I’m Squatted Out

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After two days of (heavy) Back Squats and Front Squats, I can squat no more. My legs are J-E-L-L-O! As much as I know how great squats are for you I do hope we are done for the week at the BOOM Box.

As for my wrist, it’s still a pain in the buttocks but it is what it is, right?

As far as the BOOM Box, instead of having my poor poor petri moments, I sucked it up and showed up last night and this morning. I just gotta push through and modify where I need to modify. I still have the work weight loss competition and WODAPALOOZA is a month and a half away.

10/22/13
Midline: 100 situps
It’s situps. Wooooo. Not sure how long it took me but I was chatty so I took some breaks :/

Strength: Press 3,3,3,3,3
Wasn’t sure how this would go with the hurt chicken wing but as long as I held my wrist vertical without letting the bar roll back, LIKE I ALWAYS DO, it was fine at lighter weights. Got to my max weight and I just couldn’t do it. So I dropped back down to 65lbs and finished it out.

MetCon: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Front Squat (185,135) 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50 Lateral bar jumps
My legs are still smoked from the Back Squats on Monday. And I know I can’t do 135lbs for that many reps. My 1RM is 155 which is nice and all but 135 is still heavy. The idea was to Clean the weight. But that’s a no go for me. I tried to Zombie it out but I wasn’t comfortable.

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Example of a “zombie” front squat 😀

So I Frankensteined it and still struggled but managed to complete the reps at 85lbs.

Heheh Arnold showing you what I call a "frankenstein" front squat.

Heheh Arnold showing you what I call a “frankenstein” front squat.

The killer part was the Lateral Bar Jumps. We had to do 10 Front Squats, then 5 Lateral Bar Jumps, 9 Front Squats, 10 Lateral Bar Jumps, etc. After the 30 lateral jump mark, I was just smoked. I’d do 5 at time, 10 at a time, etc. And the Squats got easier. Damn those JUMPS! Time: 22:25

10/22/13 WOD

10/22/13 WOD

10/23/13
Midline: 30 russian Kettle Bell swings heavy
We sure are doing a lot of MIDLINE lately. I guess it’s good for me, right? The other day I used the baby 26lb KB because I didn’t want to wait for the second heat. Today I warmed up with the baby KB, then tried out the 35lb then went ahead and did the 53lb KB for the 30 reps. Boy did my back feel that. All the dang squats we’ve done. And me losing some form on Monday and my back is tired!

Strength: 10 min EMOM 5 Power Cleans 165/115
More stuff I can’t do and I LOVE Power Cleans! Ah well. I went with Deadlifts at the same weight. My grip is sucky but I didn’t have any other problems than that.

10/23/13 WOD

10/23/13 WOD

Conditioning: 3 rounds yoke push 100ft (yoke + 140/100lbs) sprint 200m rest as needed
When I was crusty eyed this morning I failed to see the 100lbs part of the YOKE push. Seriously. I have a hard enough time pushing the darn thing with NO weight on it. Coach T asked if I wanted to try it with 50lbs first. I said eh, I better try with 100lbs and if I can’t then I’ll drop to 50lbs. Surprisingly, I started pushing well. SLOW, but the thing was moving. I stopped several times after my big initial push but I made it to the cone and took off running. That took me about 4 minutes. My 2nd Yoke push would now be uphill and I really wasn’t sure if I’d move it this time around. But I did! WAY slower than the first one but it was moving. Talk about calves and lungs wanting to explode! That round took me 4:35. Still not bad considering how long my rests were on the yoke push. At one point, I even compared all my “pushing” to giving labor! Not even remotely close to the same kind of pain. But pushing with the same kind of gusto. For the third round, I was fully prepared to practice my non existent telekinesis. Maybe my brain would just move the Yoke. Sadly, I still have zero superpowers so I had to push it. For some reason it seemed lighter and I went much further on my initial heave ho. Took off on my trot and finished in 3:43! How’s that for being AWESOME?!?

In other news
You know I’m always rambling on about quitting with the excuses and just get moving. And maybe you recall me talking about walking around our building here at work with one of my co-workers. Maybe? Maybe not!

What I’m trying to get at is that any little activity is better than no activity at all. Sure I LOVE the CrossFit and will probably always love the CrossFit but I enjoy doing other things as well. And maybe you’re aren’t confident in doing too many things but if you can just take a lap around your neighborhood, then you are one step closer to a healthier you. You may start off slow but that’s ok. You will pick up the pace. We measured one lap around our building is .33 miles. When we first started we were taking well over 9:30 minutes. Now just a few weeks later we are at 8:10 minutes. My co-worker doesn’t live the most active lifestyle but with baby steps we’ll get there and sure enough progress is progress!

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We decided to take our lunch to some local walking trails yesterday. Not only was it a great mental break, we got some movement in too!

