Week 2, Day 2

This morning's exercise went really well! I had planned to perform three sets last night, but realized that I was pretty beat after the first two. I was reading a couple of Crossfit Journal editions (May 2003 and June 2005), and I am convinced that it is just as important to not push myself too hard now as it will be later.

Today's exercises - 2 sets of:

100 jump-rope
20 push presses (each hand)
20 air squats

The jump-rope is getting better, I just need to do more of it! I got through 70 jumps before tripping my second round. Also, I had Erin check my form on the squats last night, and my first set today felt right. The second fell apart, though. Gotta get into shape!


Week 2, Day 1

It was nice to take a break this last weekend, and to spend some time enjoying nature with the family while camping at Alva Lake in Montana. We got back on Monday, and I slept in on Tuesday morning, as I did not get much sleep while camping. I was energized by the beauty of nature and the enjoyment of spending good health with family and friends, and I come back to work and home with a renewed desire to be strong for life.

Today's workout - 2 sets of:

20 bar dips
20 push-ups
10 pull-ups
20 air squats

There are a few exercises in there that I cannot get very high reps on. I really struggled through my second set of push-ups, where I can normally nail out 40-50 without much trouble. I think that I need to ease up on difficulty and focus on attaining higher-rep workouts. Also, I am planning on getting some running in there!

Found a great document of countless bodyweight exercises here (post #33). I am going to try some of these over the next weeks and months.


Day 4

This morning, I had a hard time getting motivated to go downstairs and kill it. I think that my lack of enough sleep last night contributed to my sluggishness, but I also think that my failure to plan today's workout before I went to bed last night was a bad idea. Fail to plan, plan to fail - I'll be more committed to intentionality from here on out. Anyway, here was the workout:

3 sets of:
90 yd. bear crawl
20 reduced-load pull-ups

The first set today was maybe a little easier than it should have been. Because I didn't plan the workout the night before, I was a little easier on myself than I could have been. Maybe I should have thrown in something to work the quads a little. However, after the third set I was just about ready to puke. Had I done a fourth set, I might have.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and we are leaving early to go camping in MT, but I'm still going to knock out 30 push-ups every stop that we make.


Day 3

This morning's workout:

2:00/1:30/1:00/0:30 back-to-back intervals of jump-rope and crunches

Without breaks, this would take 10 minutes flat. I had 15 or 30 seconds between each interval, so it took a little longer. It was nice to set a goal and get all of the way through the workout. I will be working towards the same time intervals with double-under jump-rope and full-range sit-ups, but for now, I'm happy with my accomplishment.

I am feeling moderately sore just about everywhere today. Not so sore that I would think that I pushed myself too hard, just sore enough that I know the exercise is making a difference.

No ideas yet what I'll do tomorrow, may try sets of bear crawls or crab walks for duration.


Day 2

I woke up this morning less sore than I had expected, but still dreading getting out of bed because that meant I had to go exercise. I hadn't decided what I was going to do this morning, but as I stretched out and warmed up, I decided on three sets of:

20 bar dips
10 hindu push-ups
30 cone hops

Got through the first set without too much trouble, but when I got to 4th rep in the second set of hindu push-ups, I ran out of chest. Tried to finish the set with standard push-ups, but I literally collapsed. Cone hops on the second set were finished out just fine, though I'm sure that my form was terrible, and I stopped there.

In retrospect, I should have pushed into the third set, but I didn't. I'm riding a fine line between pushing myself hard and being able to exercise tomorrow.

On the plate for tomorrow, modified from Monday's CrossFit.com WOD:

Jump rope for 2 minutes
Sit-up for 2 minutes
Jump rope for 90 seconds
Sit-up for 90 seconds
Jump rope for 1-minute
Sit-up for 1-minute
Jump rope for 30 seconds
Sit-up for 30 seconds

Not sure if I should be doing cardio as well, but this is enough to start, for sure!


Another Beginning

I started something new today. Up at 6 am, stumbled downstairs and tried to get through five sets of the following.

20 chin-ups
30 push-ups
40 sit-ups
50 squats

Finished the first set in 4 minutes, finished the second in another 9 minutes, never started the third.

All in all, a good beginning. :)