Closing in on 300

That damn “Annie” DOMS is killing my abs. I’ve had twitches and cramps all day. Walked 18 holes yesterday. It was 93% humidity in the middle of the round when I checked. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Today Bryan came over to workout. I warmed up with 500m on the Ski Erg.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×255
  • 1×270
  • 1×280 (PR)

Was supposed to work up to an opening attempt as if I were doing a push-only powerlifting meet. Since I hit 275# (my previous 1RM) for a double on Sunday, I wanted to hit 280 today and have a good idea of what I might be capable of next week when going for a max. I don’t if I have much more than that I have in me!

Accessory

  • 2×10 DB Side Raises (25#)
  • 2×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (30#)
  • 3×10/10 Bottoms-up KB Presses (30#)

There were pull-ups and rack chins programmed, but they are in tomorrow’s workout too (I actually swapped the order of the days), so no need to hit them 2 days in a row. I did add the KB presses though.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (115#)

Meh. I did the snatches in 2×5 each set. I don’t feel comfortable cycling hang snatches from a high position with 115# so it took me a lot longer. Bryan smoked me by almost 90 seconds. I finished at 7:55.

2:00 Challenge

  • Ski Erg Calories

Since I was down 0-1 in the series I had to pick something I was 99% sure I’d win. Got 49 calories to Bryan’s 43 and tied up the series.

Back to the Bar

Didn’t touch a barbell for 7 days while gone, so wasn’t sure how today would go, which is pretty much the last heavy day before the deload week and then max outs. Bryan came over at 1:30.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×225
  • 2×245
  • 2×255

  • 2×265
  • 2×270 (PR)
  • 2×275 (PR)

Felt heavy on the way up and even at 255. Buckled in and paid attention to my setup and positions. Hit 265 much easier than last time and 270 was smooth too. Hitting 275 for a double is what my previous max was about 2 years ago.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×245
  • 1×255 (PR)

Pretty smooth after the fight with this weight about 10 days ago. Wonder if not taking several little jumps helped with not burning out. Or the week of not touching a bar.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 15 Pull-ups
  • 15 American KBS (50#)
  • 15 MB Cleans (20#)

I Go You Go style with Bryan, so 3 rounds each. All unbroken. We finished at 9:16.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-25-25#)
  • 3×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (25-25-30#)

I did my accessories after he left and took my sweet time getting through them. They haven’t exactly been fun throughout the program, but I’ve stuck to it, only skipping them once or twice and I think it’s really paying off. I’ve already set some type of PR in all 3 of the presses. Looking forward to truly maxing out each lift.

That’s a wrap on week 10! The last 2 weeks only have 3 workouts per week.

More PRs

Finally got to golf yesterday. All The Things are sore from the 30 minute EMOM we did on Sunday. I didn’t get in the pull-up workout for week 9 over the last couple of days, so I’m going to skip it and get on the with the next bench day. Too much going on before I leave for vacation on Saturday. Out in the garage with Bryan at 4:30.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×225
  • 2×245
  • 2×260 (PR)
  • 2x2x265 (PR)

I actually tried 270 on my last set, not 265, but Bryan helped out way too early so I’ll count it as another 265. I felt like I was going to grind through the rep, but who knows. Did 10 pounds more than I’ve done for a double.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×220
  • 1×240
  • 1×252.5 (PR)
  • 1×255 (miss)

I had 3x1x240 planned, but felt good so went for it again and set the 2.5# PR over the last time. Look at this grind on the 255…

Accessories

  • 2×30 One Arm Farmer Carry steps (110#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-20-25#)
  • 3×10 Bent over DB Side Raises (20-25-25#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds (5 each)

  • 10/10 DB OHS (50#)
  • 10 Burpees

Bryan cruised through his squats much faster than me. I did loosen up and get faster after the first round though. We finished at 12:10.

