Repeat of 2 & 2

Still coughing, but I picked up the inhaler this afternoon, so hopefully it goes away soon. My WHOOP recovery was only 32% this morning, but I feel pretty good and am planning to golf the next two days. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I did these same intervals on June 29th with an average pace of 1:42.8/500m, so today I was shooting for 1:42. Got 588-588-589-588-588-588-588-588 meters, which is 36 more overall than last time.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Good Mornings
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Air Squats

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 T2B
  • 3 Deadlifts (4×185, 4×225, 2×245)

The bike got a little slower over time. Could really feel the leg fatigue from the last few days. Wore my Bear KompleX grips and kept the toes-to-bars all unbroken. The deadlifts got heavy and I didn’t wear a belt. Did them all with a neutral grip too, which I’ve been doing a lot of since I haven’t been going heavy.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 50 Russian Twists (35# KB)

The end of set 3 and about half way through 4 really started to slow.

My body is ready for the “rest” days!

Ten Without a Problem

My biceps and lats are sore from yesterday. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

45:00 Airdyne
** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42

I did 1,240 calories and 26.26 km on my AD2.

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That wraps up the second phase (polarization) of the program. I really enjoyed the polarized workouts and am glad to see some of them continue in the next phase. I made it through the first 24 weeks of the program and can’t wait to see what progress comes during the next phase.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 Lunges
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Inch Worms

Strength & Gymnastics

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 10×115
  • 10×165
  • 10×195

3×10 Bar Muscle-ups

After the dumbbell snatches and box jumps my back was tight from yesterday, so definitely wasn’t pushing deadlifts today. There was an option to do muscle-ups in between sets, so I focused on those instead. I’ve never tried more than 6 before so it seemed like a good day to go for it. I got three unbroken sets of 10 without a problem, which in my new max set. I bet I can get 15+.

Conditioning

  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 cal Assault Bike
    • 20 cal Row
    • 20 Front Rack Lunges (115#)
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)

So in reality it was 2 rounds of the second part as well, but the Assault bike was in use when I got there so I finished out on the Echo. Looks like the Echo knocks out the calories quicker. Noted for future workouts! I started out hotter on the first row and was able to keep over a 1,200 cal/hr pace on them all and pushed that last one extra to give myself time to finish under the 15:00 cap. Barely got it, in 14:59! I never dropped the bar during any of the lunge sets.

All Legs and Buns

Wasn’t sure how my back would feel after yesterday, since lifts from the hang are tougher on it. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Interval

10 Rounds

  • 1:15 Row
  • 1:15 Rest

Set a goal of 1:38/500m, thinking it might be a little aggressive. It was good though; not easy, but enough of a challenge that I had to push the last half of the workout to stay on pace. Got exactly 383 meters every round.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Russian KBS (44#)
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

E4M – 4 Sets

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 5 Deadlifts (155-205-205-235#)

After doing the first bike in about a minute I realized there was no reason to go so hard with what was coming up.

Conditioning

  • EMOM – 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 100 Front Rack Lunges (95#)

I did 15-12-11-12-10-10-10-12-8. Early on I got messed up thinking the clock was counting down, so I think I dropped the bar for a quick rest in the first three rounds and definitely should not have. I think after 2 rounds I made a goal to get to 50 through 4 rounds and then finish out with sets of 10s. With only one round to go, I pushed it a little for that set of 12 so I’d had fewer to finish. Took me 8:30 and I was getting ass cramps shortly after.

T2B to Plan

My quads are still sore and my back is a little tight from yesterday. Out in the garage at 11 to get on the bike while watching a company townhall. Figured I might as well use the time to do something while I was listening.

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Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30

I missed out on both of the 33 minute polarized workouts due to the FireWod substitutions last week while on vacation. This was the first time doing six sprints. It completes week 8 of the Polarization phase and week 20 overall.

I racked up 1,042 calories and 21.5 km. That felt really good after not using the Airdyne in over 2 weeks. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 20 Double Unders
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 5×125
  • 5×155
  • 5×185
  • 5×215
  • 5×245
  • 5×265
  • 5×285
  • 5×310

Used a neutral grip throughout and no belt. Felt ok. Not used to lifting weight like this.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Toes to Bars

I’ve done something similar twice before on this programming, but with pull-ups instead of T2B. Some people said they’ve done it with T2B, so I must not have gone on those days. I was close to 6 rounds on my last attempt with the pull-ups, so I was hoping to get in that ballpark. I hadn’t done a double under in about 6 weeks, since the calf injury, so this was going to be a test. My goals were to limit misses with the rope and do 8-7 T2B each round, which I knew would be the big challenge. Would have liked fewer misses with the rope, but I’ll take it after such a long break. It was a success on the bar and I’m loving the Bear KompleX Black Diamond grips, which I haven’t even had to chalk up yet! Got through 5 rounds, dubs, wall balls, and dubs for 5+75.

