18 November, 2015

Weekly Workout {Week 18}

Sometimes you have to grasp at any and all little victories that you can. This is, once again, where I find myself.

My hip has been hurting something fierce the last week or so. I can't seem to get it to stretch out enough and it constantly feels like it needs to "pop". It's annoying to say the least.

But that hasn't kept me from working out and pushing myself as hard as I can. And I'm happy to say I've made some great strides with my workouts!

This weeks workouts were a great combination of straight up cardio, weight lifting and body weight exercises.

On Wednesday, our workout included my favorite of all the lifts, the deadlift. I could do deadlifts all day long. The last time we did a 1 rep max, I lifted 225lbs. and when I tried to lift 230lbs., I couldn't get the bar off the ground. Because of all my hip issues, I was cautiously optimistic that I'd be able to repeat my 225lbs. lift and anything beyond that would be a bonus.

A few weeks ago, I switched from a traditional grip on the bar to a mixed grip. I have no idea if there is any sort of science behind whether or not it makes a difference, but it seems to take some of the pressure off my hands.  As we worked our way through the weights, the bar felt heavy, but I felt good. Bar math can be a wee bit difficult (I always forget to add the actual weight of the bar) so I didn't pay much attention to the weight we were putting on the bar. We just kept adding and lifting and then adding some more. My final lift was 245lbs. Which is CRAZY. Not only was it a 20lbs. increase from my previous 1 rep max, it's a LOT of weight.

Thursdays workout included the ever dreaded pull-up. One of the goals I set for myself last year when I started working out with Drew was to do a pull-up. I have always struggled with them. Working towards doing one unassisted is a huge goal for me, so moving from ring rows to assisted/banded pull-ups in a workout was kind of a big deal. The workout, a.k.a. Angie, was a perfect combination of cardio (1000m row), weight lifting (50 thrusters at 35lbs.) and body weight work (30 pull-ups). The rowing was fantastic. I could NOT for the life of me get into any sort of a rhythm with the thrusters and the pull-ups were anything but pretty. I finished the workout in 12:56 minutes, which was a longer than I would have liked, but it was still a huge accomplishment and left me feeling pretty good about myself.

Monday: CrossFit
Tuesday: CrossFit
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: CrossFit
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Walk with Bandit



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