Tough Pace

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt) -> AMRAP

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 200m Run
  • 1 round of “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

You are supposed to try an alternating EMOM and then turn it into an AMRAP when you fail. I wasn’t concerned with the row or the “Cindy” rounds, but figured the run would get me. Got through the 5th round with the runs being tough but feeling doable. Then I headed out for the 6th run and knew I didn’t have much left. My heart rate was too high to keep pushing the pace. The row and gymnastics were done in less than a minute each time, so I didn’t fall too far off getting all three done in 3:00 though. In the 10th round I headed out for the run with 1:10 on the clock, pushed to finish it and actually had time to knock out 2 pull-ups. So I ended up close to finishing 10 rounds.

For the first 5 rounds I was pulling 1,400+ cal/hr on the rower and then was trying to stay above 1,200 for the rest. First run was done in just over 40 seconds and got slower each round. My first round of Cindy took about 36 seconds, but I didn’t really look at the clock after that one. I did regular kipping pull-ups throughout and it still feels ok on my shoulder. My air squat speed seemed much better than usual.

We were done super early, so did some shoulder work…

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 10

4 Sets (each arm)

  • 50m Single Arm Overhead Carry (53# KB)
  • 30-60s Rest between arms

Actually was only programmed for 3 sets. Extra credit!

Tight on Thrusters

Was gone all weekend golfing at Arcadia Bluffs. Amazing! My back has been tight ever since making a hard swing at a ball that was burried in some foot long rough. I felt it right away and was tight the rest of the trip. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 10 Rower Pulls Sub (1:30/500m Pace)
  • 10 Rower Pulls Easy
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 15 Push Ups

Strength

Thrusters

  • 6×45#
  • 3×95
  • 3×125
  • 3×145
  • 3×165
  • 3×185
  • 3×205

I started using my belt with 165 and up. Felt the last rep with 205 a little bit in the bottom of the 3rd squat, so stopped after that. My goal was to at least match the 3×205 push press I did last week, thinking my squat would be the current weak link. Mission accomplished. In December of 2016 I did 215# for a triple, which is the heaviest I have recorded, so 205 is good for my current strength.

Conditioning

  • 200m Run
  • 15 Dumbbell Thrusters (40# DBs)
  • 15 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 12 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 12 Hard Row Pulls
  • 200m Run
  • 9 Dumbbell Thrusters
  • 9 Hard Row Pulls

Normally a row would be to my advantage in a workout, but everyone is doing the same number of pulls here. Sprinting on them just killed me for the rest of the movements. I scaled back from 50# dumbbells to protect my back and make sure I could go unbroken. I didn’t quite get up to the 1:30 Rx pace, but figured I wouldn’t when I was barely able to pull it fresh in the warm-up. It took me 3-4 pulls to get up to speed each round before counting the reps. I pulled 1:35 the first round, 1:38 in the second, and 1:35 in the third. Was able to do the thrusters all unbroken, but the second and third runs were a slow jog, trying to catch some breath. Finished in 7:49.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 3

3 Sets

  • 100m Right Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 100m Left Arm Overhead Carry
  • 1:00 Rest

I used a 40# DB for the first two rounds and then a 50# to finish it off. Couldn’t have gone much heavier.

Kettlebell Thrusters

Body feels good. Went to open gym at noon.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 10

2 Sets

  • 100/100m Single Arm OH Carry (35# KB)

Conditioning

  • 1-2-3…10 Kettlebell Thrusters (35# KBs)
  • 5-10-15…50 Double Unders

Programmed it with dumbbells but figured I’d try something different with the kettlebells. Unbroken on all of the thrusters. Missed a double under in the round of 15 and another in the set of 40 otherwise all unbroken. Took me 7:59.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 5 Pendlay Rows (135#)
  • 10 Bird Dogs (3s pause)
  • 5 Box Jumps

Warmed up a little with 5×45 and 5×95 Pendlay rows and 5 box jumps at 24 and 30 inches. Wanted the box jumps to be high. I used 36″ for two sets, then 38.25 and 40.5. Little intimidating looking at the stack after not having jumped anything big in a long time, but no issues when I went for them.

2x3x400

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Hand Release Push Ups
  • 50′ Walking Lunge

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 25 Hand Release Push-ups

Pushed the runs and felt good. Did my push-ups in sets of 5, trying to keep rests short. Finished in 7:59. Got about 5 minutes of rest before the next one.

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 25′ Right Arm DB Overhead Walking Lunge (50# DBs)
  • 25′ Left Arm DB Overhead Walking Lunge (50# DBs)

**Use two dumbbells, holding the second one on the other shoulder.

Felt like I was able to do the first run about the same as the first workout. Then came those lunges, which I thought I would be able to go down and back without dropping. Oh boy was I wrong! They really jacked my heart rate and my last two runs were so fucking slow. Took me 10:35 to finish.

