Shout out to Traci who ran her longest run to date – 17 miles! Way to go, Traci!!
We had a fun and relaxed session tonight in the wake of last night’s burpee massacre. The women were greatly honored to completely destroy the entire backsides of their bodies with tire flips, dumbbell swings, and more. The men got to do some heavy dumbbell clean and press with some pull work. The highlight of the night was definitely the leg-burner finisher. Very exciting to watch three grown men stand around a tire, facing away from center, and hold a hover squat an inch over the tire to see who will be the last man standing. It warms my heart to see people try so hard…
Melissa making tire flips look effortless
The men personifying the word “machine”
Last night we had several breakthroughs with the feared 100 Burpee Challenge. Three people were partaking in attempts to break their old PRs.
As usual, I didn’t tell any of them that they were doing the challenge until they showed up for the workout. We usually wait to tell people that it’s burpee time because an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and nervousness will consume them for the remainder of the day. Unless it’s your first time doing the challenge, you know what you’re in for. You know that a) you have your PR time to beat and b) it’s going to kill you because your last PR nearly killed you. The only time we do tell people in advance is if the member is training for a race or another specific event. In this case, advanced knowledge is excellent mental training because they will experience the same anxiety before the burpee challenge that they would experience before the actual event in which they are training for.
Last night, we had Ben, Davage, and Matt suck it up and destroy their old personal record times. When it was all said and done, there were no freak outs of any kind during the challenge! This has not been the case lately as we have seen people literally fall over in the middle of the challenge, claim to have Vertigo, cry, dry heave – you name it and we’ve seen it. Between sets, everybody has their own way of dealing with pain and not being able to breath. Dave would dry heave only for a moment and get a swig of water and push through. Ben would wonder off into deeply emotional conversations with himself in the midst of me screaming at him. It was as if he had a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Looking down to his left shoulder he would yell, “I can’t do this! I can’t! This is insane!”. Immediately after, he would look down to his right shoulder and yell, “Ahhh! I gotta go!”, take a few huffs and puffs, and he would resume. And, like a dog about to drop a deuce, Matt would interestingly walk tight circles at a brisk pace before crushing another set. After the challenge was complete, everybody took their own victory lap around the cul-de-sac. That’s not a planned out thing, it just happens because people are in a state of shock and don’t know what else to do except walk. Job well done, guys!
Ben during his victory lap
Matt – 7:39 (down from 9:17 in the spring)
Ben – 10:32 (down from 12:41)
Davage – 12:20 (down from 50 burpees in 14 and some change!)
Started the week off right with some grueling work with sledges and my new favorite toy, the 85 lb sandbag.
After much experimentation, the new “Sandbag Complex” has been formed:
6 Clean and Press
6 Bent Over Rows
6 Front Squats
(Done in sequence with no rest 5x, rest 1 minute between complexes)
The 10 minute Tire Flip Test (600 LB) was also taken by Ben and Davage!
Ben 123 flips
Davage 101 flips
Davage humbly bowing to his new master…
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Reaction of the week:
This week Davage reigns supreme again for his resilience during hill sprints. I have never seen somebody blackout and fall face-first into a lawn half way up the hill. Not only does Dave push himself to the blackout, but a few seconds later he triumphantly rises to his feet using his jello-y legs to complete the sprint and as well as two more. Bonus points for the semi-controlled “windmill” action during the last few trips down the hill, too! Way to go, Davage.
This week we had three members take their first 100 Burpee Challenge. This challenge is the gold standard for our gym because it demonstrates: explosive and endurance strength, anaerobic cardio capacity, and mental determination. For their first try:
Davage 14:31 (50 Burpees)
Note that Dave’s reaction to the Burpee Challenge was an extremely close runner up for the Reaction of the Week.
Judy cranking out some tire flips!