I did a quick search on the interwebs and mayoclinic.com lists some benefits for brisk walking:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Lift your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

So there you have it. Before you know it, you’ll be running, hitting up your local gym or even trying out CrossFit! Be a healthier you! It’s worth it, I promise ツ

And that’s all for today! Get moving. Eat clean. Enjoy life. And of course be Aaaawwweeesssooommmmeee!

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Good Eats, Sweeties and Happy 4th!

Well Well Well… I gave into the sugar monster hardcore last night but right before that I ate some delicious food from the Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth. If you haven’t been and you love meat then this place should be your next stop. I’ve heard good things but nothing ever specific and I had been wanting to go for a while now. Chef Tim Love’s menu has something for everyone and everything is a unique flavor combo of foods I would never had imagined. Of course I’m no chef nor am I a foodie.

WOODSHED SMOKEHOUSE

We ventured out that way for my dad’s 61st Birthday and it seemed like it would be a nice laid back atmosphere and that is exactly what it ended up being. We weren’t sure what to eat and our server nicely explained all of our options. They offer big family type meals but we opted to go for smaller plates so we could sample a variety of foods. Our dinner was comprised of Smoked Whitefish Dip (good stuff); Brisket Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Bone Broth & Cotij (YUMMO); Elk Sausage (Good); Animal of the Day Tacos which was Lamb (Not a big fan of lamb but it was good); Local Acorn Squash, Tuaca, Dark Brown Sugar, Smoked Pepper Hollandais (sweet and tasty); 3 Kale Salad (BEST KALE SALAD EVER); Woodshed Burger, Chopped Beef, Todays Sausage (ELK), Smoked Cheddar; Pork Ribs; Bulgogi Beef, House Kimchi Tacos; and Baked Potato. Now I didn’t eat the Burger, Ribs, Bulgogi Tacos or the Baked Potato but I was told they were good. My kids were like little scavengers picking up any inkling of crumb or missed bite. All of our food came out cooked perfectly and really tasty. Loads of unique flavors as well. I feel like you can’t go wrong in ordering. Everything tasted wonderful. Below are some pics. They aren’t the best but you get the idea of what’s going on.

3 Kale Salad

Sausage of the Day (ElK), Animal of the Day (Lamb) Tacos (Chiles stuffed with brisket on the top edge of pic, I didn’t get a good pic of those)

Acorn Squash

It’s perfect for families or just a group of friends hanging out for some drinks. It’s a big patio with indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are recommended. Although not jam packed, it was still busy for a Monday evening. After we stuffed our faces we had to have dessert, it’s my Dad’s Birthday!!! It’s required right?!? LOL… Ernie gave me a big eye roll and REALLY??!!?? face and I said HELL YA I’m trying dessert. We ordered Blackberry Cobbler (WOWOWOW), Buttermilk Lemon Cake (HEAVENLY) and Fried Apple Pies (Had Jalepenos inside which was different, unique and unexpected but still DELICIOUS). We passed around the dessert taking a bite at a time. So although we ordered a lot we split it between 7 of us. It was a pleasant dinner and fairly Paleo with the exception of the desserts. I did take some bites of flatbread just to try it. I give this place 2 thumbs up. Probably will be back in the very near future.

Soooo did this affect my performance at the BOOM BOX this morning? Probably so. Although I didn’t feel it at first.

Skill/Strength was 3 x 5 Press @ 50lbs. This has become somewhat of a lightweight to me because my max is 70lbs. But we clearly are working up to a bigger goal. It was probably about 6 months ago and 50lbs at numerous reps was a little taxing on me. It’s nice to see where I’ve come from.

7/3/12

MetCon: 4 minute AMRAP of 3 Squat Cleans (75lbs) and 10 lateral bar jumps, 90 second rest, 4 minute AMRAP of 3 Squat Cleans (75lbs) and 10 lateral bar jumps. Wooowwweeee I knew this is going to be a KILLER WOD. I knew I could Squat Clean the weight but I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to hold up for 4 minutes. And I had no idea the 10 simple lateral jumps was going to freaking take out my lungs!!! HOLY SHIT, was it the foods that I ate inflamming my insides so I couldn’t catch a breath? After 3 rounds I hit a brick wall of not knowing how to breathe! I managed to bust out 3 more rounds and finish the first 4 minutes with 6 rounds. Our 90 second break was too short but my first round felt easy. After the 2nd round my tweaked out wrist started feeling the fatigue. My right forearm started burning and I didn’t want to clean the bar. I managed to get 5 rounds. I know deep down I could have pushed for 6 rounds but my wrist wasn’t feeling it and I still was having a hard time feeling like I could get a good solid deep breath. (I was literally holding my breath as I was just now typing, what a freak I am! LOL)

There ya have it folks. The GOOD, the BAD and the SUGAR JUNKIE!

I hope everyone has a GREAT 4th of JULY! I’m sure you’ll be celebrating tonight. I know we will be watching the fireworks and then maybe heading out to the parade! Arlington, TX has one of the largest 4th of July Parades in the Nation! (don’t quote me on that but I’m pretty confident it’s true) Enjoy it. Go out and Celebrate 🙂 Be awesome!!!!