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!

Back Acting Up Again

Last night my quads and traps were feeling sore. I also felt a little something off on the right side of my low back, which is opposite where I always have my issues. This morning I could feel some pinches in the normal spot, especially when I put my left leg in certain positions. WTF! It’s not nearly as bad as it felt last week though. Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

I also did 5 strict pull-ups.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53# KB)

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 MB Walking Lunges (20#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 MB Crossover Push-ups
    • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10’)

The first part was originally going to be 20 box jumps, but after 20.4 and with how my back was feeling I changed to lunges. I knew I would do the first set of handstand push-ups unbroken, but wasn’t sure how the other sets would go. I flew through that first 10 faster than I’ve ever done them and I made all three sets unbroken. The crossover push-ups were nasty with all of the shoulders in this little workout. Wall balls were burning, but I kept them unbroken. Finished in 8:21.

Midline

6:00 EMOM

  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups

Planned this to be 5 minutes, but decided to do an extra round.

For the Girls

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)

Not the prettiest reps, but happy to hit the weight I was doing several months ago when we did them every week.

I chilled at home, mowed the lawn, and was out in the garage just after 3pm.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

38:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36.

Got 1,045 calories and 22.14 km.

I’m out for 20.3

My back felt much better after the run yesterday. Since Wednesday it was feeling like something was out of place, so maybe it was and the run shifted things around. As I was chilling last night watching TV I was getting a little excited for 20.3 and thinking I might actually be able to go for the 315 bar this year. Then I woke up this morning and my back was pinching as I moved around the house. Open gym at 10.

Warm-up

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (35#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 6 Reverse Grip Bench Press (95#)
  • 6 Skull Crushers (55#)
  • 10 Reverse Hypers (50#)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12 Reverse Grip Bench Press (145#)
  • 12 Skull Crushers (65#)

That was getting rough!

Conditioning

5:30 AMRAP

  • 25′ Walking Lunges

This was obviously not the planned workout. My back tweaked as soon as I drove up for the first burpee box get over in the real workout, so I tried again. Nope. After putting my shit away I lunged for the last 5:30 on the clock, using the course set out for the Open. Got 20 lengths of the 25 foot course.

Means I won’t be doing 20.3 tomorrow. I did Diane earlier this year so it’s not really a big deal other than I won’t have a real ranking for the Open. Disappointing though, because if I could still deadlift like I could three years ago it would be a really good workout for me. My HSPU are stronger than they were in January when I did a 5:30 Diane.

Midline

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s Handstand Hold
  • 20s Hollow Hold

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

Out in the garage after 1 o’clock. Might as well do some sweating today. I got 1,032 calories and 21.43 km. Only 0.07 km from my best at this time domain, which was with one more sprint.

I’m going to order pizza and watch Tiger get win #82 tonight!

Rocket Bike

My legs have gotten pretty sore from the wall balls and probably some from the squats yesterday as well. With rowing in today’s workout at the gym I thought I’d switch things up and do intervals on the bike. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 45s Airdyne
  • 45s Rest

Was doing around 90 RPM through the first 9 or 10 rounds and then started to pick it up and was doing 95-97 by the end. Total of 652 calories and 9.77 km.

Loaded up my GHD in the truck, hauled it across town, and unloaded it for a friend who bought it. It’s nice to get more space back in the garage. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 2:00 Echo Bike (22 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 8 PVC Good Mornings
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • World’s Greatest Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×135
    • 5×185
    • 5×225

Conditioning

E4M – 5 Rounds

  • 500m Row
  • 5 Deadlifts (245#)

I belted up for the deadlifts to be safe and used a neutral grip for every set. Going in my plan was to row around a 1:43 pace, but I was feeling good. I did 1:41.5, 1:41.5, 1:41.0, 1:40.0, and 1:37.5. Didn’t really screw around getting to the bar and wasting time before lifting either. I’m loving how well I’m able to recover now in a workout with rest like this.

Since the rower felt great, I checked the drag factor afterwards and it was at 114, so maybe I should lower mine even more at home.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 20 Russian Twists (30# MB)
  • 10 Barbell Sit-Ups (45#)
  • 1:00 Rest

This took around 2:05-2:10 per round.

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.