10 Rounds

Went to the 4:30.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 5/5 Single Arm KB Front Squat (26#)
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 5/5 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Got through 5 rounds.

Strength

Front Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 2x4x205

Felt a little weird with my first set of 205 so I didn’t go up to 225 like I wanted. Wore a belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 4 T2B
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Push Press (135#)
  • 1 Jerk (135#)

Dropped every clean from the beginning. If we hadn’t done the front squats I think I would have tried to go unbroken. Finished in 7:01. Anything with a high number of rounds like that gets intimidating, but it was a good one.

Other Struggle

Yesterday I woke up feeling a knot in my middle back, so decided right there to make it a rest day, especially since what I had planned for the day was going to tax my back. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

12:00

  • 250m Row cals
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3 Push Presses (45#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (45#)
  • 1 Split Jerk (45#)

Got through 4 rounds.

Weightlifting

Push Jerk + Split Jerk

  • 95#
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 5 rounds @ 205#
    • 5 rounds @ 225#

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 12 HSPU
  • 21 Pull-ups
  • 21 Row cals

Was able to do all of the handstand push-ups unbroken. 11-10, 11-10, and 11-6-1-1-1-1 on the pull-ups. I was expecting to struggle on the HSPU not the pull-ups. Finished in 10:06.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (2 count hold)
  • 10 Alternating Thoracic Extension Rotation (2 count hold)
  • 20s Table Top Hold

Did 6 rounds. Could already feel my shoulders sore from the lifting and workout.

Some Squats

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Ring Rows (w/ pauses at top and bottom)
  • 20 Walking Lunges

Tried to hold for a second at the top, but not easy to do.

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×225
  • 2×235
  • 2×245
  • 2×235
  • 2×225

Starting wearing the belt with 195 or 215. Kept my reps controlled and tried not to bounce much out of the bottom. Felt pretty good. Haven’t lifted anything like that since July.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 7 American KBS (62#)
  • 9 Front Squats (115#)
  • 11 Russian KBS (62#)
  • 13 Deadlifts (115#)

I scaled back from 135# since it was 15 minutes of all weighted movements. Went with the 62 pound kettlebell though. I rested way too much as I do when it’s all you can eat at the weight buffet. Everything was unbroken and I wore my belt the entire time. Finished 5+22.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds for quality

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

Took a bit to get the hang of the Spiderman. Easy stuff today.

Me & Box Squats

Feel good after the rest day. Out in the garage around 1pm.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10/10 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 30s/30s Foam Roll Quads
  • 5 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)

Workout – Box Squats

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3x6x185

Ugh. I’ve never been strong with these. Weak hammies! This was heavy enough for a start. I didn’t want to get stuck on the box and risk bailing the weight back towards my car!

Conditioning

Warmed up jerks with:

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165

5 Rounds

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 10 Push Jerks (185#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Not sure what I was thinking but I stopped spinning my rope at 40 reps in the first round. Every other round was unbroken dubs. I used the jerk blocks and did all singles. Was expecting the jerks to get near failure a few rounds in, but I was able to get faster and faster. Round times were 2:04 – 2:03 – 1:55 – 1:46 – 1:36 to finish at 13:22. That was my jam. Found it in the heavy section of the BTWB Fitness Level workouts.

Active Life – Back Max

6 Rounds

  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 30s Plank (elbows)

Ended up with a nice upper ab burn starting in round 4. Finished in 5:57.

Poor Effort

Was able to golf yesterday with no back issues in the swing. Could feel it a bit walking around, but nothing that affected my game. My legs are surprisingly sore from early in the week. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 5 Set of Complex
    • 3 Tall Cleans
    • 3 Hang Squat Cleans
    • 3 Push Press
    • 3 Push Jerk
    • 3 Split Jerk

I used 45# for 2 sets, 75 for 2 sets, and 95 for the last. Class was then going to an EMOM of heavy C&J singles, so I did the weekly challenge instead.

Weekly Challenge

  • 90s Assault Bike Calories
  • 90s Walking Lunges

Yep, the new owner, Greg, bought an Assault Bike for the gym. I tried to pace myself out, which didn’t work at all. That thing is completely different from my Airdyne AD2. I was doing about 82-83 RPM and my legs were blown out half way through. I only got 42 calories and then did 49 lunges. After some recovery I decided to go for 30 seconds since everyone was still on the lifts. My legs were blown out by 15 seconds! I got 28 calories though, which goes to show you have to go out hard and just hang on I think to get a good score. Maybe I’ll try it again tomorrow or Sunday.

