Keep it Unbroken

My back has been tight since the workout yesterday. Had a chiro appointment today. Last one to use up my FSA before we change insurance at work. Glad to be switching to a HSA plan. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang
  • HS Hold practice
  • 2x
    • 20 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Plyo Lunges
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5/5 PVC Around the Worlds
    • 10 Toe Touches

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 OHS (115#)
  • 10 T2B

My shoulders felt solid as fuck on the overhead squats! Thought about bumping it up after 2 rounds but didn’t want to push it with my back. Need to ease back into this stuff. Tried to work on quick cycling with the toes to bars, which were unbroken every set.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 15 American KBS (44#)
  • 20 Step-ups (24″)
  • 25 Double Unders

I had on my grips, but not with my fingers through the holes so I could quickly flip them around out of the way. It worked great again. I did the same during the EMOM. I wasn’t even going to try box jumps for that many reps; I knew my back would blow up if I did. Was able to go unbroken on every movement through the entire workout, even the dubs. Felt better and better as each round progressed and I fell into a pace. Made it through 8 rounds, the pull-ups, swings, and 16 of the step-ups.

Back to the Bar

Didn’t touch a barbell for 7 days while gone, so wasn’t sure how today would go, which is pretty much the last heavy day before the deload week and then max outs. Bryan came over at 1:30.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×225
  • 2×245
  • 2×255

  • 2×265
  • 2×270 (PR)
  • 2×275 (PR)

Felt heavy on the way up and even at 255. Buckled in and paid attention to my setup and positions. Hit 265 much easier than last time and 270 was smooth too. Hitting 275 for a double is what my previous max was about 2 years ago.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×245
  • 1×255 (PR)

Pretty smooth after the fight with this weight about 10 days ago. Wonder if not taking several little jumps helped with not burning out. Or the week of not touching a bar.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 Pull-ups
  • 15 American KBS (50#)
  • 15 MB Cleans (20#)

I Go You Go style with Bryan, so 3 rounds each. All unbroken. We finished at 9:16.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-25-25#)
  • 3×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (25-25-30#)

I did my accessories after he left and took my sweet time getting through them. They haven’t exactly been fun throughout the program, but I’ve stuck to it, only skipping them once or twice and I think it’s really paying off. I’ve already set some type of PR in all 3 of the presses. Looking forward to truly maxing out each lift.

That’s a wrap on week 10! The last 2 weeks only have 3 workouts per week.

Not Skipping Pull-ups This Week

Out in the garage around 6:30.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×15 Strict Pull-ups (6-5-4, 6-5-4, 6-5-3-1)
  • 3×15 Rack Chins (15#, feet on bench)
  • 3×15 Banded Lat Pull-downs (green bands w/ PVC)
  • 3×15 DB Curls (25-25-30#)
  • 3×15 Tricep Kickbacks (20#)

Couldn’t quite squeeze out that final pull-up, so had to drop. My rests between the set break-down were 5-10 seconds and 2-3 minutes between each 15. Swapped out tricep extensions for the kickbacks.

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Conditioning

  • 1,000m Ski Erg
  • 200 Double Unders
  • 1,000m Ski Erg

My poal was to keep a sub 2:00/500m pace and do sets of 40 dubs followed by rest. The first 1k was done in 3:58.9. I did 2 sets of 40 unbroken, missed at 20 and 29 in the 3rd set, missed at 4 in the 4th set, and got the final set unbroken. Did a 3:56.2 on the other 1k and finished the workout in 11:20.

Broken Streak

Wednesday night I started to feel sore in my hamstrings from the 72 deadlifts on Tuesday. My shoulders already started to feel weird from the dumbbell overhead squats too I did that evening too.

Walked 18 yesterday and played one of the best rounds of my life, beating my best at the Sawmill by 7 strokes (did move up a tee from where I’ve been playing the last 2 years, but it wouldn’t make that big of a difference). It was a 4 over par 76!

