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Today, the hubs and I met up with our Crossfit trainer (and now new personal trainer) Michael. We didn’t lose Linda, our old personal trainer. She’s just too busy with school to see us regularly for the past couple months so she recommended Michael to us. And really, you can never pay enough to workout. Two personal trainers, one gym membership, and one martial art’s school membership? No problem.
If you wonder why I can’t pay rent and my posts are of me sitting in a cardboard box on the side of the street, this is the reason. I’ll be homeless, but at least I’ll be buff.
When we arrived at the gym, Michael had everything set up for our workout.
Not sure what the hubs is doing in that upper right hand corner. Probably warming up with some river dancing.
Here’s the specifics of the Spartan workout:
- 25 jumping pull-ups
- 50 dead lifts
- 50 push-ups (chest to ground)
- 50 box jumps (box was 18 inches high)
- 50 dumb bell clean and press (each arm)
- 50 floor sweepers
- 25 jumping pull-ups
Each exercise is done as quickly as possible while keeping good form. The goal is to do this workout for time with no scheduled breaks. This is an advanced strength training cardio workout that pretty much works all the muscle groups.
Since I’m slower, Hubs started first and when he was 2 exercises in, I started.
We start by using our legs to propel us up to get our chins above the bar.
Pull-ups work your lats, triceps, and biceps.
During dead lifts, it’s important to keep your back straight at all times to avoid injury. I’m not sure how much weight I was using, but 25 reps in, I had to reduce the weight because it was too heavy.
Dead lifts work your lower back and your hamstrings.
Today was the first day I could stand up and sit down without unbelievable soreness from our leg workout on Thursday. Therefore, I shall cherish being able to walk today because tomorrow I’ll be crawling on the floor looking for a burger like David Hasselhoff.
Push-ups work your chest, triceps, and abs.
Mine were modified (on my knees) and hubs did the manly ones. For Crossfit push-ups, it’s important that your chest hits the ground. When I do the manly Crossfit push-ups, my hips hit the ground first a lot (which is wrong), so the pad my knees are on really helped with that.
Hubs did them unassisted, but the box is so high (18 inches) that I usually hold Michael’s left-hand just in case both of my feet don’t hit the box at the same time. Then he can stop me from doing a faceplant.
The real thing:
Me faking for a picture:
Nice yawn shot of hubs in the mirror.
Do you ever yawn when you’re weight training? Hubs and I do ALL the time. We’re not tired, so we have no idea why we do that.
After 25 of these, I had to take a short break because I got dizzy. Box jumps KICK YOUR ASS.
Dumb Bell Clean and Press
Clean and press works quads, gluts, and shoulders. The idea is to keep your chest forward and your butt back. Hubs had much better form than me on these, but this is the idea.
Psst! You can see Michael on the right.
Floor sweepers work your shoulders and abs.
Holding a weight to keep you grounded (I used the 45 lb bar), you sweep your legs up to the right, then down in front of you, then up to your left while keeping your legs as straight as possible.
The above picture is reason the color black was invented: butt shots. You’re welcome for that.
We ended the workout with 25 more jumping pull-ups. Afterwards, I thought I was going to die. This is me trying to catch my breath afterwards.
And just when you thought a butt shot wasn’t enough.
You can thank the hubs for that one.
This workout took the guys that made the movie “300” twenty-five minutes. It took the hubs 39 minutes and took me almost 49 minutes. The guys from the movie also did this 3x a week coupled with other exercises like flipping tires.
This workout is probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done. I’ve eaten lunch, it’s 3 hours later as I’m typing this, and I still feel weak. Our other Crossfit workouts are similar to this, but they usually target certain muscle groups instead of total body. So only part of my body wants to die. Not the whole thing.
What’s the hardest workout you’ve ever done?
Do you think I look like this now?