Monday, October 31, 2011

TABATA or Treat!

October 31, 2011

I am just not even going to talk about the Pats game...

Last night, Hubs and I were on our way home from a friends house (where we watched the four quarters of ass kicking that might have resembled a football game to those who live in Steelers nation... anyway...) and we passed through my work town to asses the power situation. It wasnt looking so good when we approached the off ramp where we saw down trees all over the place followed by darkness. Ought oh...

The rest of the ride home the same situation, all of the surrounding towns were powerless and black as night off the sides of the highway. As we approached our exit the lights were still on and we will still ok at our house. Oddly enough we had 23" inches of the fluffy white stuff that people seem to enjoy... but never lost power. We got home, did what we had to do and went to bed... I knew I would hear from K in the morning if there was no power at the gym.

The alarm went off and I started to get ready. K posted the workout the night before so I knew what I was headed into. I really wanted there to be power. I hate missing a workout! I had not heard from her so I was proceeding as usual. As I drove back roads to get there I was going in and out of areas of power. I had no idea what to expect, but again still hoping we would be good. I approached the street it didnt look good. Dunks was pitch black... Dunks us never closed! But I was delighted to see the lights on when I turned the corner!

Right away I got into the warmup and I was so ready to hit the deadlifts with full force! A few weeks ago I had my PR with 205lbs for 3 reps. I wanted to shoot for that, or above. So after a warmup set K and I loaded 195lbs onto the bar. After that set, she said "wanna just go for the 205?" Absolutely! I went for it and got all five! It felt awesome and really made me want to increase the weight, a quick thought later and I had 215 on the bar for the third set! SUCCESS! I did all 5 reps and felt awesome!!

Next up, TABATA (8 intervals of 20 seconds all-out intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest). Starting with my least favorite and progressing to my favorite I was already happy! This was going to be a mid over matter WOD. I got the green band ready to go and K started the clock. Pullups were hard... as I expected. I pushed myself as hard as I could, managed to get 44 (somewhat) pullups in in the 8 minute round.

I moved onto the pushups and started strong. They were tough, and I did the best I could not stop and get my chest as low to the ground as possible. Last week I had burpees in every workout and now its the pullup and pushup phase. As K says "we have to work on the things we arent as good at. Thats the only way we can get better at them." Amen to that. I got in 50 reps before moving onto the abmat.

Abmat situps and squats came a little "easier" but it gave me all the more reason to push myself as hard as I could to get in as many reps as possible. The 10 second rest felt like two and my arms and abs were burning fierce through both of the exercises. I got in 70 situps and 108 squats. As much pain as I felt I just kept pushing and pumping my legs on those squats. I could not stop.

Follow your dreams... never give up!

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WARMUP:
3 Rounds
- 20 Double unders
- 15 Abmat Situps
- 10 Inchworms
- 5 Chest to Floor Pushups
2 X 9 Fundamentals
2 Min Shoulder Opener at Squat Rack

WOD:
TABATA Something Else
- Pullups
- Pushups
- Sit Ups
- Squats
(TABATA of each for total 272)

SKILL/STRENGTH:
Deadlift 5-5-5
195lbs, 205lbs, 215lbs (PR)

FOOD:
6:30am: Post Workout Shake
8:00am: Dried Bananas
9:00am: Two Egg Muffins
12:00pm: Salad with Chicken
3:00pm: Paleo Brownie
5:30pm: Salad with Steak Tips

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