Where Did That Come From?

I walked 18 holes yesterday. My biceps and lats are still sore from Tuesday. The muscle-ups on Wednesday may have contributed to that too. Out in the garage before lunch. Warmed up with a two minute row for 520 meters.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

This is the start of phase 3, differentiation, where we work on speed and power, now that we’ve built up a solid capacity. Looking forward to an even better engine!

There were some 20 second intervals in phase one with 1:40 rests, so I wasn’t sure what kind of pace to go for these. I thought 1:26-1:28/500m might be good, but was worried about the short rest. Since there is a minimum interval time of 20 seconds on my rower I set it for 20/40, didn’t use the first interval, and waited until there was 16 seconds left before I grabbed for the handle each time. This makes the average pace and stroke rate useless though. My meters were:

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88-86-87-87-87-87-87-88-88

As you can see it took several intervals to get a feel for the short time duration. After finding myself, I was hitting 1:21-1:23 by the fourth pull and holding it. Using the pace calculator, 86-88 meters would be an average pace of 1:25.2-1:27.2, so I was pretty close with my guess. On BTWB I saw a guy, who I consistently beat on every other type of interval, post an average of 107 meters for this. Come on buddy, that would be an average pace of 1:10/500m!!! Not a chance. If I started at the beginning of the 20 second intervals, stopped at 15, and included the rollover meters I would have done that, so that’s probably what he did.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 16 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 PVC Passes
    • 8 DB Shoulder Presses (25#)
    • 10 Ring Rows

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×170
  • 1×180

Going in I was hoping to hit 165 pounds because I haven’t done much shoulder pressing in the last two years. Basically since I hit my all-time best of 185 I haven’t had an estimated max come close to that, as you can see below.

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I have no idea where this 180 lift came from, but it sure was a nice surprise. Must be a lot of carry-over from the bench program. That last rep may have gotten my back though, with over-extension, even though it went up pretty smooth. Should have wore my belt! Hopefully I’m ok when I wake up tomorrow.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 10 Power Cleans (115#)

We did something very similar almost 4 months ago and it wrecked me because I increased the reps by one each round! It was jerks, t2b, hand power cleans, and HSPU. Today actually had SDLHP, so I subbed in power cleans since I’m not risking a shoulder impingement on that stupid movement. This time instead of cutting back to 95# and increasing the reps by 1 each round I stuck to the Rx weight.

My goal was to do everything unbroken. I didn’t even come close! After 3 rounds I took the tens off and was down to 95#, just in time to start round 4. Then I was off pace the rest of the way. I was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken, but the quick turn-around from jerks to HSPU is what really got me. They were so slow and then I had to start breaking them up in the 3rd or 4th round. I did a whole bunch of singles on the cleans because I was so blown. I kept going to finish my full 6 rounds after the clock, so it was probably 19:00-19:30. I should have gone 95# the whole way like last time.

Saturday Shoulders

I’m feeling good after the gym workout yesterday. Today’s workout at the gym wouldn’t have been good for my injuries, so I didn’t go. Was out in the garage after 11.

Strength

Single Arm DB Shoulder Press

  • 5 reps each arm, then change weight
  • 5# -> 50# with 5# increases
  • 50# -> 5# with 5# decreases

So it’s a pyramid with a flat top. By doing 50 pounds twice, it ended up being 20 sets for 100 total reps on each arm. I finished in 9:24.

Conditioning

20-15-10-5

  • Burpees
  • DB Box Step Overs (24″, 35# DBs)

Thought about combining them in to one movement, but I didn’t want to be bending over to lift up the dumbbells that often with my back and I’m pretty sure it would have been much slower. Finished in exactly 7:00.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Done at endurance pace with 7 second sprints @ 6:00, 12, 18, 24 and recover back to the endurance pace.

I did 721 calories and 15.53 km. That wraps up 16 weeks of the program. These polarized workouts have been pretty much just more endurance days, but I’m guessing the length of the sprints is going to get longer for the next four weeks.

Forgot How To Wrap

My quads are still pretty damn sore, but a big improvement over yesterday. Skipped out on the shoulder flexion stuff before class since they were going to get their work in. Went to the 4pm.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 5 Rope Pulls
  • 50′ Walking Lunge

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 5 Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 50′ Overhead Walking Lunge (45# plate)
  • 25 Sit-ups

I was all geared up for this one! Had on calf sleeves for the rope climbs (which I haven’t used in at least 2 years), knees sleeves for the lunges, and the AbMat pad for the sit-ups. When I went to do a rope climb before the workout it had been so long I couldn’t remember how to wrap my feet. Anytime I’ve done a rope climb in the last couple of years it has been legless since I never do many reps. This was easily the most rope climbs I’ve done in a day and it went well. Was alternating on the rope with one other person most times when I got there, which worked out for rest time. I finished in 14:22.

