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100 Inverted Burpees meh…

Posted in inverted burpees with tags on August 26, 2010 by coughingsparks

Did 100 inverted burpees for time today and didn’t do very well, coming in at 14:41. My last time was 14:08, and I really don’t like going slower. Oh well, better next time hopefully.

100 Inverted Burpees

Posted in inverted burpees with tags on April 23, 2010 by coughingsparks

My glutes and hamstrings were scorched today from the past couple of days. I was going to do Shoulder Hell today (5x 2-4-6 press, push press, push jerk + 30 DU), but my double under is gone. I don’t know where it went, but it’s not here. So rather than frustrate myself, I did 100 inverted burpees for time, which is a handstand, come down, roll backwards, touch your toes down behind your head (plow position), roll back up, go into a handstand. Last time I did it was back in December and I got 14:46. I got 14:08 today. I am doing more of rolling straight out and into a handstand without standing in between, which saves time. This one burns out my quads. After the first 50, I was like, really? I have to do 50 more? Really?

Dead Lift/Inverted Burpees

Posted in dead lifts, inverted burpees with tags , on December 27, 2009 by coughingsparks

I didn’t have a ton of time today, but I decided that I really wanted to dead lift. It is my very favorite lift and is the one and only that actually favors freakishly tall humans like myself. I did a 5×3, which was:

115×5 (warm up)
135×4 (warm up)
155×3 (warm up)
165×3
175×3
185×3
195×3
205×3 (new 3RM!)

Next time I do this, I probably am not going to go up in weight because 205 was very hard and my form was not the best ever. I interspersed with toes to bar.

I finished with another pick from the hopper deck (Ace of Spades, I think…), 100 inverted burpees for time. People who scoff at this workout have clearly never tried it. It is like doing box jumps and air squats and handstands and KTE all at the same time. And it is especially challenging after doing dead lifts because it taxes the hamstrings big time. Anyway, I hadn’t done it since July, and I took three minutes off of my original time, coming in at 14:46. Part of the reason I was going faster was that I would come out of the plow position and go straight into the handstand without standing in between. I couldn’t do that for all 100 reps, but I did it for a good chunk of them and that made them go very fast. I thought I was super-slow (and my pants kept falling down), but I really scorched my previous time so yay!

100 Inverted Burpees/New OHS PR

Posted in dead lifts, inverted burpees, overhead squats, pull-ups with tags , , , on July 11, 2009 by coughingsparks

Today I went without any sort of cardio-based workout in favor of the active stretching, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. so popular with Crossfitters. I did some jump rope too. I then did overhead squats. I can’t believe I used to hate these. Five rounds of five and they were easy today for some reason: 70-75-80-85-85. I used to struggle through 45s, so this is great. Greased the groove on pull-ups in between. I am hoping to get 4 dead hangs by next weekend. On to dead lifts, another five sets of five: 135-145-135-135-135. I went back down again because my form sucked on the 145, and I wanted it to go well. I also forgot to mix my grip on that set.

Last but not least, because the group fitness room was free, I did 100 inverted burpees for time, cutting 1:20 off of my original time, benchmarked about three weeks ago. New time: 16:20. I did basically two sets of 50, and I alternated legs on each rep.

I actually was stopped by a guy in his late 40s, a body builder, who asked me if I played Division I volleyball. I smiled ruefully and said no, to his shock. Basketball? No. I then told him about Crossfit. He said that pull-ups were too hard. I said, yes, yes they are hard; that’s the whole point. He asked me a lot of questions and I referred him to the website. I think he’ll go too. Not many women can do pull-ups, and most body builders won’t go near them.

Another convert, amen.

No stupidity today (but a lot of wierd looks)!

Posted in inverted burpees, overhead squats, pull-ups with tags , , on June 15, 2009 by coughingsparks

I think I broke the stupidity curse finally. I started out with 10 minutes on the elliptical. Then 10-15-15 push-ups, sit-ups, air squats. I am really on a mission to do overhead squats (or snatches and overhead squats) every day. So, 45-55-60-60-60-60, much better form today. If I really engage my hip adductors on the way back up, my form improves and my toes don’t come up. I am also trying to sandwich in a GTG pull-up between sets with a slow L-negative down, managed three today. The L is new, but what the heck? Why not do an L?

I wanted to do SDLHP today, but it was late in the day so the gym was crowded and the Oly platform was in use. I was wearing really stretchy pants, too! So I decided to finish with 100 inverted burpees. I went to the “women only” section of the gym, a room upstairs with a couple of nautilus machines, some light dumbells, and some mats and staked out a section of floor next to the mirror and got started. I thought I would only make it to 50, but I knocked out my first set of 25 and thought, wow, today might actually be the day I finish this WOD. Sure enough, I managed it, in four sets of 25, although my last few were positively geriatric. But I actually timed the thing. Not at first, because I truly didn’t think I was going to make it, but I figured out the time based on the music, and came up with 17:41 . So now I am actually benchmarking a WOD as Rx’d!

The person giving me looks of incredulity most was one of those people receiving her “complementary training session” that everyone gets when they sign up (strangely, I’ve never used mine). She was probably in her late sixties, with one of the young male sort of frat-boyish trainers (not in a bad way, that’s just what he looks like), as he coached her on that seated ab machine. I couldn’t hear them because I was in the work-out and because all I could here is, “y’all gonna make me lose my mind/up in here, up in here/y’all gonna make me go all out/up in here, up in here/y’all gonna make me act a fool/up in here, up in here/y’all gonna make me lose my cool/up in here, up in here”, but it was along the lines of “what is that person doing?” And it looked like the trainer was actually explaining why it was an effective exercise. At least I like to think that. I really couldn’t hear them at all.

Annnnnnnyway, I figured out why only my left side hurt last time, and why it will most definitely be hurting tomorrow. I always go up into a handstand on my left leg. Always, always, always. This fact occurred to me at approximately rep 84 or 85, when it was way too late to try it the other way without fracturing my skull. But it is a good point to consider. You’re supposed to donkey-kick up on inverted burpees, but that little trick is strictly for Fire Breathers on this WOD, and, as I’ve stated, I merely cough up the occasional spark…