Up early to do the 9am heat at the gym.
- Bottom Squat Hold
- 200m Run
- Line drills
This workout was to honor State Trooper Timothy O’Neill, who died a couple of years ago.
- 7 Rounds
- 7 Thrusters (95#)
- 7 Burpees
- 7 Back Squats (95#)
- 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
- 7 Russian KBS (53#)
- 7 T2B
- 7 Box Jumps (30″)
- 700m Run
- 49 Push-ups
Instead of doing 135# for the back squats I used the one bar. There was already plenty of squatting. Didn’t do American swings with 70# either. This came down to how fast you ran because 7 reps of each movement wasn’t a big deal if you kept moving. After 2 rounds I had to start doing quick T2B singles because my hands were so sweaty and I was not going to risk flying off the rig.
My finishing time was 59:06 and my splits were:
- 1:15 (push-ups)
Not good consistency at all. I don’t remember the last time I did an hour workout. I need to push my running because it would have been nice to keep my rounds around eight minutes or less. I also think whatever is causing this cough and being stuffed up for 4 weeks is affecting me. I booked an appointment with my Doctor for tomorrow morning.
I really wanted to golf today or maybe hit an Engine Builder workout in the evening, but I was wrecked from that workout. I got a headache and everything, so it turned out to be a lazy rest of the day.
It was a fun golf weekend and then I walked 18 holes yesterday as well to play four days in a row. Should have exercised yesterday instead because I couldn’t string together good shots! Out in the garage during lunch today.
No B.S. Bench Press
Haven’t got in a workout from the program since last Sunday, but did get a little benching in during a metcon least week. This second cycle doesn’t seem to be progressing as well, which may have something to do with my inconsistent training lately because of so much golfing. Today’s working sets should have been in the 240-245 range but I stuck with the low end and it was plenty difficult. I’d probably feel more confident with a spotter instead of just spotter arms on the rig.
Went to the gym at 4pm. Hadn’t been there since Thursday!
- 5 Strict Pull-ups
- 10 Box Jumps (20″)
- 15 Sit-ups
- 20 PVC Pass Throughs
- 5 Split Jerks
- 5 Weighted Pull-Ups (15#)
Since it was set for 5 working sets, I did the pull-ups after the first five sets of jerks to get them out of the way. All TnG sets on the jerks where I went right in to the dip when lowering the bar. Wore my belt for 155# and up, doing 45-95-115-135-155-175-195#. Obviously could have gone heavier since I was still able to TnG them, but that was enough after bench pressing earlier.
- 8 Pull-Ups
- 8 Alt. DB Snatch (50#)
- 8 Box Jumps (30″)
The Rx was a 70# dumbbell for the snatches, which we don’t even have and isn’t necessary unless you’re a Sanctionals type athlete.
I wore grips and didn’t use the holes so I could easily flip them around for the snatches. Was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken. I bitched out on a set or set and a half of snatches during the first half of the AMRAP and changed hands at the ground for those. Otherwise I switched hands in the air for the rest. The box jumps were just slow because I was stepping down and then would take a step back from the box as well. Got through 8+18.
I thought about doing one of the Year of the Engine workouts in the evening, but I was tired.
My shins are sore from those broad jumps the other day. Every time I say I should do them more often. On Sunday after a boat ride, some kind of allergies started to kick in and my nose won’t stop running. I suffered through it to walk 18 holes of golf yesterday, took a nap after lunch, and sleep about 10 hours last night. I’m still not over it today.
Year of the Engine – Mixed Polarized
Since I don’t have a machine for the regular polarized workouts I adjusted one of the FireWOD workouts to fit.
- 800m Run
- 15 Box Jumps (24″)
- 15 Hand Release Push-ups
I wore my Garmin watch so I could easily do 400m out and back as well as use the lap timer for rounds. My round splits were 6:00, 5:59, 6:02, 5:58, and 5:49 for a total of 29:49. Thrilled my times were so consistent and wish I could pace runs faster. As you can see in the graph, my heart rate was coming down during the running.
Went to see Spiderman last night so wasn’t in bed until after midnight. Woke up at 8am without an alarm so didn’t have much time for any morning routine in order to make it to the 9am class. Made sure to have a cup of coffee though.
Busiest I’ve seen the gym except for Murph. There seemed to be a lot of people for the 8am and we had about 24 for 9am.
Various line drills outside including toe walk, heel walk, jog, high knees, butt kicks, zombie walk, skaters, power skips, carioca, etc.