Conditioning

  • 30 Burpees
  • 20 DB Snatch (40#)
  • 100′ Double KB Front Rack Walking Lunge (2×35# KB)

I was still not recovered from the AB, so my burpees were slowwww! Snatches were slower than normal because I could feel my back a bit. I finished in 5:14.

4x

  • 200m Run
  • 200m Walk

Fucking terrible! My calves were giving out in the last two runs.

Finally Satisfied

I’m pretty sure I displaced a rip in my back yesterday during the lifts. It’s not extremely painful or anything, but uncomfortable. Went in at 12 with the crew.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Squat Snatch (75#)

E3M – 6 Sets

  • 5 Squat Snatch (95#)
  • 8 Strict HSPU

I didn’t go heavy knowing what was coming next and figured it would allow me to push a higher rep count on the handstand push-ups. Picked a good number for those as each set took a bit longer, though all unbroken.

Conditioning

Warmed up with 6-4-2 @ 95#, 3-2-1 @ 115#, and 3-2-1 @ 135#.

“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 S2OH (155#)

A hero workout I’ve always been disappointed with. Since it’s on the heavier side I expect to be capable of a decent time. After my recent thruster experiment in 17.5, I decided to try a new DT strategy today. Take more breaks to prevent the long breaks. I also was going to go lower on my hang cleans since it worked out well when we did the DT Chipper during Open prep workouts. I taped up my thumbs, strapped on my belt, and was ready to grind away.

Started out 6-5 deadlifts, then 1 deadlift and 4 cleans, 4 cleans, and finally 1 clean with the push jerks. Dropped the bar at 1:16. Oh boy! Seemed fast but I felt ok. Breaks were naturally longer after that and it was about 3:05 when I finished the 2nd round. I stuck to the same rep scheme and it was working well. Third round was done just under 5:00 and 4th around 7:00 I think. After dropping the bar I picked it right back up without rest to get in the 6 deadlifts. I think I still took a break after 5 more. But then I went 5 cleans instead of 4. To finish it off I went straight through the final 4 cleans and the push jerks. Finished at 8:36 for a 1:26 PR!! Finally something I’m happy with. It ranks at a level 93 on BTWB.

Midline

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 10 Crab Sliders

I skipped out on some curls and dips everyone was doing since I get enough of that in the Push Only program.

Wonder What My Push Jerk Is

Walked my first 18 holes of the year yesterday. Wasn’t really tired, though did feel some pulling in my left hamstring over the last 4 holes. Still really wet and soggy out there. Went in for the 10am class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 2x
    • Couch Stretch
    • Wrist Stretch
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Weighted Lunge (45#)
    • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
    • 10 Front Squat (45#)

Weightlifting

1 Squat Clean + 2 Front Squats + 1 Push Jerk

  • 135#
  • 185#
  • 205#
  • 225#
  • 240#
  • 250#

Alex lifted with me. Wasn’t planning on going too heavy, but it was feeling ok. The squats did feel a little heavy. I haven’t maxed out push jerk in years, but the most I’ve done is 255# back in September of 2014. I think it’s a lot higher now.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Row calories
  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Jump Rope (singles)
  • Side Plank

Worked for 40 seconds of each minute. This was a nice little sweat. Alternated sides for the plank every round so that they were longer holds.

Out in the garage in the evening to kick of week 2 of the Push Only program.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 4x8x175
  • 3x12x190

Increased 5# on both the sets of 8 and the sets of 12.

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 3x12x155#

Not knowing what I could do, I tried 135-150-165 last week, which was an average of 150, so a 5# increase over that seemed right for today and it sure was! High rep day is much harder with “strict” rests. I was doing about two minutes.

Accessory

  • 3×12 Clapping Push-ups
  • 3×12 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×12 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Performance Plus

  • 3×15 PVC Lift Offs (video)
  • 3×10 Banded Arm Circles – 10 in all 3 positions and also in both directions (video)
  • Rolling Teres Muscles – 30 seconds / side (video)

Also did some psoas release and the entire second session only took 70 minutes.