Could Have, Maybe

My legs and hips are tight from the weekend. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Speed/Threshold

15:00 Airdyne

I did a much better job holding ~80 RPM, especially through the second half. Did 507 calories and 9.68 km, which are both improvements from a month ago.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10/10 Leg Swings
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 5 Air Squats

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×165
  • 3×195
  • MAX @ 225 (6)
  • MAX @ 165 (10)

I had no idea what to use since it was percentage based. I think I picked pretty good numbers though, not having squatted in so long. It wasn’t really a max set because I stopped well before I started getting out of position. Time to slowly work myself back to some lower body strength.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 1:00 Weighted Plank (45#)

These were done immediately after the final 3 sets of squats.

Conditioning

E3M – 5 Rounds

  • 10 Hang Power Cleans (95#)
  • 10 Toes-To-Bar
  • 10 Front Squats (95#)
  • 10 Burpees Over The Bar

I probably could have done the Rx 115#, but I didn’t want to push my luck after heavier squats. Maybe a good decision though because the front squats got slow and I tried to be careful on every rep. As my squats got slower, I tried to pick up the pace on the burpees. I had 1:14 – 1:17 of rest every round.

Gym to Garage

Yesterday I walked 18 holes on a very sloppy golf course from all of the rain. When the conditions are like that it really takes a lot more out of me than you’d think. Went to the 4pm class at the gym.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

4 Rounds

  • 10/10 Leg Swings
  • 10/10 Arm Circles
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • Front Rack Stretch

Hang Power Snatch

  • 2x3x45#
  • 3×75

Hang Power Clean

  • 3×95#

Conditioning

  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees
    • 3 Hang Power Cleans (125#)
  • 5:00 Rest
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Pull-Ups
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (125#)
  • 7:00 EMOM
    • 7 Burpees

I was able to get all 14 sets of pull-ups unbroken! I was starting to feel my back when bringing the bar down between reps during the 125# snatches. When I’m resetting like this is when it’s bothered me the most over the last year or so. Then I almost lost my grip on the barbell during the last two sets of that second round of snatches. I went to pick up 165# for the hang cleans, deadlifted it, and decided not to push my back, so I just did the burpees to finish. Lifts from the hang and especially stringing them together affects my back a lot more; I probably should have done singles from the ground.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

10:00 Airdyne

Jumped on the bike when I got home from the gym. Could I beat 400 calories? Close, but no cigar. I got 396 calories and 6.95 km. It was the middle section again where I start to really slow down. Solid effort after being at the gym.

Blowout

Yesterday I walked 18 holes. I got almost 9 hours of sleep two nights in a row! Work has been really busy, so I didn’t have time to get in a Year of the Engine workout during lunch today. Went to the gym for the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)
  • 400m Run
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 HR Push-ups
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 10 Air Squats
  • Squat Cleans
    • 5×45#
    • 3×95
    • 3×135

Conditioning

2 Rounds

  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Squat Cleans (165#)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 10 T2B
  • 4:00 EMOM – 3 Back Squats (165#)
  • 4:00 EMOM – 12 cal Row

I haven’t squatted in months, so I wasn’t going to push it in a format like this. Wore my belt through both barbell movements and grips for the T2B, which I was able to get all unbroken today. I was pulling ~1,700 cal/hr for the first four minutes of rowing and then 1,800 for the second.

Light Barbell Work

Feeling good. Went to open gym at 10.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 4x4x240

Still on the low end of the recommended 240-245 for the working sets. Not sure I could have added the extra five pounds to either of the last two sets even. I have to remind myself 245 is my all-time 5RM (which I matched back in May) and I did 16 reps with 240 in this workout. Things are moving in the right direction.

Conditioning

  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 Power Snatches (75#)
    • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 4:00 Rest
  • E2M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 C&J (75#)
    • 5 Handstand Push-ups

My original version of this was using 95 and 115, but I switched to 75 and 95 yesterday. I did the first 4 sets of muscle-ups unbroken with a near failure on the last rep of those. Then I finished with 3-1-1. After struggling towards the end of the first couplet, I decided to stay at 75 for the clean and jerks. I also added an extra two minutes of rest because I was not recovering fast enough. As soon as I went for my first strict HSPU I knew it was going to have to change. I did 3-2 and 5×1 strict before switching to unbroken sets of 5 kipping for the other 3 rounds. I probably could have continued with 5×1 strict, but I wanted some rest time!

Damn, that light barbell can really give you a great workout. Too many people think you need to go heavy all the time and keep adding more weight.

Midline

6-4-2 with 10 second holds

  • Curl-up
  • Side Plank
  • Bird Dog

Increased from the 5-3-1 since it had been easy. This was definitely more of a challenge, but the workout may have contributed to that.

Did a bunch of yard work, ran some errands, and then was out in the garage by 8pm

Year of the Engine – Polarized

26:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24

Went 692 calories and 14.93 km.

