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.

Repping Deads & Bench

My shoulders feel pretty good considering the work they did yesterday at the gym. I was out in the garage around noon.

Engine Builder – Speed

  • 2:00 Warm-up
  • 10:00 Test
  • 3:00 Cooldown

Done on my Airdyne (AD2) with 0.73 mile in the warm-up and 0.88 in the cool down, with rests between each part. For the test I got 387 calories and 4.26 miles (6,856m), which is a PR by 3 calories. My start and finish are good but I need to hold 85 RPM more in the middle of the ten minutes instead of falling down to 83. Getting closer to 400!

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I went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00

  • 5 Up Downs
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 15 Lateral Hops
  • 10 Leg swings
  • 2x 30m Run

Just the run shy of getting 4 rounds.

Conditioning

  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 400m Run
      • Max Sumo KB Deadlift (88#)
    • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 Rest (total – skip the 1:00 rest after the 4th cycle)
  • 4 Cycles
    • 3:00 AMRAP
      • 500m Row
      • Max Bench Press (135#)
    • 1:00 Rest

The cycles were programmed in the opposite order, but we have to adjust due to the number of rowers in the gym. I knew I could do well with the rowing when I was tired so volunteered to do the rowing one first. I ran the out-and-back 400m route and couldn’t be more pleased with my times there. Rx was 225# deadlifts, but I’m not ready for that, especially after so much lifting yesterday. I could have done a few more deadlifts in several of the minutes, but 35 in every round was more than enough reps! I wanted to keep a pace under 1:50/500m on the rower and I was able to. Wasn’t really sure how the bench press would feel, but after the first round I set a goal to start with a set of 10 each time. I did 10-8, 10-10, 10-5-5, and 10-5-3. So a total of 140 sumo deadlifts and 76 bench presses.

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Midline

4 Sets

  • 1:00 Plank
  • 40 Russian Twists (35# KB)
  • 1:00 Rest

I did the planks on my hands because I was soaked in sweat already. The planks felt extremely easy. It took 9:33 to complete this.

Tuesday Duathlon

My hips and legs are a little sore from the squats. Got a really good night of sleep though.

Engine Builder – Endurance

40:00

  • 2 Mile Run
  • 20:00 Airdyne

Instead of doing a straight 40 minutes on the Airdyne I thought I’d take advantage of the nice weather. Before lunch I ran a loop around the neighborhood and then jumped right on the bike. My heart rate was stable through the transition between running and biking. The run ended up being 2.08 miles according to RunKeeper and took 20:21. I went with an even 20 minutes on the Airdyne for 7.17 miles and 532 calories.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 2 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Hand Release Push-ups
    • 10 Push Presses (PVC)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 30/30s Banded Overhead Stretch
    • 10 PVC Passes

Midline

5 Sets

  • 40 Russian Twists (35#)

Worked these in between the first five sets of push presses. Forty reps is a lot!

Strength

Push Press

  • 5×45#
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×195

Wasn’t sure if I should go again after the 175. I got out my belt, which helped a lot and the weight felt a lot better.

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 2:00 AMRAP
    • 12 cal Assault Bike
    • 8 DB Snatches (50#)
    • MAX T2B
  • 1:00 Rest

Was nervous about the snatches because that’s where I got my last minor back tweak. I started out HOT on the bike with RPMs up over 90 and the other rounds were in the 70-75 range. I got 25-17-16-16-16 for 90 total T2B.