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.

Calf Cautious

Got to bed later than I wanted and had a hard time falling asleep. Out in the garage at lunch.

Year of the Engine – Endurance

33:00 Airdyne

Got 929 cals and 19.56 km. Completely drenched in sweat and so was the full-size towel I used. Went to the gym at 4.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Hypers (160#)

6:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Step-ups (14″)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Walking Lunges
  • 20 PVC Passes

Did the step-ups instead of double unders because I’m being cautious with my calf. Got through two rounds, step-ups, and burpees.

Conditioning

  • 1,500-1,000-500m Row
  • 63-42-21 Russian KB Swings (53#)
  • 36-24-12 Shoulder Presses (95#)

More scaling instead of 1,200-800-400 meter runs, American KBS, and push jerks. My calf has been feeling good, so I’m going to continue to baby it and then hopefully I’ll be able to run when I start vacation on the 12th.

I held a 1:50/500m pace for every row even though I didn’t want to after the first one. Kettlebell swings were all unbroken, with really sweaty hands for the 42 and 21. I did all of the shoulder presses in sets of sixes and was close to failure at the end of each round. Finished in 24:05. Hot sweaty mess again.

More Gymnastics Success

Hard to believe my abs aren’t very sore from the 150 sit-ups on Sunday. Yesterday I walked 18 holes of golf. Out in the garage around noon.

Year of the Engine – Interval

6 Rounds

  • 4:00 Row
  • 2:00 Rest

I got exactly 1,121 meters every time. Huge range of emotions to get through this one. When I got through three I thought it was possible to keep my 1:47/500m pace. When I got though four I had doubts. When I had one left I figured I could hang on. With two minutes to go I thought I might puke. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I made it! This was the hardest session in four months.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 5 Strict Pull-ups
  • 5 Burpees
  • 20 PVC passes
  • 10 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 5×75#
  • 5×95#

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 5 Shoulder Presses (105#)
  • 5 Muscle-ups
  • 12 Box Step-ups (24″)
  • 1:00 Rest

A lot of modifications today. I did the shoulder presses instead of heavier and heavier push jerks. I probably could have used 115 pounds. The box step-ups were in place of double unders and I picked the count by seeing how many I could do in 30 seconds during round one. Both mods were due to my calf strain. Rx was 10 chin-ups, but since I was modding two movements I went with the Rx+ 3-5 muscle-ups. My palm is healing pretty well and I knew ring muscle-ups wouldn’t affect it. I went to the gym planning on doing 4 muscle-ups each round to stay unbroken, but did 5 in the first round and stuck to it. Was close to missing in the final round, but I got them all unbroken! 50 is a lot for one day. The step-ups got consciously slower to give myself a little more “rest” for my pulling to recover. I think I finished in 22:48, though it might have been 22:38 or 23:48. I didn’t record it anywhere right away and the numbers are jumbled in my head.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 15 Lateral DB Raises (10# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 15 Front DB Raises (10# DBs)

Phase 2

I got more sun that I thought yesterday and was exhausted after the BBQ at the gym. Still beat today, so I did some quick work in the garage. My quads are sore.

Year of the Engine – Polarized

15:00 Airdyne

At endurance pace, which is 73-75 RPM for me. At 3:00, 6, 9, 12 sprint for 7 seconds and then recover right back to the endurance pace. Interesting stuff. Got 457 cals and 5.68 miles (9,141m). This starts the next phase of the program.

Strength

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 6×75
  • 6×95
  • 6×115
  • 6×125
  • 6×135
  • 5x6x115

We don’t hit shoulder presses very often at the gym and it’s an area not beat from Murph. Tried out sets of six for something different.

Barbell Chipper

Went out to a Brazilian steakhouse last night and ate so much meat that I still felt full this morning. I knew I needed the carbs though so I powered through my Sunday pancakes.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • Various barbell reps
    • 45#
    • 75#
    • 95#

Conditioning

  • 10 Shoulder Presses (115#)
  • 15 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 25 Front Squats
  • 30 Push Jerks
  • 35 Back Squats

I definitely have a love/hate for this workout. I love the beauty of its design and effectiveness, but I really hate the mental battle during the workout.

