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Back logging again

Little time to write and blog, so a very quick re-cap of the past days work:

Saturday: Thaiboxing at Brucies

Sunday: 8K in the hills for time, followed by a Core with Liam. Happyli suprised that I wasn’t more than 2 min. behind Liam. When running it felt like 5!!

Monday:
Great morning Ross session with Liam and Brucie at Brucies Gym:
10 pull-ups (I did between 5 – 7)
10 DB Swings pr arm
10 plyometric push ups
10 knee tucks
As many circuits as possible in 20 min – We did 10 in 19.15

Monday evening KB class and Boxercise with the great ladies of Womens Fitness + all out on the Hindu Push Ups. Good full booked boxercise class and some very strong girls in the Kettlebell class: We did three long cycles of 5 reps. Very proud of them.

Tuesday:
Great morning circuit with Liam and Ian

*Pull ups
* Push Ups
*Burpees to box jump
* Abs
* Ropes
* Skipping
* Box Jump
* KB (Renegade rows and tricep etx)
* KB Long Cycle (12kg)
5 circuits – Pretty toast afterwards

Evening: Fightergirl class – 1½ hour of hard, good work. Girls got introduced to more contacts in combination training and got a taste of the hard, vicious fight pre-paring circuit training. Had them do sledgehammer swings. They all did really well, even those who couldn’t lift the hammer, ended up doing it anyway.
Good job!

Girls asked me if I watch my diet. I’m afraid to say, I really don’t these days. Living in Ireland is different on many levels than my life in Copenhagen. Food is definitely one of them: Back in Copenhagen, I would very rarely eat chips (french fries) – here we eat them maybe three times a week. Also crisp (or chips in danish), I would rarely eat back home. Here I happily tuck into a bag and empty!! it during a night alone in the cove.
So no – while the training is good, diet is not. But am not complaining – I’m having a good time over here!

Hindu Push ups on the patio

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Backlogging the week

Blog updates and runs haven’t been really happening here on the country side. No internet or phone connection and very bad weather made sure of both.

So the week has passed with work, a few Ross sessions and some small lessons in regards to eat. Let’s start from the beginning:

Monday: Excellent Kettlebell class and Boxercise at Womens Fitness. Some of the regulars in my KB class, are stepping up on the weight. Maybe it will soon be time to ask management for bigger bells to play with. Both ladies in KB and Boxercise classes are getting stronger and more confident with themselves and their strength. Makes me feel good.
Unfortunately Liam tore his hamstring, doing the 10x 100m and 5x 50m sprints on the track. He’ll have to take it easy a few days.

Tuesday: Started day of by doing 10x 100m and 5x 50m hill sprints. Might have done 120m, was a bit difficult to judge exactly where 100m start and ends. Liam thought, I was running too far. Found that I was better at sprinting uphill, than on the track. Wasn’t as fast, but felt easier to ‘run all out’.
Evening had my two classes at K2C, I participated as ‘partner’ in both. Think I got my core workout here.

Wednesday: Boxercise and some PT’s at Womens Fitness. PT’s in the spirit of Kettlebells or those who were able, Boxercise again a huge success. More than sold out on the first evening with a small sunshine and tunes of summer. I actually expected several of the girls to stay home because of the nice weather, but to my delight, they came to train. And train we did!
At evening time, Liam and I made the Millionaire shortcake. If you ever want to not like a dessert anymore, just try to make it from scratch, and see whats in it. Millionaire shortcake was an eye opener, and I’m sorry to say, I’ll never be enjoying eating a bought cake again. We are however planning to make it ourselves again, and modifying the recipe to an eatable one and maybe add roasted almonds. If you wonder why, almonds have over 21g of protein pr. 100g nuts. That’s why.

Happy, fit boxercise girls from Womens Fitness wednesday class

Thursday: Time for thaiboxing – just me and Liam.
10 min skipping
3 rounds of shadow
3 rounds of pads (for each of us)
3 rounds of bag work
Core and stretch
-Was toast afterwards –
Note: When picking up barbecue wings and thighs from Super Value, don’t pick the big ones. Smaller are tastier. Found out the hard way.
Think it was this day, we found out that the neighbours cat Penny likes to play ball. Never knew cats could be so social or fun.

Liam and I in Kru Toy t-shirts @ Brucies Gym

Friday: Daytime Thaiboxing at Brucies  – Liam, Brucie and I
5 min skipping
5 min shadowbox
Modified GPP 3 for me:
30 sec burpees
30 sec jumpin jacks
30 sec Squats
30 sec burpees
30 sec jumpin jacks
30 sec push ups
– 4 sets –
3 rounds of pads with Liam in between 3rd and 4th set. Liam did his pad work with Brucie while I did the GPP. He looked strong and sharp and finished with 300 knees and core.

