Calf Cautious

Got to bed later than I wanted and had a hard time falling asleep. Out in the garage at lunch.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

33:00 Airdyne

Got 929 cals and 19.56 km. Completely drenched in sweat and so was the full-size towel I used. Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

6:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Step-ups (14″)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 20 PVC Passes

Did the step-ups instead of double unders because I’m being cautious with my calf. Got through two rounds, step-ups, and burpees.

Conditioning

  • 1,500-1,000-500m Row
  • 63-42-21 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 36-24-12 Shoulder Presses (95#)

More scaling instead of 1,200-800-400 meter runs, American KBS, and push jerks. My calf has been feeling good, so I’m going to continue to baby it and then hopefully I’ll be able to run when I start vacation on the 12th.

I held a 1:50/500m pace for every row even though I didn’t want to after the first one. Kettlebell swings were all unbroken, with really sweaty hands for the 42 and 21. I did all of the shoulder presses in sets of sixes and was close to failure at the end of each round. Finished in 24:05. Hot sweaty mess again.

More Gymnastics Success

Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Burpees
  • 20 PVC passes
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest

A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)

Phase 2

I got more sun that I thought yesterday and was exhausted after the BBQ at the gym. Still beat today, so I did some quick work in the garage. My quads are sore.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

15:00 Airdyne

At endurance pace, which is 73-75 RPM for me. At 3:00, 6, 9, 12 sprint for 7 seconds and then recover right back to the endurance pace. Interesting stuff. Got 457 cals and 5.68 miles (9,141m). This starts the next phase of the program.

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75
  • 6×95
  • 6×115
  • 6×125
  • 6×135
  • 5x6x115

We don’t hit shoulder presses very often at the gym and it’s an area not beat from Murph. Tried out sets of six for something different.

Barbell Chipper

Went out to a Brazilian steakhouse last night and ate so much meat that I still felt full this morning. I knew I needed the carbs though so I powered through my Sunday pancakes.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Various barbell reps
    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#

Conditioning

  • 10 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 15 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

I definitely have a love/hate for this workout. I love the beauty of its design and effectiveness, but I really hate the mental battle during the workout.

My strength is down, but my cardio seems to be up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started with 8 presses. Then did 2 presses, put it on my back for a grip reset, and 10 overhead squats. Then 5 OHS and dropped it for a quick breather instead of trying a fancy grip reset. I think I did 12 push presses, then 8 plus 5 front squats. Two sets of 10 front squats with 5 push jerks tacked on to the 2nd set. The push jerks seemed much harder than they should have been and I think I went 7-5-6-7 for the rest of them. I didn’t stop on the back squats, but they were pretty slow. Finished in 10:07 to keep the PR streak going on this one. Really happy with the effort.

  1. 4/15/2013 – 14:03
  2. 7/21/2014 – 13:34
  3. 9/3/2015 – 10:33
  4. 2/10/2019 – 10:07

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I programmed an 8:00 rest before starting a bodyweight metcon.

10 Rounds

  • 7 Burpees
  • 7 Knees to Elbows

This felt much worse than I was expecting. It seems like I always say that when K2E are involved; I’d rather do toes to bars. All the shoulder fatigue really carried over to the burpees. Took me 8:59 to get done. Wouldn’t mind trying this one again sometime when I’m fresh, especially since I got it from the BTWB Bodyweight Fitness Level workouts.

Midline

Stacked Plate Passes

The five of us lined up and passed plates down the line and then back. We went through it three times rotating positions to make sure everyone sat on the end at least once. I took double duty. The plate stack was 10-10-15-25-10-25-15-10-10.

Skill

Worked on my balance and handstand walking. Shoulders were very fatigued, but that’s some of the best time to work on it if you ask me. I think I just need to get away from the wall and get on the open floor because I’m probably adjusting knowing that I have the wall coming up since I’m only doing a few steps out.

It’s Coming Back

My shoulders felt tight through the night, but seemed fine today. This morning I posted a recap of my second week of calorie counting.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Step-Ups (24″)
  • 8 Behind the Neck Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 4 Inchworms
  • 4 Vertical Jumps

Strength

Push Press

  • 6×95#
  • 6×125
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Did 3×205# in August so I wanted to beat it today. Still not my best, but getting my strength back. I wore my belt for the last three sets.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Push Press (115#)
  • 15 Box Jump (24″)
  • 15 cal Row

We did the push presses from the rack today, though I’m not sure it helped because you have to control the descent and rack it. I did 9-6 for 5 rounds and then 6-4-5 at the end trying to go on short rest. All jump and step-downs on the box. Tried to keep above 1,100 cal/hr on the rower. Finished 5 rounds, 15 push presses, and 4 box jumps. My calves may feel this one for the next day or two.

Not counting calories today, because I’m headed to Brew Ha-Ha.

Fightin’

I’m pretty sore from yesterday. My hamstrings, glutes, low back (still tight), and I think my upper rhomboids are all feeling it. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Row
  • Air squat
  • Row
  • Step-up
  • Row
  • Burpee
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • Wall-balls (20#, 10′)
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • Box Jumps (20″)
  • Push Presses (75#)
  • cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 291 (with a 24″ box) the only time I’ve done this. That day I did 109-92-90 with 32-24-23 wall balls. Today I did 106-103-96 with 28-28-27 (I think) wall balls. Never dropped the ball today. I was very slow and deliberate on the SDLHP, a dumb movement. I know I could improve my score quite a bit if I busted them out, but it’s not worth it. Too easy to injure a shoulder with this movement and especially with how tight my back has been too. I pretty much stopped and reset on the ground with every single rep. Box jumps felt good and I kept the same pace through every round. Push presses were where I racked up the most reps, but that third round got really hard. I think I got about 15 cals on the first two rows and then pushed it for 17 at the end. I’ll take the 14 rep PR for my 3rd of 2019 already!

Posterior Chain

3 Sets

  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold

I wasn’t reading right and thought we only had to do 30 total reps, so I went pretty slow to start out. After I got done with the 30 and people who started before me were still going I realized my mistake. Went much faster for the other two sets but the damage had been done. My glutes were on fire! Being sore didn’t help.

Feeling Squats

Last night I noticed my hamstrings and ankles starting to get tight from the squats, but my back has felt great. Not feeling any worse today.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row
  • 40 Double Unders

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135
  • 2×145
  • 2×150
  • 2×155

Was hoping to get 150-155 after doing a 165 single a couple of weeks ago. Barely made the 155 and it was starting to look ugly. Nowhere near what I used to press!

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 40 DU
  • 5 DB Thrusters (50#)

Missed 4 or 5 double unders through the workout. The thruster reps were low enough to keep moving. Finished in 9:54.

Skill

The cash-out was actually handstand work, so I did some of my practice walking up in to the wall.