Hahaha…. I just love this grumpy little guy!
My body is a wreck. It’s still pretty early in the week, and I already am feeling super beat up. So, on days like today (that mark the middle(ish) of the week), I like to have a nice carby and sugary cheat meal to give myself a little break. So today was mini kit-kats and Ben&Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie ice cream. Gotta say, the bag of mini kit-kats was half-air (RIP OFF!!!!!) and the ice cream wasn’t that great, so I didn’t eat much of it. Bummer. Oh well…
This morning started off with a great met-con. It involved 2 longer rows, and I could definitely see improvements in my row because of all the endurance work I’ve been doing. So that’s always a nice feeling!!!!
20 DB Swings (I used 40#)
20 Pull ups
20 Thrusters (I used 70# w/ a fat bar)
Like I said yesterday, it was a nice touch sprinting across the basketball court and running up a couple flights of stairs to get to the rower. I tried with every ounce of my being to either match and maybe even beat my first 1000m row the second time around, but I just couldn’t. I fell short by 3 seconds.
Rest 6-7 minutes, then….
3 Reps of The Bear Complex (135/95)
My lungs at this point were about to burst. I was shocked that after 2 reps of the bear complex I was already breathing heavy. And everything still burned (MY FRICKIN’ LEGS!!!)… and when everything burns, burpees suck complete and total ass. So yeah, this kind of hurt even though it didn’t take very long. Took a short break, then..
Barbell Row: 2 sets x 8 reps, 1 set x 6 reps (GO HEAVY ON THESE WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE ACTUAL MOVEMENT… I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I SEE PEOPLE START TO USE THEIR ENTIRE BODY TO GET THE BAR MOVING!)
Free standing Handstand Hold/ Handstand Walk Practice: 10 minutes
As difficult and tedious as it has been to master snatching and clean and jerking, all the gymnastics movements I never thought I could do, and basically everything that is Crossfit… handstand walking is BY FAR the hardest thing that I’m learning to master. BAR NONE.
Night time session….
*Set 1 – 10 reps @ 55% of 1-RM
*Set 2 – 10 reps @ 65%
*Set 3 – 6 reps @ 75%
*Set 4 – 8 reps @ 80%
*Set 5 – 6 reps @ 85%
These were all conventional, and then I got yelled at for tapping the ground (I was in a crappy regular gym doing this….)
Knowing that my last set was supposed to be at 95%, I wasn’t about to try to not tap the ground and then have to lower the bar to the ground after my set was over. I don’t feel like breaking my back, thank you very much. So I went down in weight and messed around with sumo deadlifts…
Sumo Deadlift: 5 sets x 3 reps @ ~ 75%-85% 1RM
I must say, sumo deadlifts are much easier on my back. Will I make the switch? Probably not, but sometimes it’s fun to try something different. My back just hurt a lot today so I figured I’d try out sumo-style to see if it would relieve any of the pressure.
And that’s it for today. I’m feeling extra tired, extra sluggish, and because I basically don’t sleep, my muscles just HURT. I was thinking a lot about how much time I am currently putting in and if I should maybe be putting in more.. and immediately shook that idea out of my head. It’s really hard to listen to how other people go about their training, especially if they’re a really great athlete. You probably listen to them and feel like you have to match them and maybe even do more. Well, everyone is different. A 3.5 hour session 5 or 6 times a week may work well for some people. Training 5 days a week and doing 2-a-days 3 times a week may be more than enough for some. It all depends. Don’t pay attention to what anyone is doing. If you’re improving and seeing your numbers progress nicely, then you know whatever program you’re doing is working.
Have fun! 😀