Unbroken

Was definitely fatigued yesterday after all of the training on the weekend. Walked 18 holes on the golf course though. In to CFi early this morning to max out the shoulder press. Started off with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Shoulder Press

  • 8×75#
  • 5×95#
  • 3×115#
  • 1×135#
  • 1×150#
  • 1×165#
  • Fail 172.5#
  • Fail 170#

Damn! Matched my PR from last May and it felt pretty good. I was expecting more after the Smolov Jr. cycle, but I guess I have to remember that I went 3-4 months without working my shoulders. Maybe after vacation I’ll do another cycle.

Warm-up

  • 15 Russian KBS (44# KB)
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10x CS ATYT
  • 4×135# Pendlay Rows
  • Kneeling Jump to 45# plate
  • 4×165# Pendlay Rows
  • Kneeling Jump to 2×45# plates

XWOD

  • 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 Pendlay Rows (185#)
  • 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 Kneeling Jumps
    • 2s: 2×45# plates
    • 1s: 2×45# + 35# plates

Shoulders and upper back are getting stronger. I used to struggle with this weight. Need to step it up more the next time I do the kneeling jumps.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 8 Deadlifts (225#)
  • 8 Burpees
  • 8 Pull-ups

Everything unbroken to finish in 6:44. Pull-ups are improving a lot with the shoulder work and focus on body positioning. Need to get up the speed of the burpees when fatigued though.

When I got home I took a bit and then back out in the garage for some quick work.

“Annie”
50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • Sit-ups

Anchored my feet under 50# DBs and tried to set my area so I wouldn’t be sliding back so much on the sit-ups, but that still happened. I finally got through this bitch without missing a DU and it made a big difference, giving me a 27 second PR with 6:28. If I’m going to get better I have to figure out how to do sit-ups without sliding backwards. By the time I get around 15 reps I have to move the AbMat back up and probably waste a second each time I do that. Really happy about this PR!

Did Crossover Symmetry Iron Scap.

Later in the day I felt like getting in some intervals. Warmed up with 500m on the skierg in 2:34.

10 Rounds

  • 30s @ 90%
  • 30s @ 75%

* % based on 500m PR pace (90% is 2:03 and 70% is 2:38 for me)

My pacing was consistent through each half. Went 1,098m in the first 5:00 and 1,100m in the last 5:00 with an average pace around 2:16/500m. I was actually kind of hard to go as slow as a 2:38 unless I was doing just about nothing, so I was usually more in the low 2:30 range on the low intensity intervals.

New Toy

Yesterday afternoon I put up another sheet of panel board in the garage and installed my new Concept2 SkiErg. Isn’t she pretty?

ski-erg

I thought so, until I used it this morning. Out in the garage around 8am for the first training session of the day. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

SkiErg

  • 1,000m Warm-up (5:14)
  • 2:00 Rest
  • Max effort intervals
    • 60m (0:13)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 60m (0:13)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 100m (0:21.5)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 100m (0:21.1)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:31.6)
    • 2:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:30.8)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 150m (0:30.7)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 200m (0:41.0)
    • 3:00 Rest
    • 500m (1:50.8)

Although this is programmed as a continuous series of intervals, it really should be treated as 2 sections. The 1st 3 intervals (2×60, 2×100, 1×150) and the 2nd 3 intervals (1×150, 1×200, 1×500). The 1st intervals are short and very explosive efforts that will recruit your fast twitch muscle fibers. The 2nd 3 intervals are all gearing up to that final 500m max effort. The final 3 intervals are focused on creating endurance while your fast twitch fibers are fatigued.

Holy shit! The skierg smokes your arms, especially the biceps. Walked 0.43 miles around the block to cool down.

Midline

10:00 EMOM

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 Superman Rocks

Did them back to back, so had about 30-35 seconds of rest after the reps.

Kicked back and rested until noon, when it was back out to the garage. Started with Crossover Symmetry Activation again and then did an easy 5:00 on the Air Dyne.

IMG_4746EMOM

  • Odds: 3 Weighted Chin-ups (increasing weight each round)
  • Evens: 2 Strict Pause Ring Dips (unweighted, 2s pause)

* Continue until failure at one movement and then do max reps for one final set with the other movement.

I started the chin-ups with 10# on the belt and went up 5# every round. Only managed 1 at 60#, but even the 3rd with 55# probably was a bit short if anyone had been watching. So that was 10 sets of 3 before failure. I managed to get 6 dips on the max round at the end to total 26 strict pause ring dips. Those were a nice challenge.

Warmed up my front squats with 10×45#, 5×135#, 3×185#, and 3×205#.

E3M

  • 2-2-2-2-2 — Front Squats (225#, 33X1 Tempo)
  • 2-1-2-1-2 — Standing Jump & Reach (both hands)

The movements were back to back, so after racking the bar, I walked out to the driveway and jumped up to touch the rim (basketball hoop) as high as I could. Maybe should have put on the weight vest for the single jumps.

Finished with a moderate paced 10:00 on Air Dyne for 242 cal and then Crossover Symmetry Plyometrics.