Go Hard

WEDNESDAY 7.2.14
SWOD: 10 min to work up to 90% clean and jerk
4 min amrap at 75% clean and jerk

WOD: 20 min amrap (As many reps as possible)
min 1 – calorie row
min 2 – burpees

Forget the SWOD. This WOD was the longest 20 minutes in my life!!!!

Rarely during a WOD do I look at the clock, but today I snuck a peek.

Through the sweat burning the mess out of my eyes, I could barely see the time.

I started out so strong, but by the end, I felt like a helpless and weak fish laying on a boat deck, who fought a hard battle and lost! Lol!! For real!!

When I finished, I stood hunched over in front of the huge orange floor fan, palms resting on my thighs, while laughing and reminding myself why I love the torture.

We counted burpees and rowed for calories then combined the total score.

Burpees:  109
Calories:  108

Total:  217

Don’t be deceived by the number. We worked our butts off today. I wore the right shirt.

shirt

Seriously, you either love CrossFit or you hate it.

The key to a steady fitness routine is to try different regimes (yoga, boot camp type class, spinning, CrossFit, weight training, walking, biking, or something else). Pick two or three that you enjoy and mix it up weekly. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

Happy 4th of July and enjoy the weekend!

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Tuesday’s WOD

Row 1000 M

40 Back Squats (135/115) (95/75)

30 Pull Ups

20 T2B (Toes to bar)

Rest 4 Mins

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Prowler push (Modified due to class size)

25 pounds on sled 20 yard shuttle (10 up/10 back)
Rest as needed between each shuttle.


OMG!!  I actually did T2B (toes to bar) today!!  I was so darn excited that I actually did them that I lost count.

One second I’m gripping and dangling from the bar.  The next second, I look up and my toes are touching the bar!  Holy cow!

Whoop!  Whoop!  Hey! Hey! Hey! At that very moment, I felt like doing a happy dance, but you don’t stop in the middle of a WOD to celebrate.  Progress is a beautiful thing.

T2B require core strength, something I lacked before hitting the gym.  Thanks to seven months of intense training, I whipped my feet up with no problem… not without pausing in between, but gone are the days of knees to chest and elbows are gone.  Yippie!

The 75 lb. back squats were too light. Surprise! Surprise! I stepped away from the bar with the weight on my back expecting a challenge. Nope! I knocked out 4 sets of 10’s with no problems.  Next time, I need to try at least 95 and go from there.

The most challenging part of the WOD was the prowler push.  I didn’t mind the bright sun outside, but by hamstrings were on fire!!  By the time I was into the second 20 yards, I realized I would have to dig deep to complete the 10.

It is great to be back.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that I’m going to be sore tomorrow, but I got such a high from today’s WOD!!  Endorphins, I love you!

I’m taking off tomorrow, but plan to do back in the gym on Thursday and will figure out the rest of the week as I go along.

Until next time!

Smooches and sweet dreams!


Thursday’s WOD

SWOD
Skill: Light snatch technique work – 10 minutes

WOD  15 minutes @ moderate effort

300m Row

60 sec plank hold

100 Single Unders

This afternoon I got high in CrossFit!  Well, at least that’s what I felt like during the WOD.  The rush of doing a little cardio sent my adrenaline into high gear!

Working on my snatch technique was much-needed. Snatches aren’t something I do in my figure training, so I was glad to get some practice reps in. I appreciate the way our trainer broke the technique down into move by move-it helped.

As soon as I positioned my feet and grabbed the handles to row, my heart raced like I was competing in the Olympics or something.  The thing is, I wasn’t looking forward to competing with anyone, I was just looking forward to the euphoric state, the endorphin rush, and the wonderful feeling I get from an intense cardio workout.   It’s my addiction.

The WOD wasn’t overly challenging, but enough for me to breakout into a nasty sweat.  Twenty seconds into my last plank and in the most sinister way, the coach placed a 25 pound weight on my back and another member’s back.

“Don’t move!  Hold it! Only 40 seconds to go.”

Putting myself in a meditative state of mind, I deeply inhaled…  slowly exhaled, concentrated on my body and held on!  By the way, I LOVED every second of it and I’m glad he did it.   Awesome!

