My hip flexors have been wrecked all week from those 120 toes to bars. Went to the 4pm class.
- 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Front Raises (5#)
- 10 Bent Over Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Air Squats
- Worlds greatest stretch
- Front rack stretch
- 5 Ring Rows
I also did 10×45# front squats.
- 10 Front Squats (95#)
- 10 Hip Thrusts (50#, 4 @ 60#)
- 2:00 Rest
These were supposed to be max rep sets at about 50% but these days I don’t like doing max reps with anything that’s going to affect my back. So I took it easy, especially with the squats cleans coming up in the metcon.
- 5 Squat Cleans (95#)
- 10 Pull-ups
- 20 Double Unders
All single cleans export two at the end. Kept picking the bar up without extra rest though. I did 5-5 on every round of pull-ups and was having a hard time getting the rhythm of my butterfly. Didn’t miss any dubs until two in the last round! Finished 8+2 and slowing down on the cleans like that turned out to be a nice steady pace.
My back has held up well this week and I’ve been to 4 classes.
Out in the garage during lunch.
Year of the Engine – Rocket Race
It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.
Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.
- 8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
- 8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
- 8 Front Raises (10# DBs)
- 4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
- 8 Goblet Squats (50#)
- 20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)
I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.
- 30 Alternating V-ups
- 30 Side Plank Jumps
- 60 Hollow Flutter Kicks
Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.
Nice to be done in less than an hour.
Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.
Year of the Engine – Interval
I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.
Went to the 4pm class.
- 5 Strict Pull-ups
- 5 Burpees
- 20 PVC passes
- 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
- 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
- 5 Muscle-ups
- 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
- 1:00 Rest
A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.
- 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
- 20 Sit-ups
- 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)
Planned to go to class yesterday, but I could still barely straighten my arms and was extremely sore. Doing 10 rounds with 5 muscle-ups each round wouldn’t have been wise. Had a poor night of sleep anyway, so decided a rest day would be smart.
My lats and biceps are still extremely sore today. Went to the 4pm class.
- 1:00 Row (without straps)
- 10 Lateral Raises (5#)
- 10 Front Raises (5#)
- 10 Rotator Cuff (5#)
- 10 Strict Press (5#)
- 100m Row (faster than 2k pace)
- 20s Rest
- 10 Tempo Dumbbell Bench Press (50#, 2s down, 2s up)
- 5:00 Rest
I was thinking a 1:40/500m pace going in, but was able to go much faster than that without a problem. My first round was slower, with the first 100 being 19.6 I think. After that I was getting low 19 or in the 18 second range. The bench press was the hardest part. I finished in 31:30.
More handstand walk practice and feeling better each time. Really starting to push and start out further from the wall. I just need to go for it without the wall there as safety. I’m probably slowing down after a few step as I know the wall is coming up.
Much needed rest day yesterday. My upper back, shoulders, and chest were all feeling really rough and overall my body was beat up. Was not really looking forward to the amount of work programmed for tonight.
Add 0-5-10 pounds over the last 3×4@80% type workout.
I had used 305 so went with the 10# jump. Didn’t put on a belt until 295. Felt good.
Clean from Blocks (knee)
Work up to 3×3 @ 80%.
Ended up being a couple of inches below my knee. I’ve never liked block cleans and always had a hard time getting myself to commit to dropping under. No issue today so I bumped it up on my last two sets. Maybe it was because the blocks were lower.
Work up to a daily 3 rep.
At this point everyone was starting to feel things a bit so nobody pushed the weight here today knowing what we had coming in the metcon.
We combined these to save some time.
- 12-15 GHR
- 12-15 Dumbbell Bent Over Lateral Raises
- 6-12 Barbell Curls
I had to use the tiny orange band for my GHR and did 12 reps. Used 20# DBs for 15 laterals. Sets of 12 curls using 35# and then 65#.
- 15 K2E
- 10 Push Press (185#)
- 15 Front Squat (225#)
Heavy, but with today sandwiched in between two rest days, we figured it was a good one to grind away and do the work. Ugh it was so fucking horrible. I did 9-6 and then 6-5-4 for 2 rounds on my knees to elbows. Was able to go 6-4 on every round of push presses, and didn’t resort to any jerks. The front squats were fucking death! I started 6-4-3-2 I think, then 4-4-4-3, and the last set I felt like I was going to fail every rep. My core was giving out. I think I went 4-2-2-2-2-2-1. I was going for the 3rd and final rep there on the end and had to bail at the bottom. Walked over and finished using Bryan’s bar for the final rep. Took me 18:13. Wore a belt and used racks for both bars. I was taking so much rest time between sets and still couldn’t breath or feel confident in the squats.
Oh no, not done yet!
- 10-20-30-20-10 Row Cals
- 30s Rest
The 10 and 20 were decent, but my legs didn’t have anything more after that. Finished in 5:44.
Talk about a session from hell. That was way too much work for one day. Normally the programming has been taking about 90 minutes. Today it took us 2:15 and we were not screwing around, even speeding up by putting the accessory movements into a little circuit. I’m going to try to finish the final day of the Thruster Attack tomorrow if I feel good enough.