-ups were 7×5, and sit-ups were 3×15. The sit-ups with that heavier medicine ball were the hardest part of the workout. Excited I was able to do all sets of 5 for the C2B, though I maybe could have gone a lot faster  in the workout without as much rest between the sets. Finished in 18:57. I really liked that one.

I did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but was tired.

Baby Swings

My shoulders and arms are in rough shape today. I couldn’t fall back to sleep last night, so by 6am I was fed up with it and got out of bed. Turned out to be a 2 coffee day and I’m still dragging ass. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Mini Ring Swings!!!
  • 2 Rounds
    • 1:00 Assault Bike
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 PVC Passes

First time I’ve been able to swing on the rings in months!! Could still feel my right shoulder when I got really deep in the swing so I only did a few. Making progress finally. Looking forward to being able to do ring muscle-ups again.

Weightlifting

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

I did TnG through 185 and put the belt on for 225 or 235. The bar was feeling really heavy and it didn’t dawn on my until after class that I was feeling so terrible from a lack of sleep last night. The reps with 235 were harder than I can remember in many years and then I went for 245 and “Clarked” the first rep. Wow! For comparison, in June I was able to hit 245 for a triple, shortly after I started lifting again.

Conditioning

15:00 EMOM (alt)

  1. 12 cals Assault Bike
  2. 10 Power Cleans (115#, unbroken)
  3. 4 Pull-ups + 3 C2B Pull-ups + 2 Bar Muscle-ups

As soon as I saw this workout I knew I’d scale back from 135# and definitely glad I did with how I am feeling. The gymnastics minute was 5+4+3, but I wasn’t confident I could hold on to that, so I cut back. Possibly could have made it, but this was plenty hard enough. I dropped off the rig between every movement. That bike really blows up your legs. I need to use it more often because it’s a lot different from my Airdyne.

Hopefully I can get a good night of sleep and hit the gym tomorrow because I have a busy Saturday and probably won’t have time for a workout.

Upside Down Work

Read about my new folding wall mounted rack.

The usual open gym at noon.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pistols
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

My pistols were shaky and in the last couple of rounds I started grabbing my foot on some of the reps. I switched arms on the way down for the C&J. Every round of chest to bars was 4-3-3 and didn’t wear any grips. Finished 5+11.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm/Leg KB Deadlifts (62#)
  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Midline

5 sets (Holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches (alternate arm/leg)
  • Roll
  • 10s Superman hold (straight arms!)

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Could go with a shorter rest period. Took me 6:57.

Skill

We were done really early so did some handstand drills. Put my feet up on a box and walked around it with my hands. The 24″ side isn’t high enough for me, so the 30″ allows me to get my hips up over my shoulders more, though I think I was still short of it.

Then I put a big band around high J-cups on the rack so I could kick up and work on finding the balance point. This one really helped. After getting a feel I’d place my hands further away from the rig, working on finding the handstand position without hitting the band. Then I went to the wall and eventually tried handstand walking a few steps into the wall. Big progress is one session. My wrists were getting sore, so that was enough.

Sandbag It

My glutes and hamstrings have still been sore, but not terrible. Definitely feeling those dumbbell bench presses though. Open gym at noon.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185
  • 5×195
  • 5×205
  • 5×210

Far from the 245 pounds I did last summer.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 40s Sandbag Cleans (100#)
  • 40s C2B Pull-ups
  • 40s Broad Jumps
  • 40s Wall Ball Sit-ups (20#)

Basically got about 30 seconds of work for each movement. I started out with my gymnastics grips on, but I wasn’t using the Speal bar, so I was having a hard time keeping my grip. I took them off after the 2nd round and did much better. Averaged 7-8 pullups and 13 sit-ups, but no idea on the other moves. It was hard to get in good broad jumps under fatigue.

