Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

Steaming

I started getting a headache on Monday night and still had a bit of it when I woke up on Tuesday. This seems to be happening now that I’m pushing myself harder in workouts. My body definitely told me it was a rest day yesterday, though I did get exercise clearing snow several times throughout the day.

Today I decided to stay home and do a garage workout instead of being out on the roads. We got a lot of snow.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 Inchworms

Strength

Deadlift (Build to Workout Weight)

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 6×185
  • 3×225
  • 3×255

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Deadlifts (275#)
  • 15 Thrusters (45#)
  • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Came up with this based on the gym’s programmed workout which is an alternating EMOM of 3 heavy (athlete choice) deadlifts, 20 wall balls, and a 200m run (or 50 seconds of shuttle runs). Figured I’d get rid of the extra resting by making it a straight 5 rounds. No place for wall balls in the garage so empty bar thrusters sounded like a good swap. Obviously not running in the garage and wanted to get in more bar-facing burpees before the Open anyway.

I didn’t wear a belt in the warm-ups or the workout because it would get in the way for the burpees. Had thought about doing 315 when I first saw the gym’s workout, which probably would have been fine in the EMOM, but glad I cut back for this. I was resting too much before picking up the deadlift each time. Thrusters were at a controlled pace each round because the burpees were really jacking my heart rate. Was able to stick to my burpee technique and keep a pretty good pace every round on them. Finished in 11:01.

 

Accessory

DB Curl 21s

Remembered to stick to 7 reps for each part today. Did two sets with 15s and a set with 20s.

Skill

3:00 AMRAP

  • Double Unders

Started with 83 unbroken and had one or two other decent sets, but too many misses. Ended up with 253.

Failure to Break

Had planned an active recovery day yesterday, but when I woke up I could tell right away it should be a rest day. Even though the pump session on Saturday wasn’t intense it worked some muscles I don’t give much attention. I was due for a rest day because my last one was the 26th. I’ll do active recovery on Saturday this week.

Big ice storm last night, but roads were clear enough to make it to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

Line Drills

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kickers
  • Karaokes
  • Single Leg Hops Forward
  • Single Leg Hops Backward
  • Bunny Hops
  • Burpee Broad Jumps

20s Work / 20s Rest

  • Single Unders
  • Backward Singles
  • 10s/10s Single Leg
  • Alternating Legs Singles
  • 2 Singles + 1 DU
  • 1 Single + 1 DU
  • DU

I don’t get how people can practice alternating from singles to doubles. The rhythm is completely different and fucks you up.

Weightlifting

  • 5 High Hang Snatch High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Below Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • Power Snatch (work up to moderate/heavy set of 5)
    • 75#
    • 95
    • 115
    • 135
    • 155

Did those sets of power snatches all touch-n-go. Felt good and would have gone for more if we didn’t have so many snatches coming up.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 2-4-6-8-10… Power Snatch (95#)
  • 20 Double Unders

Went unbroken through 6, then 2×4, 2×5, 3×4, 5-5-4, and 4×4 I think. My thumbs felt ready to fall off. I missed two dubs in a round and only did two rounds unbroken I think. So many misses! Finished the 16 snatches and 17 double unders.

Butt Stuff

3 Sets

  • 20/20 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 1:00 Glute Bridge Hold

Feel the burn!

Gymnastics

8:00 EMOM

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups

Like some of the other stuff I’ve been doing my goal was to go until I had to break a set and that would be my last one. Well… I was able to stay unbroken and stopped there before my hands tore open. Part of me really wanted to get in two more for that 50 total reps, but I think I made the smart move. Took grips off after 3 or 4 rounds because they were bunching up too much and the straps were pulling on my wrists.

This establishes both 30 reps and 40 reps for time, which were 5:17 and 7:16. Feeling really good about my gymnastics endurance! I still haven’t attempted more than 6 unbroken bar muscle-ups, which I could obviously crush now. Maybe I’ll hit a max set in a week or two.

Midline

At 9pm I got the brilliant idea to do 100 sit-ups and this was barely an hour after I ate dinner. Was able to set a 9 second PR by doing it in 2:30.

Don’t Break

Much needed rest day yesterday after nine in-a-row, with two of those being active recovery days. My shoulders were a little sore, but felt fine this morning.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 4×195
  • 4×205
  • 4×215
  • 4×225

Barely made it on the last set. Improvement over the 5x5x215 from last week.

Conditioning

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Thrusters (135#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders

I got this one from Beyond the Whiteboard in the Heavy Fitness Level category. Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, and 3×115. My goal was to go unbroken, but I had no idea what the thrusters would feel like. I just remember being the EMOM with 3×155 a few weeks ago being nasty. I made it through everything unbroken and probably could have picked the bar sooner after each set of double unders. Finished in 4:57. I’m pumped I was able to do those unbroken.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30 V-ups
  • 60 Bicycles
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 60 Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Leg Raises
  • 60 Mountain Climbers

These higher rep core movements get so bad in the first round. Took about 14 minutes to finish.

Walk it Out

My low back is tight from yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 20 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Groiners
  • 5 Deadlift (45#, pause at mid-thigh)
  • 5 Tall Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Front Squat (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)

Skill

½ Flight Simulator

  • 5 Unbroken DU
  • 10 Unbroken DU
  • 15 Unbroken DU
  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 25 Unbroken DU
  • 20 Unbroken DU
  • 15 Unbroken DU
  • 10 Unbroken DU
  • 5 Unbroken DU

Finished in 1:39 with no misses.

Barbell Warm-up

  • 10 Strict Press (45#)
  • 7 Push Presses (45#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (115#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 3 Push Jerks (135#)

Conditioning

21:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Hang Power Clean + 5 Push Jerk (155#)
  • 40 Double Unders
  • Walking Rest

I belted up for the barbell reps because my back was so tight. Took me 15-16 seconds every round and was never in danger of missing. Missed a dub at 14 in round 6 and at 4 in round 7. Would have been an interesting workout without that full minute of rest each time through.

Legs Wouldn’t Have Helped

Yesterday I woke up feeling beat from Monday through Wednesday, but was feeling pretty good by noon. I thought about doing some active recovery but decided to make it a complete rest day after three heavy and tough days on the back. Glad I did with more back squats today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Spiderman Stretch
  • 1:00 Row
  • 50 Double Unders

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 3×165
  • 3×205
  • 3×235
  • 7x3x255

When I got to 205 pounds I could tell my legs didn’t have it today. Been a brutal week of workouts and lifting. It was programmed for 85%, which would have been about 275 based on what I’ve been lifting. The 255 was plenty for today. Live to lift another day!

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 25 Double Unders
  • 5 Burpees
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)

Good thing these were legless because my legs wouldn’t have provided much help. I tripped up a dub before the first rep in a round (maybe 6?) and missed once after 17 in the 7th or 8th. Burpees were deliberately paced to allow me to get right on the rope. Finished in 9:12. That was a fun one!

Feeling Squats

Last night I noticed my hamstrings and ankles starting to get tight from the squats, but my back has felt great. Not feeling any worse today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 40 Double Unders

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×145
  • 2×150
  • 2×155

Was hoping to get 150-155 after doing a 165 single a couple of weeks ago. Barely made the 155 and it was starting to look ugly. Nowhere near what I used to press!

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 40 DU
  • 5 DB Thrusters (50#)

Missed 4 or 5 double unders through the workout. The thruster reps were low enough to keep moving. Finished in 9:54.

Skill

The cash-out was actually handstand work, so I did some of my practice walking up in to the wall.