Is This The One?

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Ski Erg (678m)

Workout – 10:00

  • 10 Samson Walking Lunge
  • 15 Russian KBS (35#)
  • 20/20 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 10 Lateral Step Overs

Hips were really lighting up from so many leg swings. Got through 3+18.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 15 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (Parallel)

My back acted up at 10 cleans in round 3. Slowed a bit and finished in 6:40.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 60m Single Arm Farmer Carry (35#)
  • Every 10m – 5 Single Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 30s Rest
  • Repeat with other arm
  • 30s Rest

Stayed light after the back tweak. Finished in 14:22. Hopefully my back is nothing.

Still Not Squatting the Olympic Lifts

My chest is still sore. Low back felt a little tight this morning. Last night working in my shop I did feel a few things going on in the low back when I was moving a shelf around inside a table. I’m not feeling any kind of tweak effects today though. 👍

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Eccentric Knee Flexion (30#)
  • 10 Paused Wall Balls (20#, 10′, 3 second)

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 30m One Arm Farmer Carry (110#)
  • 1:00 Rest between arms

It was supposed to be 60m but I had to screw around with my DIY Farmer handle too much and it was awkward so I only went side to side in the gym. Good enough for today.

Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 3 Hang Snatch High Pull
  • 3 Hang Power Snatch
  • 3 OHS
  • 3 Hang Squat Snatch
  • 40 Jump Rope
  • 15 Double Unders

I did 2 sets with 20kg and then 25, 30, and 35. Worked up a sweat!

Weightlifting

Snatch High Pull + Hang Power Snatch

  • 45kg
  • 55
  • 65
  • 75
  • 70
  • 70

I wish I felt comfortable enough with my back to start squatting these. I much be tired though because I almost didn’t get under 75kg!

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 1 Snatch (135#)
  • 3 C&J (135#)
  • 30 Double Unders

The snatch was supposed to be a squat and the Rx weight was 155. Scaled back and even this got my back really tight. Was able to keep moving but ran into some trouble with dubs in the middle rounds otherwise I think 12 rounds was within reach. I finished 10+4.

Active Life – Back Max

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Sit-ups
  • Plank (rest of the minute)

Not at bad as I was expecting. I did all planks on my elbows today.

Ready for a rest day tomorrow!

All Unbroken

On Tuesday I traveled back from up north and chilled for my 38th birthday. Yesterday I ended up getting busy organizing some areas of the house and putting together a big haul of clothes to donate. So it ended up being another rest day. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Workout

  • 10/10 Single Leg Deadlift
    • 45#
    • 95#
    • 3 Sets @ 125#

Class Warm-up

5 Sets

  • 4 Snatch Pull
  • 3 Tall Muscle Snatch
  • 2 OHS
  • 2 Hang Power Snatch

I did 3 sets with 45# and 2 with 75#.

Weightlifting

1-1-1 Snatch High Pull + Hang Snatch

  • 95#
  • 105
  • 115
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Conditioning

27-21-15-9

  • Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • MB Sit-up (20#)
  • Step-up (24″)
  • Push Press (75#)
  • Row calories

Kept everything unbroken. Good mix of movements to keep things moving. Finished in 19:12.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (62#)
  • 5 Pallof Press Series (blue band, 2 breath hold)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Morning (95#)

I only did 5 of the Pallof Presses at each of the 4 positions today, so ended up being 20 per round total instead of the ridiculousness that was 5 series of 3 per position. In the last round of evil wheels I slowed down on each rep. Need to start doing that all the time.

Longer Than Forever

Yesterday Alex came by and put a new shut-off valve on the gas line for the garage heater. I hadn’t been able to turn it on since last winter. So nice to be able to heat the place up again for workouts!

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Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up – 2 Rounds

  • 5/5 Lateral Box Step Ups (30″)
  • 10 Squat Press Outs (25# plate)
  • 10 Groiners

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 10/10 Front Rack Box Step Ups (24″, 95#)
  • 1:00 Rest between legs

Challenging!

Conditioning

  • 25 Burpees
  • 25 T2B
  • 25 MB Cleans (20#)

After looking at the Active Life stuff I had a feeling it would take a lot of time, so I wanted a sprint workout. This did the trick. Clock was at 1:18 after the burpees, 2:33 after toes to bars, and finished at 3:52. I went 6-5-5-5-4 on the T2B. Didn’t feel like a very good time for that workout.

