Wednesday 7/11 WOD at PCF

By the way, definitely had 7.11oz of free slurpee today in honor of 7/11. It was an awesome cheat and I have no regrets. I’ve eaten very well for the day/week and went to Crossfit today, so I’m not worried about it at all, and am actually happy I indulged. Take that, world! As long as it doesn’t become a habit, I am all about wisely-programmed cheattreats and rewards. In the wise words of Christmas Abbott: “I have to have my reward.  If I eat well all week, I get my cupcake on Friday.  That is how I operate.” Love it!

Strength:

  • Strict Press 5-5-5-5: 35-45-50(4)-50(3)-45. Lucky me, two days in a row of strength movements I strongly dislike! I could not get up to 5 reps at 50lbs. My shoulders are so gassed from yesterday’s push presses and single arm snatches, so I’m hoping next week to get 50 up and maybe even 55. Ambitious, but definitely possible!

WOD: 11:17

21-18-15-12-9 for time of:

Have I explained that kind of WOD yet? It’s usually “21-15-9” but someone accidentally-on-purpose added an extra 18+12 reps in there. You start with the first movement, KB swings in this case, and do 21 reps. Then move to the second, air squats, and do 21 reps. Finish with 21 reps of the push press. Then, you move back to the KB swings and do 18 reps, 18 air squats, 18 push presses, and keep going until you’ve done the last set of 9 reps of each.
Or, if you’re awesome like me and totally can’t keep track of your shit during a workout, you end up doing the 12 round twice. Yes, I did that. I didn’t realize it until the very end of the push presses when I realized “hey, last round I did two sets of 6 also..and 12 KBs..and 12 air squats..SHIT.” But I really wanted to finish out by doing the 9 round, so I just went for it and decided that the extra round wouldn’t kill me. And it didn’t, yay!
The KB swings were awesome and I did every set unbroken, all to full extension. The air squats were air squats and I really focused on not letting my knees buckle in towards the center when I got tired, which is a really bad habit I have that gave me knee pain last time I did them (none from today, yay again!). The push presses felt really easy throughout the workout, mainly because I was really driving the weight up super hard every time, but now my traps and shoulders are smokedddd. I think I could have added another 5lbs, but right as I had that thought the clock started. Great workout and hoping I won’t be too sore to go tomorrow as well. 
Bonus! Post-WOD sweatyface!

Tuesday 7/10 WOD at PCF

Do you guys all love my lack of writing?! Of course, when I first launched this on Friday, I wasn’t expecting to spend most of Saturday-Monday in a complete meltdown from school-induced stress. But I’m back and stronger than ever! It takes more than one class to bring me down!!…I think/hope.

Anyway, to recap over the past two days fitness-wise, I had dance class yesterday and Crossfit today. I took pictures at dance last night, so expect to see some pictures either tonight or tomorrow evening, depending on how my studying schedule pans out. My hands have been stickier than normal, which is awesome, but my body has been less-so, so I’ve been having a really hard time with any moves that require body stick; unfortunately that includes pretty much anything that I want to be working on. I was planning on going for a run with Tyler this morning, but my back felt wonky after dance and I woke up with it slightly sore, so knowing I was heading to Crossfit later I decided to pass. Crossfit today was awesomely awful. Are you ready for this?

Strength:

  • Snatch High Pull 3-3-3-3: 70-75-75-75. These are awful. I feel like my form is so bad that it keeps me from being able to do more weight. I hate the basic snatch lift and any form of it, so I tend to avoid it when I’m working on my own lifting. I need to stop that, because I’m really awful and haven’t progressed with this lift as much as I should. When you hate something, you do less of it on your own time. Usually you hate it because you’re bad at it. Therefore, you never get good at it, and hate it more. I need to break this cycle!!

WOD for Time: 14:44

I’m putting the explanation for it behind a break because the write-out of it is long and awful, even though it wasn’t the most grueling workout.

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Rest Week and Friday 7/6 WOD at PCF

I decided to take some time off to let my calves/possible shin splints cool off a little bit. It seems like every WOD I did while at the beach included either double unders or running, so they have been feeling extra-strained. That, coupled with the holiday yesterday and wanting to spend all of my free time with my man after being away for so long, made for the perfect rest period that flew by. I’m aware of the slight soreness in my left inner calf after doing things as simple as climbing stairs or walking for longer than 5 minutes at a time, so I have a feeling that side is going to be a problem.

