Upgrading the Engine

Now that my strength has improved a lot since the summer, I need to get my cardio back and lose some weight. I’ve been eating everything imaginable, putting on 15-20 pounds and increasing my body fat 4 or 5% in the process. Happy with the added muscle, but not the fat. Starting yesterday I’m back trying to eat healthy.

Decided to get in a good cardio burn, with the aim being a 10 minute WOD.

10 Rounds

  • 150m Row
  • 5 Burpees

I didn’t strap my feet in on the rower, so probably lost a bit of power there, but I didn’t want to have to get in and out for each round. I finished in 10:05. It’s nice when things work out as planned. I could have paced myself better, but I wanted to go hard the entire time, knowing I would fade away each round. Need to get those lungs back and it’s not going to happen by taking it easy. I almost pulled the plug after round 5 because I was dying. I told myself you don’t improve by quitting.

I set the rower to do 150m intervals, but the splits are a little confusing because it counted the previous interval’s rest time (or in my case, transition + time to do 5 burpees) as part of each interval. This makes the 500m pace and strokes/minute completely useless to look at. Maybe I set it to do the intervals wrong, who knows.

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Yes, it’s a cut and paste job, because the screen isn’t big enough to display all 10 intervals at once.

OLY and Solo Garage

My lower back is a bit sore from the RDLs yesterday so maybe since we were doing them fast I wasn’t doing them quite right. This is the first Tuesday in a long time where my legs aren’t killing me in some way from squat Monday.

Went to the OLY class at 6pm and worked on snatches for the entire hour by doing a full snatch and then a hang snatch. Hang snatches are so much harder, but really force you to be explosive. I worked up to 145# and couldn’t get the hang snatch, so dropped back down to 95 and worked back up again. Didn’t even attempt the hang snatch at 145# the second time around, but did bump up to 155# and tried a couple of full snatches. I’ve hit a 155# power snatch in competition, but never really tried to drop under one in the snatch. Missed both tries, but was pretty close on the second one. Not too disappointed though especially after doing an hour of snatches already.

I got home and did a WOD in the garage because I didn’t want to do a full hour-long class.

5 Rounds

  • 2m Work
    • 200m Row
    • 5 HSPU
    • MAX Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2m Rest

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That was a fun one. Kept up a fast pace on the rows with consistent times through every round. Got all of the handstand push-ups, but struggled with #5 in the fourth round because I stopped when my head hit the ground for some reason and then it was a little tough to get going. I got done with the HSPU right around 1 minute each time, so once I setup on the bar had 50 or 55 seconds for the cleans. The last few reps of each round were a real struggle.

I really like coming up with new combinations and structures for WODs. Keeps things interesting and fun.

Working on Upper Body Strength

My legs needed a day off today. Did 20 minutes on the rower at a nice pace and went 4,395m. At each of my 5 minute splits I went faster and faster. Felt good.

Then went over to Kevin’s tonight for some strength work.

Shoulder Press

  • 10 @ 65#
  • 5 @ 95#
  • 5 @ 105#
  • 5 @ 115#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 5 @ 140#

Both of the last two sets were higher than the 130# I did a few weeks ago. The reps at 140# were kind of ugly with some upper back in there to help out.

Weighted Chin-ups

  • 3 @ 10#
  • 3 @ 15#
  • 3 @ 20#
  • 3 @ 25#
  • 3 @ 35#

These were so much easier than when I did 5×5 a couple of weeks ago and had to struggle for 15# on the last set. Quite a jump this time around.

Weighted Dips

  • 1 @ 25#
  • 1 @ 35#
  • 1 @ 45#
  • 1 @ 50#
  • 1 @ 60#
  • 1 @ 70#

Jumping up into support and then the negative portion of the dip are the hardest part. Pushing out of the bottom felt just fine and none were too difficult.

Weighted Push-ups

  • 8 @ 45#
  • 8 @ 55#
  • 8 @ 60#
  • 8 @ 70#

First set was easy, but not so easy after that. Also knocked out a set of 10 strict pull-ups, which is still my unbroken PR from this summer, so felt good to be able to do that many after so much work. Then did 4 strict chest to bar pull-ups on this fat bar thing where your hands are in close with the palms facing each other.

Early Present To Myself

My legs aren’t as sore as I expected from squat day and 2 hours of playing soccer.

Went to the Olympic Lifting class at 6pm and worked on snatches for the entire hour. After warming up with the PVC pipe and bar, I started adding weight. I think I went 75#, 95#, 115#, 125#, 135#, and 145# with a lot of reps on the lighter weights and a few as they got heavier. Never missed the entire hour. I did screw up a little on some of them and caught them in a power snatch instead of a squat snatch. Receiving the bar felt better than it ever has and I nailed 145# more times tonight than I have combined in all previous attempts.

Maybe I should have tried to go for 155# which I have only done once and it was an ugly power snatch in competition, but I didn’t want to get greedy. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the reps tonight. I’m still fighting to keep my shoulders back as I setup and get that big chest. Kevin gave me a tip about my feet that seemed to really help too. I was getting too close to the bar in my setup and he told me that I should get to the point where I would only see the base of my big toe in front of the bar looking down. Felt weird, but I think it really helped out.

I hurried home to check for a package that was scheduled to arrive from Rogue and it was waiting on the front porch.

She is a thing of beauty. My buddy Brent came over and we broke her in. I rowed a couple 500s before he showed up.

5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 30s DUs
  • 2:30 Rest

Jumping right from the rower to DUs was tough shit. My last round was actually my best at DUs and I knocked out 23 in a row right off the bat. Overall I did ok with my DUs, but they need a lot of work when I’m that tired because I was missing way too many. Each round or the rower was a bit slower too, but I tried to push it with everything I had on the last 500m and finished it in 1:47. I don’t remember what any of my other splits were because I kept looking at the pace clock which is bigger. Either I’ll have to figure out how to configure the display better or get used to what numbers are which.

I’m glad I made the purchase. She’s going to get a lot of use!

A Little Recovery

Doing death by push-ups last night probably wasn’t the greatest idea in the world, but I need the extra push-up work. The front of my shoulders are pretty shot today. Because of the weather I came back home during the day and went in to open gym.

22:00 EMOTM

  • Odds: 30s Row
  • Evens: 20 DUs

The plan was to do 20 minutes but the clock got reset part way though and I ended up doing an extra round through. After the first 2 or 3 rounds I didn’t miss a double under. I was pretty stoked about that. Probably should have bumped it up to 30 DUs, but oh well.

After finishing up I worked on mobility for 30 or 40 minutes. I wanted to work on butterfly pull-ups, but decided it wasn’t the best time for it with my shoulders being shot from yesterday. Gotta be smart.

500m Rows

It felt great to take a rest day yesterday. I did get out and walk 9 holes of golf though. The tweak I did to my mid back on Wednesday has been getting better and better each day. Won’t be an issue for anything.

Today I went in and alternated rowing intervals with Matt.

5 rounds

  • 500m Row
  • Rest while the other guy rows

It was the perfect amount of work to sandwich in between a couple of rest days. My last 500 was my fastest of the day and the first 4 were all very consistent times. Massage tomorrow and then competition on Sunday.