All The Posterior Chain

Meant to workout yesterday at home, but was busy with projects for my workshop and time flew by. At the gym today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Deadlift (45#)

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 40 Lateral Bar Hops
  • 20 Push-ups

I thought about putting on my belt and decided I didn’t need it. I split the deadlifts into 12-8 every round with a quick break. All push-ups were 10-10, with some slow down on the final 5 reps. Finished in 6:13. Was a much quicker workout than I was expecting.

Test

  • 400m Walking Lunge

Been over 2 years since I did this I think. Felt pretty good considering I was doing a lot of lunges the last time. Not at a track, so the distance may not have been right, but I set a 6 second PR with 11:55. Next couple of days will be rough.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Weighted V-ups (10#)
  • 20 Russian Twists (35#)
  • 20 Shotguns

The combination of v-ups and shotguns was not cool.

Muscle Fatigue

While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.

“J.T.” – 21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!

I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!

In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.

30-20-10

  • Air Squats
  • Plyo Lunges
  • 2x Double Unders

After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 30, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.

30-20-10

  • Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
  • Shotguns
  • Weighted Sit-ups (40#)

Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.

Ruck

I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.

Fuel

My hips, legs, and lower body in general is tight from yesterday. Put in a lot of work yesterday and a lot of loaded squats. Tough one today that I know is a long grind, but I was actually excited for the chance to redeem myself after what I felt like was a pretty poor time last year. Much cooler day today, with the temperature around 40-45°, compared to last year (May 3) being one of the hottest days of the year.

Warm-up

  • Crossover Symmetry Activation
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 ATYs (5#)
    • 10 Shotguns
    • 50 DU

Got every round of dubs unbroken.

Strength & Midline

E2M – 6 Sets

  • 4 Pendlay Rows (165#, supinated)
  • 30s Hollow Hold

Did 10×45# and 4×135# to warm-up. Second week in a row I went with the underhand grip since I had gone two in a row pronated. I feel these rows just a bit on my left shoulder.

Conditioning

kelly“Kelly” – 5 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

There were some complications with the music last year so it wasn’t even a true time for me, but I called it 29:59, which I thought was actually shortchanging myself for how long it took me to fix the tunes. Could I push harder on the runs this year?

The first run started out a little faster, but that’s to be expected fresh. Tried to keep a steady pace on the other 4 runs. I did all step up/down on the box since that many jumps will lock up my back. They were 8 right, 8 left, 7 right, and 7 left every round. Wall balls were 4 rounds of 18-12 with a quick 5-10 second breather and unbroken to finish.

Wore my watch so I could see some of the heart rate data and get an idea of my round times. Unfortunately the HR data had a bunch of drops down near or under 100 bpm so the average is pretty useless. Does show a max HR of 166 for the workout, which should be pretty accurate.

Not easy to tell because the GPS data jumps all over the place while inside the gym doing the reps, but looks like my splits were 4:35, 4:48 (9:23), 4:57 (14:20), 5:02 (19:22), and 4:44 (24:06). During the workout when I checked my watch on each run I kept waiting to hit a wall but it never happened. I felt much better throughout than I was expecting. Really happy with how consistent those round times stayed for a long workout. The last round time came down because I did the wall balls unbroken.

I thought if I was able to PR by 3 or maybe 4 minutes that would be great. I thought a 5 round average of 5:00 was a pipe dream, but I was well under that. Improved by almost 6 minutes! I think I could almost walk fast and get that 30 minute time from last year. haha The heat could have been a big factor too.

Definitely looking forward to ROMWOD tonight!

Diet

I’m not sure if I’ve written about it, but I’ve been counting macros for about 4.5 months now. I used to absolutely hate all of the counting and keeping track, so was never able to stick with it for more than a week or two. Something shifted this time around and I’ve actually enjoyed it. My previous “diets” worked, but usually ended up with me falling off the wagon and I’d gain back the weight. My “go to” was always low carb and try to stay cleaner. Doesn’t really work in the long run for me though because I enjoy food too much.

So I read about Renaissance Periodization and figured I’d give it a shot. It’s been working brilliantly so far and I feel much better mentally and physically. I give almost no care to the quality of what I’m fueling my body with as long as the quantity lines up with my macro number goals. The fancy term for it these days seems to be “flexible dieting” or what a lot of people call IIYFM (If It Fits Your Macros). Another popular company besides RP that will help you is Working Against Gravity. While I can see the value in paying RP or WAG for help, it’s really not that hard to do on your own if you have some discipline. If I can do it, so can you. 😉

Progress was steady for the first 2 months. It leveled out during the Open, when I was having a massive 36 hours way over my macros after doing each week’s workout. I didn’t track food on a week vacation so gained a little bit there, but quickly lost that and have been stable at 203# since. The trend lines are still heading in the right direction and body fat % seems to be decreasing. We’re getting towards the end of an 8 week hypertrophy cycle at the gym so this means the muscle building has been working and muscle gain + fat loss are leveling each other out. Will be interesting to see what happens when we switch back to lifting heavy shit during our strength work. I’d like to drop closer to 195# and get the body fat down to 10-11%.

