Back Says Not Today

Heavy single deadlifts at the gym today, which I don’t think would be wise for me after the last few days. My back is really tight. So it’s the first garage workout since the day I installed the new rack. Brandi joined in the fun.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×115
  • 8×135
  • 8×155
  • 8×175
  • 2x8x185

Wanted something different, so went with the sets of 8.

Conditioning

2 Rounds, With a Partner

  • 100/80 cals Ski Erg
  • 100 Hand Release Push-ups

The gym’s programmed workout for today with some twists. Ski instead of row or bike and upgraded from standard push-ups. The instructions said to alternate in sets of 10 calories and 5-10 push-ups at a time. Brandi did 8 cals and I did 10, so we ended up with 90 total each round. Then we alternated 5 push-ups each, which wasn’t easy even in the first round. Finished around 17:18.

Racked

Had a minor procedure done yesterday to remove another cyst from my head, so I rested. Spent most of today finally putting the new Titan Fitness folding rack up in the garage. I should have a post on nick.blog about it tomorrow. Finished around 4pm and got into the gym’s Friday workout, with a modification to sub the Ski Erg since I don’t have a rower.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 10x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 20 PVC Passes

Strength

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (105#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 5 Shoulder Press (115#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (140#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (160#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (165#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Added one extra single above the programmed rep scheme. That was my heaviest press of 2018. I decided to do chin-ups instead of pull-ups because it’s been far too long since I did some. They felt much easier. Sure was nice to have a rack for lifting, though shoulder press would be just fine off jerk blocks.

Conditioning

2k Ski Erg

I would much rather have done 2,000 meters on the rower at the gym. My time to beat for skiing is 7:39.6, so my goal was to hold a sub 1:55/500m pace. I did it for the first quarter of the race, but fell off quick after that. I bumped the damper up to around 5 after noticing it was near 3, so I wonder if that affected me. Or I just didn’t have it today. Finished in 7:49.2.

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Free For a Reason

The workout at the gym is long cardio with core cash-out, so I decided to make my own version and stay home. Out in the garage at 1pm.

Warm-up

  • 400m Ski Erg

Didn’t really plan a warm-up, but I was going to use the treadmill for the workout and when I hopped on it, it slowed right down from my weight. I guess that’s why I got it for free! Seemed like the motor might just be having a hard time keeping up under load, which could be bearings or any number of things. Will have to fix it soon so I can get in some running throughout the winter. Hopefully it’s an easy fix.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 400m Ski Erg
  • 1:30 Airdyne
  • 25 Burpees

My pace on the ski erg was < 2:15 / 500m and on the Airdyne I kept pretty steady around 72 RPM, which came out to about 42 calories or 0.55 miles. My burpees felt consistent throughout and were definitely the movement that raised my heart rate the most. Finished at 31:16, which was what I was looking for over 30 minutes.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

First two rounds unbroken and then 2 breaks in each of the last two rounds. Finished in 6:32.

On My Feet

Spent a lot of the day on my feet walking at a big community garage sale, walking 9 holes of golf, and mowing the lawn. The iOS Health app said I went 7.2 miles so I figured I could skip my run this week. I did get out in the garage before 7pm though.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 9

15:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Ski Erg (medium pace with damper on 3)
  • 20s Supinated Grip Bar Hang
  • 10/10 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlift (53#)
  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Taps

Got through 6 rounds plus 180 meters.

Back From the Lake

Walked 18 holes in just over 3 hours at Rogers City Country Club yesterday morning. Drove back from the week of vacation this afternoon and started a garage workout before 6pm.

Active Life – Shoulder Flexion 10

3 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Body Shoulder Flexion (8# DBs)

Doing these with 2.5# plates was an attack on my core the first time I did them, but the 8# felt pretty good today. Putting off the 9th workout to tomorrow which is a better one to do at the gym before my workout.

Conditioning

  • 5 Rounds
    • 400m Ski Erg
    • 12 KB Snatch (53#)
  • 5 Rounds
    • 400m Ski Erg
    • 20 Sit-ups

Got this from the gym’s Friday workout which was with 500 meter bike erg, so I cut it back to 400 for the ski erg. Instead of 12 toes to bars I did the 20 sit-ups. I definitely wasn’t going to do the snatches with the 70 pound Rx weight. Looking back at Wodify as I type this up, it must have been edited since I saw the workout the other day because it lists 0.3 mile Assault bike or 200m row as alternatives. Oh well, I need the cardio. 🙂

I started around a 2:15/500m pace and went a little faster each round, especially after getting through the halfway point. Each round the snatches were 6 right and 6 left without putting it down. Finished in 26:20.

Triple Thirty

Golfed yesterday and out in the garage around lunch.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg (1,006m)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Alternating Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

Romanian Deadlifts

  • 10×45#
  • 10×135
  • 10×185
  • 10×225
  • 2x10x245

All neutral grip. Then 30 sumo deadlifts which I put in the metcon.

Conditioning

  • 30 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
  • 30 cal Ski Erg
  • 30 Sandbag Squats (100#)

The Active Life program said to try doing the deadlifts unbroken, so I did. Took about a minute. I kept my pace at 800-830 cal/hr on the erg. Squats were done in two sets of 15 to finish in 5:35.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 12 Curl-ups (3 count hold)
  • 12 Lemon Squeezes
  • 15/15 Single Arm KBS (35#)

Took me 9:18, though it wasn’t for time.

Side to Side

My triceps have been a little sore from Murph. Out in the garage late in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 250m Straight Leg Ski
  • 5 Inchworms
  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 5/5 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 1:00/1:00 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Warmed up with 8/8 single leg deadlifts using 45-95-125 pounds.

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each leg)

  • 12 Single Leg Deadlifts
  • 45s Bent Knee Hollow Body Hold

I used 145# for the first set on each leg and then 165#, which was about a max for that many reps.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 2 Sets
    • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Backs
  • 10:00
    • Single Arm Waiters Walking Lunge (35#, switch arms every 10m)
    • Single Arm Press (35#, every other step, press when the leg opposite the arm holding the KB is forward)

Did them in the driveway instead of the garage so I could go 10 meters straight. Instead of 10 full minutes I stopped at 12 rounds (6 each side), which was 9:10 on the clock.