Turn Out

Went out for a huge dinner at the Japanese steakhouse last night. Not sure it counts as a full-on cheat meal because it was pretty much all whole foods, other than the green tea ice cream. It’s an insane amount of food and some of the sauces probably weren’t great.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row
  • 5/5 wrist circles
  • 10 elbow punches
  • 5 inch worms
  • 10 clean deadlifts (45#)
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 5 high hand clean pulls (45#)
  • 5 hang muscle cleans (45#)
  • 10 alt cossack squats
  • 5 power cleans (45#)
  • 10 lateral jumps
  • 5 power cleans (95#)
  • 3 power cleans (115#)

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM – Power Cleans

  • 3×135#
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175
  • 3×185
  • 5x3x205

Screwed up with going to 165 when I should have gone to 175 so then I’d naturally get to 195. Instead I figured it out right before it was time to start the 5 working sets and had to make the 20 pound jump. Did every set touch-n-go. Tighted up the belt with 165 I think.

Conditioning

30-20-10

  • Burpees Over the Bar
  • Power Cleans (135#)

Flew on the burpees to get a really nice lead and was able to catch up during the 20 burpees as well. Went with two sets of five but then bitched out, doing singles for the last 20 and all singles for the set of 20. Thought I might be able to get through 10 unbroken, but at four I knew I wouldn’t make it so did 2×5. Finished in 9:10.

So many cleans today! Oh, I wore a glove on my right hand to protect where the blister was yesterday. I prefer to keep the skin on it as long as possible because it helps with healing.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 10 Evil Wheels

These are really easy now at my lighter weight. Maybe I’ll start adding a pause at extension; I’ve done that before and it definitely ups the difficulty.

Skill

Asked Molly for some tips and she gave me a few things to work on. Turning my hands out made a huge difference and I was consistently able to go five feet on the open floor. I tried doing some one arm holding on the wall but it’s really hard for me to lift one arm up and then hold unless I’m doing shoulder taps.

My wrists and forearms started to burn from all the attempts, which was more volume than I’ve been doing. I was just so excited to finally be getting five feet at a time.

Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.

Barbell Chipper

Went out to a Brazilian steakhouse last night and ate so much meat that I still felt full this morning. I knew I needed the carbs though so I powered through my Sunday pancakes.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Various barbell reps
    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#

Conditioning

  • 10 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 15 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

I definitely have a love/hate for this workout. I love the beauty of its design and effectiveness, but I really hate the mental battle during the workout.

My strength is down, but my cardio seems to be up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started with 8 presses. Then did 2 presses, put it on my back for a grip reset, and 10 overhead squats. Then 5 OHS and dropped it for a quick breather instead of trying a fancy grip reset. I think I did 12 push presses, then 8 plus 5 front squats. Two sets of 10 front squats with 5 push jerks tacked on to the 2nd set. The push jerks seemed much harder than they should have been and I think I went 7-5-6-7 for the rest of them. I didn’t stop on the back squats, but they were pretty slow. Finished in 10:07 to keep the PR streak going on this one. Really happy with the effort.

  1. 4/15/2013 – 14:03
  2. 7/21/2014 – 13:34
  3. 9/3/2015 – 10:33
  4. 2/10/2019 – 10:07

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I programmed an 8:00 rest before starting a bodyweight metcon.

10 Rounds

  • 7 Burpees
  • 7 Knees to Elbows

This felt much worse than I was expecting. It seems like I always say that when K2E are involved; I’d rather do toes to bars. All the shoulder fatigue really carried over to the burpees. Took me 8:59 to get done. Wouldn’t mind trying this one again sometime when I’m fresh, especially since I got it from the BTWB Bodyweight Fitness Level workouts.

Midline

Stacked Plate Passes

The five of us lined up and passed plates down the line and then back. We went through it three times rotating positions to make sure everyone sat on the end at least once. I took double duty. The plate stack was 10-10-15-25-10-25-15-10-10.

Skill

Worked on my balance and handstand walking. Shoulders were very fatigued, but that’s some of the best time to work on it if you ask me. I think I just need to get away from the wall and get on the open floor because I’m probably adjusting knowing that I have the wall coming up since I’m only doing a few steps out.

