My glutes are a little sore from yesterday. I did my PT at lunch again. Out in the garage at 5pm.
The monster walks burned more today.
- 8 Seated DB Shoulder Press (50#)
- 15 DB Front Raises (8#)
My bench doesn’t go all the way vertical so I had to support my back on my own.
- 10 Ring Pull-ups
- 10 Bench Press (135#)
- 40 Double Unders
First two sets of pull-ups unbroken, then 5-5, until the final 7 at the end. Used an old Rx jump rope and missed a few times in the first two sets but then found a rhythm. My bench felt weak, probably from the 80 burpees I did yesterday. Got 7+7.
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.
- Monster Walks (red)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
McGill Big 3
Since I did the curl-ups and bird dogs before class all I had left was the side planks.
Another good night of sleep and I’m feeling a lot more like myself today. Went to open gym at 10am.
- 8/8 Concentration Curls (30#)
- 8 Lateral Raises (10-12-12-12#)
- 8 Front Raises (10-12-12-12#)
15:00 HS Walk
I was having a rough time feeling comfortable even kicking up after not doing any for 2.5 weeks. I made it out to 25 feet for the first time though!!!! Then I came back with what felt like my most comfortable run and got to 20 feet.
- 3:00 AMRAP w/ partner (I go, you go)
- 3 Unbroken Power Snatches (115#)
- 3:00 Rest
- 3:00 AMRAP w/ partner
I haven’t really touched a barbell in a month or so. I warmed up snatches with triples at 45, 75, and 95 pounds. I started and got through 9 sets of snatches. So B started the second AMRAP. We both got through 9 sets and B got 2 more reps. I actually did push presses instead of jerks for most of the rounds to increase the speed.
- 100′ Single Arm Farmer Carry (88#)
- 20s RKC Plank
I also did an InBody scan after.
My hip flexors have been wrecked all week from those 120 toes to bars. Went to the 4pm class.
- 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Front Raises (5#)
- 10 Bent Over Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Air Squats
- Worlds greatest stretch
- Front rack stretch
- 5 Ring Rows
I also did 10×45# front squats.
- 10 Front Squats (95#)
- 10 Hip Thrusts (50#, 4 @ 60#)
- 2:00 Rest
These were supposed to be max rep sets at about 50% but these days I don’t like doing max reps with anything that’s going to affect my back. So I took it easy, especially with the squats cleans coming up in the metcon.
- 5 Squat Cleans (95#)
- 10 Pull-ups
- 20 Double Unders
All single cleans export two at the end. Kept picking the bar up without extra rest though. I did 5-5 on every round of pull-ups and was having a hard time getting the rhythm of my butterfly. Didn’t miss any dubs until two in the last round! Finished 8+2 and slowing down on the cleans like that turned out to be a nice steady pace.
My back has held up well this week and I’ve been to 4 classes.
Out in the garage during lunch.
Year of the Engine – Rocket Race
It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.
Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.
- 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
- 8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
- 8 Front Raises (10# DBs)
- 4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
- 8 Goblet Squats (50#)
- 20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)
I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.
- 30 Alternating V-ups
- 30 Side Plank Jumps
- 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks
Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.
Nice to be done in less than an hour.
Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.
Year of the Engine – Interval
I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.
Went to the 4pm class.
- 5 Strict Pull-ups
- 5 Burpees
- 20 PVC passes
- 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
- 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
- 5 Muscle-ups
- 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
- 1:00 Rest
A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.
- 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
- 20 Sit-ups
- 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)
Planned to go to class yesterday, but I could still barely straighten my arms and was extremely sore. Doing 10 rounds with 5 muscle-ups each round wouldn’t have been wise. Had a poor night of sleep anyway, so decided a rest day would be smart.
My lats and biceps are still extremely sore today. Went to the 4pm class.
- 1:00 Row (without straps)
- 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Front Raises (5#)
- 10 Rotator Cuff (5#)
- 10 Strict Press (5#)
- 100m Row (faster than 2k pace)
- 20s Rest
- 10 Tempo Dumbbell Bench Press (50#, 2s down, 2s up)
- 5:00 Rest
I was thinking a 1:40/500m pace going in, but was able to go much faster than that without a problem. My first round was slower, with the first 100 being 19.6 I think. After that I was getting low 19 or in the 18 second range. The bench press was the hardest part. I finished in 31:30.
More handstand walk practice and feeling better each time. Really starting to push and start out further from the wall. I just need to go for it without the wall there as safety. I’m probably slowing down after a few step as I know the wall is coming up.