Blowing Up Triceps

Feeling pretty good after yesterday, but I’m sure my abs will start getting sore from those 150 sit-ups after zero in a month. My ass isn’t any extra sore from doing more walking lunges. Went in at 1:30.

Warm-up

  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching

I didn’t realize how tired my shoulders were until I started moving.

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 MU

If my shoulders weren’t so beat I would have pushed more more reps. I missed the third rep and another attempt in round eight when I was trying to think about delaying my turnover a little bit. Did four reps in the last round to make up for it.

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 2 Parallette HSPU (1 AbMat – 9.25″)
  • 10 HR Push-ups

My shoulders were on the parallettes at the bottom. Really have to concentrate on a deep maximum kip for that much of a deficit.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Tricep extensions on Ski Erg
  • 8-12 Double DB Incline Skull Crushers (25#)

We weren’t sure what to do on the ski erg, so started out slow and controlled in the first round, which didn’t feel like it really did anything. So we sped up the pace after that and oh shit! You blow up after 15-20 seconds. Then the skull crushers were so much harder too. I did 12 reps for two rounds and then eight reps the other three rounds.

Was planning to do some handstand walking practice, but my triceps were so blown up I could barely hold a handstand! Maybe tomorrow.

Smart Does Not Equal Fun

My ass is getting sore from the lunges yesterday. Went to 4pm class, but it kind of sucks with how much I’m limiting myself to let injuries heal because I have to sub out almost every movement. Making smart decisions isn’t fun.

Warm-up

  • 100 cal Echo Bike
  • Zombie Kicks
  • PVC Passes
  • Butt Kicks

I jumped on the bike before class with the intention of doing 150 calories again. I just wasn’t feeling it though, knowing I had a harder 60 coming up in the workout.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 12 Walking Lunges (50# DBs)
  • 25 Sit-ups

The strength work was five sets of back rack lunges with the sit-ups. I did the walking lunges so I wouldn’t have load directly on my spine and so I could still load up my legs. Figured I might as well do it for time. Finished in 6:44. I think it’s been a month since I did a sit-up! Since the class got 18 minutes on the clock I had a nice long rest before the programmed met-con.

  • Buy-in: 60 cal Echo Bike
  • 7 Rounds
    • 14 Air Squats
    • 7 T2B
    • 7 Burpees

The bike was a replacement for rowing 1,000 meters and it took me about 3:50, which is just slightly longer than I would have taken for the row. I did 2x air squats in place of 115# front squats and burpees instead of 70# American kettlebell swings. Turned out to be a good workout and I did all of my toes to bars unbroken. Took me 12:41.

Strict Intensity

Yesterday I was hungover and took a couple of naps. Had to shovel the heavy wet snow, which actually accounted for my second highest WHOOP strain score of the week. Glad it was a rest day, because I would not have been able to fitness. After a solid night of sleep, I woke up with a 96% recovery score! Got to the gym early today for open gym again.

Warm-up

  • 150 cal Echo Bike

Took about 14:25.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Prone Fly (20# DBs)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickback (35#)

Gymnastics

  • 15:00 Handstand Walk

Tried to focus on pushing through my shoulders, hands out, and bent knees today. Feeling more and more comfortable each time I practice. Got out to 21-22 feet on my longest one. Here’s my final attempt.

 

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 3 Strict HSPU
  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 12 Walking Lunges (25# DBs at sides)

I like programming low rep strict movements in a workout like this, where it’s a challenge but I’m able to keep moving without rest. After getting round one done in about 40 seconds I was worried it was too fast. Then after not slowing much through about five rounds I set a goal to stay under a 1:00/round page. Even though I started dropping from the top of the C2B and quickly grabbing on for the next rep, I was able to make up time by speeding through step through lunges. Was able to do all of the HSPU unbroken without a problem. Finished with 15+5.

Midline

  • 3x 20 Dead Bug
  • 3x 10 Curl-up (3s pause)
  • 3x 10 Bird Dog + 10 second hold (each side)

Lost Capacity

Whatever was bothering the rib in my upper back was pretty much gone by the time I got home last night and no sign of it today. Good night of sleep, but still sore from early in the week. Out in the garage around noon.

Conditioning

30:00 Airdyne

I did 856 cals and 17.89 km and my average was HR 139 with a 161 max. Not good compared to three months ago when I did 950 and 18.79 with an average heart rate of 136 and max of 150! Have I lost that much aerobic capacity since I stopped the Engine Builder workouts? Or did I just not start out at a hard enough pace?

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests (all 3 on one side, then switch)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2 x 20 seconds
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 x 20 seconds

All About That Pressing Life

All kinds of things started getting sore yesterday and more so today. My body was feeling beat up the times I woke up in the middle of the night. Yesterday was a rest day but I did some rehab stuff that focused on the hip and butt, which took almost an hour. Went to the 4pm class today.

