F45 – Dubai Marina

I got an hour long deep tissue massage last night and boy did I need it. My shoulders are all knotted up and my calves hurt so good when she worked on them. I really need to find a masseuse back home again. Up at 4:40 again this morning, but I was in bed by 10:30.

I noticed there was an F45 gym right around the corner from the apartment, so I figured I’d check it out, especially since they give one free class. I went to the 8am class.

They did a quick demo of the movements (though they are all on TVs) and then a very short warm-up that was maybe three minutes long.

Today is one of their cardio days and the workout was titled “Empire.”

Empire will have you sweating it out in a team training style, combo-set cardio workout.

  • Empire consists of six combo stations and can accommodate 36 members.
  • This workout follows a racetrack-style movement system. Members move in numerical order through all six combo stations. For example, stations 1a & 1b move to station 2a & 2b, stations 2a & 2b move to station 3a & 3b, stations 3a & 3b move to station 4a & 4b. Members complete one combo set at each station and three laps through the room.
  • The timing is 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. There is a 50-second hydration break after each completed lap.

In was essentially a FGB workout with 12 stations. Work for 45 seconds and you have 15 seconds for transition. After each cycle through the room, you get a longer 50 second rest.

  • 1A: Row
  • 1B: Holding a slam ball (15kg) do 4 side skaters, slam it, and do a burpee on it
  • 2A: Box Jumps (12″)
  • 2B: Inch worm + 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 3A: Holding a sledge hammer upright in front of you do 4 twists, raise it overhead, and do 2 reverse lunges.
  • 3B: Skipping in place clap hands under the leg that is up
  • 4A: Standing spin bike
  • 4B: Step-up with explosive knee raise (24″)
  • 5A: Holding on to the front of a bench, hop your legs over back and forth.
  • 5B: In a squat keep alternating reverse lunges
  • 6A: Plank hold + feet spread on sliders
  • 6B: Jingle Jangles

I would say it did the trick as a cardio day. I noticed right away that all of the rowers were set to a 10 and the demo video guy didn’t even know how to row!

 

Checking out of the Airbnb today and transferring to the hotel for the work part of the trip. I was able to hit the fitness center in the hotel and do my back rehab work.

Climbing Cleans & Bench

I woke up with my right feeling like it’s out of place or I need to crack the joint. Haven’t been able to relieve it all day though. My lats seem to be sore again! Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 40 cal Row
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 HR Push-ups
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Ring Rows
  • Power Clean
    • 6×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×135
    • 3×165
  • Bench Press
    • 6×45
    • 6×135
    • 3×165

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3 Power Cleans (climbing)
  • 3 Bench Press (climbing)
  • 20 cal Echo Bike
  • 2:00 Rest

I used 185-195-205-215-225 on the cleans and 185-195-215-225-240 on the bench. Went out too hard on the bike and paid for it. My round times were 1:06, 1:21, 1:51, 1:59, and 1:26 to finish at 15:43 on the clock. I ran out of time changing weights before round 3 so didn’t get my belt on, so then I just kept it on the rest of the way. Both lifts felt good and I did all touch-n-go cleans.

Midline

10:00 EMOM (alt)

  • T2B
  • Russian Twists (30# DB)

Tried to work for 40-45 seconds and wore my grips. I went 10-7, 7-5-3, 5-5-3, 5-3-3-2, and 5-3-3-3 on the toes to bars and really fought not to do any singles. I am not a fan of using a dumbbell for the twists because I can’t find a good way to hold it. I did 50, 44, 40, 40, and 44 and those got a lot harder than I expected.

My Upper Body is Smoked

Another shitty night of sleep even getting to bed by 11. My entire upper body is sore and tired. So let’s hit it some more! Went to open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Echo Bike (34 cals)
  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (45#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (45#)
  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (115#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (55#)

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 8 Reverse Grip Bench Press (160#)
  • 8 Skull Crushers (75#)

Why 160 pounds? Well, as I was putting the bar away I realized the left side had a 35-15-10 pound plates instead of 35-10-10. I never even felt the difference when doing my reps! Too bad it wasn’t on my right side, which tends to be the weaker one when I start struggling with a bench press rep.

Conditioning

  • 80 T2B
  • Every break – 4 Burpee Box Get Overs (48/40″)

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone with something that forces big sets every now and again. I decided to try a rep scheme that scared me. The plan was 18+16+14+12+10+10 and I felt good in that first set, even thinking about going for 20 plus. Good thing I decided against it because every set after that was a struggle and I had to rest after the BBGOs. Made it through my plan though and it took 9:14.

Midline

40-30-20

  • Russian Twists (45# plate)
  • Side Plank (seconds each side)

Took me 4:50.

