Sport, training

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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Sport, training

C2 – a love/hate relationship

Friday morning and I’m up quite early thanks to Liam. Two coffee and my usual yogurt with fruit and bran flakes and off to the gym. After yesterdays sprints I’ve decided it was time for the C2 (rower) again.
We go back a long time, and I always loved/ hated it. It make me work so hard, makes my legs go wobble, forearms burn, grip ache and put my heart where my tongue normally begins. But afterwards it’s all worth it, and when getting in the habit of being on the C2, it’s easy to feel the improvement it bears to other areas of my training.
So we have a hate/love relationship.
Today was no exception.

C2:
2000m = 8.48

Snatch:
2x 5x 15
3x 20
OH Squats (ATG):
2x 5x 15
Cleans:
2x 5x 15
2x 5x 20
Front Squat:
2x 5x 20
2x 5x 30

Abs:
2x 20 Decline Obliques
2x 10 Incline dragon flags
Back:
2x 20 Back raises
2x 20 Leg raises
2x 20 Side raises
2x 20 Back raises/ swissball
Lifts were sparsely and measly. I failed my fourth snatch at 20kg, which shouldn’t have been a problem at all. I guess it’s just one of those days, plus my elbow keeps annoying me and the pain from the forearm transfer into my grip. So I’m kind of lost until my elbow starts behaving.

If you’re reading this during the weekend, and don’t know what to do (or if to do anything), here is a small challenge for you: Do 100 Squats during either saturday or sunday.
Just pretend you’re gonna take a seat on the invisible low couch and stand back up again. It doesn’t have to involve extra weight either. Bodyweight is a good start. Just do it and I promise you, your jeans will be happy!
Me – I’ll be doing them + muay thai and running in the hills. Have a great weekend!

Squatbutts – from Lift big, eat big

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