Made the last minute decision to golf yesterday morning because the weather forecast showed rain for today. Last night I had to mow the damn lawn again. When I got in bed last night I felt my back a bit and then each time I got up to use the bathroom; like a very minor tweak. After properly waking up and moving around it hasn’t bothered me throughout the day though. Out in the garage at 4pm.
- 5:00 Airdyne (99 cal, 2.51 km)
- 5 Wide Grip Bench Press (45#)
- 5 Bench Press (45#)
- 5 Close Grip Bench Press (45#)
Strength / Accessory
- 10 Wide Grip Bench Press
- 10 Bench Press
- 10 Close Grip Bench Press
I used 95-105-115# and it made me feel so weak. Haha!!
- 12 Underhand DB Bench (45#)
- 24 Single Arm Underhand DB Fly (20#, standing, alternating)
- 10 Z Press (30-35-35# DBs)
- 10/10 Half Kneeling Windmill Press (25# KB, 35-35# DB)
- 10 Front to Lateral Raise (8# DBs)
Wouldn’t really want to go much heavier than that to keep safe.
Was screwing around on the pull-up bar that I lowered since adding the one built from pipe and realized I can do jumping bar muscle-ups in a workout!
12:00 EMOM (45s Work)
- cal BikeErg
- Parallette HSPU (4” deficit)
- 50m Farmer Carry (70# & 53# KBs)
I hit back on the monitor going in to round two and it took forever to save, so didn’t start up right away, but I assume I was pretty close to my other rounds, which were both 20 calories. Went 5-4 on the handstand push-ups each round. Got 20 toes-to-bars each time, but with a different strategy each round, doing 10-10, 10-5-5, and 4×5. I did not wear grips today. Had some extra rest time on the carry, but that got shorter each round.
I got some super sleep with about 9.5 hours last night and woke up to massive flooding in the surrounding areas. Luckily I’m five miles from the Tittabawassee River. My body feels pretty good. Out in the garage at 4pm.
- 3:00 SkiErg (635m)
15:00 AMRAP – 1-2-3…
- Power Clean (115/80#)
Thinking back, this is 3x as long with one more movement, compared to five minutes of burpees and HSPU last month, when I did 7+10. Definitely required more pacing today. I started out at a pretty solid pace though and was through round six around 5:00. I had done all my handstand push-ups unbroken at that point. Then I started breaking them up, going 4-3, 4-4, 3-3-3, 4-3-3, 6-2. Final score was 10+8. I was able to do every set of cleans unbroken, which felt good.
Strength / Accessory
- 8 DB Shoulder Press (35#)
- 50m Double DB OH Carry (35#)
Holding two dumbbells overhead is a real mobility test!
- 6/6 Single Arm DB Bench Press (50#, w/ rotation)
- 6 DB Bench Press (50#)
This was much harder than I expected.
- 12 DB Underhand Bench Press (40#)
- 24 Alt Seated Underhand Raise (20# DBs)
Later in the evening I did five minutes of practice doing frog stands to work on hand balance. Then I also did this long hold after a bit of rest to get a video for the ‘gram.
I’m still feeling my left calf/achilles. My back is pretty tight from yesterday. Out in the garage at 11.
- 10:00 Airdyne (5.1 km, 205 cals)
- 6/6 Seated Single Arm Shoulder Press (25#)
- 6/6 Seated Single Arm Shoulder Press (40#)
10:00 EMOM (alt)
- 45s HS Hold
- 6/6 Seated Single Arm Shoulder Press (50#)
Planned on 5 power snatches here, but decided to substitute with my back feeling how it does from yesterday. No pain, but no reason to risk it by cycling a barbell.
I focused on pushing through my shoulders in the handstand holds to help translate into walking. It was terrible and I nearly failed the shoulder presses in rounds four and five. Got the stimulus I was looking for though when I designed this combo.
This is “LEGS GONE BAD” Volume 2 from Craig Richey. One of the worst workouts I’ve ever done. Over the course of the first 25 times through you can get an idea for how bad it’s going to be. I did singles nearly the whole way, with a brief pause before my next squat. I had six poker chips out and moved one every 25 reps, so got a slightly longer break there, but I tried to get right back in to it. When I got done with 75 reps the clock was at 6:30. I was able to pick up the pace over the last 25 reps and even did a fair number of doubles, which were absolutely horrible at that point. Snuck under 13 minutes with a time of 12:50. I have a feeling that walking will be a challenge for a few days.
