Ouch Ouch Ouch – Crossfit kicks my butt

Going back to the Cardiff gym this week, for the first time since November, was always going to be messy but I’m as sore as I’ve ever been right now.

I decided to do workouts from the main Crossfit.com site. I can’t necessarily follow their daily scheme, either because like today, it’s a rest day, or because it’s not practical in a “normal” gym, e.g. Fight Gone Bad. So this is what I picked for yesterday, after doing some heavy Cleans, up to 90kg:

With a continuously running clock, squat for 60 seconds. Subtract the number of squats completed from 60, and do that many pull-ups in minute two. In minute three, squat again, subtracting the number completed from 60. Do that number of push-ups in minute four. Minute five is squatting again, and minute six pull-ups.

The pattern is squats, pull-ups, squats, push-ups, squats, pull-ups, etc. The goal is to stay within the workout’s formula for as long as possible.

Don’t do more than 60 squats in any round.

In any case, stay moving for at least 12 minutes.

It looked like fun, and was for the first 4 minutes or so, then it started to go down hill. I won’t bore with the details, but I did do 174 squats in the 12 minutes and boy did my thighs ache this morning!

Then today, I decided to do some light Snatch work, and so just did pairs of Hand Power Snatches + Squat Snatch, up to a modest 55kg. Followed by Grace (30 x power cleans and push jerks) @ 60kg. I was way off the pace at 11:20 and if I thought my thighs ached before, I was wrong! Walking upstairs this evening was a serious struggle, and that was after a good 10 minutes stretching out.

Ho ho, welcome back Crossfit, how I’ve missed you!

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