Friday, November 30, 2007

F'in Famer's Walk!

Wow that hurt! I did my first Farmer's Walk today - with 20lb dumbbells. Holy shit, that was painful! I didn't drop it once - by the end, my hands and one elbow and the rest of my damn arms were all killing me.

So - this was my first taste of a real strongman/woman exercise. By "real", I mean an exercise that isn't also used in other sorts of competition (like the deadlift). Shut up - I'm trying to make this into a milestone! Yes, I know my logic is flawed...


Today's work out was wonderfully brutal, as usual. I'm kind of pissed that I lost some strength in my pull-ups, because every time since I've returned we've had a circuit with them, they've slowed me down significantly. Ah well - I guess it's a good thing that they keep popping up, only way for me to get stronger!

I'm getting better at Turkish Get Ups. My two really weak points strength-wise are my core and my shoulder stability, so I need to become best friends with the TGU's, since they work both! Overall I have pretty crappy endurance, but that gets worked every MWF, so I'm not too worried about that. My other issue is that I get mentally down on myself sometimes - thinking that I can't finish.

I guess I'm just a work in progress, however I'm VERY motivated to keep working on things!

Wow - this has been a really jumbled post. So I'll just end it with a picture of me fighting to keep my torso straight and elbows up doing a front squat:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back in the Swing of Things

I must say - when I was on my trip, there were very few things I missed, but Crossfit was one of them.

I've lost a bit of strength in my pull-ups, and a bit of stamina, but today I hit a DeadLift PR of 175x1 that I'm really excited about!

This was my bodyweight before I started Crossfit - now I'm up to 180 (but my clothes are a bit looser!). I think I can hit a 180 DL - that will be my next goal!

I really do love lifting - it's fun for me. The MWF intense intervals are not what I'd call fun, but they're definitely addictive. But lifting... THAT is playtime!

Monday, November 19, 2007


Well, for the past 10 days I have been in the Galapagos Islands, and/or traveling to/from the Islands. I only got one X-fit workout in, but I did a lot of hiking, kayaking, and snorkling - so I THINK I'm all good. Then again... I also did a lot of eating... ANYWAY!

I was told to do a get-up with a tortoise - this was as close as I was able to get... and I took this in honor of my fellow cross-fitters!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I love rowing - I swear!

I actually do enjoy it - but I get smoked so quickly on it... that it gets hard to feel the love after a few minutes in!

My 500 meter row was 2min 8seconds - 12 seconds faster than my goal time! Yay!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


In barbell class today I made 2 PRs:

Deadlift: 170lbx3
Clean (from the floor): 95lbx1
(last time I did a clean it was from a hang and my max was 80lbs)

I've been doing the barbell class for a little under 3 months, and it's amazing to me how much stronger I am in such a short period of time. I'm also really happy with my progress on form, even though I know I still have a long way to go.

I've really fallen in love with lifting - it's my favorite part of Crossfit. I've never competed in any sports before (outside of gym class), but I've decided that if I ever am to compete, it would be in lifting.

I've been looking into it - and have discovered strongman/strongwoman.

Once I've built a good base of strength and technique/form, I want to start training for strongmen events. I'll be looking for a place to lift stone, flip tires, etc. Then maybe eventually, in a few years time, I'll actually be strong enough to compete in an event.

The only strongman event/lift that we work in class is the deadlift - which is lucky for me, because it's my favorite lift!

So - now I have a long-term goal, that fits perfectly in with the exercise regime Jerry currently has us on - as it focuses on overall strength and endurance.

What do you all think? Anyone else interested in strongman/strongwoman?

If you don't know what kind of events go on in strongman, this is a good place to read about them (and what muscles/skills they use):

Monday, November 5, 2007

Max Effort

Today was a max effort day - where I got to officially put down some numbers and compare them to the "healthy beginner" standards:

Push-ups: 4
Squats: 50
Sit-ups: 57
Pull-ups: 6 on the thin band. No-band, here I come!
KB Swings - on a 45lb Kettleball, 30 in a row