Safe is Strong

 

My workout schedule is a bit messed up with the gym + golf day yesterday, so have to be careful not to overdo things. I did the shoulder rehab work in my garage before I went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 8

Warm-up

  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Taps
  • 10 PVC Passes

Odd this wasn’t 2-3 rounds.

4 Sets (each arm)

  • 6 Single Arm High Pull (35#)
  • 45s Rest between arms

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 1:00 World’s Greatest Stretch (each side)

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 3×215
  • 1×235
  • 2x3x215
  • 5×195
  • 10×185

The single was supposed to be at 90%, but I really have no clue what I can squat now. I just know it has to be under 300, so I calculated my numbers off 265. Start light since I haven’t been squatting and stay safe. It was 80% for the triples, 75% for the set of 5, and 70% for the set of 10. Felt pretty good and the bar definitely felt lighter after the single.

Conditioning

  • 4-3-2-1 Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Had to share the rope, so waited a lot more than I would like. I think I could have come down and gone right back up doing every set unbroken. Really enjoying the rope climbs because I can get up there so quick. Instead of doing handstand holds for my scale from walking I figured the shoulder taps would at least get me some single side work. I had 30 in my head as a rep count, but when I was approaching 20 in the first set I knew that was enough. Need to do those more often, which I used to do. I did them with my back against the wall, which I think is the harder version, though it mimics handstand walking better. Wall balls were all unbroken. Finished in 9:10.

Forgot How To Wrap

My quads are still pretty damn sore, but a big improvement over yesterday. Skipped out on the shoulder flexion stuff before class since they were going to get their work in. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 5 Rope Pulls
  • 50′ Walking Lunge

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 5 Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 50′ Overhead Walking Lunge (45# plate)
  • 25 Sit-ups

I was all geared up for this one! Had on calf sleeves for the rope climbs (which I haven’t used in at least 2 years), knees sleeves for the lunges, and the AbMat pad for the sit-ups. When I went to do a rope climb before the workout it had been so long I couldn’t remember how to wrap my feet. Anytime I’ve done a rope climb in the last couple of years it has been legless since I never do many reps. This was easily the most rope climbs I’ve done in a day and it went well. Was alternating on the rope with one other person most times when I got there, which worked out for rest time. I finished in 14:22.

Have I mentioned I’m loving this Ben Smith affiliate programming?!?!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 7/7 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 12 Kroc Row (40#)

Touch the Sky

Hot one! Made it for the 4:30 and was the only person at class.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion

3 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Body Shoulder Flexion (2.5#)

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 250m Row
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 4 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 4 Shoulder Press (95#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)
  • 4 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 200m Run

Can’t remember the last time I did a rope climb and it’s been rare to even do shoulder presses in a metcon. Not bad, but hard to breathe on the runs with it being about 90° outside. Finished at exactly 19:00.

This is from the Ben Smith affiliate design program, which they’re following at the gym. Not sure if I mentioned a couple of old friends from a previous gym bought out Mid Michigan Muscle and it’s now Malott Athletics. It’s been a goal of theirs for years, so I’m excited to see someone taking over that should do well to grow the gym.

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Midline / Skill

4 Sets

  • 1:00 HS Hold
  • 2:00 Rest

Chesty Snatches

My back belt much better yesterday, but will take it easy this week. In early at 2pm with the guys.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 1 Legless Rope Climb
  • 8 Strict HSPU
  • 10 Squat Jumps

I did this warm-up since I was skipping the back squats. They had to do max reps at 70%.

Snatch

Work up to 3 sets of 5 @ 70%.

  • 3x3x45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 2x5x165

I did all powers to keep the stress of my back, which sometimes acts up in the bottom of the squat when snatching or doing OHS. The 155 is officially my 70%, but my snatch isn’t where it should be, so the extra 10# was no problem.

Conditioning

5:00 Cycles

  • Buy-in: 3 Rounds of “Chesty” before snatches
    • 5 C2B Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • Snatches
    • 15 @ (135/95#)
    • 12 @ (165/115#)
    • 9 @ (185/125#)
    • 6 @ (205/135#)
    • 3 @ (225/145#)

One of those bonus round workouts we’ve seen in the open. You get a 5:00 clock to start and must complete 3 rounds of “Chesty” and the associated snatches to “earn” another 5:00. You can start on the next cycle as soon as you finish the snatches to try to get ahead of the clock, banking up extra time.

First three rounds were no issue, as suspected, though my squats were too slow. I thought about doing triples so started with a double at 135# and quickly changed to singles. Breezed through them. Next cycle of “Chesty” I was getting even slower with my squats and started using my hands to push off of my knees, hoping to save my legs some for the snatches. I could have changed the weight on the bar faster too.

The snatches with 165# were challenging, but I was still able to power each one, taking about 10 seconds per rep. Or at least that’s what I was seeing on the clock as I tried to rush the last 30 seconds. I finished 10 of the 12 reps. Needed to be there about 15-20 seconds sooner and I would have been able to move on.

Doing rounds of “Cindy” with chest-to-bar pull-ups was a fun twist and wasn’t causing me any issues. I don’t know I’d want to do it for a full 20 minutes though.

