No Shoes, No Shirt, All Service

Rested yesterday and came up to my parents’ place for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

Continuing my new tradition…

“Sissy Test”

  • 25->1 Burpees
  • 1->25 Russian KBS (53#)

Went with no shoes again, which is nice for sliding on the carpet. Forgot my knee sleeves, so I wore wants, and eventually ditched the shirt. Felt much better with both movements this year. Started breaking up the swings in the last 4-5 rounds because my forearms were blowing up and the kettlebell was just getting too sweaty. Finished 4:02 faster than last year with a time fo 39:32. Feels good to earn my feast!

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History

  • 41:38 – 2012/04/19
  • 38:16 – 2012 Thanksgiving
  • 43:34 – 2017 Thanksgiving
  • 39:32 – 2018 Thanksgiving

Baby Steps

Took a rest day yesterday, though I should start doing an active recovery day once a week again. Middle of my back, or just below my shoulder blades, especially on the sides of my spine, is was really tight. Not as bad today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Minute Row (28 s/m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 American KBS (35#)

Conditioning

  • Buy In: 3,000m Row
  • 5 Rounds
    • 15 Push Jerks (95#)
    • 15 Sit-ups
    • 15 American KBS (53#)

Started out around 1:51/500m and then slowed closer to 1:55 after about 1,000 meters with a stroke rate around 25-26 most of the way. I got off the rower around 11:20-ish and was feeling good, so I know I didn’t go too hard. When I saw this workout I knew I wasn’t going to try 115# and 70#. I made the right choice with scaling. Still had to break up the last two rounds of push jerks because I couldn’t straighten my arms! I went 8-7 and 9-6 on those rounds. Tried to catch my breath on the sit-ups and did the swings unbroken every round. Going from the swings to the jerks was horrible. Finished in 22:21.

Skill

Worked on finding balance in a handstand hold and some walking again. My shoulders were wrecked, but I figured it would be good practice when fatigued. The band across the rig was feeling good, so I went over to the wall and started taking a few handstand steps into it and was even able to hold in a freestanding for a little bit. Felt like a huge breakthrough today!

An Easy Sweat

Did a bunch of walking at Cedar Point on Friday night and took a needed rest day yesterday. I was so tired from the trip I was in bed by 10 last night. Went to open gym today.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35#)
  • 10/10 Single Arm/Leg KB Deadlift (53#)
  • 15 Lemon Squeezes

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (40s work at a recovery pace)

  • Walking Lunges
  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Double KB OH Hold (35#)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Lateral Box Step Overs (14″)

An easy sweaty one to get the heart up a bit and keep it there.

More Toes to Bars

I was whooped after that workout yesterday. Sat on my chair for a few hours before I got the motivation to get up and do some this around the house. Made a new organizer for the garage gym. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • 2x 30s Couch Stretch (each side)
  • 2x 30s Figure 4 Stretch (each side)
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs
  • 2:00 Assault Bike
  • 10 Pause Overhead Squats (45#)
  • 5 High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Squat Snatch (45#)

Weightlifting

Squat Snatch

  • 3×75#
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×125
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×150
  • 3×155
  • 3×160

My shoulder was still holding up and the lifts felt pretty solid. I don’t think I’ve squat snatched this much since 17.3! Guess I was doing all powers after the back tweak in the Open that year and then this year I’ve been letting my shoulder recover.

Conditioning

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 200m Row
  • 15 Kettlebell Swings (70#)
  • 15 T2B

Was pulling 1:40 or less every round. I was able to do 3×5 toes to bars for the first four rounds and then 5, 3, and 7 quick singles in the 5th round. My splits were 2:04 – 2:02 – 2:05 – 2:12 – 2:17. That’s enough T2B for this week after 72 yesterday and 75 more today. Seems like my endurance with them is finally getting better.

Running out of Clock

Out in the garage a bit before 4pm.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 12

3 Rounds

  • 10/10 Single Arm KBS (35#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlifts (53#)

2 Rounds

  • 100m/100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • Nerve Flossing: x 10 palms down and palms up
  • 30s Rest

Supposed to be 70 meters with 88 pounds, but I didn’t want to use the handle with plates and 70 pounds is the heaviest KB I have so I walked 100 meters.

Strength

  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (45#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (75#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (95#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Power Snatches (115#)
  • 6 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)

Figured I might as well warm up my snatches in between the sets of pull-ups.

Conditioning

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 5 Touch-n-go Power Snatches (135#)
  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups

Made it through! First round of snatches was done with 1:44 left and push-ups done with 1:03 left. I think I kept the same pace for the second round of snatches, but then every round got slower. Push-ups got slower every single round. My final round of snatches was done with 1:35 left and after the push-ups there was only 12 seconds to spare. I don’t think I would have made it through a 6th round in two minutes.

Heavy Russians

Walk 18 holes yesterday in some great weather for golf. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Pass Throughs (PVC)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)

Strength

Front Squats

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3x3x205

Feels much heavier than it should. I guess that’s what a year and a half of not squatting does for your legs and midline. I keep telling myself, “Slow and steady progress.”

Oh, I did these front squats instead of a complex of 1 snatch push press + 2 OHS. My shoulder still does not like that deep position of the overhead squat.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 30 Russian KBS (70#)
  • 30 Sit-ups
  • 30 Calorie Row

Good one with the heavy kettlebell. Did everything unbroken without any trouble. Started with around 1,450 cal/hr in round 1, then got a little slower each round. Finished in 14:21.

Little weird that the women’s scale for the row was 21, but then Casey told me it came from CompTrain instead of the Krypton affiliate programming, which seems to always use a ratio of 5/4.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 11

Skipped the special warm-up since I was plenty warm.

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 8 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50# DB)
  • 45s Rest between arms

All aboard the struggle bus!

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.