While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.
“J.T.” – 21-15-9
Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!
I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!
In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.
- Air Squats
- Plyo Lunges
- 2x Double Unders
After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 30, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.
- Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
- Weighted Sit-ups (40#)
Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.
I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.
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.
- 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)
I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I can really feel those Pendlay rows in my upper back and my hamstrings are a tiny bit sore. Excited not to see any metcon posted today. Well, at least until we got going and realize how hard the work was.
The program had 3×3 @ 85% and then 4 sets of 6-12 reps, picking a weight which will get you to failure.
Talk about an epic bench session! The working heavy sets didn’t feel easy. Based on a max rep set from a bench program over a year ago I picked 205. Amazingly all 3 of us picked a perfect weight, hitting failure at 12 reps in the first set. I didn’t expect to get so many in the next 3 sets but it started to feel “easier.” Going to be sore for a couple of days.
3 x 10-15
My arms didn’t want to move after the bench press and it was rough just holding the dumbbells up.
Strict Ring Dip
I was able to get 3 sets of 12 and then hit the wall, only getting 8. Didn’t expect to make one full set though, so I’ll gladly take it.
Add 0-5-10 pounds over 75% depending on feel and do 3×5.
Didn’t feel as fast as yesterday, but wasn’t in danger of missing anything.
Was expecting an easier session since they was no conditioning work, but it still took us about 90 minutes, rotating 3 guys through.
I got the new Nano 7 today and they are really nice. Wore them for the squats and they felt great.
Feeling a bit beat up today and originally planned a rest day, but switching it up to try to get on a schedule with Bryan.
Working sets at 85%. Wasn’t sure how it would go. Definitely felt awkward with so much weight on the bar after not having done much benching in a long time. Spotters said it looked easy though.
Dumbbell Bench Press
15 reps with 40# DBs. Yep, only one set. That’s the heaviest we have at the gym.
- 15 – 20# DBs
- 2×15 – 30# DBs
Strict Ring Dips
3×12 – all unbroken!
- 12 – 20# DBs
- 12 – 30# DBs
Was not pretty with the 30s. Felt like we should have had a wall of mirrors at the gym for this session!
Have I not done enough push presses and gymnastics since Saturday? Unbroken on the first 3 sets and was hoping I’d be able to do the 20 but no way; went 12-8. Went 5 and 10 unbroken with toes to bar, then 6-5-4, and 6-5 before I hit my wall and had to finish with singles. Finished in 5:01.
I was tired yesterday so took a complete rest day instead of hopping on the Air Dyne for active recovery. Planned to go to the 10am class this morning but didn’t wake up until 9:10. Procrastinated most of the day, but got out in the garage after 5pm. At least all that waiting with the heat on let the garage get up to 55°.
5:00 Ski Erg (1,057m)
10:00 EMOM (alt)
- 7 Strict Ring Dips
- 12 Pistols
No issues on either. Did 10×45# and 5×135 deadlifts to get ready for the metcon.
Found this one in the Fitness Level Workouts on BTWB when looking for something to do with toes to bars.
My goal was some bigger sets on the toes to bars today and the hopefully hang on. I went 8-7 on every set of deadlifts, with too much rest in between sets. Wore the belt. I was able to stick with 8-7 T2B for 3 rounds. At that point I was hoping to switch to 3×5. Well, I made it through one 5, then hit the wall after 4. All the rest singles in that set and for the entire final set. Finished in 11:36.
Tried something new and learned some lessons about what I can do. Doesn’t help that these were two very similar hinging movements on the hips, which I use a lot on my T2B.
Was thinking about doing “Linda” to finish out the year just like in 2015, but we weren’t up for it today and my back has been a little rough this week so would not have been the best idea. I actually didn’t even get out of bed until almost 10:30. I can’t remember the last time I was in bed past 10. Worked out with Bryan and Doug at noon. Did some bottom squat holds and shoulder stretching to warm-up.
15:00 EMOM (alt)
- 5 Strict Pull-ups
- 7 Strict Ring Dips
- 10 Pistols
Been a long time since doing a pistol. Always rough to get the feel for them again but then after 10 reps or so it comes back.
- 20 T2B
- 10 Bar-facing Burpees
- 20 Hang Power Snatches (75#)
- 10 Step-ups (24″)
Went much smoother than we expected. I surprised myself by being able to stick to sets of 4 toes to bars the entire way. Went 8-6-6 on the snatches and should have tried 11-9 or something like that. I figured I’d end up doing step-ups instead of box jumps and when I got to that movement in the first round it was an easy decision. Finished 3 rounds plus the T2B and burpees. Might have been able to get in one snatch, but collapsing to the ground felt like a better idea.
Feels good to be back into some kind of consistency. I think I’m going to join Bryan on the Hybrid Performance WOD program starting this week, though still finish out these last few weeks of the Thruster Attack.
Legs are still sore. My left shoulder was feeling weird last night and today. Wonder if it’s from those close grip OHS. Went to the 5:30 class.
Warm-up – 3 Sets
- 2 Inch Worms
- 4 Ring Rows
- 8 Mountain Climbers
Strength – Deadlift
Wore a belt at 255 and above. Neutral grip until I used mixed for the final set.
- 10 Box Jumps (24″)
- 10 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
- 10 Power Cleans (135#)
- 10 Burpees over the Bar
Kept it slow and controlled. Went 6-4 every round on the cleans. Finished in 9:25.
- Max Strict Pull-ups
- Max Strict Ring Dips
I rested 1-1:30 between each movement. Came to a complete dead-hang stop on all of my pull-ups. Reps were 12-8-5-4 and 14-6-4-4 on the dips.