Something I Can Do!

Sitting hasn’t been the most comfortable the last couple of days and there really hasn’t been any change in how my back is feeling. Went to the 3pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Assault Bike
  • 10 Bench Press (45#)
  • 10 Bench Press (135#)

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 Bench Press (170#)

Oh boy those bench presses turned in to a struggle in round 3. Kept each round unbroken though!

Strength / Accessory

  • 10×2 Strict Pull-ups (2:00)
  • 13×5 Banded PVC Lat Pulldowns (green band doubled over a set of rings)

The workout was 10:00 to do 100 pull-ups, but with five dumbbell thrusters EMOM. My ass is not having anything to do with any type of squatting so I thought I’d see how many strict pull-ups I could do in 10 minutes. As I fatigued I was starting to arch and wanting to kip. That was no bueno, so I called an audible and had about five minutes of the pulldowns. Those created a nice burn.

Smoked in Dubai

My legs felt tired last night and even though I was up past midnight, I slept better. Ass and quads are feeling a little sore today. Was in the hotel fitness center just after noon. I did the back rehab work, which is getting a little easier.

Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Lat Pulldowns (77 kg)
  • 10 DB Bent Over Reverse Fly (12 kg)

Third set got real nasty and then I just survived.

Conditioning

20:00 Stationary Bike

Went 8.96 km and did 244 calories. My legs are smoked from yesterday! Early flight and a long travel day tomorrow, but I’ll be home by 10pm Eastern. Can’t wait!

All I Want is a Night of Sleep!

I went to bed just after 9 last night but woke up around 2 or 3 again. Finally quit trying to sleep around 5:40 I think. Went down for breakfast after 7 and then took an hour nap. Was in the fitness center by 10.

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Accessory

4 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pulldowns (70-70-77-84 kg)
  • 12/12 Kroc Rows (20kg)

Used a machine for the pulldowns and I remembered to keep my shoulder blades pulled down for the rows.

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests (all 3 on one side, then switch)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2 x 20 seconds
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 x 20 seconds

Someone was hogging the adjustable bench, so I moved the planks up in the order.

Strength

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Incline DB Fly (16kg)
  • 14 HR Push-ups

Conditioning

10:00 Stationary Bike

I set a higher level so I had to use a lot of leg drive and a lower RPM. Did 4.98 km and 148 calories.

Gymnastics

5 Rounds

  • 40s Handstand Hold
  • 50s Rest

Came back to my room for these since there is no spot in the fitness center. Decided to switch it up and give facing the wall a break, which I think has been making my neck tight. When I kick up I can feel how extremely tight my neck and shoulders are. These got really tough.

Running on Fumes

I was exhausted when I hit the pillow at 10:30 last night, but was wide awake at 3:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. Decided I wouldn’t nap today, hoping it will lead to a proper night of sleep. It’s a really windy day so not great for exploring the city when sand keeps getting in your eyes. Went to the fitness center at 11am.

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5 Sets

  • 8 Lat Pull Downs (60-60-65-70-75 kg)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (65# DB)

I used a pull-up grip width for the lat pull downs, hoping to work the same pulling muscles in a different way.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 8 Incline DB Fly (25-25-30-35-45#)
  • 8 DB Bench Press (65#)

Really had no clue what to use for the fly and obviously started too conservative. The bench presses were challenging though.

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 16 Weighted Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 20 Plank Jumps

This got me breathing a lot harder than I expected.

10 Sets

  • 12s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

If you do these right you really start cramping and almost feel like you’re going to puke.

10:00 Stationary Bike

Got 225 calories and 6.7 km.

Was in there just over an hour. Was feeling pretty exhausted as I went through this work, especially when I got to the lunges and plank jumps.

Conditioning Cocktail

Moved my rest day up a day after all of the squatting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Out in the garage tonight for a workout.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Ski Erg

Oww my triceps are still smoked! Could really feel them on the pulls. Did 1,090 meters.

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Banded PVC lat Pull-downs (2 green bands)
  • 10 Deadlift Step-ups (15# DBs, 24″)
  • 10 Medicine Ball Push-ups
  • 40 Double Unders

Came up with this interesting mix of movements. I used one of my old Rx Smart Gear jump ropes instead of getting out my RPM rope. Anyone who tells you these are the best ropes on the market is either sponsored or has never used a lighter handled rope. Your shoulders get tired infinitely sooner and they just don’t spin very well. The only round I got unbroken was #7. Got 8 rounds, the pull-downs, and 6 of the dead steps.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 2:00 Plank
  • 50s Rest

Cut 10 seconds off the rest, which is a lot and swapped the order by going elbows first, but still alternating with a plank on hands in the opposite rounds. So much shaking in the last 2 sets.

 

Not Skipping Pull-ups This Week

Out in the garage around 6:30.

Hybrid Push Only

  • 3×15 Strict Pull-ups (6-5-4, 6-5-4, 6-5-3-1)
  • 3×15 Rack Chins (15#, feet on bench)
  • 3×15 Banded Lat Pull-downs (green bands w/ PVC)
  • 3×15 DB Curls (25-25-30#)
  • 3×15 Tricep Kickbacks (20#)

Couldn’t quite squeeze out that final pull-up, so had to drop. My rests between the set break-down were 5-10 seconds and 2-3 minutes between each 15. Swapped out tricep extensions for the kickbacks.

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Conditioning

  • 1,000m Ski Erg
  • 200 Double Unders
  • 1,000m Ski Erg

My poal was to keep a sub 2:00/500m pace and do sets of 40 dubs followed by rest. The first 1k was done in 3:58.9. I did 2 sets of 40 unbroken, missed at 20 and 29 in the 3rd set, missed at 4 in the 4th set, and got the final set unbroken. Did a 3:56.2 on the other 1k and finished the workout in 11:20.

Ascending

Was up late to finish watching Bloodline, but made it to the 10am.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 500m Row

Strength / Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Arm Single Leg RDL (44# KB)
  • 5/5 OH Lunge (44# KB)

Conditioning

3-6-9-12-15

  • Power Clean (95#)
  • Front Squat (95#)
  • Burpee

Finished in 9:48.

Out in the garage before dinner.

Push Only 

  • 3×15 Pegboard Pull-ups (6-5-4)
  • 3×10 Rack Chins (35#) 
  • 3×10 Lat Pull-downs (green bands)
  • 3×10 DB Curls (30#)
  • 3×15 Shoulder IYTs (CS purple)

Was only supposed to be sets of 12 Pull-ups but I failed at math today.