Saturday: Thaiboxing at Brucies
5 min skipping
5 min shadowbox
Ross day 16 I think: Sweet 16
Tabata drill
Heavy bag work
Squats
Heavy bag work
Push ups
– 4 min pr drill, 20 sec work, 10 sec rest –
After the first 30 seconds of push ups, I was up for Pad work:
3 rounds of pads, then started over and finished the push up tabata set. Went another two rounds of pads and finished Ross day off with Sandbag carry. Three trips around the gym.
Liam did his pads and as usual, looked great while doing so. He finished with 300 knees (3x 100), I only did a 100 (1×100).

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I’m getting strong! Last night in Denmark

Nanna – the dog

Made a date with my old employer Fitness.dk, that I could stop by for a little weight session, this afternoon. Had a couple of hours between meeting an old dear friend for dinner, so decided to go training and shopping.
In 3 hours, I managed to: Try on about 6 different blouses (choose 3), a ‘gift for Liam’ (that goes on me), and a pair of jeans, which I also left in the amazing cheap New Yorker.
After shopping to Fitness.dk Royal, where I chose to do a slighty personalized version of Ross ‘Strength 3’.

Tania’s Strength 3 from Ross 50 days:

* 4x 14kg Long Cycle (instead of 1 arms clean and press)
4 sets
* 6x 18 kg (each hand) Step ups
8x 20 kg (each hand) RDL
4 sets
* One arm clean and press 16kg DB x 4
* 2x 16kg DB Long Cycle
* 2x 16kg DB Long Cycle
* One arm clean and press 18kg DB x 4
* 2x 18kg DB Long Cycle
* 2x 18kg DB Long Cycle
 The One arm and Long Cycle sets, was replacement for sandbag shouldering. There was no sandbags available. 18kg DB Long cycle: I’m getting strong!
* 5 Pull Ups
* 10 Dips (4 last sets revised to only 5 dips, as I was sharing the rack with some impatient man. Was ok by me, my grip was toast after the RDL’s and step ups!)
5 sets
Little shadowbox, working my newfound elbows and backbridge and stretch for end.
Very happy with that work out, even it wasn’t Strength 3 by the book.
Last night in Denmark. Stuffing myself with delicious sushi with my old taekwondo girlfriend Maja (I also had sushi last night with Sana!! Gotta stuck up, as its impossible to get decent sushi in Cork. Unfortunately!!), visiting my parents and my dog. Well, it’s technically mine, but their dog now. It’s a little grey and white Shi Tzu (Nanna), and she is just so cool. So good to see everybody again! Too bad, I’m only here for such a short time!

Had a blast seeing my old fantastic trainer Kru Toy, the girlfriends, my family and Nanna-the dog, who behaves like a cat. Going to Ireland tomorrow with a bag full of summer gear (so it better get sunny!!), massive amounts of liquorice and some tshirts to remind me of home!

Sushi from a place near Sana, not Stick’s style, but still so much better!

Nanna and I at bedtime

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Backlogging – GPP II and a Thursday on the country side

Back on the country side, where the farmer just sprayed his field (for the joy of the runner). We left the Cork this morning, so no more fights to watch (Glad I did saw the Golden Series and K-1 Rising fights earlier this week) or online puzzles. Four days away from modern civilization – Well, there is this one spot in the garden where the phone works, and one of the local bars with internet connection. (Where I will be posting this from).

But even on the country side, it’s still time for Ross and apparently, a run in the hills.

Thursday log:
8K in the hills of Clonakilty. (Map said about 280 feet incline). First half was really hard and even it’s quite windy, it’s hard to ignore the smell of manure. Last half of the run was a breeze.

GPP II
* 30 sec Burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Split Jumps
* 30 sec Burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Mountain Climbers
– 5 sets / 30 sec break –

Followed by a modified Core IV:
* 20 Russians (10kg plate)
* 10 High rep crunches
* 12 Back extensions
* 12 Back Leg extensions
* 30 High rep chinnies
– 3 sets –

Almost hated every second of the GPP II. Burpees was for some reason the easiest part. Jumping jacks hurt my feet, Split jumps hurt my thigh (when I performed them correctly! When done incorrect, too high, I didn’t feel a thing. Which leads me to: Remember to emphasize in my classes that the knee is to point to the floor), and Mountain Climbers where.. well, actually not that bad. But total evaluation of GPP II: Burning calves and thighs. Burning as in ‘being rubbed in thai oil in 40 degrees hot thailand’. Yes, I tried that. It’s HOT beyond imagination!