- 8 Tricep Press Downs (rope handle on cable pulley, 35#)
- 10 Barbell Curls (65#)
Yesterday I walked my first 18 holes of golf for the year, which was over 6 miles. Was nice to be outside for so long. Out in the garage at 1:30 today.
- 10/10 Step Downs (15″, 40# vest)
- 10/10 Calf Raises (40# vest)
Big jump adding 40 pounds to the calf raises, so I’m sure I’ll feel those.
E2M – 12:00
This was a good combo. I think I missed 3-4 dubs total. Was able to do every set of handstand push-ups unbroken. Averaged about one minute per round.
- 6 Strict Toes to Rings
- 20 Alternating V-ups
- 45s Rest
First two rounds unbroken and then 12-8 on the v-ups to finish in 5:51.
Another early night in bed and another night getting a lot of sleep. Maybe I’m on to something. Out in the garage at 4pm.
- 10 Back Squats (45#)
- 5/5 Landline Rows (45#)
- 10 Back Squats (95#)
- 5/5 Landline Rows (65#)
- 5 Sets
- 10 Back Squats (135#)
- 5/5 Landmine Rows (75#)
I haven’t done a back squat since December 23rd! Body didn’t know what to do, especially for 10 reps.
Update: not entirely true because I did light Bear Complex two weeks ago, which involves a thruster from the back.
- 20 Push Jerks (75#, from the rack)
- 20 Russian KBS (53#)
- 20 HR Push-ups
- 20 Plank Jumps
I did the jerks unbroken in the first two rounds and then rested it on my back after 10 reps in the final round. The push-ups got a lot harder than I expected. I think I started out 2×10 and then 4×5 the other rounds. Finished in 8:42.
Also did some floor and banded rehab, which I’ve been slacking on.
Another really solid sleep. My body feels good. Out in the garage at 4pm.
- 20 PVC Passes
- Dead Hang
- MAX Strict Pull-ups
- 2:00 cal Airdyne
Took 30-31 minutes, which is kind of what I expected after writing down my scores each round and transitioning between stations. Much harder than I expected though. I was doing 73+ RPM on the bike throughout. I got 15-11-10-9-8-8-8-7-7-7 pull-ups (90 total) and 54-55-55-56-57-58-58-58-58-60 calories (569 total). Can’t believe I didn’t look up my strict pull-up PR, because I matched it here with the 15 and know I could have squeezed out one or two more. Damn it!
- 10 Seated Horizontal Rows (40-40-50-75-75#)
- 6/6 Kroc Rows (70#)
Not feeling sore anywhere. Out in the garage just before 4pm.
- 10:00 Airdyne (190 cals, 4.9km)
- Shoulder Press
- 5 Shoulder Press (125#)
- 10 Lateral Raises (10# plates)
First time lifting a barbell overhead in over two months! Really tightened up my core and the weight felt good. I would have been struggling with 135#.
5:00 AMRAP — 1-2-3-4-5…
I’d done this one four times back in 2015 while following a gymnastics program. My best on 2015/12/23 was 6+5. I got through the round of 6s with two 2:09 on the clock, so I smoked it, getting 7+10 today. Unbroken through 6, then 3-2-2 on the set of 7, and I fell off the wall after the first HSPU in 8 and struggled through a second rep. Would like to give it a try without lifting first.
- 8/8 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
- 6 Evil Wheels
- 30/30s Single Arm Overhead Hold (53# KB)
I haven’t done any rows like this through the rehab. They felt really good. Evil wheels felt great compared to about a month ago at the gym, when I couldn’t go all the way down. On my final set I was even doing two second pauses all the way at the bottom. The OH holds felt good too! It was a really good session.
I knocked out some banded PT exercises and will get my core work done after finishing up something for work work.
McGill Big 3
- 10-8-6 Curl-ups
- 10-8-6 Side Planks
- 10-8-6 Bird Dogs