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.

EMOM AMRAPs

Finally ventured out to the gym today after being at home for a couple of days with the weather. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 30s Double Dumbbell Curls (12#)
  • 30s Piked Shoulder Taps
  • 30s Single Leg Plank
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Everyone was making fun of me for my light curls!

Conditioning

  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Alt. Lunges + 4 Push-ups
    • Row
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 10:00 EMOM (alt)
    • AMRAP: 4 Air Squat + 4 DB Push Press (35#)
    • Row

I managed to get 4 rounds each minute on both AMRAPs. In the first 10 minutes I felt good on the rower, averaging > 1,300 cal/hour, and getting 99 calories. The second 10 minutes was much harder with the air squats and push presses; they took all the power out of my legs for the row. I struggled to hit 1,200 cal/hr after the first row and totaled 88 calories.

I guess the NCFit programming has already started to ramp down for the Open (or at least on Thursdays). It actually said to row at a moderate pace for this but I wanted to go hard because there are still plenty of gains to get in the next 5 weeks, before the end of the Open. 🙂

Mobility

  • 1:00/1:00 Pigeon
  • 2:00 Saddle
  • 1:00/1:00 Dragon
  • 2:00 Seated Fold Forward

This made my back tight!

Gymnastics

7:00 EMOM

  • 2×5 C2B

Had weird rhythms in some of my sets of 5 but never came off the bar. With my extra gymnastics work usually I go until I have to break a set, but 70 reps was plenty. Stop before a tore hand happens. When I had the correct rhythm, the reps were so much easier, even in the final minute. Watch, there will be pull-ups programmed tomorrow!

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.

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.

Beat the Nasty

Body feels good. The usual 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s Hollow Hold
    • 10s Rest
    • 20s Superman Hold
    • 10s Rest
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 Air Squats
    • 15 PVC Passes
    • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)

Pretty sure I could warm up my squat in the first 50 reps. 🙂

Conditioning

“Nasty Girls” – 3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 7 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)

Did this once, just under 3 years ago in 10:46. My goal was sub 10, hopefully going 4-3 every round and keeping the cleans unbroken. Round 1 was done around 3:00, 2 around 3:20, and finished at 9:31. Nice PR! I kept a nice steady pace on the air squats, knowing I couldn’t raise my heart rate going into the muscle-ups. So nice to have the MU back and they felt good. I had to double or triple kip my final dip but made every round 4-3.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Kroc Row (50#)

Midline

50 Sit-ups

I really like the Tabata hold warm-up and these sit-ups for quality. Really allows me to get a full reach and stretch on each rep, which I definitely don’t do when I’m doing them for time.

Every… What?

Wasn’t feeling anything from yesterday’s workout until I got to the gym and started moving around. Then I could feel my shoulders were tight.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest

Interesting for a warm-up.

Gymnastics Test

1:30 AMRAP

  • Handstand Push-ups

The focus for the next month (gym is a week behind the Krypton programming) is handstand push-ups. I choose to work on kipping and was able to get 32 reps by doing 15-10-7. The first 15 were done in 20 seconds, so I bet I could do better by coming off the wall much earlier.

Conditioning

  • E2M – 8:00
    • 200m Run
    • 50 DU
  • 2:00 Rest
  • E2M – 8:00
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Push Presses (115#)

For those first 8 minutes I thought we were doing an alternating EMOM. So I wash pushing hard on my runs and finishing just in time. Never missed a double under. Then during the rest I realized it was E2M. I don’t know what I was thinking. At that point I was committed and knew I could make the runs, so I kept up my pace. I probably missed by a few seconds on some in the next 8 minutes. Those push presses were a challenge after taxing our calves with the jumping rope. The Rx for this was 155/105!!

Free For a Reason

The workout at the gym is long cardio with core cash-out, so I decided to make my own version and stay home. Out in the garage at 1pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Ski Erg

Didn’t really plan a warm-up, but I was going to use the treadmill for the workout and when I hopped on it, it slowed right down from my weight. I guess that’s why I got it for free! Seemed like the motor might just be having a hard time keeping up under load, which could be bearings or any number of things. Will have to fix it soon so I can get in some running throughout the winter. Hopefully it’s an easy fix.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Ski Erg
  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 25 Burpees

My pace on the ski erg was < 2:15 / 500m and on the Airdyne I kept pretty steady around 72 RPM, which came out to about 42 calories or 0.55 miles. My burpees felt consistent throughout and were definitely the movement that raised my heart rate the most. Finished at 31:16, which was what I was looking for over 30 minutes.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

First two rounds unbroken and then 2 breaks in each of the last two rounds. Finished in 6:32.