Still a Little Sick?

On Thursday my abs were still a little sore from the previous Sunday or it might have been new DOMS from the 100 T2B on Tuesday. I walked 18 holes on the golf course. My hips felt tight after the round, which could have been from various movements in the Wednesday workout. I started feeling weak and rundown later in the evening and went to bed early. On Friday I felt shitty and took most of the day off from work, so obviously no workouts. Yesterday I seemed to be feeling better, but still a little off. I gave my body another rest day and was in bed at 10pm for the third day in a row. Went to open gym at 10am today, though wasn’t sure how I was feeling yet.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 5×205
  • 4x5x225
  • MAX @ 225 (7)

This starts the second cycle of the program, using the week 4 weight as the new base. Crazy that every set was exactly the same as almost exactly 2 years ago to the day on August 12, 2017. Even the max reps set of 7 was the same, which is only 1 rep shy of my best with that weight! Honestly, I did feel really weak from being sick.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 6 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 6 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 6 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 1:1 Rest
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Got this one from Sara Sigmundsdottir and the Buttery Bros

img_3279With how I was feeling walking around and benching, I wasn’t confident going in to this workout. I haven’t had my heart rate up since Wednesday and I wondered if my muscle-ups would hold for every round. I felt pretty good starting out, but could feel the effects of the burpee box jumps toward the end of the 6 bar muscle-ups when I was losing some hip pop. The first round took 1:30, with each section taking 30 seconds. I didn’t expect that pace to continue, but to my surprise I did it twice more! Then the fatigue started to set in on the burpees and I rested a little before jumping on the bar. My other rounds were 1:59, 1:57, and 1:42; I was able to hammer through the final burpees. Finished at 18:34 and was happy to do every set of bar muscle-ups unbroken. I’d like to try that one again when I’m feeling good. My back was feeling tight as the rounds went by.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 7/7 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (35#)
  • 5/5 Single Leg Lateral Box Step-ups (30″)

I definitely felt tired after the workout. I used an ab roller for the evil wheels instead of a barbell. Since it was fewer reps I went up to 35# (I’ve always used 26#) on the kettlebell presses and survived.

After relaxing through the day, I got outside for two hours of yard work in the evening. Wanted to do an Engine Builder workout, but I don’t think it would have been smart.

A Completely Different 12 Rounds

Yesterday I got up early to play in a golf outing. It was a long day and I didn’t feel like doing anything when I got home, so I made it a rest day. At the gym for open gym at 10am this morning.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 2×195
  • 2×215
  • 2×235
  • 2×255
  • 3x2x260

I was hoping to push near my old 2RM of 275 as a test, but I didn’t have it today. The suggested range for the four working sets was 255-265, but I didn’t even feel good enough to try 265, because I was struggling with 260. To be honest, unracking 255 and doing the double felt sketchy as fuck for some reason. Maybe all of the dumbbell shoulder presses I did on Friday? WHOOP did have me at only 31% recovered this morning.

This completes one cycle of the program. Instead of testing a max next week I’m going straight to a second cycle, since I know I’m not capable of 300 yet. After today, I might be further away than I thought.

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The last 12 months of bench pressing. I love the progression.

Conditioning

  • 5-4-3-2-1 Muscle-ups
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Bear Complex (135#)
  • 10-8-6-4-2 Bar-facing Burpees

I’m not sure if my muscle-ups have ever felt better in a workout, especially that first set of five. All sets were unbroken on the rings. I dropped the bar after every bear complex, which was the worst part of this workout. Looks like I haven’t done the combo since late in 2017 and my barbell conditioning is definitely lacking with how little I’ve been lifting due to injuries over the last year or two. Tried to catch my breath a little bit on the burpees, but keep moving. My first round was a little under 3:00 and I finished in 9:43. Where I could make up time would be picking the barbell back up quicker.

Midline

2 Cycles

  • 6 Rounds
    • 3 Tuck-ups
    • 3 V-ups
    • 3 Straddle-ups
    • 9 Side V-ups (alt sides each round)
  • Rest 2:00

Cruised through the first two rounds in a minute and then slowed considerably. My first cycle was done in 3:49 and my second cycle took 3:47, which is a big surprise. I think I was just a lot more consistent the second time through. With the rest it took 9:36 to get through everything.

After watching the Games, it was time to jump on the rower.

Year of the Engine – Interval

12 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Could I hold a 1:46/500m pace? No! After getting a little over halfway through round one I made the call to cut back the pace. It’s amazing how much an extra second can change the feel on the rower. I got 562-563 meters every round.