Active Life – Back Max – 3 Rounds

  • 5x Pallof Series (blue band)
  • 100m/100m 1 Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 12 Good Mornings (75#)

The Pallof Series took forever because it ended up being 60 reps per round. I think I’m taking the instructions too literal on the reps because if I would have held each rep as long as it said it would have taken me well over 5 minutes. I did 6 laps (3 in each direction) around the garage for 100m. The 3 rounds of this took just shy of 30 minutes!

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.

Thumb Over

I planned on going to the 10am today but was up way too late tinkering with shit and finally went to bed around 3:30-ish. A text woke me up at 9:10 asking if I was going to class, so I got my ass moving and made it in.

Warm-up

  • 200m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Lifting

It was 20 minutes of snatch work so I decided I’d just do a bunch of muscle snatches.

  • 5x20kg
  • 5×30
  • 5×40
  • 5×50
  • 3×55
  • 3×60
  • 3×63
  • 3×66

That’s the most I’ve done for a triple and could have done more.

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 50m One Arm Farmer Carry (62# KB)
  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 4 Tire Flips

I don’t remember the last time I did 5 unbroken bar muscle-ups, but I haven’t really tried since I figured out to drop back down in the dip before pushing away. I didn’t wear grips and was afraid I’d tear. My left thumb was getting raw after 2 rounds so in the third I tried the grip with my thumb over the bar and actually got it! When I’ve previously tried it felt like I was going to fly off the bar, but I also had a lot more momentum from pushing away at the top. Was able to do every set unbroken and no bloody hands! Finished 6 rounds plus the run and push-ups.

I don’t understand it, but I’ve been enjoying these longer workouts lately.

Clear It

Was able to get out golfing yesterday and it turned out to be a beautiful day for it. Out in the garage around 5:30 today.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3x3x240

Added an extra warm-up set and increased 5# on working sets from the last time. 240 was rough and I didn’t notice until after my entire workout that I was supposed to do 4 sets of it. Whoops! 99% sure I only did 3 sets, so I guess getting in that extra warm-up set was even better because it ended up being 45# less volume. :-/

Push Press

  • 3×95#
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×200
  • 3x3x215

Increased 10# over last time. Why not?

Accessory

  • 2×30/30 steps 1-arm Farmer Carry (90#)
  • 3×15 DB Side Raises (15-15-20#)
  • 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)

Got to use my straps for the carries! Programmed with 20 steps, but I went to the end of my driveway, which was 30 and swapped hands there. Should stick to 15# for the raises yet; too much”kipping” with 20 pounds. Bent-over wasn’t so bad.

Conditioning

12 Rounds

  • 5 HSPU
  • 10 H2H Russian KBS (50#)
  • 5 T2B
  • 10 Over the Bench Jumps (18″)

The jumps were all the way over; no landing on the bench. Planned this to be 10 rounds but after 5 I decided I’d do 12 to get in 20+ minutes of breathing. Finished the 6th at 10:30 and then after finishing the 10th at a little over 17:00 I felt like I had a shot to break 20. Pushed it home with fewer steps between stations and quick turns after each jump. Almost! 20:08. So the second half took me 9:38 compared to the 10:30 of the first half. I guess I was cruising too much early on.

That mix of movements allowed me to keep moving. The handstand push-up reps let me work on bringing my legs down at the same time I’m lowering my body so I can get right into the kip. Started to get the hang of it.

Performance Plus

4 Rounds

  • 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (left arm, 25#)
  • 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (right arm, 25#)
  • No rest!

These are great for the core and shoulder too. I did 14 reps each side for the first 3 rounds and then 16 each side to close it out.

  • 2 Sets of 15/15 Side-lying Thoracic Rotations (video)

Holy shit what a difference from side to side. When reaching my right arm back I could get to the ground. When reaching back with my left arm there was still about a foot of daylight before I’d get to the ground!

That completes week 4 of both the Hybrid Push Only and the Performance Plus programs. I took 5.5 weeks to get through them. Week 5 of Hybrid is a deload and perfect timing since I’m heading to Europe on Tuesday. The next month of PP focuses on core work, so I think I’m going to restart the shoulder stuff after some traveling and save the month of core for later.