Back Acting Up Again

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.

Warm-up

3 Sets

  • 8 cal Echo Bike
  • 15 Reverse Hypers (50#)

I also did 5 strict pull-ups.

Accessory

5 Sets

  • 5 Weighted Pull-ups (30#)
  • 10/10 Kroc Rows (53# KB)

Conditioning

  • 3 Rounds
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 MB Walking Lunges (20#)
  • 3 Rounds
    • 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.

Midline

6:00 EMOM

  • 15 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups

Planned this to be 5 minutes, but decided to do an extra round.

For the Girls

3 Sets

  • 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

38:00 Airdyne

** Endurance pace with 7s sprint @ 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36.

Got 1,045 calories and 22.14 km.

My Highest WHOOP Strain

Didn’t get as much sleep as I’d like last night, but feel pretty good. More importantly I had pancakes for breakfast since it’s Sunday.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 Assault Bike (42 cals)
  • Dead Hang & Shoulder Stretching

Conditioning

  • 4:00 EMOM5 Burpees
    • 5 Strict HSPU
  • 1:00 Rest
  • 3:00 AMRAP10 Goblet Squats (53#)
    • 6 Box Jump Overs (24″)
  • 4:00 Rest, Then Repeat

The burpees should be very fast to create fatigue going into the strict handstand push-ups. I was able to get every set of HSPU unbroken, but the last set in the first cycle was hard and then the last 2-3 sets in the 2nd cycle were a struggle. My quads got super pumped during the goblet squats. In the first cycle I was marking off rounds on the board, which just wasted time in such a short workout. Skipped that in the second cycle and did better. I did 3+12 and then exactly 4 rounds.

Accessory

3 Sets

  • 50′ KB Dead Walk (44# KBs)
  • 50′ KB Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • Dumbbell Curl 21s (25#)

Got some of the idea here from a T-Nation article and video.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 20 Hollow Rocks
  • 50 Hollow Flutter Kicks
  • 30 Plank Jumps
  • 30 Russian Twists (20kg plate)
  • 1:00 Rest

My upper abs were cramping up from the combination of hollow rocks and flutter kicks. Was able to do every movement unbroken, with my only extra break being between the rocks and kicks is the third round. Finished in 7:41.

Went golfing and played a quick 18 holes in a cart.

Engine Builder – Interval

3 Rounds

  • 5:00 Airdyne
  • 1:00 Rest

I wanted to shoot for 82-83 RPM and my average was probably close. I got 173-174-177 calories and went 6.09 miles or 9,800 meters.

All of the activity made for my highest strain day on WHOOP so far and since I waited so late to publish this, it won’t go up much more tonight.

Burning 4,500 calories was a good excuse to get some ice cream. 🙂

Gettin’ The Worm

My body feels a little tight from yesterday, but my back seems to be solid. Out in the garage by 9am because I’m leaving for Europe this afternoon. I don’t remember the last time I worked out so early.

Active Life – Hips

Workout – 15:00

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

It’s nice to finally be able to open the garage and do these walks outside instead of pacing back and forth 5 meters at a time. From the back of my garage to the street is right around 25 meters. Got through 4 rounds, the shuffles, and the lunges.

Cooldown

  • 1:00/1:00 Hip Wind Up Stretch

Conditioning

Did 2 sets of 5 snatches with the empty bar. Probably should have done some dubs.

15-10-5 Snatch (75#)
60-40-20 Double Under

All snatches were unbroken. I missed a dub right off the bat and then at 32 reps. Missed at 14 in the second round. In the last round I dropped my rope and it wrapped around the bar slowing me down. Then I missed at 7 reps and missed again. Finished in 3:46. Could get close to 3:00 without all the screw ups.

Active Life – Back Max

4 Rounds

  • 50s Overhead Barbell Hold (165-135-135-135#)
  • 50m Double Front Rack Carry (50# DBs)

I was shaking so bad and barely made it through with 165 so I dropped down for the rest and still struggled. My wrists get so sore from these. Finished in 11:40.

Glad I got that in. Hopefully I can get in some bodyweight workouts and running over the next week. Mowed the lawn right after and time to pack and get to the airport!

Raked

I did a bunch of raking on Sunday and wanted to finish up the front yard before today’s trash collection, so I ended up making yesterday a rest day to rake. Out in the garage in the afternoon.

