Hump Day

This right shoulder may have something going on. It feels like other times I’ve had an issue. I’m really hoping it’s a couple day thing that passes. Like other times I didn’t really do anything in a workout and I started feeling it on Monday when I only did cardio work. Maybe the cumulation of workouts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?

I got a great night of sleep. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I got one of the WHOOP bands last week and I’m really liking it. Nice to have sleep tracking again and the recovery scores and data really push me to improve these other areas of my life. Before I got out of bed I was thinking I’d wait and row before lunch, but after I got moving I felt like getting it done.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

18 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

Tried to get down to 1:37-1:39/500m by the 5th pull and towards the end I realized I could be using my legs better in those first pulls to get up to speed sooner. My overall average pace was 1:41.6/500m and 1,446 cal/hr, which would be 216 calories. There isn’t a way to go back and see cals for each interval, but I saw that the last one was 12 so the maths work. Meters for each interval were 148-150-148-147-147-148-147-146-145-147-147-147-147-147-147-149-148-149 to total 2,654, for an average of 147.4 and a range of 150-145.

I thought this heart rate graph was interesting in several ways.

I think I’m actually liking the cardio to start the day! Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Machine
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 10 Hang Squat Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

2 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Hang Squat Clean

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 205
  • 215
  • 225

Wore my lifters again and put the belt on starting with 185. Tried to drop under the heavier power cleans more instead of getting really wide with my feet like I normally do.

As I was wheeling out the Assault Bike, my back started to lock up and it felt like a tweak. I tried to stretch it and roll on the floor. Seemed good enough to do the workout and if it is a tweak I know it doesn’t gets worse after it’s already happened. I guess my body didn’t like the combination of squat snatches followed by 117 deadlifts yesterday and then the cleans today.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 6 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 25 Double Unders

All single pull-ups. Obviously. I used a shorter bar than usual, got my arms in to extension and picked my feet off the ground. Did my pull-up, dropped from the top to skip the descent, and then right back on the bar for the next rep. There is no reason to do sets unless you can immediately jump on the bar and bust out every set unbroken.

I started out around 70 RPM, fell in a rhythm around 68, and then realized I could pick up the pace for the last 3 rounds. Am I getting better on the bike or was this just not a taxing workout on the lungs? Probably the latter. My dubs felt great and I never missed. Finished in 15:38.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 25#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tried a new route by increasing the dumbbells on the first set this session. Interesting that the end of sets two and three didn’t feel like as much of a struggle as it had been using 20s for every set.

I did some foam rolling on my back and will get on the inversion table tonight. Hopefully I wake up fine in the morning and I’m over the hump. Fingers crossed that this isn’t a back tweak and my shoulder feels better too!

Barbell Chipper

Went out to a Brazilian steakhouse last night and ate so much meat that I still felt full this morning. I knew I needed the carbs though so I powered through my Sunday pancakes.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Various barbell reps
    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#

Conditioning

  • 10 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 15 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

I definitely have a love/hate for this workout. I love the beauty of its design and effectiveness, but I really hate the mental battle during the workout.

My strength is down, but my cardio seems to be up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started with 8 presses. Then did 2 presses, put it on my back for a grip reset, and 10 overhead squats. Then 5 OHS and dropped it for a quick breather instead of trying a fancy grip reset. I think I did 12 push presses, then 8 plus 5 front squats. Two sets of 10 front squats with 5 push jerks tacked on to the 2nd set. The push jerks seemed much harder than they should have been and I think I went 7-5-6-7 for the rest of them. I didn’t stop on the back squats, but they were pretty slow. Finished in 10:07 to keep the PR streak going on this one. Really happy with the effort.

  1. 4/15/2013 – 14:03
  2. 7/21/2014 – 13:34
  3. 9/3/2015 – 10:33
  4. 2/10/2019 – 10:07

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I programmed an 8:00 rest before starting a bodyweight metcon.

10 Rounds

  • 7 Burpees
  • 7 Knees to Elbows

This felt much worse than I was expecting. It seems like I always say that when K2E are involved; I’d rather do toes to bars. All the shoulder fatigue really carried over to the burpees. Took me 8:59 to get done. Wouldn’t mind trying this one again sometime when I’m fresh, especially since I got it from the BTWB Bodyweight Fitness Level workouts.

Midline

Stacked Plate Passes

The five of us lined up and passed plates down the line and then back. We went through it three times rotating positions to make sure everyone sat on the end at least once. I took double duty. The plate stack was 10-10-15-25-10-25-15-10-10.

Skill

Worked on my balance and handstand walking. Shoulders were very fatigued, but that’s some of the best time to work on it if you ask me. I think I just need to get away from the wall and get on the open floor because I’m probably adjusting knowing that I have the wall coming up since I’m only doing a few steps out.

