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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SD

Thought about doing one of the engine builder workouts yesterday, but with my WHOOP recovery score still only up to 46% and my back feeling shitty it became a rest day. Needed it. Back in the green with 76% recovery today.

Out in the garage around 10am.

Engine Builder – Interval

5 Rounds

  • 2:30 Airdyne (AD2)
  • 2:00 Rest

I replaced 50 calories each interval with 2:30 since I can only see calories 1/5 of the time on the monitor. I’d have to convert 50 to some higher number anyway to account for the AD2’s quicker calorie accumulation. Last week I couldn’t hold 85 RPM for intervals of three minutes with 30 second rests, but was confident I could for this and I did. My calories were 97, 99, 98, 95, 100 and distances were 1.06, 1.06, 1.06, 1.04, 1.07 miles. It felt good to push that pace.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

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

When I get through two sessions at all 25s I think I’ll try one of the alternate 21s workouts.

Gymnastics Strength

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s HR Push-ups
  • 10s Rest

Didn’t let myself rest during the work sets or I should say not any extra beyond the breath I had to start taking before pressing up. My numbers were something like 14-12-10-8-8-7-7-6 for a total of 72 reps, which is 6 fewer than a month ago. That was the first day I did 21s though and only used 10-15-20# for the three sets.

Now I’m off for San Diego. I wonder what my recovery score will look like in the morning after flying across the country and trying to sleep with the three hour time difference.

Get Out Front

On the rower by 8am with no warm-up. 🤷‍♂️

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row (high intensity)
  • 5:00 Rest

Was thinking maybe 1:40/500m before I started, but I quickly felt that was too slow. Results were:

  • 1:18.8 – 34 cals
  • 1:18.5 – 34 cals
  • 1:18.2 – 34 cals
  • 1:17.9 – 34 cals
  • 1:17.5 – 34 cals

Looking at some other’s results on BTWB I probably should have gone harder. It’ll take me some time to get the feel for my different rowing paces. I haven’t done this stuff in a couple of years.

 

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)
  • 10 Snatch Balance (PVC)
  • 5 High Hang Snatch (PVC)
  • 5 Hang Snatch (PVC)
  • 5 Snatch (PVC)

That got me warmed up!

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 5 Sets 135

Wore my lifting shoes for the first time in two years. It was programmed for the working sets to be at 75% and if I go off my lift from a couple of weeks ago that would be 145. My right shoulder is feeling a little weird though so I stayed lighter and tried to work on a few things like a wider beginning stance and my speed. Started feeling snappy a few sets in to the 135.

In one of the sets I somehow hit my nose on the way back down. That was a first! Good thing it was a bar without center knurling.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 12 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 15 Sit-ups

I knew this one would be quick with no real reason to rest other than in the push-ups, so I started off hot out of the gate. It’s fun to do that from time to time and see how many people will follow along. 🙂 Deadlifts were all unbroken. I went 7-5 every round of push-ups and they slowed down but I never hit failure. Sit-ups felt fine the whole way. That’s another 180 reps today after doing 200 on Saturday! I got through 12 rounds the deadlifts and 2 push-ups.

Skill

Worked on handstand walking after class for about 15 minutes. Got a few good attempts in, but was really working to keep my legs together plus get the forward lean going.

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.