Death EMOM

Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pendlay Row
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95#

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
  • 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)

Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 K2E
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.

The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.

I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!

This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.

Midline:ย E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 20-30s Hollow Hold

Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.

Front Squats of Death

Much needed rest day yesterday. My upper back, shoulders, and chest were all feeling really rough and overall my body was beat up. Was not really looking forward to the amount of work programmed for tonight.

Back Squat

Add 0-5-10 pounds over the last 3×4@80% type workout.

  • 10×45#
  • 8×135
  • 4×205
  • 4×245
  • 4×275
  • 4×295
  • 3x4x315

I had used 305 so went with the 10# jump. Didn’t put on a belt until 295. Felt good.

Clean from Blocks (knee)

Work up to 3×3 @ 80%.

  • 3×135#
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×235
  • 3×245
  • 3×255

Ended up being a couple of inches below my knee. I’ve never liked block cleans and always had a hard time getting myself to commit to dropping under. No issue today so I bumped it up on my last two sets. Maybe it was because the blocks were lower.

Split Jerk

Work up to a daily 3 rep.

  • 3×135#
  • 3×185
  • 3×215
  • 3×245

At this point everyone was starting to feel things a bit so nobody pushed the weight here today knowing what we had coming in the metcon.

Accessory

We combined these to save some time.

2 Sets

  • 12-15 GHR
  • 12-15 Dumbbell Bent Over Lateral Raises
  • 6-12 Barbell Curls

I had to use the tiny orange band for my GHR and did 12 reps. Used 20# DBs for 15 laterals. Sets of 12 curls using 35# and then 65#.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 K2E
  • 10 Push Press (185#)
  • 15 Front Squat (225#)

Heavy, but with today sandwiched in between two rest days, we figured it was a good one to grind away and do the work. Ugh it was so fucking horrible. I did 9-6 and then 6-5-4 for 2 rounds on my knees to elbows. Was able to go 6-4 on every round of push presses, and didn’t resort to any jerks. The front squats were fucking death! I started 6-4-3-2 I think, then 4-4-4-3, and the last set I felt like I was going to fail every rep. My core was giving out. I think I went 4-2-2-2-2-2-1. I was going for the 3rd and final rep there on the end and had to bail at the bottom. Walked over and finished using Bryan’s bar for the final rep. Took me 18:13. Wore a belt and used racks for both bars. I was taking so much rest time between sets and still couldn’t breath or feel confident in the squats.

Oh no, not done yet!

  • 10-20-30-20-10 Row Cals
  • 30s Rest

The 10 and 20 were decent, but my legs didn’t have anything more after that. Finished in 5:44.

Talk about aย session from hell. That was way too much work for one day. Normally the programming has been taking about 90 minutes. Today it took usย 2:15 and we were not screwing around, even speeding up by putting the accessory movements into a little circuit. I’m going to try to finish the final day of the Thruster Attack tomorrow if I feel good enough.

Partner 50s

Got in a little early to do some back mobility stuff.

Warm-up

5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5

  • Air Squat
  • Sit-ups
  • 30/30′ Shuttle Jog (only there and back each round)

Nice warm-up to get the blood flowing.

Weightlifting

Tall Cleans

  • 2x5x20kg
  • 2x5x40
  • 3×50
  • 3×60
  • 3×70
  • 3×80
  • 3×85

Planning a bunch of C&J tomorrow so wanted to stay light, which the talls force. Felt good dropping under it.

Conditioning

Partner Chipper

  • 50 Box Jumps (30″)
  • 50 Jumping Pull-ups / Ring Swings
  • 50 American KBS (70#)
  • 50 Walking Lunges
  • 50 Knees to Elbows
  • 50 Push Presses (95#)
  • 50 Wall Balls (30#, 10′)
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Double Unders

We did sets of 5 on the box. I did ring swings because of my shoulder. Focused in keeping everything tight and feet together. Need to do a lot more of those. Swings, lunges, k2e, push presses, and wall balls were all done 15 and 10 each. Burpees were sets of 5 again and dubs were 25 but Bryan actually did 50. Took us 14:38 with his extra 25 reps.

Final Hustle & Flow Pull-ups

Slept great last night. Was pretty wore out from “McGhee” and needed the rest. Woke up and could instantly feel my hands. It hurt to fully open or close my palms. I used the TENS unit on my back last night and it’s feeling pretty good today. Feeling all of those reps in my legs, glutes, shoulders, and triceps too.

