I set my alarm for 7am this morning so I could sweat before hitting the road up north to surprise Mom for Mother’s Day. My back was pretty tight getting out of bed.
- 10 Hand Release Push-ups
- 15 Squat Jumps
No warm-up! Did 2×5 on the push-ups. Finished 10+8.
Engine Builder – Speed
Rough only five minutes after those squat jumps! Didn’t have the push this morning. Got 164-164-157-156 calories and 1.98 – 1.95 – 1.92 – 1.92 miles (3,187 – 3,138 – 3,090 – 3,090m).
Felt good after the workout yesterday and since. Was up really early this morning and made it for a packed 9am class.
- 20 Reverse Lunges
- 10 Pendlay Rows (45#, 2s pause)
- 10 Squat Jumps
- 10 Good Mornings (45#)
- 1:00 Airdyne
- 10 Full Grip Elbow Punches
- 10 Tall Muscle Cleans (45#)
- 10 Hang Power Cleans (45#)
- 5 Power Cleans (95#)
27-21-15-9 – “Eliza-Plus”
- Power Cleans (135#)
- Ring Dips
I did power Elizabeth in March and it took 7:24, so I was thinking this could get close to double that time. Singles all the way on the cleans, but I didn’t mess around when I was at the bar; pick it back up. Mostly triples for ring dips with 5-6 doubles sprinkled in during the middle two rounds. Finished in 12:26, so better than expected. I need to work on my kip.
Almost bailed on working out at the last minute, but the garage was already warm and I want to have the day tomorrow to do other stuff.
Active Life – Single Leg Bias
- 10 Sumo Inchworms
- 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (45#)
- 10 Sumo Deadlifts (45#)
- 10 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
Workout – 3 Sets
- 15 Sumo Deadlifts (165#)
- 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing
- 2 Strict Chin-ups
- 4 HR Push-ups
- 6 Squat Jumps
I’ve done some similar variations of this but think they are usually 3-4-5 reps. My triceps and general upper body are sore from Wednesday. Smacked my chin on the descent in the second to last round. Ended up with exactly 17 rounds.
Active Life – Back Max
- 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization (35#)
- 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
- 10 Curl Ups
Made it through 4 sets plus the glute bridges.
Music of the day was the Black Panther soundtrack.
Made it in for the 10am.
- Bottom Squat Hold
- Shoulder Stretching
- Squat Jump
- American KBS (35#)
Power Snatch + OHS
- E90S – 5 Sets
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. 😦
E90S – 5 Sets
I did these while everyone was doing the cleans. Should have done at least 45 second holds.
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.
- 3×20 alt Incline DB Bench Press (50#)
My bench press has been feeling really really good!
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.
So my back tweak yesterday is nothing like where I was done and out for a week. Moving a little gingerly, but was able to mow the lawn and rake yesterday. Did more raking today. Out in the garage around 8pm after procrastinating all day. Since I skipped going to the noon workout today I figured it was a good day to get in the Performance Plus programming and make tomorrow a shorter workout.
10:00 EMOM (alt)
- 20 Squats with feet together, holding 15# plate with straight arms (video)
- 10 Plank Plate Pops on 45# comp plates (video)
Could tell I was getting warmed up and used to the feet together squatting because I got faster every round. Nice little burn with these two. Neat movements.
- 3 Strict Pull-ups
- 6 HR Push-ups
- 9 Squat Jumps
Didn’t want to do anything with loading so all bodyweight seemed like a good idea. I’ve done a few similar workouts before. Got through 13 rounds plus the 3 pull-ups. That did the trick! All done is less than 30 minutes.
My back belt much better yesterday, but will take it easy this week. In early at 2pm with the guys.
- 1 Legless Rope Climb
- 8 Strict HSPU
- 10 Squat Jumps
I did this warm-up since I was skipping the back squats. They had to do max reps at 70%.
Work up to 3 sets of 5 @ 70%.
I did all powers to keep the stress of my back, which sometimes acts up in the bottom of the squat when snatching or doing OHS. The 155 is officially my 70%, but my snatch isn’t where it should be, so the extra 10# was no problem.
- Buy-in: 3 Rounds of “Chesty” before snatches
- 5 C2B Pull-ups
- 10 Push-ups
- 15 Air Squats
- 15 @ (135/95#)
- 12 @ (165/115#)
- 9 @ (185/125#)
- 6 @ (205/135#)
- 3 @ (225/145#)
One of those bonus round workouts we’ve seen in the open. You get a 5:00 clock to start and must complete 3 rounds of “Chesty” and the associated snatches to “earn” another 5:00. You can start on the next cycle as soon as you finish the snatches to try to get ahead of the clock, banking up extra time.
First three rounds were no issue, as suspected, though my squats were too slow. I thought about doing triples so started with a double at 135# and quickly changed to singles. Breezed through them. Next cycle of “Chesty” I was getting even slower with my squats and started using my hands to push off of my knees, hoping to save my legs some for the snatches. I could have changed the weight on the bar faster too.
The snatches with 165# were challenging, but I was still able to power each one, taking about 10 seconds per rep. Or at least that’s what I was seeing on the clock as I tried to rush the last 30 seconds. I finished 10 of the 12 reps. Needed to be there about 15-20 seconds sooner and I would have been able to move on.
Doing rounds of “Cindy” with chest-to-bar pull-ups was a fun twist and wasn’t causing me any issues. I don’t know I’d want to do it for a full 20 minutes though.
8 Rounds (Tabata)
I did all sixes plus an extra 2 at the end last time we did this. Goal today was sets of 7 and initially I was even thinking 4×7 and 4×6 would be nice to accomplish. Got through the first 7 sets of 7 unbroken and hit my wall in the final set, having to do 4-2-1. 56 total reps, which is a 6 rep improvement. Makes a big difference when I can remember to keep my legs straighter. Muscle memory is still hard to overcome though.
My upper back and traps are sore. Maybe from the plank walks? Or maybe pulling the cleans since I haven’t done much of them lately?
- 2 Sets
- 5s of StrongFit Tricep & Bicep Openers (10#)
- 15 Reverse Hyper (210#)
- 3 Sets
- 10 Squat Jumps
- 10 Band Pull-aparts (green)
- 20 Plyo Lunges
- 9 Back Squats (45#)
- 8/8 Landmine Rows (45#)
- 9 Back Squats (135#)
- 8/8 Landmine Rows (55#)
Those squat jumps and lunges got the legs burning!
E3M – 6 Sets
- 9 Back Squats (185#)
- 8/8 Landmine Rows (60#)
Tried to activate my hamstrings and glutes again. Bumped up the weight on the landmine rows. Drenched by the end of these.
- Deadlifts (315#)
- Box Jump (30″)
Wasn’t sure if I would go Rx on this, especially since I haven’t pulled over 300 in about 7 weeks. Felt ok warming up and knew I’d be good if I broke it up. Warmed up with 5×185, 3×225, and 3×275 on the bar. I’ve only done this once before (8:32) and completely underestimated the deadlifts, so today I went with all sets of 3. Worked much better and finished in 7:56 (36 second PR) not feeling nearly as bad as I did 2 years ago.
- MAX Push-ups
- Rest 2:00
- 2 Drop Sets w/ 2:00 rest
Started dying in the low 20s but held on for some more slow reps and ended at 35, which is far from my best. Was going to shoot for 15 in the drop sets, but breezed through that so did 20 both times. That extra rest time after the “max” set I think helped to recover more from the metcon.
Will do ROMWOD this afternoon (and did end up doing Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap in the evening). Movie time tonight for Captain America: Civil War!