Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

Uneven Dumbbells

Back to work yesterday and it was a rest day. My lats and biceps are sore. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Rounds
    • 1:30 Row (1:00 moderate / :30 recover)
    • 10 DB Sumo DL (30# DBs)
    • 20s DB Front Rack Hold (30# DBs)
    • 10 Up Downs
    • 20s Dead Hang
  • 9 DB Deficit Push-ups
  • 9 Ring Rows
  • 7 DB Up Downs (30# & 40# DBs)
  • 7 Jumping Negative Pull-ups
  • 5 DB Burpees (30# & 40# DBs)
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 10 DB Burpees (30# DB & 40# DB)
  • 5 Strict Pull-ups

The Rx was 35#, but we only have one dumbbell that weight. Tried out kettlebells but that was no bueno. Settled on using a 30# and a 40#, then just swapped hands every round. Worked out well actually and as a bonus got in some unilateral movement. I started off in the low 1:50/500m on the rower and then settled in at 1:55-1:57 the rest of the way. Did all singles on the bar so I didn’t have to waste energy on the negative or take long breaks between doubles or triples. Finished in 21:10.

2018 Regional Event #4

Believe it or not my quads were still tight yesterday. Went to the gym at noon today.

Active Life – Shoulder Abduction 1

2 Sets (per arm)

  • 50m Single Arm OH Carry (50# DB)

Accessory

  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (95#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (165#)
    • 45s Bent Hollow Body Hold

Had planned on four sets, but my back was feeling tight and I knew there were all of the snatches and burpees coming up, so cut back to three sets.

Conditioning

2018 Regional Event 4 (Using the women’s weights!)

  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Snatches (125#)
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Snatches (75#)
    • 12 Bar-facing Burpees

Warmed up my snatch with 5×45, 5×75, and 3×105. All singles with 125# and 6-4 on both sets with 75. I wanted to go unbroken on the lighter weight so bad but just didn’t have it. I tripped over the bar on the very first burpee, but felt good after that. Was actually able to speed through the last set of 12. I finished the first 2 rounds at about 4:40 and it took close to 30 seconds to pull the 25# off each side. Finished in 8:35 and was feeling pretty good about my effort until I checked the Women’s Regional leaderboard, where I would rank #256. Those athletes are fit!

Midline

4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold

Haven’t done this in a really long time and it showed. The goal is unbroken, which I’ve never been able to accomplish and today was no exception. I got the first two rounds unbroken and then took several breaks. Finished up in exactly 5:00.

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.

Hot Hot

I came down with a killer headache last night from being out in the sun. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 10 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 Backs
  • 5 Inchworms

Then I warmed up with 10 Sumo Deadlift at 45-95-145#.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo Deadlift (165-185-205#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Conditioning

Real easy 10:00 Airdyne for 3.05 miles.

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.