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Weekend challenge time

So it’s time for this weekends ‘Weekend challenge‘ (I hope some of my boxercise ladies are reading along, cause these challenges are specially tailor made for you!)

Last weekend we did 100 squats @bw (body weight), this weekend we’re gonna work our way up the body, and target that midsection area with love handles, ‘once was a waist’ and the weaker lower back. In short: The Core area is in need of some serious, safe work. And a great way to do so, is to work with weight and stability drills. This one, is one of my favorites!

Saxon sidebends:

Hold something above your head. Aim to keep your arms straight. Make sidebends – upper body aligned with hips and legs, so watch you don’t tip over or backwards.

Now I know, some of you don’t have access to a medicine ball or a weight plate. Don’t despair! You can use, whatever you have at home: A gallon of milk, a six pack of drinks, 5kg potato bag, a chair, a bottle of wine, a duck or a garden rock. Only your imagination sets the limits. For best result, choose something that is a bit hard for you to make sidebends with.

The 2x 30 you can split up as to 3x 10 during each day. It’s 5 to each side if you’re not use to working the core. If you are do 10 to each side.

A few ideas for your Saxon Sidebends. And remember: You have to sweat, to look good 😉

Thursday recap:
8k in Edited (17th may) – Not sure about time. Might have been fast, but prob not 14min!! (Hahaha)
3 x 6 pull ups (alternate grip)
3x 20 Hamstrings – superset with
3x 20 Saxon Sidebends with 9kg MB

Friday Light session:
2x 10x 9kg MB Windmills
2x 20 Squat to OH press (9kg MB)
2x 10 Saxon Sidebends
Goodmornings session:
2x 5x 20kg
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 35kg
2x 5x 40kg

6 Pulls ups
4x 5x 22.5kg BoR (total 20 each side. Left is a bit weaker than right)
4x 20 Decrease sit ups (obliques)
2x 10 OH tricep ext (12.5kg/ 15kg db)
2x 20 Back extension
2x 20 back extension w/Swissball
2.5min plank

Stretch & foam roller

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It’s bloody november again?? (1st of may)

I’m on the verge of getting a slight depression. Going from one minor injury to another, with a constant dripping nose and the outside looks and feels like bloody november again.
Some days, I truly feel like Ireland don’t like me… at all!!

Due to a constant feeling of almost getting sick (flu), being cold and miserable and having first knee problem, now elbow – my training rate has dropped dramatically and so have the enthusiasm.
But I’ve decided it might be time for me to ‘supp’ it up, so I’ve ordered Glucosamine to make my joints happier and I’m gonna shop for multivitamins, so I can battle this stupid ‘almost flu’.
The weather – I guess, I can’t do much about it, unless I’m going travelling (which I might, if november continues).

So training update from the past 4 days or so:
Saturday:  8K run in the hills of Clonakilty (Cold but lovely run. I can run up the hill now, without stopping so am improving a bit)

Sunday: Nothing 

Monday: Nothing just for me, but a 45 min. KB class with the awesome girls and ladies in Womens Fitness. Swings (alternations), Squats, Lunges, Presses, C&J, Snatch, Amazone Get Ups, ½ TGU, Halos, 8 figures, BoR, Tricep Ext etc.
Also a 45 min. Boxercise class with my super, duber boxercise ladies! Did the last routine with them, so got lots of squats and situps in.
+ diverse  drills from PT’s.

Tuesday (today!): Boxercise class with CIT this morning
5.5K alternating in speed and incline
Squats
Hamstrings
Push Ups
Strecthing
Boxercise and ‘Fightergirl’ classes at K2C tonight!

And a hopefully more optimistic Tania tomorrow…

 

 

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TRX – WTF?

Did an early morning boxercise class at CIT – a great way to start the day, once you got out of bed.

Did a small session myself afterwards:
3K running
5min Xtrainer – waiting on the TRX cable
TRX – trying it out for about 15 – 20min. Decided it was not that much fun. Have to try a class and get proper instruction, before I can decide for real. Today was basically a waste of time.

