Memorial Weekend

Walked 18 holes yesterday. My hamstrings and hips are a little tight, probably from all of the lunges. Out in the garage in the early afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.46 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 8×45#
    • 8×135
    • 8×185
    • 8×225
    • 2x8x255
  • Rest
  • 60 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)

All RDLs were done with a neutral grip. For the Sumos I wanted to do 10×6 and was able to. Alternated my mix grip each set. Finished in 4:44. Wasn’t sure how my back would do coming back to these after the trip and slacking most of the week after.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 60s Front Rack Hold (165#)
  • 50m/50m Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)

That hold was no cake walk in round one. I focused on controlling my breathing to get me through. Finished in 7:24.

Don’t need anything more than those pieces for the day since I turned strength into some conditioning. Looking forward to the three-day weekend.

Sumo Conditioning

My quads are already sore from yesterday. Out in the garage before lunch.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.53 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

Romanian Deadlifts

  • 6×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 6×185
  • 6×215
  • 6×245
  • 2x6x265

The workout portion also included the Sumos I combined with the conditioning below.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in: 30 Sumo Deadlifts (245#)
  • MAX Airdyne (AD2) cals

I figured throwing the Sumos in here would keep me moving. I did 15-8-7 for the deadlifts and finished in about 1:30. Got 229 calories.

Ankle Test

Had some things (aka taxes) to take care of yesterday so made it a rest day. Out in the garage before a late lunch.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.5 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 10×45#
    • 10×95
    • 10×135
    • 10×175
    • 10×205
    • 3x10x225
  • 50 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 10 sets of 5
    • ~ 5 count rest

Rest was basically taking 2 steps over to my blocks to move the counting chip. Finished in 3:30.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 50s Front Rack Hold (165#)
  • 50m/50m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 50 Lateral Hops (over line)

I added in the last two movements so I could turn it into a conditioning piece. Wanted to test my ankle a bit and was fine doing the hops. Just feels weird though, so I hope nothing is going on in there, but I’m worried that it’s not going away. I did 15-10 on every round of push-ups. Finished in 15:33.

Double Max

The front of my right ankle feels really weird. No trip to the gym today with 0.5″ of ice out there. I hit a garage session in the afternoon.

Active Life – Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel Rock Backs
  • 5 Inchworms

Workout

  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (95#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift (135#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 16 Sumo Deadlift
    • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

I used 165-185-205#. After the 2nd working set I noticed it was supposed to be 18 reps. Whoops! So I bumped up 20 more pounds which I hadn’t planned on.

I haven’t been wearing a lifting belt at all lately. My thinking is that I shouldn’t rely on it as a crutch and hopefully I’ll build everything in my back a lot better to protect itself.

Active Life – Back Max

Yep, a double Back Max day because the first one looked like a good way to warm up. Between Back Max and the Hips program there has been no escaping deadlifting pretty much every day, so it’s been hard to pair up the two programs. Less than 20 workouts in each program left though.

5 Rounds

  • 30s Supinated Deadlift Hold (205#)
  • 30s/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53#)
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Taps (3s hold)
  • 5/5 Single Arm Ring Rows

I kept moving to give it double duty as conditioning. Took me 20:30 to finish. The deadlift hold almost fell out of my fingers in the last two rounds. I did a push-up before each shoulder tap. Made the ring rows harder each round by moving forward a bit. Those are a neat movement.

More Snow in April

Back was tight when I woke up. Maybe it was the 1-2 inches of snow on the ground! Out in the garage before noon so I could watch Tiger in the afternoon while working.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.51 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 8×45#
    • 8×95
    • 8×135
    • 8×175
    • 8×205
    • 8×225
    • 2x8x245
  • 45 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 9×5
    • With about a 5 count rest

Used neutral grip for all of the RDLs. For my break on the Sumos I moved a chip and got back on the bar. Took me about 3 minutes to complete the 45 reps.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 30s Lunges
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 30s Rest

Went 17-19-20-21 on the lunges and 19-22-24-25 on the presses. An empty bar sure can burn!

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 15s L Hang (bent knees)
  • 10 Curl-ups (5 count pause)
  • 30s/30s Single Arm Farmer Carry (70#)
  • 10 Alternating Push-up Ts

Jump Into It

My shoulders were starting to feel 18.5 already several hours after. The right one wasn’t exactly feeling great when I warmed up for that workout. I haven’t been doing much pull-up work lately though. Maybe I need to try out the Active Life shoulder program.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (1.45 miles)
  • 15/15 Lateral Leg Swings
  • 20 Groiners
  • 1:00/1:00 Samson Stretch

Workout

  • Romanian Deadlifts
    • 6×45#
    • 6×135
    • 6×185
    • 6×205
    • 6×225
    • 2x6x245
  • 40 Sumo Deadlifts (225#)
    • 4×10
    • 10 count rest

Got the heart rate up doing those sumo DLs. Felt pretty good though.

Conditioning

  • 25 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • 25 Push Press (95#)
  • 25 Burpee Box Jumps (24″)

I couldn’t believe the time was over 3:00 when I got done with the first 25 reps. I was jumping up and then into the box jump every rep to not take extra steps. I did step down and back a bit every rep. I went 10-9-6 on the push presses. Finished in 8:06.

Cooldown

That was enough on my back for the day so I didn’t do any of the Back Max work. I did do 10 Cat Camel + Rock Back with a 2 count pause in each position.

Sub 40

Quick afternoon session in the garage. I was in and out in under 40 minutes.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series (each position)

As I’m writing this I realize I just did 5 reps at each position instead of 5 series. Whoops!

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

Active Life – Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel + Rock Back
  • 5 Inchworms

To warm up my sumo deadlift I did 8 reps each at 45-95-135#.

Workout – 5 Sets

  • 16 Sumo Deadlift (165#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Kept moving from one to the other.