Kip It

My biceps started to get sore yesterday afternoon. I may have to start doing 21s every week.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Min 1: 6 cal Row + Air Squat Hold
  • Min 2: 6 cal Row + Active Bar Hang
  • Min 3: 6 cal Row + Air Squats
  • Min 4: 6 cal Row + Ring Rows
  • Min 5: 6 cal Row + Step Ups
  • Min 6: 6 cal Row + Jumping Pull Ups
  • Min 7: 6 cal Row + Box Jumps
  • Min 8: 6 cal Row + Kipping Swings

Then we did some band mobility on our hips and front rack.

Strength

10:00 EMOM – Front Squats

  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 5x3x175

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Front Squats (135#)
  • 15 Pull-ups (Gymnastic Kip)
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)

Each round started with a squat clean and obviously never dropped the bar. It was fun being forced to use a regular kip today, which allowed me to go unbroken for each set. I jumped down (no rebound though) on the 1st and 3rd round of box jumps. Should have done round two as well, but I slacked off. Probably shouldn’t have taken extra breathers in between movements or at least not as long as I was. Finished in 7:08.

Skill

Worked on my handstand balance and walking for about 10 minutes.

Ten Triples

Not feeling anything from yesterday’s workout. Mowed up the leaves in the yard around noon today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 30s/30s Lizard Stretch
  • 1:00 Row
  • 45s Wrist Stretch
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10 Goblet Squats (44#)

Strength

Front Squat

  • 6×95#
  • 6×135
  • 10x3x165

Programmed to be at 70% so this was probably a little low considering my estimated may back squat right now would be around 300 and this would only be 70% of 235. Good enough. Supposed to be 1:00 rest between sets but I was trying to go closer to EMOM.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 15 Burpees

Wasn’t even going to attempt going unbroken. My goal was 9-6 each round, which I was able to do. The second and third round were a fight to hold on. I kept getting lower in the hang in order to use my legs more and not my back. Started dropping under the bar more too and slowed down the cycle rate. Burpees felt pretty good. Finished in 4:45.

Heavy Russians

Walk 18 holes yesterday in some great weather for golf. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Pass Throughs (PVC)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)

Strength

Front Squats

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3x3x205

Feels much heavier than it should. I guess that’s what a year and a half of not squatting does for your legs and midline. I keep telling myself, “Slow and steady progress.”

Oh, I did these front squats instead of a complex of 1 snatch push press + 2 OHS. My shoulder still does not like that deep position of the overhead squat.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 30 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 30 Calorie Row

Good one with the heavy kettlebell. Did everything unbroken without any trouble. Started with around 1,450 cal/hr in round 1, then got a little slower each round. Finished in 14:21.

Little weird that the women’s scale for the row was 21, but then Casey told me it came from CompTrain instead of the Krypton affiliate programming, which seems to always use a ratio of 5/4.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 11

Skipped the special warm-up since I was plenty warm.

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 8 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50# DB)
  • 45s Rest between arms

All aboard the struggle bus!

Muggy Monday

Went to the 9am today, which was the only class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang & Shoulder Stretching
  • 200m Run
  • Line Drills

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 400-300-200-100m Run (1 person running with 20# MB)
  • 40-30-20-10 Push Presses (95#)
  • 40-30-20-10 Front Squats (95#)
  • 40-30-20-10 MB Sit-up Passes (20#)

Teamed up with Weston. I started with the MB and we split each run down the middle. In the round of 40 we alternated sets of 10 with the barbell. Then each did 15 during the round of 30 and 10 during the round of 20. I did all 10 push presses in the final round and he did the front squats. We finished in 17:03.

Bonus

4 Sets

  • 25m Sled Push (90# sled + 90#)

A few hours later I walked 18 holes and shot great again with a 78. Now I’m exhausted because it’s so damn muggy.

All About the T2B

Little hung over most of the day and even took a nap. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 50′ Walking Lunge
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (32″)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 5/5 Single Arm Dumbbell Clean and Push Press (30#)

Strength

Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 3x1x215

Wasn’t pushing it after the deadlifts yesterday. Live to lift another day. 🙂

Conditioning

EMOM: 3 Burpees (Yes, included the first minute!)

  • 150′ Walking Lunge
  • 100 Air Squats
  • 75 T2B
  • 50 Single Arm Dumbbell Push Press (50#)

The lunges were a breeze and I only had 2 or 3 left when the first minute ran out. Was doing 26 or 27 squats a minute I think. I knew the toes-to-bars would be the challenge in this one and was hoping triples would last awhile. I think at 30 reps I started doing doubles and was down to singles before I hit 40. Tried to drop, turn and get right back up on the bar to keep it going. When I got to the push presses, those went quick. Finished in 15:33.

Shoulder feels pretty good considering how many reps some of these workouts on the rig have had the last couple of weeks.