I’m Not Pat

Didn’t do shit yesterday other than watch the Mayhem Classic. I’m still feeling my back a little bit at points during the night. I may hold off on hitting the barbell all week. Got to the gym early before 10am open gym.

Warm-up

  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • 50 cal Ski Erg
  • 50 cal Row
  • 50 cal Echo Bike
  • Reverse Grip Bench Press
    • 8×45#
    • 8×95
    • 8×135

Figured I’d get in some extra aerobic work with a long warm-up.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (155-160-165-170-175#)
  • 8/8 Hammer Curls (30-30-35-35-40# DBs)

Gymnastics

Worked on handstand walking for 15 minutes. I still have a lot to work on but I was starting to consistently get out to 15 feet or more.

 

Conditioning

  • 100 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″)

Pat Vellner did this in 5:37 earlier this week! I did not.

I went out way too hot in the first 10 reps and my heart rate never recovered. I was hoping for sub 10 minutes but when I got through 25 reps around 2:15 I knew it wasn’t in the cards and changed my goal to break 11. I was through 50 some time after 5:00 and was doing 10 reps about every 70 seconds, so I knew I’d have to turn things up a notch. I picked up the pace with 20 reps left, almost biffed it around 8 reps left, and made up a lot of ground on my pace to finish in 10:40. That was a nasty workout!

I started feeling my right calf in the middle of the workout and had to start jumping mostly off my left leg. Was limping almost immediately after the workout. That calf is not happy with me.

Midline & HS Mobility

8 Sets

  • 12s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

5 Sets

  • 15s Prone PVC Raise + Hold
  • 40s Rest

Step by Inverted Step

Yesterday I was feeling better with regards to the cold. My back did not feel very good though. Probably did too much too soon this week. Glad it was time for a rest day. My triceps started to feel a little sore last night. Still took cold meds this morning and I was thinking it would be the last of it, but I was hacking up a lung at the gym and sound all stuffed up. Not feeling any improvement in my back or with the strained calves. Went to open gym at 10.

Warm-up

5:00 Echo Bike

Did 52 calories.

Conditioning

6 Rounds

  • 30s Echo Bike
  • Transition
  • 20s Wall Sit
  • 2:00 Rest

My calories were 17-17-16-15-16-15. As nasty as I expected it to be.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 20 Shoulder Taps (facing wall, tap across)
  • 5 Strict HSPU (facing wall)
  • 100′ Farmer Carry (53# KBs)
  • 1:30 Rest

We don’t have our big mats at the gym, so I cart-wheeled up for my shoulder taps and then side shuffled over and up on some plates with an AbMat for the handstand push-ups. Might have been the first time I’ve done those facing the wall and it’s a lot different. Good to work on them fatigued after the taps like that. This work ended up being a lot harder than I expected.

Midline

10 Sets

  • 10s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

Gymnastics

Worked on handstand walks and I’m making some solid progress already. Got out to 15 and 20 feet. I’m starting to feel things and be able to make changes in the middle of a walk.

Here We Go Again

My back was a little tight from yesterday’s workout. I went over and helped clean up at the new gym location, took a little nap, and then was out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

4:00 Airdyne

Did 72 calories and 1.93 km.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 5 Strict C2B Chin-ups
  • 8/8 Kroc Rows (70#)
  • 1:30 Rest

Strength

Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×95
  • 6×135
  • 1×165

Tweaked my fucking back! Ugghhh. 😡 😡

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 3-6-9… Bench Press (135#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Had this written for 95 pound push presses, but switched it for me. Glad I was still able to jump. I went unbroken through 9, then 7-5, 8-7, and 6-6-6. Only missed one dub I think. Finished the 18 presses and then 10 dubs.

Midline

8 Sets

  • 10s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

I’m going to try to do some extra work on my back tonight and hopefully will wake up with it being a minor tweak, even though it feels like one of the more significant ones.

Trending Up

Yesterday my calves started to feel sore in the morning, with my lats and upper abs still sore. Everything is still sore today. After nearly an entire week in the yellow, my recovery has been steadily going up.

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Went to the gym for the 9am class.