It was hot and humid in the garage. This workout rolled past 200,000 meters since I bought the rower back in January.

Here is a neat comparison. The left chart is my heart rate from March 15th, doing 12x500m with 1:00 rests, where my average pace was 1:49.8. The right chart is today’s workout, which was a pace over three seconds faster and longer time duration since it was two minutes instead of a set 500 meters.

Hold On Or Else

My pecs are still sore if I press on them. Legs feel good though. In at 10am for open gym.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 3x4x240

Yeah! Doubles next week and then I’ll start another cycle of the program instead of testing a max.

Conditioning

  • 30 Snatches (75#)
  • 30 Thrusters
  • 30 C&J

** 100m run each time you drop the bar

This was inspired by a workout Brooke Wells did with the Buttery Bros, but I moved the thrusters from the end to the middle and added the running penalty to force large sets.

It went better than expected. I was able to do the snatches unbroken. My runs weren’t anything fast because I was trying to recover before hitting another large set. I did 20 thrusters before breaking. Then 10 thrusters plus 15 C&J because they were getting slow and my shoulders were getting tired. This allowed me to fly through the final 15 thrusters and finish in 8:01, while running three times.

Midline

4 Cycles

  • 6x Tuck-up, V-up, Straddle-up
  • 30s Rest

Got this from Kari Pearce and decided on the 30 second rest on my own since she didn’t say. At the end of the 3rd cycle it get tough and then the second half of the last cycle was a bit of a struggle. The v-ups were the hardest by far because of the increased range of motion. Only took 3:07 to complete, but it was intense.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

36:00 Run

I was hoping it would cool off in the evening, but it definitely didn’t. I headed out at 7:45pm. It was 84° when I got done. Ran 3.63 miles. Spent too much time in zone 4, so maybe I should switch my Garmin to alert me when I go out of zones 2-3 instead of concentrating on averaging under a 10:00/mile pace. The WHOOP heart rate data shows that it just keeps rising over the entire run.

Brutal Twos

On Friday I woke up early to beat the heat and teed off by 8am, walking 18 holes. Yesterday I drove back to Saginaw. When I got home the heat index was 96 and rising! Due to the heat and I don’t really take many true rest days in the summer (I walk 5-6 miles on the golf course of my “rest” days) I decided not to exercise. WHOOP said I still wasn’t recovered this morning and I didn’t get enough. Went to open gym at 10am.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 3x5x235
  • 12×215 (MAX)

Nice to have a spotter for a true max rep set. Beat my previous best, which was 9.

Conditioning

3 Cycles – E3M (2:00 cap on each section)

  1. 5 Rounds
    • 2 Strict Pull-ups
    • 4 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 6 Lunges
  2. 15/10 cal Echo Bike + 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  3. AMRAP Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)

On the 3rd cycle, I got the final lunge done just after the 2:00 buzzer rang. The bike and wall ball combo was the worst. I had a good pace on the first round of bike, but after that cruised. Was able to do 30 unbroken wall balls for the first two, but couldn’t hold on and only managed 12-13 for the 3rd round. I did 15-13-14 burpee box get overs. Pretty brutal workout with the humidity.

After mowing the lawn in the evening (still 80+ out) and having a low WHOOP score for 2 days I decided not to do rowing intervals.

Adding More

I was at 74% recovery yesterday and 91% today in WHOOP, even though I got less than 6 hours of sleep last night. Walked 18 holes of golf yesterday. Out in the garage around 9am.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 3×240
  • 2x3x245

Whoops, I guess I didn’t need to go to 245. The programming was supposed to be 3×3 @ (+20-25) which would be 235-240. Making gains!

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Year of the Engine – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 2:30 Row
  • 1:30 Rest

Similar to the 6x 3:00/2:00 from Tuesday where I averaged 1:45.4. I was thinking a similar pace since there were two more minutes of total work with only 30 extra seconds of rest. Ended up on 1:45.3 for 712 meters every round.

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Now I’m hitting the road up to the lake for a week. Really hoping my calf will be solid for a bunch of running.

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.

A Long Nap

Walked 18 holes yesterday and it was really hot. Later in the day I could feel tired legs from the Thursday workout. Rode 18 holes this morning. Was out in the garage at 5:30pm after napping for over an hour.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×195
  • 4×215
  • 4x4x235

Not the greatest working sets, but I survived.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

30:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprints @ 5, 10, 15, 20, 25.

Got 879 cals and 18.01 km.