Some Squats

Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 Ring Rows (w/ pauses at top and bottom)
  • 20 Walking Lunges

Tried to hold for a second at the top, but not easy to do.

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×115
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×225
  • 2×235
  • 2×245
  • 2×235
  • 2×225

Starting wearing the belt with 195 or 215. Kept my reps controlled and tried not to bounce much out of the bottom. Felt pretty good. Haven’t lifted anything like that since July.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 7 American KBS (62#)
  • 9 Front Squats (115#)
  • 11 Russian KBS (62#)
  • 13 Deadlifts (115#)

I scaled back from 135# since it was 15 minutes of all weighted movements. Went with the 62 pound kettlebell though. I rested way too much as I do when it’s all you can eat at the weight buffet. Everything was unbroken and I wore my belt the entire time. Finished 5+22.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds for quality

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

Took a bit to get the hang of the Spiderman. Easy stuff today.

More Snatching

Went to the 4:30 class. Not doing any single-leg bias work today.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • Air Squats
  • Stretching
  • 3 Sets
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch
    • 3 Hang Squat Snatch
    • 5 Burpees

I used 20-25-30kg for my sets.

Weightlifting

All power snatches for me (or at least for heavy reps) until my back is feeling much better.

  • 3x40kg
  • 3×50
  • 3×60
  • 65
  • 70
  • 75
  • 80
  • 83
  • 3 @ 80

Wasn’t feeling the greatest with the 83 (183#), so I dropped off a bit and did some drop sets.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 20 Front Squats (95#)
  • 20 Push Presses (95#)

Wore my belt. My sets were all over the map. Rested more than I should have and finished in 10:47.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00 for quality

  • 10 Alternating Bird Dog
  • 10 Alternating Dead Bug
  • 20 Alternating Side Plank

Each rep was counted by doing a 2 breath hold and then switching sides. Harder than expected. I can see how this stuff is supposed to help with core stamina. Got through 10 side planks in the 2nd time through.

Reps and Holds

I’m a little sore from the bench presses yesterday and my back has been a bit tight.

Active Life – Warm-up

  • 30s/30s Foam Roll quads
  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion
  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)

The step-ups should be for max height to work on hip flexion. I don’t think I could go much higher or I’d need to start pressing with the grounded leg.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

3 Sets

  • 6/6 Front Rack Box Step-ups (30kg, 24″)

Supposed to be a moderate weight and this felt about right.

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Muscle-ups

Hadn’t done a muscle-up on the rings in ages. I had a minor issue not getting one shoulder through in set 7 or 8, but saved it and wasn’t in danger of any other misses. These felt really good.

Weightlifting

Warmed up snatches with

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75
  • 2×95
  • 2×115
  • 2×135

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Power Snatch
    • 7 sets 155#
    • 2 Sets 165
    • 1 Set 175

My back was definitely tight, but it helped me focus. First set felt heavier than I expected. After getting going, I was feeling good so increased for the last 3 sets.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 for quality

  • Bent Knee Hollow Hold: 3-5 breaths
  • Side Plank: 3-5 breath hold on each side
  • Superman Hold: 3-5 seconds

Was holding each position for 10-15 seconds. Got in 9 or 10 cycles through.

More Gymnastics

They wanted to do some handstand holds so I joined in. Originally had them programmed for today anyway before replacing with the back max work.

5 Sets

  • 40s HS Hold
  • 20s Rest

No met-con today, but got in a lot of good work.

Wonder What My Push Jerk Is

Walked my first 18 holes of the year yesterday. Wasn’t really tired, though did feel some pulling in my left hamstring over the last 4 holes. Still really wet and soggy out there. Went in for the 10am class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper (90#)
  • 2x
    • Couch Stretch
    • Wrist Stretch
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Weighted Lunge (45#)
    • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
    • 10 Front Squat (45#)

Weightlifting

1 Squat Clean + 2 Front Squats + 1 Push Jerk

  • 135#
  • 185#
  • 205#
  • 225#
  • 240#
  • 250#

Alex lifted with me. Wasn’t planning on going too heavy, but it was feeling ok. The squats did feel a little heavy. I haven’t maxed out push jerk in years, but the most I’ve done is 255# back in September of 2014. I think it’s a lot higher now.

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • Row calories
  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Jump Rope (singles)
  • Side Plank

Worked for 40 seconds of each minute. This was a nice little sweat. Alternated sides for the plank every round so that they were longer holds.

Out in the garage in the evening to kick of week 2 of the Push Only program.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 8×135
  • 4x8x175
  • 3x12x190

Increased 5# on both the sets of 8 and the sets of 12.

Close Grip Bench Press

  • 3x12x155#

Not knowing what I could do, I tried 135-150-165 last week, which was an average of 150, so a 5# increase over that seemed right for today and it sure was! High rep day is much harder with “strict” rests. I was doing about two minutes.

Accessory

  • 3×12 Clapping Push-ups
  • 3×12 DB Side Raises (15#)
  • 3×12 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15#)

Performance Plus

  • 3×15 PVC Lift Offs (video)
  • 3×10 Banded Arm Circles – 10 in all 3 positions and also in both directions (video)
  • Rolling Teres Muscles – 30 seconds / side (video)

Also did some psoas release and the entire second session only took 70 minutes.

