Jump and Push

Felt roughed up when I woke up on Monday. It could be my lack of sleep lately. I need to stop staying up so late. Tuesday I was just tired from the sleep thing so I rested again. Get to bed earlier last night, but still later than I wanted. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Tall Cleans
  • 4 Hang Power Cleans
  • 50 Jump Rope
  • 10 DU

Used 45-45-75-95-115. Then warmed up with power clean doubles at 135-165-185.

Weightlifting

12:00 EMOM

  • 1 Power Clean

Every 2 minutes I increased weight, so it was 205-215-225-235-245-255.

Conditioning

24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s DU
  • 30s HSPU
  • 30s Box Jumps (30″)
  • 30s Push-ups

The thirty seconds of rest was nice to let me keep putting up good numbers and gave me time to record my scores after everything. Never missed a double under and never came off the wall on handstand push-ups. I got into a nice rhythm with step down, step down + back, step in, and jump on the box. Push-ups were mostly in 3 decreasing sets.

Just When I Get Confident

Had to rush and shovel the driveway before getting ready for the gym. If I had more time I would have snow blowed, but I was already cutting it close.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

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

Workout – 2 Sets each side

  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (32kg)
  • 1:00 Rest

I was losing my grip the first time through already. Right hand was giving out more than the left today.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 55 Double Unders
  • 25 Row cals
  • 15 T2B

In round 2 and 3 I was really thinking it wasn’t too bad. Then after getting the first 40 toes to bars in sets of 5 I had to finish with 2-1-1-1. When I hit that wall I smack it. Missed a double under in both the 2nd and 3rd set. Finished in 9:20. Probably should have pushed the rowing pace more. My average was probably close to 1,100 cal/hr.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Sets

  • 14 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 30s Bent Knee Hollow Hold

Hard for me to stop at a number like 14 reps. I actually did 15 in the second round.

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.

Still Not Squatting the Olympic Lifts

My chest is still sore. Low back felt a little tight this morning. Last night working in my shop I did feel a few things going on in the low back when I was moving a shelf around inside a table. I’m not feeling any kind of tweak effects today though. 👍

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

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

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 30m One Arm Farmer Carry (110#)
  • 1:00 Rest between arms

It was supposed to be 60m but I had to screw around with my DIY Farmer handle too much and it was awkward so I only went side to side in the gym. Good enough for today.

Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 3 Hang Snatch High Pull
  • 3 Hang Power Snatch
  • 3 OHS
  • 3 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 40 Jump Rope
  • 15 Double Unders

I did 2 sets with 20kg and then 25, 30, and 35. Worked up a sweat!

Weightlifting

Snatch High Pull + Hang Power Snatch

  • 45kg
  • 55
  • 65
  • 75
  • 70
  • 70

I wish I felt comfortable enough with my back to start squatting these. I much be tired though because I almost didn’t get under 75kg!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 1 Snatch (135#)
  • 3 C&J (135#)
  • 30 Double Unders

The snatch was supposed to be a squat and the Rx weight was 155. Scaled back and even this got my back really tight. Was able to keep moving but ran into some trouble with dubs in the middle rounds otherwise I think 12 rounds was within reach. I finished 10+4.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Sit-ups
  • Plank (rest of the minute)

Not at bad as I was expecting. I did all planks on my elbows today.

Ready for a rest day tomorrow!

Keep Planking

I’m sore all over. Ankles, legs, abs, chest, biceps, shoulders.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5/5 Pistol Negatives on a Box

Workout

  • 5/5 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″)
    • 45#
    • 75
    • 95
    • 115
    • 125
    • 135

The workout says to find a 5 rep max per leg, which could be different. I didn’t feel like going for a true max with something like this. It could be dangerous with no good way to bail, especially in my garage with the car in front of me. For 115+ I rested 30 seconds between legs. Right leg was always first. Not sure if it affected the left much, but left always felt weaker. Not sure I would have made it with 145 unless I compromised my back.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 40 Double Unders
  • 10 Dumbbell Hang Power Clean & Jerks (35# DBs)

Missed too many dubs. Unbroken with the dumbbells. Finished in 8:20.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Right)
  • 15s Plank
  • 15s Side Plank (Left)

Are you serious? I didn’t expect to last, but made it unbroken. I did switch between elbows and hands – 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 2 rounds elbows, 2 rounds hands, 1 round elbows, 1 round hands. That was a challenge, especially in the last few minutes when my mat was soaked with sweat. My core seemed ok. It was my shoulders burning in the last couple of minutes.

