Earn the Cals

Legs and ass aren’t bad from the lunges yet. Crossing my fingers singe I’m supposed to do a bunch of lunges again tomorrow. Out in the garage after lunch.

  • 600 Airdyne (AD2) calories
  • E3M – 20 Push-ups (yes they start at 0:00)

I did 12-8 for 7 rounds and then 8-6-6 the rest of the way for 220 total push-ups. Pushed my last ride on the Airdyne so I wouldn’t have to do another round of push-ups. Since my custom AD2 monitor isn’t working, I kept going all the way to 33:00 on the clock and tallied 612 calories.

Ankle Test

Had some things (aka taxes) to take care of yesterday so made it a rest day. Out in the garage before a late lunch.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.5 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 10×45#
    • 10×95
    • 10×135
    • 10×175
    • 10×205
    • 3x10x225
  • 50 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 10 sets of 5
    • ~ 5 count rest

Rest was basically taking 2 steps over to my blocks to move the counting chip. Finished in 3:30.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 50s Front Rack Hold (165#)
  • 50m/50m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 50 Lateral Hops (over line)

I added in the last two movements so I could turn it into a conditioning piece. Wanted to test my ankle a bit and was fine doing the hops. Just feels weird though, so I hope nothing is going on in there, but I’m worried that it’s not going away. I did 15-10 on every round of push-ups. Finished in 15:33.

Double Max

The front of my right ankle feels really weird. No trip to the gym today with 0.5″ of ice out there. I hit a garage session in the afternoon.

Active Life – Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel Rock Backs
  • 5 Inchworms

Workout

  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (95#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (135#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 16 Sumo Deadlift
    • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

I used 165-185-205#. After the 2nd working set I noticed it was supposed to be 18 reps. Whoops! So I bumped up 20 more pounds which I hadn’t planned on.

I haven’t been wearing a lifting belt at all lately. My thinking is that I shouldn’t rely on it as a crutch and hopefully I’ll build everything in my back a lot better to protect itself.

Active Life – Back Max

Yep, a double Back Max day because the first one looked like a good way to warm up. Between Back Max and the Hips program there has been no escaping deadlifting pretty much every day, so it’s been hard to pair up the two programs. Less than 20 workouts in each program left though.

5 Rounds

  • 30s Supinated Deadlift Hold (205#)
  • 30s/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53#)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Taps (3s hold)
  • 5/5 Single Arm Ring Rows

I kept moving to give it double duty as conditioning. Took me 20:30 to finish. The deadlift hold almost fell out of my fingers in the last two rounds. I did a push-up before each shoulder tap. Made the ring rows harder each round by moving forward a bit. Those are a neat movement.

Was Wrecked

Throughout the day yesterday my legs were extremely tired and overall I felt wrecked. I haven’t been pushing myself like that. Is that what it takes for a big guy to be good at bar-facing burpees?

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 250m Straight Leg Ski Erg
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 12/12 Single Leg Deadlifts (45#)
  • 12/12 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 12 Single Leg Deadlifts
  • 45s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

Used 115-135-155# and it became a struggle.

Conditioning

  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s Ski Erg cals
    • 10s Rest
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Rounds
    • 20s Push-ups
    • 10s Rest

Quick and easy today after the intensity yesterday. Got 28 cals on the Ski Erg and went 19-11-10-9 for 49 push-ups.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 6/6 Glute Bridges (3 second hold)
    • 12 Curl-ups

Made it through 5 rounds.

More Snow in April

Back was tight when I woke up. Maybe it was the 1-2 inches of snow on the ground! Out in the garage before noon so I could watch Tiger in the afternoon while working.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.51 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 8×45#
    • 8×95
    • 8×135
    • 8×175
    • 8×205
    • 8×225
    • 2x8x245
  • 45 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 9×5
    • With about a 5 count rest

Used neutral grip for all of the RDLs. For my break on the Sumos I moved a chip and got back on the bar. Took me about 3 minutes to complete the 45 reps.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 30s Lunges
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 30s Rest

Went 17-19-20-21 on the lunges and 19-22-24-25 on the presses. An empty bar sure can burn!

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 15s L Hang (bent knees)
  • 10 Curl-ups (5 count pause)
  • 30s/30s Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 10 Alternating Push-up Ts

DT Meets Cindy

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

Warmed up for the barbell complex with 3 sets at 45#, 1 set 95, and 1 set 135. I jumped on the bar to hang and do some bar taps and considered doing ring rows. Took a few rounds of the workout to loosen up, but I powered through (or became numb to the pain?). I may have to give my right shoulder some rest for a few weeks.

Conditioning

Little benchmark mash-up of DT and Cindy I came up with a few weeks ago. Glad I didn’t make it 20 minutes.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (155#)
  • 4 Pull-ups
  • 8 Push-ups
  • 12 Air Squats

Started out feeling good with the air squats, but that quickly faded.  Always holds me back in Cindy or Murph. You dread picking up the barbell each time because you know you can’t put it down until the reps are completed. Made it through 10+9.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 10 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 40 Double Unders

Didn’t run a clock. Went unbroken every set of toes to bars. Missed once on dubs in the first round, twice in the second round, and unbroken the other two.

It’s Not Thursday

When I woke up this morning I thought it was Thursday for about a half hour. I did a double-take when I saw the day of the week on my computer.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 250m Straight Leg Ski
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 95#

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Single Leg Deadlifts (115-135-155#)
  • 40s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Single Arm Dumbbell Hang C&J (5/5, 50#)
  • 10 Push-ups

The push-ups were the hardest part, coming right after the DB presses. Did 6+28.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00

  • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 10 Groiners
  • 10 Cat Camel + Rock Back

Did 2 times through.

2:00/2:00 Foam Roll (quads)