Five More

Flew home from the conference yesterday and pulled in the drive after 11pm, so it was a rest day. Out in the garage around 4pm to start the 9th week of Hybrid Push Only.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x230
  • 3x10x210
  • 3x12x165 (wide grip)

Thankfully this is the last week of these fucking “drop set” 10s!! There was only wide grip bench one other time (3x10x165 about a month and a half ago) in the program and I don’t remember the sets being as horrible as these were. I had such an upper body pump after all these sets. Last time I did all 4 working sets at 220, so today was a 5# increase on one set and 10# on the other 3 sets. I added in the extra 215# warm-up set because I didn’t want to take a really big jump to get where I needed to be.

Accessories

  • 3×10 DB Skull Crushers (20-25-30#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20-20-25#)
  • 3×10 DB Bent Over Side Raises (20-20-25#)

Conditioning

  • 10:00 AirDyne
  • Rest ~5-10:00
  • 5:00 AirDyne

My plan was to go 15 minutes straight but after about 2 minutes I decided to go for 10. Then after resting I convinced myself I needed to get back on for another 5 minutes. Didn’t time the rest but I think it was closer to 10 minutes than it was to 5.

I did 345 calories (4.05 miles), which is only 12 calories shy of my best. My goal for the 5 minutes was to get 180 plus and I did with 182 (2.07 miles). Went for a 700m walk around the block to cool down but keep my legs moving.

Push Press PR

On Thursday I golfed like usual. While out on the course Alex texted to ask if I wanted to play Warwick Hills on Friday. I got the go ahead to take the day off work at the last minute and had a lot of fun. A lot of people may not believe it, but 2 days of golfing out in the heat took a lot out of me. Was in bed early and slept in, but got out in the garage around 11:30 today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 3x2x255

Bumped 10# over the last time. I set my 3RM with 255 a few months ago, so was happy to get all 3 sets. Felt like it got easier each set.

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×245
  • 1×250 (PR)


The program called for three singles at 85%, which comes out to just under 210 pounds. In my notes planning out the day I already had decided to go 235 and then increase by feel. It was feeling good, so I went for the PR. Not sure what I’ll do for the next two weeks now that call for an increase of 5-10#. I’ll probably stay around 235-245 and then go for the big PR in the final week of the program.

Accessory

  • 3×15 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Bent-over DB Side Raises (20#)

That wraps up the 8th week. Three more and then a week dedicated to setting new maxes in the shoulder press, bench press, and push press.

Conditioning

  • 1,000m Ski Erg
  • 100 Lateral hops (over line)
  • 100 H2H KBS (50#)
  • 100 Lateral hops
  • 1,000m Ski Erg

rope-snappedThe plan was to do 100 double unders, but when I got to the rope I forgot that the rings were hanging in the way. I tried a couple reps and nailed a ring right off the bat. So I thought maybe I could go facing another wall next to my rack, but was a little worried about the car behind me. Two reps in, I caught the rope on the barbell rack and it snapped.

Quick thinking decided I would do lateral hops over a line and get on with it. I kept wanting to stop on the kettlebell swings, but went unbroken. My splits on the Ski Erg were 3:57.8 and 3:56.8. The computer said the time between was exactly 6:00, which is kind of crazy. Finished at 13:58 on the clock.

I’m flying out to Minneapolis/St. Paul tonight a few days.

HPO Week 7

Played another solid round of golf yesterday, with an 82, which was 2nd best at the course. Out in the garage in the evening.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×230
  • 3x2x245

Still feeling great!

Push Press

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 2x3x225

Wore a belt for the final 3 sets. Not very fun.

Accessory

  • 3×20 Seated alt DB Shoulder Press (40-45-45#)
  • 3×10 Pallof Press (CS Blue)
  • 3×15 DB Front Raises (15#)
  • 3×10 DB Side Raises (20#)
  • 3×10 Shoulder Ts (CS Blue)

That wraps of week 7 of the Hybrid Push Only program. Still loving it, though today was a lot of accessory work!

Conditioning

  • 250m Ski Erg
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 100 DU (62-0-38)
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

I wanted to go a bit on the erg since I’d be able to catch my breath on the sit-ups. Averaged a 1:45/500m to get through it in about 52 seconds. Should have pushed harder. Never stopped on either set of sit-ups or cleans, though the first set of medicine ball cleans was slower. I got 62 double unders to start, then missed again, and then got the last 38. Finished the workout in 8:50.