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Thursday

Captains of Crush Grippers (Guide)
2 x 10 right/left
2x 10 left

Turkish Get-Up
2 x 10 (15# dumbbell)

Fitocracy Arnold Bodyweight circuit
8 air squats
5 push-ups
15 second plank
15 jumping jacks
6 lunges per leg
10 glute bridges
4 rounds

Friday

Form practice on goblet squats and double kettlebell rack squats

Saturday

Captains of Crush Grippers (Guide)
3×10 right/left, 2×10 left

Fitocracy Arnold Barbell Circuit
30 seconds work / 30 seconds rest
3 rounds – rest 1:00 minute between rounds
Front squat (33# / 43# / 53#)
Hang power clean (33# / 43# / 53#)
Floor press (33# / 43# / 53#)
KB Swings (16kg)

Front Squat
Work up to heavy single
123#

then

5×2 @ 80% – 98#

then

Floor press
Work up to heavy single
101#

then

5×2 @ 80% – 83#

Well, not a bad week. I didn’t do much in the way of conditioning, but that was mostly because I ran out of time every day. And THAT is due to the fact that I am completely inept at managing my time.

Luckily, that is fixable. I plan on using this interesting little gadget called an alarm clock and using it to wake my sorry butt up earlier to get everything done that I want to get done but don’t have enough time to get done. Funny how that works.

Onward! To next week!

I’ll Knock You Out

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Monday:

Fitocracy Arnold 1% Barbell Workout
30 seconds work / 30 seconds rest. Three rounds, rest 1:00 minute between rounds.
Trap Bar Deadlift (45# / 95# / 125#)
Hang Power Clean (33# / 43# / 53#)
Press (33# / 43# / 53#)
KB Swing (16kg)

then:

Power Clean
Work up to heavy single, then 5 x 2 @ 80%
103# (single) / 83#

then:

Trap Bar Deadlift
5 x 2 @ 80% 1RM (175#)

Tuesday:

Fitocracy Arnold 1% Bike Workout
5:00 minute easy warmup, then 30 seconds hard, 90 seconds easy x 5
Done on the AirDyne – 3.6 miles / 110 cals (recovery day, so I did not go 100% effort.)

then:

practice form on double kettle bell rack squat and dumbbell man-makers

then:

Walk 35 minutes outside with dogs.

Wednesday:

Fitocracy Arnold 1% Barbell Workout
30 seconds work / 30 seconds rest. Three rounds, rest 1:00 minute between rounds.
Romanian Deadlift (33#) / Hang Power Clean (33#) / Press (33#) / KB Swing (16kg)

then:

Press
Work up to heavy single, then 5 x 2 @ 80%
75# (single) / 60#

then:

“Death By 10 Meters” Farmer’s Carry
Do 10 meter farmer’s carry the first minute, 20 meters the second minute, etc. until you can no longer complete the work in the time period.
I used 30# kettlebells and got six full rounds and 60 meters before the clock ran out on round 7

then:

FLR practice

I had a bugger of a month in July. Work, ranch stuff, and family drama all collided and left me a sleepless, exhausted approximation of a human being. I’ve been catching up on my zzzzz’s this week and trying to recharge the old batteries a bit. I planned an IWT workout after the pressing today. But as I sat between sets on the presses contemplating what exercises to do for the IWT, my body said “If you do that, sweetie, I’ll knock you OUT!”

You may wonder how I know my body said that. Good question, and the answer is as soon as I thought about doing that workout I felt exactly like I did the time I came down with Influenza A (or was it B?): like someone stuck a needle in me and drained every ounce of life from my body.

So, being a person that can sometimes take a very obvious hint, I said “Uh, ok. How ’bout some farmer’s carries, then?” I did not pass out at the mere thought of that, so that’s what I did.

Since I really have nothing to prove, and seek only to get healthier and fitter, it seems wise not to pound myself into the ground immediately after a three week suck-fest. Live to fight again another day, and all that.

 

MF Shoulder Day

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Workout:

Fitocracy Arnold Bodyweight Circuit:

8 air squats
5 pushups
15 seconds plank
15 jumping jacks
6 walking lunges (per leg)
10 glute bridges

4 sets

Then:

30/30 dumbbell push press
1 set = 2 x 30 seconds work / 30 seconds rest. “Rest” is in overhead position. Two sets, rest 3 minutes between sets.

Then:

2×10 lateral raise – 5#
2×10 front raise – 5#
2×10 reverse flyes – 5#
2×20 band pull aparts – 1/2″ band

Then:

2x barbell press + 2x barbell push press + 2x barbell push jerk
add 5# until failure, rest 1 minute between rounds

33# / 38# / 43# / 48# / 53# / 58# / 63#

This is one of Bobby Maximus’ favorite shoulder workouts. The amount of work I could do on the barbell complex was limited by my pressing abilities. Tried for 68# but could not press it.

I was going to start on the Gym Jones Women’s Foundation II program, but it turns out July is the busiest month of my year. Haying combined with two big freelance design jobs plus some family funeral/fighting over Tupperware drama (literally) and I pretty much had to abandon any hope of working out.

Now that I’ve done about two months of Gym Jones programming and studied the articles and Q&A’s on their site I feel (somewhat) confident in writing my own program. Basically, it looks like:

Monday: Hard Gym
Tuesday: Recovery
Wednesday: Hard Gym
Thursday: Recovery
Friday: Hard Gym
Saturday: Recovery/Easy Pace Endurance
Sunday: Rest

Recovery days are things like 60 easy minutes hiking/AirDyne/rowing or light technical work in the gym.