Gymnastics

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s T2B
  • 10s Rest

I did all sixes plus an extra 2 at the end last time we did this. Goal today was sets of 7 and initially I was even thinking 4×7 and 4×6 would be nice to accomplish. Got through the first 7 sets of 7 unbroken and hit my wall in the final set, having to do 4-2-1. 56 total reps, which is a 6 rep improvement. Makes a big difference when I can remember to keep my legs straighter. Muscle memory is still hard to overcome though.

Tuesday Mash-up

Feeling fine after yesterday.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 1 Legless Rope Climb
  • 12 Push-ups
  • 6 Shoulder Press (45#)

Skipped a running part and didn’t do it EMOM. The rope climb felt 10x better than last week.

Conditioning

They call it the “2ewsday Mash-Up” every week.

  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 9 T2B
    • 15 S2OH (95#)
    • 21 DU
  • Rest 5 minutes
  • 10:00 AMRAP
    • 3 MU
    • 9 American KBS (53#)

Put my grips on and damn near broke my wrists trying out a warm-up rep with the barbell. Loosening up the straps and then was fine. In the first AMRAP I got a total of 5 rounds plus the T2B and 10 jerks (5+19). I did my toes-to-bar in sets of 5-4 for 5 rounds and then unbroken the last round. Everyone was smoking me on those, but I can’t hit that failure point or I’m just done and in an instant I can go from a set of 4 to singles. May need to look at how I do my T2B. I did the S2OH as push jerks the whole way and all sets unbroken. At the end I couldn’t hold the bar any longer and had to drop after 10 reps with about 5 seconds left. Better dubs, but shouldn’t be missing at all in sets of 21.

Wasn’t sure how the muscle-ups would go after all that shoulder work, but was much better than expected. Took my time between sets (all unbroken) and never missed until the very end. I got the first rep in my 8th round, then I tried to rush instead of concentrating on my hip drive, and I missed. Or maybe I just timed out all my rest perfectly and that was my failure point. ha! I felt good throughout and was confident I’d get that last set, but decided to rush it for some reason, when I had plenty of time to get the last 2 reps in 10 seconds. The kettlebell swings actually felt like the worse movement. So I finished with 7+1. Two more total muscle-ups than I did in the volume work yesterday.

Shoulders were definitely wrecked when we got done.

 

What Max?

Switching weeks is horrible for the rest day schedule. Still have to wait until Thursday to get on track.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 100m Row
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb
  • 10 Air Squats

It was programmed for 10 rounds (!!) and with running. If we did 10 rounds I wouldn’t have had anything left for the pull-ups.

Conditioning

  • 4 Rounds
    • 21 C2B Pull-ups
    • 15 cal Row
    • 90 Double Unders
  • 20:00 Ladder
    • 3 Squat Cleans (135#)
    • 3 Squat Cleans (165#)
    • 3 Squat Cleans (195#)
    • 3 Squat Cleans (225#)
    • 3 Squat Cleans (255#)
    • 3 Squat Cleans (285#)

I was going back and forth about scaling the reps for the chest-to-bar pull-ups but went Rx. Chalked up my hand grips and they stuck to the bar like glue. Wish I had done that yesterday for the interval pull-ups, though I’d be a lot more sore and fatigued today. Every rep was of the kipping variety, which I think has a lot more endurance for me compared to the butterfly. I started out with 3 sets of 4 C2B I think and then it was mostly triples the rest of the way, with some double here and there. I have a couple of tiny blood blisters but it would have been bad had I not wore the grips. 84 is a lot! Way too slow on the rower again. Turned out the C2B weren’t even my downfall in that metcon. My dubs were horrible through the whole thing. Finished in 22:08 and took my time getting over to my bar on the platforms. I knew I’d have plenty of time with the 20 minute cap.

Felt good with the first few levels and then I took my time with 225 and 255 so I wouldn’t burn out. Had the belt on, but stuck with the Nano 7s. Smoked the first 285 so much, when I caught it, I thought about sticking it for a power clean but remembered they had to be squats. Took my time and hit the other two reps pretty easily too. Didn’t get the exact time but I had about a minute left. I could have went a lot faster through the reps, but I was just hoping to be able to hit 285 pounds once since my PR is 130kg or about 287#. I’m coming for you 300!!

When The Song Says…

It’s been some time since I got my ass out of the house for a morning workout. Went to the 10am class.

Warm-up

We played Tic-tac-toe, using big bands for the square placements and medicine/slam balls for the Xs and Os. Men vs Women. Guys went 4-0!

Strength – Thruster

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×215

Wore the belt with 175+. According to BTWB that was a PR for 3 reps. I thought maybe I had done 225 before, but guess not.

Conditioning

Today was all about trying some different stuff. It was fun.

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Lunge throughout the song. Drop and do a push-up whenever they say “ghostbusters” during the song.

I did walking lunges. Not very many push-ups until the final 30 seconds. Could really do it whenever “ghost” is said, which includes “ghostbusters.”

“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Hang. Drop and do a burpee whenever you hear “thunder” in the song.

I did my hanging on the rings, which is easier on the hands. In the beginning you wonder if you’re ever going to hang, but then you quickly start to want to do some burpees. I was able to keep up as well as hold on through all of the long hanging sections.

“America” by Neil Diamond

Start with a hollow hold and switch to superman hold whenever he says “America.”

This one did not work at all. He rarely says the word so you’re holding way too long.

Gymnastics

I did 5 legless rope climbs after that stuff.