3 set TGU (5 x12.5kg) super set with Dips (bw x10)
3 set BoR (5,6,8x 25kg) super set with Hamstrings (bw x20)
Strecth

Tonight Boxercise class at K2C 

Someone mailed me about Rhassan Muhareb. He is a muay thai fighter and friend of mine from Denmark. He’s been fighting for years, and has several national and international titles. He trains at Mikenta and is without doubt, one of the most unusual nak muays around – in that sense, that he is strong, powerful, athletic – and he does the craziest things in the ring.
I haven’t seen his fights from I-1 2012, but with 3 KO’s, I’m guessing one or two is probably quite spectacular.  I’ve also had the pleasure of commentating with Rhassan as my guest expert at a Fight Club show.
And as a last note: He is a great guy!! Down to earth, honest, hard working (training), friendly.

Rhassan Muhareb vs Christian Klingenberg, Fight Arena, Albertslund, Denmark, may 2009. (Tania Presutti, photographer)

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‘Ups day’ – 42nd day

Just noticed the day – If 42 is the answer to everything, my training might not be included in everything!

I did get to the gym today – late and with a little burn out feeling. I’m (not) seriously considering to end my relationship with training, and if it hadn’t been for Liam, I might have skipped today entirely – or would have gotten in sooner. However todays training was a meek performance consisting of:

* 6x 40kg Squat
* 6x 20kg OH press
* 6x 20kg OH Squat
All times three

32 Pull Ups/ Chin ups (5,5,7,5,5,5) + 18 pull/ chin ups (3×6)

10 Hamstrings
20 x20kg Saxon sidebends
100x 5kg Russians
2x back bridge
10 push ups from bridge
Stretch

The back bridge I do, resemble the bottom picture. I hold my hands under my back (NOT on the floor), and try to hit the ground with my nose. It's a neck strength drill from muay thai, that helps tremendously in the clinch

All this ‘little of this, little of that‘ training this past month has been fun, but also kind of left me a little burnt out. Making 100 burpees on time, doesn’t seem like a ‘real’ goal – thou, I will attempt to get a better time before sunday. Sorry training – it’s not you. It’s me. I’m confused and not sure, what to do with you.

The back bridge position I use for back bridge push ups

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Weekend capture

27th day of 40 day Lent Challenge

St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers day and Bank Holiday monday – how the Irish holidays got together and ruined the Danish viking/ninja from staying in shape – and gave me an additionally kg of unnecessary weight.

Well at least tonight (Monday) we went to Brucies Gym for 1½ hour of thaiboxing. My Lent challenge was primarily to survive 6 rounds with Liam on the pads – and then throwing 300 knees, 150 elbows and 50 kicks on the bags in my ‘break time’. Did all of that and felt good afterwards. Only complain is I felt very slow on my left kick. (Gotta work on that as soon as I find either a pad holder or a bag. It’s a little hard training power kicks in the air!!)
Earlier on I cleaned the house including doing indoor windows in two rooms + cooked lunch and breakfast (pancakes) for Liam. Pancakes weren’t so nice, I think I better stick with my Danish style ‘crepes’, than the thick irish version. (No sugar used for pancakes.. made them with banana and walnuts).
Saturday we were supposed to go thaiboxing at Brucies Gym but we couldn’t get the car out, because of the annual rally on St. Patrick’s day. That’s how it is, when you live on the country side. But we went for a walk up to see the rally, and it was almost worth it – except it ruined my training day. Also made about 50 dim sums for the first time. Very tasty!!

Yeah that's me...

Sunday I was supposed to go for a run, but apparently became lazy from saturday of doing nothing. Tried to bake walnuts buns (non sweetned), but they came out too heavy. Probably should find a recipe for some walnut treats instead of trying to guess my way in the kitchen.

On a note to my training on friday, I can tell you, it was superb!! For my warm up I chose the interval running as suggested by Bearrunner. It came down to 21 min: 1 min fast pace/ 2 min normal pace.

