Enough For a Monday

Not really feeling anything from yesterday. Maybe my shoulders a little.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Alternating Kossacks
  • 10 Reverse Lunges
  • 10 Jumping Lunges

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 10/10 DB Kossacks (3 second pause, 35#)
  • 10 Jumping Lunges

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 Ski Erg cals
  • 20 Sumo KB Deadlifts (70#)

My goal was to keep > 1,000 cal/hr and I’d say I averaged above that for sure. Finished in 5:39.

Opted out of the core/shoulder work for another day.

Yep, a Solid Tweak

My back was worse the last two days so they both became rest days. It is feeling quite a bit better today. Needed to do something but I’m skipping any Active Life work which stresses that low back. Been awhile since I’ve done a long one, so I came up with this.

30:00 AMRAP

  • 200m Ski Erg
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 Walking Lunges
  • 20 Push Press (45#)

Was too slow on the erg through the first 4 rounds so I picked it up. Was able to do the push-ups in 4×5 each round. Finished exactly 8 rounds and then the timer went off.

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.

A Sumo Kind of Day

My chest is still pretty sore! Out in the garage in the evening. Have I mentioned how nice it is to have the bigger speaker out there? 🙂

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10 Sumo Good Mornings (45#)

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts
  • 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

I went 135-165-185-185#.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 500m Ski Erg
  • 2:00 Rest

Times were 1:44.6, 1:44.6, and 1:46.2. Couldn’t hold on. My legs and low back got fatigued from the deadlifts.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Push-up Shoulder Tap (2 breath hold)
  • 10 Alternating Thoracic Extension Rotation (2 breath hold)
  • 20s Table Top Hold

Got through 6 rounds plus the 10 shoulder taps.

Focused Effort

Out in the garage after lunch. I’m really enjoying these afternoon workouts.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warmup – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10/10 Kossacks

Got deeper in the Kossacks each round.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 12 Sumo Stance Good Morning (115#)
  • 8 Eccentric Knee Flexion (25#)

Conditioning

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  • 30s Ski Erg
  • 3:00 Rest

My plan was to do something like the Airdyne workout I’ve done where you go 5 rounds of 30 seconds at 100% with a long rest (I think it’s 5:00), then you take a double rest and do 5 more rounds. I knew the Ski Erg wouldn’t be as taxing just because the AD is mostly quads so I was going to do 4 minute rests. After the first one I knew that would be too much so I went with the 3 minute rest. After 3 or 4 rounds I decided I didn’t need the double rest in the middle either. As you can see from the increasing numbers that was probably even too easy. I haven’t done a lot of this stuff on the Skier so it’s hard to know what I’m capable of. In the middle I really thought that was all I had, but nope, there was more in the tank.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-ups (45#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (115#)

I skipped the 8 sumo good mornings since I did a bunch in the earlier section. My focus on this was to clean up my movements. On the sit-ups I realized I was cutting things short at the top, so I took another second to push my head and upper body through at the top and reach back for more of a shoulder stretch. For the rows I took the reps one at a time and concentrated on pulling with the appropriate muscles. When doing evil wheels, usually I roll all the way out and my stomach gets a very short rest on the ground. Today I stopped just short of that so I had to keep tension and pull myself back. Small change but made a huge difference in difficulty. Not much to say about the holds. I tried to keep the weight back and locked in with a tight posterior chain and my chest down.

Light Left

Wow what a difference that heat makes!

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Foam Roll each quad
  • 20 Lateral Step Overs

Workout – 6 Sets

  • 8 One Arm KB Front Squat (50#)
  • 10 Groiners
  • 1:00 Rest

Do 3 sets per arm, alternating each set.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 150m Ski Erg
  • 10 DB Push Jerks (40# DBs)

Not sure I’ve ever done jerks with the dumbbells, usually it’s a push press. Took 5:39. I should have put the DBs by the erg, but I left them on the rack and put them back after each set. Would have been under 5 minutes. I didn’t realize until after the workout, but the back head of the left dumbbell was set to 35# so I was 2.5# light on my left arm. Whoops! I don’t know how I didn’t feel that during the reps.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit Up (40#)
  • 8/8 1 Arm Russian KBS (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheel
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (95#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

Some of the same movements as yesterday since I got out of order a bit when I didn’t workout as planned on Saturday. I thought about skipping around again, but then it just might make things worse. With a rest day tomorrow it was a good day for the back-to-back work. This back work was less than 20 minutes today and I was resting a bit between rounds. Yesterday I was moving right from movement to movement in order to even break 30 minutes.

Fancy Toe Touch

Woke up exhausted on Monday. Had spent all day Sunday (and most of Saturday) working on a shop project and doing yard work. My upper back was probably sore from the muscle-ups and my low back felt a little “off” all day. Needed the rest day. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Single-leg Bias

Assessment: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Fancy name for a standing toe touch. I got about 3″ from toes with straight legs and not trying to push it.

Workout: 3×6 Sumo Deadlifts

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 135
  • 165
  • 185
  • 3 Sets 205

I’ve only done sumo deadlifts a handful of times (maybe). I really enjoyed them. Much safer for the back in the more upright starting position.

Cooldown: Standing Lumbo Pelvic Flexion Test

Forgot to do this until after the ski. Was able to get down to 1-1.5″ from my toes, again not trying to push it.

Conditioning

20:00 Ski Erg

Back is still a little off, so wanted to stay away from anything with weights at high speed or high reps. Have never done the erg for this length of time so wasn’t sure how to pace. I got faster with each 4 minute split for a total of 4,731 meters.

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Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Turkish Sit-up (40#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Row (53#)
  • 8 Evil Wheels
  • 8 Sumo Stance Good Morning (95#)
  • 30s Barbell Overhead Hold (95#)

All of the accessories! In and out of the gym in less than 65 minutes, including setup and cleanup time.

Going to try to get back to drinking protein shakes, which I haven’t been doing over the last year. I still have several tubs in the closet from over a year ago.