Conquering a Weakness

My back did seem to loosen up for the rest of the day yesterday. Legs were feeling a little tired from the machines.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Thruster
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 7 Thrusters (135#)
  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees

My goal was unbroken on the thrusters, keep a good pace on the burpees and not stare at the bar too long. Probably took more rest before each set of thrusters than I should have, but I almost got stuck in the last set, so maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stay unbroken. This had the feel of an Open workout and I’m very happy with a 6:25.

Can we get some heavy thrusters in this year? I’m extremely proud of how I’ve converted bar-facing burpees from a weakness to a strength over the last 11 months. It was always a movement I dreaded and led to some of my lower Open placements.

Was surprised how well I recovered and was able to start the accessory work 10 minutes after.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10/10 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Presses (26#)

Single leg deadlifts burn! The kettlebell presses were more stable than I ever remember them. Could have been because I was really warm from the thrusters or maybe not that my shoulders are healthy and I’ve been able to work them pretty hard.

Midline

E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (3 each side, 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Only 6 floor wipers each round was too few if you ask me. Didn’t think I would be able to hold the hollow for 30 seconds every round, but I was able to suffer through it.

Skill

Worked on my handstand walking again. First I did some holds near the wall, trying not to touch it. I feel like that gets me warmed up and used to the positioning. Then I did some walks up to the wall and finally some on the open floor. I came close to getting five feet a couple of times. Still work to do!

8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Double under
  • 10s Rest

Had one miss in round four or five. I feel like I’ve gotten slow with my dubs and that was evident when I only got 32 in the first round. After that I worked on speeding it up. Finished with 280 reps, which is a common number for me in this. My best is 286.

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.

Danny with Jumps

Stayed in last night, but was up way too early. Nice to get some things done though. Went to open gym at noon.

Conditioning;

“Danny” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Push Press (115#)
  • 30 Pull-ups

I’ve done this once, two years ago, with all step-ups. I got 3+46 then. Today I got 3+53. Went 11-9 on the first three rounds of push presses and then 6-5-5-4 with shorter rest at the end. Pull-ups were all in done 5×6.

Nice to start 2019 with a PR! 🙂

I got a blood blister in the middle of my left palm. I’ve never had something there. Maybe it was because I was regripping the bar on a lot of my reps and I’m still getting used to the butterfly again. I didn’t wear any grips on my hands due to the push presses.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20s L-Sit
  • 30 Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • 30 Alternating V-ups
  • 20s L-Sit
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 30 Hollow Rocks

My abs were dying in the first round of v-ups! Very nasty and took 14:17!

Not Dairy Queen

Long day yesterday! Went to open gym at noon today.

Gymnastics Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (20#)
  • 5 Weighted Ring Dips (20#)

I used a far bar for my pull-ups.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hand-to-hand KBS (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Single Arm S2OH (44#)
  • 30s Rest

Didn’t expect it to hurt so much, but should have known with interval work. I went 23-22-23 on the box jumps, 32-33-34 on the kettlebell swings, 50-54-58 on the Russian twists, and 30-30-34 on the shoulder to overheads. I did a mixture of push jerks and push presses depending on how fast I wanted to rep them out.

We might not be Dairy Queen, but we have pretty good Sundays.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

**Try to do each round unbroken

Realized we had been missing out on the rest the last couple of times we did this. Also forgot that you’re supposed to keep your feet off the ground and reach out overhead on the tuck-ups. I got through the first two rounds unbroken, but then had to break it up a bunch on rounds three and four. Finished in 6:34.

Too Heavy

At the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 pushups
    • 10/10 Single Arm DB Push Press (35#)
  • 3 Deadlifts + 2 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Push Jerk
    • 2×45#
    • 2×95
    • 125
    • 155

Conditioning

E30S – 10:00

  • 3 Deadlifts
  • 2 Hang Power Cleans
  • 1 Push Jerk

I originally wrote this with 185# as the weight, but switched to 175 today. Still too heavy. I was starting to struggle in the 6th or 7th round I think. Held on through the first 10 rounds, took one 30 second round off as I stripped down to 155, and then finished with 10 rounds at that weight. Definitely much harder than I expected. But good to push it with some weights again.

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30 DU

Missed a double under after 6 in the first round but then the rest were unbroken. Finished in 6:27.

DT Meets Cindy

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 10 Side Shuffles (10m)
  • 2:00/2:00 Banded Posterior Hip Distraction
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each leg)

  • 10 Step-ups (20″, 50# DBs)
  • 5 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion
  • 1:00 Rest

Warmed up for the barbell complex with 3 sets at 45#, 1 set 95, and 1 set 135. I jumped on the bar to hang and do some bar taps and considered doing ring rows. Took a few rounds of the workout to loosen up, but I powered through (or became numb to the pain?). I may have to give my right shoulder some rest for a few weeks.

Conditioning

Little benchmark mash-up of DT and Cindy I came up with a few weeks ago. Glad I didn’t make it 20 minutes.

15:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 3 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 2 Push Jerks (155#)
  • 4 Pull-ups
  • 8 Push-ups
  • 12 Air Squats

Started out feeling good with the air squats, but that quickly faded.  Always holds me back in Cindy or Murph. You dread picking up the barbell each time because you know you can’t put it down until the reps are completed. Made it through 10+9.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 T2B
  • 20 Russian Twists (44#)
  • 10 Ball Slams (25#)
  • 40 Double Unders

Didn’t run a clock. Went unbroken every set of toes to bars. Missed once on dubs in the first round, twice in the second round, and unbroken the other two.

Go Eagles!

Back to reality with snow overnight. Slowly made it to the gym today.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias – Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (3s pause)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 15 Back Squats (95#)

Been a couple of months since I did a muscle-up on the rings I think. Did 3-2 on all MU and jumped all my burpees and box jumps. Got through 4+3.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias – Workout

4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 100m One Arm Farmer Carry
  • 1:00 Rest between arms

I used 28kg and 32kg. Rough with that 32!

Midline

Tabata – 6 each, alternating

  • Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • Hollow Rocks

Got ugly real quick. I did 20-20-18-18-18-24 for the twists and 20-18-12-12-12-16 for the rocks.