Max Dubs

I did a bunch of yard work yesterday after the workout. I could feel my left shoulder when I was turning the mower around, so hopefully I didn’t do anything to it. At night I was feeling rocked and my upper back was already getting sore. My hands even started aching up through early afternoon. I’m pretty damn sore in my lats, shoulders, and biceps today.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:30 Machine (30s Easy / 30s Hard / 30s Easy)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm Deadlifts (44#)
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Air Squats
    • 2 Push-ups

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×205
  • 3×255
  • 3×295
  • 3×325
  • 3x3x335

The working sets were programmed at 90%. Since I don’t really have any recent max, each week I’m starting based off an estimated max and then trying to push a little past that to keep making steady progress back to my strength levels.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 15 cal Row
    • 10 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40# DBs)
    • Max DU
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 39-45-58-57-46 with 2-2-0-0-1 misses. Kept around a 1,400 cal/hr pace and did the cleans unbroken each round. Not as hard as I was expecting, so maybe I’m getting some legs back.

Should I Have Gone Rx?

I’m tired today but my body feels good after yesterday’s workout. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Assault Bike (30s Easy/Hard/Easy)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm Deadlifts (44#)
  • 10 Good Mornings (PVC)

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×225
  • 5×255
  • 5×285
  • 3x5x305

With 285 and up I wore my belt and used a mixed grip for the first time in ages. So much easier on the grip. Deadlifting felt really good for the first time in a long time.

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 5 C&J (165#)
  • 15 Sit-ups

The Rx for this was 185 pounds. Two years ago I did a heavy Grace with that load in 6:59 and it was horrible. Not sure I could keep the same type of pace with my current strength, even with the sit-ups pacing it out a lot more. Decided on 165# so I could hopefully move through it.

I did all quick singles and was able to go right into my jerk on every rep, without a full stand up from the clean. Used the sit-ups to catch my breath some. Finished in 8:01. I wore my belt, which I think helped a lot. During the first round I loosened and tightened it with the sit-ups, but after that I just kept it tight.

Should I have gone Rx though? I would have needed to take an extra breath or two before each rep and at some point probably would’ve started standing up to reset for the jerk. With a time cap of 15 minutes I’m thinking I should have tried 185#.

Three Centuries

Definitely feeling my shoulders from yesterday’s workout. Went to the 4pm class. Pretty sure it’s colder in the gym than it is outside.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 30s Assault Bike (Easy)
  • 30s Assault Bike (Hard)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm KB Deadlifts (44#)
  • 30s Handstand Hold

Strength

Deadlift

  • 6×45#
  • 6×135
  • 6×185
  • 3×225
  • 3×255
  • 3×285
  • 4x3x305

I put the belt on for 285+ I think. Just feels weird moving the weight. I’m not sure if I’m just scared of what. Still able to keep a neutral grip without any issues. Nice to build up that grip strength at the same time, which I’m sure has some carryover to the gymnastics stuff on the bar.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 HSPU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 DU
  • 1:00 Rest

I went 10-10-5, 4×5, and 4×5 on the handstand push-ups. I started off pulling over 1,700 cal/hr on the rower, quickly realized that would be too fast, and backed off to an average of 1,500-1,550 the rest of the way. Ended up with 25 calories each round. My only miss on the rope was after my first two reps, so I ended up with 108, 110, and 111 double unders! It’s been a while since I did a hundred unbroken dubs, so doing it three times felt great. Made for consistent rounds of 158, 155, and 156 to total 469 reps.

Grip City

My shins and ankles are sore from the broad jumps. Shoulders have some fatigue too. Maybe now that I’m on protein again I’ll have improved recovery. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 600m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5/5 Kettlebell Snatch (35#)
    • 10/10 Single Leg KB Deadlifts (35#)

Strength

Deadlift – 4×5 @ 80%

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×225
  • 5×255
  • 4x5x275

Estimated my current 1RM at 345 based on the 3×325 I did in August. The working sets were 10 pounds more than I did a month ago for 5×5. The weight felt decent and I’m still able to keep a neutral grip for every set. Slow progress, but moving in the right direction.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 5/5 KB Snatch (53#)
  • 10 T2B

I was all geared up with my gymnastics grips and wrist wraps over the top of them to soften the blows from the kettlebell. Was able to do 4-3-3 for the toes to bars every round, which is very surprising with this only being a couplet. Even between those inner sets I didn’t come off the bar very long. Made it through 8+3 and felt good in that one.

