The Right Scales

Yesterday I had sore calfs, abs, and pecs. Getting sore abs from toes to bars is a rare treat. I’m a little confused why my pecs are so sore, but maybe from doing the larger sets of T2B combined with the wall balls, because when I simulate the motion of both movements I feel it. Walked 18 holes on the golf course. Today all that stuff is still sore, plus my lats. Out in the garage at lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

33:00 Airdyne

**Endurance with 7s sprint @ 7, 14, 21, 28

Earned 946 calories over 19.65 km and probably could have filled a bucket with all of my sweat. Later I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 Russian KBS (44#)
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs
  • 5 Shoulder Presses (PVC)

Strength

Push Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5×185
  • 3×205
  • 1×220
  • 1×235
  • 1×245

I belted up for 205 and above I think, maybe even the 185. Still got it! I was hoping to hit at least 235 today and the 245 even felt good. That’s only 15 pounds under my all-time best and I haven’t been doing much heavy overhead pressing. The bench press work probably has some decent carry-over.

Midline

5 Sets

  • 10 Sit-ups

In between some of the push pressing.

Conditioning

  • 50-40-30-20-10 Front Squats (45#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 2 Legless Rope Climbs (13′)

The Rx was 75# front squats, American swings, and 1 rope climb, with an 18 minute time cap. There was no way I was attempting Rx for 150 front squats and I figured the empty bar would challenging enough. I did my rounds as 30-20, 25-15, 18-12, 20, 10. I think I’m retired from American swings with my back, so I did the Russians all unbroken. Since I was scaling two movements I went for the Rx+ of 2 rope climbs and decided to make them harder by not using my legs since it was only 10 reps. Barely finished at 17:55. I made the right scaling decisions.

Volunteer Burpees

My WHOOP recovery score was still only 39% this morning, but I have a lot more energy today. Had to knock out conditioning before lunch because I had an appointment to get the back window of my truck tinted.

Year of the Engine – Interval

15 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 45s Rest

Did 15 rounds of 1:00/1:00 at a pace of 1:39/500m two months ago, so wanted 1:37-1:38 here. Got 231-232 meters every round and could have gone a little faster.

Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 5 Good mornings (45#)

Strength & Midline

Deadlift

  • 10×35#
  • 5×125
  • 5×145
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 10×215

Lifted with the girls so I didn’t try to go too heavy. That last set wasn’t feeling great. In between sets of deadlifts…

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Weighted Plank (45#)

These felt really easy.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 5 Bench Press (185#)
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)

I did the burpees instead of 200m runs to give my calf a little more time and especially after feeling weird from the box jumps the other day. Going from wall balls to burpees to bench wasn’t pleasant. Got through 5+16.

Riding the Echo

Got some decent sleep last night after being exhausted and woke up with a WHOOP recovery score of 70%. I was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

I got 774 cals and 16.06 km

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • Hanging Shoulder Stretch

5:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Burpees

I got through exactly 3 rounds. Funny how that works. 😉

Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Banded Pull-throughs
  • 5 Goblet Squats (22kg)

Last week when I ripped my palm doing all of those pull-ups I thought it looked like I also had a blister under my left pinky. Nothing every came of it, until I noticed a bunch of skin pulled up there during this workout. Not a tear though, which is always good. I wore grips for 5 rounds and then took them off because they were bunching up too much and pulling on my wrists. Was able to do every set unbroken.

It was my first time riding on the Echo Bike and it’s really smooth. I’m feeling so much better on these bikes after all of the Engine Builder workouts and so much time on my Airdyne. Definitely the hardest part of this workout though. I subbed in the pull throughs instead of American swings and the goblet squats instead of three back squats. I sweated my ass off today with this new humidity that hit us with the warmer temperatures.

The Price of Unbroken Pull-ups

My legs are still sore today. Was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 1:15 Rest

My goal was to hit 1:35/500m and it was a success. I got 237 meters every round except the 5th where I got 238.

2019-06-21-row.JPGThat put me over 150k meters on the rower since I got it.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

7:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 cal Row
  • 4 Inchworms

Got through three rounds and did the burpees instead of 20 double unders, due to my calf.

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Assault Bike
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)

Second week in a row where the Friday workout repeated some of the movements I did at home on Thursday night. This was programmed as 3×135# C&J for three rounds, then three rounds of heavier doubles, and finally four rounds of heavy singles. I definitely can’t do jerks with my calf and didn’t want to press my luck for my back or calf with heavy cleans so I decided to substitute the medicine ball cleans.

I started hot out of the gate to get the bike going each round and was doing 90+ RPM, until I had 2 cals left where I kind of coasted in because the work is already done and you just need to let it tick over. My goal was to do all of the pull-ups unbroken and I did. Pushing the limit on bigger sets of gymnastics is working out surprisingly well lately. I did tear open my palm in the 9th round, so the 10th was using basically finger tips only to grip the bar on my left hand. I’ve never ripped on my palm before! I think I was done with the first round in 1:02 and the rest of the rounds were 1:11-1:15.

Midline

5:00 EMOM

  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups

Last two rounds hurt!

Morning Endurance Run

Woke up with my back feeling much better than yesterday morning. Was out the door for a run before 8am while it was cool out.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

27:00 Run

Ended up going 2.87 miles in 28:45, so only a 10:00/mile pace, but I averaged 170 steps per minute again. I’ll chalk the pace up to just getting out of bed. I wore an older pair of Saucony shoes I had actually been fit for at a runners store and they are not at comfortable as my Reebok runners.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

I also did some hanging to open up my shoulders, bar taps, and a few toes to bars to make sure my back could handle them for the workout.

