Sunday Bro Session

Good to be home and get a good night of sleep. I’m already missing the great San Diego food though. I put on almost three pounds, but that may all be water weight from so many carbs. WHOOP was saying that I burned around 4,000 or more calories most days I was out there because of all the extra walking I was doing. My recovery score is low again at 36% after no workouts yesterday, but the travel home from SD.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×240
  • 3×250

My best triple is 255 almost exactly two years ago, so I’m happy to hit this today. If I can’t work on my lower body lifts, at least I’m getting my bench press back and can make another run at 300.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 20 Side Plank Jumps

I did all singles on the chest to bars and was surprised at how great they felt through the entire workout. Push-ups were all unbroken sets and didn’t slow down much. The side plank jumps were the gasser. This was a deceiving workout. I did 8 rounds plus 5 pull-ups.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Jefferson Curls (45#)
  • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)

New movement with the Jeffersons. Damn good stretch down the posterior chain and especially in my hamstrings at the bottom. The Oly coach out in San Diego said I might have weak glutes that result in my back tweaks, so I’ll try adding in more accessory work like this. I guess the rehab stuff I did last year had a good amount of glute work, so I’ll have to go back and look at that too.

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

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

That lighter third set felt pretty easy now, but the next two sessions will be all with 25s before switching up to one of the alternative 21s workouts.

Engine Builder – Endurance

While watching Michigan vs. Michigan State I thought I’d add an extra cardio session since all I have planned for tomorrow is 24 minutes on the Airdyne.

  • 24:00 Row

The plan was to hold an easy 2:05 / 500m pace and I was spot on the entire way. Finished with 366 cals – 5,760 meters.

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TEN!

My shoulders and triceps are feeling yesterday. Last night my legs felt fatigued and I was tired in general. Didn’t seem to sleep great, but I’m also feeling tired today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 10 PVC Pass Thrus
  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 KB Glute Bridges (35#)
  • 20s Handstand Hold

3 Sets

  • 5 OHS (45#, 3111 tempo)

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 2×165
  • 3x3x155

I started with a squat snatch until 165 when I started to power it and then do the squats. We were supposed to stay with a weight for the last five sets, but I failed the last rep of the 2nd set of those. Whoops! Didn’t realize my back was so tight from yesterday until getting into these lifts.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 30 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 20 Bear Hug Lunges (30#)

Was really dreading 150 ball slams with tired shoulders. After two rounds I settled in (or went numb?) and tried to chase down Michelle and Kyle by not resting at all between movements the rest of the way. Finished in 9:47.

Gymnastics

Had planned these muscle-ups well before knowing what today’s workout would be. A fatigued state is a good time to work on shit like this though. Makes it easier in the middle of a workout. I think the last time I tried a max sets of muscle-ups was 2015 and I’ve been stuck on a PR of 9 since doing it a couple of times that year. I was confident I could break finally get double digits, but wasn’t convinced it was going to happen after the type of workout I just finished. I did give myself 15-20 minutes to recover though.

E3M – 4 Sets

  • MAX Unbroken Muscle-ups

My first few reps were all over the place before I found my swing; then I felt good. Got 10 finally and didn’t use my hips enough for the 11th. Shit like that happens when I focus on a specific number so much. Curious what I can do fresh. My other sets felt good as well and I made sure to use my hips through all of them. Surprised myself by not decreasing too much. I ended up with 10-7-6-6.

There is a storm rolling in overnight, so tomorrow will be a garage workout or maybe a rest day if I need it.

Finish with Isabel

Last night my legs felt heavy going up and down stairs. Today my upper and middle abs are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2x – 3 Wall Balls + 3 Burpees
  • Row
  • 2x – 3 Snatch DL + 3 Muscle Snatch (45#)

Then I did 3×95# and 3×115# power snatches.

Conditioning

  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • cal Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 5:00 AMRAP
    • Power Snatch (135#)

Started with three sets of 25 and was feeling good. Planned to go to 15s next, but got math screwed up in my head and stopped after 10 reps at 85. So then I did 15 to get to 100 and looked at the clock. Took an extra breath knowing I would have to hold on to the buzzer. Got through 17 more for 117 total wall balls. I might have been able to keep going with a fourth set of 25. Makes a big difference being 20 pounds lighter than when I last did Karen almost 2 years ago. I definitely need to clean up the height on some of my throws though.

I thought I’d be able to hold a pace better on the rower, but after starting out > 1,100 cal/hour I slowly drifted down to around 950, before picking it back up in the final minute. Racked up 83 calories.

I thought it would be pretty cool if I could do “Isabel” after the other 10 minutes of work. Even though I was seeing stars with every rep through the first five I was on a good pace through 10 reps. The weight was getting heavy, but I kept picking it back up and really tried to generate power through my hips. Definitely did singles the entire way. With about a minute remaining I realized I still had a shot, but I had to really get back on the bar after each rep in the final 40 seconds. Got number 30 with about three seconds to spare and collapsed to the floor. I immediately got the taste of blood in my mouth, which I don’t ever remember before.

