I started getting a headache on Monday night and still had a bit of it when I woke up on Tuesday. This seems to be happening now that I’m pushing myself harder in workouts. My body definitely told me it was a rest day yesterday, though I did get exercise clearing snow several times throughout the day.
Today I decided to stay home and do a garage workout instead of being out on the roads. We got a lot of snow.
- 200m Ski Erg
- 10 Good Mornings (45#)
- 5 Inchworms
Deadlift (Build to Workout Weight)
- 3 Deadlifts (275#)
- 15 Thrusters (45#)
- 12 Bar-facing Burpees
Came up with this based on the gym’s programmed workout which is an alternating EMOM of 3 heavy (athlete choice) deadlifts, 20 wall balls, and a 200m run (or 50 seconds of shuttle runs). Figured I’d get rid of the extra resting by making it a straight 5 rounds. No place for wall balls in the garage so empty bar thrusters sounded like a good swap. Obviously not running in the garage and wanted to get in more bar-facing burpees before the Open anyway.
I didn’t wear a belt in the warm-ups or the workout because it would get in the way for the burpees. Had thought about doing 315 when I first saw the gym’s workout, which probably would have been fine in the EMOM, but glad I cut back for this. I was resting too much before picking up the deadlift each time. Thrusters were at a controlled pace each round because the burpees were really jacking my heart rate. Was able to stick to my burpee technique and keep a pretty good pace every round on them. Finished in 11:01.
DB Curl 21s
Remembered to stick to 7 reps for each part today. Did two sets with 15s and a set with 20s.
Started with 83 unbroken and had one or two other decent sets, but too many misses. Ended up with 253.
My neck has been a little kinked all week after the wall balls on Monday and the HSPU on Tuesday. Legs and ass are still a little sore. Went to the 4pm class.
- 6 Good Mornings (45#)
- 6 Samson Lunges
- 6 Box Step-ups (16″)
- 6/6 Walking Single Leg RDL
Slowly getting that deadlift back and haven’t pulled heavy in over a month when I did the single with 405. This was a good max triple for now.
- 1,200m Assault Bike
- 12 Deadlifts (195#)
- 21 Box Jumps (20″)
It was bodyweight deadlifts, so I was glad to weight in at under 197 this morning so I could round down to the 195. That bike is a dream destroyer. Started out feeling good at 75 RRM but the burn kicked in by the end of the first ride and slowed a bit. Fought just to keep above 60 RPM in the other two rounds. Deadlifts felt so light after the strength work and were no problem unbroken. Having the shorter box programmed was nice because it was a chore for those first couple jumps after the bike and deadlifts. I got faster each round of my jumps and started jumping down part way through the 2nd round. Didn’t rebound, but it seemed faster than stepping down. Ending round one around 3:30, two around 7:00, and finished at 10:22. Enjoyed that one!
8 Rounds (Tabata)
- 20s C2B Pull-ups
- 10s Rest
Did this extra work instead of the hamstring stretching that was programmed. Was wearing grips on my hands and my grip started giving out due to all the deadlifting. My plan was to do 5-3 butterfly as long as I could. Starting feeling nasty in round three. Made it through four rounds of 5-3 and the next set of five. In the set of three I started struggling and didn’t come off the bar, but was kind of resetting each rep to get through the three. It was all singles from there, getting 5-4-5. So I totaled 54 reps. I’ll take that!
I’m going to keep trying to get in pull-ups and toes to bars like this leading in to the Open because we know those movements always show up in high volume.
This week was really leg dominant in the programming. Wonder what next week will bring.
Felt good after the workout yesterday and since. Was up really early this morning and made it for a packed 9am class.
- 20 Reverse Lunges
- 10 Pendlay Rows (45#, 2s pause)
- 10 Squat Jumps
- 10 Good Mornings (45#)
- 1:00 Airdyne
- 10 Full Grip Elbow Punches
- 10 Tall Muscle Cleans (45#)
- 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
- 5 Power Cleans (95#)
27-21-15-9 – “Eliza-Plus”
- Power Cleans (135#)
- Ring Dips
I did power Elizabeth in March and it took 7:24, so I was thinking this could get close to double that time. Singles all the way on the cleans, but I didn’t mess around when I was at the bar; pick it back up. Mostly triples for ring dips with 5-6 doubles sprinkled in during the middle two rounds. Finished in 12:26, so better than expected. I need to work on my kip.
Friday night my hamstrings started to get sorer. Maybe I’m using them more when I squat now after so much time off from heavy lifting, where I was really quad dominant before. Maybe some is from the step overs though?
Yesterday was a long and exhausting day playing in a scramble where the temp never got above 50°. Went to open gym for noon today.