Planned to get in to the gym during the day, but worked out to meet Bryan there at night and my hands could use the extra rest before the pull-ups.

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 4 Day 1

Final week of the cycle before a new one begins. I’m following a week behind so the Skill WOD is actually doing tests this week. Going to skip those and then be caught up to start the new cycle when it’s released for next week. Sounds like it’s going to be pretty cool.

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar taps – tight
  • 5 Bar taps – dynamic
  • 7 V-ups
  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 7 GHD Heel Drives
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Again, I really love these warm-ups.

Shoulder Activation

3 sets

  • 3 Scap Elevators
  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 1 Scap Elevator
  • 1 Strict Pull-up

Easy this week.

Superset

5 Sets

  • 5 Butterfly Box Drill Circular Rotations
  • 1 Stop Strict Pull-up + 3 Pull-ups (butterfly drill)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

Felt smooth even though my pull seemed a little weak.

Skill Test

  • 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B + 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 sets
    • 70% MAX C2B
    • 90s Rest

The combo set felt really good. I’d been trying to increase the 70% sets each week and last week I got 16 and 10-6, so I shot for the same 16s today. Started to lose my butterfly on the last two reps of the second set but made every rep. Booyah! Just 4 weeks ago my max for a single set was 20. All this volume is dialing in the movement.

Strength Accessory

3 Supersets

  • 15s Underhand grip chin hang
  • 8 Supinated Bar Rows

The hangs felt easier than any other week, but I felt weak with the rows. Probably due to the 260 push-ups I did yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bonus Complex

  • 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E + 3 T2B + 6 C2B
  • 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E + 3 T2B + 4 C2B
  • 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E + 3 T2B

I was not even attempting MU on the end again, so I substituted with some C2B. Was hoping to increase each set, but my grip and pull was shot by the time I got done with the toes to bars. Wasn’t going to push it too much either because I already had a few places peeling on my hands.

I understand that this complex is getting you to be fatigued by the time you got to the final movement, but I’m just not on that level. The volume is definitely building solid movement and strength though.

Midline & Accessory

Wanted to get in a little extra work.

  • 3×15 Hip Extensions (controlled, not fast swinging)
  • Crossover Symmetry Recovery

Shoulders felt pretty beat after the pull-ups so I figured the recovery protocol was good to get in. I never do it anymore.

Not There

My body is definitely in vacation mode with this last week of work before break. Got to the gym around 9:30.

Strength

3 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Hyper (210#)

Back Squat

  • 5x20kg (pause)
  • 5×70 (pause)
  • 5×90 (pause)
  • 5×110
  • 5×120
  • 5×130
  • 5×135
  • 5×140

The pause sets were all for about 2 seconds. I really like using that during warm-up sets. Wanted to get at least 300 today and that was almost 309#. Put on the belt for the last 2 or 3 sets (don’t remember).

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 3 Day 1

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar taps – tight
  • 5 Bar taps – dynamic
  • 7 V-ups
  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 7 GHD Heel Drives
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Shoulder Activation

3 sets

  • 3 Scap Elevators
  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 1 Scap Elevator
  • 1 Strict Pull-up

Could already feel the fatigue here.

Superset

5 Sets

  • 5 Butterfly Box Drill Circular Rotations
  • 1 Stop Strict Pull-up + 3 Pull-ups (butterfly drill)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

These were tougher than they should have been.

Skill Test

  • 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B + 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 sets
    • 70% MAX C2B
    • 90s Rest

Wanted to increase again, up from the 15 last week. Got 16 on the first set, dropped after 10 on the second set, and did 6 more after a short break.

Strength Accessory

3 Supersets

  • 15s Underhand grip chin hang
  • 8 Supinated Bar Rows

Bonus Complex

  • 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E
  • 2 Sets: 3 Strict Pull-ups + 3 Strict C2B
  • 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B

Coming into today I had already decided I wasn’t doing any bar muscle-ups unless it was banded to work on the technique and positions with a looser grip. Then going into the bonus I decided I was only going to do some strict work since I was feeling so beat. Had to try in that first set, but didn’t even go for the toes to bar. Got in a few sets of strict reps and got out of there.

