Riding the Echo

Got some decent sleep last night after being exhausted and woke up with a WHOOP recovery score of 70%. I was out in the garage just after 12.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

27:00 Airdyne

** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

I got 774 cals and 16.06 km

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • Hanging Shoulder Stretch

5:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Air Squats
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Burpees

I got through exactly 3 rounds. Funny how that works. 😉

Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Banded Pull-throughs
  • 5 Goblet Squats (22kg)

Last week when I ripped my palm doing all of those pull-ups I thought it looked like I also had a blister under my left pinky. Nothing every came of it, until I noticed a bunch of skin pulled up there during this workout. Not a tear though, which is always good. I wore grips for 5 rounds and then took them off because they were bunching up too much and pulling on my wrists. Was able to do every set unbroken.

It was my first time riding on the Echo Bike and it’s really smooth. I’m feeling so much better on these bikes after all of the Engine Builder workouts and so much time on my Airdyne. Definitely the hardest part of this workout though. I subbed in the pull throughs instead of American swings and the goblet squats instead of three back squats. I sweated my ass off today with this new humidity that hit us with the warmer temperatures.

Gymnasty Thrusting

Out in the garage around 11. I warmed up with a 3:00 row (750m).

Engine Builder – Anaerobic

10 Rounds

  • 20s Row
  • 1:40 Rest

Didn’t even break a sweat and got 31 meters more than last month with 116-116-118-119-119-119-119-119-119-119 meters. I don’t remember it being this “easy” the other times I’ve done it.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Accessory

  • 3×15 RH (90#)

Warm-up

  • 500m Row
  • 2x Tabata
    • Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch w/ PVC
    • Kip Swings
    • PVC Passes
  • 5 Thrusters (45#)

Gymnastics & Strength

  • E2M – 3 Rounds10 Pull-ups
    • 3 Thrusters (95-115-135#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds8 C2B Pull-ups
    • 2 Thrusters (155-175-185#)
  • E2M – 3 Rounds3 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 1 Thruster (195-205-215#)

This was fun! No extra rest between the extra transitions other than what’s left in your two minute window. I was able to do all of the gymnastics movements unbroken and felt really good, especially not having done a bar muscle-up since the open. Thrusters were a little heavy since I haven’t squatted anything like that in a long time. I put the belt on for 175+ I think.

Conditioning

E2M except not at 0:00 – 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

  • 100 DB Snatches (40#)
  • 50 DB Hang Power Cleans (50# DBs)

It was programmed as wall balls EMOM but we didn’t do that because I guess it was too much for the morning folks with a 16:00 time cap, so they made the change for us and put a 12:00 cap on it. I scaled back the snatches from 50# and actually wore my belt through this entire workout too. I did 20-20 snatches before the break, then 20-10, 20-10, and just rested extra by my wall ball every time it came around. The cleans were a bitch! I did 10-10, 10-10, and 10. Finished at 10:38.

This week was a lot of lifting for me and it seems my back survived.

Back at Class

I’m still sore in my quads a little bit from 19.5! I strained one of my left spinal erectors on Sunday, so add that to the list of shit bothering me. I was definitely glad for the rest day yesterday. After my morning meeting I hopped on the rower and did 733 meters in 3:00 to warm up.

Engine Builder – Max Aerobic Power

20 Rounds

  • 30s Row
  • 30s Rest

Got to > 1,600 cal/hr by the 4th pull and then held 1,650-1,750, though was over 1,800 at times too. My starting leg drive faded in the second half of the workout so I had to hold a higher pace after getting the flywheel up to speed. I got exactly 13 calories each time for 260 total and went 3,105 meters for an average of 155.25 with a range of 156-154. A few weeks ago when it was 18 rounds, my average was 147.4 meters with a range of 150-145. Much better in every aspect today. Most of the improvement probably comes from having a better idea of what pace I’m capable of.

Went to the gym at 4pm, my first class (not counting Open workouts) since March 6th when I tweaked my back.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 10 cal Bike
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Push-ups

Gymnastics

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Strict Ring Dips

In the seventh minute I started doing 3-2 on the pull-ups.

