Ripe from the Rope

Glad I did the active recovery yesterday with more gymnastics pulling today. People are messed up from so much grippy stuff. My hamstrings are actually feeling a little sore today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Assault Bike
  • 5 Rounds
    • 3/3 Worlds Greatest Stretch
    • 7 Hand Release Push-Ups
    • 10 Air Squats

Conditioning

18:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Assault Bike
  • 20 V-Ups
  • 2 Legless Rope Climbs

Held 75-78 RPM on the bike without any trouble. Could have reached higher with my legs on the v-ups, but didn’t stop during any set. The rope climbs weren’t programmed legless, but with only two every three minutes I went for it. After the first three rounds, the second rep started to get tough. Made it through them all.

Gymnastics

We had plenty of time left over, so I wanted to get in some pull-ups since I missed 100+ of them yesterday.

5:00 EMOM

  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

Was able to do all unbroken butterfly except two regular kipping chest-to-bars at the end of the last 2 sets. I didn’t come off the bar though. Hands were feeling pretty ripe after the rope climbs and I didn’t want to rip, so 5 sets was enough. I did wear grips for the pull-ups.

Legs Wouldn’t Have Helped

Yesterday I woke up feeling beat from Monday through Wednesday, but was feeling pretty good by noon. I thought about doing some active recovery but decided to make it a complete rest day after three heavy and tough days on the back. Glad I did with more back squats today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Spiderman Stretch
  • 1:00 Row
  • 50 Double Unders

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 3×165
  • 3×205
  • 3×235
  • 7x3x255

When I got to 205 pounds I could tell my legs didn’t have it today. Been a brutal week of workouts and lifting. It was programmed for 85%, which would have been about 275 based on what I’ve been lifting. The 255 was plenty for today. Live to lift another day!

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 25 Double Unders
  • 5 Burpees
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)

Good thing these were legless because my legs wouldn’t have provided much help. I tripped up a dub before the first rep in a round (maybe 6?) and missed once after 17 in the 7th or 8th. Burpees were deliberately paced to allow me to get right on the rope. Finished in 9:12. That was a fun one!

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

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.