Business as usual

It's been a few days since my last post. I've been busy with lots of things, but of course I've also been working out. Here's a short wrap up of my recent endeavours.

On Monday I worked out with René. We did heavy Back Squats and Presses and a freaky cool WOD which I sadly haven't got on video. My Squats are going up again and I believe I've overcome the problems I had a few weeks ago.
I did 5x 5 @ 132.5 kg and everything felt really good.

I enjoy working out in the garden a lot. There's only one thing I'm a little concerned about. It's the ground. It's hard to find an even spot where both feet are at the same level of elevation. I try to work around this by simply changing positions from workout to workout, but it's not an optimal situation. I've been thinking about building a platform for a while (there is an excellent guide on how to build an outdoor platform on, but am still hesitant to do so for various reasons. One of them is that I won't be able to store it in the cellar, respective it's going to be a pain in the ass to get the bugger upstairs before and downstairs after every workout. It's already an issue with all the weights and the bank and all the other equipment. A whole platform would simply be too much. Also I'm afraid a platform would destroy the grass which surely would upset my houselady, her husband and the gardener, who seems to have an issue with me using the garden at all. But luckily he's just the gardener and I'm the guy lifting more than twice his bodyweight.

Anyways, on the Presses I did 5x 1 @ 77,5 kg which seemed a little too light. This is of course a good sign and I really hope that I'll be able to stop moaning about my overhead stength in a not too far away future.

Afterwards we did the following WOD:
As many rounds as possible of
5 Kettlebell Snatches left arm with 24 kg Ketllebell
5 Kettlebell Snatches right arm with 24kg Kettlebell
5 Push Ups

I was able to complete 11 rounds and 5 KB Snatches. If you watch the video you'll see that KB Snatches are slightly different from "normal" Barbell Snatches, as they demand a certain amount of swinging movement instead of a strictly vertical upward pull.
The workout left us gasping for air and two days later, while im writing this my body is still hurting!

On Tuesday I did 5 RM Deadlifts. The numbers looked like this:
5x 20 kg
5x 50 kg
5x 70 kg
5x 100 kg
3x 120 kg
5x 150 kg
5x 155 kg

Very decent! I'm really happy about making such good progress ultimately. I feel very good (apart from the seemingly everlasting state of  soreness) and everything works out just fine.
In the evening I was working out with the group. Well, actually it was just Oli and Dave this time as everyone else seemed to have an excuse. We did, and you won't believe this, so prepare...... we did Sprints. I know, I hate running blablabla, but I figured out that what I really hate is long distance running. I still don't like sprinting but I prefer it to the long, grinding runs.
I pulled the WOD of the CrossFit Football website:
2x 100 m (rest 45 seconds)
rest 45 seconds
4x 50 m (rest 30 seconds)
rest 30 seconds
8x 20 m (rest 15 seconds)

This was brutal. I was feeling like I wanted to puke after the second 100 m Sprint already, but kept pushing. I had hoped that with the smaller distances things would get easier, but the decreasing rest time really made things worse. My last couple of 20 m Sprints barely deserve to be called a sprint. I could really feel my butt, hamstrings and calves going from powerful muscles, allowing me to run fast, to some sort of crippled, stiff and burning trash in a few seconds. Hell yeah! Good one! This one wasn't only about muscle power but also about mental power. It wasn't a grinder, which will take you 20 or more minutes to complete and is therefore tough on your mind. Instead this workout crippled you so fast, that in the end you felt like all you wanted to do is lie down and try not to puke. The rest periods, while important for the body, were making it a test of will to get back in position and sprint in an all out effort even though it was the last thing you wanted  to do. Dave and Oli know what I mean.

That's it for the moment. I'm planning on having some rest day posts which do not only describe my workouts but instead deal with some interesting topics concerning nutrition, training, vitamins and so on, but sadly my time is limited and I'm not able to do everything I want to. But stay with me and I won't let you down!

Until then, stay fit and enjoy!

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