This Is Why I Love The Summer

When I woke up this morning, it took me a bit more time than usual to get into the swing of things.  Why?

Because yesterday, I was determined to get weight training AND cardio in.  I walked on the gym floor at 9:50 a.m. and did back.  If I remember correctly, I did:

  1. Pull up assist – wide grip – 3 sets of 15
  2. Pull up assist – narrow grip – 3 sets of 15
  3. Body rows using the Smith Machine – 3 sets of 10 Ugh!
  4. Lat Pull down – wide grip – 3 sets of 12
  5. Lat Pull down – narrow grip – 3 sets of 12
  6. Barbell upright row – 3 sets of 10
  7. T-Bar row – 3 sets of 12
  8. Seated cable row – 3 sets of 12
  9. Face pulls on capable machine – 3 sets of 12
  10. Rope pull (standing) 30 sec. superset with 10 push ups x 4

My muscles were fried, but I got in my car and drove about 20 minutes to the Ocean City Bridge.  Although it was hot as heck out, the bridge stands high over the water so there was a constant breeze.

Oh yeah!  I did some ab work too!  Just three different exercises… all together about 310 reps.  All but 75 were using weights.  Lol!

bridge

The bridge has a nice walkway and fishing pier underneath. I thought this perspective was cool!

I changed sneakers and ran the bridge! “Running the bridge” means you run the bridge, turn around and run back over it again. Lol!  Some people say I’m nuts, but I am a fitness junkie, enthusiasts or whatever else you can come up with.  I love working out, especially when time is not an issue.

This is why I love the summer!  

I can workout for as long as I want to! 🙂

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The last time I ran the bridge was last summer. Since my summer break (June 26), I have wanted to run the bridge, so you can image how excited I was yesterday.  I think this was also my first real run (outside of crossFit) this year.

I took it slow.  Didn’t want to hurt myself.  My time was actually a little better because my iPod locked and I spent a few minutes fumbling with it.

Anyways… the run was heavenly!!  I felt free and on top of the world!  A hot sunny day, running across a bridge that, less than a year ago, I was terrified to run.  Thanks to my friend Nicole, the bridge isn’t an issue anymore.  Ha!!  How about that!!

So, today I did crossFit.  Yeah, my quads, shoulders, abs and back were sore, but I knew once I got moving, I’d be fine.

SWOD: 10-15 Min to work up to 1 rm Snatch – I worked on perfecting my snatched, so I practiced at 75 pounds which was plenty.

WOD: 18 Min – EMOM (Every min on the min)

Min 1- 20 m sled push
Min 2- 10 kb clean and jerk + Lunge 5L/5R
Min 3- 20 double under/ 5 HSPU (handstand push up)

My double under’s aren’t so hot, so to keep the momentum, I did 40 singles.  Using a box, I did my hand stand push ups.

So after the WOD, the coaches decided that we needed to do a buy out. Yuck!

Buyout

3 Rounds

20 Abmats
20 Russian Twists
20 Hollow Rocks

Stick a fork in me, I was and still am done!

I’m headed to bed now.  The “plan” is to workout early tomorrow morning. How early? Umm… 5 a.m.!

Sweet dreams and keep it movin’!

Try And Triumph

I did the 9:30 morning crossFit class today. After warm ups, we started with five minutes of butterfly pull up practice.  I didn’t think much of it because I’m accustomed to meeting the bar half way only to fail without a band.

As usually, I say, what the heck and I give it a try with a lot of UMPH….

try

Image courtesy of POPSUGAR Fitness on Pinterest

Instead of using a box to reach up to the high bar, I jumped up to grab the bar and immediately started my Kipping practice.  Focusing on the movement I practice moving the hips forward, then backward.

Guess what?  After a dose of inspiration (watching fellow crossFit chicks knock out several butter fly pull ups), I gave an extra umph…

Whatta you know….

My chin touched the bar!!!!!

Oooooh…my….gosh!!  High fives and cartwheels are in order!  Who knew that the kipping would get me up there?  Lol!!  Everyone but me.  🙂

The rest of the SWOD was:

3 strict, 3 butterfly, 3 c2b (chest to bar)

With the assistance of green ban, I completed the 5 rounds above.

Moving on to today’s WOD.

WOD:

15-12-9-6-3

Hang Snatch 95/65  75/55   65/45

OHS (Overhead Squat) 95/65   75/55    65/45

Ring Dips

My first 15 hang snatches, I did with 55 pounds; however, by the count of 10, I began to compromise my form, so I removed the weight and used only the 35 pound bar. My form improved so I completed the WOD without using weights.

Also, I knew that I would struggle with the OHS lifting 55 pounds, so I did it the safe and most effective way.