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Ten By Tens

Last night my tight back started to turn into a back tweak. Grrr! I could barely get out of bed this morning. So much for doing Open workout 13.2 like I’ve been trying to plan and looked forward to. I even got to the gym about 30 minutes early to do some mobility and see if I could loosen things up enough to be able to do the deadlifts and box jumps.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 10s Bar Hang
  • 5/5 Bar Taps (tight/dynamic)
  • 10 Heel Drives
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 30 DU

The dubs were not fun so I knew right there I should not attempt the workout. So I jumped in with Bryan on some bench while everyone did the metcon. I also did some mobility stuff I’ve found for relieving low back pain.

Strength & Accessory

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10x10x155

Barbell Curl

  • 8x10x45#

The curls were alternated with the sets of bench.

Midline

5 Rounds

  • 20s L-hang
  • 20s Rest
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 20s Rest

Skill / Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Shotguns
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Pistols
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1:00 Step-ups (20″)
  • 1:00 Rest

I didn’t think I’d be able to do the pistols because they usually put a lot of stress on my back, but they were fine. Subbed in step-ups instead of the double unders I had programmed. I did 37-39-37 shotguns, 20-22-20 pistols, and 22-24-25 step-ups.

Wanted to get my heart rate up a little so I stayed after.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 200′ Shuttle (4×50′)
  • 10 Shoulder Press (65#)

Oh boy, my shoulders and chest are going to be feeling it after these and the bench press sets. I did the first 5 sets unbroken, then broke up the sets in half until grinding out the final set. Took me 9:24 to finish.

Did a little more mobility work before heading home.

Get Nasty With The Girls

My legs were surprisingly tired this morning. The squats I did yesterday were nothing crazy. Went to the gym at 10am.

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 4 Day 2

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Arch Ups
  • 10 Narrow Grip OHS (45#)
  • 10s Bottom of Dip Hold
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Skill

4 Sets

  • Freestanding HS Hold practice
  • 16 Shoulder Taps (heels to wall)
  • 20 Shotguns (Shoot to hollow)

Best week of the 4 for these shoulder taps. Didn’t fall off the wall once during the 4 sets. I think I figured out how to shift my hips better with the butt facing the wall.

Skill Test

  • 3 Sets: 4 Deficit Strict HSPU (3.5″)

Lowered down from last week’s 4 inches so I could hopefully get 4 each set. Wasn’t easy but did it. I set the plates further from the wall after watching Spealler’s tips video this morning. Felt better that way.

Strength Accessory

3 sets

  • 10 Seated DB Press (40# DBs)
  • 10 Parallette Push-ups (feet on 16″ box)
  • 30s GHD Hollow Hold

The presses have been pretty easy so I added 2 more reps this week. I guess I could have tried using 44# KBs. Also increased the box height under my feet. I really tried to get as low as possible in the bottom of those push-ups to feel the stretch.

5:00 AMRAP

1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

I had to have miscounted last week. I think I did the round of 4 twice because there is no way my score should have been that much of a decrease from the previous 2 weeks. Kipping felt much butter with the plates further from the wall. I finished the round of 6s and got 5 burpees, a PR by 6 total reps over the first week. First time Yes! Got a second wind after that success. I was pretty disappointed last week.

I am not sad to see the last day of this workout. Has been my least favorite of the 3.

Took a solid 30 minute rest, but did 10×45# and 5×95# hang power cleans to warm-up for…

Conditioning

“Nasty Girls” – 3 Rounds

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 7 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)

I’ve been wanting to try this one out for a long time. Since I’m heading out of town for a couple days today sounded like a great day for it. Get in a metcon involving a barbell and get in some muscle-ups with a full 2+ days to recover before the final workout of this Skill WOD cycle.

The air squats are so damn slow. Tried not to get my heart rate up too high going into the muscle-ups. I went 4-3, 4-2-1, and 4-2-1 on MU. Cleans were 5-5, 5-5, and 10. Took me 10:46. Next time I give this a go I’d try to speed up the 2nd and 3rd round of squats and I’d do all of the cleans unbroken for sure. I broke up those first two sets trying to save my pull a bit for the muscle-ups but with the long break during squats I don’t think it matters. I also think without having done an hour of handstand push-up work I’d be able to get the muscle-ups in 4-3 each round.

This video is a classic. The sport has come a long way.