3 Sets

  • 6 PVC Passes
  • 9 Air Squats
  • 4 cal Assault Bike

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95

Strength & Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • Rest

The bench press was a sub for push presses since I didn’t want to put that loading on my back. I used 135, 155, 175, 195, 205, 215, and 225, which is 92% of my 5RM. Felt good even as I got out-of-breath in the later rounds. I wore grips for the toes to bars and actually did every set unbroken without any struggle. I never do that large of sets so I was surprised I didn’t fade. Even though there is almost 4 minutes between each set it still adds up to 84 total reps. I started out with the Rx 12 calories for two rounds on the bike but even at 90+ RPM it was too easy, so I bumped up to the Rx+ of 15 calories and even caught up on the calories I was behind from the other rounds. Really not a bad workout, because there is a ton of rest.

Midline

20s Work : 10s Rest (Tabata) until finished

  • 200 DB Russian Twist (45# plate)

It was written to use a dumbbell, which I’ve never tried for Russian twists, so I gave it a try. Big mistake. It’s awkward to hold, I was falling over, and it felt like I was going to rub my knuckles raw. So after getting 18 reps in the first work interval I switched to a 45# plate. Took me 4:06.

2019 Murph

Signed up for the 9am heat with a bench of friends. Nice cool morning for it.

“Murph”

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

**Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and air squats as needed.

I haven’t done a real Murph since 2016. In 2017 I was traveling back from attending Regionals and didn’t do it at all. Last year my shoulder was messed up so I did ring rows. Here’s my Murph history:

  • 2012 – 44:26
  • 2013 – 39:41
  • 2014 – 40:17
  • 2015 – 37:18
  • 2016 – 37:11
  • 2018 – 43:10 (ring rows)

I’ve run less than 13 miles in 2019, with only two runs longer than 400m, and a good chunk being warm-ups for class. I just finished 12 weeks of Year of the Engine though, so my conditioning has been feeling great. My pull-ups and push-ups have also been really good this year, so I was looking forward to testing out this workout.

I ran the first mile in between 8-8:30 and got right on the pull-up bar when I found a spot (gym was packed!) I broke it up by doing 20 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats), but didn’t wear any grips. I like to wear my Garmin watch for this to help pace the runs, so I took advantage of the lap feature to keep track of rounds. It worked great and kept me moving.

  • 1 Mile – 8:26.4 (after getting in the gym and finding a spot)
  • Round 1 – 43.4
  • Round 2 – 43.9
  • Round 3 – 46.4
  • Round 4 – 48.1
  • Round 5 – 50.2
  • Round 6 – 51.5
  • Round 7 – 53.1
  • Round 8 – 52.1
  • Round 9 – 51.6
  • Round 10 – 55.8
  • Round 11 – 54.6
  • Round 12 – 53.9
  • Round 13 – 55.8
  • Round 14 – 56.5
  • Round 15 – 58.5
  • Round 16 – 1:00.7
  • Round 17 – 55.8
  • Round 18 – 1:03.0
  • Round 19 – 59.7
  • Round 20 – 1:22.9 (After telling someone about the blood on my bar and leaving the gym)
  • 400m – 2:00.6
  • 400m – 2:31.3
  • 400m – 2:17.7
  • 400m – 1:54.6 (8:44.2 mile)

I think my watch said about 8:06 when I finished the first mile, but I didn’t hit the lap button until I found a spot to do my pull-ups. I was able to do all of the pull-ups and push-ups unbroken. I tried not to stop during the squats or pause at the top of reps; just keep moving. With about 5 rounds left I ripped my right hand a little bit and was really starting to slip on the bar. So it was a constant adjustment to finish. It took me just over 18 minutes to finish the 20 rounds, which only 2 of them being over a minute. Felt decent when I headed out for the run, but I guess I slowed over the middle 800 meters. Good enough for a time of 35:28 to PR by 1:43! Really happy with that.

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Gymnasty Thrusting

Out in the garage around 11. I warmed up with a 3:00 row (750m).

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

10 Rounds

  • 20s Row
  • 1:40 Rest

Didn’t even break a sweat and got 31 meters more than last month with 116-116-118-119-119-119-119-119-119-119 meters. I don’t remember it being this “easy” the other times I’ve done it.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Accessory

  • 3×15 RH (90#)

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 2x Tabata
    • Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch w/ PVC
    • Kip Swings
    • PVC Passes
  • 5 Thrusters (45#)

Gymnastics & Strength

  • E2M – 3 Rounds
    • 10 Pull-ups
    • 3 Thrusters (95-115-135#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds
    • 8 C2B Pull-ups
    • 2 Thrusters (155-175-185#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds
    • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 1 Thruster (195-205-215#)

This was fun! No extra rest between the extra transitions other than what’s left in your two minute window. I was able to do all of the gymnastics movements unbroken and felt really good, especially not having done a bar muscle-up since the open. Thrusters were a little heavy since I haven’t squatted anything like that in a long time. I put the belt on for 175+ I think.

Conditioning

E2M except not at 0:00 – 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

  • 100 DB Snatches (40#)
  • 50 DB Hang Power Cleans (50# DBs)

It was programmed as wall balls EMOM but we didn’t do that because I guess it was too much for the morning folks with a 16:00 time cap, so they made the change for us and put a 12:00 cap on it. I scaled back the snatches from 50# and actually wore my belt through this entire workout too. I did 20-20 snatches before the break, then 20-10, 20-10, and just rested extra by my wall ball every time it came around. The cleans were a bitch! I did 10-10, 10-10, and 10. Finished at 10:38.

This week was a lot of lifting for me and it seems my back survived.