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.

Too Many Singles

I hoped to get out for an early run, but it was raining. At around 11:15 it brightened up, birds started to chirp, and radar showed a window in the weather, so I hit the pavement.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

24:00 Run

I mapped out a loop that ended up being 2.55 miles and took me 24:30. My focus for the run was on my stride rate, which was a lot more consistent than usual (often drops to 155-160 with an average in the low 160s) and must have helped with my pace. I’ll have to concentrate on my stride more often and would like to get it up to 180.

I rested and took my time setting everything up, so it was just over 30 minutes after the run when I got started on the workout.

Conditioning

  • 30 Strict HSPU
  • 40 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 30 Bench Press (135#)
  • 40 Goblet Lunges (53#)
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 Bench Press (135#)
  • 30 Goblet Lunges (53#)

I went in to this workout planning to do 40-30 on every movement with the option for a third round of 20. That quickly changed when I went 5-5-3-singles and took five minutes to do 30 strict handstand push-ups! The next time around I did 2-2-2-singles, taking four minutes to knock out 20 reps. I recently felt good doing two rounds of 5×5 strict in a partner workout, so I never expected to drag behind the struggle bus like this. Either my shoulders are wiped out from yesterday or using plates and an AbMat is a lot harder than the big gymnastics mat at the gym. Box jumps were fine and mostly a rest before pressing again. I felt weak on the bench as well and did all sets of fives. I split the 40 lunges in half because I felt like I was fatiguing my triceps by holding the kettlebell and did the 30 unbroken. Finished in 21:42 with 9:00 spent on HSPU.

Test

100 Hand Release Push-ups

For some reason at 6:30pm I got the bright idea to test some push-ups after all of the pressing I’ve done in the last two days. I haven’t been able to beat my 5:04 PR on this from 2013, though I did 5:18 and 5:08 in 2017.

Some quick math told me five reps every 15 seconds would get sub five minutes, so that was my plan of attack. I did 5 reps and rested until the my 15 seconds was up. Rinse and repeat. It felt great through 50 reps. I could feel the fatigue kicking in as I got through 60 and by 70 I was barely making it in time. After that I knew I couldn’t keep up the fives any longer, so I resorted to whatever I could manage until it was singles. Finished in 5:14, so with all of the reps done yesterday and today I’m confident I can break that barrier soon.

Tuesday Duathlon

My hips and legs are a little sore from the squats. Got a really good night of sleep though.

Engine Builder – Endurance

40:00

  • 2 Mile Run
  • 20:00 Airdyne

Instead of doing a straight 40 minutes on the Airdyne I thought I’d take advantage of the nice weather. Before lunch I ran a loop around the neighborhood and then jumped right on the bike. My heart rate was stable through the transition between running and biking. The run ended up being 2.08 miles according to RunKeeper and took 20:21. I went with an even 20 minutes on the Airdyne for 7.17 miles and 532 calories.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 10 Push Presses (PVC)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30/30s Banded Overhead Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes

Midline

5 Sets

  • 40 Russian Twists (35#)

Worked these in between the first five sets of push presses. Forty reps is a lot!

Strength

Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×195

Wasn’t sure if I should go again after the 175. I got out my belt, which helped a lot and the weight felt a lot better.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 8 DB Snatches (50#)
    • MAX T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

Was nervous about the snatches because that’s where I got my last minor back tweak. I started out HOT on the bike with RPMs up over 90 and the other rounds were in the 70-75 range. I got 25-17-16-16-16 for 90 total T2B.

Early One

I set my alarm for 7am this morning so I could sweat before hitting the road up north to surprise Mom for Mother’s Day. My back was pretty tight getting out of bed.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 15 Squat Jumps

No warm-up! Did 2×5 on the push-ups. Finished 10+8.

Engine Builder – Speed

4 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 1:30 Rest

Rough only five minutes after those squat jumps! Didn’t have the push this morning. Got 164-164-157-156 calories and 1.98 – 1.95 – 1.92 – 1.92 miles (3,187 – 3,138 – 3,090 – 3,090m).

Farmer’s Stand?

Still got that minor thing in my back. Out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Speed

2 Rounds

  • 9:00 Airdyne
  • 3:00 Rest

Was probably around 79-81 RPM. Did 3.6 miles both rounds and 302-304 calories.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 15 cal Row
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 15 cal Row
  • 12 PVC Passes
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Strict Pull-ups

Strength

5×5 Strict Pull-ups

These were actually after some of the early sets of benching.

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×165
  • 5×195
  • 5×215
  • 5×230
  • 5×240

Almost didn’t make that last rep! Just 5 pounds under my best for a set of 5.

