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The Triumphant Return of Strength Tuesdays
For the last two months, I’ve been following a different strength training program at the Craptastic gym. Sadly, I haven’t seen the results I wanted or expected. I suspect this is due, in large part, to my ongoing thyroid hormone challenges – but it could also be because I was simply doing too much. Three CrossFit classes a week and two heavy strength sessions meant that by the end of a 4-week cycle, I was pretty pooped… and I’d start skipping workouts to rest. Don’t get me wrong: I know rest isn’t a bad thing. It’s an essential component in success –some would argue it’s THE essential component – but I’m not a fan of taking unscheduled rest on a regular basis.
So I’m trying another approach. This summer, I’m going to try a kinder, gentler, (but still killer) training plan: Tuesday is strength training at CrossFit Austin with my pals, Wednesday and Friday are CrossFit classes, and Saturday is whatever I feel like doing… a walk, sprints, a swim, a run, or maybe nothing. I’m throwing some vinyasa yoga in there once or twice a week, too, to stretch out those CrossFit muscles. These last two months of really trying to kick my own ass into shape have left me looking and feeling pretty much the same as before I started, so let’s see what happens if I go the other way and chill out a bit. I’ll keep you posted.
Today, we had a solid but not grueling strength workout. Coach Wes is really into working us at tempos right now, so the weights were fairly light but the WOD was Hard because of the sloooooooow tempo.
Strength WOD #1
4 front squat @ 2212 @ 75% of max – 75#
10/leg walking lunge
Strength WOD #2
5 snatch deadlift @ 4010 @ 70-75% of snatch max – 75#
10 partner chinups
8 seated DB press @ 2020 – 25# DBs
This is me, trying not to be frustrated with my lack of obvious progress. This is me, sticking with my training program because it makes me the best version of myself – even if that version falls short of where I’d like it to be. For now. And with that, I’m off to re-read my post The Best Versions of Us, just to remind myself to follow my own excellent advice.