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Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Foam Roll each quad
  • 20 Lateral Step Overs

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 8 One Arm KB Front Squat (50#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

Do 3 sets per arm, alternating each set.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 150m Ski Erg
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (40# DBs)

Not sure I’ve ever done jerks with the dumbbells, usually it’s a push press. Took 5:39. I should have put the DBs by the erg, but I left them on the rack and put them back after each set. Would have been under 5 minutes. I didn’t realize until after the workout, but the back head of the left dumbbell was set to 35# so I was 2.5# light on my left arm. Whoops! I don’t know how I didn’t feel that during the reps.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit Up (40#)
  • 8/8 1 Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheel
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (95#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

Some of the same movements as yesterday since I got out of order a bit when I didn’t workout as planned on Saturday. I thought about skipping around again, but then it just might make things worse. With a rest day tomorrow it was a good day for the back-to-back work. This back work was less than 20 minutes today and I was resting a bit between rounds. Yesterday I was moving right from movement to movement in order to even break 30 minutes.

Like Cindy

Yesterday ended up being a “rest” day because I worked on a bathroom and then replaced lights and ceiling tiles in the laundry room. I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warmup – 3 Sets

  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 20 Kossacks

Won’t be wearing the Nano 7 for Kossacks ever again. They have a harder ankle structure to the shoe, which was not comfortable with those positions.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (95#)
  • 8 Eccentric Knee Flexion (20#)

Those knee flexions really open up the ankles.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict Pull-ups
  • 6 HR Push-ups
  • 9 Wall Balls

I saved this one from CrossFit Linchpin and finally got around to trying it out. Neat variaton on “Cindy.” I dropped from the top on every pull-up and got right back on the bar for the next rep. Wasn’t confident I’d last if I did them together and sometimes it bothers my shoulder, which has felt a bit weird after the jerks on Friday. I got through 19 rounds plus 2 pull-ups. As expected, the hand relase push-ups start to get slower and slower.

Accessory

4 Rounds

  • 15s L-hang
  • 15s Dead Hang
  • 15s Rest
  • 30s Wall Sit
  • 15s Rest

B wanted to do some hanging, so I came up with this. Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a wall sit. I worked up quite a sweat again from this.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 for Quality

  • 3-5 breaths Ring Plank Hold (Front Leaning Rest)
  • 3-5 breaths 1 Arm Overhead Hold (53#, each arm)
  • 8 Romanian Deadlifts (115#) + a 3-5 breath hold at bottom position

Got light-headed from the RDL hold a couple of times.

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.

Forced

Had to take a forced rest day yesterday after waking up with a headache that was giving me blurred vision and nausea. I went back to bed until 2:30! Got up and was able to work the rest of the day. Meant I had to skip out on golfing today, though it was quite chilly with rain on the way. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 4x8x185
  • 3x12x195
  • 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)

I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!

Accessory

  • 3×15 Skull Crushers (45-55-65#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Used a barbell for the skull crushers. I felt a lot more fatigued after the benching today, which made the raises harder than they have been.

Performance Plus

3 Sets

  • 30s Double DB Overhead Hold (50# DBs)
  • 10 Scap Pull-ups
  • 30s Rest

The double dumbbell overhead was the hardest part of the day and I didn’t even do it walking like it was supposed to. I took a few steps and nearly fell over. The fifties were too heavy for this, but after making it through the first round I didn’t want to bitch out.

The scap pull-ups were actually supposed to be paired up with 20 ring dips for 3 sets, but I moved things around.

Conditioning

  • 30-20-10 Ring Dips
  • 30-20-10 GHD Sit-ups
  • 30-20-10 Pistols 60-40-20 Air Squats

I figured the ring dips would be trouble and planned to start with sets of 5 and quickly switch to 2 or 3s if needed. I was able to continue sets of 5 the whole way. GHD sit-ups were harder than they should have been. I struggled through 12 of the ugliest pistols I’ve done in years. My left quad was not having it today. I probably should have warmed up my lower body some. After 12 pistols, a lot of falling over, and too much wasted time, I changed the workout to double reps of air squats. So I finished the first round with 48 air squats to get to 60. Total time was 12:42.

Hammies are Stretching

Knocked out a ROMWOD during the day. After watching the StrongFit video and trying his test yesterday, found out that my left arm doesn’t reach back nearly as far as my right. Guess which shoulder has issues? Been waiting for him to release his bicep openers which are supposed to help address this problem, so I decided to make an educated guess at the what they are (based on the test and the tricep openers). So at least it’s something to do and try to solve the issue until the official video comes out. I could definitely feel the tightness in positions so hope I’m in the ballpark. Went to the 5:30 class.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
    • 20 Push-ups
    • 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)

Strength

E2M – 6 Sets

  • 8 RDL (185#)
  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20#)

I’m getting to the ground earlier in my reps each week. I think it’s due to the combination of this being the 4th week of RDLs as well as doing ROMWOD each day. Excited to see how much I can improve those hamstrings because they have always been really tight.