Odd Rest Periods

With the way my back was feeling this weekend and then an uncomfortable feeling with the final heavy thruster yesterday, when I saw back squat singles programmed today I was going to stay home and do something in the garage. Changed my mind because I could sub something in during class. Went to 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 1:00/1:00 Twisted Cross
  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Lat Stretch
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Air Squats

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 4

2 Rounds

  • 5/5/5 PVC Passes (standing, squat, prone on chest)
  • 30s Overhead Hold (35# KBs)
  • 60m Farmer Carry (35# KBs)

2 Sets (each arm)

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry
  • ~ 1:00 Rest

The idea being to set a MAX carry. I used the 28kg KB and then the 40kg, which was tough. Probably not the greatest to tax my grip right before a bunch of pull-ups.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 14 C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest

Oddly programmed workout with the way the rest was programmed and all the stuff that had to be done in class (we didn’t even have time for the handstand hold cash out). It said to pair up in a team of 3 to share a machine, so basically your rest would be less than twice as long as it would take to get through your work on the machine. We paired up with one other person for less than 1x rest. That Assault Bike is no fucking joke. My legs were burning up already in the first round. I averaged about 2:00 on the bike each round and if I had to estimate, got about 1:30 of rest once I finished my C2B. I think I did my C2B like so:

  • 4-4-1-1-1-1-1-1
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-4-3-3
  • 4-3-3-2-2

The first round was a bit of an anomaly and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried for the rest of the workout as I finished those 6 singles. I may have actually done a double and then 4 singles, but can’t remember for sure. I think I forgot how to use my kip to drive up to the bar since it had been 4+ months since doing any C2B pull-ups. I felt much better on the bar from the second round forward. I stuck to a regular kip since I’m not ready to subject my shoulder to the butterfly yet. A 20 minute clock ran out just after I got off the bike for the last time, but I finished my last round, so total time was around 21 minutes.

Weird workout, but I was able to get in a solid 10 minutes of work on the Assault Bike (probably more time than I’ve been on it total in my life) and I did 70 chest-to-bar pull-ups.

11.6/12.5/18.5

Y’all are crazy for voting 11.6 instead of 13.5. Why would you want to do those movements for 7 minutes instead of 4 and with ascending reps! 13.5 would have been a 4 minute workout for probably 80-90% of us. Still better than 14.2 though.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Lunges
  • 5×45# Thruster
  • 5×65# Thruster
  • C2B Pull-ups

18.5 (11.6 / 12.5)

7:00 AMRAP – 3-6-9…

  • Thrusters (100#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

In the 2012 Open my score was 58 and just over 2 years ago I did 91 reps. I got 88 today. On the thrusters I did 3, 6, 9, 6-6, and 6-5-4. I did butterfly somewhere into the 12 I think and then switched to a regular kip. All 3s through 12 and then quick singles in the round of 15.

My only goal for the Open this year was to come out healthy and it was a success. My ranking should be respectable considering I haven’t been doing a lot of cardio and I basically quit 18.4 by not attempting any of the 315# deadlifts.

Weighlifting

Power Clean

  • 3×135#
  • 2×168
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 1×216
  • 1×238

Some weird numbers because of mixing pound and kilo plates.

Stripped off some weight and did a 3:00 AMRAP with Michelle and Weston. We rotated around each doing 1 rep and we got through 18 reps each. I used 205#. That was a lot of fun and something I really miss.

Squat ‘Em

Still very sore and feeling my obliques today. Went in early before the 4:30 class to get the Active Life work done.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3 second, 20#, 10′)

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Alternate arms each time so 3 sets on each side. My rests were shorter to make sure I got done.

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Clean Pulls
  • 3 Tall Cleans
  • 2 Front Squats
  • 1 Hang Squat Clean

Used 45-45-75-95-115 for these warm-up sets

Weightlifting

Squat Clean

  • 0:00-8:00 Find heavy single
  • 8:00-10:00 Rest
  • 10:00-16:00 Every 30 seconds – 1 rep @ 85% of heavy single

Did 135-165-185-205-225-245 and actually squatted today; figured I shouldn’t tweak my back two weeks in a row. I don’t remember the last time I’ve done over 200 for the squat version. I think I powered this much a month or two ago. Could tell I was hesitant to drop under the weight, but it felt good. Not used to squatting much of a load so I felt slow coming out of the hole. Used 205# for the E30S work, which was no problem.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 8 Toes to Bars
  • 48 Double Unders
  • 8 Chest to bar Pull-ups
  • 12 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Yuck. The burpee box overs got slow of course. My dubs were not on point at all. I was doing a lateral jump due to space.

Active Life – Back Max

8 Rounds – Unbroken

  • 10s Bent Knee Hollow Hold
  • 10 Lemon Squeezes

I was only able to make it through 4 straight rounds last time, but I got them all today. I did get pretty slow on the lemon squeezes, but kept it going. Finished in 4:30.