Me & Box Squats

Feel good after the rest day. Out in the garage around 1pm.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10/10 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 30s/30s Foam Roll Quads
  • 5 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)

Workout – Box Squats

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3x6x185

Ugh. I’ve never been strong with these. Weak hammies! This was heavy enough for a start. I didn’t want to get stuck on the box and risk bailing the weight back towards my car!

Conditioning

Warmed up jerks with:

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 10 Push Jerks (185#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Not sure what I was thinking but I stopped spinning my rope at 40 reps in the first round. Every other round was unbroken dubs. I used the jerk blocks and did all singles. Was expecting the jerks to get near failure a few rounds in, but I was able to get faster and faster. Round times were 2:04 – 2:03 – 1:55 – 1:46 – 1:36 to finish at 13:22. That was my jam. Found it in the heavy section of the BTWB Fitness Level workouts.

Active Life – Back Max

6 Rounds

  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 30s Plank (elbows)

Ended up with a nice upper ab burn starting in round 4. Finished in 5:57.

Active Life Membership

I forgot my sister was coming to town for the night so I decided to take a rest day yesterday. I saw that Active Life had memberships at 50% off for the year (making it $100), so I sent in some info about my back issues.

We see this a lot when athletes have a left-to-right imbalance (we call it a single leg bias) combined with poor midline stabilization and postural stamina.

To correct it we recommend our Bulletproof Single Leg Bias and Bulletproof Back Max programs.

Both are included in an Athlete Membership.

Link: https://performancecarerx.com/specials/

Do BP Single Leg Bias before you workout and BP Back Max after.

Try to get 3-4 BP Single Leg Bias and 4-5 BP Back Max sessions in per week.

When you finish BP Single Leg Bias contact us and we’ll help decide where to go next.

So now I have some homework! It’ll be easy to incorporate in my home workouts and I’ll get there early or replace the programmed warm-up when I attend class at the gym.

Active Life Warmup

  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 5/5 Stagger Stance Good Mornings (75#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms

Active Life Single Leg Bias

3 Sets

  • 6 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (75#)
  • 5 Box Hamstring Curls (24″)

Active Life Cooldown

  • Kneeling Heel to Butt Test
  • Prone Heel to Butt Test (Right Leg)
  • Prone Heel to Butt Test (Left Leg)

I wasn’t able to touch my heel to my butt, though I did have my shoes on if that makes a difference. Love those tight hamstrings. Was really quick to work through that stuff.

Warm-up

4 Sets

  • 30 Jump Rope + 10 DU
  • 3 Tall Cleans
  • 3 Power Cleans

I used 20-30-40-50kg.

Weightlifting – Power Clean

  • 2x60kg
  • 80
  • 90
  • 100
  • 105
  • 2 sets 110

I dropped every rep. Didn’t wear a belt at all and felt good. Super happy getting up to 242. I haven’t lifted that in a long time!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP – Team of 3

  • Buy-in: 100 Dubs
  • One person completes an entire round while the others rest
    • 7 American KBS (62#)
    • 7 Row cals
    • 7 Burpees

I teamed up with Jason and Grant and I was first. Made it to 82 dubs and then missed 3 times! We were 1 rep shy off all completing the 6th round.

Active Life Back Max

3 Sets

  • 2x 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 10 Lemon Squeeze
  • 10s L Hang
  • 10 GHD Hip Extension (2 second hold at top)
  • 20s/20s Samson Stretch

Brandi stayed and did this with me. Took about 18 minutes I think.