Slow Down the Wall Balls

Quick trip out to the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

2 Rounds

  • 7:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

Very similar to the 7-5-3-1 work yesterday. Wasn’t feeling 82-83 RPM today though and it ended up being around 80-81. Did 237-239 cals and exactly 2.81 miles both intervals.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Behind the Neck, Snatch Grip Sotts Press (PVC)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 25 Banded Pull Throughs (green)
  • Dumbbell Curls – 21s (25#)

Did this instead of OHS because of my back. Still doing the A version of the 21s.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Pull-Ups

Missed a DU or two in almost every round. Had to go slower than normal on the wall balls due to my back, which I could feel on the jumping and the wall balls. I did 3×5 on every round of pull-ups. Got through 5+30.

Accessory #2

5 Rounds

  • 10 DB Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups

Took about 6 minutes.

400 Sit-ups in 3 Days

Throughout yesterday I got sore in my quads, shoulders, core, lats, and biceps. Pretty much everywhere. I finally cleaned out my gym bag yesterday too.

After morning meetings at work I got on the bike.

Engine Builder – Speed

5 Rounds

  • 2:00 Airdyne
  • 30s Rest

I wanted to hold 87-90 RPM, because I had to go faster than I did for a straight 10 minutes, right?! Made it, but would like to be more consistent. Those 30 second rests were over in the blink of an eye. My calories were 90-84-82-85-89 (430 total) and 4.35 miles. I did an easy five minutes for 1.36 miles to cool down.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 10 Muscle Cleans (45#)
  • 10 High Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
  • 10 Power Cleans (45#)

Weightlifting

Power Cleans

  • 5×95#
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 2×185
  • 8x2x205

No belt. Worked on not leading with my hips, which alleviated some pressure on my low back. Go figure!

Conditioning

20:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 20 cal Row
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was really excited (/sarcasm) for 200 more sit-ups after doing 200 on Sunday! My goal was to hold 1,500 cal/hr on the rower and I did it with ease. Average was probably 1,550-1,600. I was finishing the row in 46-47 seconds each round and pushed the last one to finish in 43 seconds. I was barely even breathing heavy when I got off the ground after sit-ups each round. I actually felt pretty good with these smaller sets of sit-ups and did them in 30-31 seconds every round.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Definitely got a low back pump from the RHs.

Beat Barbara

The strained muscle in my back is feeling better and better. My low back has felt pretty good and not feeling any affects from the cleans on Friday. Hamstrings are still a little sore from the GHRs. Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (46 cals)
  • Dead Hang
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Kip Swings

Conditioning

Barbara
5 rounds, each round for time

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 AbMat Sit-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 3:00 Rest

This workout has never been a strength of mine, but was hoping I could go sub 20 today for a big PR. I knew it was a big ask to think I could average less than four minutes per round, especially if you look at my history of rounds. New strategy today though. I wanted to try all sets of 5 for pull-ups and push-ups with very short rests.

Worked out really well! My rests got a little longer between pull-ups and push-ups, but still very short. It felt like my sit-ups slowed down the most and I was able to keep pushing myself on the squats. Crushed my goal and went 18:44 for a PR by nearly three minutes! When I came in at exactly four minutes in round four I pushed hard in that final round trying to make sure it was better because I really wanted 4:00 or better when it was my goal to average that round time.

Date R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
Sep 22, 2012 4:23 4:26 4:26 4:33 4:27 22:15
Nov 16, 2014 3:37 4:12 4:29 4:59 5:07 22:24
Apr 16, 2017 3:52 4:06 4:19 4:42 4:38 21:37
Mar 31, 2019 3:27 3:41 3:37 4:00 3:59 18:44

Something fun to think about, with no way to know, is what contributed most to this improvement? Am I really that much fitter than 2 years ago? Doubt it. Is the Engine Builder program already paying off? Maybe a little bit. Did my lighter body weight help? Definitely some. How much did the new strategy help? Probably a lot. The PR is probably due to a combination of all of these things.