I went into Patriot Crossfit in Arlington today, and got a chance to talk to my favorite trainer, Erika, about my shins. She said that the location I’m having issues with is due to double unders, and to just be smart about it and we can work around them in the upcoming week or so. Also, she said to be careful with the lunges in today’s WOD, and to consider doing them at bodyweight instead of with a 35lb kettlebell, as prescribed. This was a hard decision, because I knew that I am capable of doing them with the KB, but in the warmup we did lunges with a 35lb bar racked on our back and that felt slightly nasty on my calves once I started to get a little tired.

Strength:

Work up to one heavy set of 5 deadlifts, adding 5-10lbs from last week: 135lbs. I could not get 140 off the ground, let alone my normal 5rep max of 145, to save my life. Disappointing, but after a week of rest and almost 2 weeks from doing any deadlifts at all, I guess it’s not too surprising. Hoping by next week I’ll be back to 145, and by the following I’ll be able to push up to 150.

WOD for Time: 10:48

  • 1000m Row
  • 50 35lb KB Lunges
  • 50 35lb KB Swings

That was my first time rowing 1000m! I kept a very steady pace and was extremely pleased with how good I felt once I hit 750m, and powered through the last 250m with no problem. My rowing form has improved exponentially and I don’t hate it anymore! Yay! I finished the row in 4:28, which is really awesome and I’m super proud of that. I started the lunges with the kettlebell and after the first 5 my left leg started aching. I briefly considered dropping down to a 20lb dumbell, but decided that I should listen to Erika and just go body weight. They were still rough and my legs feel completely toasted, but I’m still a little bitter I didn’t go for it. Then, I moved onto my first time doing full American KB swings at 35lbs since hurting my back. I did the first 25 in that style, then dropped down to Russians for the last 25, really focusing on speed bringing the kettlebell back down. I figured that it would be better to not go balls out and try to do 50 unbroken American KB swings my first time back at them, for fear of injury again, but I’m very pleased that I was able to knock out both sets of 25 unbroken. This workout was up and down, but I had a lot of small victories so I can’t let the small disappointments bring me down!!

Friday 6/29 WOD at CFC

WOD: AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible)

I think it was called “The Rockaway,” but I forgot to write it down!

  • 5 minutes Handstand Push-Ups: I scaled to doing slow and controlled, full-range handstand push-up negatives, and one long hold in a handstand for the last 45seconds.
  • 4 minutes Air Squats
  • 3 minutes Push-Ups: this is SO IMPORTANT for everyone to watch a video on proper push-up form. I almost never see people go all the way chest-to-deck. I will do a full write up on this at some point.
  • 2 minutes Kettlebell Swings: first time doing KB swings full-range since tweaking my back a month or so back!
  • 1 minute Pull-Ups

Looks easy enough, right? WROOOOONG. Man, by the end of the first 5 minutes my shoulders were completely SHOT from the HSPUs. The air squats were a welcome “active rest” period, the push-ups were completely awful due to the HSPUs previously, the KB swings were great and I felt very strong using my hips as the driving force, and the pull-ups just about killed me. For the HSPUs, as I previously stated, I went to negatives and a hold. HSPUs: 25 + one 45 second handstand hold, air squats: 105, push-ups: 15 strict + 35 knees when form failed, for total of 50, kettlebell swings with 12kg/24lb: 48, pull-ups: a good ol’ whoppin’ 6, but they were unassisted.

So, how do you run a total for this? I guess adding everything without the hold, my total was 234. It was a quick, 15min workout that completely rocked my shoulders and quads. Pretty great! Tomorrow is Crossfit Carteret’s open house, and I’m hoping I’ll be participating in some of the demo-WODs that they’ll be doing throughout the early afternoon. I love working out with them so much! Sad to leave on Sunday!!

Thursday 6/28 WOD at CFC

Strength:

12 min EMOTM Max Effort L-Sit on Rings: At the beginning of each minute, get up into an L-Sit or Ring Support with tucked knees, and hold as long as possible. Rest until the next minute begins, and repeat. I moved from L-Sit to Tucked Ring Support to Ring Support pretty quickly. Shoulders were completely gassed. Held at least 10 second every round, until the last two where I was up and down a few times to total about 15 seconds.

Then:

Partner WOD:

30 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible in 30 minutes): 289, Rx’d

One partner runs 400m while the other partner completes as many medicine ball cleans as possible in that time. Once the 400m run is completed, partners switch. Continue for 30 minutes. Your score is the total amount of medicine ball cleans completed.

