Early 6th

Yesterday I had PT in the morning, did a 20 walk in the afternoon for 1.33 miles, and did some of the other PT exercises in the evening. At lunch today I did some all of the banded row, press, wood chop, and butter churner PT exercises. Went to the gym at 3.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (Hip Circle)
  • Steamboats
  • 20 PVC Passes

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 12 cal Echo Bike
  • 6 Reverse Lunge DB Thrusters (25#)
  • 4 Box Jumps (30″)
  • 2 MU
  • 1:30 Rest

I got faster on the bike. The weight was light for the lunging thrusters, but I didn’t want to push it since I haven’t been doing anything with weights. I went right from the box and jumped up on the rings each round. My times were 1:25, 1:28, 1:25, 1:21, 1:18, 1:27, 1:23, 1:22, 1:23, and 1:16. Whoops, I went 30 seconds early in the 6th round, which is why the time dropped back down. I felt good though!

Midline

  • 4 Sets
    • 15s Bent knee L-hang (bar)
    • 5 Leg Raises
    • 5 Knee Raises
    • ~1:00 Rest
  • 4 Sets
    • 15s Bent knee L-sit (rings)
    • 5 Leg Raises
    • 5 Knee Raises
    • ~1:00 Rest

I’m not used to bar time, so hanging that long was killing me. Going to the rings for the Ls helped. Then I jumped up on the bar for the raises.

Tonight I’ll do another round of steamboats and the core stability work below.

McGill Big 3

  • 8-6-4 Curl-up
  • 8-6-4 Side Plank
  • 8-6-4 Bird Dog

Took a couple of days off from these. Time to increase the reps again. After this week I may switch to only doing them three times a week.

Little Break

Damn time change. So dumb. Went to 10am open gym.

Warm-up

  • Monster walks (red band)
  • Steamboats

Put the band around my knees for the monsters walks and it was definitely easier.

Gymnastics

Did some handstand walking for about 10 minutes. After not doing any for a month since my back tweak, I was having a hard time getting comfortable just kicking up.I got one out to 25 feet, but was starting to feel some strain in my back so didn’t do a full 15 minutes of work like usual. I need to just start practicing throughout the week at the gym to gain comfort.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 15 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 4:00 Rest

It was taking me about 1:15-1:20 on the bike and I was able to do 4×5 every round on the handstand push-ups. Pull-ups were all doubles with one triple each round. Had to limit the range of motion to be much shorter than I’d usually go for the evil wheels. My round times were 4:50, 5:16, 5:33, and 5:46.

PT

  • 15/15 Clamshells (4 positions)
  • 15/15 Fire Hydrants
  • 2x 15/15 Single Leg Step Downs (14″)

My left leg (the bad side) is so much weaker on those step downs. I’m feeling a little burnt out from doing the Big 3 every day in addition to all of the PT exercises, so I’m taking a little break for the rest of a the day. I have a session at the PT in the morning.

Back on the Rings

On Wednesday night my lats and outer pecs really started to get sore from Tuesday’s 75 pull-ups. Yesterday I had physical therapy at 9am and progressed to a bunch of more advanced moves. It was another good session. In the afternoon I power walked 20 minutes on the treadmill for 1.32 miles and did the PT exercises we didn’t hit at my session. Later in the evening I did second round of Steamboats and 7-5-3 of the McGill Big 3. My calves and ankles were getting sore by the end of the day.

All of that stuff is still sore today. I did my PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (red)
  • Steamboats
  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dog
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 DB Shoulder Press (10#)
    • 10 DB Lateral Raises (10#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers

That 30 calorie bike really gets my heart going, but it’s slowly getting easier. Took about 1:50 today.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 6 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)
  • 10 DB Front Raises (10#)

I used the smallest incline position from straight up on the bench to have a more comfortable sitting position and placed an AbMat at my lumbar spine. I also placed a small box in front of the bench so I could lift the dumbbells from there and put them back without having to strain anything that would get my back in a risky position.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 6 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 3 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

I place a box in front of the bench again. After each set of bench press I dropped the weights to the floor while still laying there. Then I got up and deadlifted them one at a time back on to the box. Was a nice little breather before the rings. The muscle-ups felt really good and I had no trouble doing every set unbroken, even after not doing any for about six weeks. The lunging wall balls were a little more challenging with the standard 20 pound ball this time, but 10 reps was manageable. I did exactly eight rounds.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Side Plank

Since I did the curl-ups and bird dogs before class all I had left was the side planks.

Jing-a-ling

I’m maybe a little sore today from the pull-ups. I did my PT exercises in the morning and then went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400/400′ Side Shuffle Walk
  • Steamboats
  • Backwards Walk
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Single Leg RDL (no weight)
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes

Strength

5 Sets

  • 3x10s RKC Plank w/ 5s rest
  • 10/10 Single Leg Half Squats (12”)

Those half squats are from PT and effectively a heel tap on the ground. Probably more like 1/3 squat. Supposed to be the best exercise for glute activation.

Conditioning

18:00 AMRAP

  • 6-8-10… Jingle Jangles (30’)
  • 20-30-40… Double Unders
  • 6-8-10… Air Squats (sit to MB on plate set at parallel)

I was planning on doing bike calories for the first movement, like the programmed workout, but got the idea to do the jingle jangles when I got to the gym. Didn’t miss a dub until 67/80 and then missed again right away. I think I missed 4x in the set of 90. Finished the round of 20-90-20 and then got three more runs. I looked at the clock just after four minutes in and thought, “Oh boy!” I kept up a solid pace throughout though, as evidenced by my double unders. I really concentrated on my air squats to keep a good back position. Felt really good!