My schedule can be extremely erratic and chaotic, and if I’m writing my own program I feel much less neurotic about missing or modifying a day. When I’m on a PROGRAM I always feel like I need to adhere 100% to it and I tend to freak out when I can’t do that. Also, I’m really weak on a lot of lifts and I wanted to add in more strength work than tends to be in the women’s foundation programs.

On the downside, writing my own program means I might cherry pick my workouts, intentional or not.

We’ll see.

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Overhead Squats and FLR

Workout:

Warmup of wall squats (RKC style), goblet squats, lunges, overhead walking lunges, dumbbell presses and kettlebell swings.

Dumbell push press: 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest. “Rest” is in overhead position.

then…

Overhead squats. Holy schniekies I’m rusty on these. My “max” was 53# because I was shaking and wobbling all over the place. Bugger!

aaaand then…

FLR (front leaning raise) – accumulate 300 seconds. About as much fun as it sounds.

Nice to get back to some strength work after a month and a half of mostly intervals and circuit training. Not nice that it was overhead squats. Looks like someone is going to have to practice something.

Gym Jones Wrap-Up

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One month of Gym Jones.

Early last week I wrapped up my first month of Gym Jones programming. Actually, it was a month and a half’s worth since I repeated the first two weeks as I missed a few workouts the first time around.

There’s no great mystery in Gym Jones’ programming. To quote Mark Twight himself on the madness of his methods: “The secret is a well-kept secret called commitment and self-discipline.”

There you have it. Simple.

I’m not going to lie, going in I was intimidated. Gym Jones has a reputation for being elitist and hard core. However, after spending a lot of time on their site and doing one of their programs I think neither is true. They just expect you to work hard and push yourself to your absolute limits. That’s not elitist or hardcore, that’s just the way life should be lived, in my opinion.

Their mantra is “the mind is primary” and once I figured that out the workouts were no longer so scary. There are two options when you get into a workout: 1. stop or slow down when you think you can’t go on; 2. stop or slow down when you reach your real limit and your body just won’t go any more. When you come to understand the “mind is primary” you realize that option number one really isn’t an option any more because your mind lies to you.

“It was hell and wonderful at the same time. [My trainer] Mark Twight gave me a whole bunch of workouts to do by myself to get my fitness levels up, so that when I arrived in LA the really hard stuff would start. I did two months training on my own and four months training in LA with Mark, and that was excruciating – breaking boundaries I didn’t know I could. I remember one moment, doing some horrible rowing sprint thing, and I said, “I can’t do this Mark, I can’t, I’m done,” and he said, “No you’re not, don’t listen to the lies.” I kept on pulling and pulling until suddenly I realised I had finished. That’s what Mark taught me – one of the many things – don’t listen to the lies, your barriers are breakable.” – Henry Cavill on training with Gym Jones for his Man of Steel role

But… I don’t want to make it seem like Gym Jones is all about crushing you until you are like a ground up bug on an eighteen wheeler’s bumper. Their programming is smart, well planned, periodized and has built in progressions and recovery days. CrossFit hates on Gym Jones because they say they are ripping them off. Um, no. Gym Jones is what CrossFit could have been if they weren’t run by five year olds and would have listened to any of those smart dudes and dudettes they kicked out (Twight, Rippetoe, Wolf, Everett, OPT, Attitude Nation, etc.)

And… I want to be clear that I’m not slagging off CrossFit. There are some great affiliates out there doing wonderful work whose programming probably looks an awful lot like Gym Jones or OPT. Good on ya. I just don’t think main site CrossFit puts enough emphasis on recovery or periodization/progression.

I made some really nice gains on my month and a half of Gym Jones – both mentally and physically – and I’m really excited to start another program today.

The Infernal Machine

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Gym Jones Women’s Foundation I

Week 2, Day 1

The Ingredients: the AirDyne

The Recipe: Intervals

More work on the infernal machine today. I’m not prepared to say that I gave 100% of what I had to give, but I came really close. There was a point during a few of the intervals where my mind was telling my legs to move and they absolutely would not go. However, there were also a few points where my mind was telling my body to just give up when I still had a little left in the tank. Those are the moments that I need to work on overcoming.

Also, I almost threw up my breakfast, and I hadn’t even eaten it yet.

Back on the Gym Jones Track

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Well, I made it through one whole week of the Gym Jones program then life dumped a truck load of work on me. We had to sell over half of our cows on the ranch because of the drought and I spent over a solid week gathering, sorting, shipping and branding cow calf pairs. I hardly had time to eat and sleep, let alone work out.

This week I decided to just start all over from the beginning since I didn’t get very far in the first place.

Day 1: Intervals on the AirDyne

Day 2: Recovery day. Turkish get-ups, windmills and a light weight circuit.

Day 3: IWT

Day 4: Easy recovery ride on the AirDyne

Day 5: IWT

Day 6: Endurance day. An hour hike with the dogs.

Day 7: Rest

I decided to use the AirDyne for my intervals because I absolutely suck at that infernal machine. I’m able to hit the program’s specified pace on the rower, but I’m not even in the ballpark on the AD. Like, so far out of the ballpark I wouldn’t be able to stand across the street and catch the home run a juiced-up Barry Bonds hit over the third deck and out of the stadium.

So, you know what that means: more fine Dyne-ing for me.

The good news is, I’m much better at it than when I started. I hit the same number of calories in two minutes that it took me three minutes to reach the first time around. Progress!

On another note: Mark Twight has said that no one has ever gained weight doing one of their programs, and that is certainly true for me. I lost four pounds this week, and at a time of the month when I usually gain weight.

Tami likey.

On to next week, which is all of the same workouts, except more reps and longer intervals.