Back From Bulgaria

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30am UTC+3 (9:30pm Eastern on Sunday night) to travel home, so was up for over 24 hours again. I did get some little naps on the flights though. Planned to bench when I got home but all I wanted to do was be lazy. Bryan came over at 4 to bench with me. I warmed up with 3 minutes (0.89 miles) on the Airdyne. Start of week 6 on the Hybrid Push Only program and with a long weekend out-of-town I wanted to get in 2 days worth today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 4x5x210
  • 3x10x195
  • 3x10x165 (close grip)

The 4×5 working sets were prescribed to be at 75%. Thought I might feel weak, but felt good after the week of rest.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Tricep Rock-n-Rolls (30-35-35#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)

Pull-up Day

  • 3×10 Pull-ups (quick 6-4)
  • 3×10 Rack Chins (25#)
  • 3×15 Banded Lat Pull-downs (green)
  • 3×10 DB Curls (30#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYT (CS Purple)

I had just started to sprinkle but I headed out for a run. Went a shorter loop, which was 2.09 miles in 22 minutes.

Push Deload

I walked 18 holes today and wasn’t going to do any workouts, but decided to knock out the first day of the Hybrid Push Only deload week since it was less than a half hour of stuff. Good timing for the deload since I’m heading to Bulgaria tomorrow.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 2x8x175

That’s all? 🙂

Accessory

  • 3×30 Push-ups
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYTs (CS Purple)

That 3rd set of push-ups got rough!

Pull Variety

Stayed up and watched #Breaking2 last night. Pretty incredible to think about all of the planning and commitment that went into it. Amazing what the human body can do. I ended up sleeping until almost 11am! Little rough rolling out of bed. This stupid fucking back! Out to the garage around 12:30.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×12 Rope Pull-ups (4×3 switching high hand)
  • 3×17 Rack Chins
  • 4×12 (5-4-3) Pegboard Pull-ups
  • 3×20 DB Curls (20#)
  • 3×20 DB Front Raises (10#)
  • 3×15 Shoulder YTs (CS purple)

Continued with altering some of the pull-ups to different variations. I recently bought a climbing rope so wanted to use that. No Is today because of the front raises.

Performance Plus

  • 2×30 seconds each side – Pec Minor Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • 2×16 alt Bear Rolls (video)
  • 4x30s KB Arm Bars (25# KB, video)
  • 2×16 alt Bear Rolls

I did the arm bars alternating side to side, so it was 8 total.

Wasn’t sure how it would feel, but headed out for a run. The heart rate zone alerts were going nuts for probably the first 10 minutes, but I never once checked time or pace through the whole run. I just felt like going and not being concerned with anything. Did a typical loop for 2.59 miles, which took 28:03.

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Don’t Be Scared

Felt like was a useless piece of shit at work this morning, so I got out in the garage just after noon to sweat.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×10 Strict Pull-ups
  • 3×15 Rack Chins
  • 3×10 Strict Wide Grip Pull-ups
  • 3×15 DB Curls (20-25-25#)
  • 3×20 Shoulder IYTs (CS purple)

The wide grip variation is really hard for me. Done with that stuff in about 38 minutes.

Today’s Performance Plus workout was burpee pull-ups and IYTs. I think I’m covered on those! Just for fun, I put burpees in my metcon.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 200m Run Ski Erg

I was dreading this since I came up with it last night. Several times this morning I even tried to convince myself I should adjust to something easier. I decided if I was that afraid of it, I should stick to it and grind away. It started raining as I was changing clothes and I’m delicate, so on the Ski Erg it was. 😀

Even during my rest between sets of the pull-up stuff I kept trying to think myself out of it. “Maybe I’ll just do it EMOM style.” Then I got to thinking 18 minutes may actually be a decent time. I knew one thing, I was going to do the thrusters unbroken today since I was alone and didn’t care much about my time.

Wasn’t hard at all to keep the thrusters to a set of 10 each round. Right into burpees, but they were of course slow. Was getting a pace of about 2:15/500m on the erg. Finished at 15:02 and realized it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Running would have definitely taken longer.

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Pegboard Pull-ups

Sore all over from “Barbara”!! Quads, obliques, abs, lats, scaps, delts, and biceps. Did I forget anything? My early in the week plan for yesterday was to get in the Push-Only Pull-up day, but obviously that wasn’t going to work after that workout, so I had bumped it out until today. Got out in the garage at night after work. Thought I’d mix things up a bit and get some use out of the pegboard.

  • 3×15 Pegboard Pull-ups (3×5 each round)
  • 3×15 Rack Chins
  • Uneven Pegboard Pull-ups
    • 2×6/6
    • 2×4/4
  • 3×20 Hammer Curls (15#)
  • 3×20 Should IYTs (purple Crossover Symmetry)

Pump!! I really need to use the pegboard a lot more since I have it. If my previous uses have taught me anything, I’m going to be extremely sore for the next few days.

The Performance Plus programming fit in pretty well today…

5 Sets

  • 6 Russian Push-ups (video)
  • 6/6 Half Kneeling DB Press (40#)

Wow, I thought I was taking it easy picking 40#. Weak ass!! Supposed to be bottoms-up KB presses, but I have none at home. I could bring my 50# one home but that’s too heavy anyway.

Conditioning

  • 20:00 Airdyne

Aerobic work, but the damn Garmin was reading a heart rate of 101 again. Starting to really piss me off. I did 7.39 miles (11.89 km) for 568 calories. Thought about running, but it was already getting pretty dark outside. Good excuse anyway.

Garage Pump Sesh

Got in a garage sesh before a late lunch. Warmed up with 5 minutes on the Ski Erg and went 1,156 meters. It’s like a bodybuilding day!

  • blue-band-rig3 Sets 8 Strict Pull-ups + 7 Banded Pull-ups (blue hanging from bar)
  • 3×12 Rack Chins (feet on bench)
  • 3×10 BTN Wide Grip Pull-ups (blue band – across j-cups at pockets)
  • 3×20 DB Curls (15#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Shoulder Is (CS purple)
    • 20 Shoulder Ys
    • 20 Shoulder Ts

I feel so weak on this day of the program. Pull-ups get hard really fast. The rack chins are easily my favorite of the bunch. Talk about a pump on those!! I’m so weak. I did the IYTs as a big superset without letting go or stopping. Owww.

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Quick work for the Performance Plus program today because the 2nd movement was strict pull-ups and I had clearly done enough already.

  • 12 – 9 – 6 Hollow straight-arm (red) banded pull downs (video)
  • 30s rest

PT Work

We clearly woke up some muscles yesterday on my low back. Maybe getting these in right away the next day wasn’t the smartest idea. Oh well.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Single-arm DB Front Squats (40#)
  • 10/10 Single-arm single-leg RDL (40#)

Did these as a big 40 rep superset.

All that in less than 70 minutes.