Unexpected Terribleness

My lower body is really tight from the Monday squatting. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • Front Rack Stretch
  • 5 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 5 Air Squats

Power Cleans

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 3×135
  • 3×165

Conditioning

10:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Cleans (185#)
  • 12 Push-ups

Went with the RX+ of 12 here over the Rx of 10. The Rx++ was 15, but that seemed like a stretch and I’ve done a lot of burpees and push-ups over the last week and a half. Rested five minutes before the next part.

10:00 EMOM

  • 14 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 14 Air Squats

Also did Rx+ here instead of doing 12s, however I didn’t do American swings. Rest was another 5 minutes before going on to the midline work.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 15-20s RKC Plank
  • 40-45s Plank
  • 1:00 Plate Sit-ups (45#)
  • 1:00 Rest

It was a one minute plank so figured I’d make it harder by doing the first 15-20 seconds RKC style. The plate sit-ups were the worst part of the programming by far! I managed 17-15-14 reps.

Pump Everything

Glad I took it easy yesterday. Haven’t been getting the sleep I need, so something to work on. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning (upper body)

“J.T.”
21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • Ring Dip
  • Push-up

With the way my push-ups felt from the get go I wasn’t sure I could beat the 8:04 I did back in March. I went 3×7, 3×5, and 5-4 on the handstand push-ups. Ring dips were 7×3, a double, and then all singles. I did 7×3, 5×3, and then whatever I could do to finish the push-ups. New PR by five seconds with 7:59.

For the Girls

3 Sets

  • 7 Hammer Curls (35#)
  • 7 Hammer Curls (30#)
  • 7 Hammer Curls (25#)

So much upper body pump after those first two pieces.

Conditioning (lower body)

42-30-18

  • Russian KBS (70#)
  • Pistols
  • Walking Lunges

How about some work on the legs?! I put on my lifters and knee sleeves. Felt pretty good and I really liked this one. Finished in 10:33.

After lunch it was time for a bunch of yard clean-up.

Not the Chief

Yesterday was a rest day, except for shoveling the driveway twice. Way too fucking early for this much snow! My shoulders, and in general my upper body, still feel smoked. I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in awhile and was at 202 pounds. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

40:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

The last time I did one of these engine workouts was last Wednesday! Accidentally sprinted at 28:00 instead of 30, so also brought up the final one from 36 to 34. Got 1,092 calories and 23.22 km. Before this, 20.54 km is the most I’d done for 40 minutes.

Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hyper (50#)
    • Hip Stretch
  • 2:00 Row (530m)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 Air Squats
    • Front Rack Stretch

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5/5 Single Arm Front Rack KB Squat (35-44-53-53-53#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Glute Bridges

I did these instead of tempo back squats and barbell hip thrusts. Trying not to get hurt before I head to Miami for a wedding.

Conditioning

“Hanging Chief” – 5 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (135#)
    • 6 Push-ups
    • 9 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Rest

**Restart each cycle from the beginning of the AMRAP

When the gym workout said it was a climbing version of “The Chief” benchmark, I didn’t even look back to verify the movements were correct and it turns out the power cleans are supposed to be from the floor. Last time I did it, I got 5+3 or 5+2 every round. Turns out that’s a power clean from the floor though, not the hang and explains why I was so much faster today. I went out hot and was done with 2 rounds in about 45 seconds! Was worried I made a horrible mistake getting 6+9 in that first cycle. In my head I was comparing to the real version with cleans from the floor, which are slower! My pace did fall off some due to the squats and me being worried I’d crash and burn, but I was able to make a come back when I knew I could get through the last two cycles. Final scores were 6+9, 6+3, 5+14, 6, and 6+6. Total of 99 hang cleans, 189 push-ups, and 266 squats!

Max Followed by Max

Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

15 Rounds

  • 1:00 Row
  • 1:00 Rest

On April 11th I did 15 rounds getting 303-304 meters and on June 4th I averaged 1:37.8 for 12 rounds. Today my goal was to go sub 1:38 and I averaged 1:37.5, getting 307-308 every round. Today was 67 total meters more than the 15 rounds in April.

Here’s a comparison of my heart rate with April 11th on the left and today on the right. Slightly better today at a faster pace, even with a bogus reading during the middle of the April attempt that would have made the average HR higher.

 

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 1:30 Row (400m)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Double DB Shoulder Press (25#)
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 PVC Passes

Strength

  • 5 Push Presses (45#)
  • 5 Push Presses (95#)
  • 5 Push Presses (135#)
  • 5 Push Presses (155#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (40# DB)
  • 50 Double Unders
  • 5 Push Presses (185#)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
  • 50 Double Unders
  • MAX Push Presses (205# – 5)
  • MAX Push Presses (155# – 7)
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
  • 50 Double Unders

Belted up for the last 4 sets of push presses and every set was touch-n-go reps until the two max rep sets where I reset on each rep. The other movements were supersetted with the push presses and the two max rep sets were back-to-back, which was hard! Could have gotten more on the max sets, but would have risked over-extending my back.

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 60 Air Squats
  • 50 Push-ups
  • 60 H2H Russian KBS (53#)
  • 30 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 20 HSPU
  • 10 Push Jerks (135#)

I swapped out 40 dumbbell snatches for the swings with my back as tight as it is. I sped up on the last 20 air squats, knowing that my legs would get a rest. Went 4×10 and 2×5 on the push-ups, 40-20 on the swings, 4×5 handstand push-ups, and 3-4 on the jerks. So three reps shy of finishing a full round. I was planning to bust out all 10 jerks, but that plan quickly went out the window when I picked up the bar!