This was freaking BRUTAL. The L-Sits were painful at best, and running in the hot humid weather was awful. My partner was another female out-of-towner who was a beast, and really helped our score. She steadily averaged about 5-8 more medicine ball cleans per round than I did, which could have been because of how awful the running was for me. I learned today that I’m not very good at running on uneven terrain. That will make for a fun Tough Mudder this September! Not…eh. I ended up running a total of 2 miles (~3200m). Whew! I’m fairly happy with my performance. If I had scaled the weight on the cleans a little I would have felt better and accomplished more, but I’m glad I pushed through, in the end.

In other news: I’m doing some reading and unfortunately I think my “extremely sore weird area of my inner legs/calves” might end up being shin splints. I really hope that’s not the case, because I don’t want to rest/ice/do burpees instead of run or doubleunders while they heal. Ugh. When I get back into Northern Virginia I’m going to pop into the box I go to in Arlington and ask my favorite trainer what she suggests. I really hope it’s just sore muscles in a spot I’ve never worked before. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday 6/26 WOD at CFC

Strength: 

Clean and Jerk, focusing on split jerk-work up to three heavy sets of three (you’ll see me write this as 3-3-3, eventually): 50-60-70lbs

Then:

Clean (just the first part of the C&J, seen above)
5 cleans EMOTM for 5 Min (EMOTM: “Every Minute On The Minute”): 65lbs
3 EMOTM for 5 Min: 70lbs
1 EMOTM for 5 Min: 75lbstried 80 but failed and backed down. Didn’t have it in me.

THEN:

WOD for Time: 18:57

21-15-9-15-21
Pretty stoked on this entire workout. This was the first time in a while that I clean&jerked, and one of the first times going heavy enough that I felt the need to really split jerk. Split jerking allows you to get under the weight faster, turning the lift more about the “pop” you get from your legs, and less about arm strength. The split jerk is completed when both legs are brought back to neutral, underneath you.

The cleans for the EMOTM part were more challenging than expected. I really gassed myself on the c&j’s, and I’m sad I wasn’t able to get 80lbs up. Next time! The third 75lb clean of the 5 minute set went up a little wonky. I kept the bar too close, smashed it up into my chest which killed my elbow momentum, and the bar landed smack on my sternum. I was able to pop it up into the normal position on my shoulders, but damn it hurt. I have a nice shiner from it today

Ouch.

The WOD was so great. I was able to push myself to only rest once in the middle of each set of burpees, and not at all in the 9-rep round. The pullups were…pullups. My grip started failing on the second 15-rep round, and I had to take it down to sets of 3-5 instead of 7-8 like I had done for the previous rounds. I could have probably done this with only one thin band, but it would have taken me much longer. I think I scaled appropriately in order to get a good speed going while still feeling challenged. Rocked out the last 21 burpees, feeling that “LAST SET! EVERYTHING YOU GOT! GO GO GO!!” rush, and felt awesome for getting sub-19 minutes. Another awesome experience with Crossfit Carteret!

Self-WOD, Beach Style.

I am currently vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for 10 days. Thankfully, the last time I was down here I decided on a whim to search for a crossfit gym in this area, and came up with Crossfit Carteret in Beaufort, NC. I am planning on writing up a detailed review of their gym after this trip, but every experience I have had with them since has been amazing.

They are closed on Sundays and I couldn’t make it in yesterday morning, so I decided to create a little somethin’-somethin’ using bodyweight exercises that I could do in the driveway area of where I’m staying. Here is what I came up with:

5 Rounds for Time of:

  • 30 Double Unders (exactly like jumping rope as a child, except the rope goes around twice for every one jump)
  • 20 Air Squats (hips must go below the crease of the knees; no assistance from arms to stand up)
  • 10 Jumping Lunges (5 on each leg, technically)
  • 5 Strict Push-Ups (chest must make full contact with the ground before pushing back up)
  • 1 150m Sprint (I use RunningMap to plan out the distances for all of my runs)

I didn’t think this would be all that bad. It was. The jumprope went rogue on the third round and I ended up whipping myself across the eye and cheekbone (didn’t even know that was possible), it was 89 degrees with no breeze and humid as all hell from the storm that passed through last night, and I was working out alone. These three factors all definitely impacted my results, but I finished in 19:50, and did all 25 of the push-ups in standard plank form instead of from my knees, which was actually my first time doing that in a WOD. I’m a pull-er, not a push-er, gimme a break. I am looking forward to trying this again in a month or so and seeing the difference!

Anyway, this was a pretty awesome workout. It just goes to show that even armed with nothing other than your cellphone and a jump rope you can still get a great workout in. Give it a go, try to beat my time, and let me know how you do!