I am sorry for the lack of posts the last week or so, been super uber busy (as usual), but I could not pass up on reporting in on just how fucking sore I am. I started up doing Boot Camp as you know about five weeks ago (wow, it’s been that long?). I’ve had to do back to backs on Thursday and Friday the last two weeks (only going twice a week), and that has left me BEYOND sore. So sore in fact, I had to put on my Elbow Brace last Saturday just to go run errands, or else I would have been walking around the Farmer’s Market looking like I had had a stroke.
I’ve tried stretching, hot water showers, self massage (which sounds kinky, but clearly not) and drinking water melon juice. The later just made my pee smell like fruit punch. So, now I’ve decided to try the following approaches.
First, Hot Tub w/ Booze.
Second, I’ll just treat my soreness like a hangover during a binge drinking session. I’ll just keep working out just to keep fighting off the edge of soreness. EDIT, upon further research every health and fitness person says #2 is a bad idea, and I’ll probably hurt myself (course let’s face it, that could happen to me just getting up off the toilet).
So, I guess it’s #1!
By the way, for those of you interested to in taking a Boot Camp Class or a Crossfit class, I have a PRO TIP for you! Whenever your trainer says, “Everybody up against the wall!” Just feel free to start crying right away.
5:15am, that’s what time I get up to do this now. And doing that on your birthday… well… that shows you’re growing wiser I guess. The workout started out harmless enough, a little under a half mile run that I managed to actually do. I guess I haven’t lost as much of the runner endurance from last Fall that I thought I had lost. When I came back, I was told that we were doing a 10 of 10 of 10 style work out. 10 exercises times 10 reps with Dumb Bells. Deadlifts, Bent Over Rows, Curls, Squats, Shoulder Press, Tricep Extensions, Double Crunches, Push ups, and another 200 yard run. (Well, I guess that makes only 9 exercises). 10 rounds of this, and you were done.
We used to do these at the other camp, and Lord knows I was lucky to get to Round number 5. So, imagine my surprise, when I cleared round 7 and moved into round 8. That was a real break through point for me from a fitness perspective. I’m not as bad off as I thought. Gee, I wonder how far I am from doing and Obstacle Race? Which was funny, because my trainer Doug asked me in the same session if I was considering it again.
This was a challenging work out though. I can feel it today. I’m super sore, but I got to rehydrate and rest up. I hit the gym tomorrow for some power lifting, and I’m looking forward to that. Oh, for you Fitocracy fans out there, I tracked my HIGHEST single day total EVER! 1761 was my point total, besting my previous best score (895) by nearly double. That is pretty incredible for me. Looking forward to next week!
It’s been 10 months since I hauled my tubby ass out of bed early in the morning to trek out to some isolated part of Los Angeles to participate in a Boot Camp. If you had asked me Saturday if and when I’d be back at Boot Camp, I would have said, “I don’t know… never?” But something shifted on Sunday, and I just simply signed up for Fit Happens LA’s 6:00am Camp. I’m working with a different trainer (sorry Brook) and it is every bit as challenging as I had remembered and hoped it would be again. It felt good to wake up in the still of the morning, fill up my water bottle, eat a banana, grab my gear and head out. This time around I’m working with Doug Purdy (Brook’s husband). We meet in a Church Gym, which is nice. The floor is concrete. When you’re passed out, nothing feels better than cold concrete on your face.
Today was Cardio, which as everyone knows, isn’t my strong suit. However, I pushed through. It’s never a good sign when you need a break a sweat after the warm ups, but none the less, I welcomed the sweat and trudged my way through it. Funny story, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk on Sunday, kind of tweaked my hip. Thought I was okay, until I did a round of “Good Mornings” and realized… nope… that hurts more than I thought it did.
I may be crazy, but in the end, I’m really excited to be back at Bootcamp. I need the routine. After I left, I was good a working out, but four times a week, turned to three, turned to two… turned to… “Oh, Shit, it’s Saturday, and I haven’t exercised.” So, I’m hoping to use the two days a week at Bootcamp to jump start my routine again. I gotta a Kilt I gotta fit into for my Brother-in-Law’s wedding. Shhhh…. he doesn’t know.
