Achy Breaky Legs

My legs were so wrecked last night already and ache today too. Especially in my hips. Made sure to get in the core stability work during lunch.

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McGill Big 3

  • 10-8-6 Curl-ups
  • 10-8-6 Side Planks
  • 10-8-6 Bird Dogs

The bird dogs were the hardest they’ve ever been because I was shaking trying to hold up my leg! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

4 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 35#)
  • 10/10 Single Leg Calf Raises

The step downs were rough with the increased weight and how my legs felt.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 3:00 AMRAP
    • 500m Row
    • MAX Push-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did the 500s in 1:48.1-1:48.2 every round, which felt good considering I haven’t rowed since February 8th, 2-3 days before my back tweak. I did sets of five push-ups and finished with nine to get 39 in the first round. I didn’t expect to get that many when I came up with this workout. I didn’t expect it to continue, but then I did the exact same thing three more times, before finally hitting 40 to finish. So 196 total push-ups! I really liked that workout. 😀

After cooling down I did my anded PT exercises.

Higher Rep Pull-ups

Skipping all PT exercises today. Out in the garage at 4pm

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Monster Squats

Doing three trips back and forth across the garage creates significantly more burn.

Strength

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Step Downs (15″, 20# DB)
  • 8/8 Single Leg Glute Bridges (50#, 3s hold)

This turned out much harder than I expected. I was out of breath!

Conditioning

20:00 AMRAP

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 20 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 200m Run

Gripped up and did 4×5 on every round of pull-ups, expect I did 5-5-10 at the very end. Got through 5+20. That one turned out pretty good and it felt good to be running outside. It’s a nice challenge to do some higher rep pull-ups like that.

New Farmer’s Carry Handles

My triceps aren’t sore yet, which is surprising. I did my banded PT exercises and three sets of 15 step downs at 14″ on each leg before lunch. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks
  • Steamboats

Strength

5 Sets

  • 12 DB Bench Press (50#, on exercise ball)
  • 12 Lateral Raises (10#)

That was a new challenge on the ball!

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 10 MB Cleans (20#)
  • 20 OH Plate Lunges (35#)
  • 30 Double Unders

Tried to stay controlled and use good movement patterns with the cleans. Got through 4+30.

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These handles from Titan Fitness are pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try them out in a workout.

On April 11th it will have been two months since my back tweak, so that’s the goal date for picking up a barbell again. It’s hard to be patient, but I want to make sure I give it all plenty of time to heal and it gives me another 2.5 weeks to correct my imbalances.

Walk it Out

My hamstrings are still sore! Little sore in my calves. Out in the garage at 11am. I used the hip circle to warm-up with monster walks.

Strength

5 Sets

  • 10/10 Step Downs (14″)
  • 5/5 Single Leg Glute Bridges (3s squeeze, 50#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 3 Rope Pulls
  • 10 Plank Walks
  • 30 Air Squats (w/ depth stop)

There were three of us, so we waterfalled and would start our rope pulls after the person in front got done with their plank walks. Gave us 20-30 seconds of rest. I went first and finished at 20:35. Those squats really started to burn. The eye hook holding the rope snapped in my last round, so I did 8 strict pull-ups.

Then I did my banded PT exercises. Tomorrow is going to be a rest day so will do the core work tomorrow.

Faster in Round Two

Well, more changes to life, as the State of Michigan ordered restaurants, bars, theaters, fitness centers, and many other types of businesses to close starting at 3pm yesterday. So I’m glad I stopped going to the gym last week. Looks like it’ll be garage gym workouts for the foreseeable future.

Yesterday I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill, going 1.38 miles, did some monster walks with the hip circle, and my banded PT exercises. Before I ate lunch today I did some PT exercises and the core stability work.

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McGill Big 3

  • 9-7-5 Curl-up
  • 9-7-5 Side Plank
  • 9-7-5 Bird Dog

I really wanted to do these yesterday since I’m switching them to a Monday, Thursday, Saturday schedule. Increased the reps again too.

Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (black band, ankles)
  • 2×15 Steamboats (blue)

Strength

5 Sets

  • 24 Walking Lunges with 30-degree diagonal step (single DB, switch arms after 12, 30#)
  • 10/10 Step Downs (15″)

My left leg felt much better on the step downs today. Almost couldn’t even notice a difference.

Conditioning

box

2 Rounds

  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20″)
  • 20 Burpees
  • Rest 5:00

This was my first day doing any burpees since the back tweak. My times were 3:51 and 3:45. The ultimate goal was to go the same speed or maybe even faster in the second round. After getting through my burpees 10 seconds faster I knew I could do it. Felt great that I was able to pull that off!

Accessory

  • 100 Band Pull Aparts (blue)
  • 100 Band Curls (red)

I did 50-30-20 on the pull aparts and 4×25 on the curls. Both were harder than expected!

Four EMOMs

My body feels good. Still not sleeping great from the time change. I did some PT exercises at lunch and then went to the gym around 4.

Warm-up

  • Monster Walks (Hip Circle)
  • Steamboats
  • PVC Passes

Conditioning

  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 10 cal Ski
    • 2 Legless Rope Climbs (11′, no jump)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 40 DU
    • 10 C2B
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 10 cal Ski
    • 12 HSPU
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 8:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 30 Zeus DU
    • 8/8 Box Step Downs (16″)

I really concentrated on my back during the ski and limited my range of motion. Because of that I didn’t scale up from women’s calories. Our ceiling is much lower at the new location. I started on my knees, which also meant no jump and no momentum going into the first pull. Much harder. Probably made it close to a 15′ rope climb. I never missed a regular double under and did all of the chest-to-bars unbroken with a regular kip, not wearing any grips. Was pretty stoked about that. I did the handstand push-ups 7-5 each round and felt good. Great idea to get out the Zeus rope. LOL!! Definitely got my heart rate spiked so I scaled to 30 reps. I stopped on purpose during the first round doing 20-10. Then missed at 9 and 10 in the second round. The final two rounds were unbroken. Jumping up to a higher box for the step down (heel taps) was much harder on that left leg.

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McGill Big 3

  • 8-6-4 Curl-up
  • 8-6-4 Side Plank
  • 8-6-4 Bird Dog

I’ll get these in later after dinner.

Little Break

Damn time change. So dumb. Went to 10am open gym.

Warm-up

  • Monster walks (red band)
  • Steamboats

Put the band around my knees for the monsters walks and it was definitely easier.

Gymnastics

Did some handstand walking for about 10 minutes. After not doing any for a month since my back tweak, I was having a hard time getting comfortable just kicking up.I got one out to 25 feet, but was starting to feel some strain in my back so didn’t do a full 15 minutes of work like usual. I need to just start practicing throughout the week at the gym to gain comfort.

Conditioning

4 Rounds

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 20 Strict HSPU
  • 15 Strict Pull-ups
  • 10 Evil Wheels
  • 4:00 Rest

It was taking me about 1:15-1:20 on the bike and I was able to do 4×5 every round on the handstand push-ups. Pull-ups were all doubles with one triple each round. Had to limit the range of motion to be much shorter than I’d usually go for the evil wheels. My round times were 4:50, 5:16, 5:33, and 5:46.

PT

  • 15/15 Clamshells (4 positions)
  • 15/15 Fire Hydrants
  • 2x 15/15 Single Leg Step Downs (14″)

My left leg (the bad side) is so much weaker on those step downs. I’m feeling a little burnt out from doing the Big 3 every day in addition to all of the PT exercises, so I’m taking a little break for the rest of a the day. I have a session at the PT in the morning.