Upside Down Work

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The usual open gym at noon.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pistols
  • 5/5 Single Arm DB Hang Clean & Jerk (50#)
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

My pistols were shaky and in the last couple of rounds I started grabbing my foot on some of the reps. I switched arms on the way down for the C&J. Every round of chest to bars was 4-3-3 and didn’t wear any grips. Finished 5+11.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 8/8 Single Arm/Leg KB Deadlifts (62#)
  • 8/8 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Midline

5 sets (Holding 5# plates)

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Scissor Toe Touches (alternate arm/leg)
  • Roll
  • 10s Superman hold (straight arms!)

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Could go with a shorter rest period. Took me 6:57.

Skill

We were done really early so did some handstand drills. Put my feet up on a box and walked around it with my hands. The 24″ side isn’t high enough for me, so the 30″ allows me to get my hips up over my shoulders more, though I think I was still short of it.

Then I put a big band around high J-cups on the rack so I could kick up and work on finding the balance point. This one really helped. After getting a feel I’d place my hands further away from the rig, working on finding the handstand position without hitting the band. Then I went to the wall and eventually tried handstand walking a few steps into the wall. Big progress is one session. My wrists were getting sore, so that was enough.

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.

Home with a Hangover

Rested on Friday, traveled home yesterday with a nasty hangover, which I’m still suffering from today! Went to the gym at noon.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 7 Weighted Pull-ups (15#)
  • 7 Weighted Ring Dips (15#)

Felt really rough!

Conditioning

8:00 EMOM

  • 15 Air Squats
  • AMRAP Box Jump Overs (30″)

Inspired by a Jacob Heppner workout. I was having a hard time counting my AMRAP reps with such a high buy-in count. Came up with 69 reps, but I may have had a few more.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

Got through the first two rounds unbroken. Ended up with the same time I had a few weeks ago with 6:34.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 20

Skipped ahead a workout.

3 Sets

  • 100m Single Arm Overhead Carry (53# KB)
  • 90s Rest

Started off going back and forth in the gym and it was brutal, so after the first arm, we went outside. I was thinking, “Wow, those 10 turnarounds really add up to a lot more time under tension.” Then I realized I calculated wrong, thinking the floor mats were only 3 feet wide when they are 4! So probably went 130-140 meters that first trip. Wasn’t bad when we did the correct distance.

Fall is Here

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5 Rope Pulls

Conditioning

E5M – 4 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 25 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 3 Rope Climbs (13′)

I pulled 1:45.4, 1:45.3, 1:45.3, and 1:44.8 (?) paces on the rows and did all of my push-ups in sets of 5, with progressively longer rests between sets. On the first two rounds I did the rope climbs back-to-back-to-back, but then for the final two rounds Brandi was ready to jump in after my second climb and I needed a breather. My round times were 3:05, 3:22, 3:45, and 4:03.

I was thinking the other day how it had been a few weeks since rope climbs came up. I’m really loving how much running and rowing there is in this Kryptonite affiliate programming. I don’t always like the cardio, but I’ve thought for years that the gyms I’ve been a been a member of don’t program enough monostructural work. Feels like it’s paying off.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (40# DBs, 2-3s descent)
  • 8 Two Handed Dumbbell Bent Over Row (40# DBs, 2-3s descent)
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

I’m sure I wasn’t that slow on the descents, but much slower than normal.

Counting this as the 16th workout from the shoulders program, which would have been…

3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push-ups

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Not Dairy Queen

Long day yesterday! Went to open gym at noon today.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)

I used a far bar for my pull-ups.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hand-to-hand KBS (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Single Arm S2OH (44#)
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t expect it to hurt so much, but should have known with interval work. I went 23-22-23 on the box jumps, 32-33-34 on the kettlebell swings, 50-54-58 on the Russian twists, and 30-30-34 on the shoulder to overheads. I did a mixture of push jerks and push presses depending on how fast I wanted to rep them out.

We might not be Dairy Queen, but we have pretty good Sundays.

Midline

4 Rounds

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

**Try to do each round unbroken

Realized we had been missing out on the rest the last couple of times we did this. Also forgot that you’re supposed to keep your feet off the ground and reach out overhead on the tuck-ups. I got through the first two rounds unbroken, but then had to break it up a bunch on rounds three and four. Finished in 6:34.

Strict Sixty

Sold my power rack yesterday and did a bunch of clean up in the garage. Was exhausted last night. In for open gym at noon today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (95#)
  • 5 Power Cleans (135#)

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 6 Strict HSPU

Did something like this almost 2 years ago when we were doing the Hybrid Open prep, but it was 185# back then. I’m not in that kind of shape, so scaled back the weight, but bumped up the handstand push-ups from the five I did. Had my belt out in case I needed it, but never put it on. Had to be a little more careful with the last 2-3 rounds when my back started to get tight. Was able to do everything unbroken though. Not sure I would have got through every round if I had tried seven HSPU. Sixty strict handstand push-ups is a lot!

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Didn’t even make it through two unbroken rounds today, but was almost 30 seconds faster than the last time doing this. 4:34 today. Tough with a tight back.

Kayak

We rented some kayaks for a couple hours over in Midland. Beautiful day for it!

Shoulder Shit Show

Legs feel good after squatting yesterday. Went to the 4pm again, but did the Active Life stuff in my garage before heading to the gym.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 2

2 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm RKB Swing (35#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (35#)

Single Arm High Pull

  • 2×6/6 (25#)
  • 10/10 (30#)
  • 10/10 (35#)

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 200m Run
  • 15 Shoulder Rolls
  • 200m Run
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

Far from the 5×225 (plus cleaning it) I did in January 2017. Maybe could have done 5-10 pounds more today.

Conditioning

21-18-15-12-9

  • Push Press (95#)
  • T2B
  • Burpees

I went 12-9, 10-8, 8-7, 7-5, and 9 on the push presses, knowing that going unbroken from the start would be a bad idea. Of course that weight is going to feel light after the strength reps, but this workout is a lot of shoulders. For the toes to bars I did 6-5-5-5, 5-5-4-4, 5-5-5, and then singles for the 12 and 9. The good news is my shoulder felt pretty good. Actually surprised I was able to get through 11 good sets before dropping to singles, so taking 4 months off the movement didn’t set me back too much. Tried to keep a pretty good pace on the burpees. Finished in 16:18.

Heading out of town in the morning for a golf weekend!