Shitty sleep again on Monday. I think I finally said enough and got up after 4am. I did take a long 2+ hour nap during the day. It was a rest day from the gym, but I played 18 holes of night golf! After getting dinner it was nearly midnight when I went to bed. I took some melatonin, hoping it would help me sleep through the night.
On Tuesday I woke up way too early again, but didn’t look at the time and stayed in bed until some time after 7. Might have fallen back to sleep here and there. I had a nasty headache (#1 side effect of melatonin) pretty much all day. Tried to take an hour nap before lunch, which it didn’t really work. Decided to make it another rest day from the gym and not push my body. Even took a second nap around 5 because I was still feeling like shit with the headache.
Went to bed just after 10 last night. Woke up and not sure I really fell asleep again, but didn’t “get up” until almost 6:30. After breakfast and getting laundry started, I went to the fitness center around 10am.
5:00 Stationary Bike
Did 87 calories and 3.2 km.
10 Knee Raises (on dip stand)
10 Z-Presses (25# DBs)
20 V-ups (alt)
20 Lunges (25# DBs at sides)
Easy little circuit to get in work and raise my heart rate. Took me 11:45.
35s Handstand Hold (wall facing)
This was getting sketchy, especially since I came back to the apartment to do it. Was worried my hands would slip out on me because of the tile floor.
My back is feeling pretty good, but my legs and ass are getting sore. Out in the garage around 10:30.
I tried to average around 85 PRM, doing 169, 169, 166, and 169 calories and 3.04, 3.02, 3.01, and 3.04 km.
Back in the garage around 4pm.
30:00 EMOM (40s of work)
I did 5×2 pull-ups, about 55 dubs, the full handstand hold, 5-5-3-3 step-ups, and 10 calories on the Ski Erg. Got shitty after about three rounds. Felt good about the consistency though, especially being able to do 60 strict pull-ups.
40 Hollow Flutter Kicks
30 Plank Jumps
20 Alternating V-ups
After the first round I did 20-10 plank jumps and 10-10 on the V-ups. Finished in 7:15.
Strict ring pull-ups suck after muscle-ups and weighted ones are even worse!
8 Pendlay Rows (supinated, 115-135-145#)
These actually felt pretty good.
6 Strict T2B
20 Alternating V-ups
It’s always weird going for that first strict toes to bar, trying to remember how to sequence it. This was absolutely fucking terrible!!! I had to break v-ups in round two and then do three sets in rounds three and four!
Molly tried to help me out with handstand walking and we found some things to focus on:
It doesn’t work trying to do 15 second intervals on my rower, so it was an easy choice to do this on the bike. Well over 100 RPM and I was getting faster throughout. I had 175 calories after 10 rounds, 356 after 20, and 432 to finish with 4.72 km. This is a far cry from Airdyne Hell though, which is 10 rounds of 15 seconds at 100% with 1:45 rests. I’ve done 250+ calories on that workout, which hurts really bad by round four.
Went to the gym at 4pm. The class workout had heavy snatches and cleans, plus a bunch of T2B. I wasn’t going to risk my back or tear up my hands two days before 20.5, so I came up with this. Warmed up with 2:00 Echo Bike for 20 calories.
8/8 Half Kneeling Bottoms Up KB Press (26#)
8 Lateral Raises (10# DBs)
8 Front Raises (10# DBs)
4/4 Dumbbell Hang C&J (50#)
8 Goblet Squats (50#)
20 Heavy Double Unders (Zeus rope)
I really like that movement with the dumbbells and the squats actually felt good too. I forgot hot terrible that heavy rope is though; you have to grip so hard to make sure the handles don’t fly out of your hands. I did 7 rounds + 2.
30 Alternating V-ups
30 Side Plank Jumps
60 Hollow Flutter Kicks
Deep burn in that first round of flutter kicks, but I held on to go unbroken with every movement in every set. Finished in 5:24, which is 47 seconds faster than back in July.
Last night my quads and traps were feeling sore. I also felt a little something off on the right side of my low back, which is opposite where I always have my issues. This morning I could feel some pinches in the normal spot, especially when I put my left leg in certain positions. WTF! It’s not nearly as bad as it felt last week though. Went to open gym at 10am.
8 cal Echo Bike
15 Reverse Hypers (50#)
I also did 5 strict pull-ups.
5 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
10/10 Kroc Rows (53# KB)
10 Strict HSPU
20 MB Walking Lunges (20#)
10 MB Crossover Push-ups
20 Wall Balls (20#, 10’)
The first part was originally going to be 20 box jumps, but after 20.4 and with how my back was feeling I changed to lunges. I knew I would do the first set of handstand push-ups unbroken, but wasn’t sure how the other sets would go. I flew through that first 10 faster than I’ve ever done them and I made all three sets unbroken. The crossover push-ups were nasty with all of the shoulders in this little workout. Wall balls were burning, but I kept them unbroken. Finished in 8:21.
15 Hollow Rocks
Planned this to be 5 minutes, but decided to do an extra round.
For the Girls
Dumbbell Curl 21s (30#)
Not the prettiest reps, but happy to hit the weight I was doing several months ago when we did them every week.
I chilled at home, mowed the lawn, and was out in the garage just after 3pm.
Year of the Engine – Polarized
** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36.
Yesterday I got up early to play in a golf outing. It was a long day and I didn’t feel like doing anything when I got home, so I made it a rest day. At the gym for open gym at 10am this morning.
No B.S. Bench Press
I was hoping to push near my old 2RM of 275 as a test, but I didn’t have it today. The suggested range for the four working sets was 255-265, but I didn’t even feel good enough to try 265, because I was struggling with 260. To be honest, unracking 255 and doing the double felt sketchy as fuck for some reason. Maybe all of the dumbbell shoulder presses I did on Friday? WHOOP did have me at only 31% recovered this morning.
This completes one cycle of the program. Instead of testing a max next week I’m going straight to a second cycle, since I know I’m not capable of 300 yet. After today, I might be further away than I thought.
5-4-3-2-1 Bear Complex (135#)
10-8-6-4-2 Bar-facing Burpees
I’m not sure if my muscle-ups have ever felt better in a workout, especially that first set of five. All sets were unbroken on the rings. I dropped the bar after every bear complex, which was the worst part of this workout. Looks like I haven’t done the combo since late in 2017 and my barbell conditioning is definitely lacking with how little I’ve been lifting due to injuries over the last year or two. Tried to catch my breath a little bit on the burpees, but keep moving. My first round was a little under 3:00 and I finished in 9:43. Where I could make up time would be picking the barbell back up quicker.
9 Side V-ups (alt sides each round)
Cruised through the first two rounds in a minute and then slowed considerably. My first cycle was done in 3:49 and my second cycle took 3:47, which is a big surprise. I think I was just a lot more consistent the second time through. With the rest it took 9:36 to get through everything.
After watching the Games, it was time to jump on the rower.
Year of the Engine – Interval
Could I hold a 1:46/500m pace? No! After getting a little over halfway through round one I made the call to cut back the pace. It’s amazing how much an extra second can change the feel on the rower. I got 562-563 meters every round.
It was hot and humid in the garage. This workout rolled past 200,000 meters since I bought the rower back in January.
Here is a neat comparison. The left chart is my heart rate from March 15th, doing 12x500m with 1:00 rests, where my average pace was 1:49.8. The right chart is today’s workout, which was a pace over three seconds faster and longer time duration since it was two minutes instead of a set 500 meters.