I think only taking one day between the muscle-up day and the pull-up day is less than ideal. Too much pulling without time to recovery. My grip felt it today. The 100 American kettlebell swings yesterday may have played a role too. At least I didn’t rip my hands open this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Rest day tomorrow.

More Ripping

Feeling some fatigue from yesterday’s WOD. In at 10am for gymnastics work.

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 2 Day 1

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar taps – tight
  • 5 Bar taps – dynamic
  • 7 V-ups
  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 7 GHD Heel Drives
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Shoulder Activation

  • 3 sets: 3 Scap Elevators + 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 1 set: 1+1

Superset

5 Sets

  • 5 Butterfly Box Drill Circular Rotations
  • 1 Stop Strict Pull-up + 3 Pull-ups (butterfly drill)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

Skill Test

  • 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B + 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 sets
    • 70% MAX C2B
    • 90s Rest

Did sets of 14 C2B last week, so increased to 15s this week. Got both sets.

Strength Accessory

3 Supersets

  • 15s Underhand grip chin hang
  • 8 Supinated Bar Rows

Learned that we don’t have to do the bar rows with a supinated grip. Just refers to the body position. Much better.

Bonus Complex

  • Set 1: 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E + 3 T2B + 3 Bar MU
  • Set 2: 2+2+3+3, drop then 3
  • Set 3: 2+2+3+3, drop then 2

Ripped both hands. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My left hand ripped under the pinky and my right hand actually ripped under my leather grips! I need to figure out something to work on these bar muscle-ups smarter because this is not working for me. Ripping is an injury and I usually pride myself on doing as much as I can to prevent rips.

Wanted to get in some squats so a quick garage session after 5.

Strength

Safety Squat Bar w/ 3 second pauses

  • 10×65#
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×235
  • 3×245
  • 3×255
  • 3×265
  • 3×275

Wore lifting shoes but no belt at all so I could get a lot of time under tension for my low back. Felt good about my drive out of the hole and no mini bounce to get going. Just 3 months ago a triple with 295 and a belt but no pause was a struggle.

Structured Gymnastics Work

Feeling pretty good after Kalsu. Legs are fine, but my shoulders are fatigued. In at 10am to start a gymnastics program. Jumped on the rowed for an easy 1,000 meters before getting started. I saw the next cycle of the Rowing WOD combines rowing with thrusters. Good time to switch out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Going to be following the Skill WOD from Dusty Hyland, starting with a 4-week cycle he calls Hustle & Flow. With the Open about 3 months away it’s a good time to focus on increasing gymnastics strength, technique, and endurance.

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar taps – tight
  • 5 Bar taps – dynamic
  • 7 V-ups
  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 7 GHD Heel Drives
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

I really like the structure of the warm-up and how it gets everything ready, while reinforcing position work.

Shoulder Activation

  • 3 sets: 3 Scap Elevators + 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 1 set: 1+1

Superset

5 Sets

  • 5 Butterfly Box Drill Circular Rotations
  • 1 Stop Strict Pull-up + 3 Pull-ups (butterfly drill)
  • 5 C2B Pull-ups

Skill Test

  • 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B + 3 Pull-ups + 3 C2B
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 2 sets
    • 70% MAX C2B
    • 90s Rest

I figured there was no way I was getting 2 sets of 14 chest-to-bar pull-ups here after all of the other pull-ups already. Got both though!

Strength Accessory

3 Supersets

  • 15s Underhand grip chin hang
  • 8 Supinated Bar Rows

My least favorite part. Did not feel very good on my elbows in either part.

Bonus Complex

  • Set 1: 2 Strict Pull-ups + 2 Strict C2B + 3 K2E + 3 T2B + 3 Bar MU
  • Sets 2-3: 2+2+3+3

Damn those are some hard strict pull-ups! It’s programmed as 4 bar muscle-ups in the first set, but I could only get 3. Then you are supposed to keep adding 1 MU every set until failure, trying to get in at least 3 sets of work. Didn’t realize it until a minute or so later, but I ripped my thumb in that first set, so that was the end of the bar muscle-ups for the day. Finished out 3 sets of work.

I was being a good boy and protecting my hands during the big set stuff with my gymnastics grips, but they don’t do anything for your thumbs. :-/ I must really grip hard on that bar transitioning from rep to rep of my bar MU. Will have to tape up my thumbs from now on.

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With a focused attack it took us an hour to finish. Better than I expected, especially for the first week.