The strained muscle in my back is feeling better and better. My low back has felt pretty good and not feeling any affects from the cleans on Friday. Hamstrings are still a little sore from the GHRs. Went to open gym at noon.
- 5:00 Assault Bike (46 cals)
- Dead Hang
- Bottom Squat Hold
- Kip Swings
5 rounds, each round for time
- 20 Pull-ups
- 30 Push-ups
- 40 AbMat Sit-ups
- 50 Air Squats
- 3:00 Rest
This workout has never been a strength of mine, but was hoping I could go sub 20 today for a big PR. I knew it was a big ask to think I could average less than four minutes per round, especially if you look at my history of rounds. New strategy today though. I wanted to try all sets of 5 for pull-ups and push-ups with very short rests.
Worked out really well! My rests got a little longer between pull-ups and push-ups, but still very short. It felt like my sit-ups slowed down the most and I was able to keep pushing myself on the squats. Crushed my goal and went 18:44 for a PR by nearly three minutes! When I came in at exactly four minutes in round four I pushed hard in that final round trying to make sure it was better because I really wanted 4:00 or better when it was my goal to average that round time.
|Sep 22, 2012||4:23||4:26||4:26||4:33||4:27||22:15|
|Nov 16, 2014||3:37||4:12||4:29||4:59||5:07||22:24|
|Apr 16, 2017||3:52||4:06||4:19||4:42||4:38||21:37|
|Mar 31, 2019||3:27||3:41||3:37||4:00||3:59||18:44|
Something fun to think about, with no way to know, is what contributed most to this improvement? Am I really that much fitter than 2 years ago? Doubt it. Is the Engine Builder program already paying off? Maybe a little bit. Did my lighter body weight help? Definitely some. How much did the new strategy help? Probably a lot. The PR is probably due to a combination of all of these things.
- 30 Arms Only Rowing Strokes
- 30 Rower Curls
Started with the damper at 1, then 2, and finally 3. This was a huge arm pump! Everyone was laughing at our unique use of the rowers.
Didn’t have much left in the upper body for benching, but good to hit it fatigued for something different.
After the Duke game I finished the 4th week of Engine Builder.
Engine Builder – Interval
- 3k Row
- 3:00 Rest
- 2k Row
My goal was to hold a 1:50/500m pace through both, which I thought would be extremely difficult after already having done a long workout. I did it for the 3k with a time of 10:59.5. I couldn’t hold on during the second half of the 2k, finishing with a time of 7:24.7, which is only 4.7 seconds off that goal. Calories were 221 and 145.
To be honest, it turned out better than I expected, especially after 250 squats this morning.
I really love having a rower at home and the numbers don’t lie, especially this month after starting Engine Builder.
This doesn’t tell the whole story though, because I also do plenty of rowing in class at the gym. Here’s a chart from BTWB for rowing distances.
Three months in, 2019 is nearly my second biggest year for rowing. The chart for rowing calorie workouts shows a different story.
After I looked into these charts, it makes a lot more sense that 2015 had been my best Open finish until this year. In my opinion rowing is the best way to improve your engine.