Damn time change. So dumb. Went to 10am open gym.
- Monster walks (red band)
Put the band around my knees for the monsters walks and it was definitely easier.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
This morning I picked up two Concept 2 Model C rowers I “won” in an auction from a local college. They aren’t in as good of shape as I was hoping, especially for what I paid. Thought I might be able to make a nice chunk of change off them, but they’re just going to be a project to break even now.
My abs are more sore and my triceps are getting a little sore. Got to the gym at 1:30. Did an easy 30 calories on the Echo Bike to warm up. Then I practiced handstand walking for 15 minutes or so and it was a shit show. Maybe I’m fatigued from the last few days.
- 2:00 Banded Bear Hug March (30# MB)
- 2:00 Rest
Used a green band and my hips were on fire!
- 10 cal Echo Bike
- 5 Bench Press (165#)
- 10 Pull-ups
Warmed up with 10×45 and 5×135 on the bench press. Originally I wrote down 185 but I could feel my triceps in the warm-up sets and didn’t want to miss or have to break up sets. Smart move. Wore grips the whole time and did 2×5 for every round of pull-ups. It’s probably been over a month since I’d done kipping pull-ups. I finished 9 rounds and 10 calories.
- 30s Handstand Hold (facing wall)
- 1:00 Rest
I need to improve my shoulder mobility for the walking, so may start doing a lot of this.
Yesterday I was hungover and took a couple of naps. Had to shovel the heavy wet snow, which actually accounted for my second highest WHOOP strain score of the week. Glad it was a rest day, because I would not have been able to fitness. After a solid night of sleep, I woke up with a 96% recovery score! Got to the gym early today for open gym again.
Took about 14:25.
- 10 Prone Fly (20# DBs)
- 10/10 Tricep Kickback (35#)
Tried to focus on pushing through my shoulders, hands out, and bent knees today. Feeling more and more comfortable each time I practice. Got out to 21-22 feet on my longest one. Here’s my final attempt.
- 3 Strict HSPU
- 3 Strict C2B Pull-ups
- 12 Walking Lunges (25# DBs at sides)
I like programming low rep strict movements in a workout like this, where it’s a challenge but I’m able to keep moving without rest. After getting round one done in about 40 seconds I was worried it was too fast. Then after not slowing much through about five rounds I set a goal to stay under a 1:00/round page. Even though I started dropping from the top of the C2B and quickly grabbing on for the next rep, I was able to make up time by speeding through step through lunges. Was able to do all of the HSPU unbroken without a problem. Finished with 15+5.
- 3x 20 Dead Bug
- 3x 10 Curl-up (3s pause)
- 3x 10 Bird Dog + 10 second hold (each side)
Didn’t do shit yesterday other than watch the Mayhem Classic. I’m still feeling my back a little bit at points during the night. I may hold off on hitting the barbell all week. Got to the gym early before 10am open gym.
- 50 cal Echo Bike
- 50 cal Ski Erg
- 50 cal Row
- 50 cal Echo Bike
- Reverse Grip Bench Press
Figured I’d get in some extra aerobic work with a long warm-up.
- 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (155-160-165-170-175#)
- 8/8 Hammer Curls (30-30-35-35-40# DBs)
Worked on handstand walking for 15 minutes. I still have a lot to work on but I was starting to consistently get out to 15 feet or more.
- 100 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)
Pat Vellner did this in 5:37 earlier this week! I did not.
I went out way too hot in the first 10 reps and my heart rate never recovered. I was hoping for sub 10 minutes but when I got through 25 reps around 2:15 I knew it wasn’t in the cards and changed my goal to break 11. I was through 50 some time after 5:00 and was doing 10 reps about every 70 seconds, so I knew I’d have to turn things up a notch. I picked up the pace with 20 reps left, almost biffed it around 8 reps left, and made up a lot of ground on my pace to finish in 10:40. That was a nasty workout!
I started feeling my right calf in the middle of the workout and had to start jumping mostly off my left leg. Was limping almost immediately after the workout. That calf is not happy with me.
Midline & HS Mobility
- 15s Prone PVC Raise + Hold
- 40s Rest
Yesterday I was feeling better with regards to the cold. My back did not feel very good though. Probably did too much too soon this week. Glad it was time for a rest day. My triceps started to feel a little sore last night. Still took cold meds this morning and I was thinking it would be the last of it, but I was hacking up a lung at the gym and sound all stuffed up. Not feeling any improvement in my back or with the strained calves. Went to open gym at 10.
5:00 Echo Bike
Did 52 calories.
- 30s Echo Bike
- 20s Wall Sit
- 2:00 Rest
My calories were 17-17-16-15-16-15. As nasty as I expected it to be.
- 20 Shoulder Taps (facing wall, tap across)
- 5 Strict HSPU (facing wall)
- 100′ Farmer Carry (53# KBs)
- 1:30 Rest
We don’t have our big mats at the gym, so I cart-wheeled up for my shoulder taps and then side shuffled over and up on some plates with an AbMat for the handstand push-ups. Might have been the first time I’ve done those facing the wall and it’s a lot different. Good to work on them fatigued after the taps like that. This work ended up being a lot harder than I expected.
Worked on handstand walks and I’m making some solid progress already. Got out to 15 and 20 feet. I’m starting to feel things and be able to make changes in the middle of a walk.
Went to the gym in the afternoon with Molly before classes started.
- 5:00 Echo Bike (50 cals)
- 30 PVC Passes
- Bottom Squat Hold
- Ring Kip Swings
In January I did 3 reps every 45 seconds for a time of 6:55, so today I went every 40 seconds. Then I went 5-10 seconds early on my last two sets so I could break six minutes. Finished in 5:55 for a sweet PR. I wasn’t in danger of missing and felt good, so I can cut that down next time.
- 5 Weighted Ring Pull-ups (4×35, 2×26#)
- 8/8 Kroc Rows (28kg)
- 1:30 Rest
Strict ring pull-ups suck after muscle-ups and weighted ones are even worse!
- 8 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 115-135-145#)
- 1:30 Rest
These actually felt pretty good.
- 6 Strict T2B
- 20 Alternating V-ups
- 45s Rest
It’s always weird going for that first strict toes to bar, trying to remember how to sequence it. This was absolutely fucking terrible!!! I had to break v-ups in round two and then do three sets in rounds three and four!
Molly tried to help me out with handstand walking and we found some things to focus on:
- Keep a neutral head position
- Look with eyes (to help with head position)
- Turn hands out
- Push through shoulders
- Bend knees forward to get weight going that way