Been a long week of late nights finishing an electronics project for the family vacation. Didn’t crawl in bed until 3am last night. In the garage around 9:30 before packing the car. Not sure if I’ll make it to a gym at all this week, but hope to for at least one bench session.
Just an easy 70% for the working sets today. Was hoping it would leave me fresh to push some limits on the shoulder press, but wasn’t sure about the lack of sleep.
- 3×171.25 (PR)
Shoulder press is such a bitch. I did 3×170 in February of 2016, but barely squeezed out the 3rd with it today, so I went super small on the final increase. I really tightened up and knocked out the triple surprisingly easy compared to the previous set.
Then the damn Jehovah’s came walking up the driveway.
- 3×10/10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (30#)
- 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# + 45#)
I really have to go slow to prevent my left arm from losing control. Made it through the second and third sets without a reset, which I haven’t been able to do.
Time for a week at the lake! I loaded my weight vest and rings into the trunk and plan to run most days.
No golf again yesterday because we got so much rain on Thursday night. Courses are still closed today. So I took a complete rest day. Bryan came over at 1 today. I did an easy 5:00 Airdyne (1.43 miles) to get the blood flowing. I’m swapping the order of the pull-up workout this week since I wanted to have a spotter for this.
That’s my 3RM, which was set about 3 months ago.
Maybe I should do more warm-up sets on these because 150 felt rough but the 2 heavier sets were fine. Next time I’ll have to try an extra set and then do multiple sets at a higher weight. Wanted to get a feel for things today though.
2.5 7.5# under my 3RM.
- 3 Sets
- 15/15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
- 20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
- 3 Sets
- 3×10/10 Tricep Extensions (30#, single arm)
- 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 40#)
The lifts too a long time today because we were talking so much. Did the accessory as supersets to speed it up.
2 Minute Challenge
I got 191 and Bryan got 198. According to BTWB that was a 4 rep PR for me. Started with 81 in a row and hit 100 right at the minute mark, but then started missing over 20-30 reps.
Busy day. Out in the garage in the evening.
Not a lot of time left so I figured it was time to start doing some bigger increases. Need to start getting closer to failure in these last few weeks. I’ve been benching inside the rack with support straps whenever I’m alone, but it’s starting to get a little scary as I approach PR weights. I think this is the most I’ve had on the bar since hitting 3×255# during the Open.
- 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
- 3×10 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (30#)
- 3×10 Tricep Extensions (single arm, 30#)
- 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 35#)
Ugh – KB presses. I haven’t done them in a few weeks. Swapping for the wider 10# plate on my adjustable bell (to go from 25->30) shifted the balance a lot! I really don’t like the single arm Tricep extensions; feels like a lot of pressure on the elbow.
- 30 cal Ski Erg
- 20 Goblet Squats (70#)
- 10 Target Burpees (ceiling – 14″)
Calories are much different from on the rower! I felt like I was getting 2 for every 3 pulls with an average around 1,250 cal/hr most of the time. Went unbroken on the goblet squats but was breathing really heavy by the end. That jump to the ceiling is big! I missed once being lazy and had to jump again. Finished in 3:13.
Can definitely feel my shoulders and neck this morning! I’m guessing it’s already from the 100 handstand push-ups last night. Out in the garage early before hitting the road.
- 3×15 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
- 2×10 Tricep Extensions (single-arm, 30#)
- 3×10 Landmine Twists (45# bar + 25#)
Good session. Now we’re off to Nashville to watch the Central Regional.
Was awake for over 30 hours with the trip to Bulgaria! We did do a lot of walking around the city to make sure we could stay awake. Got a solid night of sleep though and was in the hotel’s fitness center by 8am.
- 3×20 DB Bench Press (10kg DBs)
- Press machine
- Overhead Press Machine
- 3×15/15 Half Kneeling 1-Arm DB Press (10kg)
- 3×15 Landmine Twists (10kg DBs)
Tried to get in the movements that at least matched up with the program. I was holding two dumbbells trying to simulate the landmine twists. Weird but I felt it in my obliques.
- 200m Run
- 20 push-ups (treadmill)
On the treadmill, which took time to get up to speed and kept turning off while doing push-ups. Finished in 6:26 and did all sets of push-ups unbroken, though the last set got hard.
Yesterday my abs were a little sore from the 100 sit-ups on Wednesday. I walked 18 holes on the course. Got a bunch of yard work done today and finally got out to the garage around 6pm.
Why does this day always seem so heavy? Maybe not warmed up as much as the higher reps on that first day of the “week” in the program or possibly fatigued from it? Seriously… sets of 12 with 200 feel easier than this. This was a 5# increase over the last time.
My plan was to do 1 set at 135 and 2 at 140 but evidently I didn’t pay close enough attention to my notes. Last time I did 2 sets at 130 and 1 at 135, so I guess I ended up lining up with that.
- 3×30 alt DB Bench Press (50#)
- 3×12/12 Half Kneeling Single Arm Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
- 3×15/15 Tricep Kickbacks (15-20-20#)
- 3×15 Landmine Twists with 45# bar + 15# plate (video)
Fucked up here too and did these kickbacks instead of extensions. I get too used to remembering previous workouts on the program.
That was a lot of lifting. Took just over an hour. First time doing those twists and shit, they are deceiving. Counted left, center, right, center as 1 rep.
- 30s Left – Bottoms Up KB Marching (25#)
- 30s Rest
- 30s Right – Bottoms Up KB Marching
- 30s Rest
This bottoms up KB marching is similar to the presses on a difficulty level. My left arm starts to lose it but my right side is pretty solid. Program also calls for:
- Foam Roll Lats – 30s/side
- Thoracic Spine Extension Mobility
I’ll get these in tonight after dinner.
- 15-10-5 Squat Clean (135#)
- 150-100-50 DU
Was going to do some running around the block, which is about 700m, but I got rained out again. Thought about doing burpees again but figured the double unders would fatigue the legs more for the squats. I did the cleans 6-5-4, 6-4, and 5 unbroken. Finished in 9:22.