Core Stability Prehab/Rehab

The doctor thinks I might be suffering from allergies and some bronchitis, so I got an antibiotic, an inhaler (well, I should be able to get this tomorrow), and started taking an allergy pill. I was out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 5, 10, 15, 20

My legs were definitely tired from yesterday and my quads are starting to get sore. I did 665 calories and 14.02 km.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 300m Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Pass throughs
    • Front rack stretch (both arms)
    • 8 KB Swings (35#)
    • 5 HR Push-ups
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 5×95

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 5 Power C&J (135-155-175-195-215#)
  • 400m Run

The percentages were set at 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75. These numbers I picked would be pretty spot on based off of all-time max, so it felt good to hit them in this. I did all singles and wore my belt for the last 3 sets. Each round took 10-15 seconds longer than the previous one, which I thought was pretty good. I think my first round was around 2:10 and the last one was around 2:50.

10-20-30-40-50

  • Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • Push-Ups

It was programmed with Americans, but I did Russian swings and was able to go unbroken on all of them. I’ve done over 350 swings in the last 3 days! I did 10 unbroken push-ups to start and then all sets of 5 through 15 (maybe) of the 50 when I started doing mostly triples. Finished in 9:36.

Midline

5-3-1 of each movement with 10 second holds

  • Curl-up
  • Side Plank
  • Bird Dog

I read a good article about core stability for low back issues this weekend so I am going to start doing their recommendations and see if it makes a difference for me.

All Sevens

Up early to do the 9am heat at the gym.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 200m Run
  • Line drills

Conditioning

This workout was to honor State Trooper Timothy O’Neill, who died a couple of years ago.

  • 7 Rounds
    • 7 Thrusters (95#)
    • 7 Burpees
    • 7 Back Squats (95#)
    • 7 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
    • 7 Russian KBS (53#)
    • 7 T2B
    • 7 Box Jumps (30″)
    • 700m Run
  • 49 Push-ups

Instead of doing 135# for the back squats I used the one bar. There was already plenty of squatting. Didn’t do American swings with 70# either. This came down to how fast you ran because 7 reps of each movement wasn’t a big deal if you kept moving. After 2 rounds I had to start doing quick T2B singles because my hands were so sweaty and I was not going to risk flying off the rig.

2019-09-02-hr

My finishing time was 59:06 and my splits were:

  • 7:16
  • 7:56
  • 8:05
  • 8:47
  • 8:50
  • 8:32
  • 8:21
  • 1:15 (push-ups)

Not good consistency at all. I don’t remember the last time I did an hour workout. I need to push my running because it would have been nice to keep my rounds around eight minutes or less. I also think whatever is causing this cough and being stuffed up for 4 weeks is affecting me. I booked an appointment with my Doctor for tomorrow morning.

I really wanted to golf today or maybe hit an Engine Builder workout in the evening, but I was wrecked from that workout. I got a headache and everything, so it turned out to be a lazy rest of the day.

2019 Murph

Signed up for the 9am heat with a bench of friends. Nice cool morning for it.

“Murph”

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

**Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and air squats as needed.

I haven’t done a real Murph since 2016. In 2017 I was traveling back from attending Regionals and didn’t do it at all. Last year my shoulder was messed up so I did ring rows. Here’s my Murph history:

  • 2012 – 44:26
  • 2013 – 39:41
  • 2014 – 40:17
  • 2015 – 37:18
  • 2016 – 37:11
  • 2018 – 43:10 (ring rows)

I’ve run less than 13 miles in 2019, with only two runs longer than 400m, and a good chunk being warm-ups for class. I just finished 12 weeks of Year of the Engine though, so my conditioning has been feeling great. My pull-ups and push-ups have also been really good this year, so I was looking forward to testing out this workout.

I ran the first mile in between 8-8:30 and got right on the pull-up bar when I found a spot (gym was packed!) I broke it up by doing 20 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats), but didn’t wear any grips. I like to wear my Garmin watch for this to help pace the runs, so I took advantage of the lap feature to keep track of rounds. It worked great and kept me moving.

  • 1 Mile – 8:26.4 (after getting in the gym and finding a spot)
  • Round 1 – 43.4
  • Round 2 – 43.9
  • Round 3 – 46.4
  • Round 4 – 48.1
  • Round 5 – 50.2
  • Round 6 – 51.5
  • Round 7 – 53.1
  • Round 8 – 52.1
  • Round 9 – 51.6
  • Round 10 – 55.8
  • Round 11 – 54.6
  • Round 12 – 53.9
  • Round 13 – 55.8
  • Round 14 – 56.5
  • Round 15 – 58.5
  • Round 16 – 1:00.7
  • Round 17 – 55.8
  • Round 18 – 1:03.0
  • Round 19 – 59.7
  • Round 20 – 1:22.9 (After telling someone about the blood on my bar and leaving the gym)
  • 400m – 2:00.6
  • 400m – 2:31.3
  • 400m – 2:17.7
  • 400m – 1:54.6 (8:44.2 mile)

I think my watch said about 8:06 when I finished the first mile, but I didn’t hit the lap button until I found a spot to do my pull-ups. I was able to do all of the pull-ups and push-ups unbroken. I tried not to stop during the squats or pause at the top of reps; just keep moving. With about 5 rounds left I ripped my right hand a little bit and was really starting to slip on the bar. So it was a constant adjustment to finish. It took me just over 18 minutes to finish the 20 rounds, which only 2 of them being over a minute. Felt decent when I headed out for the run, but I guess I slowed over the middle 800 meters. Good enough for a time of 35:28 to PR by 1:43! Really happy with that.

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