F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.

Sandbag It

My hamstrings were getting sore yesterday too. My quads, hammies, and glutes are all still sore today.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 40 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 16 Elbow Punches
    • 20 Alt. V-ups
    • 10 Back Squats (45#)
  • 7 Hang Muscle Clean (45#)
  • 7 Hang Power Clean (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Clean
  • 5 Back Racks (45#)
  • E90S
    • 8 Hang Power Cleans + 8 Back Squats (65#)
    • 6 Hang Power Cleans + 6 Back Squats (95#)
    • 4 Hang Power Cleans + 4 Back Squats (125#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (155#)
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans + 3 Back Squats (175#)

Quickly decided I didn’t want to try 155# for the workout.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 1:00 Run around gym
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
  • 10 Back Squats (135#)

Since we’re obviously not running outside we did a minute run around in the gym instead of 200 meters. Generally I don’t like when a cardio movement is subbed in as a timed piece, because there is no real incentive (other than improving your running) to run faster because a minute will always take a minute. I’m really good at sandbagging runs. 🙂 I’d rather work on my endurance with the barbell anyway since the Open has never had any type of running.

I did eight hang power cleans, dropped it, did the other two and transferred it to my back for all ten squats. Wore my belt the entire time, so was tightening and loosening it. Got through 6 rounds, the run, and the cleans.

Midline & Skill

5 Sets

  • 6 Evil Wheels
  • HS Walk Practice

Got some good tips from another member. My hands are too wide, probably from being used to wider stance for HSPU. Need to keep practicing with the Open coming up.

Don’t Break

Much needed rest day yesterday after nine in-a-row, with two of those being active recovery days. My shoulders were a little sore, but felt fine this morning.

Strength

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×185
  • 4×195
  • 4×205
  • 4×215
  • 4×225

Barely made it on the last set. Improvement over the 5x5x215 from last week.

Conditioning

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Thrusters (135#)
  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders

I got this one from Beyond the Whiteboard in the Heavy Fitness Level category. Warmed up with 5×45, 5×95, and 3×115. My goal was to go unbroken, but I had no idea what the thrusters would feel like. I just remember being the EMOM with 3×155 a few weeks ago being nasty. I made it through everything unbroken and probably could have picked the bar sooner after each set of double unders. Finished in 4:57. I’m pumped I was able to do those unbroken.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 30 V-ups
  • 60 Bicycles
  • 30 Weighted Sit-ups (30# slam ball)
  • 60 Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Leg Raises
  • 60 Mountain Climbers

These higher rep core movements get so bad in the first round. Took about 14 minutes to finish.

An Early One

Planned to workout really but not be in the garage by 8am! Dad was coming down to help on the truck and left much earlier than I expected.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up – 5 Sets

  • 3 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 3 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold
  • 1:00 Plank

Took me 9:45.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 10 Front squat (45#)
  • 10 Front squat (75)
  • 10 Front squat (95)
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Front Squat (115#)
    • 30s/30s Banded Posterior Hip Distraction

Glad I got that done in case I don’t workout tomorrow.

Hot Hot

I came down with a killer headache last night from being out in the sun. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series (each position)

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

Active Life Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel + Rock Backs
  • 5 Inchworms

Then I warmed up with 10 Sumo Deadlift at 45-95-145#.

Workout – 3 Sets

  • 20 Sumo Deadlift (165-185-205#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Conditioning

Real easy 10:00 Airdyne for 3.05 miles.

Shaky Overhead

Normal time of noon at the gym today. Got home in time to catch Tiger’s back 9 and watch the Masters.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 10 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

More of an extended warm-up leading into 2 suck pieces.

Conditioning

Squat Clean Warm-up

  • 2x5x45#
  • 5×95#
  • 5×115#

12:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 Bar-facing Burpees
  • 5 Squat Cleans (135#)

Started out getting the burpees done in 30 seconds and that was near 40 seconds in the 6th round. That was the first round where I was standing up more after jumping my feet forward instead of doing like a rebounded jump up right into the jump over the bar. Went touch-n-go on every set of cleans and my quads were on fire the last few rounds.

I had originally programmed this with thrusters but decided to switch it this morning with my shoulders bothering my and not wanting to kill our shoulders before the overhead holds.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 40s Overhead Barbell Hold (goal: 100% 1RM Shoulder Press)
  • 40m Double KB Front Rack Carry (53#)

Started with 165# on the bar and had to drop down to 145# after 2 rounds and still barely survived. I was shaking a lot.

Sub 40

Quick afternoon session in the garage. I was in and out in under 40 minutes.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 5 Pallof Series (each position)

As I’m writing this I realize I just did 5 reps at each position instead of 5 series. Whoops!

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 5/5 Dead Bugs
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 5/5 Hip Airplanes
  • 10s/10s Standing Straight Leg Hold

Active Life – Back Max

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel + Rock Back
  • 5 Inchworms

To warm up my sumo deadlift I did 8 reps each at 45-95-135#.

Workout – 5 Sets

  • 16 Sumo Deadlift (165#)
  • 30s/30s Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Kept moving from one to the other.