That video is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s a baby tiger just roaming around the house like it’s a dog! And it’s super cuddly… oh yeah, and did I mention IT’S A TIGER?!?!?! Watch that video and let your heart melt.
I woke up this morning around 5:30, stood up out of bed, and my entire body sounded like it was creaking. I felt like the Tin Man. I was supposed to go do a little conditioning, but instead I decided that I would have my cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream and crawl back into bed. So that’s exactly what I did. I also had my morning cocktail of vitamins and goodies.
Fish oil pearls, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Probiotics.
I studied for the Behavioral Neuroscience exam that I had… which I’ve been studying for for the last 4 days… and still felt kind of iffy about it. First of all, if you know me well enough, you know that anything science and/or math related is ABSOLUTELY NOT my thing. Trying to get my brain to figure out how these two subjects work is like trying to teach me how to speak Japanese in under an hour. Teachers always say, “with enough practice, anyone can do it.” That’s a bunch of bullshit, okay? Sorry, pardon my language here, but either you’re one of those blessed people who understand it or you’re one of those normal people like myself… who doesn’t understand it. So, needless to say, I felt like the entire exam was written in Japanese. Oh well… life goes on.
Around 9:45 is when my conditioning started. Warmed up real fast and did this little lung buster that doesn’t sound very bad.. but, in true Crossfit fashion… IT WAS ROUGH!!
10 MINUTE AMRAP:
12 BOX JUMPS (24/20)
6 THRUSTERS (115/80)
Your legs will be on fire, and doing those box jumps will feel like a life or death situation. I say that because breathing really hard, your legs being all jello and baby deer-like, and the coordination it takes to do box jumps quickly and efficiently…. gets 100 times harder after you’re 4 or 5 rounds in. I remember glancing at the little clock on my phone (that was counting down from 10 minutes) and it read 5:08. I WAS ONLY HALFWAY DONE?! The halfway point is always the worst, which is why I typically never look at the clock throughout my entire workout. Today, for some reason, I was feeling an extra lung-burning sensation and I literally said to myself “We’re in the home stretch!” (I didn’t say that out loud). So, just for kicks, thought I’d look at the clock to see just how far into the home stretch I was…. apparently, the home stretch wasn’t even in my field of vision yet! Anyway, above is the picture of this wod… in a NORMAL GYM. I have to say, even though you can’t drop any weights, can’t have any music blasting, have to use a crappy little timer on your phone, and oh yeah, do the entire thing by yourself…. it has been the best way for me to build mental (and physical) toughness. It’s not enjoyable to have to do this in between my classes that I hate; It’s not fun having to carry all the equipment into a random room that’s used as a dance studio; and it’s absolutely NOT FUN pushing yourself to your limits by yourself (without hardcore music playing.. hehe). But that’s life sometimes. You buck up and you deal with it and in the end, it’s helpful. It’s like keeping a big scary mean cheetah on a leash. You keep them on a leash for so long, let them build up all sorts of energy and anger, and then you finally let them go, and they are ready to frickin’ rumba. That’s how I feel when I go back home to my crossfit gym, and that’s how I felt before the wods on the day of my competition a few weeks ago.
8 ROUNDS (4 MINUTES)
20 SECONDS ON, 10 SECONDS REST
Weighted Wide Grip Pull Ups: 7 sets x 3 reps (Started at 25# and added 2.5 pounds every set. On the last set, though, I used 45 pounds instead of 40. These felt strong today.)
Later on is the stuff that I wasn’t really looking forward to. I was beyond exhausted and there wasn’t an inch of my body that didn’t seem to ache. That’s the name of the game, though, so I went and did what I needed to do. With the snatch, because I want every last millimeter to be ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS AND PERFECT, I have been doing everything with basically an empty bar. Yep, you read that right. For the last few weeks now, I probably haven’t gone over 75 pounds. Yes, this gets really boring and tedious, but there is absolutely NO POINT in adding weight to the bar if your form isn’t 1000000000% beautifully perfect and right-on at an extremely light weight. Build up your strength in other areas (KEEP ON SQUATTING!!!!) and trust the process. The process can be daunting, but just roll with it.
Muscle Snatch: 5 sets x 3 reps
Snatch High Pull: 3 sets x 5 reps
Snatch High Pull + Power Snatch: 3 sets x 3 reps
Hang Snatch: 3 sets x 3 reps
AND THEN, FINALLY…. (I FEEL LIKE THERE’S A LOT OF “AND THEN”s TODAY…)
*Set 1 – 5 reps @ 80%
*Set 2 – 3 reps @ 85%
*Set 3 – 1 rep @ 90%
*Set 4 – 5 reps @ 85%
*Set 5 – 3 reps @ 90%
*Set 6 – 1 rep @ 95%
SKILL WORK : DOUBLE UNDERS
That’s all for today guys. I’m tired and probably will be hibernating in my bed watching Netflix until tomorrow morning, where it’s a whole lot of running, rowing, and whatever other torturous movements I have up my sleeve!