Bench Speed

My back and calf are still bothering me today. Out in the garage at 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** At endurance pace with 7 second sprints at 5:00, 10, 15, 20 and then recover to endurance pace again.

I got 693 cals and 8.91 miles (14,339m).

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

3 Rounds

  • 35s Assault Bike
  • 7 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 6 Ring Rows

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 5 Strict Pull-Ups
  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

There wasn’t a weight listed for the bench press, so I went in thinking I’d do 95# and fly through it. We had to share stations though because it was a big class and TJ wanted to do 135# so I was fine with that. Good thing too because I cruised through every round unbroken without any struggles. Wasn’t sure how I’d do after benching heavy yesterday.

The workout said 10 pull-ups (strict if possible). I thought 100 strict pull-ups is a lot to ask, so I decided to split it in half and keep the intensity high. I was a little faster in my early rounds, but slowed on the bike as the clock ticked away. Finished in 29:16, which is only 46 total seconds over a 1:30 per round average pace. My first round took exactly 1:30 so I stayed extremely close to that pace all the way through.

That was a good one and I didn’t have to scale anything for my current injuries.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Russian Twists (44# KB)
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was able to do rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the twists unbroken and went 24-16 in round 3.

Morning Endurance Run

Woke up with my back feeling much better than yesterday morning. Was out the door for a run before 8am while it was cool out.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

27:00 Run

Ended up going 2.87 miles in 28:45, so only a 10:00/mile pace, but I averaged 170 steps per minute again. I’ll chalk the pace up to just getting out of bed. I wore an older pair of Saucony shoes I had actually been fit for at a runners store and they are not at comfortable as my Reebok runners.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

I also did some hanging to open up my shoulders, bar taps, and a few toes to bars to make sure my back could handle them for the workout.

3 Sets

  • 6 PVC Passes
  • 9 Air Squats
  • 4 cal Assault Bike

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95

Strength & Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • Rest

The bench press was a sub for push presses since I didn’t want to put that loading on my back. I used 135, 155, 175, 195, 205, 215, and 225, which is 92% of my 5RM. Felt good even as I got out-of-breath in the later rounds. I wore grips for the toes to bars and actually did every set unbroken without any struggle. I never do that large of sets so I was surprised I didn’t fade. Even though there is almost 4 minutes between each set it still adds up to 84 total reps. I started out with the Rx 12 calories for two rounds on the bike but even at 90+ RPM it was too easy, so I bumped up to the Rx+ of 15 calories and even caught up on the calories I was behind from the other rounds. Really not a bad workout, because there is a ton of rest.

Midline

20s Work : 10s Rest (Tabata) until finished

  • 200 DB Russian Twist (45# plate)

It was written to use a dumbbell, which I’ve never tried for Russian twists, so I gave it a try. Big mistake. It’s awkward to hold, I was falling over, and it felt like I was going to rub my knuckles raw. So after getting 18 reps in the first work interval I switched to a 45# plate. Took me 4:06.

Repping Deads & Bench

My shoulders feel pretty good considering the work they did yesterday at the gym. I was out in the garage around noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

  • 2:00 Warm-up
  • 10:00 Test
  • 3:00 Cooldown

Done on my Airdyne (AD2) with 0.73 mile in the warm-up and 0.88 in the cool down, with rests between each part. For the test I got 387 calories and 4.26 miles (6,856m), which is a PR by 3 calories. My start and finish are good but I need to hold 85 RPM more in the middle of the ten minutes instead of falling down to 83. Getting closer to 400!

I’ve been doing this test long before Engine Builder and it’s neat to see the progress.2019-05-22-300-fy.png

I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00

  • 5 Up Downs
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 15 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Leg swings
  • 2x 30m Run

Just the run shy of getting 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 400m Run
      • Max Sumo KB Deadlift (88#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Rest (total – skip the 1:00 rest after the 4th cycle)
  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 500m Row
      • Max Bench Press (135#)
    • 1:00 Rest

The cycles were programmed in the opposite order, but we have to adjust due to the number of rowers in the gym. I knew I could do well with the rowing when I was tired so volunteered to do the rowing one first. I ran the out-and-back 400m route and couldn’t be more pleased with my times there. Rx was 225# deadlifts, but I’m not ready for that, especially after so much lifting yesterday. I could have done a few more deadlifts in several of the minutes, but 35 in every round was more than enough reps! I wanted to keep a pace under 1:50/500m on the rower and I was able to. Wasn’t really sure how the bench press would feel, but after the first round I set a goal to start with a set of 10 each time. I did 10-8, 10-10, 10-5-5, and 10-5-3. So a total of 140 sumo deadlifts and 76 bench presses.

