Only One

My quads are a bit more sore today and my outer chest is pretty sore. Maybe from pushing away on the pull-ups? Or maybe from the push-ups on Sunday? Went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 8

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm High Pull (26# KB)

Skipped ahead because I wasn’t doing extra overhead holding before class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 30s Handstand Hold
  • 20 Jump Rope
  • 20 DU
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 5 Box Jumps (24″)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50′ Double Overhead Walk (50# DBs)
    • 5 T2B
    • 5 V-ups
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 50 DU
    • 5 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

Decided to scale back from 10 toes-to-bar, especially after all of the pull-ups yesterday and my back was feeling tight when I practiced a few. Awful lot of bar work these two days for my first time back on it in over 4 months. It was a nice change of pace sub in the v-ups and it allowed me to do every set of 5 T2B unbroken. Got through 9 rounds plus the entire walk.

I missed after five reps in my third round of double unders and somehow did every other round unbroken. Only one miss! My shoulders didn’t even start feeling the fatigue I often get after a lot of double unders. Weird, but I love it. Kept moving on the burpee box jumps, trying not to fall behind Tom too much and then was able to pass him when he started missing on the rope. I felt good in this one considering the shoulder fatigue from the first AMRAP. Was able to do 7+53. I might have been able to push it more on the burpees, but that may have caused a bunch of misses, so hard to say.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (44#)
  • 45s Handstand Hold

Looking forward to golfing tomorrow because I need a rest day.

Forgot How To Wrap

My quads are still pretty damn sore, but a big improvement over yesterday. Skipped out on the shoulder flexion stuff before class since they were going to get their work in. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 5 Rope Pulls
  • 50′ Walking Lunge

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 5 Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 50′ Overhead Walking Lunge (45# plate)
  • 25 Sit-ups

I was all geared up for this one! Had on calf sleeves for the rope climbs (which I haven’t used in at least 2 years), knees sleeves for the lunges, and the AbMat pad for the sit-ups. When I went to do a rope climb before the workout it had been so long I couldn’t remember how to wrap my feet. Anytime I’ve done a rope climb in the last couple of years it has been legless since I never do many reps. This was easily the most rope climbs I’ve done in a day and it went well. Was alternating on the rope with one other person most times when I got there, which worked out for rest time. I finished in 14:22.

Have I mentioned I’m loving this Ben Smith affiliate programming?!?!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 7/7 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 12 Kroc Row (40#)

Heavy Overhead

Busy day yesterday. I didn’t have/make time to workout.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 20 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3x each side for the step-ups)

  • 10 Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)
  • 5/5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Shit! I haven’t had these ankle dorsiflexions in weeks so I’m probably going to get really sore calves.

Active Life – Back Max

5 Rounds

  • 10s Supinated Deadlift Hold (225#)
  • 10 Alternating Push Up Shoulder Taps (3s hold)
  • 30s/30s 1 Arm Overhead Hold (70#)
  • 5/5 Kroc Rows (70#)

After round 1 I didn’t think I was going to make it with the holds. Helps to breath and remain calm.

Will I Be Sore?

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warmup – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 10 Groiners

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 12 Front Rack Box Step-ups (20″, 95#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went lower after standing next to the box and seeing where my knee was. Plus I haven’t had these in weeks and the reps are increased.

I knew the back one takes a long time and is taxing on my back anyway, so I didn’t do any cardio.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 12 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (125#)
  • 12 Romanian Deadlift (125#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (53#)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (50#)

Can’t wait to see if I get super sore again, like the last time I did this.

How Many?

I had some plans to workout yesterday since one of my 4 workout days in a row was an easy recovery day. Got busy around the house so I rested. My legs started getting tight later in the day, but I’m surprised my shoulders weren’t feeling anything from the overhead carry and thruster combination.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Air Squats
  • Bar Taps

Conditioning

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Pull-ups
  • Box Jumps (24″)

Got some new grips from Bear Komplex and they’ve really improved the design since my last pair. They didn’t eat into my fingers at all, but will take a bit of use to get roughed up and be able to hold chalk.

