Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday's Workout

My workout ended over a half-hour ago and I'm still winded.

Strength Skill:
  • Weighted Ring Dips (2 sets of 5, 3 sets of 3)
The last time around, I was able to do 'em with 70 pounds -- half my bodyweight -- strapped to me (50 pound weight vest plus 20 pound dumbbell). But that was months ago. This time around, I decided to go lighter, adding just 35 pounds to my bodyweight for my last set today. Ring dips are fun and quick, but having to squeeze heavy dumbbells between my thighs was somewhat less than awesome, especially on a cold morning. (The mathematical formula for this: Cold Metal + Crotch < Awesome.) 


AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) in 12 minutes:
  • 20 Walking Overhead Lunges (holding a 45-pound plate overhead) 
  • 15 Plyo Box Jumps (20 inch box) 
  • 10 Abmat Sit-Ups (with a mat underneath to prevent ass rashes)
  • 5 Pull-Ups
Result: I'd made it through exactly 5 rounds when time ran out.

The sit-ups and pull-ups were a breeze, but the walking overhead lunges and box jumps (back-to-back, no less!) wore me down. The first round didn't seem particularly challenging, but after a few minutes, my legs began shaking. For the first four rounds, I managed to stay in the lead, with one of my classmates -- the guy we call The Terminator -- close behind. But about 8 lunges into my third round, my legs and arms gave out. I dropped the plate, and by the time I managed to hoist it back up, The Terminator had surged ahead, and I wasn't able to close the distance. He got through 5 rounds plus 8 lunges in the 12 minutes.

Secretly, I'm relieved I didn't have time to start a sixth round. The lunges were murder.