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Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 40 Russian Twists (35# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did the planks on my hands because I was soaked in sweat already. The planks felt extremely easy. It took 9:33 to complete this.

Tuesday Duathlon

My hips and legs are a little sore from the squats. Got a really good night of sleep though.

Engine Builder – Endurance

40:00

  • 2 Mile Run
  • 20:00 Airdyne

Instead of doing a straight 40 minutes on the Airdyne I thought I’d take advantage of the nice weather. Before lunch I ran a loop around the neighborhood and then jumped right on the bike. My heart rate was stable through the transition between running and biking. The run ended up being 2.08 miles according to RunKeeper and took 20:21. I went with an even 20 minutes on the Airdyne for 7.17 miles and 532 calories.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 10 Push Presses (PVC)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30/30s Banded Overhead Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes

Midline

5 Sets

  • 40 Russian Twists (35#)

Worked these in between the first five sets of push presses. Forty reps is a lot!

Strength

Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×195

Wasn’t sure if I should go again after the 175. I got out my belt, which helped a lot and the weight felt a lot better.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 8 DB Snatches (50#)
    • MAX T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

Was nervous about the snatches because that’s where I got my last minor back tweak. I started out HOT on the bike with RPMs up over 90 and the other rounds were in the 70-75 range. I got 25-17-16-16-16 for 90 total T2B.

Running Still Sucks

I’m still a little sore today. Out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

18 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 30s Rest

Goal was 1:46/500m, which I held. Got 283 or 284 meters every time. Probably could have gone a little harder.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (3km)
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Pause Squats (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 5 C&J (95#)

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 C&J (95#)

This was programmed as 10-8-6-4-2 with increasing weights (pick your own loads) and then max out with any remaining time. Or there was an option to stick to sets of 10, which was up my alley because of my back issues. I ran the true 400m route today since I was scaling the weight and need the running work. I did 2×5 on the C&J for five rounds and finished with 10 unbroken. Took me in 17:27. I still am no good at running, but maybe I was tired from the rowing. Sounds like a good excuse. 😉

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Barbell Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 15 Barbell Reverse Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Hip Thrusts (30#)

 

Back From Utah

Yesterday was a long travel day. My back didn’t seem to improve over the week away. I don’t think sitting on flights and working from couches, kitchen chairs, and patio chairs helped though. Mowed most of the lawn today but didn’t feel like doing an Engine Builder workout. Went to the 4pm class though.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Line Drills
    • Ankle Rolls
    • Walking Lunges
    • Hug Knee to Chest
    • Quad Stretch
    • Lunge & twist
    • Side Lunge
    • High Knees
    • Butt Kicks

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 DB Floor Press (50# DBs)
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

This was a good one to come back to, even though the notes said not to go hard. I held a pretty good pace though and smoked everyone. Took me 26:22 with a few short waits on for our one AB to open up and then for Weston to get done with the dumbbells we were sharing.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 20 Russian Twists (53#)

My Highest WHOOP Strain

Didn’t get as much sleep as I’d like last night, but feel pretty good. More importantly I had pancakes for breakfast since it’s Sunday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (42 cals)
  • Dead Hang & Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

  • 4:00 EMOM5 Burpees
    • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP10 Goblet Squats (53#)
    • 6 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest, Then Repeat

The burpees should be very fast to create fatigue going into the strict handstand push-ups. I was able to get every set of HSPU unbroken, but the last set in the first cycle was hard and then the last 2-3 sets in the 2nd cycle were a struggle. My quads got super pumped during the goblet squats. In the first cycle I was marking off rounds on the board, which just wasted time in such a short workout. Skipped that in the second cycle and did better. I did 3+12 and then exactly 4 rounds.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50′ KB Dead Walk (44# KBs)
  • 50′ KB Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)

Got some of the idea here from a T-Nation article and video.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 30 Russian Twists (20kg plate)
  • 1:00 Rest

My upper abs were cramping up from the combination of hollow rocks and flutter kicks. Was able to do every movement unbroken, with my only extra break being between the rocks and kicks is the third round. Finished in 7:41.

Went golfing and played a quick 18 holes in a cart.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

I wanted to shoot for 82-83 RPM and my average was probably close. I got 173-174-177 calories and went 6.09 miles or 9,800 meters.

All of the activity made for my highest strain day on WHOOP so far and since I waited so late to publish this, it won’t go up much more tonight.

Burning 4,500 calories was a good excuse to get some ice cream. 🙂