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Endurance Testing

We started doing our Benchmark tests yesterday and finished them up today with the endurance portion.  I thought we were going to do Deadlifts today, but nope…we didn’t. I was a little disappointed with that, but I’m sure it’s coming some other day.

Endurance Tests:

1 Minute Pull Ups (15, green band)
1 Minute Push Ups (26, on knees)
1 Minute Sit Ups (with abmat, 27)
1 Minute Squats (to med ball, 41)
20 Cal Row (56 Seconds)

We only had 5 people show up today. The past two days there had been 11 people, so I expected more. We started with the Row, which was very tiring. I’m glad I got sub 1 minute but will definitely try for better next time. I tried not to look at the cals so I wouldn’t focus on “almost done” and just try to push through the entire thing. It was great watching the others do it too. They were flying so fast a couple of them flew off the seat!

Next up was sit ups. My abs were sore from Monday’s workout so it was a painful minute!! Normally we do abmat sit ups with butterfly legs and using arms overhead. For this test we had to keep a regular sit up position (knees up) and hands behind our heads. Our elbows had to touch our knees for it to count. I’m glad Jennifer was my counter because I’m pretty sure I would have lost count! I’m happy with the fact that I didn’t stop once, even though I wanted to.

We went into pull ups after that. I used the green band because I just can’t get many with the blue band. The pull up didn’t count if your chin didn’t reach the bar. DOH! I definitely need to work on my kipping motion again.

Going from pull ups to push ups was tough. My arms were tired and burning. I didn’t do “normal” push ups (not on knees) because I wanted to keep good form. I get too “wormy” if I try to do too many plank push ups. For a push up to count you had to touch your chest to the ground and lock your arms out at the top. I rested 3 times for about a second each. My arms were burning too bad.

Last, we did body weight squats to a med ball. If your butt didn’t hit the ball and you didn’t lock your hips at the stand up then the squat didn’t count. I had to pause a couple of times; However, I was happy with my number.

All in all, it was a good day! Glad I get a weekend to recover because I’m already pretty sore! How was your day?

Benchmarking

Today started day 1 of our benchmarking at CrossFit. On the roster:

Push Press (95#)

Power Clean (105#)

Back Squat (175#)

I started with Push Press. This was an experience! I tried to do my max with 105# but I couldn’t get my arms all the way straight. In fact, I was losing control of the weight and since it was going backward, I just plopped it down on my shoulders. Stupid? yes…Painful? A little bit….Everything was ok? yep. So, I dropped back down to 95# and maxed there. This was up 10# from last time, but not as much as I wanted. I wanted the 105#. My partner, Sunny, kicked ass! She is such an inspiration.

Next was the Back Squat. We don’t do back squats very often. In fact, the last time I did them that I can remember was when we maxed out the last time. I went up 20#, which was a 10% increase. I would have liked to have done at least 200#. Again, not what I wanted, but still happy with the increase.

Last we did the Power Clean. My max with the clean was 105# and that’s what I got again this time. I was pulling the bar high enough, I just couldn’t get myself to squat under it. It’s definitely a mental thing. My other issue is that I’m not very flexible in my arms so I have a difficult time getting my elbows up. If you can’t get your elbows up you won’t be able to support the higher weights!

All in all, I’m pleased with the increases but still a little let down. Tomorrow is the final day of benchmarking. I’m not sure what we’re doing but Shane said we were doing some other “moves” (I assume deadlift) and some body weight work (how many push ups in a minute type thing). I’m sore tonight and I imagine will be sore tomorrow. We’ll see!