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Wow has life changed dramatically in the United States in just a few days and it’s going to change even more in the next week.

I seem to be adjusting to the time change. Yesterday was a rest day and I had PT at 8:30. My pain has been gone, I’m moving well, and I have a ton of exercises to do now, so they did a re-eval. I was much better in all of the tests and my hip range of motion in one of them was around double. I graduated! Glad I finally decided to the Dr and then get PT. I was very impressed and now will continue doing my exercises for the foreseeable future to hopefully fix this issue. I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill in the afternoon for 1.33 miles and did 2×5 on the steamboats. In the evening I did 8-6-4 of the McGill Big 3.

Today I got out in the garage around 4pm. I’ll probably will be avoiding the gym for a long time and I suspect it won’t be allowed to stay open by the end of next week anyway.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Airdyne (2.58 km – 105 cals)
  • Monster Walks (Hip Circle)
  • 2×15 Steamboats (blue band)
  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 15 Air Squats
  • Incline Bench Press
    • 10×45
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Strength

5 Sets

  • 5 Incline Bench Press (135#)
  • 15 Lateral Raises (8#)

Inclines were hard!! I figured I was going to go much heaver than where I ended up. It’s been a long time since I’ve done those.

Conditioning

4 Cycles

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
    • 30 Shoulder Taps (back to wall)
    • MAX 5/5 Reverse Lunge Knee Drive
  • 1:30 Rest

I was looking for a new movement to hit the glutes and found these. The balance was much harder than I expected.

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The box jumps felt good, but the shoulder taps were a real struggle. I was kicking up with my back to the wall, which was part of it, and then it took me a few rounds to get in the groove of shifting my weight from side to side properly. I did 48-53-58-56 on the lunges.

Then I did some of my PT exercises and decided to skip the McGill Big 3 today.

I Started Physical Therapy

Yesterday I started PT and had the evaluation. He thinks my big muscles around the spine are doing too much of the work and the smaller stabilizer muscles aren’t firing. Since I wanted to go with a Monday and Thursday schedule he gave me a few things to get started.

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Yesterday I did those twice, did the McGill Big 3 and power walked a mile on the treadmill at about 3.8 mph. Before lunch today I walked 20 minutes and did the PT exercises. Then went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 30 cal Echo Bike
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 PVC Passes
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 10 Push-ups

Air squats were a little iffy, so I held on to the rig for the second set.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Shoulder Press (30#)
  • 12 DB Lateral Raises (10#)

I used a slight incline on the bench so that it wouldn’t be sitting at a straight 90 degrees and I put an AbMat at my low back. Class was doing shoulder presses. The raises were becoming a challenge after a few sets.

Conditioning

8 Rounds

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 8 Step-ups (22″)
  • 2×50’ Sled Push (90#)
  • 8 Bench Press (135#)

All subbed movements for cal row, high box jumps, burpees, and dumbbell snatches. The sled push was a good idea from Casey and today was the first time I’d done some step-ups since the injury. Felt more like myself today, though I still didn’t get my heart rate up that high. Finished in 15:16.

Midline

McGill Big 3

  • 6-4-2 Curl-up (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Side Planks (10s hold)
  • 6-4-2 Bird Dogs (10s hold)

I’ll do another round of the PT exercises tonight.

Settle In

Went to the 9am class.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
  • 5 Scap Pull-ups

4 Rounds

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • World’s Greatest stretch
  • 6 Lunges
  • 6 Air Squats
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 PVC Good Mornings

Strength

  • 8/8 Back Rack Reverse Lunge
  • 8/8 Single Leg KB RDL
  • 2:00 Rest

I did 45-75-95-105-115-125-135# for the lunges. On the RDLs I did one set with a 44# KB and then 6 sets with 53#.

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 10 Front Squats (75#)
  • 8 T2B

I went 4-4 toes to bars for nine rounds and then unbroken to finish at 10:04. Could I have gone unbroken the entire way? I doubt it. This one really hit those hip flexors!

Stayed after class for this little gem.

45:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 40s cal Echo Bike
  • 40s Cal Row
  • 30s Target Burpees

That might be the longest EMOM I’ve ever done. You kind of settle in on a pace about halfway through.

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When I’m in the heart of the Sissy Test tomorrow I may wish I hadn’t done all of these burpees! Now I’m heading up north for the weekend.

Pull-up PR

Didn’t sleep well at all and got out of bed around 6am. My back is really tight from 20.2. Went to the gym during the morning 8 and 9am classes to do my own thing, so I could use the 60 pound dumbbells.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (45 cals)
  • 3 Sets
    • 5 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 DB Bench Presses (30-40-50#)

Strength / Accessory

5 Sets

  • MAX Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 DB Bench Presses (60#)
  • 3:00 Rest

I got 15-12-10-10-10 on the pull-ups, which sets a new PR set! I haven’t maxed out strict pull-ups since 2014 when I did 13. I weighed about 200 pounds back then and I’ve been around 202 lately. The bench started to feel pretty heavy in the last two sets.

E20S – Until Failure

  • 3 Strict HSPU

I wrote numbers up to 20 on the board kind of joking and ended up maing it through 17 rounds. My first idea was to do a 5:00 AMRAP, so this was just an extra 40 seconds and made sure I didn’t blow up too early. In round 12 I made the mistake of stopping in the bottom on my second rep. I eventually was able to press out of it, but it ruined me for the rest of the way. I had to do three singles in my last two rounds and barely made it so didn’t attempt the 18th round.

