That’s a Negative

My arms are all bruised and I’m beat from moving so much wood around yesterday. Started Sunday off right though…

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Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Conditioning

5 Rounds (40s Work : 20s Rest)

  • Bar-facing Burpees
  • Plank
  • Bear Hug Squats (20# MB)
  • Handstand Hold

Was supposed to start with Man Makers, but I’m laying off the weights until I get back from my trip. I did 11-11-12-12-13 burpees and 22-25-26-27-30 squats. Should have pusher harder earlier.

Gymnastics Strength

4 Sets

  • 5 Negative Pull-ups
  • 20s L-sit (rings)

It’s probably been years since I’ve done negative pull-ups.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Side Plank Jumps
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Alternating V-ups
  • 1:00 Rest

Hardest part was holding the hollow each round, but I managed them all unbroken. A lot of core work today! Finished in 9:50.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)

Did these a lot slower and controlled than I have in the past, going to the bottom of a deep pistol before touching my leg to the ground. I’m gonna feel those!

Finished cleaning up the rest of the sticks and tree tops in the yard. Beautiful “taps aff” day for it.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

12 Rounds

  • 1:30 Row
  • 1:30 Rest

Was trying to decide on a pace for this. Was thinking about 1:42-1:43, but settled on 1:45/500m. Glad I did because I was at 1:44.8 for 9 of them and 1:44.6 for 3. My distances were 429-429-429-429-430-429-430-429-429-429-430-429 meters. Excellent consistency!

Done Early

My neck and low back are a little tight from looking up at the wall for 152 reps. My shoulders are a little sore too, but my lower body seems fine so far. I set an alarm to get up for the 9am class since my rest schedule is changed for the Open.

Warm-up

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Run
  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 10 Air Squats

I started to feel my legs more every set of squats.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×230

I hadn’t looked at my logs since the workout went up after getting to the gym, so I couldn’t remember what I’ve been lifting. Nice surprise to smoke the 5×215 I did a month ago. Gains baby! We were on a clock, so maybe working up with fewer sets made a big difference.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 50s Double Unders
  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 30s Plank
  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Bent Hollow Hold

This was really an alternating EMOM with 3 stations, but it was easier to record on BTWB like this. I started with a nice set of 75 double unders, but missed a couple of times in most rounds, so was usually getting 65-75 reps in about 45 seconds due to transition time. The push jerks weren’t too bad and the ring rows felt really solid. This workout got a lot sweatier than I was expecting because there really wasn’t any rest with the holds.

I wasn’t excited about moving so early, but it feels good to have a workout done for the day.

It’s a Trap

My shoulders and wrists are sore from the handstand walking and my traps are really sore from so many cleans.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (25#)
  • 10 Weighted Step-ups (24″, 25#)
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Push Press (25#)
  • 10 Alternating DB Hammer Curls (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Did two rounds plus the Kroc rows and 7 step-ups.

Skill

We had 10 minutes to work on handstand related stuff (hold, press, walk), so of course I practicing my walking. And yet again, the programming spends a good portion of class fatiguing the movement most important in the conditioning piece. I feel like they are trying to trap you! Maybe this stuff is going to pay off in the Open, but just seems so odd and is completely different from any other program I’ve seen. I didn’t make too many attempts with so many handstand push-ups coming up and I was tired from last night, but I did get out to 8-10 feet a couple of times.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 14 DB Step-Back Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 14 HSPU

My goal was 1:50-1:55 on the rower, unbroken lunges, and break the handstand push-ups into 8-6. I figured rounds would take around 3:30. Screwed up the order right off the back and did my 8 HSPU before the lunges. Whoops! No I didn’t do them over again. 😛 I finished at 17:54, so my guess was pretty damn close because a 3:30 average would have been 17:30. The lunges were much easier than I expected. Pushed hard to keep my pace on the rower. Here are my splits:

  • 1:50.1
  • 1:51.0
  • 1:51.2
  • 1:51.6
  • 1:51.7

A 1:50 pace equates to about 1,200 cal/hr, so it’s good to know I can stay in the ballpark during a longer workout. If I would have started each row better I think I would have been much closer after the first one too.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curl 21s

  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

It was time to bump up the weight from 15-15-20 and the third set was pretty tough. Even with this bonus work I was still done before the 5pm class started.

Ready for the rest day!

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.