Sweet dreams! 🙂


Friday’s WOD… Commitment

Commitment

WOD

Row 300M

21 – 15 – 9  X 3

Box Jumps (24/20)

Pull-ups

Wall Balls (20/14)

– 2 Min Rest –

AMRAP (As many Reps As Possible) until WOD is done

20 Thrusters (75/55)

1 Rope Climb (4 ascents)

100 M Run

Although today was my first WOD in CrossFit for this week, it was not my first workout this week.  On Wednesday and Thursday, I put in 90 challenging minutes each day of working on arms and shoulders. While I realize an hour and half isn’t an unordinary amount of time to spend at the gym, considering my midweek schedule, that’s pretty good.

It’s interesting how on day two, the “ache” in the muscles reaches its peak!  Earlier today, I was talking to a colleague not realizing I held my arms at 90-degree angle.  When I dropped my hands to my side….   Yowza!!!  I thought my little guns were gonna pop!  LOL!

For me, the most challenging part of the WOD were the thrusters.  I broke them down into sets of five (5).  By the time I reached 18, 19, and 20, I had to dig deep.  My friend, fatigue visited and tried to take me out of my game.

For the warm up, we worked in teams: two teams of three people—girls vs. boys.  We rotated anyway we wanted to for 8 min keeping count and trying to perform as many repetitions as possible.

8 Min AMRAP Calories & Burpees

I love that stuff!  Near the end, I worked hard to catch my male counterpart in calories burned while rowing.   I rowed hard like I was sprinting toward a finish line at a track me.  LOL!  If I remember correctly, my calorie count was 109; his 114 or 115.   Darn!!  I wanted so badly to catch and pass him.  Overall the guys barely beat us out.  Notice I said, “barely!”  LOL!

There’s something very cool to me about beating the guys physically at anything!  That’s the silly competitor in me.  I’m pretty sure that it came from my childhood days of playing football and boxing with my male cousins.

Anyways, I enjoyed the WOD, the instructor, and my fellow CrossFitters.  Tomorrow is leg day for me at the gym and a  big football game for my son’s team, so I’m off to finish my laundry.

I still remember the ceramic tile hanging over the sink in my mom’s kitchen,

“A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done!

True dat!

Have a fabulous weekend!


WOD With The Fellas

This picture was taken of me during Thursday's WOD.  I had no idea!  Heey!

This picture was taken of me during Thursday’s WOD. I had no idea! Heey!

SWOD:  6 X 200m Row (Roughly 1.1 Work/Rest)    

WOD:   20 – 15 – 10 – 5

Pull Ups

C & J @ 95/65

T2B

Wall ball

Starting Friday’s 5:30 p.m. work out with an intense row was right up my alley.  Cardio baby!  I just can’t get enough. Loved every minute of it!

Yesterday while I was rowing my little heart out, unbeknown to me, my picture was being taken.   Not bad for an action shot!  I’m told that my back “is beautiful,”  “is ripped,” and  “looks great,” but I haven’t really checked it out.

My results are from eating clean (90% of the time) and consistently working out.  My big cheat… 337!!   According to medical studies, red wine contains resveratrol, which may be good for the heart— in moderation of course.  Okay- this isn’t a wine ad, so I’m done.   But really, if you enjoy a good “Cab,”  I suggest you give it a taste.

Anyway, I need to hurry along in this post.  Tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., I’m working on this lovely back of mine.  Ahh yes, it’s only going to get better.  I’m excited!

Real quick!  Today was my first time taking the 5:30 p.m. class.  Well!  I looked around and I was the only female in the box.  Did I miss the memo?  LOL!

Working out with the fellas is highly motivating for me and it doesn’t matter if I’m running, shooting hoops or anything else.   I’m a subtle competitor who is joyful when I beat a guy at anything!  Sprinting it out across the finish line at the end of a 10-mile run in front of some guy who can’t catch me is an incredible high!  LOL!    Seriously though, guys you are encouraging!

I have to get some rest for tomorrow’s work out.

Sweet Dreams!