I completed the ring dips with the assistance of a band but that didn’t stop the sweat from rolling.  As I moved from station to station, the volume of sweat intensified.  Hair, clothes, sneaks, and the floor; all soaked.   I feel disgusting but love the sweat pouring from my body.  Sick right?  You’ve gotta love working out to appreciate these moments.

Yes, there was a buy out, which was all ab work.  Sorry, I can only remember the name of one: abmat sit ups.  We did two rounds of 25 reps of three different ab exercises.  My abs were on fire the entire time.

Every day that I awake to see the sun shine, breath in fresh air, move about freely on my own, and spend time with my family is really a good day.  Successfully performing my first butterfly pull up made the day especially good.

I’m here to say, don’t give up and keep it movin’!  🙂

 

Friday’s WOD

 

Obsession, commitment or both?  Just wondering.

Obsession, commitment or both? Just wondering.

Daniel

50 Pull-ups
400 meter run
21 Thrusters 95/65
800 meter run
21 Thrusters 95/65
400 meter run
50 Pull-ups

Refreshing! Now that I am on my summer break, I get to do the morning WOD’s.

With 15 minutes to spare, I dropped B’Dazzle off at camp at 8.15 a.m and made it to the 8:30 a.m. CrossFit class.

The morning clouds were disappointing because hubby and I had plans to hit the beach. Surprisingly the sun appeared about half way through the WOD and I became more energized.

My thrusters are getting better. I completed the thrusters lifting 55 pounds, focusing on form. I did well and broke them down into sets of 10.

Pull-ups were deadly!! I rotated between the blue and green bands but was disappointed that I did not complete more with the blue band. I finished and that’s what matters.

After completing the workout, I left the floor to retrieve my belongings and to cool down. Someone yelled,

“You missed the buyout!”

Oh wow! I had no idea. Silly me. Quickly I picked up a kettlebell and began my sit-ups, Russian twists and two other grueling ab exercises. I finished half way before a group picture and the start of the next class.

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Today’s WOD was the perfect start to a summer weekend.

What’s next? What else but the beach at the Jersey Shore.

First beach day of summer 2014; Ocean City, NJ

First beach day of summer 2014; Ocean City, NJ

Cooling it with hubby under the umbrella.  Summer 2014

Cooling it with hubby under the umbrella. Summer 2014

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend.

 

What Seems Impossible Is Anything But!

Friday’s WOD

“Wittman”
7 rounds
15 kb swing 53/35
15 power clean 95/65
15 box jump 24/20

Rest 5 min

SWOD/buyout
Work up to 3rm for front squat then take 50% of that number and do an unbroken amrap (as many reps as Possible)

The first thing I do when I walk in the door is scan the white board for the days WOD.

Hmm… Whittman. I haven’t done him before. Initial thought, not too bad.  Of course I didn’t see the

7 rounds

15 minutes into the WOD, a puddle of water forms under my bar bell. I realize this is going to be more challenging than I thought. But I felt strong, rested & up for the challenge.

My primary focus was to complete the 105 box jumps without injuring my shins. I did that! Sweet!

My power cleans improved with each round.  Encouragement & critique from the instructor made a world of difference. If you are not careful and get caught up in beating others or just completing the WOD, you risk sacrificing form. Having an instructor who pays attention to members helps to break bad habits, improve form, and prevent injuries. It makes for a better overall experience.

I completed the rounds and felt great. Time: 24:27 (if I remember correctly).  What I didn’t see coming was AMRAP front squats as the buyout. Yikes!

Before starting the front squats, we were told that 34 was the most reps done for the day. I thought that was amazing. After hearing who the beast was that did the 34 squats, I counted myself out.

By squat number 20, I was the only one left doing reps. The instructor snapped at other members to cheer me on, and so they did.

I got to 34 and some mumbled and pleaded,

“one more!”  35!  Ugh!

I hear a male’s voice near me saying,

“You’ve got 40 in you!’

A guy in front off me is giving me cues.  “Use your hips!”  “Look up!”

They were right,

I did 40 unbroken front squats!!!

Their encouragement pumped me to keep going.  I am amazed and happy as ish!  LOL!

34 front squats with 55 lbs.,  seemed impossible.  In actuality, the squats were more than possible.

We, including myself, have to stop setting ridiculous limitations for ourselves.

Decide to blow off that stupid little voice in your head that says, You can’t do that, and just go for it!

By the way, if you’re new to CrossFit and wonder where the names of the WODS come from, they are named after our United States Heroes, who died serving our country. Click here to learn about U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Wittman.   That you Sergeant Wittman for your service!

Thanks for stopping by.  Make it a great day!

Tuesday’s WOD

Row 1000 M

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

30 Pull Ups

20 T2B (Toes to bar)

Rest 4 Mins

Buy Out

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! 🙂