Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday's Workout: Flop & Sweat

Strength Skill:
  • Cleans (3-3-1-1-1)
I'm not sure I was fully awake until I failed spectacularly at establishing a new 1 rep max squat clean this morning. The act of loading 20 extra pounds over my previous PR weight must have psyched me out; instead of using my legs to power me through the second pull, I yanked with my arms. The result: I pulled the barbell so far back that I landed flat on my back, with the barbell over my neck. (Don't worry -- there was plenty of clearance between my neck and the bar.)

I couldn't help but bust out laughing. This is the second class in a row I've back-flopped; last Friday during warm-ups, I attempted a freestanding handstand and ended up flipping all the way over and crashing down on the floor.

If nothing else, I'm quickly becoming an expert in impressive displays of physical incompetence. My next goal: Learning to fall down the stairs.


AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) in 10 minutes:
  • 10 hang dumbbell snatches - right arm (45lbs / 35lbs)
  • 10 clapping push-ups
  • 10 hang dumbbell snatches - left arm (45lbs / 35lbs)
  • 10 chin-ups

This looked fun and -- dare I say it -- easy! Clapping push-ups? No problem! After all, I did tons of 'em with P90X a bazillion years ago, right? And chin-ups? Piece of cake! Maybe the dumbbell snatches would prove more challenging, but I was confident I could bust 'em out, too.

And then, I had this exchange with Tim as I went over to grab a weight:

Me: "Hey, do we have more 45 pound dumbbells?"
Tim: [Pointing to my ankle] "Are you a hundred percent?"
Me: "Uh, no."
Tim: [Makes a face.]
Me: "Uh, okay." [Grudgingly picks up a 35 pound dumbbell instead.]

And of course, he was right. The light dumbbells were my saving grace, because the clapping push-ups and chin-ups ended up being a lot more challenging than I initially thought. The first couple of rounds went relatively smoothly (though in my excitement, I started doing the chin-ups out of order and didn't realize it until I was halfway through the first set).

But by the third round, I had to abandon my goal of going unbroken on the clapping push-ups and chin-ups. Each time I landed after a clapping push-up, my arms felt like jelly. And instead of flopping on my back, I now found myself flopping on my belly.

Result: 4 rounds + 23 reps.