Russian Annie

I slept in, but made it for open gym at 10am. I was the only one working out today!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (90#)

Watched some videos on technique again and made some corrections to what I was doing. Felt the movement in a lot more muscles even with the lighter load.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 5×175
  • 5×205
  • 5×220
  • 4x5x230
  • MAX @ 225 (7)

Matched my max reps from the first week of this cycle. The descent on the 7th rep felt like a really weird path and then I really struggled pressing it. Disappointing, especially since I stayed at the low end of the recommended 230-235 for the working sets. I guess another way to look at it is I was able to hit the same max reps number as 3 weeks ago with the seven previous sets all being heavier. 🤷🏻‍♂️ It’s important to remember that I’m still progressing and I have enough time to run a 3rd cycle before testing my 1RM.

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Conditioning

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • AbMat Sit-Ups
  • Russian KB Swings (53#)

My back is really tight so I scrapped other ideas I had for today. This was the gym’s metcon on Thursday and I’m always game for an Annie variation. I did everything unbroken in 10:39. There is a small chance I did 10 extra sit-ups in the round of 40 because one of the kids was grabbing my jump rope and I wasn’t sure if I was on 26 or 36 before I yelled at him. I’m 95% sure I did the correct number, but there is always that doubt.

No Year of the Engine workout today since tomorrow is a very leg intensive workout for Labor Day and my back could use more recovery time. I also don’t plan to have a rest day from the gym until I golf on Thursday.

Ten Without a Problem

My biceps and lats are sore from yesterday. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

45:00 Airdyne
** Endurance with 7s sprint @ 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42

I did 1,240 calories and 26.26 km on my AD2.

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That wraps up the second phase (polarization) of the program. I really enjoyed the polarized workouts and am glad to see some of them continue in the next phase. I made it through the first 24 weeks of the program and can’t wait to see what progress comes during the next phase.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Good Mornings
    • 10 Lunges
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 5 Inch Worms

Strength & Gymnastics

Deadlift

  • 10×45#
  • 10×115
  • 10×165
  • 10×195

3×10 Bar Muscle-ups

After the dumbbell snatches and box jumps my back was tight from yesterday, so definitely wasn’t pushing deadlifts today. There was an option to do muscle-ups in between sets, so I focused on those instead. I’ve never tried more than 6 before so it seemed like a good day to go for it. I got three unbroken sets of 10 without a problem, which in my new max set. I bet I can get 15+.

Conditioning

  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 cal Assault Bike
    • 20 cal Row
    • 20 Front Rack Lunges (115#)
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)
  • 15 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 cal Row
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges (135#)

So in reality it was 2 rounds of the second part as well, but the Assault bike was in use when I got there so I finished out on the Echo. Looks like the Echo knocks out the calories quicker. Noted for future workouts! I started out hotter on the first row and was able to keep over a 1,200 cal/hr pace on them all and pushed that last one extra to give myself time to finish under the 15:00 cap. Barely got it, in 14:59! I never dropped the bar during any of the lunge sets.

Back in the Gym After a Lot of Golf

It was a fun golf weekend and then I walked 18 holes yesterday as well to play four days in a row. Should have exercised yesterday instead because I couldn’t string together good shots! Out in the garage during lunch today.

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 9×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 3×175
  • 3×205
  • 3×225
  • 5x3x240

Haven’t got in a workout from the program since last Sunday, but did get a little benching in during a metcon least week. This second cycle doesn’t seem to be progressing as well, which may have something to do with my inconsistent training lately because of so much golfing. Today’s working sets should have been in the 240-245 range but I stuck with the low end and it was plenty difficult. I’d probably feel more confident with a spotter instead of just spotter arms on the rig.

Went to the gym at 4pm. Hadn’t been there since Thursday!

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Box Jumps (20″)
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 20 PVC Pass Throughs

Strength

  • 5 Split Jerks
  • 5 Weighted Pull-Ups (15#)

Since it was set for 5 working sets, I did the pull-ups after the first five sets of jerks to get them out of the way. All TnG sets on the jerks where I went right in to the dip when lowering the bar. Wore my belt for 155# and up, doing 45-95-115-135-155-175-195#. Obviously could have gone heavier since I was still able to TnG them, but that was enough after bench pressing earlier.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Pull-Ups
  • 8 Alt. DB Snatch (50#)
  • 8 Box Jumps (30″)

The Rx was a 70# dumbbell for the snatches, which we don’t even have and isn’t necessary unless you’re a Sanctionals type athlete.

I wore grips and didn’t use the holes so I could easily flip them around for the snatches. Was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken. I bitched out on a set or set and a half of snatches during the first half of the AMRAP and changed hands at the ground for those. Otherwise I switched hands in the air for the rest. The box jumps were just slow because I was stepping down and then would take a step back from the box as well. Got through 8+18.

I thought about doing one of the Year of the Engine workouts in the evening, but I was tired.