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Accessory

3 Sets

  • 30 Arms Only Rowing Strokes
  • 30 Rower Curls

Started with the damper at 1, then 2, and finally 3. This was a huge arm pump! Everyone was laughing at our unique use of the rowers.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5x5x185

Didn’t have much left in the upper body for benching, but good to hit it fatigued for something different.

After the Duke game I finished the 4th week of Engine Builder.

Engine Builder – Interval

  • 3k Row
  • 3:00 Rest
  • 2k Row

My goal was to hold a 1:50/500m pace through both, which I thought would be extremely difficult after already having done a long workout. I did it for the 3k with a time of 10:59.5. I couldn’t hold on during the second half of the 2k, finishing with a time of 7:24.7, which is only 4.7 seconds off that goal. Calories were 221 and 145.

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To be honest, it turned out better than I expected, especially after 250 squats this morning.

I really love having a rower at home and the numbers don’t lie, especially this month after starting Engine Builder.

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This doesn’t tell the whole story though, because I also do plenty of rowing in class at the gym. Here’s a chart from BTWB for rowing distances.

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Three months in, 2019 is nearly my second biggest year for rowing. The chart for rowing calorie workouts shows a different story.

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After I looked into these charts, it makes a lot more sense that 2015 had been my best Open finish until this year. In my opinion rowing is the best way to improve your engine.

In the Yellow

I’m getting a lot of sleep, but WHOOP says I’m still not recovering to the green zone; been in the yellow every morning after 19.4 and the rowing I did on Friday. My back continues to feel better each day. My legs feel tired walking up the stairs today.

Too much I’d have to substitute at the gym again, so did everything at home.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (805m)

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

6 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 3:30 Rest

Tried to get over 2,200 cal/hr by the 5th pull and stay there. My calories were 26-27-27-27-26-26 and you can see below that I started running out of steam after the 3rd interval. This was pretty nasty.

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Looking back at my 250m PR, I pulled 45 strokes/min. I guess I need to cycle through my strokes faster.

Accessory

Dumbbell Curls – 21s

  • 3 Sets 7-7-7 @ 25#

Got up to the 25s with all three sets. One more session and then I’ll switch things up. Really happy with the progress in under 2 months.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 30 Sit-ups

Wanted something where I could keep moving but not too intense after the anaerobic work. This did the trick. I did 4×5 every round of push-ups. First set was done in 40 seconds and about 50 for round two before I started taking a little more rest between every five push-ups. Sit-ups felt good the whole way and took about a minute each round. Finished in 9:35.

Complete rest day tomorrow.

Get Out Front

On the rower by 8am with no warm-up. 🤷‍♂️

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row (high intensity)
  • 5:00 Rest

Was thinking maybe 1:40/500m before I started, but I quickly felt that was too slow. Results were:

  • 1:18.8 – 34 cals
  • 1:18.5 – 34 cals
  • 1:18.2 – 34 cals
  • 1:17.9 – 34 cals
  • 1:17.5 – 34 cals

Looking at some other’s results on BTWB I probably should have gone harder. It’ll take me some time to get the feel for my different rowing paces. I haven’t done this stuff in a couple of years.

 

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 10 Shoulder Rolls (PVC)
  • 10 Overhead Squats (PVC)
  • 10 Snatch Balance (PVC)
  • 5 High Hang Snatch (PVC)
  • 5 Hang Snatch (PVC)
  • 5 Snatch (PVC)

That got me warmed up!

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

  • 45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 5 Sets 135

Wore my lifting shoes for the first time in two years. It was programmed for the working sets to be at 75% and if I go off my lift from a couple of weeks ago that would be 145. My right shoulder is feeling a little weird though so I stayed lighter and tried to work on a few things like a wider beginning stance and my speed. Started feeling snappy a few sets in to the 135.

