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.

Double the Run

My abs are still sore and my back is a little tight. I’ve had a bit of a throat tickle and some hacking the last two days. Not sure where that came from. Out in the garage around 11am.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

39:00 Airdyne

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

I was able to keep a significantly better pace than I did for the 36 minute rides. Did 1,111 calories and 24.16 km. Later I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 8 Goblet Squats (40# DB)
    • 4 Inch Worms

Strength

Front Squat

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×135
  • 4x5x155

Single Leg KB Deadlift

5x 10/10 (53#)

My back is pretty tight from the lifting yesterday so I didn’t want to push it on the squats. The deadlifts were done in between squat sets.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 21 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 400m Run
  • 9 Sumo KB Deadlifts (88#)

I did every round of wall balls unbroken. I don’t know what I was thinking going out on the 400 meter course, but as soon as I hit the turn-around point I realized my mistake. Should have only been running 200s, but after one I already committed and stuck with it. The workout was programmed as 15 calories on the rower, but some of us ran since it was a packed house. I also modified from the 225# deadlifts. Finished 4 rounds plus 2 wall balls.

Looking back at my heart rate in WHOOP, it would get up during the wall balls and then it would drop on the run. I need to get better at pushing the runs in stuff like this with a higher heart rate because it was only around 130-135 which is more of what you’d want to see for endurance running.

Slowed Too Much

That Sunday night rowing workout took a lot out of me. Yesterday I walked 18 holes on the golf course. My mid and upper abs are really sore from the core work on Sunday.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

39:00 Run

Headed out for a run at 8am before it got too hot and humid. After noticing my heart rate was getting in to zone four too much on previous runs, I held back and wanted to keep more of an endurance pace for this. Went 3.48 miles, which is less than I did for the 36 minute run last week, but more on par with what the goal is supposed to be. I need to speed it up some though so there isn’t much time in zone one and it’s mostly zones 2-3. I need to set the heart rate zone alerts on my Garmin watch.

I felt kind tired the rest of the day after that run. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)
  • 4 Rounds
    • 5 Russian KBS (44#)
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 3×95
    • 3×115

Conditioning

  • E3M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 cal Assault Bike
    • 10 T2B
    • 3 Power Snatch (135-145-155-160-165#)
  • E3M – 5 Rounds
    • 10 cal Assault Bike
    • 10 T2B
    • 3 Power Cleans (185-195-205-215-225#)

Could I do the toes to bars unbroken? You bet! That was without a doubt my win of the day. 100 total T2B and I never broke up a set. Granted, it was a long (nearly 30 minute) workout, but I usually end up at singles with that much volume even doing sets of 4s or 5s. I did the snatches all touch-n-go and then went to singles for the power cleans. I put on my belt after the set of 185. I was holding about 80 RPM on the bike, which was taking around 25-35 seconds to finish. I had about 90 seconds of rest each round.

More Midline

2 Sets

  • 2:00 Weighted Plank (45#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Was programmed as 4 sets of 1:00 / 1:00, but I got a late start so jumped in with a couple of guys and wanted to catch up.

Hold On Or Else

My pecs are still sore if I press on them. Legs feel good though. In at 10am for open gym.

Accessory

  • 3×10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

No B.S. Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×175
  • 4×205
  • 4×225
  • 3x4x240

Yeah! Doubles next week and then I’ll start another cycle of the program instead of testing a max.

Conditioning

  • 30 Snatches (75#)
  • 30 Thrusters
  • 30 C&J

** 100m run each time you drop the bar

This was inspired by a workout Brooke Wells did with the Buttery Bros, but I moved the thrusters from the end to the middle and added the running penalty to force large sets.

It went better than expected. I was able to do the snatches unbroken. My runs weren’t anything fast because I was trying to recover before hitting another large set. I did 20 thrusters before breaking. Then 10 thrusters plus 15 C&J because they were getting slow and my shoulders were getting tired. This allowed me to fly through the final 15 thrusters and finish in 8:01, while running three times.

Midline

4 Cycles

  • 6x Tuck-up, V-up, Straddle-up
  • 30s Rest

Got this from Kari Pearce and decided on the 30 second rest on my own since she didn’t say. At the end of the 3rd cycle it get tough and then the second half of the last cycle was a bit of a struggle. The v-ups were the hardest by far because of the increased range of motion. Only took 3:07 to complete, but it was intense.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

36:00 Run

I was hoping it would cool off in the evening, but it definitely didn’t. I headed out at 7:45pm. It was 84° when I got done. Ran 3.63 miles. Spent too much time in zone 4, so maybe I should switch my Garmin to alert me when I go out of zones 2-3 instead of concentrating on averaging under a 10:00/mile pace. The WHOOP heart rate data shows that it just keeps rising over the entire run.