Repping Deads & Bench

My shoulders feel pretty good considering the work they did yesterday at the gym. I was out in the garage around noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

  • 2:00 Warm-up
  • 10:00 Test
  • 3:00 Cooldown

Done on my Airdyne (AD2) with 0.73 mile in the warm-up and 0.88 in the cool down, with rests between each part. For the test I got 387 calories and 4.26 miles (6,856m), which is a PR by 3 calories. My start and finish are good but I need to hold 85 RPM more in the middle of the ten minutes instead of falling down to 83. Getting closer to 400!

I’ve been doing this test long before Engine Builder and it’s neat to see the progress.2019-05-22-300-fy.png

I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00

  • 5 Up Downs
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 15 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Leg swings
  • 2x 30m Run

Just the run shy of getting 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 400m Run
      • Max Sumo KB Deadlift (88#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Rest (total – skip the 1:00 rest after the 4th cycle)
  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 500m Row
      • Max Bench Press (135#)
    • 1:00 Rest

The cycles were programmed in the opposite order, but we have to adjust due to the number of rowers in the gym. I knew I could do well with the rowing when I was tired so volunteered to do the rowing one first. I ran the out-and-back 400m route and couldn’t be more pleased with my times there. Rx was 225# deadlifts, but I’m not ready for that, especially after so much lifting yesterday. I could have done a few more deadlifts in several of the minutes, but 35 in every round was more than enough reps! I wanted to keep a pace under 1:50/500m on the rower and I was able to. Wasn’t really sure how the bench press would feel, but after the first round I set a goal to start with a set of 10 each time. I did 10-8, 10-10, 10-5-5, and 10-5-3. So a total of 140 sumo deadlifts and 76 bench presses.

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Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 40 Russian Twists (35# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did the planks on my hands because I was soaked in sweat already. The planks felt extremely easy. It took 9:33 to complete this.

27 Calorie Rounds

The gym workout for this morning was a partner workout with a lot of lifting and after so much snatching yesterday I felt it was a good idea to stay home. Need to be smart with the lifting due to my back. My body feels good after yesterday’s workout though. I warmed up doing 750 meters in 3:00.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

6 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 3:30 Rest

Was getting up to 2,200+ cal/hr by the 4th pull. I got exactly 27 calories each round and 262-262-263-263-263-262 meters. That is 3 calories and 15 meters better than two months ago after the disappointing drop last month, when my back was really tight and affected my power.IMG_2728.JPG

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (53# KB)
  • 25 Double Unders
  • 15 C2D Push-ups
  • 15 Bear Hug Squats (20# MB)
  • 25 Double Unders

I came up with this gem as something to keep moving through; wasn’t trying to set any records today. I used one of my old ropes since I was jumping on the concrete driveway. It felt like the wind was affecting the rope in my first two sets and I missed several times. After that I moved away from the tree, turned 90 degrees to face the wind, and never missed again! Didn’t expect that with a rope I haven’t used in years. I got through 7 rounds, the pull-ups, deads, and five dubs, so 7+25. Everything was unbroken except those first two sets of dubs. I was surprised my push-ups didn’t slow down at any point with the deeper depth and fifteen at a time.

Back at Class

I’m still sore in my quads a little bit from 19.5! I strained one of my left spinal erectors on Sunday, so add that to the list of shit bothering me. I was definitely glad for the rest day yesterday. After my morning meeting I hopped on the rower and did 733 meters in 3:00 to warm up.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

20 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

Got to > 1,600 cal/hr by the 4th pull and then held 1,650-1,750, though was over 1,800 at times too. My starting leg drive faded in the second half of the workout so I had to hold a higher pace after getting the flywheel up to speed. I got exactly 13 calories each time for 260 total and went 3,105 meters for an average of 155.25 with a range of 156-154. A few weeks ago when it was 18 rounds, my average was 147.4 meters with a range of 150-145. Much better in every aspect today. Most of the improvement probably comes from having a better idea of what pace I’m capable of.

Went to the gym at 4pm, my first class (not counting Open workouts) since March 6th when I tweaked my back.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 10 cal Bike
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Push-ups

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Ring Dips

In the seventh minute I started doing 3-2 on the pull-ups.

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 100 cal Assault Bike
  • 100 Sumo KB Deadlifts (40kg)
  • 100 Burpees

I worked with Weston and Brandi who did their part at the same time. The were on rowers and did regular deadlifts. I actually think it may be quicker to rack up calories on the Assault Bike for 20-30 seconds with rests because I think I was under 30 seconds most rounds. It just wears on you more because I was really slowing down by the 4th and 5th ones. We split the deadlifts up in 10s and the burpees in 5s. Took us around 12:43.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Hip Thrusts (20″ box)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green band)

We had time so I knocked out some butt stuff. Single leg hip thrusts are much harder than glute bridges!

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.