Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cross Fit Total

We did a Cross Fit Total workout at The Cell last night. I didn't have a lot of expectations so I didn't have a goal in mind. Considering I was REALLY out of shape 6 months ago and hadn't been working out regularly since early 2008, I am really proud of my performance! Based on my body weight, I'm about 10-12kg off of the "Intermediate" Benchmark! Wwwooot!

Back Squat - 60kg/65/70x (got the 70kg on a second try but it doesn't count)
Press - 33.5kg/35/37.5x
Deadlift - 80kg/85/90 Personal Best!

Total = 190kg or 418lbs

Here is a Deadlift Sequence - Jason thanks for correcting my technique. It makes all the difference in the world!

I'll be on the road for the next 5.5 weeks and will be visiting Crossfit Vancouver as well as hopefully Brisbane and Gold Coast. I'll also be doing a few workouts on my own in my small hometown so stay tuned for how creative I can get to find somewhere to do pullups!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Row Row Row your boat

This week has been the first stormy week in Perth for the season and Friday it rained so hard that the storm drain wouldn't empty the parking lot water for quite awhile.

The workout of the day went from running to rowing for cardio. I think we would have been bruised if we had gone outside! It was pelting!

WOD - 3 rounds for time (scaled down from 75 squats, 50 situps and 25 burpees)
800m row (instead of run)
50 squats
30 situps
10 burpees

Time: 23:54 mins

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Workouts that Made me Cry

Workout 1

Press 5-5-5

Run 200m
15 Pullups (Red band)
20kg Thrusters 15 reps
Row 250m
15 Pullups (Blue band)
20kg Thrusters 15 reps
Run 200m
15 Pullups (Blue band)
20kg Thrusters 15 reps
Row 250m
15 Pullups (Blue band)
20kg Thrusters 15 reps

Time: 18:32min

Work Out 2
Front Squat 5-5-5

5 rounds for time of:
45kg Dead Lift 10 rep
18" box jumps 21 reps

Time: 14:29min

maybe in six months from now, I will do these again and have improved on my cardio...will keep you posted

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blood, Sweat and now Tears

When I was young, I remember running with my gym class and always being at the back of the class, even as young as 10 years old. I was never good at running but I always pushed myself hard and many times, I'd start to hyper-ventilate just to keep up with the other kids. I was embarrassed I couldn't run as well as they could. I'm sure hyper-ventilation on its own isn't so's they sense of panic for not being able to breathe that is the worst part of the experience!

In the last week, I've had two times at The Cell where I've pushed myself hard enough to reach that panic stage. The point at which my chest starts to close up and I begin to panic because I cannot breathe. I can now add "tears" to the list of the old mantra of "blood, sweat and tears" because I have cried on both sessions this week. Once with each of the coaches, Stef and Jason (thought I'd make it even!).

Strangely, it wasn't as embarrassing as I thought it would be, mostly thanks to the amazing acceptance, understanding and support Stef and Jason give. I always feel so ugly crying, not unattractive but vulnerable where this part of me that is tortured, twisted, squished up, and soul-wrenching surfaces. That what it feels like on the inside - like I'm allowing this part of me to show - a place where I'm deeply vulnerable.

Surprisingly, what comes up from my depths behind it once it's surfaced is a fire, a determination and something that feels like what you might experience while watching a life grow - like those time-lapsed videos of seeds growing. Almost a detached form of awe.