I was able to do all of the pull-ups unbroken and did jumps with a step-down. I was having the hardest time keeping track of what round I was on though. It started when I did 8 jumps in the round of 7 and then I repeated the sets of 3. Extra credit I guess. Finished in 6:04.

Active Life – Back Max

 

3 Rounds

  • 12 Alternating Single Leg Deadlift (115#)
  • 12 Romanian Deadlift (115#)
  • 12/12 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 12 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Double KB Overhead Hold (44# KBs)

Bumping up to 12 evil wheels was a challenge after everything has been sets of 5 or 8 so far. The double kettlebell hold was a challenge.

Skill / Conditioning

2 Cycles

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s T2B
    • 10s Rest
  • 20s Rest
  • 4 Rounds
    • 10s Bottom Squat Hold
    • 20s Bottom-to-bottom Squats
  • 40s Rest

I’ve done sets of 6 for a straight 8 round Tabata of T2B so I figured 7 was a good number. Turned out perfect. After 7 unbroken rounds I hit failure in the very last round and had to do 4 plus 3 singles. I did sets of 14 squats in the first cycle and in the second cycle I did 3 sets of 12 with 13 to finish. I forgot how much these squats burn.

Focused Effort

Out in the garage after lunch. I’m really enjoying these afternoon workouts.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warmup – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 Kossacks

Got deeper in the Kossacks each round.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 12 Sumo Stance Good Morning (115#)
  • 8 Eccentric Knee Flexion (25#)

Conditioning

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  • 30s Ski Erg
  • 3:00 Rest

My plan was to do something like the Airdyne workout I’ve done where you go 5 rounds of 30 seconds at 100% with a long rest (I think it’s 5:00), then you take a double rest and do 5 more rounds. I knew the Ski Erg wouldn’t be as taxing just because the AD is mostly quads so I was going to do 4 minute rests. After the first one I knew that would be too much so I went with the 3 minute rest. After 3 or 4 rounds I decided I didn’t need the double rest in the middle either. As you can see from the increasing numbers that was probably even too easy. I haven’t done a lot of this stuff on the Skier so it’s hard to know what I’m capable of. In the middle I really thought that was all I had, but nope, there was more in the tank.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-ups (45#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (115#)

I skipped the 8 sumo good mornings since I did a bunch in the earlier section. My focus on this was to clean up my movements. On the sit-ups I realized I was cutting things short at the top, so I took another second to push my head and upper body through at the top and reach back for more of a shoulder stretch. For the rows I took the reps one at a time and concentrated on pulling with the appropriate muscles. When doing evil wheels, usually I roll all the way out and my stomach gets a very short rest on the ground. Today I stopped just short of that so I had to keep tension and pull myself back. Small change but made a huge difference in difficulty. Not much to say about the holds. I tried to keep the weight back and locked in with a tight posterior chain and my chest down.

Fancy Toe Touch

Woke up exhausted on Monday. Had spent all day Sunday (and most of Saturday) working on a shop project and doing yard work. My upper back was probably sore from the muscle-ups and my low back felt a little “off” all day. Needed the rest day. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Assessment: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Fancy name for a standing toe touch. I got about 3″ from toes with straight legs and not trying to push it.

Workout: 3×6 Sumo Deadlifts

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 3 Sets 205

I’ve only done sumo deadlifts a handful of times (maybe). I really enjoyed them. Much safer for the back in the more upright starting position.

Cooldown: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Forgot to do this until after the ski. Was able to get down to 1-1.5″ from my toes, again not trying to push it.

Conditioning

20:00 Ski Erg

Back is still a little off, so wanted to stay away from anything with weights at high speed or high reps. Have never done the erg for this length of time so wasn’t sure how to pace. I got faster with each 4 minute split for a total of 4,731 meters.

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Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (40#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (95#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

All of the accessories! In and out of the gym in less than 65 minutes, including setup and cleanup time.

Going to try to get back to drinking protein shakes, which I haven’t been doing over the last year. I still have several tubs in the closet from over a year ago.