Monthly Archives: April 2011

Slow and Steady?

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Started the evening off practicing Pistols. Yeah…I’m not very good at this! That’s me in the back with the blue shirt and black pants. My knees start to bother me when I put too much weight on one. Lunges hurt for the same reason. Plus, I’m a bit of a clutz!

Photo by Shane

 
The WOD…oh the WOD. Have I mentioned how much I hate burpees? Yes, yes I have.
 
21-15-9
Burpees
Push Press (65#, dropped to 45#)
Abmat Sit Ups
 
So, the WOD started off with my beloved burpees. I did ok up until about #10-12, then I started stepping back instead of jumping. The last round found me getting on my knees to get back up on the last few. It just takes everything out of me when we do a ton of burpees. I lost count on round two so I did extra just to make sure I hit 15.
 
I started the push press at 65#. The prescribed weight was 75#. It was quite heavy for me but I wanted to be able to do the 65# for the entire workout. The first round ate up a lot of time because I’d have to do 3-4 and put the bar down, regroup, and start again. By the time I got into #4 on my second round I was already being lapped by the others. So, I took the weight off and finished with just the bar. I’m pretty sure I could have finished with the 65# but I would have been wayyyy slower than everyone else. As it was, they were all finishing their WOD as I was finishing my second round. I finished in 16:16. ehhh. Not great…but oh well. Eventually, I’ll build up my upper body strength and be able to push through some of these workouts.
 

Photo by Shane. I need to get my butt lower.

 

Photo by Shane. I look a little crooked!

The Abmat sit ups provided a nice little break. I don’t find them that difficult unless we’re having to knock out 40-50 in a row. Who would have thought that I’d want to do sit ups to catch a breather while working out?! hahaha…
 

The Torture Continues

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A: Skill work “Handstands” complete 4 sets of 30 second holds

B: AMRAP 20min of:
5 Deadlifts (95#)
10 Knees to Elbows
15 Wallball Shots (10#)

My legs were tired and sore from yesterday’s workout so I wasn’t thrilled to see more squats on the agenda for today! The skill work was tough but I was able to hold it the whole 30 seconds this time. It had been quite a long time since we’ve worked on handstands. I’m still 3 feet from the wall with my hands, but eventually I’ll get in closer. Once I’m up on the wall I can’t move my hands back. I’m doing good to stay put!

The WOD was making my quads scream. I ended up getting in 7 rounds. The last round I finished the 15th wallball shot with 1 second left on the clock. So, I was close to not completing it. I was hoping to get more and most everyone else had 9-11 rounds, but I was having some issues! The knees to elbows were tough because my grip kept failing. I’d get in three lifts and have to step back on the box to wipe my hands off and go again. I was even wearing my grips. Guess I was just too sweaty! I lost a lot of time on those. The wallballs were hard for me too. I made sure I was using a 10# ball this time because last time the 12# was a little too heavy and I want to move up from the 8# ball. While they weren’t pretty, I did better this time on my wallballs than last time. My form was better and my back wasn’t as sore. However, I got to where I did 5 and rested a bit, then did the next 5, and so on. I did take quite a few stops, but I didn’t wait as long. The goal is to push through without any breaks but sometimes I just have to catch my breath and get more oxygen in my lungs. 

I was going to go up to the gym tomorrow to work on my form but my legs are trashed. I think I’ll take a rest day so I’m somewhat better off on Thursday.

Butt Kicking

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Yep…that’s what it was. The WOD looked relatively tame, but it wasn’t.

WOD:
3 Rounds
2 Minutes Each
Front Squats (55#)
Box Jumps (12″)
1 Minute Rest

At the end all of my reps were added up for each round. The point was to get the highest number possible. The picture says it all…I didn’t do very well:

The front squats were rough the first round. My back started getting tired and it was hard to keep correct form. The last round was torture. The box jumps sucked, as usual! Since my breathing is getting bad again it’s even harder to push through. My body isn’t getting enough oxygen to push as hard as I was pushing before. I’m trying to cut out all nightshades to see if that will help minimize the inflammation in my throat. I hope it works!

I finished the day up with 30 GHD Sit Ups. These were tough too since I made sure I went all the way back so I could touch the floor with my hand then all the way back up.

Helen

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Whewie…Helen is a bitch!

WOD:
3 Rounds
400 Meter Run
21 Kettlebell Swings (35#)
12 Pull Ups

Finished in 16:12

Tonight’s workout was a killer. The runs get me every time and when they have them at the beginning of the workout it zaps me. However, I was happy with my kettlebell swings tonight. Last time they were hard to do and I had to stop often with the same weight. Tonight I only had to rest a couple of times. I was also able to do decent pull ups using the black band. My run is the main thing slowing me down this time!

Afterward we did 50 Floor Sweepers and 25 GHD Sit Ups. I got a raging headache as I was heading home. After eating some almonds it finally faded away.

I hope everyone has a great Easter Weekend!

What a Good Day!

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Since Mike and I had dentist appointments today I was able to sleep in an hour. Once I hauled my butt out of bed, I decided to weigh myself and see how things were going. I stepped on the scale and Yeehaw!! The day was off to a great start.

You’ll have to excuse my bruised toenail. It’s kinda nasty looking. Anyway, how does this compare with last month?

  3/25/2011 4/20/2011
Body Fat Weight: 73.0 lbs 69.1 lbs
Body Fat %: 36.2% 35.3%
Body H20: 46.5% 47.1%
Bone Mass: 6.9% 6.9%

I’ll do my measurements either tonight or tomorrow. My father is coming in tomorrow for the weekend! So excited about that!

The dentist checkup came back great. No cavities or anything else to worry about. So, it was off to work in my new SIZE 14 dress!! That’s right, apparently I’ve gone down another size to a 14. I grabbed some jeans this weekend and decided to get a pair of 14s as motivation. Well, when I tried them on they fit! As did both size 14 dresses I bought (at 50% off too!).

Another One Bites the Dust

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Tonight’s workout kicked my ass up the street and back again. When we got there Shane and Neil were trying overhead squats with the same set up that Jennifer and I tried the back squats with. They were struggling with the kettlebells bouncing around! Very impressive.

We did some skill work on Squat Cleans using the 45# bar. Again, I kept hitting my neck. Maybe I need heavier weight to keep from doing that.

WOD:
4 Rounds
20 Kettlebell Swings (35#)
15 Wall Balls (12# first 2 rounds, 8# last 2) (I think it was 2/2 may have been 1/3)
10 Back Extensions
200 Meter Weighted Run (12# med ball)

Shane had turned the clock off, so I don’t know my official time but I’m guessing it was around 26:00.  Of course, I was last again. My form went to shit on the last round. It wasn’t a good workout for me. My lower back was/is shredded.  Shane told me that I had to build those muscles up too, which I can honestly say they’re getting quite a workout between last week’s and this week’s workouts.

This is how I felt afterward. And yes…there is still sweat dripping from my hair.

Oh, and I wasn’t able to do a kipping pull up. In my head I should be able to but when it comes to execution, I fail.