Today began as one that would be a bit of a challenge, and I am ALWAYS up for a challenge. But, it slowly turned into a whole lot more than that. To start, I decided to go against what I had written and hit the pool. Now, if you haven't read or talked with me about this before, I am flat out NOT good in water. But, I need to do this for a couple reasons: I am planning on competing in an IronMan triathlon next November, and I kind of need to know how to swim for that. And I am feeling pretty sure that swimming will be incorporated into the competitive world of CrossFit very soon. Oh right, one more reason: it's so damn good for you! Getting in the water on a somewhat regular basis will do wonders for your body and mind (another post topic for sure!). So, a little warm up, then 10x100 and a cool down. Not crazy by any means (actually that is a swimmer warm up...) but I was about done after that.
Next came a bit of a fun one. I wrote up a sweet looking chipper for my noon-guys yesterday and I really wanted to give it a try. So, I did:
- do 2 rounds of 15 reps each for time -
Box jumps 24"
KB swings 53"
Sit up ball throw 20#
Left arm DB push press 60#
Right arm db push press 60#
Burpee broad jumps
This got me big time. I finished in 15 minutes on the button and couldn't catch my breath, or any form of shoulder comfort for a good 5+ minutes. But a really fun one all the same; the 1-arm push presses to pull ups back and forth was a pretty challenging test of push/pull endurance.
After consuming mas amounts of calories I headed into the city to meet up with my good buddy, and old training partner Dan. He convinced me to join him for a workout at LaLanne Fitness. I seriously considered not doing this, but programmed in was a nice body-weight workout and I felt as though that would be tough, but fine enough. Man did things turn around on me fast! Turns out that the Wednesday at 6:30pm is the bad-ass workout at LaLanne, and I was in for a treat. Real quick, a little about this place (not in too much detail because I'll be visiting here as part of my CrossFit Community Month in a few weeks!). This place sits in the middle of the city and has such an awesome set up. A great pull up rig lines the half the right side, followed by a literal stack of of dumbbells, plates and bars. They have rings, ropes, tires, everything you'd ever need to get after it in CrossFit style. The people, well, just about what I would expect from a CrossFit gym, all welcoming, open, nice and intense as hell once "go" is called. Here's what was written up for us:
For Time do:
30 wall balls 20#
30 ground to overhead anyhow 95#
30 KB swing 2 pood (70#)
30 overhead squats 95#
30 ground to shoulders 95#
Ugh. Great. The crazy part was that they actually wrote up another workout that we could potentially do after this one. I knew this would be the end of me, so I figured I'd give it whatever I had left in my system. I finished in a horribly painful 11:18 and was more spent then I have felt in longer then I can remember. But I'll tell you what, to be able to workout with a big group of hardcore CrossFitters was so great! I miss that motivation and extra pump I get when training with others, and this group was AWESOME!
Thanks so much to Chris and the entire group out there, I can't wait to come back out to workout with you guys!
Tomorrow is a HUGE rest day and I have a couple posts I really want to get working, so I'll be writing a good deal. Looking forward to a chill day. I am done!
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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