 

210 Plus

Took a much needed complete rest day yesterday. Got on the scale this morning for the first time in weeks. Knew this was coming, but first time over 210, weighing in at 211.5 pounds! At least my strength numbers are going up with it, but this gymnastics stuff sure would be easier if I dropped back to around 2 hundy. Had my monthly adjustment at the chiro and then went to the gym

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hyper (210#)

Strength

Deadlifts

  • 10x20kg
  • 10×70
  • 5×100
  • 5×120
  • 5×140
  • 5×155
  • 5×170
  • 5×180
  • 5×190

Comes out to 419# on the last set, which is only 16 shy of my best 5, back in November 2013 a couple months after I pulled 515. I did 5×425# back in January of this year for a more recent set. Back when I did the 5×435, I was pretty dumb with my warm-ups. Look at this shit… I did 135-225-315-385-435. Today I took almost twice as many sets to get up close to that. Felt good too. Nice to have my back holding up.

 

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 3 Day 2

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Arch Ups
  • 10 Narrow Grip OHS (45#)
  • 10s Bottom of Dip Hold
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

The narrow grip overhead squats felt rough today.

Skill

4 Sets

  • Freestanding HS Hold practice
  • 16 Shoulder Taps (heels to wall)
  • 20 Shotguns (Shoot to hollow)

Felt better with the handstand holds, but still used the wall as my crutch to kick up and then took my feet off the wall for as much as I could.

Skill Test

  • 4 Deficit Strict HSPU (4″)
  • 3 Deficit Strict HSPU (4″)
  • 3 Deficit Strict HSPU (4″)

In my notes from last week I see 3″ for the working sets, but my record on BTWB says 3.5″ so not sure which was correct. The bump to 4 was not easy though. Should probably decrease and get in more reps next week.

Strength Accessory

3 sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (40# DBs)
  • 10 Parallette Push-ups
  • 30s GHD Hollow Hold

Put feet up on a box for the push-ups this week and didn’t really feel any harder.

5:00 AMRAP

1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

Fucking terrible. I only got through 5 burpees and 3 HSPU this week. I’m not sure what happened but since doing the max deficits last week I’ve started to put my back up against the wall during the push-up. It’s really throwing me off, especially in the kipping reps. I was hoping to get more than the first week, but got an entire round less. Almost makes me wonder if I messed up my counts and did the round of 4 twice. I don’t think so, but it’s weird to be an entire round less an just a 5 minute workout. Oh well I guess. :-/

Unmotivated Morning

Took the complete rest day yesterday. Biceps were sore and then my lats were sore later in the day. Planned to do the 9am class this morning but woke up really tired and was moving slow. I was also a bit depressed I wouldn’t be able to deadlift heavy with my tore up hands. So I skipped out on class. Went in earlier than originally planned at night instead and did extra work after too.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hyper (210#)

Strength

Back Squats

  • 5x20kg + 5x20kg with 2 second pauses
  • 5×70 (2s pauses)
  • 5×90 (2s pauses)
  • 5×110 (2s pauses)
  • 3x3x130 (2s pauses)

Work my belt for the last 3 sets.

Skill WOD Hustle & Flow Week 2 Day 2

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 10 Pass-thrus
  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Arch Ups
  • 10 Narrow Grip OHS (45#)
  • 10s Bottom of Dip Hold
  • 10 Bridge Rocks

Skill

4 Sets

  • Freestanding HS Hold practice
  • 16 Shoulder Taps (heels to wall)
  • 20 Shotguns (Shoot to hollow)

Realized I wasn’t looking down at the ground like you would in a handstand or when walking. Seemed easier when I did that and also helped make the shoulder taps easier too.

Skill Test

  • Find 1 rep MAX deficit strict HSPU
  • 3×4 deficit strict HSPU (3″)

I stopped after getting 11.5 inches. Probably did 5 or 6 other heights working up to that (all singles). The program calls for 3 sets of 4-6 at 70% of max height. Real funny! Tried 7″ and was already spent, so bumped it way down. Barely made it through sets of 4 at a little over 3″.

Strength Accessory

3 sets

  • 8 Seated DB Press (40# DBs)
  • 10 Parallette Push-ups
  • 30s GHD Hollow Hold

Jumping up to the 40# DBs wasn’t that hard. Will try the push-ups with feet on a box next week. The hollow hold still sucked.

5:00 AMRAP

1-2-3-4-5…

  • Burpees
  • HSPU

I got through the 4th HSPU in the round of 6 faster than last week, but failed on it and wasn’t going to try again with 15 seconds left. So -1 rep from last week. Didn’t do any of the deficit work last week and went heavier on the DB presses, so I’ll still call that progress.

Conditioning

Bryan and I got out the Air Dyne (AD2) for the good ol’ Air Dyne Hell. Don’t remember ever doing it on this model, so wasn’t sure what to expect.

E2M 20:00

  • 15s Air Dyne at 100%

I didn’t think it was too bad after the first round, but by round 3 the quads were burning. We totaled 512 calories between the two of us. Compare that to 273 and 287 calories Kevin and I did on the model AD6 before and you can see how different the computers are on the two models.