Then Ross Enamaits: Back off Strength day: I did all 4 rounds with 5 reps on each!! A few minor problems: First 5 handstand push ups was very hard – kept falling over. Also didn’t bend much more than a few centimeters – this will be better next time. Only miss was 3rd pull up set: Did 4 and had to take a small break before doing 5. One arm push ups was nice and ‘easy’. Can’t believe last time around I did the 50 day challenge, I couldn’t complete all 5 reps in either of the rounds, and now almost 1½ year later, I can do it!! Very pleased!!
Finished of with 1k fast paced run: 4.13 (not a really good time. Had hoped to do it under 4 min. Think I started to slow. Next time!!)

Today we bought another easter egg. Think we have 6 now, it looks like a chocolate overdose is coming after Lent. On a similar note, I saw someone stumbled across my blog after typing in Nutella pancakes… busted.. hahaha!

Rest of this week will be about work and training.. have some good stuff for my classes at Womens Fitness and CIT!

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24th – midway to end of Lent Challenge

Todays challenge will be from Ross Enamaits 50day challenge:
Back off Strength day! (Day 24th of my ’40’ days Lent Challenge)

Handstand push ups
Pull ups
Pistols
One arm push ups
Gluteham raises
Body weight triceps extensions

– 4 sets of hopfully min. 5 reps each  –

I went to the gym with Liam last night before we went out for dinner, and did an extra 30 pull ups yesterday (5x 6) – nearly all executed perfect (except the last of each set), cause he was there looking at me. It’s funny, but he made me work better! (Wish he had been there when I attempted the 50kg bench. Maybe I would have had it??)
Session also included 2 sets of var. ab work, including a staircase with Russian side twists, twisted planks and ½TGUs – and 2×3 pistols!

Didn’t binge on my dinner – instead I woke up with a grown mans appetite this morning. So am afraid, I did a little morning binging. (I really ought stop this. It’s making me feel heavy in the gym, which is absolutely unnecessary adding of extra hardship).

Anyway, my challenge for today will be paired with a small run. I haven’t decided if I should go for the interval run or a fast paced 3K. My running form is getting quite decent, but there is always room for improvement, so I have to start bringing in intervals and fast paced distances.

24 days and then I’ll be setting my teeth into this:

Nom Nom Nom!!

 

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100 burpees challenge day

– 2nd day of Lent

Had originally planned to do it yesterday on the first day of Lent, but with 13 hours on the run, I just had to be realistic and do something else. (Yes, I had my first (and succesful) attempt at taming the 16kg KB!)

So today was the day: 100 burpees challenge: How fast can I do it?

Burpees! I aways try to make mine with a little push up on the floor.

The challenge and I actually met before. Around two years ago, after Liam and I did the Ross 50 day challenge, we came across the 100 burpees challenge and decided to try it out. Have to be said – thou no excuse – but I was 2 years younger, 2 – 3 kg lighter and was fit!! Thaiboxing 3 – 4 days a week + Ross = super fit!

My first meet and greet with the 100 burpees was around: 6.23  and Liam of course faster than me!!

Today given the circumstances (no Ross, no muay thai – just running and weightlifting), I aimed for a time below 7 min.

My time for 100 burpees challenge was 6.40!
Not a great time, but happy I survived and did it without puking!

After the first 50, I took a break. Desperately trying to catch my breath and convince my aching legs, that I had to continue.
Next break came after 75 and it was around here, I forgot all about doing them on time. From here it was merely a question of finishing and not quitting. So I took a break again on 90.  Afterwards of course, I feel like, I could have pushed through the last 25 and avoided that last break. So both disappointed and happy with my effort. In 38 days things should get better 😉

Minutes after the 100 Burpees challenge it was time for a little normal training:

4.1k – first 3 min walking, as I wasn’t sure my legs could hold me up. Last 500m was at 15kph. (In btw time was 12-14)

Squats
2x 5x 20kg
2x 5x 40kg
-Superset with 3x 5 pull ups)

Bench
2x 5x 20kg
2x 5x 30kg
4x 40kg

Hamstrings
3 x20 – they almost made me cry today
Pull Ups
5

Abs
Stretch
Little crying 😉

Not sure what to do for my challenges the coming days, but gotta work on something good. We’re off to Dublin tomorrow for Liam’s weightlifting competition! Class! So have to be something….. Ross like. My good, earnest old friend, I guess we meet again!

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