Strict Breather

Still no pain in my back. I decided to skip PT and core work again yesterday and didn’t really do anything all day.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Presses (25#)
  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises

Tried some toes to bars and I could feel the tightness in my back so did these instead.

Conditioning

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Strict Pull-ups
  • 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 Dumbbell Reverse Lunges (35# DBs)

Got me breathing much harder than I expected. Finished in 10:16.

More Accessory

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 30s Ski Erg (triceps only)
  • 15 OH Banded Triceps Extensions (red)

The burn is so bad when you get to round three!

Then I did my floor PT exercises.

Higher Rep Pull-ups

Skipping all PT exercises today. Out in the garage at 4pm

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Squats

Doing three trips back and forth across the garage creates significantly more burn.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Step Downs (15″, 20# DB)
  • 8/8 Single Leg Glute Bridges (50#, 3s hold)

This turned out much harder than I expected. I was out of breath!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 200m Run

Gripped up and did 4×5 on every round of pull-ups, expect I did 5-5-10 at the very end. Got through 5+20. That one turned out pretty good and it felt good to be running outside. It’s a nice challenge to do some higher rep pull-ups like that.

Do What You Can

My ass is still sore. Out in the garage just before 1pm.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (97 cals, 2.48 km)
  • Monster Walks
  • 2×15 Steamboats
  • PVC Passes

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air Squats

I really hate the pull-up bar I have at home. I wore grips and used a regular kip. I debated Cindy, half Cindy, a 20 minute EMOM, and a 30 EMOM (Chelsea). I ended up on the 20, but four rounds in I decided to only do 10. I’m stressed from COVID-19, my grips weren’t feeling good on the bar, and 150 air squats seems more than sufficient in my back recovery process. Some days you just have to do what you can and be ok with it.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 10/10 Bottoms Up KB Presses (25#)
  • 1:00/1:00 Standing Straight Leg Balance

After lunch I’ll do more of my PT exercises.

Little Break

Damn time change. So dumb. Went to 10am open gym.

Warm-up

  • Monster walks (red band)
  • Steamboats

Put the band around my knees for the monsters walks and it was definitely easier.

Gymnastics

Did some handstand walking for about 10 minutes. After not doing any for a month since my back tweak, I was having a hard time getting comfortable just kicking up.I got one out to 25 feet, but was starting to feel some strain in my back so didn’t do a full 15 minutes of work like usual. I need to just start practicing throughout the week at the gym to gain comfort.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 15 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 4:00 Rest

It was taking me about 1:15-1:20 on the bike and I was able to do 4×5 every round on the handstand push-ups. Pull-ups were all doubles with one triple each round. Had to limit the range of motion to be much shorter than I’d usually go for the evil wheels. My round times were 4:50, 5:16, 5:33, and 5:46.

PT

  • 15/15 Clamshells (4 positions)
  • 15/15 Fire Hydrants
  • 2x 15/15 Single Leg Step Downs (14″)

My left leg (the bad side) is so much weaker on those step downs. I’m feeling a little burnt out from doing the Big 3 every day in addition to all of the PT exercises, so I’m taking a little break for the rest of a the day. I have a session at the PT in the morning.

Half Ass Everything

Yesterday my glutes and arms were sore from Sunday, but both are better today. Yesterday morning I did the PT kegels and then before lunch I lubed up the treadmill and walked for 20 minutes, which was about 1.25 miles. Had my first full session of PT at 5 and it was great. I’m very impressed so far. We discovered my left glute isn’t activating. I would have bet you money it was working in the test we did; it sure felt like I was squeezing the muscle. Crazy how the wires can be all crossed up like that. Found some more weaknesses and got a bunch of new exercises to do. In the evening I did 6-4-2 of the McGill Big 3 and another session of the kegels.

Today I did all of my new PT exercises before lunch and went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2x 100/100′ Walking Side Shuffle
  • Steamboat PT exercises
  • 4x 100′ Walk Backwards
  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 3×10 Push-ups
  • Bottom Squat Hold

I tried a few kipping pull-ups and kicked up to the wall. Both felt good!

Conditioning

  • 0:00-10:00 (Solo)
    • 5 Rounds
      • 80′ Sled Push (180#)
      • 15 Pull-ups
  • 10:00-20:00 (Partner w/ Brandi)
    • 3 Mile Echo Bike (switch about every 30 seconds)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 25:00-35:00 (Solo)
    • 30 DB Walking Lunges (35# DBs)
    • 30 Box Push-up Step Overs (24″)
    • 30 Seated DB Shoulder Press (35# DBs)
    • 30 Strict HSPU

A lot of subbed movements but it worked out well and I got in a great workout.

I did the five rounder in 7:40 with quick choppy steps on the sled but nowhere near a sprint pace. I was able to do 3×5 on every round of pull-ups with just a regular kip! Felt good for not having done any kipping in over a month.

It was written as a two mile bike but that would have given way too much rest compared to the people who were trying to do 3,200 meters on the rower (impossible). Bumping up to three miles was good and we finished in 8:11.

The lunges were fine and unbroken. I planned to use 40 or 45# but those dumbbells must be down in the basement. Worked out well though because the shoulders got blown later with the 35s! I didn’t want to have to go all the way to the ground yet, probably putting my back into flexion at some point, so the box push-up step over was a good alternate instead of burpees over the bar. I did 3×10 on the seated presses and could feel that the handstand push-ups were going to be rough. I barely got two HSPU to start and fought through a total of 5×2 before switching to singles. Ended up getting 15 singles, for 25 total, 5 shy of finishing.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 7-5-3 Curl-up
  • 7-5-3 Side Planks
  • 7-5-3 Bird Dogs

Been doing 6-4-2 for a week so it’s time to increase the reps. I also went side to side today on the side planks, passing through a regular plank instead of doing all 7 on a side before switching. So there was no true rest after each side plank like the few seconds I’d get the other way between reps.

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.

Rower Projects

This morning I picked up two Concept 2 Model C rowers I “won” in an auction from a local college. They aren’t in as good of shape as I was hoping, especially for what I paid. Thought I might be able to make a nice chunk of change off them, but they’re just going to be a project to break even now.

My abs are more sore and my triceps are getting a little sore. Got to the gym at 1:30. Did an easy 30 calories on the Echo Bike to warm up. Then I practiced handstand walking for 15 minutes or so and it was a shit show. Maybe I’m fatigued from the last few days.

Strength-ish

2 Sets

  • 2:00 Banded Bear Hug March (30# MB)
  • 2:00 Rest

Used a green band and my hips were on fire!

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 5 Bench Press (165#)
  • 10 Pull-ups

Warmed up with 10×45 and 5×135 on the bench press. Originally I wrote down 185 but I could feel my triceps in the warm-up sets and didn’t want to miss or have to break up sets. Smart move. Wore grips the whole time and did 2×5 for every round of pull-ups. It’s probably been over a month since I’d done kipping pull-ups. I finished 9 rounds and 10 calories.

Gymnastics

5 Sets

  • 30s Handstand Hold (facing wall)
  • 1:00 Rest

I need to improve my shoulder mobility for the walking, so may start doing a lot of this.