Unbroken Once

Amazing weather yesterday so I got out golfing. Maybe the last round of the year. Started getting sore in my shoulders and upper back later in the day. Garage session today.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 200m Ski Erg

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • Back Squats (135#)
  • Ring Dips

Amazing how much slower I have to go on something like these squats now to make sure I don’t fuck anything up. I didn’t put the bar down during any set. I went 6-5-5-5, 5-5-5, and 5-4 on the ring dips, trying to keep short rests between. Finished in 5:44, which isn’t very good for any 21-15-9 workout.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Do it unbroken he says…hahaha! I got the first round unbroken and took just over a minute rest. Set 2 was a fail after 2 tuck-ups. Of course I took some rests and finished. Increased the rest to 2 minutes and damn this is hard! Had to rest right after the v-ups in the last two sets and break up the tuck-ups as well. I was not expecting this to be so fucking nasty. Holding you feet off the ground is a game changer. Might have to start with lower reps and work up to the tens.

All 40 Minutes

My outer pecs started getting sore early afternoon yesterday, must be from all of those push presses. Had a fun day and got some sun. In with the crew at noon today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 6 Power Cleans (45#)
  • 6 Power Cleans (95#)

Conditioning

40:00 AMRAP

  • 6 Power Cleans (115#)
  • 8 Box Jump Overs (no touch, 18″)
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 8 Box Jump Overs (no touch, 18″)
  • 6 Power Cleans 115/75#
  • 400m Run

I’ve been wanting to program something really long for a couple of months and was finally able to fit it in. I did fast singles on the cleans the entire workout. Ring dips were 2×5, except one round I lost focus and did 6-4.  Was watching my splits and kept a pretty steady pace right from round 1. Finished 8+18, which makes 102 cleans, 136 jump overs, 84 ring dips, and 2 miles of running. I have a feeling the effects of this one will hit me in a few hours.

Midline – 5 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 20 Leg Lifts
  • 40 Flutter Kicks

For the last 3 sets of flutter kicks, I held a hollow while doing them. I had been keeping my hands under my ass for the first 2 rounds.

Overhead Dumbbell

Walked 18 yesterday. My shoulders started getting tight later in the day. This right shoulder impingement is getting annoying. It’s another day heavy on the barbell at the gym, so I did yesterday’s workout in the garage.

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (25#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Conditioning

  • 100 Banded March (100# sandbag, green + red bands)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 50 DB Snatch (50#)
  • 50 DB OHS (50#)
  • 50 T2B
  • 100 Banded March (100# sandbag, green + red bands)

** Switch arms every 5 reps for both movements

I did the first 100 banded marches and 50 sit-ups unbroken. The snatches had to be in 5s, so I set the dumbbell down each time and took a couple of breaths between some of the sets. For the OHS, I switched arms overhead and only set it down after 30 reps, then did the last 20. I did toes to bars in sets of 4 and was going to finish 3-3, but I failed the very last rep, so it ended up being 11×4, 3, 2, 1. After I strapped in and picked up the sandbag I could not hold it up high on my chest! Arms and core were shot. It was a fight to be able to do 2 sets of 50. Finished at 18:47.

Gymnastics Strength – 3 Sets

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips
  • 2:00 Rest

First set wasn’t feeling great on the shoulder. I think my hanging hooks are spaced out more than I space out the rings on a rig too. I did 10-14-13.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Muscle Fatigue

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

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

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.

30-20-10

  • 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.

30-20-10

  • Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
  • Shotguns
  • Weighted Sit-ups (40#)

Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.

Ruck

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.

Forced

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.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 8×165
  • 4x8x185
  • 3x12x195
  • 3x10x165 (Wide Grip)

I hate this fucking day in the program. Took 39 minutes to get through those sets!

Accessory

  • 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.

Performance Plus

3 Sets

  • 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.

Conditioning

  • 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.

No WOD, No Way

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.

Bench Press

The program had 3×3 @ 85% and then 4 sets of 6-12 reps, picking a weight which will get you to failure.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×185
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x235
  • 12×205
  • 10×205
  • 10×205
  • 9×205

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.

DB Fly

3 x 10-15

  • 3×15 (30# DBs)

My arms didn’t want to move after the bench press and it was rough just holding the dumbbells up.

Strict Ring Dip

4×8-12

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.

Back Squat

Add 0-5-10 pounds over 75% depending on feel and do 3×5.

  • 2x5x135#
  • 5×205
  • 5×245
  • 5×275
  • 3x5x295

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.