That was a lot of running yesterday and today. Happy I was able to run had for four of the six.

Gymnastics Strength

4 Sets

  • 2×5 Strict Rope Pull-ups (alternating high hand each set of 5)
  • 2×5 Strict HSPU

Would have liked to do 10 handstand push-ups unbroken each round but there was no way after those metcons. Glad to be able to get all of the reps in though.

I have a golf scramble in the morning, so not sure if I’ll exercise tomorrow.

2018 Regional Event #4

Believe it or not my quads were still tight yesterday. Went to the gym at noon today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 1

2 Sets (per arm)

  • 50m Single Arm OH Carry (50# DB)

Accessory

  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (165#)
    • 45s Bent Hollow Body Hold

Had planned on four sets, but my back was feeling tight and I knew there were all of the snatches and burpees coming up, so cut back to three sets.

Conditioning

2018 Regional Event 4 (Using the women’s weights!)

  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Snatches (125#)
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Snatches (75#)
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Warmed up my snatch with 5×45, 5×75, and 3×105. All singles with 125# and 6-4 on both sets with 75. I wanted to go unbroken on the lighter weight so bad but just didn’t have it. I tripped over the bar on the very first burpee, but felt good after that. Was actually able to speed through the last set of 12. I finished the first 2 rounds at about 4:40 and it took close to 30 seconds to pull the 25# off each side. Finished in 8:35 and was feeling pretty good about my effort until I checked the Women’s Regional leaderboard, where I would rank #256. Those athletes are fit!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Haven’t done this in a really long time and it showed. The goal is unbroken, which I’ve never been able to accomplish and today was no exception. I got the first two rounds unbroken and then took several breaks. Finished up in exactly 5:00.

Quads of Sore-y

Sunday afternoon I spent 4 hours processing a bunch of reclaimed lumber… pulling nails, cleaning up the wood, and then cutting it down in to more manageable pieces. My back was really tight from so much bending over.

Walked 18 holes yesterday and was super sore. My legs kept giving out while walking and anytime I had to walk downhill I almost fell on my face. Quads are so fucking sore! Today I’ve started walking down the stairs backwards. I don’t think I even get this sore from “Karen.” Went to the 5pm class today.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 9

2 Sets Each Arm

  • 100m Single Arm OH Carry (40# DB)
  • 30s

Was supposed to be a minute rest between arms but I had to rush it to get done before class started.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Shoulder Rolls
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 200m Run

Strength

Bench Press (6×2 @ 80-85%)

** After each working set complete 5 strict pull ups.

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 2×205
  • 5x2x215

I’ve definitely lost a lot from my 290 pound max. I did my pull-ups on the rope by reaching up as high as I could. Each set I alternated which hand was high.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

** Alternate rounds with a partner. Finish the round you’re on.

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 15 Double KB/DB Front Squats (30#)

Partnered with Jason, who was missing his rope so struggled on the DU. With my sore quads I wasn’t going heavy on the front squats and the thirty pound dumbbells turned out to be just fine. I missed 3 or 4 times on my first set of double unders but then got 4 sets unbroken. Started out by pulling 1,400+ cal/hr and went faster each round, getting around 1,700 on the 5th round. I was probably though about 12 calories when the clock ticked over, but then we each finished out our 5th rounds.

Pulling on the Rope

Played 18 holes today, but didn’t walk with the heat. Went to the 4pm class.

Shoulder Flexion 5

4 Sets

  • 50m Single Arm OH Carry (44#)
  • 30-60s Rest

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Rope Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Weightlifting

Squat Cleans

  • 6×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 2×165
  • 2×185
  • 3x2x205

Plenty heavy for the day. My squats are weak and I’m not risking a back tweak before my bro’s wedding this weekend.

Conditioning

  • 400m Run
  • 9 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 18 Rope Pull-ups
  • 400m Run
  • 7 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 14 Rope Pull-ups
  • 400m Run
  • 5 Power Cleans (165#)
  • 10 Rope Pull-ups

The runs always feel slow and probably are. I think the clock said 2:00 when I came in on the first one. Quick singles for all of the power cleans. I scaled back from 185# to keep the pace up and again to not risk my back. I split up the rope pull-ups to keep things even with one hand higher on the rope. 5-5-4-4, 7-7, and then my grip was giving out, partially due to a cut on my thumb, so I went 5 and 2-1-1-1. It was kind a of a jumping rope pull-up, but still a lot of pull. Finished in 11:05.

Happy with my loading and scaling choices lately, especially with the switch to this Ben Smith affiliate programming. Keep moving and keep the intensity high.