Cruisin’

Woke up with tired legs from playing a bunch of Slammo/Spikeball last night.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Pass-thrus
  • 80′ Bear Crawl
  • 10 Walking Lunges

Conditioning

  • 800m Run
  • 40 Push-ups
  • 20 C&J (95#)
  • 400m Run
  • 20 C&J (95#)
  • 40 Push-ups
  • 800m Run

Took exactly 16:00. I went 15-10-8-7 on the first round of push-ups, 10-5-5 on both sets of clean and jerks, and 4×10 on the last round of push-ups, with the final 10 being very slow. Was mostly on cruise control.

Midline

6 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (R)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Side Plank (L)
  • 10s Rest

I think I was able to get 18 hollow rocks each time, but they started to burn after 3 sets. Side planks were no issue.

2:00 AMRAP

  • Air Squats

Pretty steady pace of 10 reps every 15 seconds. Finished with 81, which is not very good by BTWB rankings.

Felt like doing something in the evening so I tested out this week’s shoulder press strength work for Intuition. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Shoulder Press – E3M

  • 9×45#
  • 6×75#
  • 3×95#
  • 3×105#
  • 3×125#
  • 3×145#
  • 3×155#
  • 3×162.5#

Pretty close on the rounding of 60-70-80-85-90% based off a 180 pound estimated max. I paused for a second on my chest with 125-145-155 and maybe even 105 (can’t remember), effectively making each rep a first rep. Caused the final set to be harder than it should have been, considering I did 3×170 earlier this year.

The Pacer

Warm one yesterday walking 18 holes. Actually felt some fatigue in my legs this morning. Got to the gym early, so jumped in on some bench press with Alex.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 10×135
  • 10×165
  • 10×185

Felt heavy at 135, but seemed better after that.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Plank
  • Air squats
  • Bottom Squat Hold

I think we were switching every 15-20 seconds.

Conditioning

24:00 AMRAP – Team of 3

  • Person A: 200m Run (pace setter)
  • Person B: 10 Burpees
  • Person C: 10 Wall Balls (30#, 10′)

Ideally B & C get some rest while waiting for the runner to get back. Teamed up with Bryan and Weston. I started with wall balls, got through 8 rounds plus my wall balls and nearly finished the run with about 20 meters left. My pace on the runs felt really good today, even with the heat and humidity.

Midline Mash-up

2 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 20s Plank Push-ups
  • 10s Plank
  • 30s Side plank
  • 30s Side plank

It was a Tabata but I skipped the rest since we were rotating movements.

Grilled out and played some Spike Ball.

This fucking heat is exhausting. One of my first projects when I got home from a work trip is to replace a couple of in-wall air conditioning units; one doesn’t work anymore and the controls are broke on the other one. They must be at least 15 years old. After feeling lazy all day I got off my ass and headed to the track.

Aerobic Capacity – VO2 Max

13 Rounds

  • 200m Run (slow)
  • 200m Run (mile PR pace – goal of 46s)

I decided to start with a slow 200m to warm-up a bit instead of running a final slow one at the end. The slow pace doesn’t really matter for this workout and continued to get slower and slower. Didn’t get that first pace right (maybe due to the faster “slow” 200 to start), but fell in after that and pushed on the way home.

  1. 1:23.0 – 0:50.6
  2. 1:30.7 – 0:46.8
  3. 1:35.1 – 0:46.1
  4. 1:38.0 – 0:44.5
  5. 1:39.4 – 0:44.0
  6. 1:42.1 – 0:43.8
  7. 1:42.1 – 0:43.6
  8. 1:45.4 – 0:43.7
  9. 1:46.8 – 0:44.5
  10. 1:46.7 – 0:42.8
  11. 1:48.6 – 0:41.8
  12. 1:52.7 – 0:40.0
  13. 1:54.0 – 0:38.1

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Fifteen From Three Hundo

Legs, knees, and hips all are starting to feel beat up. I think I was already stalling last night by going to bed later so I wouldn’t want to wake up. Finally out to the garage after 8am. Warmed up with 5:00 Air Dyne (2.36 km).

Coffee Super Squats

Back Squat

  • 20×45#
  • 5×135#
  • 5×205#
  • 5×255#
  • 20×285# (PR)

Fuck my life! That was horrible. Hard to believe just two weeks ago 260# felt “easy” as far as a set of Super Squats can go. Think “Murph” on Monday and a week and a half of squat PRs is taking its toll? It started to get really hard after rep 7, not even half way through. This is the only time I’ve seriously thought about stopping during a set. It crossed my mind before but as a joke. Today I was considering it, thinking I might fail. Made it though. Bar was on my back for a total 2:12. Splits every 5 reps (including step out and in times) were 0:23, 0:28, 0:40, and 0:41.

After laying on the ground for a solid three minutes I put away the weights and figured it would be a good idea for a cool down. Jumped on the Air Dyne for 5:00 (2.04 km).

Went to the 4:30 class. Warm-up was various stuff with a training bar.

Deadlift

  • 5×45#
  • 4×135#
  • 5×225#
  • 5×295#
  • 2x5x325#

Keeping it light and easy. My back is under enough stress lately. Don’t need to fuck it up with deadlifts now.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 20 American KBS (53#)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 400m Run

All unbroken. Was outside so runs were a little short and didn’t have the clock for an exact time. Took about 14:30.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30s Plank
  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 30s Plank
  • 30s Side Plank (L)
  • 30s Side Plank (R)
  • 30s Rest

Was tabata rounds, but I didn’t use the 10 second rest periods. I guess I screwed up, setting the clock for only 6 rounds, so we started up another one after a short break.