Sit & Pull

My back is a little better today, but still not great. Out in the garage around 4pm.

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 10 Snatch Shrugs (45#)
  • 15 Air Squats
  • 20 Double Unders

The right shoulder was getting stuck from the work I did yesterday. Air squats didn’t feel very good to start, but loosed up a lot after the first two sets. Did them slow and controlled. Double unders were a bit of a challenge.

Accessory – 5 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (20#)
  • 10/10 Landmine Row (55#)

Stayed light because I didn’t want to stress out my back. So I bumped up the set count instead of 3.

Conditioning

  • 36-24-12 Seated Rope Pull-ups (alternate hands every rep)
  • 30-20-10 KB Snatch (35#, switch arms every 5)

This was the workout programmed at the gym and it looked fun, so I wanted to do a variation of it. It was programmed with 6-4-2 (for men) rope climbs at 15′ so the pull-ups were my substitution. I tried to make sure I did 6 back-to-back before taking rests. Normally would have gone heavier on the snatches, but that was good for today with my back. I only took very short breaks to tighten the screw on my adjustable kettlebell. The original workout had a 12 minute time cap so my scaling worked well, finishing at 8:49.

Midline – 5 Sets

  • 20s Bird Dog
  • 10 Single Leg Glute Bridge
  • Switch sides…
  • 20s Bird Dog
  • 10 Single Leg Glute Bridge

Expected the bird dogs to be harder. The glute bridges were not the best choice and could feel them in my back more than any of the other movements from the day.

Mostly Burpees

Played an ugly 18 yesterday and of course walked. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Shoulder Taps
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Pass Throughs (red band)

Strength

3 Shoulder Press + 4 Push Press

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Shoulder presses felt heavy today, but was not getting as much rest as I’m used to.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 6 Power Snatch (95#)

Started slow because I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain a hard burpee pace for 8 minutes. Paid off in the long run and was able to but out my last 10 in under 30 seconds. Finished 6 + 10.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest

I did 20 rocks and 10 lifts each time through.

Worked on my handstand hold after class. When I started falling away from the wall I went with it and walked backwards. I find it easier than kicking up and walking in the normal direction, probably because of the comfort of feeling that falling feeling that way.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Closing in on 300

That damn “Annie” DOMS is killing my abs. I’ve had twitches and cramps all day. Walked 18 holes yesterday. It was 93% humidity in the middle of the round when I checked. Took a lot out of me for the rest of the day.

Today Bryan came over to workout. I warmed up with 500m on the Ski Erg.

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 2×215
  • 1×235
  • 1×255
  • 1×270
  • 1×280 (PR)

Was supposed to work up to an opening attempt as if I were doing a push-only powerlifting meet. Since I hit 275# (my previous 1RM) for a double on Sunday, I wanted to hit 280 today and have a good idea of what I might be capable of next week when going for a max. I don’t if I have much more than that I have in me!

Accessory

  • 2×10 DB Side Raises (25#)
  • 2×10 DB Bent-over Side Raises (30#)
  • 3×10/10 Bottoms-up KB Presses (30#)

There were pull-ups and rack chins programmed, but they are in tomorrow’s workout too (I actually swapped the order of the days), so no need to hit them 2 days in a row. I did add the KB presses though.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Hang Power Snatch (115#)

Meh. I did the snatches in 2×5 each set. I don’t feel comfortable cycling hang snatches from a high position with 115# so it took me a lot longer. Bryan smoked me by almost 90 seconds. I finished at 7:55.

2:00 Challenge

  • Ski Erg Calories

Since I was down 0-1 in the series I had to pick something I was 99% sure I’d win. Got 49 calories to Bryan’s 43 and tied up the series.

Death EMOM

Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pendlay Row
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95#

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
  • 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)

Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 K2E
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.

The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.

I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!

This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.

Midline: E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 20-30s Hollow Hold

Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.

Felt it Coming

Made it in for the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 1-2-3-4-5
    • Burpee
    • Squat Jump
    • American KBS (35#)

Lifting

Power Snatch + OHS

  • 3×45#
  • 3×75
  • 3×95
  • 3×115
  • E90S – 5 Sets
    • 3×135

It’s been at least 2.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell for any olympic lifts. Felt pretty good. I taped some gauze on my hand and wore one of my Bear Complex grips to help protect it.

It was going to be the same E90S but with a squat clean + thruster next. I was warming up with 3 reps using 135# and my back was feeling like it might go, so I stripped the bar and bowed out before it turned into a full-on tweak. The overhead squats seem to aggravate it. 😦

Gymnastics

E90S – 5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold

I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.

Conditioning

Team with Jason and Gavin:

  • 9 Prowler Sprints (1 set 135# & 2 sets 180#)
  • 72 Burpee KB Thrusters (2×26#)
  • 800m Run

We didn’t time it. Rotated through the prowlers and then did sets of 8 burpee thrusters for 3 sets each. Felt pretty good on the run, but couldn’t stick with Gavin.

Out in the garage in the evening after mowing the lawn and watching some of the other Regionals.

Bench Press

donut-recovery

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3x3x230
  • 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)

My bench press has been feeling really really good!

Shoulder Press

  • 8×95#
  • 4×115
  • 4×130
  • 3x4x140

Meh. Did the work, but was careful to squeeze with the minor back tweak this morning.

Tomorrow we are doing “J.T.” so I decided to skip the half kneeling kettlebell presses and tricep kickbacks. I also skipped one arm farmers carries due to my back.

 

Finally Satisfied

I’m pretty sure I displaced a rip in my back yesterday during the lifts. It’s not extremely painful or anything, but uncomfortable. Went in at 12 with the crew.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Squat Snatch (75#)

E3M – 6 Sets

  • 5 Squat Snatch (95#)
  • 8 Strict HSPU

I didn’t go heavy knowing what was coming next and figured it would allow me to push a higher rep count on the handstand push-ups. Picked a good number for those as each set took a bit longer, though all unbroken.

Conditioning

Warmed up with 6-4-2 @ 95#, 3-2-1 @ 115#, and 3-2-1 @ 135#.

“DT” – 5 Rounds

  • 12 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
  • 6 S2OH (155#)

A hero workout I’ve always been disappointed with. Since it’s on the heavier side I expect to be capable of a decent time. After my recent thruster experiment in 17.5, I decided to try a new DT strategy today. Take more breaks to prevent the long breaks. I also was going to go lower on my hang cleans since it worked out well when we did the DT Chipper during Open prep workouts. I taped up my thumbs, strapped on my belt, and was ready to grind away.

Started out 6-5 deadlifts, then 1 deadlift and 4 cleans, 4 cleans, and finally 1 clean with the push jerks. Dropped the bar at 1:16. Oh boy! Seemed fast but I felt ok. Breaks were naturally longer after that and it was about 3:05 when I finished the 2nd round. I stuck to the same rep scheme and it was working well. Third round was done just under 5:00 and 4th around 7:00 I think. After dropping the bar I picked it right back up without rest to get in the 6 deadlifts. I think I still took a break after 5 more. But then I went 5 cleans instead of 4. To finish it off I went straight through the final 4 cleans and the push jerks. Finished at 8:36 for a 1:26 PR!! Finally something I’m happy with. It ranks at a level 93 on BTWB.

Midline

E2M – 5 Sets

  • 10 Crab Sliders

I skipped out on some curls and dips everyone was doing since I get enough of that in the Push Only program.