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 100 cal Assault Bike
  • 100 Sumo KB Deadlifts (40kg)
  • 100 Burpees

I worked with Weston and Brandi who did their part at the same time. The were on rowers and did regular deadlifts. I actually think it may be quicker to rack up calories on the Assault Bike for 20-30 seconds with rests because I think I was under 30 seconds most rounds. It just wears on you more because I was really slowing down by the 4th and 5th ones. We split the deadlifts up in 10s and the burpees in 5s. Took us around 12:43.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Hip Thrusts (20″ box)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green band)

We had time so I knocked out some butt stuff. Single leg hip thrusts are much harder than glute bridges!

Dive Bombs

Last night my legs felt tired and I could feel my shoulders a bit today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Divebomb Push-ups
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 10 Tuck jumps
  • 5/5 Half kneeling single arm DB press (30#)
  • 1:00 Row

I don’t remember those divebomb push-ups being so hard when I did them in P90X a long time ago! Got through two rounds and five push-ups.

  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 6 Kip Swing + Press Down
  • 6 Knees to Chest
  • 6 T2B

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 12 Push Presses (95#)
  • 12 Toes to Bars
  • 12 Box Jumps (24″)

My hands were happy this was T2B programmed instead of pull-ups after the C2B I did yesterday. I had the grips on, but didn’t use the finger holes, which actually works really well for T2B. Something I’ve noticed with the Ben Smith programming and now NCFit is that they program push presses a lot instead of push jerks (or shoulder to overhead, where it’s your choice). Should pay off when it’s time to do jerks.

This workout seemed familiar, but the closest I could find was Open 12.3 which was 18 minutes of 15 box jumps, 12 shoulder to overhead (115#), and 9 T2B. Based on my best score for that a few years ago, I thought 7 rounds was possible.

I didn’t quite get it. Finished six rounds, the push presses, and the T2B for a score of 6+24. The push presses were all unbroken and they did get challenging in the last two rounds. I played it too safe with 3×4 T2B every round and might have been able to do 2×6. I should have jumped down from the box too. Those little changes would have made a big difference.

This definitely had the feel of an Open workout and I feel like I gave it an effort worthy of an Open workout. I was able to post the top male score of the day, which is rare. My hands need a rest after 70 C2B yesterday and today’s 84 T2B plus a lot of other swings and warm-up reps on the bar.

Midline & Posterior

2 Sets

  • 1:00 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 30s Rest
  • 1:00 Hip Thrusts
  • 30s Rest

I made it through the entire first minute without stopping, which was hard! Pushed more on the 2nd set of twists than the first. The hip thrusts were unbroken for both minutes. Didn’t count any reps though.

Skill

Stayed after and started working on my handstand walking on the open floor. I could get up and take a couple of steps, but wasn’t getting my legs with the forward lean, so I kept falling back down the way I went up. I’ll have to keep working on it.

Tough Pace

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Row
  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 2×10 Kip Swings
  • 1:00 Row
  • 20 Air Squats

Conditioning

30:00 EMOM (alt) -> AMRAP

  • 15 Calorie Row
  • 200m Run
  • 1 round of “Cindy”
    • 5 Pull-ups
    • 10 Push-ups
    • 15 Air Squats

You are supposed to try an alternating EMOM and then turn it into an AMRAP when you fail. I wasn’t concerned with the row or the “Cindy” rounds, but figured the run would get me. Got through the 5th round with the runs being tough but feeling doable. Then I headed out for the 6th run and knew I didn’t have much left. My heart rate was too high to keep pushing the pace. The row and gymnastics were done in less than a minute each time, so I didn’t fall too far off getting all three done in 3:00 though. In the 10th round I headed out for the run with 1:10 on the clock, pushed to finish it and actually had time to knock out 2 pull-ups. So I ended up close to finishing 10 rounds.

For the first 5 rounds I was pulling 1,400+ cal/hr on the rower and then was trying to stay above 1,200 for the rest. First run was done in just over 40 seconds and got slower each round. My first round of Cindy took about 36 seconds, but I didn’t really look at the clock after that one. I did regular kipping pull-ups throughout and it still feels ok on my shoulder. My air squat speed seemed much better than usual.