My strength is down, but my cardio seems to be up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started with 8 presses. Then did 2 presses, put it on my back for a grip reset, and 10 overhead squats. Then 5 OHS and dropped it for a quick breather instead of trying a fancy grip reset. I think I did 12 push presses, then 8 plus 5 front squats. Two sets of 10 front squats with 5 push jerks tacked on to the 2nd set. The push jerks seemed much harder than they should have been and I think I went 7-5-6-7 for the rest of them. I didn’t stop on the back squats, but they were pretty slow. Finished in 10:07 to keep the PR streak going on this one. Really happy with the effort.

  1. 4/15/2013 – 14:03
  2. 7/21/2014 – 13:34
  3. 9/3/2015 – 10:33
  4. 2/10/2019 – 10:07

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I programmed an 8:00 rest before starting a bodyweight metcon.

10 Rounds

  • 7 Burpees
  • 7 Knees to Elbows

This felt much worse than I was expecting. It seems like I always say that when K2E are involved; I’d rather do toes to bars. All the shoulder fatigue really carried over to the burpees. Took me 8:59 to get done. Wouldn’t mind trying this one again sometime when I’m fresh, especially since I got it from the BTWB Bodyweight Fitness Level workouts.

Midline

Stacked Plate Passes

The five of us lined up and passed plates down the line and then back. We went through it three times rotating positions to make sure everyone sat on the end at least once. I took double duty. The plate stack was 10-10-15-25-10-25-15-10-10.

Skill

Worked on my balance and handstand walking. Shoulders were very fatigued, but that’s some of the best time to work on it if you ask me. I think I just need to get away from the wall and get on the open floor because I’m probably adjusting knowing that I have the wall coming up since I’m only doing a few steps out.

It’s Coming Back

My shoulders felt tight through the night, but seemed fine today. This morning I posted a recap of my second week of calorie counting.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 AMRAP

  • 8 Step-Ups (24″)
  • 8 Behind the Neck Shoulder Presses (45#)
  • 4 Inchworms
  • 4 Vertical Jumps

Strength

Push Press

  • 6×95#
  • 6×125
  • 3×155
  • 3×175
  • 3×195
  • 3×205
  • 3×215

Did 3×205# in August so I wanted to beat it today. Still not my best, but getting my strength back. I wore my belt for the last three sets.

Conditioning

16:00 AMRAP

  • 15 Push Press (115#)
  • 15 Box Jump (24″)
  • 15 cal Row

We did the push presses from the rack today, though I’m not sure it helped because you have to control the descent and rack it. I did 9-6 for 5 rounds and then 6-4-5 at the end trying to go on short rest. All jump and step-downs on the box. Tried to keep above 1,100 cal/hr on the rower. Finished 5 rounds, 15 push presses, and 4 box jumps. My calves may feel this one for the next day or two.

Not counting calories today, because I’m headed to Brew Ha-Ha.

Fightin’

I’m pretty sore from yesterday. My hamstrings, glutes, low back (still tight), and I think my upper rhomboids are all feeling it. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

8:00 EMOM

  • Row
  • Air squat
  • Row
  • Step-up
  • Row
  • Burpee
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

“Fight Gone Bad” – 3 Rounds

  • Wall-balls (20#, 10′)
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (75#)
  • Box Jumps (20″)
  • Push Presses (75#)
  • cal Row
  • 1:00 Rest

I got 291 (with a 24″ box) the only time I’ve done this. That day I did 109-92-90 with 32-24-23 wall balls. Today I did 106-103-96 with 28-28-27 (I think) wall balls. Never dropped the ball today. I was very slow and deliberate on the SDLHP, a dumb movement. I know I could improve my score quite a bit if I busted them out, but it’s not worth it. Too easy to injure a shoulder with this movement and especially with how tight my back has been too. I pretty much stopped and reset on the ground with every single rep. Box jumps felt good and I kept the same pace through every round. Push presses were where I racked up the most reps, but that third round got really hard. I think I got about 15 cals on the first two rows and then pushed it for 17 at the end. I’ll take the 14 rep PR for my 3rd of 2019 already!

Posterior Chain

3 Sets

  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold
  • 10 Glute Bridges
  • 15s Glute Bridge Hold

I wasn’t reading right and thought we only had to do 30 total reps, so I went pretty slow to start out. After I got done with the 30 and people who started before me were still going I realized my mistake. Went much faster for the other two sets but the damage had been done. My glutes were on fire! Being sore didn’t help.