When I first started this blog, I was doing a Bootcamp 3 – 4 times a week. It wasn’t easy to get up at 6:00am to work out. It wasn’t easy to get through the work outs either. Many times, I had to sit down and pray I didn’t do the ole’ heave ho on the driveway. In a few articles posted about me on-line I was referred to as the guy who does all the crazy work outs. And in many way, I now my #Bootcamp Re-Caps were a highlight to many folks. A good laugh at my expense.
So, how come they are gone? The sad news, the news I regret to inform you about, is that due to changes in my life, my bootcamp no longer worked in my day to day schedule. It sucks, but the reality is I’m finding myself looking for a NEW class that will fit into my schedule. And unfortunately, what is the most disappointing is that it appears I am in some way losing my great little community.
I love the folks at Fit Happens LA, both the trainers and the people I worked out with. They have built a wonderfully quirky community with some seriously gifted athletes doing some tough ass shit. Seriously, Tough Mudders and Super Spartans are NO joke. However, right now circumstances are not allowing me to participate. When I attended the Thanksgiving Capture the Flag event (where I busted my Achilles) I didn’t realize that would be my ‘last’ work out with them. However, for now, that seems to be the case.
My plan has been to do 1 run on Monday or Tuesday, 1 Yoga Session Thursday (at home), 1 Trip to the Gym (Friday) and lastly a potential weekend workout that is more Crossfit or Bootcamp inspired at home.
It’s not bootcamp, but right now it’s better than nothing. But to all the Ladies (there never were guys at Bootcamp) I want to say thanks for your wonderful support over the last two years. It was an awesome run. And I miss you all.
I am down to only going to Bootcamp once a week, as I need to take my little guy to his new school Monday – Thursday. But by Golly, I’m gonna get me that one day a week! Today I showed up with no spring in my step, as I had exhausted it on my run the night before. The Spartan 300 workout from Wednesday night, was also still lingering. None, the less, I pressed ahead.
“Let’s do some abs!” is one of my least favorite sentences. But that’s what we did. We did us some abs. We did some crunches, and leg lifts, and planks, and all the thing designed to crush your spirit and will to live. We did them ALL! So, that’s the guts portion of the workout.
Now, to the Gauntlet portion, and by gauntlet, I mean thrown gauntlet. Brook (my trainer) asked me when I was going to run a 5K. I said, “Sometime before the end of the year, I supposed.” She then gave me that look that was a cross between “You have a stupid face” and “Not Good Enough, Fatty”. So, I mentioned in the next month. So, I guess in the next two weeks, I’ll be headed to the Rose Bowl to run a 5K. Ugg.
Today was my only day at Boot Camp. Change is coming in a big way, as my wife and I welcome baby #2. With the elder child starting a new pre-school early in the morning, I am unable to go to Bootcamp in the mornings. This means I’m reducing my time there to once a week. From 4 to 3 to 2 now down to 1. I have to face the facts that my exercise regiment is going to change. I’ll blog about that more later.
But WHAT a FRIDAY! This was an exercise in what the worst things in the world are, let’s do them 50 times each and all in a row! Wah-freaking-hoo! The first cycle wasn’t too bad as it involved Jumping Jacks and Circle Kicks. However, a seconds cycle of bear crawls, crab crawls (which I can’t do) and spider crawls forced me towards a religious experience as I prayed to God that it would all mercifully end.
We finished this up with a cycle of I think 15,000 burpies or some crazy thing, and another round of abs. SWEAT WAS POURING off of me, and right now I’m recovering as best I can. What a workout today. Even though I can only go once a week, I can always count on getting the biggest challenge at Boot Camp!
Today is Friday. Last day of the week, and last day before cheat day. It’s an important day, because I have to always attempt to finish strong going into a Cheat Day. Otherwise, I feel miserable about the Cheat Day, especially if I haven’t earned those ‘fast’ carbs. I think based on the work today at the ole’ Boot Camp, I earned at least a slice of bread.
What can you do in three minutes? You’re probably thinking not a whole lot. I can make microwave popcorn. Pay a few on-line bills. Watch the latest and greatest cat video a few times. I now know that you can do the following in three minutes: high knees, jumping jacks, side jumps, stutter steps, diving push ups, spazzies. Yep, we took six intense fast twitch exercises in 30 second intervals and smashed them all together. The results? SWEAT, lots of SWEAT! SWEAT POURING down my face. We did the ‘cycle’ about six or eight times. It was really rough given the high humidity today. Around cycle four I started to really feel burnt, but you carry on as best you can. If you can get through a boot camp without barfing… it’s a win!