We were done super early, so did some shoulder work…

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 10

4 Sets (each arm)

  • 50m Single Arm Overhead Carry (53# KB)
  • 30-60s Rest between arms

Actually was only programmed for 3 sets. Extra credit!

Light Wall Balls

Got a bit of a headache again a few hours after the workout on Friday night. Could have been from hitting the redline again or maybe from doing HSPU. Decided to take a rest day yesterday since I’ll go to the gym tomorrow instead of golfing. Plus it was hot and I just wanted to kick back, relax, and watch the CrossFit Games after being out-of-town to play in a golf scramble.

11-12-13…20

  • Wall Balls (14#, 10′)
  • Sit-ups

The goal was to go unbroken and it wasn’t that hard to do. Nice to go light for a change. Finished in 11:08.

Tabata Work

  • 4 Rounds Push-ups
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Hollow Rocks
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Double Unders
  • 30s Rest
  • 4 Tabata Push-ups

Bit of a false start when I set my phone app to reverse tabata. Had done 13 push-ups in those 10 seconds, which obviously affected things the rest of the way after resetting and starting over. I was able to do 17-17-12-11 on the push-ups, 36-30-35-36 dubs, 23-22-22-19 hollow rocks, 36-35-29-35 dubs, and 15-15-13-10 push-ups. Looks like missing a double under costs about 5-6 reps. This was harder than the wall balls.

Accessory

Wanted to get in the 4th shoulder abduction workout which was 3×10 single arm presses. Went with something a little more challenging and added the back work.

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
  • 10/10 Suitcase Deadlift (28kg)

Gymnastics

  • 3×10 Kig Swings / Bar Taps
  • 3×5 T2B

First T2B I’ve done in months. Meh.

Gettin’ Gymnastics Volume

Woke up feeling a little beat from the PRs last night. Low to middle are of my back being the stiffest. Not the area where I’ve had my issues though, so that’s good. In at 11am to close out the 2nd week of the cycle.

Skill WOD (Hustle & Flow) Week 2 Day 3

Warm-up

3 sets

  • 5 Bar Work
    (Hold and pause 2 sec at each position with no form breaks and no momentum)

    • Dead Hang
    • Lat Active Hollow
    • Tight Arch
  • 1 Skin the Cat
  • 7 Straddle V-ups
  • 10s GHD Hanging Bridge Stretch

Skin the cats really stretch out that shoulder area.

Skill A – 4 Supersets

  • 1 Ring Swing + Pull-up w/ swing + MU
  • 2 Box Hip Kip Drill
  • 3 Banded Hip Drill

Felt a little better with the complex this week though I start swinging back with the pull-up and it messes up my kip a little. Didn’t feel as good with the box drill. Maybe I didn’t have the heights of things set right. The banded drill was better though.

Skill Test – 3 sets

1 rep of complex is:

  • MU + 2 Strict Ring Dips (after the MU dip lockout)

First two sets are 3 reps of the complex and then the 3rd set is for max reps. Increased from 5 to 6 on the max set.

Strength Accessory – 3 sets

  • 3 Lower to Hold Front Lever on Box

These are tough and doing 3 compared to 1 was a big difference in fatigue.

Bonus Complex

  • Set 1: 3 Ring Pull-up + 3 Toes to Rings + 4 MU
  • Set 2: 3+3+5
  • Sets 3+: Keep adding 1 MU until failure

Went for #6 on the 3rd set and squeezed it out. Caught myself in a super low ring dip, but a rep is a rep. Maybe next week if I get those first 3 sets I’ll go for a 4th.

Some nice increases from the first week and without having to figure out that first skill section we finished up in just under an hour. My shoulders still feel wrecked after all that though. I wore my leather grips for everything but the warm-up and no further damage to my hands. I just don’t have the grip problem on the rings like I do with bar muscle-ups.

Conditioning

Bryan and I jumped on the rowers for 10 minutes. Went 2,535 meters. Didn’t get into a good rhythm until the final 90 seconds.