Core IV was as all Core WO’s: Manageable. Not a walk in the park, but definitely possible to reason with.

Me after GPP II

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Ross V – 400m

Fifth working day of Ross 50 day challenge. Swapped the WC 101 with 400m sprints on track. Either way, I would not have been super efficient. Still burning from yesterdays KB hell.

Ross V:
6x 400 meter sprints (Once again, I found that I’m good at the first 200, slowing a bit on 300 and coming back on fourth. Wish I could just keep the pace all the way)
4x 50 m sprint – closing down

Core III:
5 TGU (12kg) – each side
6 DL Twist – each side
15 V-ups
– 3 sets-

Finisher: Plank 1.15 min

Tonight 2 classes at K2C – Boxercise & Fightergirl. Girls at Boxercise are going to crush their numbers from last week, I can feel some burning coming on!!

Apropiate looking Kettlebell

Check out the http://www.demonbells.com for evil Kettlebells. They’re brilliant. If I had loads of money, this would be the KB, I’d be looking to buy!

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Magic 50 and Penny the Cat

After Liam maxing out and getting a new PR (85kg snatch), we packed up and left for Clonakilty. As stated earlier we’re planning to do a third run on Ross Emanait’s ‘Infinete intensity 50 Day Challenge’ and since we started on day two yesterday, today was ‘day 1: Magic 50’.

Liam brought down the barbell and two 10kg plates and I was lucky enough to borrow a 12kg KB. The Magic 50 is a simple, heart pumping drill:
* 5 Swings pr arm
* 5 Snatches pr arm
* 10 Burpees
– 60 sec rest between rounds, 5 rounds total –

Training outside was lovely. Sun in the back, ocean view – but the lawn is slightly leaning and I was jumping upwards, when retracting my legs. Grass, barefoot and uneven soil made the burpees a small bit tougher than indoors, but it was definitely worth it.
I did 6 sets first, three of them with 6 reps instead of 5. Liam was doing Cleans and Snatches (Oly style) with the 40kg, for 10 reps, so he was toast after 5 rounds.
I went in the house to get a glass of water and decided to do 4 more rounds, since 10 is such an even number.

As you can see from my picture, Penny – the neighbours cat decided to keep me company, so I did all the stand up work first: 4x Swings & Snatches. Again with a 6 reps for the two sets.
Then Penny finally left and I had the blanket for myself: 40 Burpees – here you go!! I did 2x 20.

It’s with shame I have to write, we forgot to do both finisher and Core I. I guess we won’t be bored this weekend.

Magic 50 with Penny on the blanket

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50 day challenge – round 3!

Liam and I decided to go for the 50 day challenge again. We started yesterday with the 800m sprints, and today will be ‘Magic 50’ day:

* 5 Swings (db/kb)
* 5 Snatches
* 10 Burpees
5 rounds
Finisher: Farmers walk

We missed the Core I yesterday, so will do it today as well. We’re going to Clonakilty today, so will have to figure out, how we can do the work at home. Will probably be ending up doing burpees on the lawn. Just really hope the neighbours dog haven’t taken a dump in the garden recently.

Boxercise at Womens Fitness yesterday was brilliant. Ladies getting tougher and helping each other get a great work out! Also, two of the girls who haven’t been to class for a while was back and it radiated from them, how much they missed it – and how happy they were getting a change to litteraly ‘punch of some steam’.
Great night and made it all worth for me to go to work, even a bad surprise sprung on me earlier on the day. I’d found out recently, I’m getting paid even less than I thought (and I knew, I was being paid very little), and yesterday I then discovered, that despite getting told by the boss on several occassions: we don’t get paid the same after all.
Now, I’m not teaching because, I want to get rich. I teach, because I love the buzz of a good class. Love making people feel the same way about training, as I do. BUT! It’s always nice to feel appriciated and appriciated employees always go a little extra. Un-appriciated… well.. it’s something to think about anyway. Just have to state, I’m very dissapointed.

Post sprints yesterday, I got a few more Long Cycles and Renegade rows in:
2x 6 Long Cycle (12)
2x 3 Renegade Row (12)
2x 6 Long Cycle (12)
+
80 Swings
60 Saxon (got a little core work done!!)
60 Squats (ATG) – 20 to OH press (12)

Weekend challenge coming up tomorrow! Will be going to town and find a spot to post it! Will be fun and something you can challenge your friends and family with.

Ross, we meet again!

 

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