High Strain Weekend

After hitting my highest WHOOP strain ever yesterday, with an 18.0, I recovered to 83% today on 7.5 hours of sleep. My body is sore in a few more places from the last two days and my glutes are the worst of it, though only about a 5/10. Open gym at 10am.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang

Pretty much a non-existent warm-up to be honest. My shoulders were feeling pretty smoked from 20.1 and the strict HSPU I did last night.

Conditioning

2019-2020 Wodapalooza Online Qualifier Workout 4

  • 150 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • 75 T2B

**Perform in any order, until completion of total work. Can be broken down or performed in any order.

My plan was 5 Sets of 15 + 8 (4-4) and 5 Sets of 15 + 7 (4-3). Could I keep transitions to a minimum? I remembered to shave my calluses this morning and I wore grips.

The plan worked out well and it took me 10:52. I was done with three rounds in just over 3:00, so I didn’t slow down very much. Around the sixth round, the wall balls started to feel hard after 10 reps, but I wasn’t dropping it. My toes to bars felt good and I’m curious if I could have done all sets of 8 and 7 unbroken or if that would have forced me to break up or do singles late in the workout. Doing 4-4 and 4-3 gave me a few seconds of rest. I did the last set of 7 unbroken. My heart rate was in the 160s the whole workout.

Accessory

A friend recommended some accessory stuff to help with my bench press. I’d never done reverse grip bench, which was weird at first, but I ended up really liking it. To warm-up (plus get a feel for the hand placement, loading, and bar path) I did 10×45, 5×75, 5×95, and 5×115 for the reverse bench and 10×35 skull crushers.

5 Sets

  • 10 Reverse Grip Bench Press (135#)
  • 10 Skull Crushers (65#)
  • 20 Weighted Lunges (35# DBs)

Had some midline stuff planned, but it was already after 11:20 and that was enough. After lunch and mowing the lawn I went to work on the rower and the computer worked fine. Hopefully it continues to work. Out in the garage around 6pm.

Year of the Engine – Time Trial

20:00 Airdyne

A few weeks ago I did 12.73 km and 656 calories. Today I wanted to do a better job of holding 80 RPMs, which I did. I started out faster in the first minute, found my pace, and then kicked in over last two minutes. Finished with 12.94 km and 683 cals, a big improvement.

It was another big WHOOP strain day. I need the rest day tomorrow.

All Legs and Buns

Wasn’t sure how my back would feel after yesterday, since lifts from the hang are tougher on it. Feeling good today though. Out in the garage during lunch.

Year of the Engine – Interval

10 Rounds

  • 1:15 Row
  • 1:15 Rest

Set a goal of 1:38/500m, thinking it might be a little aggressive. It was good though; not easy, but enough of a challenge that I had to push the last half of the workout to stay on pace. Got exactly 383 meters every round.

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Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

  • 400m Run
  • 2 Rounds
    • 10 Good Mornings (45#)
    • 10 Jumping Jacks
    • 10 Russian KBS (44#)
  • Deadlift
    • 10×45#
    • 5×95
    • 5×135

Strength

E4M – 4 Sets

  • 25 cal Echo Bike
  • 5 Deadlifts (155-205-205-235#)

After doing the first bike in about a minute I realized there was no reason to go so hard with what was coming up.

Conditioning

  • EMOM – 5 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 100 Front Rack Lunges (95#)

I did 15-12-11-12-10-10-10-12-8. Early on I got messed up thinking the clock was counting down, so I think I dropped the bar for a quick rest in the first three rounds and definitely should not have. I think after 2 rounds I made a goal to get to 50 through 4 rounds and then finish out with sets of 10s. With only one round to go, I pushed it a little for that set of 12 so I’d had fewer to finish. Took me 8:30 and I was getting ass cramps shortly after.

Slow Down the Wall Balls

Quick trip out to the garage before lunch.

Engine Builder – Interval

2 Rounds

  • 7:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

Very similar to the 7-5-3-1 work yesterday. Wasn’t feeling 82-83 RPM today though and it ended up being around 80-81. Did 237-239 cals and exactly 2.81 miles both intervals.

Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

2 Rounds

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Air Squats
  • 10 PVC Passes
  • 10 Behind the Neck, Snatch Grip Sotts Press (PVC)

Accessory

4 Sets

  • 12/12 Single Leg Hip Thrusts
  • 25 Banded Pull Throughs (green)
  • Dumbbell Curls – 21s (25#)

Did this instead of OHS because of my back. Still doing the A version of the 21s.

Conditioning

15:00 AMRAP

  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Wall Balls (20#, 10′)
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 15 Pull-Ups

Missed a DU or two in almost every round. Had to go slower than normal on the wall balls due to my back, which I could feel on the jumping and the wall balls. I did 3×5 on every round of pull-ups. Got through 5+30.

Accessory #2

5 Rounds

  • 10 DB Lunges (35# DBs)
  • 20 Sit-ups

Took about 6 minutes.

TEN!