Active Life – Hips

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 8 Side Shuffles (5m)
  • 20 Walking Lunge (25# DBs)
  • 10 Alternating Kossacks

Cooldown

  • 1:00/1:00 Hip Wind Up Stretch

Conditioning

10 -> 1

  • Burpee Box Jumps (24″)
  • Back Squats (95#)

Didn’t look at the clock the entire workout and was surprised to see it took 10:27. Felt like I went much faster than that.

Active Life – Back Max

12:00

  • 10 Alternating Prone Thoracic Extension Rotation
  • 5/5 Split Squat Rock Back (3s pause)
  • 10 Alternating Dead Bug
  • 5 Evil Wheels
  • 10 Bottom of Burpee

Work for quality. Got through twice plus through the evil wheels in a 3rd round.

More Lunges

I spoke too soon yesterday. My legs started getting sore later on. Wonder if most of that is from the front squats though. Out in the garage today around noon.

Active Life – Hips

Warm-up

  • 1:00/1:00 Banded Posterior Ankle Distraction
  • 20 Lateral Banded Step Overs
  • 8 Squat Press Outs (25#, 3s pause)
  • 5 Jump Squats (singles)

Workout – 4 Sets (2x each side)

  • 10 Single Arm Front Squat (53#, 3s pause)
  • Max Distance Single Arm Farmer Carry (53#)

It sucks turning around every 5 meters in my garage. Went 170 meters with each hand the first time and 120 meters the second time.

Active Life – Back Max

  • 1:00/1:00 KB Psoas Mobilization
  • 2 Sets – 5/5 Split Squat Rock Backs
  • 10:00
    • Single Arm Waiters Walking Lunge (35#, switch arms every 10m)
    • Single Arm Press (35#, every other step, press when the leg opposite the arm holding the KB is forward)

I did 5 lunges out and 5 back, so got in 5 presses each round. Finished 12 rounds.

I’m Sore-y

Yesterday was a rest day. My shoulders were starting to feel pretty wrecked, my abs randomly cramped all day, and my back was a little tight. Today I can’t straighten my elbows, most of my upper body and core is sore, but my legs and back feel fine.

Active Life – Single Leg Bias

Warm-up – 3 Rounds

  • 10 Sumo Inchworms
  • 10 Sumo Stance Good Mornings (45#)

Workout – 4 Rounds

  • 20 Sumo Deadlifts (135#)
  • 10/10 Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Active Life – Back Max

3 Rounds

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

I paused two seconds at each position.

3 Rounds

  • 10 Double DB Walking Lunge
  • 10 Strict Toes to Bar Strict Hanging Knee Raises
  • 10 Double DB Front Squat

I used 35-40-50 for both movements. Hanging from the bar hurt and there was no chance in hell I could do T2B, so I did knee raises up to hip height.

This was plenty of work so no conditioning today.

Rip Your Thumbs Off

Sore in a lot of places from the squats and thrusters. Went to the 4:30 class.

Warm-up

  • 3 Sets
    • 10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
    • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 12:00 EMOM (alt)
    • 45s Jump Rope
    • 16 Russian KBS (35#)
    • 8 Squat Broad Jumps

Worked up a hell of a sweat from that EMOM.

Strength

Clean Grip Deadlift (hook gripped everything)

  • 10x20kg
  • 10×40
  • 5×60
  • 5×80
  • 5×100
  • 5×110
  • 5×120
  • 5×130

Conditioning

10:00 AMRAP

  • 4 KB Cleans (44# KBs)
  • 8 KB Front Rack Walking Lunges (44# KBs)
  • 8 Box Jumps (24″)

It was written as 10 rounds with a time cap of 10 minutes and using dumbbells. We don’t have many DBs, so I picked up a set of KBs. It was also supposed to be 6 lunges and I even said before the workout that I was going to do 3 one way and 3 back. But I got in the workout and was doing 8, when I finally realized my mistake in round 5. At that point, I decided to just roll with it the rest of the way. I did all box jumps today but stuck with the 24″ instead of doing the prescribed 30″. Finished exactly 8 rounds. Probably would have been about 9 if I hadn’t done 16 extra lunges and maybe even more if I wasn’t sharing a box.

Extra Credit

Max overhand deadlift hold. We used 225# and did 2 sets without a hook grip and 2 sets with. I got 1:10, 0:45, 0:45, and 0:40. Ouch!