Warm-up

  • 2:30 Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 5 Push-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • Bench Press
    • 5×45#
    • 5×135

Strength Endurance

4 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 20 cal Echo Bike
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • MAX Bench Press (135-145-155-165#)
  • 2:00 Rest

All kinds of modifications for me today and for the next week as I try to let my back and calf rest. I did the bike instead of rowing, made the handstand push-ups harder by going strict, and benched instead of doing push jerks. This got really tough. I was pretty consistent with about 73-75 RPM on the bike. I was able to get through three sets of the HSPU unbroken and then 6-3-1 on the final set. My reps per round were 22-17-12-8 for bench press.

Conditioning

EMOM: 5 Burpees
Until the follow is finished:

  • 75 Air Squats
  • 75 Walking Lunges
  • 75 Push-ups

Here’s my modified version instead of 50 reps each of snatches, cleans, and push presses all with 45# dumbbells. When I went down for that first burpee I could already feel the fatigue in my shoulders and chest! It took me 11:55 and it was at about the same time as a couple of other guys so my choices worked out well.

I had planned to stay and practice handstand walking, but a rib in my back felt out of place or something. Plus there was so much pressing that I wasn’t up for it.

So Many Max Rep Sets

Feeling my back a little from yesterday and my shoulders are fatigued. Got to the gym around 12:30.

Warm-up

  • 50 cal Echo Bike

Then we spent forever hanging two sets of rings. There isn’t much extra room for my head in there. This kind of messed with me head for several of the sets.

4 Sets

  • MAX Deficit Parallette HSPU (2 AbMats ~6.5″)
  • MAX MU
  • 2:00-3:00 Rest

Our PVC parallettes are about 12″ high so with two AbMats call it a 6.5″ deficit. I didn’t want to start overextending in the handstand push-ups so I wouldn’t call my sets real maxes at all. I stopped well short of failure. I did 4 each time and they felt better than I expected having never done any on the parallettes before. Going right in to the muscle-ups wasn’t the easiest. I did 9-8-6-5 and was hitting my foot on the floor for some of the reps, which did throw me off some. Last February I did 10-7-6-6 going every three minutes, so pretty good today with the pre-fatigue and only one total rep less.

16:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 12 cal Echo Bike
  • 3-4 MU

Like a dumb ass, when I adjusted the rings, I lowered them, so then I started hitting my foot from the very first rep. I waited until we were done to adjust them properly.

I didn’t want to hinge with my back so I used the bike instead of the ski erg, which was probably much easier. I was able to get four unbroken every round except the sixth because I didn’t kip enough on that last rep. Wasn’t jumping up for a single either because I wasn’t confident I’d get four again in the later rounds. This got real terrible, which I guess is the point.

Nice to do muscle-ups again after not having rings or a rig for about three weeks.

DB Z Press

  • 8-8-12-12 (35#)
  • 90s Rest between sets

Did these in a straddle position. Maybe could have gone heavier, but I didn’t want to risk anything with my back.

4 Sets

  • MAX L-Sit Pull-ups (knees up)
  • 30s Prone GHD Hold

Just blown at this point and did not feel like hanging on the bar. Pussed out on the first set with only five, but then got 7-7-6 in the other rounds. I did the prone hold instead of single leg weighted back extensions.

Back on the Rig

Yep, time to properly rest this right calf. I about fell down the stairs this morning. Went to the 4pm class and we’re upstairs in the CrossFit room for the first time! They still have a lot of work to do, but almost all of the rig is up and there was flooring down.

Warm-up

  • 8×50′ Shuttle Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 5 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10/10 Leg Swings

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 4/4 Single Arm DB Front Squats (50#)
  • 8 Glute Bridges (50# DB)

Nothing crazy for me as the class did back squats and the bridges (or hip thrusts).

Conditioning

Tabata

  • T2B
  • OH Single Arm Walking Lunge (50#)
  • Seated Shoulder Press (45#)
  • MB Cleans (20#)

I decided I’m going to scale all kinds of things for the next 1.5 weeks before I leave on a trip in order to let this leg and my back heal up. No explosive movements (jumping, driving up, etc.) with my legs and no barbell lifting. So then that really gives me almost a month before I’m back and hopefully can hit things hard again. Will give me a lot of time to focus on gymnastics movements, bodyweight stuff, and maybe the bike. The class programming was T2B, barbell lunges, push presses, and Sumo deadlift high pulls (all with 95#).

I definitely wore grips for the toes to bars. Weston and I couldn’t remember what we used to do for these, but thought it was 7-8. So of course we both went for eight out of the gate. I got six rounds unbroken, did 4-4 in round seven, and then 6×1 in the eighth. Might have been able to sustain seven unbroken the whole way. I did six lunges every round. I sat on a medicine ball for the shoulder presses, doing four rounds of ten and four rounds of eight. I bet I feel those presses tomorrow. Then I did seven every time for the medicine ball cleans.

I went back and looked at my history and the best I’d done for Tabata T2B was 57 reps a year ago with 6×8 and 4-5. That day I did 5×8 unbroken, 5-3, and then singles. So 62 today was a nice PR!