In one of the sets I somehow hit my nose on the way back down. That was a first! Good thing it was a bar without center knurling.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 9 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 12 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 15 Sit-ups

I knew this one would be quick with no real reason to rest other than in the push-ups, so I started off hot out of the gate. It’s fun to do that from time to time and see how many people will follow along. 🙂 Deadlifts were all unbroken. I went 7-5 every round of push-ups and they slowed down but I never hit failure. Sit-ups felt fine the whole way. That’s another 180 reps today after doing 200 on Saturday! I got through 12 rounds the deadlifts and 2 push-ups.

Skill

Worked on handstand walking after class for about 15 minutes. Got a few good attempts in, but was really working to keep my legs together plus get the forward lean going.

Slick Saturday

I felt rough after getting home last night but pretty good this morning. Made it for the 9am class on slick roads.

Warm-up

Thunderstruck

Hang from rings and do a burpee every time the song says “Thunder.” My hands didn’t really want to hang but the rings are easier than the bar. Those couple long hangs were rough.

Conditioning

39:00 AMRAP (w/ partner)

  • E3M (starting at 3:00) both run 3x down and back (~360′ total)
  • 200 Sit-ups
  • 50 Burpees
  • 100 cal Row
  • 100 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Partnered up with Weston. There ends up being 12 sets of running. We did 10 sit-ups at a time except for the beginning of round two where we started with a set of 20. Burpees were 5 at a time, row broken into 25 cals, and first round of wall balls was 25 at a time. I was on the wall balls at the end and held on for 33 reps, so we needed about two more minutes (not counting run time) to finish.

That was a good burner and work/rest split.

Conditioning 2

In the afternoon I jumped on the Airdyne (AD2) for 20 minutes, going 6.96 miles, which was exactly 500 calories. I could feel some fatigue in my legs.

Failure to Break

Had planned an active recovery day yesterday, but when I woke up I could tell right away it should be a rest day. Even though the pump session on Saturday wasn’t intense it worked some muscles I don’t give much attention. I was due for a rest day because my last one was the 26th. I’ll do active recovery on Saturday this week.

Big ice storm last night, but roads were clear enough to make it to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

Line Drills

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kickers
  • Karaokes
  • Single Leg Hops Forward
  • Single Leg Hops Backward
  • Bunny Hops
  • Burpee Broad Jumps

20s Work / 20s Rest

  • Single Unders
  • Backward Singles
  • 10s/10s Single Leg
  • Alternating Legs Singles
  • 2 Singles + 1 DU
  • 1 Single + 1 DU
  • DU

I don’t get how people can practice alternating from singles to doubles. The rhythm is completely different and fucks you up.

Weightlifting

  • 5 High Hang Snatch High Pulls (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Above Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Below Knee Power Snatch (45#)
  • Power Snatch (work up to moderate/heavy set of 5)
    • 75#
    • 95
    • 115
    • 135
    • 155

Did those sets of power snatches all touch-n-go. Felt good and would have gone for more if we didn’t have so many snatches coming up.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 2-4-6-8-10… Power Snatch (95#)
  • 20 Double Unders

Went unbroken through 6, then 2×4, 2×5, 3×4, 5-5-4, and 4×4 I think. My thumbs felt ready to fall off. I missed two dubs in a round and only did two rounds unbroken I think. So many misses! Finished the 16 snatches and 17 double unders.

Butt Stuff

3 Sets

  • 20/20 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 1:00 Glute Bridge Hold

Feel the burn!

Gymnastics

8:00 EMOM

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups

Like some of the other stuff I’ve been doing my goal was to go until I had to break a set and that would be my last one. Well… I was able to stay unbroken and stopped there before my hands tore open. Part of me really wanted to get in two more for that 50 total reps, but I think I made the smart move. Took grips off after 3 or 4 rounds because they were bunching up too much and the straps were pulling on my wrists.

This establishes both 30 reps and 40 reps for time, which were 5:17 and 7:16. Feeling really good about my gymnastics endurance! I still haven’t attempted more than 6 unbroken bar muscle-ups, which I could obviously crush now. Maybe I’ll hit a max set in a week or two.

Midline

At 9pm I got the brilliant idea to do 100 sit-ups and this was barely an hour after I ate dinner. Was able to set a 9 second PR by doing it in 2:30.