Mostly Modifications

Walked 18 on Wednesday and planned to golf yesterday as well, but a storm was coming so I didn’t bother going to the course. Sure enough, the storm missed us. Then I planned to workout later in the day, but I wasn’t feeling it so I took a complete rest day and didn’t feel one bit guilty about it. Some days the body needs that. I was out in the garage before noon today.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 3:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

My pace was aggressive for the minute rests and the last three rounds were a battle. Got 835-835-836-835-835-835 meters. Might be the hardest effort I’ve put in to some of these intervals actually; I was pretty shaky when I got off the rower. Could also mean I need to get my nutrition back on track. My goal pace going in was < 1:48 and it was a success.

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Went to the 4:00 class.

Warm-up

Got there early to do some posterior chain shit.

2 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30″)

3 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 5 PVC Passes
  • 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Push Jerks (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Power Cleans (95#)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 200m Run
    • Max Russian KB Swings (70#)
  • 1:00 Rest

It was programmed to be 15 cal Row, 15 cal AB, and 200m Run in the 3 different rounds, but I took the option to run them all and work on a weakness. Was able to keep a pretty steady pace on the runs, with 55-60 seconds. The push jerk Rx was 135, but it’s much easier to just use one bar, not have to change plates, and that would get heavy real quick when doing it for about 6 minutes total in this workout. I swapped in the power cleans instead of Sumo Deadlift High Pulls too because I I think it’s a stupid movement with way too much risk of back and shoulder injuries. The heavy Russian swings actually felt good other than the tear on my right hand. I was able to get 335 total reps.

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5 Rep Bench

I didn’t get out golfing yesterday because I found a bunch of water in the basement and spent almost 2 hours cleaning it up. I’m sore from that today. Went to open gym at noon.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 10 PVC Passes

Ended up with about 45 calories on the AB.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×200
  • 5×220
  • 5×235
  • 5×245

My ass came off the bench a little in my last two reps, but that ties my old PR for a set of 5, when I had gotten my max up to 290. Can I hit 300 in the next few months?

Conditioning

25:00 EMOM (40s work / 20s rest)

  • H2H KBS (44#)
  • Plank
  • Jump Rope Singles
  • Sit-ups
  • Lateral Step Overs (14″)

I was getting 22 swings and 22 sit-ups each round. Never missed on the jump rope. Perfect little workout for today that didn’t get me breathing or sweating very hard. Ready for Murph tomorrow!

I wouldn’t mind getting out to golf but I need to do yard work and a bunch of other shit, so we’ll see.

Moving the Bar Again

I was still very sore yesterday, but managed to walk 14 holes of golf before it started raining. I think that helped me loosen up actually. Got a solid 9.5 hours of sleep last night. Was out in the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

24 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

The goal was to get near a 1:36/500m pace, which I did a few times. My average distance was 155.17 with a range of 157-153, slightly down from 1.5 months ago when I did 20 rounds with a 155.25 average and a range of 156-154. That difference in average only amounts to two total meters though. My distances were:

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155-155-155-155-153-155-155-155-
154-155-154-155-154-155-155-156m

Went to the 4pm class. It’s been 3.5 weeks since I picked up a barbell and today seemed like a good day to try a few things. Scaled back the weight to keep it light.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Machine
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Russian Kettlebell Swings (44#)
    • 5 MB Cleans (20#)
  • Power Snatch
    • 6×45#
    • 6×75
    • 3×95

Weightlifting

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Snatches (115#)

Felt good to move some weight.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10-15 Push Jerks (95#)
  • 10-15 Toes to Bars
  • 10-15 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 10-15 Handstand Push-ups

The Rx weight was 115 pounds and the notes said Rx+ should add 1 rep to the movements each round. My plan was to stick to 10s, keep the barbell movements unbroken and split up the gymnastics to 2×5 for each movement. I cruised through the first round in under 90 second and then Kinde says, “You guys should do Rx+.” I figured since that round went so well and I had scaled the weight I would give it a try. The first three rounds weren’t too bad, but after 13 got nasty!

After my first clean I went for the quick bounce method and my back did not agree, so I had to take the bar down to the knees on every rep and do a proper hang clean, which is much slower. I split all of the T2B up in 2 sets, 5-5, 6-5, 6-6, 7-6, 7-7, and 8-7. Was a bit surprised those felt so good and I wasn’t wearing my grips. Cleans were all unbroken. For HSPU I think I did 10, 11, 6-6, 5-4-4, 5-5-4, and 5-5-5. I missed the 3 minute clock in the 5th round, after finishing the HSPU I had to go straight to the jerks and split that 8-7, otherwise every other round of jerks was unbroken. I got through the cleans a few seconds before the 18 minutes was up and then finished off my HSPU, which was probably in the 19:00-19:30 range.

75 HSPU is a lot, especially combined with 75 push jerks!

Starting 21s

Decided to exercise at home today because I planned to do some accessory stuff anyway and then I could sub a bunch in the metcon. Was pretty nice in the garage after I warmed it up for 2 hours.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Airdyne
  • 10 Goblet Squats (53#)
  • 10 Sumo KB Deadlifts (53#)

I came up with my own warm-up, which was much simpler and shorter. Something felt weird in my knees on the squats but maybe it was because I had my knee sleeves on.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 14 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 1:00 Plank
  • 30s Double DB OH Hold (40# DBs)
  • 30s Hollow Hold
  • 20 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 1:00 Rest

At the gym this was programmed with a 200m run to start each round but running inside sucks. That’s part of the reason I stayed home. I replaced the run with the burpees because we haven’t done any of the bar-facing variety in months, which is not good with the Open in 2 weeks. I was feeling good with the movement this summer, so I should easily be able to pick my technique back up. I put in the overhead hold instead of a bar hang since I’ve been doing plenty of gymnastics bar work and my hands are feeling all of the bar muscle-ups I did yesterday. I also replaced 10/10 single arm swings with the H2H version.

