An Hour

Needed the rest day Thursday and didn’t feel like working out yesterday, so I rested again. Needed it though after going 7/8 days. Out in the garage after 1 today.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step Ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 10 Groiners

Then I also warmed up with 10/10 Front Rack Box Step-ups (45#, 20″).

Workout – 2 Sets each leg

  • MAX Front Rack Box Step-ups (95#, 20″)
  • 2:00 Rest

Went right-left-right-left for 25-20-15-25 reps. Bitched out a bit on the 3rd set planning to go for 20 at the end with my left leg to even out the reps. But I wrote down 20 and convinced myself I needed to fight through for those 25 at the end. Glad I got those, but wish I had just done 25 ever set. The shoulders and lungs give out more than the legs here. Probably should be going heavier for max reps.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-ups (45#)
  • 8/8 Kneeling Torso Row (50#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (125#)
  • 30s Front Rack Hold (125#)

Sure didn’t need conditioning since this all still took an hour or more.

Will I Be Sore?

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warmup – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 10 Groiners

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 12 Front Rack Box Step-ups (20″, 95#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went lower after standing next to the box and seeing where my knee was. Plus I haven’t had these in weeks and the reps are increased.

I knew the back one takes a long time and is taxing on my back anyway, so I didn’t do any cardio.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 12 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (125#)
  • 12 Romanian Deadlift (125#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (50#)

Can’t wait to see if I get super sore again, like the last time I did this.

Angie & Active

Upper body is a little sore from Friday.

Conditioning

Angie

  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 100 Sit-ups
  • 100 Air Squats

Haven’t done this in over 3 years. I was able to butterfly through 52 reps and then switched to a regular kip. Kept sets of 5 through 90. On rep 91 I felt my left hand so I finished with quick singles. Was done with the pull-ups at 8:18. Was able to do all 5s on the push-ups and finished at 14:28. Sit-ups completed at 18:40 and final time was 22:27. A bit over 90 seconds slower than my PR, but my 2nd best time.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit Ups (40#)
  • 8/8 Kneeling Torso Row (44#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (115#)
  • 30s Front Rack Hold (115#)

Scaled back the weights from what I’ve been using to ease my back in.

How Many?

I had some plans to workout yesterday since one of my 4 workout days in a row was an easy recovery day. Got busy around the house so I rested. My legs started getting tight later in the day, but I’m surprised my shoulders weren’t feeling anything from the overhead carry and thruster combination.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • Bar Taps

Conditioning

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Pull-ups
  • Box Jumps (24″)

Got some new grips from Bear Komplex and they’ve really improved the design since my last pair. They didn’t eat into my fingers at all, but will take a bit of use to get roughed up and be able to hold chalk.

I was able to do all of the pull-ups unbroken and did jumps with a step-down. I was having the hardest time keeping track of what round I was on though. It started when I did 8 jumps in the round of 7 and then I repeated the sets of 3. Extra credit I guess. Finished in 6:04.

Active Life – Back Max

 

3 Rounds

  • 12 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (115#)
  • 12 Romanian Deadlift (115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (44# KBs)

Bumping up to 12 evil wheels was a challenge after everything has been sets of 5 or 8 so far. The double kettlebell hold was a challenge.

Skill / Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s T2B
    • 10s Rest
  • 20s Rest
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 20s Bottom-to-bottom Squats
  • 40s Rest

I’ve done sets of 6 for a straight 8 round Tabata of T2B so I figured 7 was a good number. Turned out perfect. After 7 unbroken rounds I hit failure in the very last round and had to do 4 plus 3 singles. I did sets of 14 squats in the first cycle and in the second cycle I did 3 sets of 12 with 13 to finish. I forgot how much these squats burn.

2018 Begins

A few areas of my upper legs are lit up! Could it be from those squat jumps? Finished making my Bluetooth speaker. It’s soooo nice having some real volume in the garage.

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Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Will my calves ever stop being sore when I do these?

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 12 One Arm Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

This combo really gets be breathing heavy. It’s essentially 120 mountain climbers.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x245

Humbling. I try not to think about what I could squat before. As I was walking the bar in after my final set I felt a little something in my left lower back. Fuck!

Then as I was getting out the dumbbell, this mother fucking 2.5# plate dropped right on the nail of big toe. I let out a bit yell. No marks on my foot yet.

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Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (45# DB)
  • 8/8 1 Arm RKB Swing (70#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Good Morning (125#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (125#)

Wasn’t sure if I was going to feel anything in my back, but seemed ok. Using the seventy pounder for the one arm swings may be a bit much. Realized in the second set of good mornings that they should have been sumo stance. Next time.

All Unbroken

On Tuesday I traveled back from up north and chilled for my 38th birthday. Yesterday I ended up getting busy organizing some areas of the house and putting together a big haul of clothes to donate. So it ended up being another rest day. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Workout

  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlift
    • 45#
    • 95#
    • 3 Sets @ 125#

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Snatch Pull
  • 3 Tall Muscle Snatch
  • 2 OHS
  • 2 Hang Power Snatch

I did 3 sets with 45# and 2 with 75#.

Weightlifting

1-1-1 Snatch High Pull + Hang Snatch

  • 95#
  • 105
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Conditioning

27-21-15-9

  • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • MB Sit-up (20#)
  • Step-up (24″)
  • Push Press (75#)
  • Row calories

Kept everything unbroken. Good mix of movements to keep things moving. Finished in 19:12.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 5 Pallof Press Series (blue band, 2 breath hold)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Morning (95#)

I only did 5 of the Pallof Presses at each of the 4 positions today, so ended up being 20 per round total instead of the ridiculousness that was 5 series of 3 per position. In the last round of evil wheels I slowed down on each rep. Need to start doing that all the time.

Focused Effort

Out in the garage after lunch. I’m really enjoying these afternoon workouts.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warmup – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 Kossacks

Got deeper in the Kossacks each round.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 12 Sumo Stance Good Morning (115#)
  • 8 Eccentric Knee Flexion (25#)

Conditioning

ski-erg-10x-30s-3min10 Rounds

  • 30s Ski Erg
  • 3:00 Rest

My plan was to do something like the Airdyne workout I’ve done where you go 5 rounds of 30 seconds at 100% with a long rest (I think it’s 5:00), then you take a double rest and do 5 more rounds. I knew the Ski Erg wouldn’t be as taxing just because the AD is mostly quads so I was going to do 4 minute rests. After the first one I knew that would be too much so I went with the 3 minute rest. After 3 or 4 rounds I decided I didn’t need the double rest in the middle either. As you can see from the increasing numbers that was probably even too easy. I haven’t done a lot of this stuff on the Skier so it’s hard to know what I’m capable of. In the middle I really thought that was all I had, but nope, there was more in the tank.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-ups (45#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (115#)

I skipped the 8 sumo good mornings since I did a bunch in the earlier section. My focus on this was to clean up my movements. On the sit-ups I realized I was cutting things short at the top, so I took another second to push my head and upper body through at the top and reach back for more of a shoulder stretch. For the rows I took the reps one at a time and concentrated on pulling with the appropriate muscles. When doing evil wheels, usually I roll all the way out and my stomach gets a very short rest on the ground. Today I stopped just short of that so I had to keep tension and pull myself back. Small change but made a huge difference in difficulty. Not much to say about the holds. I tried to keep the weight back and locked in with a tight posterior chain and my chest down.