35:00 AMRAP (w/ partner)
- 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
- 25 Box Jumps (20″)
- 10 Wall Balls
- 25 Box Jumps
- 50 Russian KBS (53#)
- 10 Wall Balls
- 25 Box Jumps
- 50 Russian KBS
- 75 Front Squats (45#)
- 10 Wall Balls
- 25 Box Jumps
- 50 Russian KBS
- 75 Front Squats
- 100 cals Echo Bike
I worked with Alec and we didn’t try to split things up evenly because these were some weird rep counts to try that. For example we never split up the wall balls, even doing the two sets of 10 at the beginning as a set of 20. I was thinking about doing step-ups with my calf, but it felt good and I made it through all of the jumps. Nice that they were only 20 inches today. He was doing American swings, so I tried to do more of the swings each set. The front squats were probably the hardest part of this workout. We got through a full round and all the way to the last set of box jumps where I got one right before time expired.
Another very sweaty one. Plenty of rest to be able to go when it was your turn. Really fried the low back, so I’m glad I did Russian swings.
Mowed the lawn and washed the truck throughout the day. Jumped on the rower after 6:30.
Year of the Engine – Interval
I thought it would be nice to average a pace under 1:30/500m, but wasn’t sure how my explosive power would fade, because it’s important for such a short duration.
The minimum time you can set for an interval on the PM3 is 20 seconds, so I set it for 0:20/0:40 and stopped with 5 seconds left. My average pace was under 1:28/500m and I was getting about 90 meters.
Keep in mind the data below is for 20 second intervals with no pulls for the last 5 seconds and the carryover meters.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
Feeling pretty good this morning. Open gym at noon.
- 3 Sets
- 12 cal Assault Bike
- 10 Reverse Hyper (90#)
- Bench Press
- 20 Bench Press (115#)
- 20 No Push-up Burpees
- 20 Box Jumps (24″)
I wrote this one with 200 meter runs, but it started raining out right before we started, so I substituted the burpees. The no push-up variation was so they wouldn’t interfere with the benching. I had no idea how to pace out the bench press. I felt good in the first set so did 11-9. Felt a lot different in round two so I did 7-7-6 for five rounds and then I was able to get 11-9 at the end to score 6+20. Was 140 reps on the bench press. Felt really good on the burpees and box jumps, so it seems like the conditioning work is paying off.
- 50/50m Single Arm OH Carry (53#)
- 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand (70#)
After each single leg stand I was really feeling off-balance. Must have been from standing so long with the weight on one side of the body
- Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
- 30 Side Plank Jumps
- 20 Weighted V-ups (20# DB)
- 10 Supermen (3s pause)
Haven’t done weighted v-ups in a long time. Forgot how hard they get.
Out in the garage in the evening.
Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power
I had 18 rounds of this about a month ago and starting at just under 1:48 was too fast that day where my average pace ended up being 1:49.9. Today my plan was to start at 1:49. I felt much better and could have gone even faster. 207-208 meters every round.
Can still feel that back tweak there. Was out in the garage before lunch.
Engine Builder – Interval
I was really struggling to figure out a goal pace for this. In the last two months I have plenty of different samples, but the work:rest ratios are all a bit different. Going in I was set on 1:50/500m, but was doing 1:49 in the first interval so I stuck with it. Could have gone faster. My meters were 413-413-413-414-413-414-414-413, so another consistent one.
Went to the gym at 4pm.
- 1:00 Bike
- 10 RDL (45#)
- 30 Jump Ropes
- Dumbbell Curl – 21s (30-25-25#)
- 10 GHR (red band)
- 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand (62# KB)
I did this instead of 5×5 deadlifts. First 2 sets I was holding the KB in the wrong hand and it was an awkward stance. In addition to the red band, I’m pushing off the pads a bit with my hands so I don’t put stress on my back.
- 50 DU
- 8 Pull-ups
- 8 T2B
- 5 Box Jumps (36″)
- 50’ Farmer Carry (53# KBs)
- 1:00 Rest
I think I got 2 sets of dubs unbroken and missed 3x in one of the sets! Scaled 8 muscle-ups down to the 8+8 and was able to do each movement unbroken, wearing grips. The bar I was using was a tad too low for me, so I actually had to spread my legs in my kip which felt really weird. Instead of doing 5 muscle cleans (155#) I figured the high box jumps would still get me working on leg drive and hip extension. Cruised through this one in 12:55.