Conditioning

Partner Chipper

  • 100 cal Row
  • 50 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 100 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
  • 50 Strict Handstand Push-ups
  • 100 cal Row

This looked rough on paper! Partnered with Weston. We split the row in sets of 25 then HSPU and C2B in sets of 5s. I was able to do all of my HSPU strict and unbroken! The second time through them actually felt better. After 2-3 sets of C2B I switched from butterfly to a regular kip, which I always forget about when there is a lot of volume; lets me keep going much longer. Never had to come off the bar. The workout didn’t end up being as hard as I expected. I rowed around 1,600-1,700 cal/hr my first two times and then more like 1,500-1,600 at the end. We finished in 21:23.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg KB Deadlift (62#)
  • 40/40s Single Leg Stand (62#)

The single leg deadlifts didn’t feel the greatest on my back. First time trying the stands with a weight and it really wasn’t bad at all. Would you call it a Farmer’s Stand? LOL

Near Perfection

On Monday I golfed 18 in a cart. Was feeling sick during the NCAA Championship game, started puking in overtime, and was up all night. Tuesday morning I was able to stomach food, but had a bad headache and was exhausted all day. Took several naps and slept 10.5 hours that night. Still felt out of it and tired yesterday. Feeling good and back to work this morning.

Quick trip out to the garage in the late morning.

Warm-up

3:00 Row (750m)

Paced the minutes at 2:05-2:00-1:55.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

8 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 2:30 Rest

I got 17-17-18-18-18-19-19-19 calories and 173-170-177-177-177-178-178-178 meters. Five calories and 23 meters more than a month ago. Can really feel things loosen up and get the feel for the speed after a couple of intervals. Maybe I should warm up more. Not sure what happened in that second one though, where the distance dropped; I felt like I got up to speed quickly and averaged a better pace than the first.

Today’s workout at the gym was rowing intervals with air squats, so I stayed home to save travel time and get more done at work after two sick days. Allowed me to get in a little gymnastics strength and catch up on another EB workout in the garage.

Warm-up

3:00 Ski Erg (665m)

Paced the minutes at 2:20-2:15-2:10.

Gymnastics Strength

  • 3:00 EMOM
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 EMOM
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2:00 EMOM

Each working minute I did:

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups

Been getting in a lot of strict pull-ups over the last month or so, but this got aggressive real quick!! I was planning on a straight 10 minute EMOM but there wasn’t enough rest. Saying they were all strict pull-ups would be generous because I definitely got some legs in there when I started to struggle. Wearing heavy sweat pants and a heavy hoody may have made a big difference here. Having to jump up to the bar in my garage is a big deal too.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

15 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

Settled on a goal pace of 1:39/500m, which felt great and at the same time was a good challenge. I got exactly 25 calories every time and 303 meters every round except the 12th, when I got 304. Can’t ask for better consistency. Really good sweat after no workouts since Sunday.

Strict EMOM

I’m still sore from Barbara. Could feel some tightness in my low back this morning that seemed to be from the reverse hypers I did yesterday. Before lunch I got on the rower in the garage.

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

5 Rounds

  • 400m Row
  • 5:00 Rest

To improve on a month ago my goal was a pace of 1:35/500m, which I beat without a problem. My splits were 1:15.9, 1:15.5, 1:15.3, 1:15.2, and 1:15.0. It always feels good to get negative splits and I was able to recover really well in the five minutes, which probably means I should be pushing harder for this type of workout. Supposed to go at 90-95%, but it’s hard to know what that is exactly, so maybe I’m my recovery is just improving. Averaged 1:34.2 and was 14 seconds faster overall than a month ago.

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Went to the 4pm class, which was a small one today.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 on a machine
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Inchworms
    • 10 PVC Passes

Gymnastics Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Strict C2B Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Ring Dips

Was programmed as 5 muscle-ups (same as last week), but my right shoulder is still bothering me, so I’m not doing those any time soon. Did strict pull-ups last week in this format, so tried chest to bars today. I did 3-2 for the first three rounds of pull-ups, but then did singles for the rest of the way. Dips were all unbroken.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 10 Deadlifts (155#)
  • 20 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)

Knew I wasn’t trying the Rx 225. Thought about 185, but settled on 155 and figured I’d just be faster. Warmed up with 10×45, 5×95, and 5×125. My hamstrings started to feel tight in the 3rd set of deadlifts, but overall I felt good in this one, going unbroken on everything. Finished in 6:23.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)
  • 1:00/1:00 Single Leg Stand

Did the T Nation A version again for 21s. I could really feel the stands in my glutes after doing those deadlifts.