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Side Plank
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dog

Half Ass Everything

Yesterday my glutes and arms were sore from Sunday, but both are better today. Yesterday morning I did the PT kegels and then before lunch I lubed up the treadmill and walked for 20 minutes, which was about 1.25 miles. Had my first full session of PT at 5 and it was great. I’m very impressed so far. We discovered my left glute isn’t activating. I would have bet you money it was working in the test we did; it sure felt like I was squeezing the muscle. Crazy how the wires can be all crossed up like that. Found some more weaknesses and got a bunch of new exercises to do. In the evening I did 6-4-2 of the McGill Big 3 and another session of the kegels.

Today I did all of my new PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2x 100/100′ Walking Side Shuffle
  • Steamboat PT exercises
  • 4x 100′ Walk Backwards
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3×10 Push-ups
  • Bottom Squat Hold

I tried a few kipping pull-ups and kicked up to the wall. Both felt good!

Conditioning

  • 0:00-10:00 (Solo)
    • 5 Rounds
      • 80′ Sled Push (180#)
      • 15 Pull-ups
  • 10:00-20:00 (Partner w/ Brandi)
    • 3 Mile Echo Bike (switch about every 30 seconds)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 25:00-35:00 (Solo)
    • 30 DB Walking Lunges (35# DBs)
    • 30 Box Push-up Step Overs (24″)
    • 30 Seated DB Shoulder Press (35# DBs)
    • 30 Strict HSPU

A lot of subbed movements but it worked out well and I got in a great workout.

I did the five rounder in 7:40 with quick choppy steps on the sled but nowhere near a sprint pace. I was able to do 3×5 on every round of pull-ups with just a regular kip! Felt good for not having done any kipping in over a month.

It was written as a two mile bike but that would have given way too much rest compared to the people who were trying to do 3,200 meters on the rower (impossible). Bumping up to three miles was good and we finished in 8:11.

The lunges were fine and unbroken. I planned to use 40 or 45# but those dumbbells must be down in the basement. Worked out well though because the shoulders got blown later with the 35s! I didn’t want to have to go all the way to the ground yet, probably putting my back into flexion at some point, so the box push-up step over was a good alternate instead of burpees over the bar. I did 3×10 on the seated presses and could feel that the handstand push-ups were going to be rough. I barely got two HSPU to start and fought through a total of 5×2 before switching to singles. Ended up getting 15 singles, for 25 total, 5 shy of finishing.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Side Planks
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dogs

Been doing 6-4-2 for a week so it’s time to increase the reps. I also went side to side today on the side planks, passing through a regular plank instead of doing all 7 on a side before switching. So there was no true rest after each side plank like the few seconds I’d get the other way between reps.

Lunging Wall Balls

I took a 90 minute nap yesterday and slept over 8 hours last night. Woke up with 98% recovery on WHOOP! I did a session of my PT exercises in the morning. Decided not to eat before going to open gym at 10.

Warm-up

10:00 Echo Bike

Did 120 calories and 3.73 miles.

3 Sets

  • 100/100’ Bottoms Up KB Carry (26#)

I didn’t rest since I was switching arms every down and back.

Accessory

2 Rounds

  • 3:00 Bear Hug Banded March (20#)
  • 3:00 Rest

Today I concentrated on raising my knee high as well as lifting my heel towards me ass at the same time. Got 166 and 174 reps and felt like I was able to keep a consistent pace.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Rower Curls
  • 12 DB Curls (20#)

Damper was set at 10 but maybe should be a lot lower. Glad I decided to go lower than normal with the dumbbbells.

4 Sets

  • 10 Prone DB Fly (25#)
  • 10 Banded Lat Pull Downs (2x double green)

Set mine up on the triangle bar so it was out away from the rig and used a 35# barbell instead of a PVC, which seemed safer and helped stretch the band some. I sat on a blue plate on the white bench.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Barbell Push-ups
  • 30 Reverse Lunge Wall Balls (14#, 10’)

I originally had programmed 15 air squats, 20 dumbbell walking lunges, and 25 push-ups. Last night I made the call that I’m not ready for a lot of air squats yet. Then today at the gym I got the idea to try out the reverse lunge wall balls. Took a round or so to get the hang of the movement, but I really liked it. Using a light medicine ball probable helped. 😉 I did 4×5 on every round of push-ups and 20-10 on the lunge wall balls. Got through 4+20. Felt good to do a metcon where I didn’t have a “cake walk” (essentially rest) movement and was able to get my heart rate up.

Gymnastics

3 Sets

  • 10 Kip Swings

Just small kips, but I wanted to see how it felt. No issue.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’m becoming a master at these! Was a solid two hours at the gym.

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises at some point.

I Started Physical Therapy

Yesterday I started PT and had the evaluation. He thinks my big muscles around the spine are doing too much of the work and the smaller stabilizer muscles aren’t firing. Since I wanted to go with a Monday and Thursday schedule he gave me a few things to get started.

pt-kegels

Yesterday I did those twice, did the McGill Big 3 and power walked a mile on the treadmill at about 3.8 mph. Before lunch today I walked 20 minutes and did the PT exercises. Then went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups

Air squats were a little iffy, so I held on to the rig for the second set.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 12 DB Lateral Raises (10#)

I used a slight incline on the bench so that it wouldn’t be sitting at a straight 90 degrees and I put an AbMat at my low back. Class was doing shoulder presses. The raises were becoming a challenge after a few sets.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 8 Step-ups (22″)
  • 2×50’ Sled Push (90#)
  • 8 Bench Press (135#)

All subbed movements for cal row, high box jumps, burpees, and dumbbell snatches. The sled push was a good idea from Casey and today was the first time I’d done some step-ups since the injury. Felt more like myself today, though I still didn’t get my heart rate up that high. Finished in 15:16.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises tonight.