Tuesday, February 28, 2012

That final mile

After work, I went to the gym to workout, following a similar programming for today's Workout of the Day from CrossFit Markham. It looked something like this:

Stretching / SMR with lacrosse ball
Lunges (10 reps each leg)
- bodyweight
- two 15# dumbbells (raised leg)
- 45# barbell (raised leg)
- 95# barbell
Deadlift (225#)
10 mins of Cindy (1 round = 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats)
- lost count of rounds

After a most exciting drive home, I changed into running gear to go for a light jog in preparation for this weekend's half marathon =) I'm so excited!

The run started of as a light jog to CrossFit Markham. After hanging out there for a bit and picking up an awesome PaleoKit, I decided to keep running. My 2-3k jog turned out into a 10k jog. Having not run in a while, I started to feel a bit sore and slightly tired. As I was running the final mile, I suddenly got a boost of energy (or an incentive to run faster).

Need a boost in your final mile? Try running in the dark country road and all the sudden feeling overwhelmed by the smell of a skunk! "Sweet bebe, wait for me!" (for those who watch Looney Tunes)

I surged with new life in that final mile :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On to the next quest!

First of all, if you have not heard of Fitocracy, join! It's like Facebook for fitness! Anyways, within Fitocracy there are these achievements you get called "Quests". You earn them when you reach certain milestones. I've reached a couple, and will list the quests I will try to reach by the end of this month :)

Quests (Goals)

No Stranger to the Rack: Backsquat = 277 lbs (1.5x bodyweight)
- Most currently squatted is 250 lbs
I lift things up and put them down: Deadlift = 333 lbs (1.8x bodyweight)
- Uh ... current deadlift is around 275 lbs
Push It! (Barbell): Bench press = 167 lbs (0.9x bodyweight)
- I'll just go do this ..
I Prefer Being Off the Ground: Pull-ups: 15 reps in one set
- If I'm fresh, I can probably do around 10
Hands Up High (Barbell): Shoulder Press = 102 lbs (0.55x bodyweight)
- I'll also just go get this one ...
I Seem to Be Lost: Run 20 miles (32.2 km) in a lifetime
- Okay, time to start running again

Squat Clean PR!

Okay, so I haven't done a squat clean heavier than 95 lbs, mainly worried about technique, strength, and dropping the bar at my "Globo-Gym". Yesterday's WOD included 185# squat cleans ... I did 135#. While you were supposed to go for reps, I did them one at a time, since it was my first time.

So yes, it is a PR :) But I've discovered another thing: it's so fun to catch the bar in the squat position =) I love the feeling of a clean catch. It's almost as exhilarating as catching the bar in a snatch =)

I know I'm weak. I have a long way to go. But hey -- I'm going to get there =)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cool Gym!

One of my dreams is to open a 4-D gym. I've been throwing around ideas with some friends. I'm still not sure what it will look like yet, but this box is pretty cool!