The CrossFit Diaries: Partner Powerhouse

I’m starting to get back into the zone. My strength is jumping up. This morning I absolutely could not get going so I missed my class but was able to reschedule for the evening. No more missing days. I’m hoping that since I’ve been controlling my diet much better that I’ll start to see my physical weight drop down. I can see the difference when I look at the mirror, but the scale doesn’t reflect that yet. It will come. I just need to be patient. I sure would like to be low 260s by Thanksgiving considering how much I’ll be eating over that week with Thanksgiving and my cousin Jenika’s wedding which I’m officiating. Needless to say the diet will be going out the window a little bit that week.

Came in yesterday afternoon feeling primed for a good workout. Here’s what we had on the docket:

Strength/Skill:

Deadlift- 3,3,3,3,3

Pull Up Strength Development

Workout of the Day:

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes with a partner of:

75 Calories on the Rower/Airdyne

50 Push Ups (ring dips count for 2)

25 Burpees

*one partner works at a time*

I did the rational thing after bumping my squats up 50 pounds over the previous week and… bumped my dead lift up 50 pounds over the previous week. I know by Saturday my legs are going to just hate me, but they’ll have to deal with it. I’m  not slowing down right now. The final set was 435 lb, and it felt great. I’m definitely getting into the right area from a weight perspective for low reps. If we do this again next week I’ll probably bump to 455 or 465. Pull-ups are coming along great. My strength is really growing there and I’m happy to feel the progress. Long way to go, but improvement is always great.

For the WOD portion we divided the class of 6 people (3 men, 3 women) into pairs of 1 man and 1 woman. My partner’s name was Julie. She rowed first and we decided we’d break the rowing up into 15 calories each, 10 push-ups each and 5 burpees each. One person would be stuck with more to start but we figured it would work out. Given the short intervals we were working on to start I was really able to hammer the row and knocked out my 15 calories in about 15 strokes for the first round. I dropped down and knocked out 30 push-ups after Julie finished rowing the first round to give her a little break and it helped us close the gap considerably. We were in second place coming into the second round, but were able to blow it out on the Airdyne to take  a commanding lead, which we never gave up. #1 baby! We did 2 full rounds plus a full 75 calories on the rower again and an additional 40 push-ups. Solid workout that had everyone wiped out.

The team/partner/competition component of CrossFit is by far my favorite part of it. Having played team sports seemingly my whole life, having that competition and team work mentatlity back to my workouts is really what’s driving me. It is great to try and square off against other people in the gym in your own little mini competition to see who comes out on top. The results are always surprising and is really, in my opinion, the biggest strength of CrossFit.

Looking forward to cleaning on Friday.

Stay classy.

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