Max Dubs

I did a bunch of yard work yesterday after the workout. I could feel my left shoulder when I was turning the mower around, so hopefully I didn’t do anything to it. At night I was feeling rocked and my upper back was already getting sore. My hands even started aching up through early afternoon. I’m pretty damn sore in my lats, shoulders, and biceps today.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:30 Machine (30s Easy / 30s Hard / 30s Easy)
  • 10/10 Single Leg/Arm Deadlifts (44#)
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Air Squats
    • 2 Push-ups

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135
  • 3×205
  • 3×255
  • 3×295
  • 3×325
  • 3x3x335

The working sets were programmed at 90%. Since I don’t really have any recent max, each week I’m starting based off an estimated max and then trying to push a little past that to keep making steady progress back to my strength levels.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 15 cal Row
    • 10 DB Hang Squat Cleans (40# DBs)
    • Max DU
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 39-45-58-57-46 with 2-2-0-0-1 misses. Kept around a 1,400 cal/hr pace and did the cleans unbroken each round. Not as hard as I was expecting, so maybe I’m getting some legs back.

Baby Steps

Took a rest day yesterday, though I should start doing an active recovery day once a week again. Middle of my back, or just below my shoulder blades, especially on the sides of my spine, is was really tight. Not as bad today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Minute Row (28 s/m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 American KBS (35#)

Conditioning

  • Buy In: 3,000m Row
  • 5 Rounds
    • 15 Push Jerks (95#)
    • 15 Sit-ups
    • 15 American KBS (53#)

Started out around 1:51/500m and then slowed closer to 1:55 after about 1,000 meters with a stroke rate around 25-26 most of the way. I got off the rower around 11:20-ish and was feeling good, so I know I didn’t go too hard. When I saw this workout I knew I wasn’t going to try 115# and 70#. I made the right choice with scaling. Still had to break up the last two rounds of push jerks because I couldn’t straighten my arms! I went 8-7 and 9-6 on those rounds. Tried to catch my breath on the sit-ups and did the swings unbroken every round. Going from the swings to the jerks was horrible. Finished in 22:21.

Skill

Worked on finding balance in a handstand hold and some walking again. My shoulders were wrecked, but I figured it would be good practice when fatigued. The band across the rig was feeling good, so I went over to the wall and started taking a few handstand steps into it and was even able to hold in a freestanding for a little bit. Felt like a huge breakthrough today!

Racked

Had a minor procedure done yesterday to remove another cyst from my head, so I rested. Spent most of today finally putting the new Titan Fitness folding rack up in the garage. I should have a post on nick.blog about it tomorrow. Finished around 4pm and got into the gym’s Friday workout, with a modification to sub the Ski Erg since I don’t have a rower.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 10x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 20 PVC Passes

Strength

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (105#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 5 Shoulder Press (115#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (140#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (160#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (165#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Added one extra single above the programmed rep scheme. That was my heaviest press of 2018. I decided to do chin-ups instead of pull-ups because it’s been far too long since I did some. They felt much easier. Sure was nice to have a rack for lifting, though shoulder press would be just fine off jerk blocks.

Conditioning

2k Ski Erg

I would much rather have done 2,000 meters on the rower at the gym. My time to beat for skiing is 7:39.6, so my goal was to hold a sub 1:55/500m pace. I did it for the first quarter of the race, but fell off quick after that. I bumped the damper up to around 5 after noticing it was near 3, so I wonder if that affected me. Or I just didn’t have it today. Finished in 7:49.2.

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Humid Orlando

I rested on Sunday and Monday. Had some free time tonight before dinner so I hit the hotels fitness center.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 1:30 Bike
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

Conditioning

  • EMOM – 10 V-ups
  • 100 Single Arm Thrusters (50#)

I think I got 20 thrusters after those first 10 v-up, then 14, and then 10-11 every other minute for the most part. Finished in 8:36.

Run

Then I jumped on the treadmill and ran 2 miles in 18:53. Walked 400 meters to cool down. Soaked with sweat!

Fall is Here

Walked 18 holes yesterday. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 300m Row
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 5 Rope Pulls

Conditioning

E5M – 4 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 25 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 3 Rope Climbs (13′)

I pulled 1:45.4, 1:45.3, 1:45.3, and 1:44.8 (?) paces on the rows and did all of my push-ups in sets of 5, with progressively longer rests between sets. On the first two rounds I did the rope climbs back-to-back-to-back, but then for the final two rounds Brandi was ready to jump in after my second climb and I needed a breather. My round times were 3:05, 3:22, 3:45, and 4:03.

I was thinking the other day how it had been a few weeks since rope climbs came up. I’m really loving how much running and rowing there is in this Kryptonite affiliate programming. I don’t always like the cardio, but I’ve thought for years that the gyms I’ve been a been a member of don’t program enough monostructural work. Feels like it’s paying off.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (40# DBs, 2-3s descent)
  • 8 Two Handed Dumbbell Bent Over Row (40# DBs, 2-3s descent)
  • 20 Hollow Rocks

I’m sure I wasn’t that slow on the descents, but much slower than normal.

Counting this as the 16th workout from the shoulders program, which would have been…

3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Thoracic Rotation
  • 5 Yoga Push-ups

3 Sets (each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm Shoulder Press (50#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Cardio Thursday

If I had gone golfing we definitely would have been wet. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • Row (30s easy / 30s hard / 30s easy)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 1:00/1:00 Calf Stretch

Was worried this many push-ups would affect the 125 coming up in the workout, but seemed fine.

Conditioning

25:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 17 Calorie Row
  • 25 Sit-ups
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 200m run

I scaled back the row calories from 20, which is a bit insane. Going in I thought I’d do 15, but felt good in the first round so went with 17 and was able to get it just fine each round. Excited I was able to keep a high pace on the rower, over 1,500 cal/hr almost the entire time and even over 1,600 quite a bit. After getting off the rower I had just enough time to walk over to my AbMat and sit down by the time the next minute started. Never missed a dub and went 10-10-5 for every set of push-ups. Even my runs felt good and I was able to sprint the last one.

I have a love/hate for these long cardio EMOMs. They can be brutal but seem to be doing a lot for my fitness and mental side.

Mobility

  • Quad smash with a kettlebell
  • Calf smash with a barbell

Tough Pace

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt) -> AMRAP

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 200m Run
  • 1 round of “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

You are supposed to try an alternating EMOM and then turn it into an AMRAP when you fail. I wasn’t concerned with the row or the “Cindy” rounds, but figured the run would get me. Got through the 5th round with the runs being tough but feeling doable. Then I headed out for the 6th run and knew I didn’t have much left. My heart rate was too high to keep pushing the pace. The row and gymnastics were done in less than a minute each time, so I didn’t fall too far off getting all three done in 3:00 though. In the 10th round I headed out for the run with 1:10 on the clock, pushed to finish it and actually had time to knock out 2 pull-ups. So I ended up close to finishing 10 rounds.

For the first 5 rounds I was pulling 1,400+ cal/hr on the rower and then was trying to stay above 1,200 for the rest. First run was done in just over 40 seconds and got slower each round. My first round of Cindy took about 36 seconds, but I didn’t really look at the clock after that one. I did regular kipping pull-ups throughout and it still feels ok on my shoulder. My air squat speed seemed much better than usual.

We were done super early, so did some shoulder work…

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 10

4 Sets (each arm)

  • 50m Single Arm Overhead Carry (53# KB)
  • 30-60s Rest between arms

Actually was only programmed for 3 sets. Extra credit!