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Toes to Rings
  • 6 Burpees OTB
  • 3 Power Snatches (115#)

Switched it up by using the rings today instead of the bar. It’s much different. My hips don’t die and I use the swing a lot more, compared to the bicycle type kip I use on the bar. So I was able to go unbroken the entire way. All snatches were touch-n-go as well. Finished 9 rounds exactly.

Gymnastics

Did a max handstand hold facing the wall, but my shoulder was not feeling very good so I came down at 1:45 and didn’t do the other 2 sets. I put in something else for fun…

4 Sets

  • 30s Overhead Hold (Bamboo bar with 2×26# & 2×18# KBs)

Keep Moving, But Slow

My ass is surprising a little sore from yesterday. Got to the gym early again so I could knock out some strength work in case there was a big class. Did Crossover Symmetry Activation first thing when I got there.

Strength & Midline

E3M – 7 Sets

  • 10 DB Bench Press (40# DBs)
  • 10 Weighted GHD Sit-ups (20# MB)

Started out as plan to do 5 sets, then figured I’d do 6 so set the clock for that, but added a final set when the timer ran out.

Class Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 3 Sets
    • 5/5 Bar Taps (tight/dynamic)
    • 15 V-ups

V-ups were harder than they normally would be, due to 70 reps on the  GHD.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt) – Aerobic Circuit

  1. 40s Row
  2. 40s OH Hold (45# bar)
  3. 40s Lateral Box Step Overs (14″)
  4. 40s Bicycle Crunches
  5. 2/2 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)

I think the aerobic days might be turning into my favorite (at least for now). Always surprising how much of a sweat we work up moving slow. Finished up with Crossover Symmetry Plyo and the purple band snapped at the end! 😦 Will hit some ROMWOD tonight.

Too Heavy on the Bench

Woke up and out in the garage a little after 8. My hamstrings are still sore from the RDLs.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 2 Sets – StrongFit Tricep Openers (8#)
  • Bench Press
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95#
    • 5×135#

Strength

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 11 Bench Press (165#)
  • 24 Alternating DB Curls (20#)

I know exactly why I decided to start with 165# last week on the bench work but it’s way too much over my 50%. I remembered doing 10 sets of 10 with 155# this winter with Bryan and figured I should go heavier than that. Last half of sets were slow this morning, too slow. Should be using 140-145 instead. The curls are still easy.

Midline

  • 50 GHD Sit-ups

Took me about 56-57 seconds for the first 25 and finished in 2:11. I had to start taking a few extra breath and breaking things up after 30 reps. I knew the 3:40 on March 1st was not a representative effort.

Took a break during the day and knocked out video 4 of the ROMWOD Welcome Series.

Headed to the gym at 4:30 to do Bryan’s Outlaw lifting with him.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • 45# Snatch Warm-up
    • Bottom Squat Hold
    • Muscle Snatches
    • Snatch Presses in Squat
    • OHS

Snatch Pull + Power Snatch + Squat Snatch

  • 40kg
  • 50
  • 60
  • 65
  • 70

Easy stuff. Looks like he’s on a deload week. Also through up an 80 kilo power snatch after.

OHS

  • 3×95#
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 2×165
  • 3×175

I was using a 33X1 tempo and then lost the final rep with 165 while in the hole. I also didn’t have my grip all of the way out in a snatch width for any of those sets. No tempo and a snatch grip on my final set. I really need work on my stability with these.

Clean Lift Off w/ 5s Hold at Knee

  • 3×145#
  • 3×195
  • 3×220
  • 3×230
  • 3×245

Minimal rest between each rep. These were rough on the hook grip, but I felt better with them than I expected.

Back Rack Reverse Lunge

  • 3/3 @ 135#
  • 3/3 @ 165
  • 3/3 @ 175
  • 3/3 @ 190

I really like the reverse lunges. Not only is it better on the forward knee, but I feel like I can control the descent a lot easier and get full depth instead of banging my knee into the ground like on a forward step. Felt much more comfortable than with the overhead ones earlier this week.

Bamboo Bar Stability Work

  • 30s Hold (52#)
  • 30m Walk (52#)
  • 30m Walk (68#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 30s Hold (84#)

Challenging! Used 25# KBs, then added 8s, and 8s again.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 AMRAP
    • Thrusters (95#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Really wanted to try these that were done in class earlier in the week. Right after that overhead stability work was not my best idea though. My reps were 24-23-19. Last round was nasty! I actually even rested in the bottom of a squat for about 5 seconds it was hurting so bad.

Finished up the ROMWOD Welcome Series later in the evening. Seems like a busy day but all of that really didn’t take too long.