Volunteer Burpees

My WHOOP recovery score was still only 39% this morning, but I have a lot more energy today. Had to knock out conditioning before lunch because I had an appointment to get the back window of my truck tinted.

Year of the Engine – Interval

15 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 45s Rest

Did 15 rounds of 1:00/1:00 at a pace of 1:39/500m two months ago, so wanted 1:37-1:38 here. Got 231-232 meters every round and could have gone a little faster.

Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 5 Good mornings (45#)

Strength & Midline

Deadlift

  • 10×35#
  • 5×125
  • 5×145
  • 5×165
  • 5×185
  • 10×215

Lifted with the girls so I didn’t try to go too heavy. That last set wasn’t feeling great. In between sets of deadlifts…

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Weighted Plank (45#)

These felt really easy.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 15 Burpees
  • 5 Bench Press (185#)
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (13′)

I did the burpees instead of 200m runs to give my calf a little more time and especially after feeling weird from the box jumps the other day. Going from wall balls to burpees to bench wasn’t pleasant. Got through 5+16.

Speed Levels

My body (and ego) was already very sore when I got out of bed this morning. Thinking back on 19.5, it’s not the first time I gave in on a 20 minute Open workout when shit got tough. I knew I was resting way too long between sets of thrusters, but I didn’t make a change. Not thinking to switch to kipping C2B after I felt the butterfly disappear was a huge mistake too. As always, more things to improve and at the end of the day, it’s just fitness.

Last night after dinner I ate a whole pint of ice cream for the end of the Open. I ended up eating 3,700 calories for the day and dropped a pound on the scale! After finally recovering to the green zone yesterday morning, it was a high strain day at 15.5, so I probably shouldn’t have stayed up until almost 2am. Apparently I’m recovered to 61% this morning though.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×125
  • 8×155
  • 8×180
  • 8×195
  • 8×205

It’s an extra challenge on this wider Titan Fitness rack, especially when using the spotter arms. Made me slow a bit on my reps and focus. Went 10 pounds heavier than the last couple of times I did sets of 8.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10 Good Mornings (45#, 33X1 Tempo)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green)

 

Conditioning

  • 100m Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 100m Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 250m Row
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 500m Row
  • 8:00 Rest
  • 1,000m Row
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4,000m Row

The BTWB fitness level keeps using rowing intervals (I’ve brought it up to their Support team in the past) as if it’s a time trial, so this workout was specifically to improve some of my rankings in the speed category. I did a 16.2 for the first 100 so bumped the damper up to 8 and got 15.9, still off my 15.5 PR. I left the damper for the 250 and got 40.3 seconds, also off my PR of 38.3.

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Look how much the rower moved during those first 3 sprints! I bet I lost some time.

Then I set the damper back to 5-6. Got 1:30.5 for the 500 meters, which is pretty far off my best 1:23.5. I faded pretty hard on the last quarter of both the 250 and the 500. Hoped for 1:45/500m pace on the 1k, but my legs didn’t have it. Ended up with a time of 3:34.7, which is only 5 seconds faster than the 1k repeats I did last night. Those sprints really drained my power. Then I was holding an easy 2:10/500m pace for the 4k, which took 17:16.8.

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Still a lot of room to bring the 1k and 500m times closer to my potential.

15 Feet

My lower body is still really sore from Sunday.

Warm-up

9:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Box Step-Ups (20-24-27″)
  • 10 Banded Good Morning
  • 20s Row

6:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 1:00 Row
  • 5 False Grip Ring Row (feet under me to cut down on weight)

Damn the false grip hurts!

Conditioning

E5M – 4 Sets

  • 500m Row
  • 15 Box Jumps (30″)
  • Max Muscle-ups

My goal was 3×4 muscle-ups each round, but I had a suspicion that hip fatigue would kick in from the rowing and high box jumps. Well, I’m not sure if that was the case or it was the breathing, because after round two my pace fell off a lot. I rowed 1:50-1:51 for the first two rounds and then 2:00 was a struggle for the last two. I stepped down from the box for most of the first two rounds and jumped down after that (no rebound though). On the rings I went 4-4-4, 4-4-4, 4-2-2-2, and 4-2-1-1 for a total of 42 muscle-ups. I don’t think I’ve ever accumulated that many in a workout. After finishing the box jumps I walked right over and jumped up to get that first set at fatigue and I’m really happy I was able to start with a set of four each time.

No grips (have never needed them on the rings) and no rips. The big blood blister from last Tuesday is healing well.

I think this was the end of my first set…

Skill

I did some handstand walking after class. I went 10 feet a bunch of times after just getting it on Sunday for the first time. Even got over 15 feet once! It’s feeling a lot more comfortable.

Here’s one of the times I went ten feet…