Do Over

Garage session before dinner.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Single Jump Squats

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each arm)

  • 12 Single Arm Waiters Squat (3s pause, 53#)
  • 100m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Conditioning

  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 AMRAP – Dumbbell Snatch (35#, alternating)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 AMRAP – DU

Wasn’t planning on the 2nd round of double unders, but I was not happy with missing so much in the first 2 minutes; I could barely get through 20 reps at a time. Did 147 and 158 double unders, so was nice to get a higher number when I was fatigued. Went unbroken for the snatches with 49 reps. You don’t always have to go heavy.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Sets

  • 16 Front Squat
  • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

I used 115-125-135#.

BFBs

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 10 Single Arm KB Squat (53#)
  • 80m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 30s Rest

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 1:00 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Rest

Next year I will not suck so bad at these during the Open. Might as well start improving now. I quickly figured out that if I jumped my feet up between my hands, instead of keeping them wide, I would get closer to the bar and go straight into the jump over the bar. It wasn’t a short jump, but I wasn’t wasting time with a bunch of steps. I was able to get 16 reps every round. I could have gotten 17 in the 3rd set and I had some seconds to spare in the other rounds, but not enough to complete a full rep. Really happy with the effort on one of my least favorite movements.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00 For Quality

  • 8/8 Bottoms up KB Press (26#)
  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Halos (26#, around and back)
  • 8/8 Suitcase Deadlift (71#)
  • 8/8 DB Push Press (50#)

Something like this turns into a good little conditioning piece as well. Did 3 rounds. My left arm almost gave out in the last round.

Midline

  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 100 Flutter Kicks
  • 50 Leg Raises
  • 100 Bicycles

Got nasty after going unbroken on the first 2 moves. Finished in 5:35.

Slow Ski

Abs and a little sore from the evil wheels.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Paused Squat Press Outs (25#)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 8 One Arm Waiters Squat (53#, 3 count pause)
  • 60m One Arm Farmer Carry (70#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 500m Ski Erg
    • 1:49.7
    • 1:49.5
    • 1:48.3
  • 2:00 Rest

That pace felt a lot harder than it should have.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 10:00
    • 12 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 12 Curl-ups

Got through 5 rounds plus 5 more bridges.

Double Overhand

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • 8 Romanian Deadlifts
    • 45#
    • 135
    • 185
    • 205
    • 205
    • 225
  • 35 Sumo Deadlifts (225)
    • 15
    • 4×5

I’ve been doing all double overhand grip on my deadlifts, which turned those 35 reps into a challenge and I had to break them up a lot.

Active Life – Back Max

15:00

  • 15/15 One Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 One Arm Front Squats (35#)
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Had a feeling this could be my conditioning for the day. Harder than expected and got my heart rate up for sure. I did 3+30.

10 Rounds

Went to the 4:30.

Warm-up

10:00

  • 5/5 Single Arm KB Front Squat (26#)
  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 5/5 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)

Got through 5 rounds.

Strength

Front Squat

  • 8×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 2x4x205

Felt a little weird with my first set of 205 so I didn’t go up to 225 like I wanted. Wore a belt for the last 2 or 3 sets.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 4 T2B
  • 3 Power Cleans (135#)
  • 2 Push Press (135#)
  • 1 Jerk (135#)

Dropped every clean from the beginning. If we hadn’t done the front squats I think I would have tried to go unbroken. Finished in 7:01. Anything with a high number of rounds like that gets intimidating, but it was a good one.

2018 Begins

A few areas of my upper legs are lit up! Could it be from those squat jumps? Finished making my Bluetooth speaker. It’s soooo nice having some real volume in the garage.

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Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Will my calves ever stop being sore when I do these?

Workout – 6 Sets (3 each arm)

  • 12 One Arm Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

This combo really gets be breathing heavy. It’s essentially 120 mountain climbers.

Strength – Back Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 3x5x245

Humbling. I try not to think about what I could squat before. As I was walking the bar in after my final set I felt a little something in my left lower back. Fuck!

Then as I was getting out the dumbbell, this mother fucking 2.5# plate dropped right on the nail of big toe. I let out a bit yell. No marks on my foot yet.

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Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (45# DB)
  • 8/8 1 Arm RKB Swing (70#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Good Morning (125#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (125#)

Wasn’t sure if I was going to feel anything in my back, but seemed ok. Using the seventy pounder for the one arm swings may be a bit much. Realized in the second set of good mornings that they should have been sumo stance. Next time.

Not a Fav

In to the gym tonight since I won’t be here this weekend.

Active Life – Singe Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10/10 Lateral Step Overs
  • 3 Sets
    • 8/8 Eccentric Ankle Dorsiflexion

Workout – 3 Sets each arm

  • 10 One Arm KB Front Squat (53#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

I was out of breath from this.

Conditioning

  • ** EMOM – 7 Wall Balls
    • 25 Burpees
    • 25 Power Cleans (135#)
    • 25 Burpees
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 21-15-9 Thruster (75#)
  • 42-30-18 Sit-up

Took me 7:49 to finish the first part so I ended up doing 56 wall balls. Thrusters felt really good. Finished the entire workout at 18:21.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00 for quality (2 breath holds)

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

Decided to set the clock for 15 second intervals instead of trying to do all of the breath + rep counting, figuring there would be enough time wasted switching sides. Problem is that bird dogs and dead bugs are almost an instant switches compared to side planks, which waste about 5 seconds. It was too long and had to start taking rests after 10 seconds on the dead bugs after 5 or 6 of them. Side planks weren’t an issue, though still tough. With the clock running that way got through an entire round and 8 bird dogs. This is my least favorite of all of the back work sessions.