My burpees felt really good and I got faster each round. I didn’t have the greatest setup for them due to the garage floor being a bit of a mess in the winter, but I made it work. On paper the original version of this workout looked like active recovery, but I was working hard! The static work in a metcon is interesting and rare, but it was a really nice change of pace and far from a walk in the park. My round times were 3:51, 3:42, 3:40, 3:38, and 3:31. BOOM! The only real places to go faster in this workout are the burpees and transitions, so 20 seconds is a lot.

BTW, every time I do a double overhead hold I underestimate it. Glad I didn’t try to use 50 pounders.

Strength

dbs-for-21sDumbbell Curl – 21s

  • Top half of curls
  • Bottom half of curls
  • Full range of motion

I mentioned doing a variation of this on Saturday with my buddy Mo. Found a big weakness for me so I’m going to try to hit them once a week. T Nation has a great article with some other variations and uses of the method. I’m so used to counting to ten for light stuff that I went well past the 7 reps in the first round. Started light, but it’s a start.

  • 10-10-10 @ 10#
  • 7-7-7 @ 15#
  • 7-7-7 @ 20#

Tabata HR Push-ups

Went 13-12-10-10-9-8-8-8 for 78 total reps.

12 Days WOD

Feeling beat from the week and my back is tight from more squats yesterday. Not happy about having to set an alarm to make it for the 9am class, but will be out-of-town for a few days.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Strict Pull-ups
    • 10 Hard Release Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

Also did some random thrusters, cleans, snatches, and OHS with 45 and 95 pounds.

Conditioning

12 Days of Christmas (Partner)

  • 1 Thruster (135#)
  • 2 Squat Clean (135#)
  • 3 Overhead Squat (135#)
  • 4 Power Snatch (135#)
  • 5 Clean and Jerk (135#)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135#)
  • 7 Burpees
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 9 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#)
  • 11 Wall ball (30#, 10′)
  • 12 Bar Muscle-ups

The team can split the reps up however they wanted. The format follows the song, so the team is responsible for 1 thruster, then 2 cleans + 1 thruster, then 3 OHS + 2 cleans + 1 thruster, and so on.

I worked with Casey. Splitting things up in those first few rounds is a little confusing, but we fell into a pattern after round 5 I think. At that point Casey would start the new movement each round so we’d get the opposite movements we did the last round. We alternated the non-barbell work every movement. The exception was the bar muscle-up where he did 3, I did 6, and he did 3, so then I could get over to the wall ball. On the barbell, one person did the deadlifts and C&J, the next did the snatches and OHS, and back to the other who did the cleans and thruster. Worked out well and was just enough rest to be able to keep going when it was your turn to work. Took us 22:22 and today happens to be the 22nd!

It’s All Back

Woke up on Sunday with a headache from the gym’s Christmas party so it turned out to be a rest weekend. Good thing with today’s workout.

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Warm-up

4 Sets

  • 20s Bottom of Push-up Hold (2″ off floor)
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Superman Hold
  • 10s Rest

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×115
  • 5×165
  • 5×205
  • 5×225
  • 5x5x245

The working sets were programmed at 75%, so rounded down when basing off the 335 pound max. Didn’t want to blow up too much with 90 wall balls coming up. Felt better than the 6x4x265 last week and a nice jump over the 5x5x245 from a few weeks ago.

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 30 Wall Ball (20#, 10′)
  • 25 American KBS (53#)
  • 20 C2B Pull-ups

The Rx weight was 70 pounds, but not for this guy. Every round I went 3×10 wall balls, 15-10 kettlebell swings, and 4×5 chest-to-bars. First time trying butterfly again for C2B and it felt great, so I used it the whole way. I guess that is the last thing to come back since I just got my muscle-ups back. My rep schemes worked well and I was surprised to keep hitting sets of 5 on the rig. Usually I can’t keep up that large of sets for C2B and especially not with the butterfly kip. Finished in 13:24.

Started getting a headache within minutes and several other people did as well. With those 3 movements your head is continually moving up and down, so maybe that did it. Tough workout!

No Shoes, No Shirt, All Service

Rested yesterday and came up to my parents’ place for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

Continuing my new tradition…

“Sissy Test”

  • 25->1 Burpees
  • 1->25 Russian KBS (53#)

Went with no shoes again, which is nice for sliding on the carpet. Forgot my knee sleeves, so I wore wants, and eventually ditched the shirt. Felt much better with both movements this year. Started breaking up the swings in the last 4-5 rounds because my forearms were blowing up and the kettlebell was just getting too sweaty. Finished 4:02 faster than last year with a time fo 39:32. Feels good to earn my feast!

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History

  • 41:38 – 2012/04/19
  • 38:16 – 2012 Thanksgiving
  • 43:34 – 2017 Thanksgiving
  • 39:32 – 2018 Thanksgiving