Max Chins

Last night my legs were really tired from the squats. Woke up with my upper body being sore again. Out in the garage before lunch.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

Started fast for a minute, settled in to 80 RPM, and picked up the pace over the last four minutes. I could average a quicker pace through this whole thing next time. Did 685 cals and 12.99 km, which is 0.05 km better than last month.

Went to the gym at 4pm

Warm-up

  • 2:00 Echo Bike (25 cals)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Air Squats

Strength

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Chin-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Press (60#)
  • 2:00 Rest

Was planning to do this work before or after class to keep the gains going until I can bench again next week. Decided to do it in place of the 3RM snatch that was programmed. Again, not risking getting hurt before I leave for the wedding in the morning. I got 16-10-8-8-8 for the chin-ups.

Conditioning

  • 60 cal Row
  • 30 T2B
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 10 Deadlifts (185#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 10 Deadlifts
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 30 T2B
  • 60 cal Row

I did 10×45# and 5×135# deadlift to warm-up. The workout was 40 calories on the bike, but I did enough of that today, so subbed in the 60 calorie rows. I scaled the deadlifts back from 225# to be cautious. First T2B were done in 3×10, wall balls were 2×10 both times because I was weak sauce after all of those squats yesterday and I needed some air. I did 2×5 on both sets of deadlifts, unbroken muscles, and 6×5 on the second 30 T2B. Finished in 16:16, I think, but it may have been in the 16:40s.

Dead Rower

Went out to the garage to row during lunch and my rower wasn’t working again. Hopefully it’s just the cable. Concept 2 sells the entire cable and sensor assembly, so I ordered a new one for less than $30 after shipping and tax. I went to the gym early before class to get this in.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

12 Rounds

  • 45s Row
  • 1:15 Rest

I set the drag factor to 120 on the rower. Four months ago I averaged a 1:34.9 pace for this workout. Today I wondered how long I could hold a 1:33/500m pace and it turns out the entire workout! After three intervals I actually thought about speeding up, but figured I’d wait a few more rounds. A couple later I was happy with that decision because I was starting to struggle. Got 242 meters every round for 59 total meters more than the last time.

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Maybe I need to start being more aggressive with the paces I pick. If you look back, my s/m were all 32 and higher the last time. Maybe something to do with the lower drag factor or the little bit of squatting I’ve been doing is getting my leg strength back.

According to WHOOP, my average heart rate for this workout was 6 lower than last time, even though my highest HR during the workout was the same both times. I’m able to recover so much better now.

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 10 Ring Rows
  • 20 HR Push-ups

Before I knew I was going in to row I planned to do this after class. Since my body was warmed up I moved this up and skipped the class warm-up. I did all 5s for both movements, though the push-up sets got really slow with some pausing. Finished in 7:22. Pump city!

Weightlifting

Power Snatch

  • 5×45#
  • 5×75
  • 5×95
  • 10:00 EMOM
    • 3×115

I did all singles. I was trying to work on my early arm bend and dropping under the bar. I could feel my back a little bit. This was supposed to lead right into a 10:00 EMOM of power cleans. I had 165# on the bar, did my first rep, and my back did not feel good when I caught it. I did the other two reps which didn’t feel any better, stripped my bar, and skipped the other nine minutes.

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • DB Push Presses (50# DBs)
  • Jump Over Box (24#)

The workout was deadlifts and tall box jumps, but I wanted something easier on my back so I came up with this. I was surprised to get every round of push presses unbroken, with the second half of the 15 and 9 being fights. Clearing the box is so much more demanding than regular box jumps, but I kept moving on them. Finished in 4:37.

I hope my back recovers for 20.3 on Friday or Castro doesn’t give us a heavy barbell this week.

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.