230 total reps!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Glute Bridges

Fightin’

I’m pretty sore from yesterday. My hamstrings, glutes, low back (still tight), and I think my upper rhomboids are all feeling it. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Row
  • Air squat
  • Row
  • Step-up
  • Row
  • Burpee
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • Wall-balls (20#, 10′)
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • Box Jumps (20″)
  • Push Presses (75#)
  • cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 291 (with a 24″ box) the only time I’ve done this. That day I did 109-92-90 with 32-24-23 wall balls. Today I did 106-103-96 with 28-28-27 (I think) wall balls. Never dropped the ball today. I was very slow and deliberate on the SDLHP, a dumb movement. I know I could improve my score quite a bit if I busted them out, but it’s not worth it. Too easy to injure a shoulder with this movement and especially with how tight my back has been too. I pretty much stopped and reset on the ground with every single rep. Box jumps felt good and I kept the same pace through every round. Push presses were where I racked up the most reps, but that third round got really hard. I think I got about 15 cals on the first two rows and then pushed it for 17 at the end. I’ll take the 14 rep PR for my 3rd of 2019 already!

Posterior Chain

3 Sets

  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold

I wasn’t reading right and thought we only had to do 30 total reps, so I went pretty slow to start out. After I got done with the 30 and people who started before me were still going I realized my mistake. Went much faster for the other two sets but the damage had been done. My glutes were on fire! Being sore didn’t help.

On to the Next

I was too tired from the weekend to golf, so it was a complete rest day. I was right about losing weight from working on the truck in the garage all weekend in that heat. Was 205 in the morning yesterday.

Now that the back rehab is done, I figure I’ll try out some of the other Active Life programs, especially as my 2-day/week membership at the gym is through the end of this month and then there is an ownership change taking place. Looking forward to getting in the gym more often again. Went out in the garage around 4pm.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Warmup

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Lateral Box Step-ups (18″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion

4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 50m Overhead Carry (70# KB)
  • Rest 30-60s

Might as well try to correct this shoulder impingement, which has kept me off the rig.

Conditioning

  • 300m Run
  • 30 Back Squats (135#)
  • 300m Run

I guess counts with 3 are my thing lately. Slow but unbroken on the squats and felt pretty good on the run. Funny how dropping 10 pounds makes running easier. 🙂 Finished in 5:21.

Active Life – Thick Pack – Workout

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 10 Curl-ups (3s hold)

This first day of “Thick Pack” work was exactly the same as I’d done in some of the other programs. Got through 5 rounds.

Lift Heavy Shit

I really did have plans to hit a garage workout yesterday, but I was tired and decided on another rest day. Wasn’t missing the 10am class today, except I walked in and it is actually a 9am on Saturdays! Oh well, I was able to take advantage of the empty gym and was kind of nice to do my own thing.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • Dead Hang
  • 2 Sets
    • 50′ Walking Lunge
    • 10/10 Single Arm KBS (35#)
  • 10 Power cleans (45#)
  • 8×95#
  • 20 DU
  • 6×115#
  • 20 DU
  • 4×135#
  • 40 DU

Conditioning

This was one programmed at the gym during the week.

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Power Cleans (155-185-205-225-245#)
  • 50 Double Unders

I did all single cleans. I missed 3 times in the first round of DU, did 2 rounds of 30-20, missed 5 times in the 4th round, and did the last round unbroken. Finished in 10:09. The bars sure got heavy after the first 2 weights, but it felt great to lift some shit.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 8/8 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 12 Curl-ups (3s hold)

Did 5 rounds.

Holding Up

Walked 18 holes yesterday and it felt a bit like a pulled muscle in my right middle back during some swings. It just wouldn’t loosen up, but good thing it didn’t affect my swing. Last night my legs were aching. Thinking it was from walking the course for some reason because I can’t imagine feeling like that so long after the Sunday workout. Can’t believe my chest isn’t sore though.

Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 10 Right Arm KBS (35#)
  • 5 Glute Bridges
  • 10 Left Arm KBS (35#)
  • 30s Plank

Did 5 rounds.

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×40
  • 3×60
  • 2×70
  • 2×80
  • 2×90
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 5 Sets 2×95
    • 3 Sets 2×100
    • 2×105
    • 2×110

All touch-n-go except for the last set. I chickened out on it, but I dropped the bar and did the 2nd rep right away. Really happy with the way the lifts felt.

 

Conditioning

9:00 AMRAP – 1-2-3…

  • Deadlift (90kg)
  • Push-up
  • Sit-up

After the cleans I stripped off some weight and decided 90kg (198#) was good enough instead of the Rx 225#. Was able to go unbroken through every movement and finished exactly 12 rounds. Could have gone faster through the middle section of this workout.

This felt good too. No belt for the cleans or the deadlifts, so my back is feeling good!