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Weekly Workouts {Week 7}

31 August, 2015

I've had a quite a few friends ask me what kind of workouts I do when I go to Cross Fit as well as the HIIT workout I do at home.

I was thinking, that instead of doing just a weekly recap of how I felt throughout the week, I would focus on one or two of my workouts. Sometimes things go REALLY well and you just have to tell someone about it. Sometimes, things are just all around frustrating and you need to vent. And sometimes you do a workout that makes you feel like a badass.

This week I fell into the "feeling like a badass" category.

I really felt like I am finally starting to see some changes not only in my appearance (my goal is to eventually have Michelle Obama arms. Have you seen the guns on that woman? Impressive!) but also in my "performance" at CrossFit. I've learned to pace myself better when we do AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) and MetCons (Metabolic Conditioning i.e. finish all the rounds as fast as possible) as well as push myself when it comes down to the wire. And I can tell I am getting stronger when we do the strength component.

Both of the CrossFit sessions I attended this week were intense.

Wednesday nights WOD was a MetCon:
I have a habit of checking out the results by the other folks who have done earlier sessions to try and gauge my "goal" for the workout. After watching the session before mine finish up the WOD, I set my goal at finishing in 22 minutes. I could tell by the looks on everyones faces that this was a much harder workout than it looked on paper.

I was extremely excited when I finished the WOD in 19:47! I was way under my goal and felt like I could have kept going for another round or two when I was done. And this was all after finding my 1 rep max of 110lbs. for back squats! It was an all around good day.

Thursday's WOD was  in two parts. First, an AMRAP in 7 minutes:
Followed by EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) for 10 minutes:
This one had me all kinds of worried. I've been having knee issues (it feels like I am kneeling on a tack.....ouch!) recently which makes kneeling a bit of an issue. Combine that with the fact I have the upper body strength of a toddler and the prospect of an hand stand push-up from the box was a little nerve wrecking. I muddled my way through the AMRAP and was o.k. with finishing 6 +10 (6 full rounds + 5 HSPU + 5 Pistols).

Then it was time for the EMOM. I was TERRIFIED. This one was every minute on the minute, we had to run 100m followed by 5 push-ups. Our "rest time" was from the last push-up to the start of the next minute. This was one of those "workouts" where I was glad I have been working on pacing myself. I managed to make it through all ten rounds, completing 10 sets of 100m sprints + 5 push ups. I am not ashamed to say I laid on the floor for a few minutes when I was done and tried not to cry.

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Monday: Off
Tuesday: HIIT + 1 mile walk with Bandit
Wednesday: CrossFit
Thursday: CrossFit + 1.5 mile walk with Bandit
Friday: Off
Saturday: HIIT
Sunday: Off


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