After the Filthy Fifty WOD on TUE, I think our instructor felt bad for us yesterday. Or maybe not but that’s my theory and I’m sticking too it. We started the session working our form for the Push Press and were told we were going to “max out”. Huh? Max what? My 5am class is just a bunch of chicks who run so I’m pretty sure none of us have ever maxed out ANYTHING
except maybe a credit card or two when we were young and irresponsible.
As you know, anytime the weight bar comes out, I totally cringe. Strength work, particularly for the arms, is not my forte. However, I haven’t exactly found my forte as of yet in the CrossFit arena so what the heck, BRING IT ON!
We started with the bar only (33#), did 3 reps, then added 5 lbs to each side did 3 more reps and kept adding weight. As we started to climb, we increased the weight by 2.5# on each side
to try to prolong the inevitable . Looks easy when its not too heavy. Me on the left lifting like 2#s & Julie B on the right lifting the equivalent of her body weight.
We both maxed out at 88#s. I REALLY wanted to put the 93#s up but it wasn’t happening. I wasn’t even close and well, the 88#s was tough for me so I’ll be happy with this as my very FIRST max out! Whooop, we have now officially “maxed out”.
We spent a significant amount of time maxing out but were then up for “Death by 10 meters”. Due to time, we only ended up doing ten – 10 m sprints before the next class arrived.
Death by 10 Meters
This “exercise” starts easy enough, run one 10 meter sprint over the course of 1 minute. A buzzer sounds after each minute is up and that starts the next round where we then run two 10 meter sprints in 1 minute. Each minute then rolls right into the next adding another 10 meter interval. Lots of waiting time at the beginning, no rest at all toward the end as you are attempting to pump off 13, 14 & 15 ten meters sprints in the minute before it rolls to the next. However, this go round, we only had time for 10 rounds so everyone made it thru and nobody “died”. Kinda cool to end on a positive note.
Amanda – TooTallFritz
Ahh….but “dying” (in the aerobic sense) is the purpose and end-goal of all these x-fit routines? But “dying” is short-term…recovery before next set or totally maxed-out at end of all routines…is where you want to be…if you want to improve endurance capacity and strength…right? As a sidenote on my last day and celebratory stop at Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonaiss after my turtle survey sub-contract, they had all these TV’s and it had various sports-things going on. What caught my attention was this “X-Fit” race that was showing and it was all competitive, world-elite X-Fit women running then doing these various X-Fit stops (swimming and biking was in there also and not just running). It was impressive and a lot of what you post makes sense given what I seen these women doing in terms of x-fit stops or routines following running, swimming or biking legs. Didn’t take notice of network/channel or such….but I suspect you can find it on your own. Check it out…pretty awesome stuff….but the staff behind bar switched it off for Stanely Cup playoffs …much to my dismay!
You did great, Amanda! I know that I am getting stronger, but I feel frustrated at myself for being so weak. I had no idea that I lacked strength! But I really enjoy these workouts, especially because it’s fun to do with friends. I’m so glad that you asked Jarod to do the 5 am sessions.
You are doing great!!!! These workouts are great cuz we all have different strengths and a full workout normally has a move or two that is both miserable & great for everyone. I like that.