I watched a movie on the stairclimber. How lame. I even picked up a People magazine and thought about trying to read it while stepping my morning away ... But then realized that would be just too much.
Have you ever been in a fitness funk? Mine is going on 2 months now, I'm wondering what to do.
A race sounds nice. Running is just easy, and that's what I feel like I need right now. Mindlessness. Someone asked me at the box if I was interested in a CrossFit competition in December. And no, honestly, I'm not.
I don't know how I feel about CrossFit these days. Awkward, considering I just threw down a thousand bones for the Level 1 course in less than 5 days. But, if I'm not CrossFitting, what am I doing? That is the question.
A reader asked me "How did you learn to do kipping and butterfly pullups?" Well, first I had to learn to do a pull up. I never used bands, I did jumping pullups, and slowly started going down in box height, until I didn't use the box anymore. Then, I would do them strict. Over time, I learned how to kip. An emphasis must be made on strict pull-ups before you learn how to kip or butterfly. There is a direct correlation to how many kipping pullups you can do in relation to the amount of strict pullups, I promise. Go get yourself a cheapie bar from Walmart and get started. I'd do 1 every time I walked into our bedroom, then 2, then 3, until I worked my way up to 10, now I can do 15 unbroken. I'd like to do 20. I did recently do 21 unbroken butterfly pull ups ... Me thinks I might be ready for Fran.
The cue that helped me learn to butterfly was "think about backwards pedaling a bicycle." If you hang onto the pull up bar, and just close your eyes, and simultaneously back pedal a bicycle, that is the rhythm you create on a butterfly. Now, push off the bar and make sure you shoot your legs straight down to keep the momentum tight before rebounding on that backwards pedal.
Another reader asked, "Do you wear makeup when you workout?" And the answer is yes, most of the time. This morning, I did not. I always have a tinted moisturizer with SPF that I put on, and usually my Bare Minerals makeup over that, because I just have such bad acne and dark scarring. I hate seeing the blemishes, so I cover it up for me, not for anyone else. I also like waterproof mascara and some Burts Bees tinted chap-stick to keep from biting my nails. I have issues.
This morning another Coach and I taught the Noon class. Look at them doing work! They worked up to a heavy double back squat, then jumped right into the metcon.
5 rounds for time:
15 kettlebell swings 53/35
20 back extensions or supermans
25 sit ups
After class, since I was already there, I decided to do the WOD. I nixed the back squats because it was freezing and I felt like my joints were going to crack like glass under a heavy load, so just did the metcon (I told you, I'm lacking serious motivation these days, people). I used the 44# kettlebell, did 3 rounds of GHD sit ups and 2 rounds on the ab mat (the GHD machines from Again Faster suck, they don't fit my little frame AT ALL), and did all the back extensions on said lame machine.
Time: a turtle like pace of 12:21
My afternoon perked up when I got the chance to walk these babies.
Dogs + the outdoors = goodness. The combination is like chicken soup for the soul.
Camera shy ;)