Weekly workout recap – sore muscles FTW!

Hello, hello!

Well, this was quite a week of workouts! I’ve got all kinds of sore muscles!

Nope, not complaining. Makes me feel like I’ve worked hard. 🙂

 Monday

6pm CrossFit

Oh yeah, Monday’s are always tough.

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I was actually pretty excited about this workout – at least the strength part of it, anyway. 🙂

We haven’t done front squats in a while (at least, since I was in the boot) and I was pretty positive my weight had increased.

Generally, when we do strength work, we work in teams of 3-4. I like working in the groups because it’s nice to get feedback from my fellow athletes and the rest time in between my spots is kinda nice. 🙂

We started off with a few reps just with the 35# to warm up and we got going.

We started off with 85# and went from there. I got up to 115# and might have actually been able to do 120# but we ran out of time. Either way, that’s a PR! Pretty sure I stopped at 105# the last time we did them before the boot.

Now, the WOD.

I decided to do handstand kick ups instead of handstand push ups with the bands because I need to get comfortable back on the wall. I was really cognizant of which foot I was coming down on – I only landed on my right foot once!

I made it through the first round okay but then, 25 air squats into the 2nd round, my left knee decided it had enough.

I was so mad!

I just don’t understand it. My knee was FINE during the strength. Coach said my patella was probably swollen and he didn’t want me to do any more squats, just the sit ups and the handstand push ups.

I felt like such a slacker.

So, since we had a 25 minute time cap on the whole thing, I decided I would just do situps and handstand kick ups until time was called.

And then I went home and rested my knee. :/

Tuesday 

Tuesday ended up being a rest day – which my knee was thankful for! – because thing 2 had an appointment with an oral surgeon to discuss wisdom teeth removal and we needed to get new ID cards.

Um, yeah, her mouth is a money pit! But, they have to come out because she has no room for them and we already spent the big bucks on braces. Ah, the joys of parenthood. 🙂

Wednesday

Garage Workout

My knee was feeling pretty good today so I got up for a spin on my elliptical.

I bumped the incline up to 20% and did the Target Toning I workout.

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Holy sweat fest!

6pm CrossFit

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Omigosh, snatch balance skill work. So stinking hard!

But, so important!!

Of course, I can’t do more than 35# and Coach told me to work on overhead squats instead but I did one well! And promptly couldn’t do another. *sigh*

For the WOD, I grabbed a 15# bar and put 2 10# plates on it. Mentally, for me anyway, it’s better to work with a bar that has weight on it plus, with the weights, there’s no random “starting mid-shin” guesswork.

Coach wanted me to do power snatch instead of regular snatches and work on form. I did most of the WOD with the power snatch but I tried to throw in regular ones so I could work on them. Still working on my hip flexibility.

For the chest to bar pull ups, I used the blue band.

I think I’m close to getting them – I just have to work on pulling a little harder during the kip to get my chest up to the bar.

Thursday 

6pm CrossFit

I love deadlifts!

Even though they make me pee a little.

Oh, sorry. Too much?

But those ring push ups? With shenanigans at the bottom? Um……

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After warm up, I set up my bar at 145# for the WOD.

Since it wasn’t for time, we didn’t have to rush through everything but Coach didn’t want us doing 1 deadlift at a time either so we had to pick a weight we could do 10 times in a row.

I’ll tell you what. Those ring push ups were something else.

I tried once with the really low rings and couldn’t support myself to stick my arms out so I went to the higher rings.

You might think that made it easier (and I guess it did A LITTLE) but nope, still really hard.

Especially down to those last ones. Ooof!

We basically did variation 3 in this video without rising between arm extensions.

Friday

Well, I had planned on getting in an elliptical workout this morning but, my alarm went off and my body said NO!

I thought about ignoring it and getting up anyway – sometimes, I can just be lazy – but I was pretty positive it wasn’t laziness screaming at me to reset my alarm.

And, when I got to CrossFit later, I was really, really glad I listened to my body in the morning. 🙂

6pm CrossFit

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This workout.

There were only 9 people which, obviously, means someone didn’t have a partner.

That would be me.

Of course, I couldn’t do the sprint so Coach brought over a rower and I did 250m sprint row (took me about a minute each time) instead.

I grabbed 20 pound dumbbells for the cleans.

My first round took me about 3 minutes so Coach suggested I rest for 3 minutes (as if that’s how long my partner would take, too).

But, before the WOD, he suggested that if I felt like the rest was too long, I could go a little sooner.

Um, hello, challenge accepted!

Of course I’ll work harder than I need to!

(cuz I’m so smart)

I probably only rested about 2 minutes between the 1st and 2nd rounds and then, I slowly increased my rest time up to the 3 minutes because each round got harder….and harder….and harder.

My legs were burning, my shoulders were burning, everything was burning!

The best part was on my final row, I was pulling super hard trying to get it done and Shannon (girl who normally works the front desk at the box) walked behind me and said, “Wooo, look at those back muscles!!!”

Kinda made me grin. Even in my misery. #strongisbeautiful

Saturday

Um, rest day.

Obviously.

Holy. Tired. Muscles.

Talk to me: How was your week of workouts? Did you push limits? Did you rest when necessary?

– jennifer

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