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Single Leg Lateral Step-ups (30″)
  • 30s/30s Single Leg Standing Balance (70#)

Then I was out in the garage around 11.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

36:00 Airdyne
**Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 8, 16, 24, 32

976 calories and 20.88 km.

Time for some food and a nap.

Still Tight

My back was still really tight this morning, though it did seem to improve over the day. Still sore from Sunday in all the same places. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 4 Sets
    • 2 Lunges
    • PVC Pass
  • 8 Scap Pull-ups
  • 8 Behind Neck Presses (45#)
  • 50’ Bear Crawl

Barbell Warm-up

  • 7 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (45#)
  • 5 Dip, Drive, High Pull (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatch (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Power Snatch (45#)
  • 5 Hang Power Snatch (45#)

Weightlifting

3 Snatch Deadlifts + 3 Hang Power Snatches

  • 2×45#
  • 75
  • 95
  • 115
  • 135

Nothing too heavy today. That doesn’t mean it was easy though! We were working up to a moderate weight before the metcon.

Conditioning

13:00 AMRAP

  • 13 Hang Power Snatch (95#)
  • 13 Pull-ups

I went 5-4-4 on both movements until my 6th round when I held on for the clock doing 5-6 for snatches. Finished with 5+11. Feeling good on my pull-ups lately and should try pushing to bigger sets. My thumbs were shot in the hook grip, though I’m not very good with stringing together hang snatches. After a round or two I pretty much started resetting on every rep, which takes a lot of time and you’re still holding the bar.

Getting back to butterfly pull-ups, I’m doing the Camille regrip, which is giving me a blister in my palm like she always gets. Or at least it does when I don’t wear grips, which I didn’t for “Danny” on the 1st due to the presses and today. The old blister tore away today and I started a little bit of a new one on my left hand. Don’t seem to have anything on my right palm though.

After Christmas the gym switched over to NCFit programming. It’s definitely different from Ben Smith’s Affiliate Design, which was some of my favorite programming. I’ve liked some of the workouts so far, but not sure what to think yet. Give me a couple more weeks before I form an opinion. 🙂

Roided Cindy

Last night I finished building a Bluetooth speaker for the garage gym. I can’t wait for my next workout to use it. It to the gym at noon.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • 5 Scap Pull-ups
  • 5 Bar Taps
  • 10 Supinated Pendlay Rows (95#)
  • 20 Lateral Bar Hops

Some light movement prep for the workout.

Conditioning

I made this one up several months ago and finally got to it. The idea was to make a herder version of “Cindy” without adding a weight vest or weighted movements; keep everything bodyweight.

“Cindy on Roids” – 20:00 AMRAP

  • 5 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 10 Handstand Push-ups
  • 15 Squat Box Jumps (20″)

I wore my grips without the fingers through so I could rotate them around for the HSPU. Went 3-2 on the bar every time except round 2 where I was slipping and thought I might fly off the bar so I had to go 3-1-1. Did the first round of HSPU unbroken and then 5-5 every other round. The squat box jumps are just slow and taxing. I did jump them all today. Glad I decided to set prescribe a lower box height. Made it through 6+20.

For someone who can keep the bar gymnastics work unbroken, I think 10+ is doable.

Midline

2 Rounds of 45s/15s

  • Leg raises
  • Sit-ups
  • Bicycles
  • Flutter kicks
  • Plank

Brandi came up with this to help with her police academy prep. 45 seconds is a long time for bicycles and flutter kicks. My reps were 20-23-66-100 and 22-22-65-100 and unbroken on the planks. I counted each side as a rep for the bicycles and flutters.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 20m Spiderman Crawl
  • 20s/20s Side Plank
  • 20m Crab Walk
  • 20s Table Top Hold
  • 20m Samson Walking Lunge
  • 20s/20s Pigeon Pose on Box

That Pigeon stretch really pulls on my hips.

Happy New Year!

Some Snatches

My quads are sore from so many OHS and wall balls yesterday. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×15 Reverse Hyper
  • Dead Hang
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 4 Sets
    • 3 Hang Muscle Snatch
    • 3 Hang Power Snatch (above knee)
    • 3 Squat Snatch
    • 10 Scap Pull-ups
    • 10 Scap Push-ups

I used 45# for 2 sets and 75# for 2 sets. Did a short pause at the top of all of the scap work.

Weightlifting

It was an EMOM of singles, but I wasn’t getting heavy. Wanted to ease back in by doing reps.

15:00 EMOM

  • 3 Power Snatch

I did 5 minutes with 95# and 10 minutes with 115#, all touch-n-go reps. Felt really good!

Conditioning

With having done so many reps on the barbell already, I swapped out the 15 snatches in this workout for 20 DB snatches. I also felt like running instead of rowing 30 calories. Have to take advantage of this weather while we still have it.

E4M – 6 Rounds

  • 300m Run
  • 20 Dumbbell Snatch (40#, alternating)

Was able to push the runs and hold a good pace on the snatches. Intensity was high and I was able to push the run more each round, and then especially the last 2 when Michelle came out and ran with me. Maybe I should have run 400m, but I’ll take the intensity I got out of this. My splits were 2:05 – 2:06 – 2:01 – 1:58 – 1:53 – 1:50.