Til Death Do Us Part

My legs felt heavy on the stairs this morning. Out in the garage after 10:30.

No B.S. Bench Press Program

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×210
  • 5×220
  • 3x5x225
  • 9×215 (MAX reps)

Kevin couldn’t make it over so I used the spotter arms. Wanted to try for a 10th rep but figured I better not push it. Beats my set of eight in week one and is actually a new 9RM PR.

Year of the Engine – Interval

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I pulled the rower outside in the sun. Changed directions after 4 rounds to get that even tan! My goal pace going in was 1:43-1:44/500m and I averaged under 1:43 with negative splits. I got 582-583-583-583-584-584-585-585 meters.

I was soaked with sweat and still sweating in the house over 30 minutes later. Need to get used to this humidity! Going to mow the lawn and then some friends from the gym are getting married this afternoon.

Could Have Made All 5 Sets

I started getting a headache around 10pm on Tuesday night and still had it the next morning, until I took an Aleve. Had to be from the 100 handstand push-ups. Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. My inner thighs and hamstrings started feeling tight last night and are more sore today. Must be from the sumo deadlifts.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

33:00 Airdyne

Went 924 cals and 19.51km.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • 3×215
  • 3×230
  • 4x3x235

For week three the work was 5×3 at 215# +15-20. I wanted to go for the 20# add, but wasn’t sure so I did the first set at 230. Could have made it through 235 for every set.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Strict C2B Pull-ups (fat bar)
  • 15 Russian KBS (53#)

These pull-ups were much harder than 7 of the chin-up variation last week. I think it was mostly due to the different hand position, but the swings may have affected my grip some.

Bench Speed

My back and calf are still bothering me today. Out in the garage at 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** At endurance pace with 7 second sprints at 5:00, 10, 15, 20 and then recover to endurance pace again.

I got 693 cals and 8.91 miles (14,339m).

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

3 Rounds

  • 35s Assault Bike
  • 7 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 6 Ring Rows

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 5 Strict Pull-Ups
  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

There wasn’t a weight listed for the bench press, so I went in thinking I’d do 95# and fly through it. We had to share stations though because it was a big class and TJ wanted to do 135# so I was fine with that. Good thing too because I cruised through every round unbroken without any struggles. Wasn’t sure how I’d do after benching heavy yesterday.

The workout said 10 pull-ups (strict if possible). I thought 100 strict pull-ups is a lot to ask, so I decided to split it in half and keep the intensity high. I was a little faster in my early rounds, but slowed on the bike as the clock ticked away. Finished in 29:16, which is only 46 total seconds over a 1:30 per round average pace. My first round took exactly 1:30 so I stayed extremely close to that pace all the way through.

That was a good one and I didn’t have to scale anything for my current injuries.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Russian Twists (44# KB)
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was able to do rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the twists unbroken and went 24-16 in round 3.

Bro Thursday

Yesterday I rode in a cart for golf because I didn’t want to walk that much on my injured calf. Today golf was rained out again. No improvement with my calf and I woke up with my back feeling like I did something to it yesterday. I felt fine golfing though and the only other thing I did besides work was clean the grill. Who knows. I’m being smart and staying home from the gym even though the workout looks really fun.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

30:00 Airdyne

Did 844 cals and 11.04 miles (17,767m). I was glad the pedaling didn’t bother my leg.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 4×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×195
  • 4×210
  • 6x4x225

Last set was my best one after feeling like a struggle for the rest. I was a bit tentative with the other sets and just went for explosive reps to finish.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 7 Strict C2B Chin-ups (far bar)
  • 20 Banded Press-downs (green)

Here’s my final set of chin-ups…

No B.S.

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course and was pretty tired from being up late the night before to see Dark Phoenix. Didn’t get enough sleep last night either, but feeling pretty good. Out in the garage to start close to 10:30.

Year of the Engine – Interval

15 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Started at 1:32/500m and wanted to see how it went. Felt right, so I stuck to that pace. Definitely a tight back as I got deeper into the intervals, which meant I couldn’t get out of the gate as quick as I normally would and then had to catch up to the pace I wanted. I got 163-164 meters every round.

 

Strength

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 4x5x215
  • Max 215 (8)

I’m starting up a cycle (probably two) of the No B.S. Bench Press Program, which has always worked really well. My goal is to bench 300 pounds before I turn 40 at the end of the year. Two weeks ago I matched the 5×245 I did a few weeks before hitting a 290 PR, so I should be pretty close.

The weight felt a little heavy as I worked up and the working sets were a struggle. Maybe I’m fatigued from benching in the workout on Thursday. Was able to get 8 reps on the max set, when it was feeling like 5 or 6 might be today’s limit. Even with the spotter arms I still like to stay away from failure when I’m lifting alone, so 1-2 more reps isn’t out of the question.

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Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 4 Strict C2B Chin-ups (fat bar)
  • 8 Box Jumps Overs (27″)
  • 12 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 16 Reverse Lunges

Good little workout where I was able to get right in to the next movement and keep a steady pace through the entire workout. I got 6 rounds, the chin-ups, and 2 box jumps.

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.

Too Many Singles

I hoped to get out for an early run, but it was raining. At around 11:15 it brightened up, birds started to chirp, and radar showed a window in the weather, so I hit the pavement.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

24:00 Run

I mapped out a loop that ended up being 2.55 miles and took me 24:30. My focus for the run was on my stride rate, which was a lot more consistent than usual (often drops to 155-160 with an average in the low 160s) and must have helped with my pace. I’ll have to concentrate on my stride more often and would like to get it up to 180.

I rested and took my time setting everything up, so it was just over 30 minutes after the run when I got started on the workout.

Conditioning

  • 30 Strict HSPU
  • 40 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Bench Press (135#)
  • 40 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Bench Press (135#)
  • 30 Goblet Lunges (53#)

I went in to this workout planning to do 40-30 on every movement with the option for a third round of 20. That quickly changed when I went 5-5-3-singles and took five minutes to do 30 strict handstand push-ups! The next time around I did 2-2-2-singles, taking four minutes to knock out 20 reps. I recently felt good doing two rounds of 5×5 strict in a partner workout, so I never expected to drag behind the struggle bus like this. Either my shoulders are wiped out from yesterday or using plates and an AbMat is a lot harder than the big gymnastics mat at the gym. Box jumps were fine and mostly a rest before pressing again. I felt weak on the bench as well and did all sets of fives. I split the 40 lunges in half because I felt like I was fatiguing my triceps by holding the kettlebell and did the 30 unbroken. Finished in 21:42 with 9:00 spent on HSPU.

Test

100 Hand Release Push-ups

For some reason at 6:30pm I got the bright idea to test some push-ups after all of the pressing I’ve done in the last two days. I haven’t been able to beat my 5:04 PR on this from 2013, though I did 5:18 and 5:08 in 2017.

Some quick math told me five reps every 15 seconds would get sub five minutes, so that was my plan of attack. I did 5 reps and rested until the my 15 seconds was up. Rinse and repeat. It felt great through 50 reps. I could feel the fatigue kicking in as I got through 60 and by 70 I was barely making it in time. After that I knew I couldn’t keep up the fives any longer, so I resorted to whatever I could manage until it was singles. Finished in 5:14, so with all of the reps done yesterday and today I’m confident I can break that barrier soon.