More Bench PRs

Most of my soreness from Sunday is gone already. Out in the garage around 4pm. I jumped on the Airdyne for 5:00 and did 104 calories for 2.57 km.

Bench Press

  • 2x8x45#
  • 5×135
  • 3×185
  • 2×205
  • 2×225
  • 5×245
  • 5×245
  • 5×250
  • MAX @ 225 (10)

Last cycle was a failure when I could only get 4×240 and had to drop to 235 for 2×5. Three weeks ago I did 4×5 with 235-235-240-245. My previous 5RM was 245, so getting it twice and then beating it was great. The 10×225 was one rep better than three weeks ago, for another PR.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53#)

I stayed on the bar and went through the descent on every pull-up, compared to dropping from the top and doing single pull-ups like I normally do. I felt strong.

Easy 50

My body is feeling good after going to four classes this week. I want to get back to more partner workouts on Saturdays, but if I went in this morning tomorrow would be 4 days in a row. There was also a bunch of dumbbell snatches and burpee deadlifts; I did enough bending over with DBs this week. I went out to the garage after 10am.

50:00 Airdyne

Went 1,161 calories and 27.07 km. Wasn’t even trying and went 3.12 km more than I’d done for 50 minutes.

Another Bench PR

My body is pretty wrecked from the last two workouts and I have some nice bruises on my legs from bouncing all of those cleans. Out in the garage before 4pm. Warmed up on the Airdyne for five minutes, getting 106 calories and 2.59 km.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 2x6x45#
  • 2x6x135
  • 4×185
  • 2×225
  • 3×250
  • 3×255
  • 3×260 (PR)
  • 1×270
  • 1×275
  • 1×280

Last cycle I did 2x3x245 and 1x3x250 and then I starting losing all of my gains the week after. Today called for 3×3 @ 245-250. In week 3 of this cycle I did 240-240-245-250-255 for triples, so I was looking to push that and set a new 3RM. Small success and I was still able to hit 280. Just wasn’t feeling it today, especially with the 270 being the hardest single of the three.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Bench Press (155#)
  • 10/10 Tricep Kickbacks (25#)

Max Chins

Last night my legs were really tired from the squats. Woke up with my upper body being sore again. Out in the garage before lunch.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

Started fast for a minute, settled in to 80 RPM, and picked up the pace over the last four minutes. I could average a quicker pace through this whole thing next time. Did 685 cals and 12.99 km, which is 0.05 km better than last month.

Went to the gym at 4pm

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (25 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Air Squats

Strength

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Was planning to do this work before or after class to keep the gains going until I can bench again next week. Decided to do it in place of the 3RM snatch that was programmed. Again, not risking getting hurt before I leave for the wedding in the morning. I got 16-10-8-8-8 for the chin-ups.

Conditioning

  • 60 cal Row
  • 30 T2B
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 10 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Deadlifts
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 30 T2B
  • 60 cal Row

I did 10×45# and 5×135# deadlift to warm-up. The workout was 40 calories on the bike, but I did enough of that today, so subbed in the 60 calorie rows. I scaled the deadlifts back from 225# to be cautious. First T2B were done in 3×10, wall balls were 2×10 both times because I was weak sauce after all of those squats yesterday and I needed some air. I did 2×5 on both sets of deadlifts, unbroken muscles, and 6×5 on the second 30 T2B. Finished in 16:16, I think, but it may have been in the 16:40s.

Not the Chief

Yesterday was a rest day, except for shoveling the driveway twice. Way too fucking early for this much snow! My shoulders, and in general my upper body, still feel smoked. I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in awhile and was at 202 pounds. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

40:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

The last time I did one of these engine workouts was last Wednesday! Accidentally sprinted at 28:00 instead of 30, so also brought up the final one from 36 to 34. Got 1,092 calories and 23.22 km. Before this, 20.54 km is the most I’d done for 40 minutes.

Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
    • Hip Stretch
  • 2:00 Row (530m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Rack KB Squat (35-44-53-53-53#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridges

I did these instead of tempo back squats and barbell hip thrusts. Trying not to get hurt before I head to Miami for a wedding.

Conditioning

“Hanging Chief” – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

**Restart each cycle from the beginning of the AMRAP

When the gym workout said it was a climbing version of “The Chief” benchmark, I didn’t even look back to verify the movements were correct and it turns out the power cleans are supposed to be from the floor. Last time I did it, I got 5+3 or 5+2 every round. Turns out that’s a power clean from the floor though, not the hang and explains why I was so much faster today. I went out hot and was done with 2 rounds in about 45 seconds! Was worried I made a horrible mistake getting 6+9 in that first cycle. In my head I was comparing to the real version with cleans from the floor, which are slower! My pace did fall off some due to the squats and me being worried I’d crash and burn, but I was able to make a come back when I knew I could get through the last two cycles. Final scores were 6+9, 6+3, 5+14, 6, and 6+6. Total of 99 hang cleans, 189 push-ups, and 266 squats!

Deep Ab Burn

Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

24 Rounds

  • 15s Airdyne
  • 30s Rest

It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.

Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
  • 8 Front Raises (10# DBs)

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
  • 8 Goblet Squats (50#)
  • 20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)

I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 30 Alternating V-ups
  • 30 Side Plank Jumps
  • 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks

Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.

Nice to be done in less than an hour.