That was 80 T2B! My hips always give out a lot earlier in rep counts, even in much longer workouts. Maybe I’m finally improving my endurance with the movement. Sure have been doing enough lately!

Strict Disappearance

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Was getting sore, but I’m not sure if it was from the back squats on Saturday or the Sunday workout. Shoulders and lats are tight, my back is weird, and feeling my hamstrings. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Good Mornings (PVC)
  • 200m Run
  • 10 Fat Bar Strict Pull-ups

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 10×115
  • 5×165
  • 5×205
  • 5×235
  • 5x5x265

Wasn’t even sure I’d go to class today for deadlifts when I woke up this morning. My back turned out to be fine though. Looked at the chart and I had done 3×325 a few weeks ago, so I worked backwards from the estimated 1RM for that and got to 265 for today’s recommended 75%. Just think… it would be 385 if I went off my all-time max. I can’t even remember the last time I pulled that for a single.

Conditioning

Warmed up my bench press with 10×45#, 5×95, 5×135, and 5×165 in between some of my last sets of deadlifts since everyone else sped through and I used up the full 25 minutes. We had plenty of time.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press (185#)
  • 10 Strict Pull-ups

Really had no idea what to use for the bench press, but the 165 warm-up felt pretty good, so I added tens on the bar. The last 2 sets of these benches were tough but I did every round unbroken. The pull-ups disappeared quick! I did 4-3-3 for the first 2 rounds, then maybe 4-3-1-1-1, I don’t remember round 4 (4 and singles?), and all singles in round 5. Was breathing hard and soaked with sweat!

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 17

Since I was already warm and due to time, I skipped the warm-up, which would have been…

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift

Then the workout was supposed to be a two arm Farmer Carry using what I had established for a 1RM 100m single arm carry. The heaviest kettlebell we have at the gym is a 40kg though, so I never really got to max out.

3 Rounds

  • 90m Farmer Carry (32kg + 40kg)
  • Nerve Flossing – 10 palms down and palms up
  • 45s Rest

Went 45 meters down, put the KBs down and turned around, which ended up swapping arms for the offset bells, then 45 meters back. Wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be.

Surprising Deadlift

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 30s Partner Front Rack Stretch each arm

Was getting about 10 calories each time on the bike.

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×245
  • 3×275
  • 3×295
  • 3×325

Debated if I should deadlift and had been thinking about doing some suitcase deadlifts. My back has felt better yesterday and today so gave it a go. Felt really good actually. I put on the belt with 215+ I think and used a neutral grip for all sets. Stayed with the 5s and 3s instead of doing three heavy singles which was programmed.

Back in February I did some sets of 305 for doubles and remember it feeling heavy. Other than that, the previous time I lifted over 300 was in March of 2017 before I tweaked my back really bad.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean (50# DBs)
  • 20 Air Squats

The Rx on the bench was 185 and I wasn’t confident I’d be able to hold that very long. Scaling back to 165 was the right choice and just close enough to a struggle as the rounds progressed. When I did the first round in a minute I knew it was too fast and slowed my pace a bit. Got through 7 rounds and the bench press.

Return of the Squat

Walked 18 holes again yesterday. My inner thighs are a little sore from the sumo deadlift high pulls I guess. Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 1

2 Sets

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push-up

Was supposed to be 3. Whoops.

Single Arm Shoulder Press

  • 2 Sets 6/6 x 30# DB
  • 10/10 x 40# DB
  • 10/10 x 44# KB

Maybe should have tried for the 50# DB, but class was about to start.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Good Mornings (PVC)
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 30 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 5/5 World’s Greatest Stretch

Strength

Tempo Front Squats (5 second descent)

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×165

I had always been missing squat days since the gym switched ownership. Hell of a day to get back to it after not squatting in almost a year and a half. My core and obviously my legs are not used to the loading and so much time under tension. Gotta start somewhere though.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (245#)
  • 50 Double Unders

Warmed up with 5×135, 5×185, and 5×225. I was thinking 245 when I saw this workout with the Rx being 275# and that last warm-up set reinforced my decision. Wasn’t going to push it with a golf trip this weekend. It’s been over a year now since the last big back tweak, so will keep progressing slowly. The weight felt good during the workout. I did 2×5 every round with a short drop to relieve tension and switch my grip. Missed two dubs in the first round and then got the other two unbroken. Finished in 3:28 for a nice burner.

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Bar Taps
  • Dead Hang Stretch

Seemed to be able to get a little deeper into extension in the kip swings.