Warm-up

  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
  • 5 C&J (45#)
  • 3 C&J (95#)
  • 3 C&J (135#)

Conditioning

Partner Workout

  • 2 Mile Assault Bike
  • 30 C&J (135#)
  • 2000m Row
  • 30 C&J (155#)
  • 2000m Row
  • 30 C&J (185#)

I paired up with Chris who used his own bar and loading. We swapped out on the bike every half a mile and it was programmed to swap every 200 meters on the rower. Instead of running outside in the cold for two miles we did the rower for the third set, which is easier than the bike, but took at almost 50% longer. The scaling between the three modalities didn’t really make sense in this workout because the time domains are extremely different. On the barbell we swapped every five reps for the first two weights and then every three for the final. I was unbroken with 135, 3-1-1 with 155, and 1-1-1 with 185. It felt good and I was able to pick the bar right back up for all of my quick singles. I wore my belt for 155 and 185. We finished in 28:01. This kind of workout is my jam.

Midline

I stayed after class and did some stability work for my back since I’ve been skipping it all week.

2 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups (3s pause)

2 Sets

  • 10/10 Bird Dogs + 10 second hold

8 Sets (Reverse Tabata)

  • 10s RKC Plank
  • 20s Rest

Accessory Sunday

My upper back and shoulders are really sore. It’s tough putting on a jacket. Went to check out the new location for the gym this morning and then in for 10am open gym.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • PVC Passes
  • HS Hold
  • HS Walking

Gymnastics Strength

5 Rounds

  • 15s Strict HSPU
  • 45s Rest
  • 15s Hand Release Push-ups
  • 45s Rest

I had planned on strict ring dips, but when I tried a few out, they were rough after those Friday muscle-ups. I don’t really need to be rubbing on the straps either because my arms are pretty raw and scabbing up. So I subbed in the HR push-ups. My handstand push-ups were even a struggle, getting 11-9-7-6-6. I did 12-11-11-10-11 on the hand releases.

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12 Banded KBS (35-35-44-44, red)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-ups (30”)

4 Sets

  • 8 Barbell Curls (70#)
  • 8 DB Skull Crushers (35#)

Midline

Side Plank

  • 3 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests (all 3 on one side, then switch)
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 2 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 1 x 20 seconds w/ 10 second rests

2 Sets

  • 10 Pallof Presses + 10 Rotations (per side)

3 Sets

  • 20s RKC Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

Did a little more handstand walking practice and I just wasn’t getting that forward lean going enough. Need to start working on it once a week.

No metcon today, which was nice. I definitely need a rest day tomorrow.

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.

Good Day for a Ski…Erg

On Friday my forearms were sore from all of the swings. I really needed the rest day yesterday after doing some kind of workout 12 days straight. Last night I drove home late from up north because of storms rolling in overnight. No heading to the gym today due to the ice storm and then snow on top of it. Went out to the garage around 11am.

Conditioning

15 Rounds

  • 30s Ski Erg
  • 1:00 Rest

It was snowing, so I might as well ski, right? I didn’t bother to heat up the garage, so wore a hat, gloves, and bundled up. Was stripping things off by the end though. You can really see the effect of no warm-up, where I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold the pace I went at for the first interval. I’m also not used to the ski erg, which I haven’t used in months and it’s easy to forget how much tougher it is to get up to speed compared to the rower. Settled in on a pretty solid pace.

Accessory

5 Rounds

  • 25 Band Pull Aparts (red)
  • 20 Diamond Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

Was controlled on the pull aparts and kept tension on the band. Did 2×10 push-ups every round, though the second ten got tough in round 3. Finished in 13:15.

Midline

Might as well start on some of the back isolation/stability stuff.

3 Sets

  • 10 Curl-ups w/ 2s hold

3 Sets, 2 Sets, 1 Set

  • 20s Side Plank
  • 10s Rest

Do three sets on one side and then three on the other side, rest 1:00, then do two sets per side, rest 1:00, and finally one set per side.

5 Sets

  • 20s RKC Plank
  • 1:00 Rest

During an RKC plank you are trying to create as much tension through the midline and posterior chain as you can be contracting all of those muscles. These get really hard.