Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday's Workout

Back to work.

Strength Skill:
  • Deadlifts (3 sets of 3, followed by 2 sets of 1)
I'm slowly creeping my way back up towards deadlifting 2X my bodyweight.


For time:
Result: 11:13.

Before starting, my goal was to avoid taking any mid-set breaks -- especially during the push-presses (I hate cleaning the bar up off the ground). I failed spectacularly, taking one break during the push-presses, one during the toes-to-bars, three during the burpees, and two during the sumo deadlift high pulls. Still, in the end, I think that breaking everything up into mini-sets of 5 to 10 reps was definitely the way to go. I doubt I could have finished this workout otherwise. (Even launching right into burpees immediately after finishing a long set of toes-to-bars was crazy-difficult; it took a few reps before the feeling came back to my hands and forearms.) By taking a breather here and there, the wheels never came off, and I still had some gas at the end.

Besides, as my coach proclaimed: "If you don't need to break up your sets, you're not lifting enough weight."

(Photo: Amber Karnes)