For The Girls

3 Sets

  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)

A lot of cheater reps! My upper body is so blown up from the last three days.

I’m not doing a Year of the Engine workout again. My body needs a break.

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.

Repeat of 2 & 2

Still coughing, but I picked up the inhaler this afternoon, so hopefully it goes away soon. My WHOOP recovery was only 32% this morning, but I feel pretty good and am planning to golf the next two days. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Rocket Race

8 Rounds

  • 2:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I did these same intervals on June 29th with an average pace of 1:42.8/500m, so today I was shooting for 1:42. Got 588-588-589-588-588-588-588-588 meters, which is 36 more overall than last time.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Row
  • 3 Rounds
    • 5 Good Mornings
    • 5 Kip Swings
    • 5 Air Squats

Conditioning

E3M – 10 Rounds

  • 10 cal Echo Bike
  • 10 cal Row
  • 10 T2B
  • 3 Deadlifts (4×185, 4×225, 2×245)

The bike got a little slower over time. Could really feel the leg fatigue from the last few days. Wore my Bear KompleX grips and kept the toes-to-bars all unbroken. The deadlifts got heavy and I didn’t wear a belt. Did them all with a neutral grip too, which I’ve been doing a lot of since I haven’t been going heavy.

Midline

4 Sets

  • 50 Russian Twists (35# KB)

The end of set 3 and about half way through 4 really started to slow.

My body is ready for the “rest” days!

Bench Speed

My back and calf are still bothering me today. Out in the garage at 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

24:00 Airdyne

** At endurance pace with 7 second sprints at 5:00, 10, 15, 20 and then recover to endurance pace again.

I got 693 cals and 8.91 miles (14,339m).

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

3 Rounds

  • 35s Assault Bike
  • 7 Hand Release Push-ups
  • 6 Ring Rows

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Bench Press (135#)
  • 5 Strict Pull-Ups
  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • 1:30 Rest

There wasn’t a weight listed for the bench press, so I went in thinking I’d do 95# and fly through it. We had to share stations though because it was a big class and TJ wanted to do 135# so I was fine with that. Good thing too because I cruised through every round unbroken without any struggles. Wasn’t sure how I’d do after benching heavy yesterday.

The workout said 10 pull-ups (strict if possible). I thought 100 strict pull-ups is a lot to ask, so I decided to split it in half and keep the intensity high. I was a little faster in my early rounds, but slowed on the bike as the clock ticked away. Finished in 29:16, which is only 46 total seconds over a 1:30 per round average pace. My first round took exactly 1:30 so I stayed extremely close to that pace all the way through.

That was a good one and I didn’t have to scale anything for my current injuries.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 40 Russian Twists (44# KB)
  • 20 Sit-ups

I was able to do rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the twists unbroken and went 24-16 in round 3.

Morning Endurance Run

Woke up with my back feeling much better than yesterday morning. Was out the door for a run before 8am while it was cool out.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

27:00 Run

Ended up going 2.87 miles in 28:45, so only a 10:00/mile pace, but I averaged 170 steps per minute again. I’ll chalk the pace up to just getting out of bed. I wore an older pair of Saucony shoes I had actually been fit for at a runners store and they are not at comfortable as my Reebok runners.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (140#)

I also did some hanging to open up my shoulders, bar taps, and a few toes to bars to make sure my back could handle them for the workout.

3 Sets

  • 6 PVC Passes
  • 9 Air Squats
  • 4 cal Assault Bike

Bench Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×95

Strength & Conditioning

28:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 5 Bench Press
  • 12 T2B
  • 15 cal Assault Bike
  • Rest

The bench press was a sub for push presses since I didn’t want to put that loading on my back. I used 135, 155, 175, 195, 205, 215, and 225, which is 92% of my 5RM. Felt good even as I got out-of-breath in the later rounds. I wore grips for the toes to bars and actually did every set unbroken without any struggle. I never do that large of sets so I was surprised I didn’t fade. Even though there is almost 4 minutes between each set it still adds up to 84 total reps. I started out with the Rx 12 calories for two rounds on the bike but even at 90+ RPM it was too easy, so I bumped up to the Rx+ of 15 calories and even caught up on the calories I was behind from the other rounds. Really not a bad workout, because there is a ton of rest.

Midline

20s Work : 10s Rest (Tabata) until finished

  • 200 DB Russian Twist (45# plate)

It was written to use a dumbbell, which I’ve never tried for Russian twists, so I gave it a try. Big mistake. It’s awkward to hold, I was falling over, and it felt like I was going to rub my knuckles raw. So after getting 18 reps in the first work interval I switched to a 45# plate. Took me 4:06.