24:00 EMOM (alt)
- 10 Thrusters (95/65#)
- 50 Double Unders
- 6 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
- 12 T2B
After flying through my first set of the burpee box jump overs I thought about increasing to eight reps. I figured things would get rough and decided not too. Boy was I glad I made that call! In round four I started questioning why I had to make this a six rounder instead of five. I was cruising along pretty good but the thrusters were getting slower and slower and I was missing one or two double unders every round. My toes to bars were holding well with 6-6. Then in the 5th round I had to do 6-3-1-1-1, which really cut down on rest going into the thrusters. I was hurting at that point, but wasn’t putting the bar down. My final set of the burpee box jump overs had to be almost twice as slow as my other rounds. I had been doing so well at jumping up off the ground and rebounding right into the box jump until that point where I resorted to doing everything I could to finish. I had to do 3-3-2-1-1-1-1 to finish out the T2B. I thought I was going to puke and it took me a long time to recover. Worst workout I’ve created in a very long time!
- 6 Pendlay Rows (125#, supinated grip)
- 7 Good Mornings (45#)
- 8 Evil Wheels
Tried doing good mornings with the same weight, but my back was really tight.
Was too nice not to golf yesterday, especially when the 12 day forecast doesn’t show anything above 55 degrees. I did ride in a cart though since it was probably the last weekday golf of the year. Went to the 5pm class tonight.
- 400m Run
- 2 Rounds
- 20 Air Squats
- 15 Good Mornings (PVC)
- 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (30″)
Squatting still just feels so weird. I think part of my is scared and part doesn’t know what the weights should feel like. The working sets were far tough but ok. Slowly working my way back and increasing that potential max…
- 20 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
- 15 Dumbbell Box Step Overs (40# DBs, 24″)
- Rest 1:30
Ewww! My round times were 1:54 – 1:56 – 2:03 – 1:51 for a final time of 12:14.
Walked 18 holes yesterday. Was getting sore, but I’m not sure if it was from the back squats on Saturday or the Sunday workout. Shoulders and lats are tight, my back is weird, and feeling my hamstrings. Went to the 4pm class.
- 200m Run
- 20 Hand Release Push-ups
- 200m Run
- 15 Good Mornings (PVC)
- 200m Run
- 10 Fat Bar Strict Pull-ups
Wasn’t even sure I’d go to class today for deadlifts when I woke up this morning. My back turned out to be fine though. Looked at the chart and I had done 3×325 a few weeks ago, so I worked backwards from the estimated 1RM for that and got to 265 for today’s recommended 75%. Just think… it would be 385 if I went off my all-time max. I can’t even remember the last time I pulled that for a single.
Warmed up my bench press with 10×45#, 5×95, 5×135, and 5×165 in between some of my last sets of deadlifts since everyone else sped through and I used up the full 25 minutes. We had plenty of time.
10:00 EMOM (alt)
- 5 Bench Press (185#)
- 10 Strict Pull-ups
Really had no idea what to use for the bench press, but the 165 warm-up felt pretty good, so I added tens on the bar. The last 2 sets of these benches were tough but I did every round unbroken. The pull-ups disappeared quick! I did 4-3-3 for the first 2 rounds, then maybe 4-3-1-1-1, I don’t remember round 4 (4 and singles?), and all singles in round 5. Was breathing hard and soaked with sweat!
Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 17
Since I was already warm and due to time, I skipped the warm-up, which would have been…
- 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing
- 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift
Then the workout was supposed to be a two arm Farmer Carry using what I had established for a 1RM 100m single arm carry. The heaviest kettlebell we have at the gym is a 40kg though, so I never really got to max out.
- 90m Farmer Carry (32kg + 40kg)
- Nerve Flossing – 10 palms down and palms up
- 45s Rest
Went 45 meters down, put the KBs down and turned around, which ended up swapping arms for the offset bells, then 45 meters back. Wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be.
Walked 18 holes yesterday on a cooler day when it misted/drizzled off and on the entire round. Tt was actually quite comfortable though with pants and a long sleeve t-shirt under my golf polo. Instead of going to class today I decided to do yesterday’s programming because I need the squat work. Out in the garage around 5pm.
- 1:00 Airdyne
- 10 Air Squats
- 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
- 10 Good Mornings (PVC)
I squatted off jerk blocks, so it was like an extra half rep each set. Need to get my new rack installed this weekend.
Warmed up my power cleans with five at 45# and at 95#.
- 30 DU
- 15 Power Cleans (115#)
- 30 DU
- 15 T2B
Started with 3×5 on the cleans, then went 5×3 for 3 rounds, and 3×5 in my 5th round. I had debated on 3×5 or 5×3 for toes to bars, but stopping at 3 felt right during the first round so I did 5×3 every round without issue. I think I’ve mentioned plenty of times how I don’t like the bar in my garage. I only missed one double under, at 14 in the first set of round three I believe. Finished four full rounds, the dubs, cleans, and 8 more dubs for 4+53. If I was going to do it again I might stick with the power clean sets but try doing 3×5 T2B throughout.