Trade-Off

Definitely getting sore from squatting. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

32:00 Airdyne
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

I did 883 calories and 18.7 km.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

4 Rounds

  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 5 HR Push-ups
  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

Strength

5 Sets

  • 10 Strict HSPU
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53# KB)

I’m benching tomorrow, so I did these strict handstand push-ups instead of 5×10 bench press. Had a good 2-3 minutes of rest between each set, but it was still surprising to get all five sets of HSPU unbroken. I went wider with my hands on my last set, which was a lot easier.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • Buy-in:
    • 10-20-30-40 H2H KB Swings (53#)
    • 3-4-5-6 Muscle-ups
  • AMRAP
    • 6 Burpees
    • 30 Double Unders

It was programmed as American swings and 10-20-30-40 pull-ups. The Rx+ version was muscle-ups and I really wanted to do some. I knew I’d get done with the muscle-ups much faster than doing 100 total pull-ups, so I was going to have the joy of a lot more time doing the AMRAP. Win-lose? I finished the buy-in at 6:11. Felt good on the rings and was able to do each set unbroken, even with all the hip fatigue from the swings. Started out a little slow on the burpees, but then, I think, in the third round, Michelle (who was coaching) joined in to push me. I figured she’d drop out soon enough, so didn’t pick up my pace much. When it was clear she wasn’t going away and I saw there were only a few minutes left I was able to speed up my burpees. I ended up doing nine rounds plus the six burpees.

I don’t think 18 muscle-ups is a good sub for 100 pull-ups. There is no way I would have done the 30 and 40 pull-ups unbroken, so I should have been forced to break up larger numbers of MU. Around 30 total MU would have been pretty solid. Doing 3-6-9-12 would have stuck to the 1x-2x-3x-4x pattern and forced me to break 9 and 12 in to 2-4 sets.

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!

Where Did That Come From?

I walked 18 holes yesterday. My biceps and lats are still sore from Tuesday. The muscle-ups on Wednesday may have contributed to that too. Out in the garage before lunch. Warmed up with a two minute row for 520 meters.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

18 Rounds

  • 15s Row
  • 45s Rest

This is the start of phase 3, differentiation, where we work on speed and power, now that we’ve built up a solid capacity. Looking forward to an even better engine!

There were some 20 second intervals in phase one with 1:40 rests, so I wasn’t sure what kind of pace to go for these. I thought 1:26-1:28/500m might be good, but was worried about the short rest. Since there is a minimum interval time of 20 seconds on my rower I set it for 20/40, didn’t use the first interval, and waited until there was 16 seconds left before I grabbed for the handle each time. This makes the average pace and stroke rate useless though. My meters were:

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As you can see it took several intervals to get a feel for the short time duration. After finding myself, I was hitting 1:21-1:23 by the fourth pull and holding it. Using the pace calculator, 86-88 meters would be an average pace of 1:25.2-1:27.2, so I was pretty close with my guess. On BTWB I saw a guy, who I consistently beat on every other type of interval, post an average of 107 meters for this. Come on buddy, that would be an average pace of 1:10/500m!!! Not a chance. If I started at the beginning of the 20 second intervals, stopped at 15, and included the rollover meters I would have done that, so that’s probably what he did.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 16 cal Assault Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 20 PVC Passes
    • 8 DB Shoulder Presses (25#)
    • 10 Ring Rows

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×150
  • 1×160
  • 1×170
  • 1×180

Going in I was hoping to hit 165 pounds because I haven’t done much shoulder pressing in the last two years. Basically since I hit my all-time best of 185 I haven’t had an estimated max come close to that, as you can see below.

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I have no idea where this 180 lift came from, but it sure was a nice surprise. Must be a lot of carry-over from the bench program. That last rep may have gotten my back though, with over-extension, even though it went up pretty smooth. Should have wore my belt! Hopefully I’m ok when I wake up tomorrow.

Conditioning

E3M – 6 Rounds

  • 10 Push Jerks (115#)
  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 10 Power Cleans (115#)

We did something very similar almost 4 months ago and it wrecked me because I increased the reps by one each round! It was jerks, t2b, hand power cleans, and HSPU. Today actually had SDLHP, so I subbed in power cleans since I’m not risking a shoulder impingement on that stupid movement. This time instead of cutting back to 95# and increasing the reps by 1 each round I stuck to the Rx weight.

My goal was to do everything unbroken. I didn’t even come close! After 3 rounds I took the tens off and was down to 95#, just in time to start round 4. Then I was off pace the rest of the way. I was able to do every set of pull-ups unbroken, but the quick turn-around from jerks to HSPU is what really got me. They were so slow and then I had to start breaking them up in the 3rd or 4th round. I did a whole bunch of singles on the cleans because I was so blown. I kept going to finish my full 6 rounds after the clock, so it was probably 19:00-19:30. I should have gone 95# the whole way like last time.

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.