22 Feb 2012
Tags: crossfit, demonbells, harder better faster stronger, Measure your workout not by how sore you are but by how many times you said "fuck", stop: SEXY TIME, the Boyo, workouts, Yeah I Workout
10 bench jump/tuck jump burpees
5 20lb KB snatch, each arm
1 min plank
2 turkish get-ups, each side, 20lb KB
1 min reverse plank
10 squats w/ 20 lb KB
1 min handstand hold
Since we only have one kettlebell,
we rotated out planks and using the KB.
Turkish get-ups are impossible sonsuvbeetches,
but I will conquer them.
YES I WILL.
this is my kettlebell:
She's a pretty little thing.
The Boyo got her for me for Valentine’s Day–
he’s so romantic!
08 Feb 2012
Tags: crossfit, Gymnastics WOD, harder better faster stronger, Measure your workout not by how sore you are but by how many times you said "fuck", Mobility WOD, stop: SEXY TIME, the Boyo, Yeah I Workout
Just me and The Boyo this time.
20 Tuck jump squats
20 Leg circles
10 Lateral push-ups (OI!)
5 Dead hang pullups/chinups
Surprisingly tough, this one!
I’m definitely going to keep V-ups and Tuck jump squats in the repertoire–
They are nasty little bastards,
and my abs are feeeeeeling it this morning.
(I’m planning to run this particular workout again,
with the goal of five rounds.
It’ll be hell, but totally worth it.
We’ve gotten pretty good at getting through three rounders–
time to step it up.)
I purchased a (fantastic!) Groupon for a month of Crossfit at a gym in Tarzana–
hoping to start that up in March, since February is totally booked out already.
Can’t wait to see what I learn there!!!
Also loving this site:
I emailed Carl a question regarding handstands,
and he replied quickly, with a link to another great site
that focuses on mobility for everyone–totally awesome!
I’m digging the fact that the Crossfit community is so diverse,
and so willing to help each other out.
It’s pretty badass.
06 Feb 2012
Tags: depression, mc sweeney's, reading, So my choice is "or death" then?, the Black Dog, the Boyo, understanding, when you say one thing and mean your mother
“Maybe we visited a place so dark that we couldn’t see anything but the trauma or our loved one’s absence and maybe when we came back, part of that place stuck to us like a layer of soot across our eyes. Or an iron weight in our throat. A shadow that filters how we feel and think about the world, tinging everything with shades of gray.”
03 Feb 2012
Tags: corgi, corporate culture, full business drag, nami, the Boyo, whinging, work
The Letter “L”
And “So glad to be home and not stuck in Denver
in the middle of a snowstorm because NO.”
that didn’t start with “L”.
How in the CRAP do people travel for business on a regular basis?
I just had three solid days of meetings with working lunches,
and I cannot fathom doing this more than once or twice a year.
I’m going to go snuggle The Boyo and The Corgi now.
And soak my feet–full business drag does a number on Ye Olde Insteppe.
26 Jan 2012
Tags: crossfit, harder better faster stronger, I love my crazy friends, stop: SEXY TIME, Swearing makes it easier, the Boyo, The Roommate, workouts, Yeah I Workout
20 sumo squats
20 elevated pushups
20 bench jumps
1 min plank (alternating standard/reverse)
20 tuck jumps
I need to get a couple of sandbags and kettlebells–
Sumo squats are *way* more challenging with a sandbag on your back.
I finished with three chinups and two pullups;
had to take a breather after the first three,
but I’m getting closer to my goal of five in a row by February!
What are your favorite WOD exercises?
(We’re using a park and our own bodyweight, so bear that in mind)
21 Jan 2012
Tags: crossfit, Goddamn jump squats, harder better faster stronger, I love my crazy friends, RAWR, Swearing makes it easier, the Boyo, The Roommate
20 pushups any style
10 star jumps
10 toes to bar/10 knees to elbows
5/10/15 piggyback squats
Piggyback squats are what you do when you don’t have weights–
just throw a Workout Buddy on your back,
and you’re golden!
…and possibly giggling.
Proper form is difficult when The Roommate's legs are a million miles long.
I get a lot of these looks on Crossfit nights:
"But I already *did* 160 pushups!"
"Do *all* the burpees?"
But it’s okay.
My fuzzy raccoon hat saves me from the wrath of the Workout Buddies:
"DO ALL THE BURPEES!"
19 Jan 2012
Tags: crossfit, fuckinburpees, harder better faster stronger, I love my crazy friends, Measure your workout not by how sore you are but by how many times you said "fuck", the Boyo, The Roommate, workouts, Yeah I Workout
Warm up, 500m run
25 bench jumps
1 min front plank/handstand/dead hang
15 knees to elbows
1 min plank
A reasonable workout–
glad we got more running in this time around!
I’m becoming a fan of knees-to-elbows,
particularly since you have to hold your elbows bent,
which makes this a super abs and arms workout.
We’re all starting to get the hang of this,
so it’s time to amp it up–
I might have to go buy a sandbag for sumo squats!
14 Jan 2012
Tags: crossfit, harder better faster stronger, I love my crazy friends, Measure your workout not by how sore you are but by how many times you said "fuck", RAWR, the Boyo, workouts
Took it easy last night–
and went for recovery beer at Lucky Baldwin’s.
It was necessary.
10 squat jumps
20 knee hang situps
30 plie squats
1 min front plank
1 min standard plank
I think we all just needed a fun workout–
there was a lot of laughter in this one.
The Boyo, James, Laura, and The (former) Roommate were all able to make it!
I tried for a minute handstand hold
on the last round in place of the standard plank–
I’m having a real issue with a nerve/muscle/something
pinch under my left shoulder blade,
so I only made it 30 seconds–
went back up again, of course, but that PINCH!
It makes me feel like a real weenie.
We’ll make up for this easy workout on Monday.
24 Dec 2011
Tags: Christmas, dreams, friends, Los Angeles, lovelies, nami, rest, the Boyo
Christmas Eve is better with an Octopus.
the Boyo and I took Nami and our friends’ wiggly pup, Spaghetti,
to the park to run around for a while.
There was Christmas Tree Lane,
with old, old Deodars covered in soft colored lights.
We played Book Lovers’ Scrabble until we got too sleepy to be clever.
The dogs are quiet.
So are we.
It’s a good Christmas, loves.
It *almost* makes it feel like it's snowing outside!
21 Dec 2011
Tags: crossfit, fuckinburpees, harder better faster stronger, I love my crazy friends, Measure your workout not by how sore you are but by how many times you said "fuck", stop: SEXY TIME, the Boyo, workouts
A little different,
but ooooh, my arms are feeling it this morning:
15 bench jumps
2 ring handstands
15 spiderman pushups
15 mountain climbers
10 kneehang situps
5 spartan pushups
15 bench jumps
15 dive bomber/hindu pushups
10 knee-to-chest (from dead hang)
10 kneehang situps
I could have done another round of this one–
it would have sucked, but I did have it in me.
James and Ben didn’t struggle with the spiderman or spartan pushups,
which I totally did,
but I had an easy time with the dive-bomber pushups and
they really struggled with those.
It’s fascinating to see which exercises are
particularly challenging for different folks!
and I ripped off a callous doing pullups.