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Yesterday I took a rest day and fixed the computers on two old Concept2 Model C rowers!

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I did my floor PT exercisese and had planned to do the core stability work since I missed it Saturday. Didn’t happen though. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Today at lunch I did the banded PT exercises. Was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (35#)
  • 2×15 Goblet Squats (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Strict Chin-ups
  • 40 Band Pull Aparts (blue)

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Jingle Jangles (21’ across garage)
  • 6/6 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 12 Push-ups

That was good and the rounds went much faster than I expected. It’s crazy how much more stable I am on those reverse lunges with the knee drive than the first time I did them only 10 days ago. I was flying through them today. I was able to do all of the push-ups unbroken with ease too. Finished 12+2.

Challenge

Knocked out a set of 10 strict deficit handstand push-ups (~4″) for a challenge making the rounds on Instagram.

After trying one I wasn’t sure I’d get through ten, but that turned out pretty good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I definitely need to get in these today after skipping them the last two days.

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.

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.

Under Press-ure

Rest day yesterday, but I spent about 10 hours in my workshop. Carb loaded for today’s workout by eating sweet potato pie for breakfast.

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Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest

Went out hot on that first round of burpees. Was really close to failing on the last thrusters of the last two rounds. My round times were 0:57, 1:08, 1:12, 1:15, and 1:17 to finish at 9:49.

I think I got the idea for this from a partner workout I saw on the TeamRICHEY channel.

Strength & Midline

5 Sets

  • 5 Shoulder Press
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels

My shoulders were fried! Went 95-105-105-110-115 and didn’t have much more.

Did a little bit of handstand walk practice, but I was toast.

Racked

Had a minor procedure done yesterday to remove another cyst from my head, so I rested. Spent most of today finally putting the new Titan Fitness folding rack up in the garage. I should have a post on nick.blog about it tomorrow. Finished around 4pm and got into the gym’s Friday workout, with a modification to sub the Ski Erg since I don’t have a rower.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 10x
    • Inchworm
    • 2 Push-ups
  • 1:30 Ski Erg
  • 20 PVC Passes

Strength

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (75#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (95#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (105#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 5 Shoulder Press (115#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (130#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 3 Shoulder Press (140#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (150#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (160#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups
  • 1 Shoulder Press (165#)
  • 5 Strict Chin-ups

Added one extra single above the programmed rep scheme. That was my heaviest press of 2018. I decided to do chin-ups instead of pull-ups because it’s been far too long since I did some. They felt much easier. Sure was nice to have a rack for lifting, though shoulder press would be just fine off jerk blocks.

Conditioning

2k Ski Erg

I would much rather have done 2,000 meters on the rower at the gym. My time to beat for skiing is 7:39.6, so my goal was to hold a sub 1:55/500m pace. I did it for the first quarter of the race, but fell off quick after that. I bumped the damper up to around 5 after noticing it was near 3, so I wonder if that affected me. Or I just didn’t have it today. Finished in 7:49.2.

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Back Over 3

My calves aren’t sore yet, knock on wood. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up – 4 Sets

  • 8 Strict Chin-ups
  • 20s HS Hold
  • 10 Pause Squat + Broad Jump
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

I think I did 5-3 on every set of chin-ups.

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 2 Deadlifts
    • 2 Sets 255#
    • 2 Sets 275
    • 2 Sets 285
    • 2 Sets 295
    • 2 Sets 305

It’s been almost a year since I pulled 300+. Felt ok.

Conditioning

24:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 200m Row
  • 15 American KBS (24kg)
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 6 Strict Pull-ups

Much worse than it looks. I did all singles for the pull-ups and kept the swings and thrusters unbroken.

Chin Meet Bar

Almost bailed on working out at the last minute, but the garage was already warm and I want to have the day tomorrow to do other stuff.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up

  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 15 Sumo Deadlifts (165#)
  • 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 2 Strict Chin-ups
  • 4 HR Push-ups
  • 6 Squat Jumps

I’ve done some similar variations of this but think they are usually 3-4-5 reps. My triceps and general upper body are sore from Wednesday. Smacked my chin on the descent in the second to last round. Ended up with exactly 17 rounds.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization (35#)
  • 10:00
    • 10 Glute Bridges (3s hold)
    • 10 Curl Ups

Made it through 4 sets plus the glute bridges.

Music of the day was the Black Panther soundtrack.