Last night I started to get sore in my quads from the single arm OHS. Out in the garage later than usual tonight.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×10 Pull-ups
  • 3×20 Rack Chins
  • 3×20 Supinated Close-grip Lat Pull-downs (green bands)
  • 3×15 Hammer Curls (15-20-25#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYTs (CS Purple)

I had moved my car out of the garage for once, so I used the high pull-up bar, but still went 6-4 on the sets of 10. Saved the IYTs for after the metcon so I wouldn’t burn out my shoulders.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Rack Squats (25# KB)
  • 100m Ski Erg
  • 5/5 Suitcase Deadlifts (70# KB)
  • 10 H2H KBS (50#)

I forced myself to do all kipping pull-ups today, no butterfly. Wore my grips, but still ripped. 😦 My original plan was to try to do every set unbroken, but I only managed the first round. I was having a hard time on that bar. I broke them up to 6-4 the rest of the way until I felt my calluses in the final set of 4 and did that set 6-3-1. Too late. :’/ Ripped. I think it had something to do with how my grips were folding over and bunching up. Maybe I had them on too loose, because I wanted some slack for the front rack squats, which I probably didn’t need.

I did a quick switch of arms for the squats, though they were not a struggle at all. Should have added some weight to the kettlebell. I set the KB down after 5 and turned on the deadlifts to prevent any unnecessary strain from passing it across my body. Finished 7 rounds, the pull-ups, squats, and ski.

Back From Bulgaria

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30am UTC+3 (9:30pm Eastern on Sunday night) to travel home, so was up for over 24 hours again. I did get some little naps on the flights though. Planned to bench when I got home but all I wanted to do was be lazy. Bryan came over at 4 to bench with me. I warmed up with 3 minutes (0.89 miles) on the Airdyne. Start of week 6 on the Hybrid Push Only program and with a long weekend out-of-town I wanted to get in 2 days worth today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 4x5x210
  • 3x10x195
  • 3x10x165 (close grip)

The 4×5 working sets were prescribed to be at 75%. Thought I might feel weak, but felt good after the week of rest.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Tricep Rock-n-Rolls (30-35-35#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)

Pull-up Day

  • 3×10 Pull-ups (quick 6-4)
  • 3×10 Rack Chins (25#)
  • 3×15 Banded Lat Pull-downs (green)
  • 3×10 DB Curls (30#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYT (CS Purple)

I had just started to sprinkle but I headed out for a run. Went a shorter loop, which was 2.09 miles in 22 minutes.

Off to Bulgaria

Before I head to the airport this afternoon I figured I would knock out the pull-up day, since the hotel’s fitness center probably won’t have a pull-up bar. Looks like they have an assortment of dumbbells so I’ll try to get in some lifting while I’m on my trip. We’ll see how jet lagged I get with the 8 hour time difference though. Jumped on the Airdyne for a 5 minute warm-up and went 1.62 miles.

Push Only

  • 3×12 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×18 Rack Chins
  • 3×12 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Tricep Extensions (50#)

I did quick sets of 7-5 on the regular pull-ups and 5-4-3 with the wide grip.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 25 Push Press (35# DBs)
  • 50 DU

First 2 rounds I did 15-10 on the push press and then all 25 on the last round. Finished at 10:23 with shitty dubs.

Time to pack and head to the airport!

Thumb Over

I planned on going to the 10am today but was up way too late tinkering with shit and finally went to bed around 3:30-ish. A text woke me up at 9:10 asking if I was going to class, so I got my ass moving and made it in.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Lifting

It was 20 minutes of snatch work so I decided I’d just do a bunch of muscle snatches.

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×30
  • 5×40
  • 5×50
  • 3×55
  • 3×60
  • 3×63
  • 3×66

That’s the most I’ve done for a triple and could have done more.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 50m One Arm Farmer Carry (62# KB)
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 4 Tire Flips

I don’t remember the last time I did 5 unbroken bar muscle-ups, but I haven’t really tried since I figured out to drop back down in the dip before pushing away. I didn’t wear grips and was afraid I’d tear. My left thumb was getting raw after 2 rounds so in the third I tried the grip with my thumb over the bar and actually got it! When I’ve previously tried it felt like I was going to fly off the bar, but I also had a lot more momentum from pushing away at the top. Was able to do every set unbroken and no bloody hands! Finished 6 rounds plus the run and push-ups.

I don’t understand it, but I’ve been enjoying these longer workouts lately.