Oh No

After the workout yesterday I squatted down and leaned over the box. When I got up, I felt a little something in my back. Woke up without any pain this morning, which is a good sign, but I can feel a little something there, so I’m not going to push anything for a few days. Out in the garage at 11am.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Conditioning

5 Sets

  • 2:30 Airdyne
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 20 HR Push-ups
  • ~30s Rest

This was a modification to be able to share the bike. Got 20-40 seconds of rest after each round and I was also adjusting the seat before and after I was done and recording my calories and distance before kicking up to the wall. Was harder than I expected. Took me about 24 minutes with 89-93-92-91-92 cals and 1.64-1.67-1.67-1.65-1.68 km.

I crouched down for a bit after the workout and when I stood up I could feel that tightness in my low back. Shit Balls! Decided to skip the PT work again because of it.

Stay Safe

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.

Do it Fatigued

Woke up feeling good and I’m not taking cold meds anymore. Decided to stay home for the day instead of repeating a bunch of movements at the gym that could aggravate my back, which got a lot of volume from kettlebell swings and squats yesterday. Out in the garage at about 12:30. Did 3×10 PVC passes to warm-up.

E6M – 10 Rounds

  • 20 Shoulder Taps (facing wall)
  • 5 Strict HSPU (facing wall)
  • Airdyne

Originally I thought I might just sit on the bike for an hour. This seemed like a good way to break it up and get in some time upside down. I wall walked up each round because of the location in my garage. I really started to struggle and grind out the last couple of handstand push-ups in round four. I did, however, keep a very consistent timing and got about 5:00 on the bike each round. In round five or six I started going legs only for the final minute to let my upper body rest. Eventually I also realized the taps were easier when my nose was closer to the wall. I made it through each set on the wall unbroken, though I’m not sure I would have made it one more set. Ended with 1,058 calories and 25.62 km on the Airdyne.

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.

Safe is Strong

 

My workout schedule is a bit messed up with the gym + golf day yesterday, so have to be careful not to overdo things. I did the shoulder rehab work in my garage before I went to the 4pm class.

Active Life – Bulletproof Shoulders 8

Warm-up

  • 10 Push-up Shoulder Taps
  • 10 PVC Passes

Odd this wasn’t 2-3 rounds.

4 Sets (each arm)

  • 6 Single Arm High Pull (35#)
  • 45s Rest between arms

Warm-up

  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 20 Air Squats
  • 1:00 Assault Bike
  • 1:00 World’s Greatest Stretch (each side)

Strength

Back Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 5×135
  • 5×185
  • 3×215
  • 1×235
  • 2x3x215
  • 5×195
  • 10×185

The single was supposed to be at 90%, but I really have no clue what I can squat now. I just know it has to be under 300, so I calculated my numbers off 265. Start light since I haven’t been squatting and stay safe. It was 80% for the triples, 75% for the set of 5, and 70% for the set of 10. Felt pretty good and the bar definitely felt lighter after the single.

Conditioning

  • 4-3-2-1 Rope Climbs (13′)
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 20 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)

Had to share the rope, so waited a lot more than I would like. I think I could have come down and gone right back up doing every set unbroken. Really enjoying the rope climbs because I can get up there so quick. Instead of doing handstand holds for my scale from walking I figured the shoulder taps would at least get me some single side work. I had 30 in my head as a rep count, but when I was approaching 20 in the first set I knew that was enough. Need to do those more often, which I used to do. I did them with my back against the wall, which I think is the harder version, though it mimics handstand walking better. Wall balls were all unbroken. Finished in 9:10.

Rip Your Thumbs Off

Sore in a lot of places from the squats and thrusters. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
    • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Jump Rope
    • 16 Russian KBS (35#)
    • 8 Squat Broad Jumps

Worked up a hell of a sweat from that EMOM.

Strength

Clean Grip Deadlift (hook gripped everything)

  • 10x20kg
  • 10×40
  • 5×60
  • 5×80
  • 5×100
  • 5×110
  • 5×120
  • 5×130

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 4 KB Cleans (44# KBs)
  • 8 KB Front Rack Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)

It was written as 10 rounds with a time cap of 10 minutes and using dumbbells. We don’t have many DBs, so I picked up a set of KBs. It was also supposed to be 6 lunges and I even said before the workout that I was going to do 3 one way and 3 back. But I got in the workout and was doing 8, when I finally realized my mistake in round 5. At that point, I decided to just roll with it the rest of the way. I did all box jumps today but stuck with the 24″ instead of doing the prescribed 30″. Finished exactly 8 rounds. Probably would have been about 9 if I hadn’t done 16 extra lunges and maybe even more if I wasn’t sharing a box.

Extra Credit

Max overhand deadlift hold. We used 225# and did 2 sets without a hook grip and 2 sets with. I got 1:10, 0:45, 0:45, and 0:40. Ouch!

Mostly Burpees

Played an ugly 18 yesterday and of course walked. Went to the 4:30 class today.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Shoulder Taps
    • 5 Ring Rows
    • 10 Pass Throughs (red band)

Strength

3 Shoulder Press + 4 Push Press

  • 45#
  • 95
  • 115
  • 125
  • 135
  • 145
  • 155
  • 165

Shoulder presses felt heavy today, but was not getting as much rest as I’m used to.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 6 Power Snatch (95#)

Started slow because I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain a hard burpee pace for 8 minutes. Paid off in the long run and was able to but out my last 10 in under 30 seconds. Finished 6 + 10.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 20s Hollow Rocks
  • 10s Rest
  • 20s Leg Lifts
  • 10s Rest

I did 20 rocks and 10 lifts each time through.

Worked on my handstand hold after class. When I started falling away from the wall I went with it and walked backwards. I find it easier than kicking up and walking in the normal direction, probably because of the comfort of feeling that falling feeling that way.