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.

Ripe from the Rope

Glad I did the active recovery yesterday with more gymnastics pulling today. People are messed up from so much grippy stuff. My hamstrings are actually feeling a little sore today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike
  • 5 Rounds
    • 3/3 Worlds Greatest Stretch
    • 7 Hand Release Push-Ups
    • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

18:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Assault Bike
  • 20 V-Ups
  • 2 Legless Rope Climbs

Held 75-78 RPM on the bike without any trouble. Could have reached higher with my legs on the v-ups, but didn’t stop during any set. The rope climbs weren’t programmed legless, but with only two every three minutes I went for it. After the first three rounds, the second rep started to get tough. Made it through them all.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left over, so I wanted to get in some pull-ups since I missed 100+ of them yesterday.

5:00 EMOM

  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

Was able to do all unbroken butterfly except two regular kipping chest-to-bars at the end of the last 2 sets. I didn’t come off the bar though. Hands were feeling pretty ripe after the rope climbs and I didn’t want to rip, so 5 sets was enough. I did wear grips for the pull-ups.

Assaulted

Rested yesterday. My forearms were sore to the touch. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

6:00 “Running” Clock

Run. Starting at 1:00 and every minute on the minute do 8 air squats and 5 hand release push-ups.

Conditioning

E10M – 30:00

  • Row 1,000m
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 30 cal Assault Bike

I was right around a 1:48/500m average for the first round, was done with the sit-ups at 5:00, and finished the round in 7:04. Couldn’t keep up the pace on the rower after that, with just over a 1:50 average I think. Did that round in 7:08. In the third round I asked Brandi to adjust the seat on the bike for me so I didn’t have to waste time messing with it. That made up some time because my row was shot with an average over 1:53 and I manage to put it on the bike to finish in 7:09. Talk about a leg pump. Nothing else can do to your legs what that Assault Bike can. Nasty! My total working time was 21:21.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Tuck Hold
  • 30/30s Side Plank
  • 30 Bicycle Crunches

Wasn’t bad and was done in 8:17.

Back from the Couch

Wow, what a week! On Monday afternoon, after shoveling, I started to feel weak and tired. Was still a little off on Tuesday. When I woke up on Wednesday I could tell it was worse. Great way to turn 39! After the 2.5 hour drive home I felt like total shit. Thursday and Friday were worse and pretty much all day was on the couch with an average of over 10 hours each night in bed, not counting naps. I finally was feeling better on Saturday and did a bunch of stuff in my workshop but didn’t seem like I had enough energy for a workout. This morning I was feeling something odd, but different that the previous days. Wasn’t quite sure about going to the gym. I made it in at noon for open gym though. Those four days off are probably the longest streak without exercise in several years.

Strength

Overhead Squat

  • 2x10x45#
  • 6×75
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165

All close grip and even with the last set my index finger was only out to the last knurl ring. Usually I’m all the way up to the collars of the bar. My shoulders felt pretty solid, especially for the close grip. Legs felt extremely weak though.

Conditioning

30:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15/12 cal Row
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 10 DB Box Step Overs (24″, 25# DBs)

I definitely planned to just cruise though this. After I got through 3 rounds I knew I was ok and picked up the pace getting faster each round. My average was probably a little under 1,100 cal/hour on the rower, except for the last two times. Today I went 8-7 on every set of push-ups instead of my usual 3×5 for something like this. Found a nice turning rhythm on the box and it was nice to use a light weight. Finished 9+10. Felt really good to go through that.

I’m going to try some new nutrition stuff to start the year and posted about it over on nick.blog.

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

Back Says Not Today

Heavy single deadlifts at the gym today, which I don’t think would be wise for me after the last few days. My back is really tight. So it’s the first garage workout since the day I installed the new rack. Brandi joined in the fun.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×115
  • 8×135
  • 8×155
  • 8×175
  • 2x8x185

Wanted something different, so went with the sets of 8.

Conditioning

2 Rounds, With a Partner

  • 100/80 cals Ski Erg
  • 100 Hand Release Push-ups

The gym’s programmed workout for today with some twists. Ski instead of row or bike and upgraded from standard push-ups. The instructions said to alternate in sets of 10 calories and 5-10 push-ups at a time. Brandi did 8 cals and I did 10, so we ended up with 90 total each round. Then we alternated 5 push-ups each, which wasn’t easy even in the first round. Finished around 17:18.

Quad Bounce

My quads are really sore today and I can feel my hamstrings too. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 8×60′ Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 Double Unders
    • 15 Air Squats
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups

Conditioning

Warmed up the hang cleans with 10×45#, 5×95, and 5×115.

5 Rounds

  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 20 Calorie Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • Rest while partner does a round

So each person does 5 rounds of their own. Jill went at the same time as me and Michelle went after us. Knocked out the cleans unbroken every round, but that bounce off the sore quads wasn’t any fun. Averaged 1,350-1,400 cal/hr on the rower. Missed a dub in 2 of the rounds and the other 3 were unbroken. I finished at 17:05 and Michelle finished around 18:53. That was a good push.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Strict Ring Dips
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 30s Handstand Hold

Damn that was a lot of dips.