One Left

Got my cardio done in the morning so I’d have all day after the gym to clean the garage and maybe trim bushes.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

18:00 Airdyne

**Endurance pace. @ 4:00, 8, 12, and 16 sprint for 7s, recover back to endurance.

I felt good and was able to keep 73-75 RPM for the endurance pace. Racked up 530 cals and 6.72 miles (10,815m).

Accessory Warm-up

4 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20s L-sit
  • 10 Barbell Curls (45-55-65-75#)

Still no chance of getting my legs in to a real L and doubt I’ll ever get there. Was nice to try some other curls after using dumbbells for months now.

Conditioning

12:00 Time Cap

  • EMOM – 30 DU
  • 100 Goblet Squats (70#)

This is a Jacob Heppner workout (he used 124#) I had saved in my list. I wore my belt for seven minutes and then threw it off. Didn’t really need it and it was taking up too much time. I started with 12 and then did 10s to get to 52. In the 6th round I really struggled with my dubs and ended up skipping squats that minute. I came back with two sets of 12, had a rough round on the rope only allowing me to get 9 squats, leaving 15. I had some more misses with the rope and pushed hard to get those squats done, but came up one rep short! After trying to get in those reps my quads were on fire and I struggled to jump for the dubs. Didn’t leave myself much time, but got in my remaining rep and finished at 10:57. Gross workout!

More Accessory

4 Sets

  • 30s Double KB OH Hold (44# KBs)
  • 20 Wood Choppers (30# DB)
  • 10 Pendlay Rows (115#, supinated)
  • 5 Evil Wheels

Those holds are so good for shoulder mobility.

My Highest WHOOP Strain

Didn’t get as much sleep as I’d like last night, but feel pretty good. More importantly I had pancakes for breakfast since it’s Sunday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (42 cals)
  • Dead Hang & Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

  • 4:00 EMOM5 Burpees
    • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP10 Goblet Squats (53#)
    • 6 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest, Then Repeat

The burpees should be very fast to create fatigue going into the strict handstand push-ups. I was able to get every set of HSPU unbroken, but the last set in the first cycle was hard and then the last 2-3 sets in the 2nd cycle were a struggle. My quads got super pumped during the goblet squats. In the first cycle I was marking off rounds on the board, which just wasted time in such a short workout. Skipped that in the second cycle and did better. I did 3+12 and then exactly 4 rounds.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50′ KB Dead Walk (44# KBs)
  • 50′ KB Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)

Got some of the idea here from a T-Nation article and video.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 30 Russian Twists (20kg plate)
  • 1:00 Rest

My upper abs were cramping up from the combination of hollow rocks and flutter kicks. Was able to do every movement unbroken, with my only extra break being between the rocks and kicks is the third round. Finished in 7:41.

Went golfing and played a quick 18 holes in a cart.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

I wanted to shoot for 82-83 RPM and my average was probably close. I got 173-174-177 calories and went 6.09 miles or 9,800 meters.

All of the activity made for my highest strain day on WHOOP so far and since I waited so late to publish this, it won’t go up much more tonight.

Burning 4,500 calories was a good excuse to get some ice cream. 🙂

Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

CrossFit MouseTrap

Went to CrossFit MouseTrap today with a couple of other Automatticians for the 11:30 class since we had some free time before lunch.

crossfit-mousetrap

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • Line Drills
  • Stretching

Conditioning

They had options for a speed metcon (which I choose) or a power metcon, which is something I’ve never seen at any of the gyms I’ve been to. They also had 2 coaches running the class, but I guess they get a lot of drop-ins here.

12:00 AMRAP

  • 25m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53# KB)
  • 15 Goblet Squats (53# KB)
  • 100m Run

Felt pretty good even with the heat and humidity. Got through exactly 8 rounds and did all of the squats unbroken.

Skill

  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Hollow Hold
    • 20s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Thread the needle
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 8 Rounds
    • 20s Plank
    • 10s Rest

After the first 4 hollow holds I did them with a bent body. I alternated sides for each round of thread the needle and then the last 2 movements were a piece of cake.

Felt good to get away from the hotel and sweat.

12 Days of Christmas

Ankles still feeling Sunday’s shuttle sprints. Sore calves (from the Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion work on Monday?) and later in the day yesterday I started to feel my glutes probably from the single leg deads.

Went in to the 5:30 today because we were having a potluck after. I warmed up with some bottom squat hold, should stretching, and a few reps of some of the movements from the workout.

“12 Days” – Partner

Works just like the song. Do the 1 rep movement, then 2-1, then 3-2-1, etc.

  • 1 Bear Complex (115#)
  • 2 Deadlifts (115#)
  • 3 Power Cleans (115#)
  • 4 T2B
  • 5 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 6 Burpees
  • 7 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 8 KB Snatch (53#)
  • 9 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 11 American KBS (53#)
  • 12 Thrusters (115#)

** One partner must always be holding a 45# plate any way you want.

Teamed up with Weston. Took us 19:13 to finish. Without the plate hold, which would have completely changed things if you had to hold it overheard, this would have been a lot different because you would be able to alternate movements a lot and speed through. Maybe keep the 3-2-1 part as one movement and then you’d be getting different parts of the workout each round.

Break From Basement Project

Working on a shop project all day, but took a break after 1 to get in a workout. Had to do some ankle dorsiflexion assessments. My right heel was 18.75″ from the wall and 19 on the right side. Not very exact on my measurements though.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

3 Sets

  • 50m Farmer Carry (90# each handle)
  • 1:00 Rest

Nice enough to open the garage and walk and up and down the driveway.

Christmas Bow?

Then I had to retest and I got 18.5″ on the right and 18″ on the left. Got worse. Hmm, I tested in two different locations which probably had something to do with it.

Warm-up

  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 20 Air squats
  • 10 Bench Press (95#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (25#)
  • 5 Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 5 Bench Press (155#)
  • 10 Goblet Squats (70#)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 100m Ski Erg
  • 5 Bear Hug Sandbag Squats (100#)
  • 5 Bench Press (155#)

Got through 10 rounds plus the ski and squats.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 30m/30m 1 Arm Overhead Carry (50#)
  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (3s pause at top)
  • 5 Strict Toes to Bar
  • 15/15 1 Arm Russian KBS (53#)

Back was tightening up whenever I sat down. The strict toes to bar are very difficult!

Overhead Dumbbell

Walked 18 yesterday. My shoulders started getting tight later in the day. This right shoulder impingement is getting annoying. It’s another day heavy on the barbell at the gym, so I did yesterday’s workout in the garage.

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Conditioning

  • 100 Banded March (100# sandbag, green + red bands)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 50 DB Snatch (50#)
  • 50 DB OHS (50#)
  • 50 T2B
  • 100 Banded March (100# sandbag, green + red bands)

** Switch arms every 5 reps for both movements

I did the first 100 banded marches and 50 sit-ups unbroken. The snatches had to be in 5s, so I set the dumbbell down each time and took a couple of breaths between some of the sets. For the OHS, I switched arms overhead and only set it down after 30 reps, then did the last 20. I did toes to bars in sets of 4 and was going to finish 3-3, but I failed the very last rep, so it ended up being 11×4, 3, 2, 1. After I strapped in and picked up the sandbag I could not hold it up high on my chest! Arms and core were shot. It was a fight to be able to do 2 sets of 50. Finished at 18:47.

Gymnastics Strength – 3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips
  • 2:00 Rest

First set wasn’t feeling great on the shoulder. I think my hanging hooks are spaced out more than I space out the rings on a rig too. I did 10-14-13.