My shoulders and triceps are feeling yesterday. Last night my legs felt fatigued and I was tired in general. Didn’t seem to sleep great, but I’m also feeling tired today. Went to the 4pm class.

Warm-up

3 Rounds

  • 250m Row
  • 10 PVC Pass Thrus
  • 10 PVC OHS
  • 10 KB Glute Bridges (35#)
  • 20s Handstand Hold

3 Sets

  • 5 OHS (45#, 3111 tempo)

Strength

10:00 EMOM

  • 3×95#
  • 3×115
  • 3×135
  • 3×145
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 2×165
  • 3x3x155

I started with a squat snatch until 165 when I started to power it and then do the squats. We were supposed to stay with a weight for the last five sets, but I failed the last rep of the 2nd set of those. Whoops! Didn’t realize my back was so tight from yesterday until getting into these lifts.

Conditioning

5 Rounds

  • 30 Ball Slams (30#)
  • 20 Bear Hug Lunges (30#)

Was really dreading 150 ball slams with tired shoulders. After two rounds I settled in (or went numb?) and tried to chase down Michelle and Kyle by not resting at all between movements the rest of the way. Finished in 9:47.

Gymnastics

Had planned these muscle-ups well before knowing what today’s workout would be. A fatigued state is a good time to work on shit like this though. Makes it easier in the middle of a workout. I think the last time I tried a max sets of muscle-ups was 2015 and I’ve been stuck on a PR of 9 since doing it a couple of times that year. I was confident I could break finally get double digits, but wasn’t convinced it was going to happen after the type of workout I just finished. I did give myself 15-20 minutes to recover though.

E3M – 4 Sets

  • MAX Unbroken Muscle-ups

My first few reps were all over the place before I found my swing; then I felt good. Got 10 finally and didn’t use my hips enough for the 11th. Shit like that happens when I focus on a specific number so much. Curious what I can do fresh. My other sets felt good as well and I made sure to use my hips through all of them. Surprised myself by not decreasing too much. I ended up with 10-7-6-6.

There is a storm rolling in overnight, so tomorrow will be a garage workout or maybe a rest day if I need it.

Wind Up

My back is a little tight from yesterday. Out in the garage in the evening.

Active Life – Hips

Workout – 15:00

  • 8 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 20 Walking Lunge (20# DBs)
  • 10 Alternating Kossacks
  • 50m/50m One Arm Waiters Carry (35#)

The instructions said to keep breathing to under 5 breaths in 20 seconds. Not sure how you measure that, so I just went nice and easy. Kept moving but didn’t get my heart rate up. Got through 3 rounds plus the shuffles, lunges, and Kossacks.

Cooldown

  • 1:00/1:00 Hip Wind Up Stretch

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 150m Ski Erg
  • 50 DU

Missed several times in the first round of double unders and was thinking I was in for a long one. Never missed more than once in a set after that, but only got through 1 set unbroken. Finished 6+158. Maybe should have moved the car out of the garage so I didn’t have to walk around it.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 40s Front Rack Hold (185#)
  • 40m/40m Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)

Could have went with the 70# KB. Finished in 8:48.

Backdate

I noticed I had an unpublished draft for my January 26th workout and then I accidentally published it for yesterday instead of backdating it. Fixed the date now.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

  • 8 Tabata Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 3:00 Bottom Squat Hold
  • 10s L Hang
  • 10/10 Leg Abducted Rocking
  • 10/10 Lateral Leg Swings

Made it 52 lengths for the shuffles.

Conditioning

15:00 Airdyne

Just something low impact for today after going pretty heavy with the power cleans yesterday. Went 4.8 miles.

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

  • 5 Cat Camel
  • 5/5 Thoracic Extension Rotation
  • 10 Alternating Bird Dog

3 Rounds

  • 10 Alternating Double DB Walking Lunge (50# DBs)
  • 10 Strict T2B
  • 10 Double DB Front Squat (50# DBs)

Wasn’t getting my feel all the way up to the bar.

Women’s Thrusters

My left hamstring feels odd today. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 200m Run
    • 10 Goblet Walking Lunges (35#)
    • 10 Glute Bridges
    • 6 Inchworms

Strength

I wasn’t front squatting, that’s for damn sure. So I did single arm kettlebell front rack squats.

  • 10/10 @ 35#
  • 3 sets 10/10 @ 44#

The left side of my back was not feeling great in the last few reps. Uh oh.

Conditioning

  • 25 Thrusters (75#)
  • 800m Run
  • 25 Thrusters (75#)

Programmed as 18 with 115# but not for me. I warmed up with the empty bar and the back felt ok, so I figured I could try the workout. I increased the reps since I was using teh women’s weight and made sure to do both sets unbroken. Should have tried to push the run a bit more. Finished in 6:20.

Accessory – 3 Sets

  • 20 Back Rack Walking Lunges (95#)
  • 10/10 Landmine Rows (60#, pause at the top)
  • 30s Superman Hold

I wasn’t sure about the hold since extension doesn’t feel the greatest some times. It was ok though. Had to split the hold into 20 and 10 seconds each time.