Have I mentioned I’m loving this Ben Smith affiliate programming?!?!

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 7/7 DB Shoulder Press (40#)
  • 12 Kroc Row (40#)

Not More Barbell

The gym programming was doing a whole lot of C&J work today. After pretty much an hour of snatching yesterday I didn’t want to push my luck with so much more barbell work. So I fitnessed in my garage.

Warm-up – 10:00 AMRAP

  • 5/5 DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 10 Russian KBS (53#)
  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 10 Step-ups (18”)

Good mix. Get through 5+32.

Strength – Shoulder Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×75#
  • 8×95#
  • 8×105#

Shoulder was very uncomfortable, so that was enough of that.

Conditioning

  • 20-16-12-8-4 Sandbag Bear Hug Lunge (100#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders

Missed one dub at 39/40! Finished in 5:37.

Done in about 45 minutes today, but it’s been a busy week for work, so that’s good enough.

25 Minutes of Exhaustion

Played a shitty round of golf yesterday and my legs were really sore. I guess walking helpd a bit. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 4 Sets
    • 10/10 One Arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press (30#)
    • 30s Hollow Hold
    • 30s Dead Hang

Conditioning

25:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Push Press (95#)
  • 10 T2B
  • 10 Goblet Squat Jumps (35# KB)
  • 10 Pull-ups

The Rx weight was 135#, which I never thought about attempting. I knew I could stick to push presses the whole way with 95 and probably keep them unbroken. I was right. My goal was to be able to split toes to bars up into 2×5 every round and do all of the pull-ups unbroken. Mission accomplished! I finished 9 rounds plus the push presses. Wore my gymnastics grips without using the finger holes so I could flip them around during the push presses. I’m still wiped the fuck out over an hour later as I type this. Really surprised and happy with how good my pull-ups have been feeling.

  • 100 calories Rowing

If that wasn’t enough we were also supposed to get in 100 calories. Jason and I swapped every 50 calories on the rower. Took me 2:30 to complete both sets, so got about a 3 minute rest between because of the extra time to swap in and out.

Tabata Holds

Golf was rained out yesterday. Really wanted to play, but it was nice to have a complete rest day. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up – 15:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Russian KBS + 5 American KBS (44#)
  • 8 Ring Rows + 8 Push-ups
  • 10 Glute Bridges

Strength

Class was doing snatch grip presses behind the neck. I doubted I could do them with my shoulder impingement and after attempting 3 reps with an empty bar I was right.

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

  • 2x10x20#
  • 2x10x30#

Pause at the top of each rep.

Conditioning

18:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 OHS (75#)
  • 30 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 40 DU

This programming the gym is using always has the Rx at 30″ for some reason. It definitely seems geared towards competitors. I was fine with the 24 inch box. I cut the OHS down from 95# to ease back in. I did the OHS in 12-8 every round and wall balls in 12-10-8. Finished 3+45, so 15 of the wall balls.

Midline – 8 Rounds (Tabata)

  • 20s Plank
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Hollow Hold
  • 10s Rest

I did the second 4 hollow holds with my knees bent up into the tuck position. Not sure if it was any easier because it created a nice cramp in my upper abs.

Weekly Challenge

It’s 5:00 to accumulate as many pounds of power cleans as you can using only 1 bar. I was definitely not attempting to clean for 5 minutes, but I figured I’d try a little test with an empty bar. I got 38 reps in a minute, which I’d definitely not be able to keep up because it would cause such a back pump. 60+ reps with 135# might be doable. If I were to do it with that weight I think I’d try doubles for as long as I could do them.

All of the Ski Erging

There was a bunch of heavy barbell work at the gym today, so I did Wednesday’s workout in the garage.

Warm-up

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8/8 Single Arm Strict Press (25#)
  • 15 strokes on Ski Erg
  • 30s Dead Hang

The 15 strokes was essentially 100 meters.

Gymnastics Strength

15:00 EMOM

  • 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups

All quick singles. Could have done 4 or 5.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Push Press (40#)
  • 500m Ski Erg

My original thought was to average 2:00/500m, but that quickly changed to being under 2:02. I got through 7 rounds plus the 20 push presses. That was a lot of time on the Ski Erg. I wore my gloves because the handles wear on the crease of my hand if I use the machine a lot.

It was a lovely 84° in the garage again. I had a nice puddle of sweat under the erg.