Kip It

My biceps started to get sore yesterday afternoon. I may have to start doing 21s every week.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Min 1: 6 cal Row + Air Squat Hold
  • Min 2: 6 cal Row + Active Bar Hang
  • Min 3: 6 cal Row + Air Squats
  • Min 4: 6 cal Row + Ring Rows
  • Min 5: 6 cal Row + Step Ups
  • Min 6: 6 cal Row + Jumping Pull Ups
  • Min 7: 6 cal Row + Box Jumps
  • Min 8: 6 cal Row + Kipping Swings

Then we did some band mobility on our hips and front rack.

Strength

10:00 EMOM – Front Squats

  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 5x3x175

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Front Squats (135#)
  • 15 Pull-ups (Gymnastic Kip)
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)

Each round started with a squat clean and obviously never dropped the bar. It was fun being forced to use a regular kip today, which allowed me to go unbroken for each set. I jumped down (no rebound though) on the 1st and 3rd round of box jumps. Should have done round two as well, but I slacked off. Probably shouldn’t have taken extra breathers in between movements or at least not as long as I was. Finished in 7:08.

Skill

Worked on my handstand balance and walking for about 10 minutes.

Sore Shoulders

Forgot that I posted about weeks 3-4 of my calorie counting yesterday.

My bis and tris seemed to feel fine from yesterday. Until I got in to today’s work.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×225
  • 3×235

Definitely started to feel some of the fatigue from Friday and Saturday as I got deeper in to the sets. Happy to hit that because it was back on July 31st I barely got 235 for a single!

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 10 C2B Pull-ups
  • 5 Hang Squat Cleans (115#)
  • 5 Push Jerks (115#)

I warmed up with 45 and 95 pounds. Did the chest-to-bars in 2×5 each round. My first round was under a minute and I knew that wouldn’t last. Shoulders really felt the fatigue in the 2nd or 3rd round. Made it through 5+6.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Haven’t done our favorite ab workout in months so I thought it would be a good test after all of the higher volume stuff we’ve been doing on Sundays. My last round wasn’t pretty, but I finally completed all 4 rounds without breaking it up. My time was 6:08.

Skill

Spent some time working on my balance and handstand walk practice.

155 Grace

I’m feeling good after yesterday. Weather is warming up too. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 20s Dual KB Hollow Flutter Kicks (26#)
  • 5 Dual KB Deadlift (26#)
  • 5 Dual KB Hang Clean (26#)

Weightlifting

Tabata Mashup

  • Clean Deadlift
  • Elbow Punches
  • Muscle Clean and Press
  • Muscle Clean and Press
  • Power Clean and Push Press
  • Power Clean and Push Press
  • Power Clean and Jerk
  • Power Clean and Jerk

All with an empty bar.

3 TnG Power Clean & Jerk

  • 95#
  • 115
  • 135
  • 155
  • 175

I guess nothing said they had to be touch-n-go reps, but I wanted to save it for the workout.

Conditioning

“Grace”

  • 30 C&J (155#)

I’ve done it Rx with 135# plenty of times with a best of 1:57. I’ve also done it with 185# in 6:59. Have been wanting to give 155# a try, so today was the day. I thought I could go sub 3:30 with an outside shot at 3:00.

I was hoping to start out with five doubles and I was able to before switching to singles. Really had to start getting a wide landing and drop under the jerks more than I’d like in the second half. Finished at 3:15 so right in the middle of my goal range. Got a bad case of the burning lungs from that one!

Skill

Practiced handstand walking for a little bit, but wasn’t feeling the greatest being upside down.

Conditioning 2

After sitting at home for almost an hour I decided to do a little more since the rower is still sitting in my living room.

4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Went as hard as I could on the first one then I slowly recovered a little more with each interval. Almost 10 seconds off my PR pace but I wasn’t expecting much after Grace. I couldn’t stand looking at the level 30 BTWB was giving me for a 500m workout due to some intervals we did a couple of months ago. At least I get a 71 out of this.

  • 1:32.4
  • 1:53.8
  • 1:53.0
  • 1:50.9

Have I mentioned how much I love having this rower? 🙂