Time for another update for the week. This week, much like last week, was crazy. This time, instead of unexpected illnesses, it was EXPECTED craziness due to the holidays. I had a 5 day holiday weekend, which meant more time with the family and less time letting my training meander, so things pivoted and changed. Chaos remained the plan, and the program continues to prove to be very adaptable. Plus, with it being Thanksgiving, I had a VERY solid opportunity to feast on meat and eggs, and, in fact, on Thanksgiving day, I ate both drumsticks, both wings and a large portion of the dark meat off of a 19lb bird.
That was after accomplishing THIS traditional workout of mine
, which I do every Thanksgiving: max rep trap bar pulls with 135lbs. This year, I managed 301, which is not a PR for reps, but IS a PR at my current bodyweight
And, of course, that doesn’t include ANY overhead work, so this didn’t get to count toward my 180 total minutes in the week…but Chaos is the plan, and sometimes we get to do things off plan.
To work off the hangover of this workout, I did “The Cimmerian Swears to Never Drink Again”
That boiled down to starting with 23 breathing squats, followed by 30 minutes of cleaning a 100lb keg and pressing it overhead, switching sides each time, for a total of 118 reps.
I also made up my own kettlebell complex here
Boiled down to burpee into single arm clean and press into single arm front squat. I went for 150 rounds of that with a 20kg bell.
And then, on Sunday, for recovery, I did a combination of GI Jane and Pukie Brewster WODs, which is 100 burpee chins followed by 100 burpees
Here, I was bring pretty liberal regarding “putting stuff over my head”, because it’s only my hands that are moving there…but my shoulders were nuked when it was done.
Earlier in the week, short on time, I did “In Chains”, which was breathing squats with chains followed by 10 minutes of EMOM pressing chains overhead (first 5 rounds was sets of 10, last 5 was sets of 5)
This one was cute: “Unscrupulous Mercenary Among Waring Empires”
Gave it that name because I was alternating between Turkish Get Ups and Viking Thrusters. 40 minutes, EMOM do a viking thruster w/90lbs loaded on axle, between thrusters do Turkish get-ups. Add a thruster per round until you get beat by the clock, then start over at one. Absolutely torches the shoulders.
And also had some little quick workouts in there. This one has potential: do a burpee, then clean and single arm press a kettlebell
Similar to that complex I posted earlier: just simpler.
Already mentioned some of the feasting, but let me include yet ANOTHER example of meat and eggs: leftover turkey thigh (which gives you perspective on just how damn big our bird was) alongside 4 fried eggs. Funny story about the eggs: I brought them home from the grocery store, the carton slipped out of my hand and 4 of the eggs had cracks in their shell. The Mrs just fried them right up, figuring no point in wasting them. That’s MY kind of problem solving. Both covered in grassfed sour cream
Also, got my doe processed from my hunt, so expect venison to feature pretty regularly in my meat and eggs here
AAAAAAnd I weighed in at 174.8 this morning, which is up 8lbs. Everything is working well: strength and size are up, conditioning is solid, and training is chaotic while nutrition is fantastic.
I do a submission grappling tournament on Sunday. First time I’ve grappled since 2005. Definitely some chaos in the plan there.