A 2 Minute Challenge

No golf again yesterday because we got so much rain on Thursday night. Courses are still closed today. So I took a complete rest day. Bryan came over at 1 today. I did an easy 5:00 Airdyne (1.43 miles) to get the blood flowing. I’m swapping the order of the pull-up workout this week since I wanted to have a spotter for this.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×225
  • 3×245
  • 3x3x255

That’s my 3RM, which was set about 3 months ago.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×150
  • 3×157.5
  • 3×162.5

Maybe I should do more warm-up sets on these because 150 felt rough but the 2 heavier sets were fine. Next time I’ll have to try an extra set and then do multiple sets at a higher weight. Wanted to get a feel for things today though. 2.5 7.5# under my 3RM.

Accessory

  • 3 Sets
    • 15/15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
    • 20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 3×10/10 Tricep Extensions (30#, single arm)
    • 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 40#)

The lifts too a long time today because we were talking so much. Did the accessory as supersets to speed it up.

2 Minute Challenge

  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU

I got 191 and Bryan got 198. According to BTWB that was a 4 rep PR for me. Started with 81 in a row and hit 100 right at the minute mark, but then started missing over 20-30 reps.

Perfect Dubs

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Pass Throughs
  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 20 Plyo Lunges

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Squat (44# KB)
  • 1:00 Plank

Conditioning

7 Rounds

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 10 Toes to Rings
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Went unbroken on everything, even the dubs. Somehow I got an actual knot in my rope in the middle of the workout. If not for that knot I would have broken 12 minutes, but finished in 12:02.

I did a 1,500 meter row before leaving in an easy 5:57.

HPO Week 7

Played another solid round of golf yesterday, with an 82, which was 2nd best at the course. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 3x2x245

Still feeling great!

Push Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 2x3x225

Wore a belt for the final 3 sets. Not very fun.

Accessory

  • 3×20 Seated alt DB Shoulder Press (40-45-45#)
  • 3×10 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×15 DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Shoulder Ts (CS Blue)

That wraps of week 7 of the Hybrid Push Only program. Still loving it, though today was a lot of accessory work!

Conditioning

  • 250m Ski Erg
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 100 DU (62-0-38)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

I wanted to go a bit on the erg since I’d be able to catch my breath on the sit-ups. Averaged a 1:45/500m to get through it in about 52 seconds. Should have pushed harder. Never stopped on either set of sit-ups or cleans, though the first set of medicine ball cleans was slower. I got 62 double unders to start, then missed again, and then got the last 38. Finished the workout in 8:50.

Muscle Fatigue

While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.

“J.T.” – 21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!

I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!

In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.

30-20-10

  • Air Squats
  • Plyo Lunges
  • 2x Double Unders

After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 30, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.

30-20-10

  • Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
  • Shotguns
  • Weighted Sit-ups (40#)

Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.

Ruck

I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.

10×10

Walked 18 holes today, had a chiro appointment, and then went to the gym. Tore up a finger when I smashed it between a dumbbell and the legs of my bench last night, so I wasn’t up for gripping anything like the class was doing. Gavin and Brandi joined me in this fun number…

30:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 150m Row
  • 10 Over Bench Jumps (18″)
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 30 DU

I wasn’t even going to start with 10 handstand push-ups in a row in the first round, but changed my mind when I kicked up. Then it became the goal and I was able to easily do every set of them unbroken! I finished 9 rounds plus the HSPU, row, and jumps. I don’t know if I’ve even done 75 HSPU in one day and definitely haven’t done 100 like today. I’d say this Push Only program is paying off in more than just the bench press.

When I got done with round 1 around 2:30 I thought, “Oh boy, you better slow down.” When I put this one together I wasn’t expecting the rounds to be that fast, mostly because I was expecting to be doing 2×5 for every set of HSPU. I did slow over the course of the workout. I think round 5 was in about 10-15 seconds before the halfway point.

Off to Bulgaria

Before I head to the airport this afternoon I figured I would knock out the pull-up day, since the hotel’s fitness center probably won’t have a pull-up bar. Looks like they have an assortment of dumbbells so I’ll try to get in some lifting while I’m on my trip. We’ll see how jet lagged I get with the 8 hour time difference though. Jumped on the Airdyne for a 5 minute warm-up and went 1.62 miles.

Push Only

  • 3×12 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×18 Rack Chins
  • 3×12 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Tricep Extensions (50#)

I did quick sets of 7-5 on the regular pull-ups and 5-4-3 with the wide grip.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 25 Push Press (35# DBs)
  • 50 DU

First 2 rounds I did 15-10 on the push press and then all 25 on the last round. Finished at 10:23 with shitty dubs.

Time to pack and head to the airport!

50% of Murph

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 15s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 15s Bar Hang
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 2x
    • 5 Wall Ball Burpee Passes (14#)

Conditioning

1/2 “Murph”

  • 800m Run
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 150 Air Squats
  • 800m Run

I’ve never tried this before. I decided to break it up into 5 rounds of 10-20-30 instead of the traditional 5-10-15. Nice little challenge. I didn’t push hard on the run and came in at exactly 4 minutes on the clock. I did each set of pull-ups unbroken without a problem and tried to keep rest short between 2 sets of 10 push-ups. Tried to keep moving on the air squats, but definitely slower than doing sets of 15s. I thought I pushed a little bit in the last 200 meters of the run, but who knows; I may have just been fatigued and it felt like I was pushing.

Finished in 17:25. I was surprised to see that rank as a 94 on BTWB! Last year I did the full one in 37:11, which was a ranking of 91. I don’t remember it ranking that high either.

Gymnastics Test

Since the pull-ups felt so good, I decided to go for a big set after resting and came off the bar after 30. Didn’t even realize it, but that’s the same as my PR! I need to test that out fresh one day.

Skill Conditioning

  • 400 Double Unders

Fuck that’s a lot of dubl! Took me 7:15. Was trying to get 20-30 reps at a time.